http://facecrooks.com Fri, 24 Oct 2014 21:05:51 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v= Facebook is Trying to Make Users Behave Better http://facecrooks.com/Internet-Safety-Privacy/Facebook-Trying-Make-Users-Behave-Better.html/ http://facecrooks.com/Internet-Safety-Privacy/Facebook-Trying-Make-Users-Behave-Better.html/#comments Fri, 24 Oct 2014 21:05:51 +0000 http://facecrooks.com/?p=8837 The post Facebook is Trying to Make Users Behave Better appeared first on .

According to a recent New York Times profile of Arturo Bejar, the director of engineering for the Facebook Protect and Care team, the world’s largest social networking site is actively trying to make its users nicer and treat each other with more respect. Online discussions are often fraught with inappropriate and harassing language; the anonymity…

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facebook iconAccording to a recent New York Times profile of Arturo Bejar, the director of engineering for the Facebook Protect and Care team, the world’s largest social networking site is actively trying to make its users nicer and treat each other with more respect.

Online discussions are often fraught with inappropriate and harassing language; the anonymity that Internet discourse provides gives many individuals free reign to be mean or cruel in ways that they would never dream of being to someone’s face.

“The way our brains work, we have evolved to understand each other by tone of voice or seeing facial expressions, but that gets lost through the devices we use to communicate,” Bejar said.

That’s why Bejar’s team of 80 employees worked to create tools for users to report harmful posts and photos, and to notify Facebook if content “hurt their feelings.” And according to the site, the tools are being utilized in a big way: over 8 million users flag content per week. Though the team has experienced success by providing more language options to help users convey how offensive content makes them feel, they may take it even further soon by allowing users to share emotional sounds.

Though Facebook landed in hot water for manipulating the emotions of users by adjusting the content on their News Feeds, this sort of tool actually gives users more freedom to express how they feel. It’s still kind of creepy that Facebook is trying to shape how users act and behave, but at least this time it’s for a good cause.



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Fake Ebola Stories Stoke Fear on Facebook http://facecrooks.com/Scam-Watch/Fake-Ebola-Stories-Stoke-Fear-Facebook.html/ http://facecrooks.com/Scam-Watch/Fake-Ebola-Stories-Stoke-Fear-Facebook.html/#comments Wed, 22 Oct 2014 21:36:19 +0000 http://facecrooks.com/?p=8833 The post Fake Ebola Stories Stoke Fear on Facebook appeared first on .

About 340,000 Facebook users shared a story on the site this week about a family of five in Purdon, Texas that were all infected with Ebola and had their home quarantined. However, the story, published by a “satirical” site called the National Report, isn’t true. In fact, according to experts, that story and others like…

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PrintAbout 340,000 Facebook users shared a story on the site this week about a family of five in Purdon, Texas that were all infected with Ebola and had their home quarantined. However, the story, published by a “satirical” site called the National Report, isn’t true. In fact, according to experts, that story and others like it regarding the dangerous disease represent deliberate attempts to mislead users.

Emergent.Info is a group that tracks emerging rumors and hoaxes online, and they have noticed a sharp increase in false rumors spreading on Facebook regarding Ebola.

“We’ve seen stories on satire sites — fake news sites — getting tremendous traction because they feed on people’s fears,” said Craig Silverman, the founder of Emergent.Info. “Twitter is more where rumors are birthed, but Facebook is where things absolutely catch fire, in particular when you’re talking about hoaxes and fake news articles.”

The reasons for this are unclear, though several factors are likely contributing to Facebook’s status as the preeminent platform for fake news. First, its relatively new “Trending Topics” feature encourages fake sites to take advantage of whatever topics people are already discussing in order to garner cheap clicks, shares and likes. And as The Verge points out, all content appearing on Facebook News Feeds essentially looks the same, making it harder to distinguish between real and fake news. Facebook has made some noise recently about introducing a “Satire” tag to help users weed out these hoaxes, though it’s likely that opportunistic cyber-con artists will always work to disseminate dangerously false content no matter what restrictions are put in place.



