http://facecrooks.com Tue, 25 Apr 2017 14:19:35 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v= Sheryl Sandberg Admits There Are Financial Incentives For Fake News http://facecrooks.com/Internet-Safety-Privacy/Sheryl-Sandberg-Admits-There-Are-Financial-Incentives-For-Fake-News.html/ http://facecrooks.com/Internet-Safety-Privacy/Sheryl-Sandberg-Admits-There-Are-Financial-Incentives-For-Fake-News.html/#comments Tue, 25 Apr 2017 14:19:35 +0000 http://facecrooks.com/?p=10486 The post Sheryl Sandberg Admits There Are Financial Incentives For Fake News appeared first on .

Facebook chief operating officer Sheryl Sandberg went on the defensive this week to answer criticisms about the site’s role in the spread of fake news. However, she made several interesting admissions in her statements, including a comment that fake news is financially motivated. To this point, Facebook has downplayed the idea that its algorithms and…

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Facebook and U.S. DollarFacebook chief operating officer Sheryl Sandberg went on the defensive this week to answer criticisms about the site’s role in the spread of fake news. However, she made several interesting admissions in her statements, including a comment that fake news is financially motivated.

To this point, Facebook has downplayed the idea that its algorithms and advertising dollars reward the purveyors of fake news.  But Sandberg seemed to admit as much in a recent interview.

“We’re focused on decreasing the financial incentives for false news because a lot of times it is financially motivated. We all have to do our part to make sure that people see accurate information and figuring out how we do that is something that we’re going to have to see and will evolve,” she said.

During the interview, which has yet to air on the BBC, Sandberg also said that she believes fake news “hurts everyone” and that Facebook takes its responsibility to remove it “very seriously.” However, she also denied Facebook’s role as a media player, something many critics have insisted the site own.

“I don’t think we have to be the publisher and we definitely don’t want to be the arbiter of the truth,” she said. “We don’t think that’s appropriate for us.”

Of course, Facebook has a huge role to play in the current media climate whether it wants to or not. Let’s hope it starts taking even more responsibility for the kind of content its billion-plus users see every day.


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Facebook AI Still Isn’t Smart Enough To Catch Violent Content By Itself http://facecrooks.com/Internet-Safety-Privacy/Facebook-AI-Still-Isn%e2%80%99t-Smart-Enough-To-Catch-Violent-Content-By-Itself.html/ http://facecrooks.com/Internet-Safety-Privacy/Facebook-AI-Still-Isn%e2%80%99t-Smart-Enough-To-Catch-Violent-Content-By-Itself.html/#comments Thu, 20 Apr 2017 14:05:01 +0000 http://facecrooks.com/?p=10484 The post Facebook AI Still Isn’t Smart Enough To Catch Violent Content By Itself appeared first on .

Facebook believes Artificial Intelligence (AI) is the answer to almost every issue it faces, from proposing dinner recommendations to censoring content. However, the social media giant faced its own technological limitations this week when a Facebook user live-streamed a murder. Mark Zuckerberg himself weighed in on the murder while speaking at the F8 developer conference…

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facebook_blackbg_logoFacebook believes Artificial Intelligence (AI) is the answer to almost every issue it faces, from proposing dinner recommendations to censoring content. However, the social media giant faced its own technological limitations this week when a Facebook user live-streamed a murder.

Mark Zuckerberg himself weighed in on the murder while speaking at the F8 developer conference this week, and while he didn’t outright apologize for allowing the video to remain posted for so long, he did admit the site must do better.

“We have a lot more to do here. We’re reminded of this this week by the tragedy in Cleveland,” he said. “And we have a lot of work, and we will keep doing all we can to prevent tragedies like this from happening.”

However, Zuckerberg also defended Facebook’s AI capabilities, noting that over half of all flagged content on the site was reported by AI. He also said that, in a perfect world, AI will work with users, not replace them, when it comes to reporting content.

“This is an area where there are two forces that are coming together,” he said. “There’s this community that is helping people to solve problems on an unprecedented scale. At the same time, we’re developing new technologies that augment what this community can do.”

