http://facecrooks.com Thu, 20 Nov 2014 21:40:32 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v= “Europe Vs. Facebook” Group Challenges U.S. Safe Harbor Agreement http://facecrooks.com/Internet-Safety-Privacy/%e2%80%9cEurope-Vs-Facebook%e2%80%9d-Group-Challenges-U-S-Safe-Harbor-Agreement.html/ http://facecrooks.com/Internet-Safety-Privacy/%e2%80%9cEurope-Vs-Facebook%e2%80%9d-Group-Challenges-U-S-Safe-Harbor-Agreement.html/#comments Thu, 20 Nov 2014 21:40:32 +0000 http://facecrooks.com/?p=8928 The post “Europe Vs. Facebook” Group Challenges U.S. Safe Harbor Agreement appeared first on .

Privacy advocacy group Europe vs. Facebook, headed by Austrian law student Max Schrems, widened its scope this week to take aim at the United States. Specifically, the group has targeted the E.U.-U.S. agreement called “Safe Harbor” that allows U.S. companies to take data from European users. According to Schrems, Safe Harbor violates European privacy laws…

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euvsfbPrivacy advocacy group Europe vs. Facebook, headed by Austrian law student Max Schrems, widened its scope this week to take aim at the United States. Specifically, the group has targeted the E.U.-U.S. agreement called “Safe Harbor” that allows U.S. companies to take data from European users.

According to Schrems, Safe Harbor violates European privacy laws by potentially making data available to the NSA and other U.S. government agencies. Schrems brought a case against Facebook to a data protection agency in Ireland, the site’s European headquarters. The agency dismissed the case, and Schrems went a step further and sued the agency. The case is now working its way to the European Court of Justice.

“We will go on a head-on collision with Safe Harbor,” Schrems said at a privacy conference this week. ““Safe harbor in practice doesn’t give you any protection.”

Ever since Edward Snowden’s revelations of the U.S. government spying on foreign Facebook users, many groups have pushed hard to keep the site in check across the continent. There won’t be a decision Europe vs. Facebook’s case in the European Court of Justice until at least spring, but it seems that even if it fails, the group won’t stop vocally raising issues of privacy and generally acting as a thorn in the side of Facebook.



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Facebook Tells Page Owners to Stop Spamming News Feeds http://facecrooks.com/Internet-Safety-Privacy/Facebook-Tells-Page-Owners-Stop-Spamming-News-Feeds.html/ http://facecrooks.com/Internet-Safety-Privacy/Facebook-Tells-Page-Owners-Stop-Spamming-News-Feeds.html/#comments Wed, 19 Nov 2014 20:57:29 +0000 http://facecrooks.com/?p=8925 The post Facebook Tells Page Owners to Stop Spamming News Feeds appeared first on .

Facebook announced this week that it has once again tweaked its News Feed algorithm based on a user survey, and will now devalue “overly promotional page posts.” According to Facebook, they want to get rid of spammy page posts that push people to buy a product or download an app, encourage them to enter contests…

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no spam allow illustration designFacebook announced this week that it has once again tweaked its News Feed algorithm based on a user survey, and will now devalue “overly promotional page posts.”

According to Facebook, they want to get rid of spammy page posts that push people to buy a product or download an app, encourage them to enter contests or sweepstakes and posts that simply reuse content from Facebook ads. Though concerns have already been raised that this change is simply a way for Facebook to boost its own revenue by moving advertising from promotional posts to Facebook ads, Facebook vehemently denied the new algorithm will lead to any more ads.

“This change will not increase the number of ads people see in their News Feeds,” the site wrote in its announcement. “The idea is to increase the relevance and quality of the overall stories – including Page posts – people see in their News Feeds. This change is about giving people the best Facebook experience possible and being responsive to what they have told us.”

Facebook has been put in an interesting conundrum. It’s likely that businesses who advertise on Facebook will cry foul about the change, though Facebook’s own studies have indicated that users find promotional content in their News Feeds more annoying than Facebook ads. It’s unclear how Facebook will keep both users and advertisers happy, but at least they’ve accomplished one thing: less spammy posts clogging up your feed.



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U.S. Woman Arrested for Promoting ISIS on Facebook http://facecrooks.com/Internet-Safety-Privacy/U-S-Woman-Arrested-Promoting-ISIS-Facebook.html/ http://facecrooks.com/Internet-Safety-Privacy/U-S-Woman-Arrested-Promoting-ISIS-Facebook.html/#comments Tue, 18 Nov 2014 22:03:11 +0000 http://facecrooks.com/?p=8923 The post U.S. Woman Arrested for Promoting ISIS on Facebook appeared first on .

