http://facecrooks.com Thu, 25 Aug 2016 18:24:41 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v= WhatsApp Reverses Stance On User Privacy, Begins Sharing Data With Facebook http://facecrooks.com/Internet-Safety-Privacy/WhatsApp-Reverses-Stance-On-User-Privacy-Begins-Sharing-Data-With-Facebook.html/ http://facecrooks.com/Internet-Safety-Privacy/WhatsApp-Reverses-Stance-On-User-Privacy-Begins-Sharing-Data-With-Facebook.html/#comments Thu, 25 Aug 2016 18:24:41 +0000 http://facecrooks.com/?p=10116 The post WhatsApp Reverses Stance On User Privacy, Begins Sharing Data With Facebook appeared first on .

When Facebook acquired the hugely popular messaging app WhatsApp in 2014, many users were concerned what the merger could mean for the privacy of their data. WhatsApp declared strongly at the time that it would not collect or store user information, but that changed this week when the company announced that it will begin sharing…

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whatsappWhen Facebook acquired the hugely popular messaging app WhatsApp in 2014, many users were concerned what the merger could mean for the privacy of their data. WhatsApp declared strongly at the time that it would not collect or store user information, but that changed this week when the company announced that it will begin sharing your phone number and analytics data with Facebook.  

According to WhatsApp’s blog post announcing the change, the company wants to begin monetizing its service in much the same way that Facebook Messenger now allows businesses to directly contact users. By sharing user data with Facebook, WhatsApp said it would be better able to fight spam text messaging on its service, and that Facebook will be able to offer better friend suggestions and show users more relevant ads. On the flip side, on a positive note for user privacy, WhatsApp said that it will roll out default end-to-end encryption for all messaging on its service.

“Our values and our respect for your privacy continue to guide the decisions we make at WhatsApp,” the company wrote in its blog post. “It’s why we’ve rolled out end-to-end encryption, which means no one can read your messages other than the people you talk to. Not us, not Facebook, nor anyone else.”

WhatsApp users will have a small grace period to opt out of the data sharing with Facebook — but it’s still troubling that the company has seemingly backtracked on its original privacy promises.

Check out this post on WhatsApp’s blog to learn how to opt out of sharing your account information with Facebook.


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Facebook Knows Much, Much More About You Than You Probably Realize http://facecrooks.com/Internet-Safety-Privacy/Facebook-Knows-Much-Much-More-About-You-Than-You-Probably-Realize.html/ http://facecrooks.com/Internet-Safety-Privacy/Facebook-Knows-Much-Much-More-About-You-Than-You-Probably-Realize.html/#comments Wed, 24 Aug 2016 14:29:54 +0000 http://facecrooks.com/?p=10114 The post Facebook Knows Much, Much More About You Than You Probably Realize appeared first on .

Facebook recently introduced ad education portal to help users understand how the site targets its ads. However, the site’s new transparency also revealed the amount of your information that Facebook provides to advertisers — 98 personal data points in all. As most savvy users already know, Facebook tracks your on-site activity, your device and location…

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Facebook privacy issuesFacebook recently introduced ad education portal to help users understand how the site targets its ads. However, the site’s new transparency also revealed the amount of your information that Facebook provides to advertisers — 98 personal data points in all.

As most savvy users already know, Facebook tracks your on-site activity, your device and location settings, and almost every other website you visit. However, the extent of your private info it gathers is stunning, including your income and net worth, the square footage of your home, whether or not you’re an expectant parent, the number of credit lines you have and what kind of restaurants you like to eat at, just to name a few.

We probably shouldn’t be surprised that Facebook knows so much about us, but we should perhaps be worried.

“Facebook’s business model is to amass as much first-party and third-party data on you as possible, and slowly dole out access to it,” Peter Eckersley, the chief computer scientist at the Electronic Frontier Foundation, told The Washington Post. “If you’re using Facebook, you’re entrusting the company with records of everything you do. I think people have reason to be concerned about that.”

While Facebook touts itself as a free service, there’s a big hidden cost to using the site — your private information.

Be sure to check out our related post: How To Keep Companies and Apps From Tracking You On Facebook.


