http://facecrooks.com Fri, 18 Aug 2017 17:48:49 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v= Facebook Shuts Down White Supremacist’s Profile In Wake Of Charlottesville Violence http://facecrooks.com/Internet-Safety-Privacy/Facebook-Shuts-Down-White-Supremacist%e2%80%99s-Profile-In-Wake-Of-Charlottesville-Violence.html/ http://facecrooks.com/Internet-Safety-Privacy/Facebook-Shuts-Down-White-Supremacist%e2%80%99s-Profile-In-Wake-Of-Charlottesville-Violence.html/#comments Fri, 18 Aug 2017 17:45:29 +0000 http://facecrooks.com/?p=10710 The post Facebook Shuts Down White Supremacist’s Profile In Wake Of Charlottesville Violence appeared first on .

Facebook cracked down on hate speech this week following deadly violence at a white nationalist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, last weekend. It even shut down the Facebook and Instagram accounts of one white nationalist who was prominently featured in a widely-shared Vice News documentary about the hate rally. The man, Christopher Cantwell, helped lead the…

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censorship2-200Facebook cracked down on hate speech this week following deadly violence at a white nationalist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, last weekend. It even shut down the Facebook and Instagram accounts of one white nationalist who was prominently featured in a widely-shared Vice News documentary about the hate rally.

The man, Christopher Cantwell, helped lead the Charlottesville rally, and spoke at length about his beliefs in the Vice documentary. In the film, he calls the death of a counter protester “justified,” and says that his group will “kill these people if we have to.”

“I’m carrying a pistol, I go to the gym all the time, I’m trying to make myself more capable of violence,” he’s filmed saying.

Now, a warrant is allegedly out for Cantwell’s arrest, and Facebook said in a statement that it has removed both his profile and a page affiliated with a podcast he hosts. The company also shut down his Instagram profile. Cantwell himself seems shaken by the sudden public backlash, crying in a video posted online and saying he’s “terrified.”

Facebook often takes heat for removing the wrong content or censoring users who don’t deserve it, but in this case, the company acted swiftly and appropriately to rid its platform of this disgusting hate speech.



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Early Facebook Investor Says The Company Now “Terrifies” Him http://facecrooks.com/Internet-Safety-Privacy/Early-Facebook-Investor-Says-The-Company-Now-%e2%80%9cTerrifies%e2%80%9d-Him.html/ http://facecrooks.com/Internet-Safety-Privacy/Early-Facebook-Investor-Says-The-Company-Now-%e2%80%9cTerrifies%e2%80%9d-Him.html/#comments Wed, 16 Aug 2017 23:36:31 +0000 http://facecrooks.com/?p=10708 The post Early Facebook Investor Says The Company Now “Terrifies” Him appeared first on .

When Facebook launched in 2004 as a platform for college students to connect with one another, no one could’ve foreseen its massive future. The once-small site is now a global service with over 2 billion users—and a ton of responsibility to protect the privacy of those users. However, the site has made our data its…

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Original Round Blue Facebook Web IconWhen Facebook launched in 2004 as a platform for college students to connect with one another, no one could’ve foreseen its massive future. The once-small site is now a global service with over 2 billion users—and a ton of responsibility to protect the privacy of those users. However, the site has made our data its business, and one early Facebook investor says he is now “terrified” by what the company has become.

In an op-ed piece for USA Today, tech investor Roger McNamee described his discomfort with what he sees as Facebook’s exploitation of human nature, creating an addicting experience to serve its own business needs. He even described the site as a “menace to public health and to democracy.” The company is able to manipulate its users, he argues, because of how much information it has on us.

“The big Internet companies know more about you than you know about yourself, which gives them huge power to influence you, to persuade you to do things that serve their economic interests,” McNamee wrote. “Facebook… and others compete for each consumer’s attention, reinforcing biases and reducing the diversity of ideas to which each is exposed. The degree of harm grows over time.”

Not only was McNamee an early investor in Facebook, but he also advised its team. The fact that he profited enormously from Facebook and still feels this way about it should raise some red flags for regular users like us.



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Facebook Won’t Change Terms Of Service Following Charlottesville Protests http://facecrooks.com/Internet-Safety-Privacy/Facebook-Won%e2%80%99t-Change-Terms-Of-Service-Following-Charlottesville-Protests.html/ http://facecrooks.com/Internet-Safety-Privacy/Facebook-Won%e2%80%99t-Change-Terms-Of-Service-Following-Charlottesville-Protests.html/#comments Wed, 16 Aug 2017 14:32:49 +0000 http://facecrooks.com/?p=10706 The post Facebook Won’t Change Terms Of Service Following Charlottesville Protests appeared first on .