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Report: Facebook Still Deactivating Drag Queen Facebook Accounts http://facecrooks.com/Internet-Safety-Privacy/Report-Facebook-Still-Deactivating-Drag-Queen-Facebook-Accounts.html/ http://facecrooks.com/Internet-Safety-Privacy/Report-Facebook-Still-Deactivating-Drag-Queen-Facebook-Accounts.html/#comments Wed, 22 Oct 2014 14:10:14 +0000 http://facecrooks.com/?p=8831 The post Report: Facebook Still Deactivating Drag Queen Facebook Accounts appeared first on .

When Facebook formally apologized to the LGBT community for deactivating the accounts of drag queen performers because they were not identifying themselves using their real names, many assumed the issue was resolved. However, as reported by The Guardian last week, the site has continued to shut down accounts. According to Facebook, hundreds of accounts were…

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facebook-general-2When Facebook formally apologized to the LGBT community for deactivating the accounts of drag queen performers because they were not identifying themselves using their real names, many assumed the issue was resolved. However, as reported by The Guardian last week, the site has continued to shut down accounts.

According to Facebook, hundreds of accounts were flagged and reported by one individual, and the site missed the trend when they deactivated the accounts. Though the site has restored many of these profiles, according to LGBT leaders, many profiles are still being shut down.

“Every time one or two get fixed, a handful get suspended,” said Sister Roma, a San Francisco performer who has led the campaign for Facebook to allow drag queens to remain anonymous on the site. “So we really feel like we’re swimming upstream, and while I’m hopeful that Facebook is doing the right thing, it’s discouraging.”

Sister Roma said that she has received 300 to 400 emails from people whose accounts have been deactivated. Despite the continued profile suspensions, Facebook has proven to be sensitive to the issue, even setting up Sister Roma with a special email account she can use to forward issues to Facebook. Instead, it appears to be bigoted users that are the real problem.

“Facebook is not the enemy here, really,” Sister Roma said. “The problem is that people are using this policy that Facebook has in place to target and bully members of the Facebook community they don’t like.”



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Update: Facebook Won’t Allow DEA to Create Fake Profiles http://facecrooks.com/Internet-Safety-Privacy/Update-Facebook-Won%e2%80%99t-Allow-DEA-Create-Fake-Profiles.html/ http://facecrooks.com/Internet-Safety-Privacy/Update-Facebook-Won%e2%80%99t-Allow-DEA-Create-Fake-Profiles.html/#comments Tue, 21 Oct 2014 13:42:14 +0000 http://facecrooks.com/?p=8829 The post Update: Facebook Won’t Allow DEA to Create Fake Profiles appeared first on .

It was revealed earlier this month that an agent with the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) had set up a fake Facebook profile for a suspect using information and pictures confiscated from her phone. The woman in question is suing the DEA for $250,000 in damages, and Facebook itself has now entered the fray, strongly reprimanding…

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facebook_logo_by_oguzburaksipsak-d4ubonk.pngIt was revealed earlier this month that an agent with the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) had set up a fake Facebook profile for a suspect using information and pictures confiscated from her phone. The woman in question is suing the DEA for $250,000 in damages, and Facebook itself has now entered the fray, strongly reprimanding the DEA for its actions in a letter sent last Friday. Facebook security chief Joe Sullivan wrote that government agencies are subject to the same rules on the site as its civilian users.

“Facebook has long made clear that law enforcement authorities are subject to these policies,” Sullivan wrote. “We regard DEA’s conduct to be a knowing and serious breach of Facebook’s terms and policies.”

Facebook also asked for evidence that the DEA isn’t continuing the practice of operating fake pages. Meanwhile, the Justice Department is due to investigate the case and determine whether it went too far in violating the plaintiff’s liberties. The DEA claims that the woman “implicitly consented” to the fake profile by granting access to her phone to the DEA.

The fundamental issue at play here, at least as Facebook sees it, is a problem of trust. The site is afraid that user confidence could be rattled by revelations like this one, and they may be right. However, no matter what their motives, the site’s public call-out of a massive government agency will certainly help draw attention to the issue.



