http://facecrooks.com Tue, 28 Jun 2016 19:02:17 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v= Is Facebook Using Your Location To Suggest Friends? http://facecrooks.com/Internet-Safety-Privacy/Is-Facebook-Using-Your-Location-To-Suggest-Friends.html/ http://facecrooks.com/Internet-Safety-Privacy/Is-Facebook-Using-Your-Location-To-Suggest-Friends.html/#comments Tue, 28 Jun 2016 18:59:01 +0000 http://facecrooks.com/?p=10031 The post Is Facebook Using Your Location To Suggest Friends? appeared first on .

If you’re a Facebook user, this has probably happened to you: a person you may have met only once pops up in your “Suggested Friends.” Or an ex you’d rather not see. Or a former teacher. These connections can be downright creepy in their knowledge of you, but how does Facebook find that information? Conflicting…

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facebook-privacyIf you’re a Facebook user, this has probably happened to you: a person you may have met only once pops up in your “Suggested Friends.” Or an ex you’d rather not see. Or a former teacher. These connections can be downright creepy in their knowledge of you, but how does Facebook find that information? Conflicting reports this week suggest that your location may play a factor — or not, depending on if you believe Facebook.

In a report on Fusion.net, a Facebook spokesperson seemed to say that, indeed, location is a factor in how the social media site finds your friend recommendations.

“Location information by itself doesn’t indicate that two people might be friends,” they said. “That’s why location is only one of the factors we use to suggest people you may know.”

However, the company soon backtracked and denied using your location in this way.

“We’re not using location data, such as device location and location information you add to your profile, to suggest people you may know,” a Facebook spokesperson said. “We may show you people based on mutual friends, work and education information, networks you are part of, contacts you’ve imported and other factors.”

So, which report is true? Facebook rarely reveals how its algorithms work, so it’s difficult to know for sure. However, there’s no doubt that Facebook knows a ton about you whether or not it uses your location data, so it’s possible it could make creepy friend suggestions even without that info. 


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Burglars Brag About Robbery On Facebook Live, Get Arrested http://facecrooks.com/Creeps-of-the-Week/Burglars-Brag-About-Robbery-On-Facebook-Live-Get-Arrested.html/ http://facecrooks.com/Creeps-of-the-Week/Burglars-Brag-About-Robbery-On-Facebook-Live-Get-Arrested.html/#comments Mon, 27 Jun 2016 21:51:30 +0000 http://facecrooks.com/?p=10028 The post Burglars Brag About Robbery On Facebook Live, Get Arrested appeared first on .

Facebook Live has been in the news lately for the shocking and violent crime that has been livestreamed on the platform. However, there’s an upside to the technology: sometimes criminals can use it to incriminate themselves. An 18-year-old Florida man posted a Facebook Live video on May 27 with two of his friends, bragging how…

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facebook-general-2Facebook Live has been in the news lately for the shocking and violent crime that has been livestreamed on the platform. However, there’s an upside to the technology: sometimes criminals can use it to incriminate themselves.

An 18-year-old Florida man posted a Facebook Live video on May 27 with two of his friends, bragging how the trio had stolen a safe containing $500,000 worth of jewelry. Of course, the man who posted the video was promptly arrested, and in a later post on his page, he blamed Facebook itself for “snitchin’.”

The video was over seven minutes long and racked up more than 3,000 views. In it, the men flashed cash at the camera and bragged “we got a safe.”  To make matters even worse for the dumb crooks, they pawned the stolen jewelry and only got $1,300 each — despite the fact it was valued at $500,000.

“It was just one dumb decision after another,” one law enforcement official said.

It can feel a little invasive and creepy to know the cops are on the lookout for evidence online, but in cases like these, it’s just plain funny. If criminals are going to be this brazen (and stupid) when bragging about their crimes, of course the police are going to act on it.


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Facebook To Offer “Political Bias” Employee Training After News Censorship Controversy http://facecrooks.com/Internet-Safety-Privacy/Facebook-To-Offer-%e2%80%9cPolitical-Bias%e2%80%9d-Employee-Training-After-News-Censorship-Controversy.html/ http://facecrooks.com/Internet-Safety-Privacy/Facebook-To-Offer-%e2%80%9cPolitical-Bias%e2%80%9d-Employee-Training-After-News-Censorship-Controversy.html/#comments Sat, 25 Jun 2016 14:37:39 +0000 http://facecrooks.com/?p=10026 The post Facebook To Offer “Political Bias” Employee Training After News Censorship Controversy appeared first on .