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Hackers Can Use Your Facebook Photos To Trick Facial Recognition Technology http://facecrooks.com/Internet-Safety-Privacy/Hackers-Can-Use-Your-Facebook-Photos-To-Trick-Facial-Recognition-Technology.html/ http://facecrooks.com/Internet-Safety-Privacy/Hackers-Can-Use-Your-Facebook-Photos-To-Trick-Facial-Recognition-Technology.html/#comments Mon, 22 Aug 2016 22:01:01 +0000 http://facecrooks.com/?p=10112 The post Hackers Can Use Your Facebook Photos To Trick Facial Recognition Technology appeared first on .

Researchers at the University of North Carolina have discovered a way that hackers could use photos from your Facebook account to bypass facial recognition technology. The team of researchers collected photos online from 20 volunteer subjects, then created 3D models of the volunteers’ faces based off the photos. They then added facial animations and manipulated…

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Technology SecurityResearchers at the University of North Carolina have discovered a way that hackers could use photos from your Facebook account to bypass facial recognition technology.

The team of researchers collected photos online from 20 volunteer subjects, then created 3D models of the volunteers’ faces based off the photos. They then added facial animations and manipulated the subjects’ eyes in the photos so they stared straight ahead. The researchers even filled in parts of the volunteers’ faces that may have been hidden in the photo, plus added shadow and texture. Using these 3D models, the researchers were able to fool four out of five security systems between 55 percent and 85 percent of the time.

“Such VR-based spoofing attacks constitute a fundamentally new class of attacks that point to a serious weakness in camera-based authentication systems,” the researchers wrote. “Unless they incorporate other sources of verifiable data, systems relying on color image data and camera motion are prone to attacks via virtual realism.”

Perhaps most disturbingly of all, it only took a few low-resolution photos for the researchers to create these detailed facial replications. You can help protect yourself by hiding your photos from public view — but even that isn’t guaranteed to beat such an advanced hack.


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Facebook Messenger Bots Can Now Send You Limited Promotions And Ads http://facecrooks.com/Internet-Safety-Privacy/Facebook-Messenger-Bots-Can-Now-Send-You-Limited-Promotions-And-Ads.html/ http://facecrooks.com/Internet-Safety-Privacy/Facebook-Messenger-Bots-Can-Now-Send-You-Limited-Promotions-And-Ads.html/#comments Thu, 18 Aug 2016 12:19:21 +0000 http://facecrooks.com/?p=10110 The post Facebook Messenger Bots Can Now Send You Limited Promotions And Ads appeared first on .

Facebook announced a policy change this week that will allow Messenger chat bots to send promotional and subscription-based messages to users. However, the new policy also places limits on how and when businesses may contact you. In an example illustrated by VentureBeat, a travel bot on Facebook Messenger could not previously upsell users on hotels…

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Facebook and U.S. DollarFacebook announced a policy change this week that will allow Messenger chat bots to send promotional and subscription-based messages to users. However, the new policy also places limits on how and when businesses may contact you.

In an example illustrated by VentureBeat, a travel bot on Facebook Messenger could not previously upsell users on hotels and cars to go along with their plans. Now product placement and native advertising are possible under the new policy. But Facebook also instituted a series of limits to help prevent these bots from spamming users. First of all, users must reach out to business bots in the first place to start an interaction.

“All conversations between businesses and people must be initiated by the person receiving the messages, who can then mute or block the business at any time,” Facebook’s Seth Rosenberg wrote.

Businesses must also respond to users’ messages within a 24-hour period, though they are permitted to send one message after that. Each interaction resets the clock, allowing businesses to “re-engage inactive users.” Facebook also promised to review all bot applications within five days of submission, and recipients must opt into all subscription messaging.

While these rules will help restrict spam on Facebook Messenger, it still seems like the social media giant has opened the floodgate to advertising on a platform that was previously just for you and your friends. Only time will tell if the ads and promotions go too far.


