http://facecrooks.com Tue, 30 Sep 2014 23:26:48 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v= Facebook Ad Platform Expands User Tracking Across Devices http://facecrooks.com/Internet-Safety-Privacy/Facebook-Ad-Platform-Expands-User-Tracking-Across-Devices.html/ http://facecrooks.com/Internet-Safety-Privacy/Facebook-Ad-Platform-Expands-User-Tracking-Across-Devices.html/#comments Tue, 30 Sep 2014 23:26:48 +0000 http://facecrooks.com/?p=8768 The post Facebook Ad Platform Expands User Tracking Across Devices appeared first on .

Details emerged this week about Facebook’s new ad platform that will focus on cross-device advertising to users. The new platform, Atlas, will “deliver people-based marketing,” according to Atlas head Erik Johnson, and will reportedly move away from traditional cookie tracking technology to trace users across the web. Instead, it was built on a whole new…

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Danger Social networkDetails emerged this week about Facebook’s new ad platform that will focus on cross-device advertising to users. The new platform, Atlas, will “deliver people-based marketing,” according to Atlas head Erik Johnson, and will reportedly move away from traditional cookie tracking technology to trace users across the web. Instead, it was built on a whole new set of code that measures ad impressions everywhere a user goes — and across every device. It was designed with an easier interface that makes tracking data easier for media planners, and it can even help companies connect the impact of their online marketing to real-world, offline sales.

While this level of in-depth analysis will certainly feel invasive to some, Facebook was quick to point out that advertisers won’t know the identities of any one user.

“This year we did people-based privacy controls, and we’re doing people-based marketing,” Facebook CFO Sheryl Sandberg said. “This doesn’t tell marketers who you are, and when Atlas uses Facebook data it honors the Facebook preferences of the user.”

Though the identities of users will be protected on Atlas, virtually none of their online purchasing habits will be. Most Facebook users have shown a remarkable tolerance for the site’s data policies in the past, and that’s unlikely to change now. However, for the vocal minority of users that already question the site’s dedication to user privacy, Atlas will only serve as the latest disappointing evidence for their case.



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“Anti-Facebook” Social Network Explodes in Popularity http://facecrooks.com/Internet-Safety-Privacy/%e2%80%9cAnti-Facebook%e2%80%9d-Social-Network-Explodes-Popularity.html/ http://facecrooks.com/Internet-Safety-Privacy/%e2%80%9cAnti-Facebook%e2%80%9d-Social-Network-Explodes-Popularity.html/#comments Mon, 29 Sep 2014 16:05:41 +0000 http://facecrooks.com/?p=8764 The post “Anti-Facebook” Social Network Explodes in Popularity appeared first on .

A new ad-free and privacy-focused social network called Ello has risen dramatically in popularity in recent weeks. In the wake of Facebook enforcing its “real name” rule and inadvertently alienating members of the LGBT community, Ello made a point to welcome those who left Facebook over the issue.  Though the invite-only site was only created…

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elloA new ad-free and privacy-focused social network called Ello has risen dramatically in popularity in recent weeks. In the wake of Facebook enforcing its “real name” rule and inadvertently alienating members of the LGBT community, Ello made a point to welcome those who left Facebook over the issue. 

Though the invite-only site was only created in July, it’s popularity has reached astronomical heights, with over 27,000 requests to join the site pouring in every hour. Invites to the site are even being sold over eBay, and though the whole website briefly crashed (it’s still technically in beta mode), the fact remains that many social media users are desperate for a more private, more socially-conscious alternative to Facebook.

“Virtually every other social network is run by advertisers. Behind the scenes they employ armies of ad salesmen and data miners to record every move you make. Data about you is then auctioned off to advertisers and data brokers. You’re the product that’s being bought and sold,” Ello said in its manifesto. “[Their practices] are both creepy and unethical. Under the guise of offering a ‘free’ service, users pay a high price in intrusive advertising and lack of privacy.”

Ello also notably said it will take a zero-tolerance policy toward all trolling, threatening or abusive behavior on the site, another apparent dig at Facebook, which often faces criticism for the content it allows to live on its site. It remains to be seen whether Ello will last for the long haul or become just another flash in the pan, though one thing is clear: if presented with a good alternative, many people are interested in leaving Facebook.



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Professor: Facebook Psychological Experiment Illegal http://facecrooks.com/Internet-Safety-Privacy/Professor-Facebook-Psychological-Experiment-Illegal.html/ http://facecrooks.com/Internet-Safety-Privacy/Professor-Facebook-Psychological-Experiment-Illegal.html/#comments Sat, 27 Sep 2014 13:58:14 +0000 http://facecrooks.com/?p=8754 The post Professor: Facebook Psychological Experiment Illegal appeared first on .