As the New York Times technology column and others pointed out, it is easy to teach a machine to recognize basic things like nudity, but it’s much harder for it to judge the intent behind actions — like violence. But if Facebook wants to stay in the live video game, it needs to figure out a better way to prevent a tragic videos like this from getting posted and recirculated again.


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Facebook Takes Three Hours To Remove Gruesome Murder Video http://facecrooks.com/Internet-Safety-Privacy/Facebook-Takes-Three-Hours-To-Remove-Gruesome-Murder-Video.html/ http://facecrooks.com/Internet-Safety-Privacy/Facebook-Takes-Three-Hours-To-Remove-Gruesome-Murder-Video.html/#comments Mon, 17 Apr 2017 22:16:03 +0000 http://facecrooks.com/?p=10481 The post Facebook Takes Three Hours To Remove Gruesome Murder Video appeared first on .

Facebook’s live video streaming platform Facebook Live has been repeatedly used to broadcast violence and other disturbing content. However, the service may have reached a crisis point this week when a man appeared to live stream a murder he committed — and Facebook took hours to remove the footage. The site has understandably received fierce…

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skeleton_hackerFacebook’s live video streaming platform Facebook Live has been repeatedly used to broadcast violence and other disturbing content. However, the service may have reached a crisis point this week when a man appeared to live stream a murder he committed — and Facebook took hours to remove the footage.

The site has understandably received fierce criticism for not taking down the video sooner, but it says that it did not receive a report about it for well over an hour. In an official response, Facebook said it removed the video 23 minutes after it first learned about it, though the site followed up by saying “we know we need to do better.”

However, this may only be the beginning of the ramifications Facebook could deal with after this video. According to some experts, the site may need to re-evaluate the entire platform’s purpose.

“I think it’s entirely possible that this incident could change the game,” Wired editor-in-chief Nicholas Thompson told CBS. “What I think will happen now is Facebook will have to, A) look at their algorithms to try to figure out whether this can be stopped, and B) think about the culture; there is a real culture of violence that has perpetrated itself inside of video sharing and social media platforms, and can that be changed?”

If it wasn’t obvious before, it certainly is now: Facebook needs to do more to prevent this kind of horrifying content from getting posted.


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Facebook Takes Down Major Fake Account Ring http://facecrooks.com/Internet-Safety-Privacy/Facebook-Takes-Down-Major-Fake-Account-Ring.html/ http://facecrooks.com/Internet-Safety-Privacy/Facebook-Takes-Down-Major-Fake-Account-Ring.html/#comments Sun, 16 Apr 2017 16:30:28 +0000 http://facecrooks.com/?p=10479 The post Facebook Takes Down Major Fake Account Ring appeared first on .

Facebook often finds itself under fire for not doing enough to combat the spread of fake content and malware on its pages. However, the site announced this week that it has broken up a major spam operation that it’s been fighting for six months. According to Facebook, the ring of scammers created tons of fake…

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no spam allow illustration designFacebook often finds itself under fire for not doing enough to combat the spread of fake content and malware on its pages. However, the site announced this week that it has broken up a major spam operation that it’s been fighting for six months.

According to Facebook, the ring of scammers created tons of fake accounts, then targeted publishers’ pages with “likes” and comments. Facebook said it believes the goal of the scam was to collect friends with the fake accounts, then target that friend list with spam. Shabnam Shaik, a technical program manager, said the fake accounts originated in Indonesia, Saudi Arabia, Bangladesh and a number of other countries around the world. He also said the people behind the ring were smart about how they covered their steps.

“We found that most of this activity was generated not through traditional mass account creation methods, but by more sophisticated means that try to mask the fact that the accounts are part of the same coordinated operation,” Shaik wrote. “By disrupting the campaign now, we expect that we will prevent this network of spammers from reaching its end goal of sending inauthentic material to large numbers of people.”

No matter how you feel about Facebook’s ability to keep users safe, it’s always a good thing when the social network makes a bust like this.



