http://facecrooks.com Mon, 16 Jan 2017 13:07:59 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v= Facebook Waits Two Weeks To Remove Video Of 12-Year-Old Girl Committing Suicide http://facecrooks.com/Internet-Safety-Privacy/Facebook-Waits-Two-Weeks-To-Remove-Video-Of-12-Year-Old-Girl-Committing-Suicide.html/ http://facecrooks.com/Internet-Safety-Privacy/Facebook-Waits-Two-Weeks-To-Remove-Video-Of-12-Year-Old-Girl-Committing-Suicide.html/#comments Fri, 13 Jan 2017 22:18:21 +0000 http://facecrooks.com/?p=10328 The post Facebook Waits Two Weeks To Remove Video Of 12-Year-Old Girl Committing Suicide appeared first on .

On December 30, a 12-year-old girl in Polk County, Georgia, tragically live-streamed her own suicide, and for nearly two weeks, the video could still be found circulating on Facebook. Police in Polk County received requests from around the world to remove the video, though when they contacted Facebook, the site only asked the cops if…

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facebook_blackbg_logoOn December 30, a 12-year-old girl in Polk County, Georgia, tragically live-streamed her own suicide, and for nearly two weeks, the video could still be found circulating on Facebook.

Police in Polk County received requests from around the world to remove the video, though when they contacted Facebook, the site only asked the cops if it was legally required to remove the video. When the police told Facebook that it was not required to do so, the site allowed the video to remain posted, though with a graphic content warning. Facebook also allegedly told users who reported the video that it did not “violate specific community standards.” However, on the afternoon of January 12, the site finally began hunting down and removing the video.

Facebook often says that videos like this one help to raise awareness and start a conversation about difficult issues. However, many experts are skeptical of the supposed benefit provided by hosting such graphic content.

“What happens if a bunch of people decide to troll the video by hitting the Like or Heart button?” Jeremy J. Littau, an assistant professor of journalism at Lehigh University, told Quartz. “Whatever public service is done by leaving the video up, surely that can be easily undone (and perhaps move into the realm of harm to others struggling with the issue) by watching a bunch of people approve of a person’s suicide by social clicking.”

While it’s good that Facebook is finally stopping the spread of this tragic video, it shouldn’t take a massive public outcry to get the site to take action.

Always keep in mind that the Facebook Help Center offers links to suicide prevention resources.



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Syrian Refugee Sues Facebook Over Fake News http://facecrooks.com/Internet-Safety-Privacy/Syrian-Refugee-Sues-Facebook-Over-Fake-News.html/ http://facecrooks.com/Internet-Safety-Privacy/Syrian-Refugee-Sues-Facebook-Over-Fake-News.html/#comments Thu, 12 Jan 2017 14:16:01 +0000 http://facecrooks.com/?p=10326 The post Syrian Refugee Sues Facebook Over Fake News appeared first on .

A Syrian refugee in Germany is suing Facebook for allowing the spread of fake news that included his picture, tying him to crimes that he did not commit. In 2015, 19-year-old Syrian man Anas Modamani took a selfie with German chancellor Angela Merkel that went viral. It was an innocent photo, but it went viral…

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Original Round Blue Facebook Web IconA Syrian refugee in Germany is suing Facebook for allowing the spread of fake news that included his picture, tying him to crimes that he did not commit.

In 2015, 19-year-old Syrian man Anas Modamani took a selfie with German chancellor Angela Merkel that went viral. It was an innocent photo, but it went viral again late last year for very different reasons. The selfie began to spread with false claims that Modamani was one of the suicide bombers involved with the Brussels airport attack last March. The picture was also shared over 500 times with fake news claiming Modamani was one of the men who set fire to a homeless person in a Berlin subway on December 25.

All perpetrators have been identified in both attacks, so Modamani is clearly innocent. However, instead of merely chalking the spread of his picture up to Internet trolls, the young refugee is taking the fight to Facebook itself.