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Man Arrested For Creating Fake Police Department Facebook Page Acquitted, Plans To Sue Police http://facecrooks.com/Internet-Safety-Privacy/Man-Arrested-For-Creating-Fake-Police-Department-Facebook-Page-Acquitted-Plans-To-Sue-Police.html/ http://facecrooks.com/Internet-Safety-Privacy/Man-Arrested-For-Creating-Fake-Police-Department-Facebook-Page-Acquitted-Plans-To-Sue-Police.html/#comments Tue, 16 Aug 2016 12:24:47 +0000 http://facecrooks.com/?p=10107 The post Man Arrested For Creating Fake Police Department Facebook Page Acquitted, Plans To Sue Police appeared first on .

27-year-old Anthony Novak was arrested in March after he created a fake Facebook page spoofing the local police department in Parma, Ohio. According to Novak, the police raided his apartment while his roommate was home and took all of his electronics, and Novak himself spent three days in jail. However, late last week, Novak was…

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facebook_censor27-year-old Anthony Novak was arrested in March after he created a fake Facebook page spoofing the local police department in Parma, Ohio. According to Novak, the police raided his apartment while his roommate was home and took all of his electronics, and Novak himself spent three days in jail. However, late last week, Novak was acquitted of the charges — and says he now plans to sue the police department for violating his First Amendment rights.

A grand jury had charged Novak with disrupting public services — a felony — because 911 responders received phone calls from people concerned about fake stories on the page. The stories were often outlandish, however, and were obviously intended to be humorous.

“The ability to make commentary using satire and parody is so important to our ability to express ourselves and hold the state accountable for its actions,” ACLU Attorney Elizabeth Bonham said. “To show that speech can be unprotected, the state has a very, very high burden to show that it was actually and imminently going to cause harm.”

Now Novak plans to take the fight to the Parma police and receive the restitution he feels he deserves for unfair treatment.

“I just want them to pay for what they did. They maliciously arrested me because they were mad about what I said,” Novak said. “I live in Parma right now and it makes me a little uneasy that my police department probably doesn’t like me.”

This case shows how far a police department can overstep its bounds based on Facebook activity, but it’s a good thing Novak’s free speech rights were ultimately protected.


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Facebook Will Block Your Ad Blocker, Show You Ads Anyway http://facecrooks.com/Internet-Safety-Privacy/Facebook-Will-Block-Your-Ad-Blocker-Show-You-Ads-Anyway.html/ http://facecrooks.com/Internet-Safety-Privacy/Facebook-Will-Block-Your-Ad-Blocker-Show-You-Ads-Anyway.html/#comments Mon, 15 Aug 2016 20:58:31 +0000 http://facecrooks.com/?p=10105 The post Facebook Will Block Your Ad Blocker, Show You Ads Anyway appeared first on .

Facebook announced in a blog post this week that it will prevent ad blockers from working on the site’s desktop version, and it will show ads to users who are running ad blocker software anyway. In return, the company is giving users more control over what kinds of ads they see, including the choice to…

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Facebook and U.S. DollarFacebook announced in a blog post this week that it will prevent ad blockers from working on the site’s desktop version, and it will show ads to users who are running ad blocker software anyway. In return, the company is giving users more control over what kinds of ads they see, including the choice to opt out of ads for particular interests or organizations.

“When they’re relevant and well-made, ads can be useful, helping us find new products and services and introducing us to new experiences,” Facebook wrote in its blog post announcing the change. “But because ads don’t always work this way, many people have started avoiding certain websites or apps, or using ad blocking software, to stop seeing bad ads.”

Even though Facebook is spinning its war on ad blockers as a positive for users because they’ll have more control over the ads they see, the site is actually implementing this change for one simple reason: money. The more ads Facebook users block, the less revenue those ads can generate for the site and its advertisers. This change also takes away the ability of users to choose how they use the Internet. Even if you want to run an ad blocker, it won’t be effective on the site — and Facebook alone is dictating that.


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Meme Pages Planning To Fight Back Against Facebook Censorship http://facecrooks.com/Internet-Safety-Privacy/Meme-Pages-Planning-To-Fight-Back-Against-Facebook-Censorship.html/ http://facecrooks.com/Internet-Safety-Privacy/Meme-Pages-Planning-To-Fight-Back-Against-Facebook-Censorship.html/#comments Sat, 13 Aug 2016 14:58:23 +0000 http://facecrooks.com/?p=10103 The post Meme Pages Planning To Fight Back Against Facebook Censorship appeared first on .