Many users were thoroughly freaked out earlier this year when it was revealed that Facebook had conducted a psychological experiment on some 700,000 users, affecting the content that showed up on their Newsfeeds to manipulate their emotions. At the time the news broke, the study was widely derided as being wrong and unethical. But now,…

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oopsMany users were thoroughly freaked out earlier this year when it was revealed that Facebook had conducted a psychological experiment on some 700,000 users, affecting the content that showed up on their Newsfeeds to manipulate their emotions. At the time the news broke, the study was widely derided as being wrong and unethical. But now, according to two Maryland law professors, it also may have been downright illegal.

“What Facebook… did wasn’t just unethical. It was illegal,” said James Grimmelmann, a professor of law at the University of Maryland. “A common assumption is that even if research laws ought to apply to private companies, they don’t. But that assumption is false. Facebook… [is] bound by research laws, and those research laws quite clearly prohibit what they did.”

Grimmelmann and other another law professor at the University of Maryland, Leslie Metzer Henry, sent letters to both Facebook and OKCupid, which conducted a similar experiment.  Facebook responded and told him that the experiment was “research,” but Grimmelmann took apart the social media behemoth’s argument. He explained that, under Maryland law, research may not be conducted on human subjects without their consent, thus rendering their experiment against the law. Now it will be interesting to see if academics and experts in other states where the experiment took place will follow suit.



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Beyond Drag Performers, There are Many Reasons to Use Fake Names on Facebook http://facecrooks.com/Internet-Safety-Privacy/Beyond-Drag-Performers-There-Many-Reasons-Use-Fake-Names-Facebook.html/ http://facecrooks.com/Internet-Safety-Privacy/Beyond-Drag-Performers-There-Many-Reasons-Use-Fake-Names-Facebook.html/#comments Fri, 26 Sep 2014 12:43:35 +0000 http://facecrooks.com/?p=8748 The post Beyond Drag Performers, There are Many Reasons to Use Fake Names on Facebook appeared first on .

Facebook has found itself in a controversy with LGBT groups this month after it decided to more strictly enforce its “real names” policy, making all users go by their birth names on the site. However, as pointed out sharply in an infographic created by cartoonist Mike Wooten this week, there are many more reasons people…

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facebook-privacyFacebook has found itself in a controversy with LGBT groups this month after it decided to more strictly enforce its “real names” policy, making all users go by their birth names on the site. However, as pointed out sharply in an infographic created by cartoonist Mike Wooten this week, there are many more reasons people could want to use alias on the site beyond concealing their sexuality.

Some of these reasons include having a job where exposing personal details could put a user at risk, being cyberstalked by an abusive ex or hiding from potential threats after reporting criminal activity.

Though Facebook has met with LGBT activists about the issue, the site’s stance remains the same, and many LGBT users are leaving Facebook for other social networks. However, according to Wooten, the solution would be incredibly simple.

“Facebook could allow users to use pseudonyms but require that they acknowledge them as such,” he said, saying that there could be an asterisk or a similar symbol next to names of users going by a pseudonym. “The people who are hiding behind pseudonyms, the stalkers and molesters and cyberbullies Facebook says it is trying to stop, they are the ones pretending their fake names are real. And they are using commonplace names that don’t get flagged the way drag names do.”

By forcing users to implement their real names, Facebook is technically following the letter of their own law. However, when the tide of public opinion turns against them like this, it might be better for them to follow the spirit of the law instead.



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Wall Street Journal: Websites Pushing Back Against Facebook Tracking http://facecrooks.com/Internet-Safety-Privacy/Wall-Street-Journal-Websites-Pushing-Back-Against-Facebook-Tracking.html/ http://facecrooks.com/Internet-Safety-Privacy/Wall-Street-Journal-Websites-Pushing-Back-Against-Facebook-Tracking.html/#comments Thu, 25 Sep 2014 14:15:46 +0000 http://facecrooks.com/?p=8739 The post Wall Street Journal: Websites Pushing Back Against Facebook Tracking appeared first on .

According to the Wall Street Journal, many web retailers are pushing back against Facebook’s plan to track user data across the Internet. Experts have seen less data flowing from websites to Facebook, which suggests that they’ve taken steps to limit the information given to the site. Many websites are concerned about Facebook’s data tracking, as…

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facebook_logo_flatAccording to the Wall Street Journal, many web retailers are pushing back against Facebook’s plan to track user data across the Internet. Experts have seen less data flowing from websites to Facebook, which suggests that they’ve taken steps to limit the information given to the site.

Many websites are concerned about Facebook’s data tracking, as it could give the site an unfair advantage when it comes to advertising to users. Facebook could hypothetically use a company’s data to identify the interests of a consumer and sell them products from that company’s competitors. Other websites track users, too, of course, but the difference is that Facebook is able to pair a user’s browsing information with all of the other personal info they’ve provided, like their actual names, interests, hobbies and more. According to Facebook, it hasn’t used data from other websites yet, and when it does it will offer publishers an opt-out feature. Still, major web retailers have a right to be concerned.