Over the weekend, a white nationalist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, turned violent when one of the members of a hate organization drove into a crowd of counter-protesters, killing one and injuring 19 others. However, Facebook said it has no plans to change its guidelines following the racially-motivated violence. This is notable in the wake of…

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Censorship And Free SpeechOver the weekend, a white nationalist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, turned violent when one of the members of a hate organization drove into a crowd of counter-protesters, killing one and injuring 19 others. However, Facebook said it has no plans to change its guidelines following the racially-motivated violence. This is notable in the wake of other major tech companies, including Airbnb and GoDaddy, taking strong stands against white supremacists using their platforms.

While it may not be strengthening its rules, Facebook remains committed to deleting incidents of hate speech or content that seeks to incite violence. The day before the rally in Charlottesville, Facebook removed an event promoting it after the site realized the event was connected to hate groups. But unfortunately, the event was posted for a month before its removal.

“Our hearts go out to the people affected by the tragic events in Charlottesville,” a Facebook spokesperson said in a statement. “Facebook does not allow hate speech or praise of terrorist acts or hate crimes, and we are actively removing any posts that glorify the horrendous act committed in Charlottesville.”

Facebook condemns bigotry and hatred and does not allow white supremacists to operate on its site. But still, many expect the company to do more to combat the problem.


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Report: Facebook Is Tracking Snapchat Users, Too http://facecrooks.com/Internet-Safety-Privacy/Report-Facebook-Is-Tracking-Snapchat-Users-Too.html/ http://facecrooks.com/Internet-Safety-Privacy/Report-Facebook-Is-Tracking-Snapchat-Users-Too.html/#comments Tue, 15 Aug 2017 12:09:21 +0000 http://facecrooks.com/?p=10702 The post Report: Facebook Is Tracking Snapchat Users, Too appeared first on .

It’s no secret that Facebook tracks users across the Internet to observe their behavior, gather info and target advertising. However, a new report in The Wall Street Journal claims that Facebook’s tracking goes even further than originally thought. According to the report, Facebook uses an outside firm to monitor people’s app and website usage habits,…

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Privacy symbol with digital globe, 3d renderIt’s no secret that Facebook tracks users across the Internet to observe their behavior, gather info and target advertising. However, a new report in The Wall Street Journal claims that Facebook’s tracking goes even further than originally thought. According to the report, Facebook uses an outside firm to monitor people’s app and website usage habits, even to the granular level of knowing how many times per day users post on Snapchat.

Facebook allegedly receives this information from Onavo Protect, an app that purports to protect your information online. (It’s worth noting that, in 2013, Facebook bought the company that created Onavo Protect.) With this data, the report claims Facebook was able to introduce Snapchat copycats to Instagram and Messenger, strengthening its own services while deliberately undercutting a competitor.

The report also notes that Google and Apple have access to similar information, though it’s unclear if those companies use it to further their own fortunes. Facebook echoed a similar point to defend itself, point out that it’s not alone in using third-party data.

“Websites and apps have used market-research services for years,” a Facebook spokesperson told The Wall Street Journal.

Even if this kind of practice is above board, it will likely rub some users the wrong way. After all, who wants to be tracked by Facebook to such a creepily intense level?


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New Malware Promises To Help You Steal Facebook Passwords, But Steals Yours Instead http://facecrooks.com/Scam-Watch/New-Malware-Promises-To-Help-You-Steal-Facebook-Passwords-But-Steals-Yours-Instead.html/ http://facecrooks.com/Scam-Watch/New-Malware-Promises-To-Help-You-Steal-Facebook-Passwords-But-Steals-Yours-Instead.html/#comments Fri, 11 Aug 2017 15:15:29 +0000 http://facecrooks.com/?p=10694 The post New Malware Promises To Help You Steal Facebook Passwords, But Steals Yours Instead appeared first on .

There is a new strain of malware making the rounds on Facebook that packs a unique punch. Dubbed “Instant Karma” by researchers, the bug comes packaged in a fake software program that promises users the ability to hack other people’s profiles. In other words, the malware’s victims are themselves up to some pretty shady business.…

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scam_watch_200There is a new strain of malware making the rounds on Facebook that packs a unique punch. Dubbed “Instant Karma” by researchers, the bug comes packaged in a fake software program that promises users the ability to hack other people’s profiles. In other words, the malware’s victims are themselves up to some pretty shady business.

Once a would-be hacker downloads the bug, it plants code into the background of the victim’s computer to steal their security credentials. And this malicious program doesn’t seem like it’s going away anytime soon. The research team behind the discovery, LMNTRX Labs, told TechCrunch the password stealer appears “very widespread and growing.”

“The attackers also seem to be sophisticated marketers who understand there is potentially big demand for the purported service,” the researchers said. “The target market goes beyond a typical hacker subset (if there is such a thing) and targets the general user who may be tempted to get inside someone’s Facebook account (friends, enemies, significant others, et al.).”