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Facebook Checking Hacker Sites For Stolen Passwords http://facecrooks.com/Internet-Safety-Privacy/Facebook-Checking-Hacker-Sites-For-Stolen-Passwords.html/ http://facecrooks.com/Internet-Safety-Privacy/Facebook-Checking-Hacker-Sites-For-Stolen-Passwords.html/#comments Sun, 19 Oct 2014 14:39:30 +0000 http://facecrooks.com/?p=8827 The post Facebook Checking Hacker Sites For Stolen Passwords appeared first on .

Many of us know we’re not supposed to do it, but we do anyway: we use the same password across many different websites. That kind of laziness, though incredibly common, is exactly what hackers depend on. When wide-scale data breaches do then occur, it giftwraps access to not just one of your accounts, but many.…

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facebook-security-4Many of us know we’re not supposed to do it, but we do anyway: we use the same password across many different websites. That kind of laziness, though incredibly common, is exactly what hackers depend on. When wide-scale data breaches do then occur, it giftwraps access to not just one of your accounts, but many. Fortunately, Facebook announced this week that it’s on the lookout for its users’ stolen passwords.

In the wake of data breaches, many hackers will post the stolen information to message boards or forums. Facebook has created a tool that combs through this information for passwords and usernames that correspond with its user database.

“We monitor a selection of different ‘paste’ sites for stolen credentials and watch for reports of large scale data breaches,” said Facebook security engineer Chris Long. “We collect the stolen credentials that have been publicly posted and check them to see if the stolen email and password combination matches the same email and password being used on Facebook.”

If Facebook finds that your information has been stolen, they will notify you the next time you log in and walk you through the process of changing your password.

While this security measure is not purely altruistic on Facebook’s part (they have a vested interest in keeping hackers and spammers off the site, after all) it’s still a helpful and proactive feature to keep user profiles safe.

Always remember to never use the same password on multiple sites, and it’s a good idea to enable login approvals on your Facebook account!



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Court: Parents Can Be Held Liable For Their Kids on Facebook http://facecrooks.com/Internet-Safety-Privacy/Court-Parents-Can-Be-Held-Liable-For-Their-Kids-Facebook.html/ http://facecrooks.com/Internet-Safety-Privacy/Court-Parents-Can-Be-Held-Liable-For-Their-Kids-Facebook.html/#comments Fri, 17 Oct 2014 03:51:43 +0000 http://facecrooks.com/?p=8825 The post Court: Parents Can Be Held Liable For Their Kids on Facebook appeared first on .

In 2011, two 7th-graders in Cobb County, Georgia set up a malicious Facebook account making fun of one of their classmates while they sat in homeroom. The girl who was victimized by the page recognized the photo used of her and knew who had made it. She filed suit in 2012 against both students and…

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facebook_bubbleIn 2011, two 7th-graders in Cobb County, Georgia set up a malicious Facebook account making fun of one of their classmates while they sat in homeroom. The girl who was victimized by the page recognized the photo used of her and knew who had made it. She filed suit in 2012 against both students and their parents. Then, just last week, the court reached what could be a landmark decision in the case. The State Court of Appeals ruled that the parents of the two children who made the Facebook page can be held liable because they allowed the page to remain up on Facebook for almost a year.

“Some of these postings were graphically sexual, racist or otherwise offensive and some falsely stated that Alex was on a medication regimen for mental health disorders and that she took illegal drugs,” the appeals court ruling said.

According to the court, what made the case ruling worse for the parents was the lack of attention they paid. The page itself wasn’t even taken down until April 2012, and that happened only after the victim’s family had already filed suit. Through a series of appeals, the case is now headed back to a lower court for trial.

Facebook has tried repeatedly to curb cyber-bullying on the site, instituting new reporting tools for bullying victims to reach out for help anonymously. However, if the law intervenes and makes parents legally responsible for what their children do on Facebook, you can bet cyber-bullying rates will take a steep, and perhaps permanent, nosedive.