Facebook announced this week that it will add political bias training to its employee orientation following the firestorm last month over allegations that Facebook employees deliberately suppressed conservative news stories in the site’s Trending Topics feed. Sheryl Sandberg, Facebook’s chief operating officer, announced the change in an interview with prominent conservative leader Arthur Brooks, president…

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facebook_censorFacebook announced this week that it will add political bias training to its employee orientation following the firestorm last month over allegations that Facebook employees deliberately suppressed conservative news stories in the site’s Trending Topics feed.

Sheryl Sandberg, Facebook’s chief operating officer, announced the change in an interview with prominent conservative leader Arthur Brooks, president of the think tank American Enterprise Institute.

According to The Hill, many Silicon Valley companies like Facebook have stepped up bias training in recent years because of a lack of diversity in the industry’s hiring.

“We think a lot about diversity,” Sandberg said in the announcement. “It’s something our industry has struggled with. We’ve struggled with. We have a managing bias class that all of our leaders and a lot of our employees have taken. We focused on age bias, racial bias, gender bias, nation bias, and we’re going to add in a scenario now on political bias.”

Interestingly, Sandberg also said that Facebook conducted a “thorough investigation” into the claim of liberal bias, and did not find that one existed within the company. That may be true, but if Facebook implemented political bias training in the first place, the site must have thought it was an issue worth addressing. Either that, or the social media giant simply wants to quiet claims of censorship and work on repairing its relationship with one half of the political spectrum.


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Facebook Just Moved A Lot Of Your Info To The Front Of Your Profile http://facecrooks.com/Internet-Safety-Privacy/Facebook-Just-Moved-A-Lot-Of-Your-Info-To-The-Front-Of-Your-Profile.html/ http://facecrooks.com/Internet-Safety-Privacy/Facebook-Just-Moved-A-Lot-Of-Your-Info-To-The-Front-Of-Your-Profile.html/#comments Thu, 23 Jun 2016 22:04:59 +0000 http://facecrooks.com/?p=10024 The post Facebook Just Moved A Lot Of Your Info To The Front Of Your Profile appeared first on .

You may not know it, but Facebook recently made a tweak to your profile that moved some important — and potentially personal — information to the front-and-center of your page. Your full employment and education history is now prominently featured in your Facebook profile’s “Intro” section, while it was previously tucked away in your profile’s…

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who_viewed_your_profile_thumb1You may not know it, but Facebook recently made a tweak to your profile that moved some important — and potentially personal — information to the front-and-center of your page.

Your full employment and education history is now prominently featured in your Facebook profile’s “Intro” section, while it was previously tucked away in your profile’s “About” tab.

Thankfully, the change doesn’t make any private information available to the public, but it does make some sensitive info suddenly much more visible than it was before. Of course, Facebook pointed out that the information now displayed in your Intro is the same you already had in your profile, so if you were careful about it before, there shouldn’t be a problem now. 

“This is a change we made in the past week to make it easier to understand which of your work and education (school, college) fields are public,” a Facebook spokesperson told The Huffington Post. “None of these fields have [had] their privacy settings changed; we’re now simply showing the already-public fields in Intro… If you’ve already curated what you want to appear there, this change shouldn’t affect you.”

A friendly notification from Facebook that this change was occurring would’ve been nice, but thankfully it’s a very quick fix. Simply click on the pencil icon next to each line of information in your Intro and de-select it if you don’t want it to be visible, or if you’re using the mobile version, just click the “Edit Info” line. 


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Facebook Live Unwittingly Streams Murder Video, Footage Of Other Violent Crimes http://facecrooks.com/Internet-Safety-Privacy/Facebook-Live-Unwittingly-Streams-Murder-Video-Footage-Of-Other-Violent-Crimes.html/ http://facecrooks.com/Internet-Safety-Privacy/Facebook-Live-Unwittingly-Streams-Murder-Video-Footage-Of-Other-Violent-Crimes.html/#comments Wed, 22 Jun 2016 12:22:11 +0000 http://facecrooks.com/?p=10020 The post Facebook Live Unwittingly Streams Murder Video, Footage Of Other Violent Crimes appeared first on .