“Anas Modamani is fighting back based on his personal rights, that no person is able to slander him or accuse him of crimes,” said Chan-Jo Jun, the man’s lawyer. “For Facebook fake claims and insults are not a breach of community standards, but most certainly a breach of German law.”

With fake news becoming such a hot-button topic for Facebook this year, you can bet this won’t be the last case challenging the social media giant on the matter.


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Report: You Cannot Block Mark Zuckerberg On Facebook http://facecrooks.com/Internet-Safety-Privacy/Report-You-Cannot-Block-Mark-Zuckerberg-On-Facebook.html/ http://facecrooks.com/Internet-Safety-Privacy/Report-You-Cannot-Block-Mark-Zuckerberg-On-Facebook.html/#comments Wed, 11 Jan 2017 15:02:57 +0000 http://facecrooks.com/?p=10324 The post Report: You Cannot Block Mark Zuckerberg On Facebook appeared first on .

Facebook founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg is certainly an active user of his own site, but as Gizmodo pointed out this week, his posts aren’t all exactly winners. The sometimes-annoying quality of Zuckerberg’s posts is what prompted the article’s writer to block him on Facebook — or at least to try. When the writer attempted…

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facebook-monthly-fee1-300x202Facebook founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg is certainly an active user of his own site, but as Gizmodo pointed out this week, his posts aren’t all exactly winners. The sometimes-annoying quality of Zuckerberg’s posts is what prompted the article’s writer to block him on Facebook — or at least to try. When the writer attempted to block the tech boss, a pop-up notification appeared that said “this profile can’t be blocked for now.”

Facebook often touts its dedication to user freedom, though this report seems to fly in the face of that edict. Coupled with other recent news, like Facebook’s blocking of ad blockers, it becomes clear that the site wants you to be able to make choices — as long as they line up with the choices the site wants you to make.

“I tried to block Mark Zuckerberg on Facebook this morning, only to find that King Zuck is immune from Facebook’s mere mortal block feature,” William Turton wrote on Gizmodo. “I could block Sheryl Sandberg, Facebook’s COO, and Zuckerberg’s wife, Priscilla Chan. But not Zuck. He is invulnerable to blockage.”

It’s a humorous article, but it’s one with a serious undercurrent. How does Zuckerberg expect 1.8 billion active Facebook users to play by the rules when he himself does not? For a platform supposedly dedicated to user choice, the inability for users to block Zuckerberg feels like an awfully authoritarian move.


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From Saturday morning facebook will become chargeable – Hoax Alert http://facecrooks.com/Scam-Watch/From-Saturday-morning-facebook-will-become-chargeable-Hoax-Alert.html/ http://facecrooks.com/Scam-Watch/From-Saturday-morning-facebook-will-become-chargeable-Hoax-Alert.html/#comments Sat, 07 Jan 2017 16:19:11 +0000 http://facecrooks.com/?p=10320 The post From Saturday morning facebook will become chargeable – Hoax Alert appeared first on .

Another silly Facebook hoax is spreading virally across the platform. We have received numerous reports containing the following message: “From Saturday morning facebook will become chargeable. If you have at least 10 contacts send them this message. In this way we will see that you are an avid user and your logo will become blue…

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Another silly Facebook hoax is spreading virally across the platform. We have received numerous reports containing the following message:

From Saturday morning facebook will become chargeable. If you have at least 10 contacts send them this message. In this way we will see that you are an avid user and your logo will become blue () and will remain free. (As discussed in the paper today. Facebook will cost 0.01ps per message. Send this message to 10 people. When you do the light will turn blue otherwise facebook will activate billing.

The message appears like this in your inbox:

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A number of statements in this message should tip you off that your dealing with a hoax.

  1. The grammar alone is suspect, and this is pretty typical for several hoaxes like this
  2. Facebook would not require you to send a message like this to at least 10 people. Anything remotely resembling a chain letter should be avoided and not shared.
  3. Facebook is free and always will be. They would not charge for features available on the platform.
  4. If this were legitimate, it would be major news on all mainstream media outlets. Just because the message says that it was in the paper, doesn’t make it true.