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Mark Zuckerberg Shares Strategy For Dealing With Controversy http://facecrooks.com/Internet-Safety-Privacy/Mark-Zuckerberg-Shares-Strategy-For-Dealing-With-Controversy.html/ http://facecrooks.com/Internet-Safety-Privacy/Mark-Zuckerberg-Shares-Strategy-For-Dealing-With-Controversy.html/#comments Thu, 13 Apr 2017 17:55:06 +0000 http://facecrooks.com/?p=10477 The post Mark Zuckerberg Shares Strategy For Dealing With Controversy appeared first on .

Facebook CEO and founder Mark Zuckerberg insists that his creation started as an innocent attempt to connect the world — nothing at all controversial about that. However, since its beginnings in 2004, the site has ballooned to almost 2 billion users (out of 7 billion human beings on earth), and like any entity that big,…

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facebook iconFacebook CEO and founder Mark Zuckerberg insists that his creation started as an innocent attempt to connect the world — nothing at all controversial about that. However, since its beginnings in 2004, the site has ballooned to almost 2 billion users (out of 7 billion human beings on earth), and like any entity that big, it’s frequently hit with problems and scandal. Zuckerberg addressed these problems, including censorship, fake news, free speech and more, in a wide-ranging interview with Fast Company this week.

Throughout the interview, Zuckerberg was on the defensive, claiming there is “no kind of underlying, nefarious motivation” behind Facebook’s practices. He also complained about the difficulty of considering freedom of speech concerns in a company spread across so many different cultures around the world.

“In some places, the idea that showing a woman’s breasts would be controversial feels backwards,” he said, using the issue of nudity as an example. “But there are other places where images that are at all sexually suggestive, even if they don’t show nudity, just because of a pose, that’s over the line.”

“Freedom of speech is a funny thing because people always want freedom of speech unless people disagree with them,” Zuckerberg continued.

It’s hard to feel bad for the Facebook leader dealing with the consequences of his social media giant. There is nothing unfair about the controversies the site faces regularly — they are the inevitable result of a tech company trying to be everything to everyone, all at once. Now it’s Facebook, and Zuckerberg’s, responsibility to deal with it.


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Woman’s Facebook Friend From High School Steals Baby Photos, Uses Them For Scam http://facecrooks.com/Internet-Safety-Privacy/Woman%e2%80%99s-Facebook-Friend-From-High-School-Steals-Baby-Photos-Uses-Them-For-Scam.html/ http://facecrooks.com/Internet-Safety-Privacy/Woman%e2%80%99s-Facebook-Friend-From-High-School-Steals-Baby-Photos-Uses-Them-For-Scam.html/#comments Tue, 11 Apr 2017 22:10:32 +0000 http://facecrooks.com/?p=10475 The post Woman’s Facebook Friend From High School Steals Baby Photos, Uses Them For Scam appeared first on .

There are many kinds of scams on Facebook, but one increasingly common one involves a con artist stealing a victim’s photos and using them to set up fake pages. These pages can be used to charm unsuspecting users into a fake romantic relationship, or, like in a recent case in Missouri, be used to play…

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magglassThere are many kinds of scams on Facebook, but one increasingly common one involves a con artist stealing a victim’s photos and using them to set up fake pages. These pages can be used to charm unsuspecting users into a fake romantic relationship, or, like in a recent case in Missouri, be used to play on people’s sympathies or guilt to steal their money.

A woman in St. Joseph, Missouri, recently received a rude surprise when she got a Facebook message from a friend telling her that one of her high school classmates was using pictures of her baby (and photos of another child) to extort money from her ex-boyfriends, claiming the children were hers.

“I thought this girl was an innocent person. I went to high school with her and I didn’t think anyone like that would ever do this to me and I was completely wrong,” the victim said. “Just be careful who you have on your Facebook. Make sure your Facebook is as locked down as it can be so people that you’re not friends with cannot see what you post. Be aware that these things do happen.”

It’s always a good idea to strengthen your Facebook privacy settings, particularly around your photos, but in this woman’s case, even protecting herself from her own friends wouldn’t have done the trick.


