http://facecrooks.com Tue, 27 Jun 2017 14:35:07 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v= Facebook Gets Hit With Big Canadian Privacy Lawsuit http://facecrooks.com/Internet-Safety-Privacy/Facebook-Gets-Hit-With-Big-Canadian-Privacy-Lawsuit.html/ http://facecrooks.com/Internet-Safety-Privacy/Facebook-Gets-Hit-With-Big-Canadian-Privacy-Lawsuit.html/#comments Tue, 27 Jun 2017 14:35:07 +0000 http://facecrooks.com/?p=10575 The post Facebook Gets Hit With Big Canadian Privacy Lawsuit appeared first on .

Facebook is no stranger to legal challenges over its privacy practices. However, these court battles usually take place in European countries with stricter privacy regulations than the U.S. But the fight came closer to home last week when the Canadian Supreme Court gave the go-ahead to a class-action suit against the site. The suit was…

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Privacy symbol with digital globe, 3d renderFacebook is no stranger to legal challenges over its privacy practices. However, these court battles usually take place in European countries with stricter privacy regulations than the U.S. But the fight came closer to home last week when the Canadian Supreme Court gave the go-ahead to a class-action suit against the site.

The suit was launched in 2012 on behalf of up to 1.8 million users accusing the site of using a woman’s name and image without her permission in Sponsored Stories content. The Court issued a 4-3 ruling in the woman’s favor, noting the “gross inequality of bargaining power” between Facebook and its users. By allowing the suit to continue, the Court is effectively agreeing with the plaintiffs that Facebook can’t ask them to sign over their rights so easily.

“It provides the clearest recognition to date that the court’s pretty uncomfortable with the imbalance that exists with the myriad of online contracts we sign up for,” University of Ottawa law professor Michael Geist told The Globe and Mail. “Millions of Canadians click ‘I agree,’ and sometimes they’re not even asked to click, for dozens or hundreds of contracts. The court explicitly recognized that these are non-negotiated contracts. They’re all take it or leave it.”

Facebook is pretty open about the fact it wants more user data — but the site may need to reassess its position if it keeps getting taken to court.


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Facebook Has Started Notifying Other Users About Your Behavior http://facecrooks.com/Internet-Safety-Privacy/Facebook-Has-Started-Notifying-Other-Users-About-Your-Behavior.html/ http://facecrooks.com/Internet-Safety-Privacy/Facebook-Has-Started-Notifying-Other-Users-About-Your-Behavior.html/#comments Sat, 24 Jun 2017 16:40:58 +0000 http://facecrooks.com/?p=10572 The post Facebook Has Started Notifying Other Users About Your Behavior appeared first on .

At this point, it’s well understood that Facebook knows virtually everything about how you behave online. However, the social media giant recently took it to the next level when it began to notify other users about what you’re doing. You’ve probably gotten these annoying and creepy notifications yourself: they tell you how many days in…

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Eye Looking Through A KeyholeAt this point, it’s well understood that Facebook knows virtually everything about how you behave online. However, the social media giant recently took it to the next level when it began to notify other users about what you’re doing.

You’ve probably gotten these annoying and creepy notifications yourself: they tell you how many days in a row you’ve shared content, and also when a friend posts who hasn’t been active in a while. Facebook Messenger also sends a notification when you connect with a new friend, encouraging you to start up a conversation.

This is all done with the intention of promoting engagement with the site, but many users have expressed annoyance with the new feature.

“’You’ve shared 34 days in a row and your friends are responding’? What the? Facebook, keeping track is so not necessary. Have mercy,” one user wrote.

Facebook defended itself with a simple explanation: it just wants to help you connect.

“We’re always looking for ways to help people share and connect on Facebook. Notifications are one of the ways we do this,” a Facebook spokesperson told BuzzFeed News.

Of course, it isn’t the notifications themselves that are creepy — it’s the fact that Facebook watches us so closely. The last thing we need is another reminder of that.