It’s no secret that Facebook thinks video is the future of all communication. However, the social media giant might want to think about how it can control the kind of videos it broadcasts if that prediction comes true. This month, a Facebook Live video allegedly showed the fatal shooting of a Chicago man. A French…

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skeleton_hackerIt’s no secret that Facebook thinks video is the future of all communication. However, the social media giant might want to think about how it can control the kind of videos it broadcasts if that prediction comes true.

This month, a Facebook Live video allegedly showed the fatal shooting of a Chicago man. A French terrorist also murdered a police officer and his partner and then livestreamed on Facebook, wondering aloud what to do with the couple’s three-year-old child. For its part, Facebook removed the terrorist’s video, though the footage of the Chicago shooting remains posted in various places with a “graphic content” disclaimer.

Facebook opened its livestreaming feature last summer to compete with popular video platforms like Periscope and Snapchat. However, Facebook has many more users than those two apps, and thus a greater number of videos to review — and a greater chance that some of those videos will depict violence.

“We do understand and recognize that there are unique challenges when it comes to content and safety for Live videos,” a Facebook spokesperson told Quartz. “It’s a serious responsibility, and we work hard to strike the right balance between enabling expression while providing a safe and respectful experience. We’re deeply committed to improving the effectiveness of how we handle reports of live content that violates our Community Standards.”

With the advent of live video on the Internet, it was a given that some serious things could one day be filmed and broadcast. And that’s why Facebook should’ve been better prepared to deal with graphic videos like these to ensure they don’t remain posted for long.


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Family Of Terror Attack Victim Suing Facebook & Other Social Sites For Not Doing Enough To Censor Terrorists http://facecrooks.com/Internet-Safety-Privacy/Family-Of-Terror-Attack-Victim-Suing-Facebook-Other-Social-Sites-For-Not-Doing-Enough-To-Censor-Terrorists.html/ http://facecrooks.com/Internet-Safety-Privacy/Family-Of-Terror-Attack-Victim-Suing-Facebook-Other-Social-Sites-For-Not-Doing-Enough-To-Censor-Terrorists.html/#comments Mon, 20 Jun 2016 23:25:08 +0000 http://facecrooks.com/?p=10018 The post Family Of Terror Attack Victim Suing Facebook & Other Social Sites For Not Doing Enough To Censor Terrorists appeared first on .

The family of 23-year-old student Nohemi Gonzalez, the only American killed during the ISIS terrorist attack in Paris last fall, filed a lawsuit last week against Facebook, Twitter and Google for supplying “material support” to terrorists. The victim’s father, Reynaldo Gonzalez, wrote in a complaint to the court that these sites “have knowingly permitted the…

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facebook iconThe family of 23-year-old student Nohemi Gonzalez, the only American killed during the ISIS terrorist attack in Paris last fall, filed a lawsuit last week against Facebook, Twitter and Google for supplying “material support” to terrorists.

The victim’s father, Reynaldo Gonzalez, wrote in a complaint to the court that these sites “have knowingly permitted the terrorist group ISIS to use their social networks as a tool for spreading extremist propaganda, raising funds and attracting new recruits.”

Facebook defended itself with a statement, saying that there is “no place” for terrorism or content that promotes it on its pages. Indeed, the three platforms may be protected by the Communications Decency Act, which says that websites are not liable for the content that users post. However, the victim’s family argues that the “support” Facebook provides is worthy of a lawsuit.

“Google, Twitter and Facebook provide infrastructure and material support for ISIS to conduct terrorist activity,” the attorney representing the victim’s family, Keith Altman, said. “These companies are not doing a good enough job from keeping the terrorists from using their network… It’s like whack-a-mole. I don’t think ISIS could sustain their operation without these social networks.”

It’s true that ISIS has a huge presence on social media, and it has proven hard for these sites to keep up with policing terrorist content. This suit faces an uphill battle because of existing laws that protect websites from their own users, but hopefully the victim’s family is able to find some form of justice anyway.