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Facebook AI Assistant Will Begin Inserting Itself Into Your Private Conversations http://facecrooks.com/Internet-Safety-Privacy/Facebook-AI-Assistant-Will-Begin-Inserting-Itself-Into-Your-Private-Conversations.html/ http://facecrooks.com/Internet-Safety-Privacy/Facebook-AI-Assistant-Will-Begin-Inserting-Itself-Into-Your-Private-Conversations.html/#comments Mon, 10 Apr 2017 13:30:57 +0000 http://facecrooks.com/?p=10469 The post Facebook AI Assistant Will Begin Inserting Itself Into Your Private Conversations appeared first on .

Facebook announced this week that its Artificial Intelligence (AI) assistant program, M, will now be able to make suggestions to users within private messages. The social media giant first introduced the concept of M more than a year and a half ago, promising a do-it-all virtual assistant. “Unlike other AI-based services in the market, M…

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AIFacebook announced this week that its Artificial Intelligence (AI) assistant program, M, will now be able to make suggestions to users within private messages.

The social media giant first introduced the concept of M more than a year and a half ago, promising a do-it-all virtual assistant.

“Unlike other AI-based services in the market, M can actually complete tasks on your behalf,” Facebook VP of messaging products wrote at the time. “It can purchase items, get gifts delivered to your loved ones, book restaurants, travel arrangements, appointments and way more.”

M isn’t capable of all that yet, but starting this month for iOS and Android users, it will be able to analyze your conversations in Facebook Messenger. Based upon the subject of your conversation, it will make recommendations to you such as sharing your location, calling an Uber or a Lyft, making a payment, or sending stickers.

Facebook was quick to point out that M will not barge into conversations invasively — according to Stan Chudnovsky, Facebook head of product for Messenger, it will only appear “if the chances are really, really high that you’d pick [the suggestion] up.”

But while this feature could prove helpful to users, it’s also undeniably creepy that Facebook’s AI is capable of reading our private messages this closely.


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New Facebook Stories Feature Lets You See Who’s “Stalking” You http://facecrooks.com/Internet-Safety-Privacy/New-Facebook-Stories-Feature-Lets-You-See-Who%e2%80%99s-%e2%80%9cStalking%e2%80%9d-You.html/ http://facecrooks.com/Internet-Safety-Privacy/New-Facebook-Stories-Feature-Lets-You-See-Who%e2%80%99s-%e2%80%9cStalking%e2%80%9d-You.html/#comments Fri, 07 Apr 2017 16:03:15 +0000 http://facecrooks.com/?p=10467 The post New Facebook Stories Feature Lets You See Who’s “Stalking” You appeared first on .

Facebook’s new Stories feature, which allows users to customize pictures and video with a variety of filters, drawings, stickers and more, has been derided as a Snapchat clone. However, there is another crucial similarity between the two social media tools that some users are beginning to notice: when you post a Facebook Story, you can…

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Technology SecurityFacebook’s new Stories feature, which allows users to customize pictures and video with a variety of filters, drawings, stickers and more, has been derided as a Snapchat clone. However, there is another crucial similarity between the two social media tools that some users are beginning to notice: when you post a Facebook Story, you can see which of your friends have viewed it.

This is a huge change for Facebook, which has in the past declared that it will never let users see who has viewed their profiles. Facebook even calls out the issue in its customer-facing policies.

“Facebook doesn’t let people track who views their profile,” Facebook says in its own Help Center. “Third-party apps also can’t provide this functionality. If you come across an app that claims to offer this ability, please report the app.”

While technically true that someone who views a Facebook Story isn’t necessarily viewing that user’s profile, it still can give you a pretty good idea which of your friends are intensely interested in your everyday life. And it does open the door just a crack to the eventual possibility of knowing who does view your profile. So, if you’re a longtime Facebook stalker, just know that this new feature could seriously blow up your privacy.