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Facebook Introduces Tool To Prevent Profile Pictures From Being Stolen http://facecrooks.com/Internet-Safety-Privacy/Facebook-Introduces-Tool-To-Prevent-Profile-Pictures-From-Being-Stolen.html/ http://facecrooks.com/Internet-Safety-Privacy/Facebook-Introduces-Tool-To-Prevent-Profile-Pictures-From-Being-Stolen.html/#comments Fri, 23 Jun 2017 15:40:02 +0000 http://facecrooks.com/?p=10569 The post Facebook Introduces Tool To Prevent Profile Pictures From Being Stolen appeared first on .

There are many creepy scams on Facebook, but one of the most unsettling is the phenomenon of imposter profiles. This happens when a con artist or cybercriminal steals an innocent user’s profile picture and uses it either to impersonate them or create an entirely fictional profile to scam other users. However, Facebook announced a new…

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Technology SecurityThere are many creepy scams on Facebook, but one of the most unsettling is the phenomenon of imposter profiles. This happens when a con artist or cybercriminal steals an innocent user’s profile picture and uses it either to impersonate them or create an entirely fictional profile to scam other users. However, Facebook announced a new feature this week that could help eliminate the problem.

This new “photo guard” tool, which for now is being rolled out as a pilot program in India only, will help users protect their own profile photo. The decision to test it in India is the result of research by Facebook that found many women in the country don’t share their photos online for fear of what could be done with them.

“Today, we are piloting new tools that give people in India more control over who can download and share their profile pictures,” Facebook said in its announcement blog post. “In addition, we’re exploring ways people can more easily add designs to profile pictures, which our research has shown helpful in deterring misuse.”

The guard will add design elements to photos to dissuade others from stealing them, as well as preventing screenshots from being taken and other people from being tagged in the pic. When activated, the feature will also show a blue border and an artfully-designed shield around a user’s photo.

Facebook claims in the post that by using these new photo protections, the rate of theft can be reduced by 75%. Always keep in mind that determined bullies and criminals can often find ways to circumvent tools like this.  These deterrents can’t provide 100% protection.

It’s unclear how long this feature will be tested in India before being rolled out further, but let’s hope it expands soon — the more ways we users have to protect our own privacy, the better.



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Supreme Court Protects Sex Offenders’ Right To Use Facebook http://facecrooks.com/Internet-Safety-Privacy/Supreme-Court-Protects-Sex-Offenders%e2%80%99-Right-To-Use-Facebook.html/ http://facecrooks.com/Internet-Safety-Privacy/Supreme-Court-Protects-Sex-Offenders%e2%80%99-Right-To-Use-Facebook.html/#comments Thu, 22 Jun 2017 14:22:48 +0000 http://facecrooks.com/?p=10567 The post Supreme Court Protects Sex Offenders’ Right To Use Facebook appeared first on .

In the digital age, social media is a crucial method to stay connected with the world. It’s so important, in fact, that the U.S. Supreme Court recently struck down a law that would altogether ban sex offenders from using Facebook. While the North Carolina law only applied to registered sex offenders, the Supreme Court’s ruling…

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Gavel at the computer keyboardIn the digital age, social media is a crucial method to stay connected with the world. It’s so important, in fact, that the U.S. Supreme Court recently struck down a law that would altogether ban sex offenders from using Facebook.

While the North Carolina law only applied to registered sex offenders, the Supreme Court’s ruling could make a positive and wide-reaching impact on all social media users. In his opinion, Justice Anthony Kennedy wrote that prohibiting the use of Facebook and other social platforms prevents users from “engaging in the legitimate exercise of First Amendment rights.” In other words, it’s unconstitutional for the government (or anyone else) to block you from using Facebook.

“Even convicted criminals — and in some instances especially convicted criminals — might receive legitimate benefits from these means for access to the world of ideas, particularly if they seek to reform and to pursue lawful and rewarding lives,” Justice Kennedy wrote.