Facebook began testing ways for users to directly buy products on the site this summer, and those capabilities are only going to expand over time. It’s a good thing other sites are concerned about Facebook having too much information, because users should be, too. When most people signed up for Facebook, they had no idea it would one day become such a massive data hub and advertising hot spot. Now that big dollars are on the line, maybe other online giants can limit Facebook’s reach.

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Facebook Can Predict Virtually Everything About You http://facecrooks.com/Internet-Safety-Privacy/Facebook-Can-Predict-Virtually-Everything-About-You.html/ http://facecrooks.com/Internet-Safety-Privacy/Facebook-Can-Predict-Virtually-Everything-About-You.html/#comments Wed, 24 Sep 2014 14:15:59 +0000 http://facecrooks.com/?p=8734 The post Facebook Can Predict Virtually Everything About You appeared first on .

According to an article published by Forbes this week, the largest social media site in the world can predict almost anything about you using the data that you’ve given it, including your political affiliation, your future relationships and even your sibling’s name. According to Pew Research data, about six in 10 Americans use Facebook every…

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facebook_bubbleAccording to an article published by Forbes this week, the largest social media site in the world can predict almost anything about you using the data that you’ve given it, including your political affiliation, your future relationships and even your sibling’s name.

According to Pew Research data, about six in 10 Americans use Facebook every single day. That means the site possesses an enormous amount of data on user habits. Using the information, it can successfully predict the outcome of political elections. (Analyzing the amount of likes or engaged users a political candidate has on the site is a good indicator of their future success.) Researchers can also chart the rise and fall of personal, romantic relationships using the site’s data.

“During the 100 days before the relationship starts, we observe a slow but steady increase in the number of timeline posts shared between the future couple,” Carlos Duik, a data scientist, wrote. In other words, you may not even know you’re headed toward a loving partnership with someone, but by looking at your pattern of posts, Facebook could.

While most of this information is harmless, it’s still more than a little creepy that it’s so easy to analyze. But with Facebook’s dedication to gathering as much data on its users as possible, the best way to avoid this kind of prying is to not post your personal details on the site at all.

Here is a funny, yet thought-provoking spoof on YouTube about the ‘Facebook Program.’



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New York Lawyer Has Facebook Account Deactivated For No Good Reason http://facecrooks.com/Internet-Safety-Privacy/New-York-Lawyer-Has-Facebook-Account-Deactivated-For-No-Good-Reason.html/ http://facecrooks.com/Internet-Safety-Privacy/New-York-Lawyer-Has-Facebook-Account-Deactivated-For-No-Good-Reason.html/#comments Tue, 23 Sep 2014 01:54:21 +0000 http://facecrooks.com/?p=8730 The post New York Lawyer Has Facebook Account Deactivated For No Good Reason appeared first on .

In a story on social media privacy this week, The New York Times relayed the story of Michael Letwin, a Brooklyn lawyer who had his Facebook account shut down for no apparent reason. After a month of contacting Facebook to get reinstated, the site finally apologized and corrected the mistake. It turned out that Letwin…

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Facebook privacy issuesIn a story on social media privacy this week, The New York Times relayed the story of Michael Letwin, a Brooklyn lawyer who had his Facebook account shut down for no apparent reason. After a month of contacting Facebook to get reinstated, the site finally apologized and corrected the mistake. It turned out that Letwin had been reported for using a fake name, which he wasn’t, and someone looking at his account (Letwin serves as an administrator for the group Jews for Palestinian Right of Return) had reported him for promoting violence and terrorism. 

Cases like this one raise an important question: just how much power should Facebook have, and how should they decide what is and is not allowed to stay on the site?

“The average person’s soapbox is now digital, and we’re now in a world where the large social media companies have a governmentlike ability to set social norms,” Lee Rowland, a lawyer with the American Civil Liberties Union, told the Times. “It’s a massive power and it comes with a responsibility.”

Facebook’s own Community Standards are often confusing, and though the site has improved its transparency in recent months to help win back jaded users, they still have a long way to go when it comes to making sure everyone understands their rules.



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[Hoax Alert] Facebook To Begin Charging Users $2.99/mo Starting November 1st http://facecrooks.com/Scam-Watch/Hoax-Alert-Facebook-To-Begin-Charging-Users-2-99mo-Starting-November-1st.html/ http://facecrooks.com/Scam-Watch/Hoax-Alert-Facebook-To-Begin-Charging-Users-2-99mo-Starting-November-1st.html/#comments Mon, 22 Sep 2014 00:04:11 +0000 http://facecrooks.com/?p=8720 The post [Hoax Alert] Facebook To Begin Charging Users $2.99/mo Starting November 1st appeared first on .