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Facebook Introduces New Tech To Fight “Revenge Porn” http://facecrooks.com/Internet-Safety-Privacy/Facebook-Introduces-New-Tech-To-Fight-%e2%80%9cRevenge-Porn%e2%80%9d.html/ http://facecrooks.com/Internet-Safety-Privacy/Facebook-Introduces-New-Tech-To-Fight-%e2%80%9cRevenge-Porn%e2%80%9d.html/#comments Thu, 06 Apr 2017 12:44:37 +0000 http://facecrooks.com/?p=10465 The post Facebook Introduces New Tech To Fight “Revenge Porn” appeared first on .

Facebook introduced a new feature this week that will use photo-matching technology to help prevent so-called “revenge porn” from being shared. When a Facebook user shares intimate photos of someone else without their permission, other users will be able to report it. Representatives from Facebook’s Community Operations team will then review the post and remove…

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Original Round Blue Facebook Web IconFacebook introduced a new feature this week that will use photo-matching technology to help prevent so-called “revenge porn” from being shared.

When a Facebook user shares intimate photos of someone else without their permission, other users will be able to report it. Representatives from Facebook’s Community Operations team will then review the post and remove it if it’s found to violate the site’s community standards. Facebook also said it will often disable the account of the user who’s sharing revenge porn pics.

Most notably, Facebook said it will now also use photo-matching technology to prevent inappropriate photos that make it on to the site from being shared further on Facebook, Messenger and Instagram. If someone tries to share an image that has been reported and removed, they will receive an alert from Facebook that tells them they have been stopped from sharing it.

“We’ve focused in on this because of the unique harm that this kind of sharing has on its victims,” Facebook Global Head of Safety Antigone Davis told TechCrunch. “In the newsroom post we refer to a specific piece of research around the unique harm this has for victims. I think that’s where the focus was for this moving forward.”

In terms of protecting users, this is a huge step forward for Facebook. However, the solution seems so simple and easy to implement that one has to wonder why the site didn’t introduce something like it a long time ago.


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Facebook Loses Court Battle To Protect User Info From Search Warrants http://facecrooks.com/Internet-Safety-Privacy/Facebook-Loses-Court-Battle-To-Protect-User-Info-From-Search-Warrants.html/ http://facecrooks.com/Internet-Safety-Privacy/Facebook-Loses-Court-Battle-To-Protect-User-Info-From-Search-Warrants.html/#comments Wed, 05 Apr 2017 14:11:48 +0000 http://facecrooks.com/?p=10463 The post Facebook Loses Court Battle To Protect User Info From Search Warrants appeared first on .

New York’s highest court handed Facebook a legal setback this week when it ruled in a 5-1 decision that a warrant for digital information cannot be appealed by the company, and that they must be appealed by individual defendants themselves. The case stems from an investigation by the Manhattan District Attorney’s office into more than…

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Eye Looking Through A KeyholeNew York’s highest court handed Facebook a legal setback this week when it ruled in a 5-1 decision that a warrant for digital information cannot be appealed by the company, and that they must be appealed by individual defendants themselves.

The case stems from an investigation by the Manhattan District Attorney’s office into more than 130 cases of disability fraud. During the course of the investigation, officials sought information on the accused via Facebook. The social media giant fought the move in court, though it did hand over some information to prosecutors — including a photo of an allegedly disabled police officer riding a water motorcycle.

Several other tech companies, including Microsoft, Apple and Twitter, have filed legal briefs in the case to support Facebook, indicating how seriously the Silicon Valley community takes the outcome of the case. The dissenting judge, Rowan Wilson, also wrote that the judges were punting the issue instead of dealing with a legal problem that won’t go away anytime soon.

“Although the framers of the U.S. Constitution knew only the technologies of the 1780s, the framers of the New York Constitution’s provision against unreasonable searches and seizures worked 150 years later and knew more,” Wilson wrote. “Our state constitution, unlike its federal counterpart, includes explicit protections against unreasonable searches and seizures of electronic communications.”

While this ruling is bad for Facebook, it’s even worse for users who don’t want their private data to fall into the hands of law enforcement.



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