This is important for many reasons, most notably because it’s one of the first times the Supreme Court has considered the relationship between our centuries-old free speech laws and the modern Internet. However, some experts have pointed out that the real issue moving forward may be Facebook itself, and its power to censor users. Indeed, Facebook controls its own platform, and the tech giant can pretty much dictate who’s allowed to say what on it.


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Facebook Exec: It’s Impossible To Completely Block Offensive Content http://facecrooks.com/Internet-Safety-Privacy/Facebook-Exec-It%e2%80%99s-Impossible-To-Completely-Block-Offensive-Content.html/ http://facecrooks.com/Internet-Safety-Privacy/Facebook-Exec-It%e2%80%99s-Impossible-To-Completely-Block-Offensive-Content.html/#comments Wed, 21 Jun 2017 12:29:51 +0000 http://facecrooks.com/?p=10565 The post Facebook Exec: It’s Impossible To Completely Block Offensive Content appeared first on .

Facebook knows it faces an uphill battle when it comes to policing itself. After all, the social media giant has nearly 2 billion active users located in countries all around the world. With a platform that large, it’s enormously challenging to find and delete every piece of offensive content. However, one Facebook executive argued publicly…

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facebook-general-3Facebook knows it faces an uphill battle when it comes to policing itself. After all, the social media giant has nearly 2 billion active users located in countries all around the world. With a platform that large, it’s enormously challenging to find and delete every piece of offensive content. However, one Facebook executive argued publicly this week that it’s actually impossible.

“Our policy is zero tolerance — that doesn’t mean zero occurrence,” Carolyn Everson, Facebook’s global head of sales, said in an interview with CNBC. “There are bad things that are going to happen… That is reality. That is life. Facebook is a reflection of that life. It is our job to make the community as safe as possible. Not only for the people that use it, which is incredibly important of course, but also for the brands we work with.”

Of course, she followed this up by reiterating that Facebook is a “safe place” for brands, and that the site has made a commitment to cleaning up hate speech, terrorism and other forms of offensive content.

It’s worth noting that, for as much as Facebook declares there’s “no place” for this kind of material on its pages, the site knows it can never solve the problem entirely. In other words, we can hope for it to get better, but we probably shouldn’t hold our breath for it to fix every issue.


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Facebook Is Sharing WhatsApp And Instagram Data To Find Terrorists http://facecrooks.com/Internet-Safety-Privacy/Facebook-Is-Sharing-WhatsApp-And-Instagram-Data-To-Find-Terrorists.html/ http://facecrooks.com/Internet-Safety-Privacy/Facebook-Is-Sharing-WhatsApp-And-Instagram-Data-To-Find-Terrorists.html/#comments Tue, 20 Jun 2017 16:07:45 +0000 http://facecrooks.com/?p=10563 The post Facebook Is Sharing WhatsApp And Instagram Data To Find Terrorists appeared first on .

You’d be hard-pressed to find a Facebook user who thinks the site should do less to find and remove terrorists. However, a recent blog post from the social media giant detailed how it’s accomplishing the task, and one of its methods could prove controversial. Facebook laid out its counter-terrorism strategy in the first part of…

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skeleton_hackerYou’d be hard-pressed to find a Facebook user who thinks the site should do less to find and remove terrorists. However, a recent blog post from the social media giant detailed how it’s accomplishing the task, and one of its methods could prove controversial.

Facebook laid out its counter-terrorism strategy in the first part of its “Hard Questions” blog series. In the post, the site said it’s working on systems to hunt terrorists across its platforms, including WhatsApp and Instagram. And to do that, the site will share users’ data across the network.

While this may be an effective way to remove terrorist content, it has also raised the eyebrows of some privacy experts.

“We need more transparency about how Facebook plans to share data across its platforms,” digital rights advocate Jim Killock told The Independent. “Given the previous controversy about data sharing between Facebook and WhatsApp, we hope the company is working with data protection authorities to ensure that this is limited to what is absolutely necessary.”