Always do a little research before blindly sharing crap like this on Facebook. Your friends will be glad and it could save you some embarrassment.



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Facebook Comes Under Fire For Live-Streaming Torture Video http://facecrooks.com/Internet-Safety-Privacy/Facebook-Comes-Under-Fire-For-Live-Streaming-Torture-Video.html/ http://facecrooks.com/Internet-Safety-Privacy/Facebook-Comes-Under-Fire-For-Live-Streaming-Torture-Video.html/#comments Fri, 06 Jan 2017 23:33:06 +0000 http://facecrooks.com/?p=10318 The post Facebook Comes Under Fire For Live-Streaming Torture Video appeared first on .

Earlier this week, four teenagers tortured and taunted an 18-year-old mentally disabled man and streamed the entire episode on Facebook Live. The suspects, all black, have been charged with a hate crime both for shouting epithets about white people in the video and because the victim is both white and mentally handicapped. The horrifying incident…

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Original Round Blue Facebook Web IconEarlier this week, four teenagers tortured and taunted an 18-year-old mentally disabled man and streamed the entire episode on Facebook Live. The suspects, all black, have been charged with a hate crime both for shouting epithets about white people in the video and because the victim is both white and mentally handicapped.

The horrifying incident has been roundly condemned by individuals from across the political spectrum, even the President of the United States. However, much less discussed has been Facebook’s role in accidentally promoting this kind of violent content — and the fact that the site allowed the torture video to remain posted for 30 minutes.

The social media giant did eventually take down the graphic video, noting that it violated the site’s rule against celebrating or glorifying crime. However, violent videos are allowed if the user who reposts it is condemning the violent actions. It’s also unclear what role the video played in the suspects’ eventual capture, though the video could be a powerful tool for providing the data of criminals to law enforcement.

“Nobody wants individuals to use their products for senseless acts, such as this,” Chris Michaels, director of communications at Wowza Media Systems, told Mashable. “Fortunately, the use of AI can help us begin to filter some of the hideous sides of humanity, and provide a safer solution for free discourse without egregious nanny-state censorship.”
Artificial intelligence may eventually be the solution, but for now Facebook has very little control over the content that gets broadcast on Facebook Live.



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New Extension Shows You What Data Facebook Detects In Your Photos http://facecrooks.com/Internet-Safety-Privacy/New-Extension-Shows-You-What-Data-Facebook-Detects-In-Your-Photos.html/ http://facecrooks.com/Internet-Safety-Privacy/New-Extension-Shows-You-What-Data-Facebook-Detects-In-Your-Photos.html/#comments Fri, 06 Jan 2017 15:17:40 +0000 http://facecrooks.com/?p=10316 The post New Extension Shows You What Data Facebook Detects In Your Photos appeared first on .

You probably already know that Facebook collects a ton of your data. However, did you know that Facebook can even detect information about you in the photos you upload? A new Google Chrome extension shows you exactly what labels Facebook has assigned to your pics. The extension, called Show Facebook Computer Vision Tags, was created…

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facebook-privacy-200You probably already know that Facebook collects a ton of your data. However, did you know that Facebook can even detect information about you in the photos you upload? A new Google Chrome extension shows you exactly what labels Facebook has assigned to your pics.

The extension, called Show Facebook Computer Vision Tags, was created by software engineer Adam Geitgey. The tool shows a simple visual key in the upper right corner of each Facebook pic with a list of data points that Facebook has extracted from the photo. For instance, a picture of a baseball stadium included the words stadium, crowd, outdoor, sky and baseball.

Geitgey said he built the tool in only about an hour, noting how the simple feature could help users learn more about what Facebook already knows about them.

“I think the feature that Facebook can detect objects is really interesting and really useful, especially if users are blind, but a lot of users don’t realize how much info is being collected about them,” he said. Geitgey also compared Facebook’s data collection to the small fees you pay to withdraw from an ATM, saying, “at the time, you think it’s worth the fee for the convenience. But if you look at end of year it might add up to a lot more than you might think.”