Scammers and Hoaxsters are sometimes not the most creative bunch. We have seen several hoaxes over the years claim that Facebook is going to start charging users. The latest message is being spread by the website ‘NationalReport.net‘. Here is the photo added to the alert that attempts to make the ruse appear more legitimate: Of…

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Scammers and Hoaxsters are sometimes not the most creative bunch. We have seen several hoaxes over the years claim that Facebook is going to start charging users.

The latest message is being spread by the website ‘NationalReport.net‘. Here is the photo added to the alert that attempts to make the ruse appear more legitimate:

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Of course this is utter nonsense. Facebook isn’t charging now, and according to their own homepage, it’s free and always will be. The creators of this hoax has successfully made the post spread virally on Facebook. They are making money from Google Adsense and other advertisements on the site.

This hoax is rapidly gaining momentum on Facebook. At the time of this report, the blog post has received almost 55 thousand Facebook shares.

Always take a few moments to verify sensational claims like this. You don’t want to be the one spreading misinformation and junk with your Facebook friends!



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Study: Frequent Facebook Users More Likely to Fall for Phishing Scams http://facecrooks.com/Scam-Watch/Study-Frequent-Facebook-Users-More-Likely-Fall-Phishing-Scams.html/ http://facecrooks.com/Scam-Watch/Study-Frequent-Facebook-Users-More-Likely-Fall-Phishing-Scams.html/#comments Sat, 20 Sep 2014 13:26:57 +0000 http://facecrooks.com/?p=8718 The post Study: Frequent Facebook Users More Likely to Fall for Phishing Scams appeared first on .

Researchers at SUNY Buffalo conducted a study on Facebook user habits and found that people who use the site frequently are more likely to fall victim to phishing scams. The researchers accomplished this by asking 150 college students for information on their Facebook usage habits. Then, six weeks after the survey, the researchers created a…

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phishingResearchers at SUNY Buffalo conducted a study on Facebook user habits and found that people who use the site frequently are more likely to fall victim to phishing scams.

The researchers accomplished this by asking 150 college students for information on their Facebook usage habits. Then, six weeks after the survey, the researchers created a phony Facebook page and sent out friend requests to the students. Two weeks after that, they asked the students for personal information, like email address, date of birth and student ID number. Using the information they gathered from the initial survey, the academics concluded that people who use Facebook more are more likely to give up their info.

“We need to next develop remedial interventions that target such individuals and help them develop better cyber-hygiene,” said Arun Vishwanath, one of the researchers on the project. “This would not only help them but it will also protect all of us from phishing attacks, since the Pew Center has estimated that the average Facebook user can reach anywhere from 70,000-150,000 other people through their friends networks.”

Strange as it is, more and more people simply don’t see revealing personal information about themselves online as a problem. That’s likely due to generational factors, but as this study points out, that state of mind could also be the result of pure social media desensitization.



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Facebook Calms iOS Users About Location Privacy http://facecrooks.com/Internet-Safety-Privacy/Facebook-Calms-iOS-Users-About-Location-Privacy.html/ http://facecrooks.com/Internet-Safety-Privacy/Facebook-Calms-iOS-Users-About-Location-Privacy.html/#comments Fri, 19 Sep 2014 11:48:55 +0000 http://facecrooks.com/?p=8715 The post Facebook Calms iOS Users About Location Privacy appeared first on .

Apple’s new iOS 8 will change location-tracking permissions from the current “Yes/No” choice to the more nuanced “Always/While Using The App/Never.” To calm potential privacy-concerned users, Facebook published a blog post this week detailing what the change means (and doesn’t mean) for Facebook mobile users. “Nothing has changed about how Facebook gets location information from…

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Technology SecurityApple’s new iOS 8 will change location-tracking permissions from the current “Yes/No” choice to the more nuanced “Always/While Using The App/Never.” To calm potential privacy-concerned users, Facebook published a blog post this week detailing what the change means (and doesn’t mean) for Facebook mobile users.

“Nothing has changed about how Facebook gets location information from devices, but Apple has updated its Location Services setting,” the site wrote. “Facebook isn’t getting any new location information when you upgrade to iOS 8… You control your location information. Nothing is changing and Facebook will continue to respect the choices you’ve made about location.”

If users already have their location-tracking set to “On,” it will automatically be set to “Always” when they update to iOS 8. Facebook also said that it will not gather information on mobile users when they aren’t running the app, unless they’ve given permission to features like Nearby Friends.

Given the amount of bad publicity Facebook has received for its privacy practices, it’s probably a good idea for the company to try and get out in front of potential issues like this. But despite the site’s assurances, it’s still a good idea to check your location tracking settings both before and after you update to iOS 8.



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