This is just the latest example of Facebook finding itself between a rock and a hard place. On the one hand, the public wants Facebook to do everything it can to remove bad actors from its pages. But on the other, we want our info to be kept private. It’s a tricky situation — and it’s why Facebook introduced the “Hard Questions” series in the first place.


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Report: Facebook Accidentally Revealed The Identities Of Moderators To Potential Terrorists http://facecrooks.com/Internet-Safety-Privacy/Report-Facebook-Accidentally-Revealed-The-Identities-Of-Moderators-To-Potential-Terrorists.html/ http://facecrooks.com/Internet-Safety-Privacy/Report-Facebook-Accidentally-Revealed-The-Identities-Of-Moderators-To-Potential-Terrorists.html/#comments Mon, 19 Jun 2017 15:06:28 +0000 http://facecrooks.com/?p=10561 The post Report: Facebook Accidentally Revealed The Identities Of Moderators To Potential Terrorists appeared first on .

The team of content moderators tasked with removing terrorist content from Facebook are forced to see a lot of terrible things, and are paid very little for their efforts. To make matters worse — and perhaps dangerous — the site also accidentally revealed the identities of its moderators to potential terrorists, according to a new…

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mental_anguishThe team of content moderators tasked with removing terrorist content from Facebook are forced to see a lot of terrible things, and are paid very little for their efforts. To make matters worse — and perhaps dangerous — the site also accidentally revealed the identities of its moderators to potential terrorists, according to a new bombshell report in The Guardian.

The security glitch was allegedly discovered in November 2016 when content moderators began to receive friend requests from the radial groups they were monitoring. The bug allowed for group admins to see the personal profiles of moderators within a shut-down group’s activity log. If a group had multiple admins, they would be able to view who made changes to their page. The flaw lasted for about a month, and retroactively showed moderator info stretching back months.

For its part, Facebook downplayed the threat faced by its employees.

“Our investigation found that only a small fraction of the names were likely viewed, and we never had evidence of any threat to the people impacted or their families as a result of this matter,” the site’s spokesman said.

However, Facebook’s own actions contradict its supposed lack of concern. The site offered new home security systems to several “high priority” moderators, plus company transport and counseling. One moderator even left his home country of Ireland for fear of retribution.

Rare is the security risk that so directly puts people’s lives in danger, but this is one, and Facebook is lucky nothing terrible happened as a result of its error.


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Facebook Wants Your Feedback On “Hard Questions” Like Censorship http://facecrooks.com/Internet-Safety-Privacy/Facebook-Wants-Your-Feedback-On-%e2%80%9cHard-Questions%e2%80%9d-Like-Censorship.html/ http://facecrooks.com/Internet-Safety-Privacy/Facebook-Wants-Your-Feedback-On-%e2%80%9cHard-Questions%e2%80%9d-Like-Censorship.html/#comments Thu, 15 Jun 2017 21:40:06 +0000 http://facecrooks.com/?p=10556 The post Facebook Wants Your Feedback On “Hard Questions” Like Censorship appeared first on .

For as much criticism as Facebook gets, there’s no question the platform deals with tough issues that no other company in world history has faced. From censorship to terrorism, Facebook handles an almost-governmental level of responsibility around the world. (Of course, Facebook brought many of these issues on itself — with almost two billion worldwide…

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Original Round Blue Facebook Web IconFor as much criticism as Facebook gets, there’s no question the platform deals with tough issues that no other company in world history has faced. From censorship to terrorism, Facebook handles an almost-governmental level of responsibility around the world. (Of course, Facebook brought many of these issues on itself — with almost two billion worldwide users, it was always going to cope with cultural problems.)

That’s why Facebook introduced a new blog series this week called “Hard Questions” that seeks to explain to users why the social media giant makes the decisions it does.

Some of the questions that will be covered in the series include “how should platforms approach keeping terrorists from spreading propaganda content online?”, “How can we use data for everyone’s benefit, without undermining people’s trust?”, and “Is social media good for democracy?” The questions mark an honest attempt to bring transparency to what is often a difficult-to-understand company.