While it’s obvious that Facebook collects the data that we provide to it in writing, it’s much more surprising that the site can even read our pictures for information.


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Is Mark Zuckerberg Preparing To Enter Politics? http://facecrooks.com/Internet-Safety-Privacy/Is-Mark-Zuckerberg-Preparing-To-Enter-Politics.html/ http://facecrooks.com/Internet-Safety-Privacy/Is-Mark-Zuckerberg-Preparing-To-Enter-Politics.html/#comments Thu, 05 Jan 2017 14:25:17 +0000 http://facecrooks.com/?p=10314 The post Is Mark Zuckerberg Preparing To Enter Politics? appeared first on .

2016 is finally in the books, and it’s safe to say that Facebook had a rough one. From the still-going fake news controversy to the usual array of privacy and censorship issues, Facebook garnered a lot of negative press over the past year. That’s one reason — though maybe not the only one — that…

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facebook-monthly-fee1-300x2022016 is finally in the books, and it’s safe to say that Facebook had a rough one. From the still-going fake news controversy to the usual array of privacy and censorship issues, Facebook garnered a lot of negative press over the past year. That’s one reason — though maybe not the only one — that Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg has vowed to have visited or met people from all 50 states in 2017.

“My work is about connecting the world and giving everyone a voice,” Zuckerberg wrote. “I want to personally hear more of those voices this year.”

It might be an admirable New Years resolution from Zuckerberg to better connect with his site’s users, but others have noted that it could be the first step toward a political career for the tech leader. Last month, it came to light that Zuckerberg pushed the Facebook board to allow him to maintain control of the company if he leaves for a political or government position. And on Christmas Day this year, Zuckerberg announced that he is no longer an atheist (for electability purposes, most politicians claim a religion). Zuckerberg has also increasingly taken public political stances, using his keynote address at Facebook’s annual developers conference to speak out against president-elect Donald Trump’s proposed wall on the Mexican border.

It’s all just speculation for now, but it’s a scary thought to imagine a man with access to so much of our private data running for office. Facebook is a social platform with over 1.7 billion active users, and how it could be used as a mouthpiece for a political candidate is frightening.


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Facebook Bans Photo Of Nude Neptune Statue For Being “Explicitly Sexual” http://facecrooks.com/Internet-Safety-Privacy/Facebook-Bans-Photo-Of-Nude-Neptune-Statue-For-Being-%e2%80%9cExplicitly-Sexual%e2%80%9d.html/ http://facecrooks.com/Internet-Safety-Privacy/Facebook-Bans-Photo-Of-Nude-Neptune-Statue-For-Being-%e2%80%9cExplicitly-Sexual%e2%80%9d.html/#comments Wed, 04 Jan 2017 15:14:48 +0000 http://facecrooks.com/?p=10311 The post Facebook Bans Photo Of Nude Neptune Statue For Being “Explicitly Sexual” appeared first on .

Facebook often makes confusing decisions when it comes to censoring content, banning harmless posts while allowing graphic photos and videos to remain. That happened again this week when the site took down a picture of a nude statue depicting the sea god Neptune. Italian writer Elisa Barbari wanted to use a photo of the statue…

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facebook_censorFacebook often makes confusing decisions when it comes to censoring content, banning harmless posts while allowing graphic photos and videos to remain. That happened again this week when the site took down a picture of a nude statue depicting the sea god Neptune.

Italian writer Elisa Barbari wanted to use a photo of the statue (found in Bologna, Italy) on her Facebook page. However, when she posted it, she received what appeared to be an automatic denial message from the site that deemed the pic “explicitly sexual.”

“The statue is shown from behind, not even as a close up, it’s in the distance. It’s ridiculous,” Barbari told CNN. ”At first I was angry. Then I was surprised, I couldn’t understand why they don’t want to clarify. It’s absurd. In the past, I have flagged inappropriate content to Facebook myself — fake news, violence on animals… Things that really need to be censured, not art. I don’t know what to think, it’s ridiculous.”