In July, the creators of several so-called “Weird Facebook” meme pages claimed that the site was shutting down their pages and blocking content without warning. Now, the admins and followers of these creative, slightly off-kilter pages are preparing to take the fight to Facebook itself. The loose collection of Facebook pages that make up the…

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Zipper on mouthIn July, the creators of several so-called “Weird Facebook” meme pages claimed that the site was shutting down their pages and blocking content without warning. Now, the admins and followers of these creative, slightly off-kilter pages are preparing to take the fight to Facebook itself.

The loose collection of Facebook pages that make up the “Weird Facebook” movement are known for producing strange, ironic, satirical and often very popular memes. Though the content these pages post is often bizarre, they don’t typically cross the boundary of bad taste; that’s why it was so unexpected when Facebook allegedly began taking the content down.

The creators of these pages claim that Facebook has a positive bias toward verified pages such as those belonging to celebrities, allowing “objectionable content” to remain there that would otherwise be removed. So, to protest Facebook’s apparent unfair treatment, many of these meme creators are uniting under a common symbol: a pink, upside-down Facebook “F” logo. Participating meme pages also posted a prewritten statement with the logo, calling on users to file complaints against Facebook with the Federal Trade Commission.
“This page and many others are simultaneously posting this message in order to rally fans to file FTC (Federal Trade Commission) complaints against Facebook for ‘fraudulent’ content review policies and a misleading community guidelines,” the statement read.

Some of the people behind the movement know it’s a long shot, but they feel like they must make a stand against the social media giant anyway.

“Ultimately I don’t think the FTC would take action [...] but this shows a lot of unity among the meme community that has had their content stolen, reported, deleted, etc.,” one meme activist told The Daily Dot. “FB has engaged in a meme page genocide, and we’re finally going to fight back. It’s mostly symbolic, but brings attention to a problem encountered by admins of every page.”


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Controversy Erupts Over Facebook “Law Enforcement Portal” http://facecrooks.com/Internet-Safety-Privacy/Controversy-Erupts-Over-Facebook-%e2%80%9cLaw-Enforcement-Portal%e2%80%9d.html/ http://facecrooks.com/Internet-Safety-Privacy/Controversy-Erupts-Over-Facebook-%e2%80%9cLaw-Enforcement-Portal%e2%80%9d.html/#comments Fri, 12 Aug 2016 14:19:15 +0000 http://facecrooks.com/?p=10101 The post Controversy Erupts Over Facebook “Law Enforcement Portal” appeared first on .

Two weeks ago, Facebook temporarily deactivated the account of a black woman named Korryn Gaines who was involved in a police standoff. She was posting videos of the encounter to her Facebook profile while it was happening, and both the site and police said they removed her content to help the negotiation process. However, the…

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facebook-security-2Two weeks ago, Facebook temporarily deactivated the account of a black woman named Korryn Gaines who was involved in a police standoff. She was posting videos of the encounter to her Facebook profile while it was happening, and both the site and police said they removed her content to help the negotiation process. However, the standoff became a national discussion when Gaines was ultimately shot and killed by police — and her videos weren’t there to show what happened.

Now, activists are outraged again this week after officials made statements in the wake of the shooting that referenced a “law enforcement portal” on Facebook that allows police to seek Facebook’s collaboration in emergencies. A Facebook spokesperson told The Intercept that approved agencies can use this tool when there is a “matter involving imminent harm to a child or risk of death or serious physical injury to any person,” but some experts believe that removing an account is an ethical gray area.

“There’s a particular risk when social media takes down video that may represent the only point of view besides that of law enforcement,” Lee Rowland, a senior attorney for the American Civil Liberties Union, told The Intercept. “In general, social media companies should be very hesitant to comply with law enforcement demands in a manner that might circumvent a citizen’s first amendment right to record interactions with the police.”