“Even when you’re skeptical of our choices, we hope these posts give a better sense of how we approach them — and how seriously we take them,” Facebook’s VP of Public Policy & Communications Elliot Schrage wrote in a blog post. “And we believe that by becoming more open and accountable, we should be able to make fewer mistakes, and correct them faster.”

Just talking about problems won’t solve them, but at least Facebook is letting people know it’s thinking about it.


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Man Faces Three Years In Prison For Uploading Movie To His Facebook Page http://facecrooks.com/Internet-Safety-Privacy/Man-Faces-Three-Years-In-Prison-For-Uploading-Movie-To-His-Facebook-Page.html/ http://facecrooks.com/Internet-Safety-Privacy/Man-Faces-Three-Years-In-Prison-For-Uploading-Movie-To-His-Facebook-Page.html/#comments Wed, 14 Jun 2017 21:44:23 +0000 http://facecrooks.com/?p=10554 The post Man Faces Three Years In Prison For Uploading Movie To His Facebook Page appeared first on .

When we post on Facebook, the content we put out there often feels disconnected from the real world. However, these seemingly-harmless broadcasts can have huge real-world ramifications. That was the case this week when a man was arrested and charged with copyright infringement for posting the movie “Deadpool” to his Facebook page. If convicted, he…

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Gavel at the computer keyboardWhen we post on Facebook, the content we put out there often feels disconnected from the real world. However, these seemingly-harmless broadcasts can have huge real-world ramifications. That was the case this week when a man was arrested and charged with copyright infringement for posting the movie “Deadpool” to his Facebook page. If convicted, he faces up to three years in federal prison.

According to officials, 21-year-old Trevon Maurice Franklin posted the video to a Facebook page named “Tre-Von M. King” days after the film’s February 2016 release. It was viewed more than 5 million times before being removed several days later. The charge of “reproducing and distributing a copyrighted work” is a felony offense, and Franklin could find himself in deep trouble if convicted.

The fact that Franklin posted the video under a fake name illustrates that he knew what he was doing was wrong. Instances of piracy like this are rarely prosecuted, but the fact he bootlegged the film right after it came out and the film’s massive box office success likely led to Franklin getting caught. Of course, the lesson for law-abiding users is simple: be careful what you post, and even what you re-post. Sharing illegal content like this could get the sharer in trouble, too.


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Experts: Facebook Tracks You More Than You Know http://facecrooks.com/Internet-Safety-Privacy/Experts-Facebook-Tracks-You-More-Than-You-Know.html/ http://facecrooks.com/Internet-Safety-Privacy/Experts-Facebook-Tracks-You-More-Than-You-Know.html/#comments Tue, 13 Jun 2017 22:08:24 +0000 http://facecrooks.com/?p=10552 The post Experts: Facebook Tracks You More Than You Know appeared first on .

Most savvy Facebook users are at least vaguely aware the social media giant is gathering their information. However, according to many prominent privacy and security experts, most of us don’t know the full extent of Facebook’s tracking. Of course Facebook knows which websites you visit, but it can also track your location in the real…

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Technology SecurityMost savvy Facebook users are at least vaguely aware the social media giant is gathering their information. However, according to many prominent privacy and security experts, most of us don’t know the full extent of Facebook’s tracking.

Of course Facebook knows which websites you visit, but it can also track your location in the real world after you download its mobile apps. This information tells the site where you shop, what you like to do in your free time and more. Facebook can also figure out your financial status by analyzing your online shopping purchases combined with your location and info from marketing partners.

Of course, since Facebook is a free service, it should be obvious where it makes its money — us.

“My view is that anything posted to a social network is public data, regardless of the privacy settings,” security expert Michael Bazzell told Gizmodo. “I don’t blame Facebook, I blame all of us for not investigating the companies that want our data. Facebook does not charge its users for access, yet makes billions of dollars. The users are the product.”

The lesson, as always: be careful what you share on Facebook. You never know how the site is going to use it. And even if you’re careful, the site might still dig up your info anyway.


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