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Facebook Introduces “Safety Check” for Disasters http://facecrooks.com/Internet-Safety-Privacy/Facebook-Introduces-%e2%80%9cSafety-Check%e2%80%9d-for-Disasters.html/ http://facecrooks.com/Internet-Safety-Privacy/Facebook-Introduces-%e2%80%9cSafety-Check%e2%80%9d-for-Disasters.html/#comments Thu, 16 Oct 2014 16:09:05 +0000 http://facecrooks.com/?p=8821 The post Facebook Introduces “Safety Check” for Disasters appeared first on .

Facebook announced a new feature this week called Safety Check, which can be used by users during natural disasters to inform friends and family that they’re safe. Facebook engineers in Japan began working on the tool following the disastrous earthquake and tsunami that hit the country in 2011. They received positive feedback from Facebook for…

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safety_checkFacebook announced a new feature this week called Safety Check, which can be used by users during natural disasters to inform friends and family that they’re safe.

Facebook engineers in Japan began working on the tool following the disastrous earthquake and tsunami that hit the country in 2011. They received positive feedback from Facebook for their efforts, and their Disaster Message Board has now been rebranded as Safety Check. It will soon be available to all Facebook users around the world on Android, iOS and desktop.

While Facebook’s concern for its users is commendable, there’s still something a touch creepy about how the site will check up on you. In the event of a disaster, Safety Check will automatically activate and send you a notification asking if you’re safe. Facebook can triangulate your location using multiple factors, including the city you have listed as your residence, where you last interacted with friends if you have geolocation features turned on, and even where you’ve been using the Internet in general. After Facebook gets in touch, you can select “Not in the area” or “I’m safe.” The tool will then create a News Feed story with your safety update.

As with any time Facebook does something automatically on behalf of users, Safety Check is bound to rankle some. But at least in this instance, the site’s somewhat invasive tool has its heart in the right place.



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[Phishing Alert] Scammers use Facebook Ads to Bait Users http://facecrooks.com/Scam-Watch/Phishing-Alert-Scammers-use-Facebook-Ads-Bait-Users.html/ http://facecrooks.com/Scam-Watch/Phishing-Alert-Scammers-use-Facebook-Ads-Bait-Users.html/#comments Thu, 16 Oct 2014 13:54:57 +0000 http://facecrooks.com/?p=8816 The post [Phishing Alert] Scammers use Facebook Ads to Bait Users appeared first on .

Phishing attacks are notoriously common on Facebook. If a scammer can obtain a user’s login credentials then they can create all sorts of mayhem! The latest phishing scheme we’ve uncovered involves the use of Facebook ads. We noticed the advertisement shown below in the bottom right column of our Timeline. It is common for ads…

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Phishing attacks are notoriously common on Facebook. If a scammer can obtain a user’s login credentials then they can create all sorts of mayhem! The latest phishing scheme we’ve uncovered involves the use of Facebook ads. We noticed the advertisement shown below in the bottom right column of our Timeline. It is common for ads to rotate in this space. WOW Gold 2k Phishing ScamWe thought this was an usual offer, so we clicked on the link to check it out. We were originally taken a domain called ‘longwangao.com.’ This site immediately redirects to a random phishing site resembling Facebook. We were redirected to two different domains while investigating the scam, and there could be others.

WOW Gold 2k Phishing Site

This scam seems to be ill crafted from the start. It’s seems very out of place for someone responding to a WOW gold advertisement to be directed to a Facebook login screen. The most troubling part about this particular scam is that they are using Facebook ads to drive traffic to the scam sites. Always keep this in mind – just because you see an ad on Facebook, don’t assume the company is legitimate!

Luckily, our Chrome browser detected the phishing attempt and triggered the following warning:

WOW Gold 2k Phishing Warning

Phishing scams often use multiple domains and tactics, but the end game is always an attempt to obtain your Facebook user name and password.