Even though Facebook’s connection with law enforcement makes sense in dire situations like this, both sides need to be open and honest about the relationship if users are going to fully trust them.


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Scammer Creates Dozens Of Facebook Pages For Fake Houston Restaurants http://facecrooks.com/Internet-Safety-Privacy/Scammer-Creates-Dozens-Of-Facebook-Pages-For-Fake-Houston-Restaurants.html/ http://facecrooks.com/Internet-Safety-Privacy/Scammer-Creates-Dozens-Of-Facebook-Pages-For-Fake-Houston-Restaurants.html/#comments Wed, 10 Aug 2016 12:20:50 +0000 http://facecrooks.com/?p=10098 The post Scammer Creates Dozens Of Facebook Pages For Fake Houston Restaurants appeared first on .

According to a report in the Houston Press this week, someone has created over 60 Facebook pages for fake Houston-area restaurants — and it’s unclear what they’re doing with them. The addresses of real restaurants are being used for the fake pages, as are images from restaurants all over the country. Most of the fake…

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no_scamAccording to a report in the Houston Press this week, someone has created over 60 Facebook pages for fake Houston-area restaurants — and it’s unclear what they’re doing with them.

The addresses of real restaurants are being used for the fake pages, as are images from restaurants all over the country. Most of the fake places have names that capitalize on current trends or dishes, like Poke Fresh, Bop’s Gelato and Ant’s Acai Bowl. Many users have expressed interest in eating at the fake restaurants on these pages, though some dedicated users have posted diligently, warning about the scam.

However, it’s still unclear why exactly the scammer or scammers have done this. The Houston Press speculated that the pages are collecting “likes” to later spam users with fraudulent ads. Meanwhile, one of the paper’s readers put forward the theory that the cyber-imposters are really just collecting user data.

“What they’re doing is gaining access to all the Facebook users who ‘like’ the fake restaurant pages,” the reader wrote. “This gives access, in many cases, to those users’ friend lists, email addresses, phone numbers, etc. All stuff that can be sold. Also, pictures and account names can be used to make spoof accounts to further data-mine users. They’re counting on people who don’t have their Facebook account security locked down.”

Whatever the case, be careful what pages you like on Facebook — and be sure to verify the authenticity of any place asking for your money or trying to get you to go there in person.


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Iowa Police Warn Parents About Nude Facebook Photo Scam http://facecrooks.com/Internet-Safety-Privacy/Iowa-Police-Warn-Parents-About-Nude-Facebook-Photo-Scam.html/ http://facecrooks.com/Internet-Safety-Privacy/Iowa-Police-Warn-Parents-About-Nude-Facebook-Photo-Scam.html/#comments Mon, 08 Aug 2016 14:18:59 +0000 http://facecrooks.com/?p=10096 The post Iowa Police Warn Parents About Nude Facebook Photo Scam appeared first on .

Police in Iowa warned parents this week of a scam that involves strangers soliciting nude photos from teenage girls on Facebook. Officials say they are investigating five cases in Johnston, Iowa, Ankeny, and several other communities. Officials say the victims in each instance accept a Facebook friend request from a stranger claiming to be a…

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Stopping ScamsPolice in Iowa warned parents this week of a scam that involves strangers soliciting nude photos from teenage girls on Facebook. Officials say they are investigating five cases in Johnston, Iowa, Ankeny, and several other communities.

Officials say the victims in each instance accept a Facebook friend request from a stranger claiming to be a photographer or a representative from a modeling agency. The perpetrator’s profile also shows that they have mutual friends. Once the crook receives nude photos, he or she threatens to spam the victim’s friends and family with the picture unless the victim sends more. A 14-year-old girl has even fallen prey to this sickening scam.

“It is shocking for parents. No one wants to hear about kids sending compromising photos to a stranger,” Sgt. Lynn Aswegan of the Johnston Police Department said. “They’re using photos as ransom using them to extort additional photos from them… Most girls have gotten scared, embarrassed, sent more photos hoping to take care of the problem.”

While there’s no method in place on the site for preventing underage users from acting independently, police say that parents should talk to their children about online behavior and even monitor their activity if necessary.


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