Barbari even challenged Facebook’s ruling and received another message from the site defending its initial ban, citing advertising guidelines. However, Facebook has appeared to change its mind, and the image is now restored to Barbari’s page.

For as much as Facebook tries to clarify its censorship and privacy policies, incidents like this one only serve to further confuse users and spread distrust in the site’s judgement.


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Facebook Stalls In Facial Recognition Privacy Lawsuit http://facecrooks.com/Internet-Safety-Privacy/Facebook-Stalls-In-Facial-Recognition-Privacy-Lawsuit.html/ http://facecrooks.com/Internet-Safety-Privacy/Facebook-Stalls-In-Facial-Recognition-Privacy-Lawsuit.html/#comments Mon, 02 Jan 2017 22:51:21 +0000 http://facecrooks.com/?p=10309 The post Facebook Stalls In Facial Recognition Privacy Lawsuit appeared first on .

A class action lawsuit filed against Facebook for its use of facial recognition data continues to move forward in court. However, Facebook is stalling the case with some truly ridiculous objections to the plaintiffs’ argument. The case stems from a 2008 Illinois law that makes it illegal for any company to collect “biometric data,” such…

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Facial recognitionA class action lawsuit filed against Facebook for its use of facial recognition data continues to move forward in court. However, Facebook is stalling the case with some truly ridiculous objections to the plaintiffs’ argument.

The case stems from a 2008 Illinois law that makes it illegal for any company to collect “biometric data,” such as scans of hands or faces, without disclosing the practice. The class action suit, filed in 2015, alleges that Facebook knowingly disregards the law for Illinois users. What’s more, Facebook began a lobbying effort against the law when it became clear that the suit would not be dismissed, and the site has refused to provide information about its lobbying to attorneys representing the Illinois users.

Facebook has proven to be stubborn every step of the way in the case, objecting to the definitions of the following terms: biometric identifiers, faceprint, face template, face recognition, face finding, stores, name and location, user, created, uploaded, relevant time period, Facebook, defendant, you and your.

The site’s obstinacy along with its lobbying efforts, illustrate that Facebook is clearly spooked it could lose this case. An early February deadline to give up some info is fast approaching, so Facebook may not be able to stall much longer.


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Facebook Is Buying Your Private Data From Third-Party Brokers http://facecrooks.com/Internet-Safety-Privacy/Facebook-Is-Buying-Your-Private-Data-From-Third-Party-Brokers.html/ http://facecrooks.com/Internet-Safety-Privacy/Facebook-Is-Buying-Your-Private-Data-From-Third-Party-Brokers.html/#comments Fri, 30 Dec 2016 16:14:17 +0000 http://facecrooks.com/?p=10307 The post Facebook Is Buying Your Private Data From Third-Party Brokers appeared first on .

Most savvy Facebook users understand that the social media giant traffics in our data. The things you tell the site help it target advertising to you, and thus make more money. However, according to a bombshell report from ProPublica this week, Facebook is also buying your private data from third-party brokers. The information it buys…

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Facebook and U.S. DollarMost savvy Facebook users understand that the social media giant traffics in our data. The things you tell the site help it target advertising to you, and thus make more money. However, according to a bombshell report from ProPublica this week, Facebook is also buying your private data from third-party brokers. The information it buys includes financial data like your income, credit card usage, and even what kind of restaurants you like to frequent.

Facebook has admitted that it obtains user data “from a few different sources,” though the vast majority of users don’t understand exactly what that means. According to the report, Facebook gathers “detailed dossiers” from third-party data brokers on users’ offline lives. The site says that it doesn’t fully disclose this to users because all of that information is already available — but that excuse doesn’t pass muster with some experts.

“They are not being honest,” Jeffrey Chester, executive director of the Center for Digital Democracy, told ProPublica. “Facebook is bundling a dozen different data companies to target an individual customer, and an individual should have access to that bundle as well.”

Facebook can’t get its hands on enough data, so it’s not surprising that it actually purchases more of our private info. But it’s still troubling that the site seemingly tries to hide that fact from users.


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