It’s hard to feel bad for wannabe hackers who fall for this trick; after all, they’re getting a taste of their own medicine. However, there’s no such thing as good malware, so hopefully Facebook eradicates it soon.



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Facebook Cracks Down On Practice Of “Cloaking” Scam Pages http://facecrooks.com/Internet-Safety-Privacy/Facebook-Cracks-Down-On-Practice-Of-%e2%80%9cCloaking%e2%80%9d-Scam-Pages.html/ http://facecrooks.com/Internet-Safety-Privacy/Facebook-Cracks-Down-On-Practice-Of-%e2%80%9cCloaking%e2%80%9d-Scam-Pages.html/#comments Thu, 10 Aug 2017 14:58:30 +0000 http://facecrooks.com/?p=10692 The post Facebook Cracks Down On Practice Of “Cloaking” Scam Pages appeared first on .

There are many tricks that Facebook scammers use to avoid being detected by the company. Facebook vowed this week to crack down on one such practice, called “cloaking,” that allows malicious publishers to hide the true nature of their content. Fraudulent marketers will often show Facebook a different, clean version of their pages right off…

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Stopping ScamsThere are many tricks that Facebook scammers use to avoid being detected by the company. Facebook vowed this week to crack down on one such practice, called “cloaking,” that allows malicious publishers to hide the true nature of their content.

Fraudulent marketers will often show Facebook a different, clean version of their pages right off the bat to gain the site’s approval. Then, after it’s approved, they switch it out for their actual spammy content. However, some cloaking methods are even more sophisticated than that. Content can be cloaked on a user-by-user basis, allowing black hat publishers to show Facebook employees a clean page when they click through a link. However, if you or I were to click the same link, we would see the real page.

Facebook says it will use both more human regulators and expanded AI systems to uncover cloakers.

“There’s no legitimate use case for cloaking,” Facebook ads product director Rob Leathern told TechCrunch. “If we find it, it doesn’t really matter who that actor is. They’re usually bad actors and spammers by definition. So the line is if anyone does this in any way, shape, or form, we want them off the platform.”

It’s a small step, but if the site continues making little gains like it, the site will eventually provide a substantially better experience for users.


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ACLU Sues Maine Governor For Censoring His Facebook Followers http://facecrooks.com/Internet-Safety-Privacy/ACLU-Sues-Maine-Governor-For-Censoring-His-Facebook-Followers.html/ http://facecrooks.com/Internet-Safety-Privacy/ACLU-Sues-Maine-Governor-For-Censoring-His-Facebook-Followers.html/#comments Wed, 09 Aug 2017 15:54:04 +0000 http://facecrooks.com/?p=10688 The post ACLU Sues Maine Governor For Censoring His Facebook Followers appeared first on .

 Facebook often gets in trouble for stifling user voices. Government officials can use it as a tool for speech suppression, too—though thankfully there are groups like the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) to call them out when they try. That’s what happened this week when the ACLU of Maine filed suit against the state’s governor…

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 censorship2-150x150Facebook often gets in trouble for stifling user voices. Government officials can use it as a tool for speech suppression, too—though thankfully there are groups like the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) to call them out when they try. That’s what happened this week when the ACLU of Maine filed suit against the state’s governor for deleting comments from his Facebook page and blocking users who disagreed with him.

“Social media has quickly become a crucial tool for constituents to express their opinions to public officials,” ACLU attorney Meagan Sway said. “Free speech must be protected from government censorship on Facebook just as is it in any other public forum.”

The suit argues that because Maine’s governor, Paul LePage, conducts official government business on his page, it should serve as an open forum for Maine constituents to share their views. The ACLU is representing two women who had their comments deleted from the page, and were blocked from further interaction with it even though nothing they said violated the state’s social media commenting policy.

“The governor should stop censoring people in public forums just because he disagrees with them,” one of the users said.

It’s no crime to disagree with someone online, even if that person is an elected official. It’s good to know there are organizations that’ll stand up for these rights even on Facebook.


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Proposed UK Law Could Give Facebook Users Greater Control Over Their Own Data http://facecrooks.com/Internet-Safety-Privacy/Proposed-UK-Law-Could-Give-Facebook-Users-Greater-Control-Over-Their-Own-Data.html/ http://facecrooks.com/Internet-Safety-Privacy/Proposed-UK-Law-Could-Give-Facebook-Users-Greater-Control-Over-Their-Own-Data.html/#comments Tue, 08 Aug 2017 16:20:15 +0000 http://facecrooks.com/?p=10685 The post Proposed UK Law Could Give Facebook Users Greater Control Over Their Own Data appeared first on .