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Hackers Could Break Into Your Facebook Account With Just Your Phone Number http://facecrooks.com/Internet-Safety-Privacy/Hackers-Could-Break-Into-Your-Facebook-Account-With-Just-Your-Phone-Number.html/ http://facecrooks.com/Internet-Safety-Privacy/Hackers-Could-Break-Into-Your-Facebook-Account-With-Just-Your-Phone-Number.html/#comments Fri, 17 Jun 2016 15:36:42 +0000 http://facecrooks.com/?p=10015 The post Hackers Could Break Into Your Facebook Account With Just Your Phone Number appeared first on .

Security researchers showed this week that a hacker could break into a Facebook account using only a phone number. The hack exploits SS7, a wildly outdated part of the telecom infrastructure created in 1975 that sets up phone calls, performs phone number translation, prepaid billing, SMS and more. How does the hack work? It’s pretty…

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alert-150x150Security researchers showed this week that a hacker could break into a Facebook account using only a phone number. The hack exploits SS7, a wildly outdated part of the telecom infrastructure created in 1975 that sets up phone calls, performs phone number translation, prepaid billing, SMS and more.

How does the hack work? It’s pretty simple: SS7 trusts all messages sent over it regardless of where they’re coming from, so hackers can easily trick it into diverting calls and texts to their own devices. From that point, it’s easy to break into Facebook. All a hacker has to do is click on the “Forgot account?” link on Facebook’s home page, and then provide the phone number for the account that the hacker is targeting. Facebook sends a text message with the account log-in credentials, and the hacker diverts the text to their own phone. And just like that, they have access to your account using only your phone number.

Thankfully, there are many simple steps that users can take to protect themselves from this security flaw. First, the hack only works if you have your phone number registered with Facebook and if you’ve authorized Facebook to send you texts. You can switch to a two-factor authentication in Facebook’s security settings and turn off the option to recover your account by text. It only takes a second, but it’s a significant way to improve your profile’s security. It’s also good idea to not publish your number on Facebook. Using Facebook’s Code Generator from their mobile application is more secure because it doesn’t rely on SMS two-factor authentication.


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Mark Zuckerberg Thinks Facebook Could Read Your Mind One Day http://facecrooks.com/Internet-Safety-Privacy/Mark-Zuckerberg-Thinks-Facebook-Could-Read-Your-Mind-One-Day.html/ http://facecrooks.com/Internet-Safety-Privacy/Mark-Zuckerberg-Thinks-Facebook-Could-Read-Your-Mind-One-Day.html/#comments Thu, 16 Jun 2016 12:08:32 +0000 http://facecrooks.com/?p=10012 The post Mark Zuckerberg Thinks Facebook Could Read Your Mind One Day appeared first on .

Facebook is often at the cutting-edge of technology. From its Facebook Live streaming videos to Oculus Rift virtual reality, the social media giant is dedicated to innovating (and dominating) all corners of the tech market. That even includes thinking about the far future of social technology — and the potentially creepy consequences that technology could…

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facebook-monthly-fee1-300x202Facebook is often at the cutting-edge of technology. From its Facebook Live streaming videos to Oculus Rift virtual reality, the social media giant is dedicated to innovating (and dominating) all corners of the tech market. That even includes thinking about the far future of social technology — and the potentially creepy consequences that technology could bring.

For instance, Mark Zuckerberg said this week that he thinks Facebook users may one day be able to transmit their thoughts to the online world directly from their brains. If that sounds far-fetched, it is — for now. Zuckerberg was quick to point out this technology is likely decades away, and he didn’t say that he necessarily wants Facebook to have that kind of power. However, it’s telling that he’s thinking about it to this degree.

“I think you’re going to be able to capture a thought, what you’re thinking or feeling, in its kind of ideal and perfect form in your head and be able to share that with the world,” Zuckerberg said in a Facebook Live Q&A session. “Of course it’s really important that people have the power to do this in the way that they want, to be able to share that with other people.”

Facebook already knows a ton about you even without the ability to read minds, so there’s really no limit to the amount of private data it could collect if this sci-fi-like technology ever comes true.