If you entered your Facebook log in credentials on the page shown above, then you need to change your Facebook password ASAP. If you are too late, then try to reclaim your account. Check out the following article for additional steps you should take:

Four Things you need to do if your Facebook account gets hacked

Be sure to let your Facebook friends know that your account has been compromised and not to click on any links that are sent from you.

If you or your Facebook friends are falling for tricks like this, it’s time to get yourself informed of the latest threats. Be sure to join the Facecrooks page on Facebook to be kept informed of the latest security issues.



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Beware – Fake Facebook Apps on the Rise http://facecrooks.com/Scam-Watch/Beware-Fake-Facebook-Apps-Rise.html/ http://facecrooks.com/Scam-Watch/Beware-Fake-Facebook-Apps-Rise.html/#comments Wed, 15 Oct 2014 13:28:33 +0000 http://facecrooks.com/?p=8812 The post Beware – Fake Facebook Apps on the Rise appeared first on .

Though Facebook already has an official mobile app, that doesn’t stop cyber scammers from tricking would-be downloaders into putting a fake app on their phone and revealing personal information. According to Cheetah Mobile Threat Lab, the digital security firm has detected around 15,000 fake social networking apps in the past year. Unsurprisingly, Facebook alone was…

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warningThough Facebook already has an official mobile app, that doesn’t stop cyber scammers from tricking would-be downloaders into putting a fake app on their phone and revealing personal information. According to Cheetah Mobile Threat Lab, the digital security firm has detected around 15,000 fake social networking apps in the past year. Unsurprisingly, Facebook alone was the subject of 8,107 imposter apps.

Most of these phony apps afflict Internet users overseas in countries like Malaysia, Vietnam and Russia. According to Cheetah, cybercriminals set to work monetizing the fake apps as much as possible once they’ve been downloaded by unsuspecting users. This includes pegging big extra charges to users’ wireless bills, sending and receiving texts or draining pre-paid accounts. Worst of all, these apps can be used to collect personal information, like user names and passwords, that scammers can utilize to impersonate users online.

Fortunately, these fake apps are pretty easy to spot. They’re much smaller in terms of data size, and they ask for far fewer permissions from users when they’re downloaded. Additionally, these apps are almost always found and deleted from official app store platforms, which means you should be able to easily avoid falling victim to one of these scams if you steer clear from third-party app download sites.



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New App Prevents Facebook From Tracking Mobile Users Across Web http://facecrooks.com/Internet-Safety-Privacy/New-App-Prevents-Facebook-From-Tracking-Mobile-Users-Across-Web.html/ http://facecrooks.com/Internet-Safety-Privacy/New-App-Prevents-Facebook-From-Tracking-Mobile-Users-Across-Web.html/#comments Tue, 14 Oct 2014 13:26:33 +0000 http://facecrooks.com/?p=8808 The post New App Prevents Facebook From Tracking Mobile Users Across Web appeared first on .

It’s not a secret: Facebook is hungry for more of its user’s data. That even includes their browsing information all across the web at sites that Facebook has nothing to do with. For mobile users who find that kind of behavior tracking creepy, there’s a new app that can help them maintain their privacy. The…

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tinfoilIt’s not a secret: Facebook is hungry for more of its user’s data. That even includes their browsing information all across the web at sites that Facebook has nothing to do with. For mobile users who find that kind of behavior tracking creepy, there’s a new app that can help them maintain their privacy. The app, Tinfoil, effectively puts the mobile Facebook site in a “wrapper” that prevents the site from tracking user browsing habits.

While the app is not without its kinks (many users have complained in the app’s reviews that they can’t post, tag or post pictures) the overall idea is a good one, and most of the issues will likely be worked out over time.  While it’s certainly a good thing for privacy-concerned users to protect themselves on Facebook, apps like this one raise an important question: should users really have to download a third-party app to safeguard their information from the very site they’re using in the first place? Protecting yourself from hackers is one thing, but from one of the biggest websites in the world?

As Facebook continues seeking more information from users, security measures like this one will only become more commonplace. But users will eventually hit a point when they ask whether it’s worth it to use the site at all if doing so means needing to take a host of extra security measures. 



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