UK legislators proposed a bill this week that would grant Facebook users broad control over their own privacy and data. If passed, the legislation would require social media platforms to remove posts from a user’s childhood if the user requested it. It would also allow a user to ask for all posts to be removed,…

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binary_data_lockUK legislators proposed a bill this week that would grant Facebook users broad control over their own privacy and data. If passed, the legislation would require social media platforms to remove posts from a user’s childhood if the user requested it. It would also allow a user to ask for all posts to be removed, in certain circumstances.

The proposed law, called the Data Protection Bill, would give UK Facebook users a so-called “right to be forgotten.” In other words, people could obtain the right to stop large Internet companies from hanging on to their personal info forever. Privacy advocates are praising the bill as a big step forward for users’ digital rights.

“It will strengthen everyone’s ability to control what data can be collected about them and how it can be used,” Javier Ruiz, the policy director at Open Rights Group, told New Scientist. “It is almost impossible for average person to be able to know which organizations hold their personal data. Enabling privacy groups to take independent action will ensure consumers’ rights are properly enforced.”

Of course, this legislation would only be in effect in the UK, and something like it would be far more difficult to pass in the States. However, it’s encouraging that some governing bodies are willing to stand up for our online privacy.


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Facebook Rolls Out “Related Articles” Feature In Fight Against Fake Content http://facecrooks.com/Internet-Safety-Privacy/Facebook-Rolls-Out-%e2%80%9cRelated-Articles%e2%80%9d-Feature-In-Fight-Against-Fake-Content.html/ http://facecrooks.com/Internet-Safety-Privacy/Facebook-Rolls-Out-%e2%80%9cRelated-Articles%e2%80%9d-Feature-In-Fight-Against-Fake-Content.html/#comments Sun, 06 Aug 2017 14:46:57 +0000 http://facecrooks.com/?p=10678 The post Facebook Rolls Out “Related Articles” Feature In Fight Against Fake Content appeared first on .

Facebook struck yet another blow in the fight against fake news this week, rolling out its “Related Articles” feature across the platform. Here’s how the tool works: when a controversial or disputed story appears in your News Feed, Related Articles will display a series of stories from other publishers beneath it. This will include other…

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fake stampFacebook struck yet another blow in the fight against fake news this week, rolling out its “Related Articles” feature across the platform.

Here’s how the tool works: when a controversial or disputed story appears in your News Feed, Related Articles will display a series of stories from other publishers beneath it. This will include other viewpoints and articles from third-party fact checkers. The site first began testing Related Articles in April, and it must be working; Facebook now wants to broadly implement it.

“Since starting this test, we’ve heard that Related Articles helps give people more perspectives and additional information, and helps them determine whether the news they are reading is misleading or false,” Facebook wrote in an update to its April blog post. “Now, we will start using updated machine learning to detect more potential hoaxes to send to third-party fact checkers.”

This seems like a small change, but it could potentially have huge (and positive) ramifications. By presenting content from many different perspectives as equally truthful and serious, Facebook could go a long way toward disarming the power of fake content. At the very least, it will give readers the chance to make up their own minds on what’s true and what’s not.



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Report: Smugglers Of People Openly Advertise Services On Facebook http://facecrooks.com/Internet-Safety-Privacy/Report-Smugglers-Of-People-Openly-Advertise-Services-On-Facebook-2.html/ http://facecrooks.com/Internet-Safety-Privacy/Report-Smugglers-Of-People-Openly-Advertise-Services-On-Facebook-2.html/#comments Wed, 02 Aug 2017 23:48:47 +0000 http://facecrooks.com/?p=10674 The post Report: Smugglers Of People Openly Advertise Services On Facebook appeared first on .

With over 2 billion active users around the world, Facebook is a vital tool for entrepreneurs to grow their businesses. However, that also includes individuals who may be promoting an illegal service. A new report from Sky News this week detailed how many human traffickers are openly using Facebook to advertise their services and tout…

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Hands tied up with rope against brick wallWith over 2 billion active users around the world, Facebook is a vital tool for entrepreneurs to grow their businesses. However, that also includes individuals who may be promoting an illegal service. A new report from Sky News this week detailed how many human traffickers are openly using Facebook to advertise their services and tout “success stories.”

According to the report, human smugglers often focus on crafting a “reputation” online, not unlike how reputable businesses seek good reviews from customers. As a result, the smugglers post video testimonials from migrants and refugees who successfully make it into Europe by using the smugglers’ services. However, these sunny posts leave out how dangerous—and illegal—this kind of journey is. Thankfully, experts are also analyzing the posts to stop these operations in their tracks and save innocent people.

“As everywhere, education matters,” Dr. Paolo Campana, an expert in criminal networks, told Sky News. “Accessing and evaluating information through channels such as Facebook could mean the difference between life and death.”

Of course, the question must be asked: how much does Facebook know about this problem, and what can it do about it? The company’s policies forbid this kind of illegal activity from taking place on its pages, but enforcing those rules is a different and far more difficult task.



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