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Facebook Can See Private Links You Share On Its Platform http://facecrooks.com/Internet-Safety-Privacy/Facebook-Can-See-Private-Links-You-Share-On-Its-Platform.html/ http://facecrooks.com/Internet-Safety-Privacy/Facebook-Can-See-Private-Links-You-Share-On-Its-Platform.html/#comments Tue, 14 Jun 2016 14:17:13 +0000 http://facecrooks.com/?p=10009 The post Facebook Can See Private Links You Share On Its Platform appeared first on .

Last week, security researcher Inti De Ceukelaire revealed a shocking hole in Facebook’s Messenger system that allows anyone to read links you privately send your friends. What’s worse, the flaw isn’t a bug, but an intentional feature that Facebook has no plans to fix. De Ceukelaire was able to find these privately-shared links using the…

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facebook-privacy3Last week, security researcher Inti De Ceukelaire revealed a shocking hole in Facebook’s Messenger system that allows anyone to read links you privately send your friends. What’s worse, the flaw isn’t a bug, but an intentional feature that Facebook has no plans to fix.

De Ceukelaire was able to find these privately-shared links using the Facebook crawler tool. Indeed, anyone who can make API calls to Facebook’s database can access this info. Even though this seems like a potentially huge privacy breach, your information is probably safe. Most of the people who have access to this data are app developers, and as PC Mag points out, Facebook would probably notice any kind of massive data dump taking place and ban that person’s access to its APIs.

Still, the ease with which De Ceukelaire was able to find users’ private information embedded in URLs is disturbing.

“While you may only share links to funny cat videos with your friends, you should still be worried about this exploit,” he wrote. “Sometimes, sensitive information (personal data, secret keys,…) are included in links without you even noticing.”

Some of the private info he was able to glean: names, pictures, location, language and application data. And when he reported the apparent flaw to Facebook, the site responded by telling him that he had found “publically-documented and intentional behavior.”

You probably didn’t need another reminder, but this is a good one if you did: don’t share your private information anywhere — even in a “private” message — on Facebook.


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Creepy Startup Wants To Help Landlords Analyze Your Facebook, Other Social Media http://facecrooks.com/Internet-Safety-Privacy/Creepy-Startup-Wants-To-Help-Landlords-Analyze-Your-Facebook-Other-Social-Media.html/ http://facecrooks.com/Internet-Safety-Privacy/Creepy-Startup-Wants-To-Help-Landlords-Analyze-Your-Facebook-Other-Social-Media.html/#comments Sun, 12 Jun 2016 14:16:55 +0000 http://facecrooks.com/?p=10007 The post Creepy Startup Wants To Help Landlords Analyze Your Facebook, Other Social Media appeared first on .

A UK startup has created a creepy new product that allows landlords to analyze the social media accounts of potential tenants. The product, Tenant Assured, scrapes your Facebook and other social media accounts for pretty much all of your personal information and prepares a dossier of it to send to your would-be landlord. What is…

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Eye Looking Through A KeyholeA UK startup has created a creepy new product that allows landlords to analyze the social media accounts of potential tenants. The product, Tenant Assured, scrapes your Facebook and other social media accounts for pretty much all of your personal information and prepares a dossier of it to send to your would-be landlord.

What is some of the information this invasive tool gathers? Well, pretty much everything; age, whether or not you’re pregnant, financial stress level, and personality traits like neuroticism and agreeableness are just a few of the factors it takes into account. Some of that information, like whether or not a potential tenant is pregnant, is illegal for landlords to consider under U.S. housing discrimination law. However, the company’s co-founder, Steve Thornhill, told The Washington Post “it’s up to landlords to do the right thing” with the illegal information the tool provides.

But even if the tool itself isn’t illegal, it’s definitely creepy and poses a major ethical problem.

“Even if the makers of [Tenant Assured], and the landlords who use it, manage to evade legal liability, it should be made illegal,” Seth A. Miller, an attorney specializing in tenant law, told Gawker. “People should not be forced to join social media just to rent an apartment, and landlords and employers should not have the right to view posts that were not written for them to read.”

What’s worse, the company plans on creating more offshoots of the feature, including one for HR departments and one for parents looking for potential nannies. Only time will tell if this idea is too creepy for the everyday consumer, but it’s disturbing that it went to market in the first place.

With such invasive tools combing through social media sites, it’s essential that users have their accounts locked down and do not share any posts publicly. It’s also wise to be careful what you post anywhere in the first place.


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