A 29-year-old U.S. woman and mother, Heather Elizabeth Coffman, has been arrested and charged with making a false statement regarding an offense involving international or domestic terrorism. Coffman, who lives in Virginia, is accused of promoting the terrorist group ISIS on her Facebook page. FBI agents began looking into Coffman around April this year after…

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facebook_blackbg_logoA 29-year-old U.S. woman and mother, Heather Elizabeth Coffman, has been arrested and charged with making a false statement regarding an offense involving international or domestic terrorism. Coffman, who lives in Virginia, is accused of promoting the terrorist group ISIS on her Facebook page.

FBI agents began looking into Coffman around April this year after she posted on several Facebook accounts, including one using the name Ubeida Ametova. She wrote messages supporting the Middle Eastern terror group, including one post that said “We are all ISIS, Islamic State of Iraq & Sham.” In July, FBI agents contacted her on Facebook posing as fellow stateside jihadists. They asked if Coffman could help them connect with ISIS in Syria, and she said she could, though it’s unclear if she was telling the truth.

Perhaps most important of all, at least from a legal perspective, is the grounds upon which Coffman was charged. Her alleged crime involves no actual actions, and instead rests solely on the content she posted on Facebook.

“This is in connection with Facebook and issues that arose from Facebook,” Coffman’s attorney, Mark Schmidt, told the AP. “To the best of my knowledge, Ms. Coffman has never left the country. I don’t know if she even left Virginia.”

Though it’s still relatively uncharted territory, it’s become increasingly clear that what you post on Facebook can have real-world legal ramifications.  So watch what you post — especially if it deals with incredibly inflammatory subjects.



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Report: Facebook Wants to Create “Facebook at Work” http://facecrooks.com/Internet-Safety-Privacy/Report-Facebook-Wants-Create-%e2%80%9cFacebook-Work%e2%80%9d.html/ http://facecrooks.com/Internet-Safety-Privacy/Report-Facebook-Wants-Create-%e2%80%9cFacebook-Work%e2%80%9d.html/#comments Tue, 18 Nov 2014 15:13:55 +0000 http://facecrooks.com/?p=8920 The post Report: Facebook Wants to Create “Facebook at Work” appeared first on .

According to a report in The Financial Times, Facebook is currently working on a service called “Facebook at Work” that will stand apart from the common consumer site and serve instead as a hub for employees. According to the FT, the site would allow employees to collaborate with each other on projects, connect with people…

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facebook iconAccording to a report in The Financial Times, Facebook is currently working on a service called “Facebook at Work” that will stand apart from the common consumer site and serve instead as a hub for employees. According to the FT, the site would allow employees to collaborate with each other on projects, connect with people in their network and send messages to their fellow employees. However, the site’s interface would keep many of the central features of Facebook as it stands right now, including the News Feed.

If the proposed features of Facebook at Work sound familiar, that’s because they are. The site combines many features from other popular sites like LinkedIn (professional networking) and Google Docs (collaborating on work). There is undoubtedly a crowded market for these kinds of sites, though that kind of competition hasn’t stopped Facebook before. (For instance, the relatively new Facebook Rooms app allows users to create private chats and groups about select topics, something that already exists all over the web.)

So what could the potential hold ups be for a work-only Facebook site? Privacy and confidentiality, of course. The public opinion of Facebook’s security is already low, and business owners will likely have big reservations about sharing company information on a website perceived to be so compromised.



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Study: 24 Percent of Facebook Ads for Luxury Goods are Selling Counterfeits http://facecrooks.com/Scam-Watch/Study-24-Percent-Facebook-Ads-Luxury-Goods-Selling-Counterfeits.html/ http://facecrooks.com/Scam-Watch/Study-24-Percent-Facebook-Ads-Luxury-Goods-Selling-Counterfeits.html/#comments Fri, 14 Nov 2014 21:40:01 +0000 http://facecrooks.com/?p=8913 The post Study: 24 Percent of Facebook Ads for Luxury Goods are Selling Counterfeits appeared first on .

A new study by cybersecurity researchers has found that 24 percent of Facebook ads selling luxury goods, like Ray Ban sunglasses or Louis Vuitton handbags, are hocking counterfeit products. To conduct their study, the researchers set up 12 fake Facebook accounts and looked at a sample of 180 Facebook ads for luxury goods. 43 of…

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Internet fraud concept.A new study by cybersecurity researchers has found that 24 percent of Facebook ads selling luxury goods, like Ray Ban sunglasses or Louis Vuitton handbags, are hocking counterfeit products.

To conduct their study, the researchers set up 12 fake Facebook accounts and looked at a sample of 180 Facebook ads for luxury goods. 43 of the ads went to websites that sold counterfeit goods. Many of the domains were registered in China and used Chinese-affiliated email accounts, though the websites themselves looked legit. Many featured realistic-seeming URLs and logos of security companies.

“You don’t know where you’re going to end up,” researcher Andrea Stroppa told Mashable. “And in many cases your credit card is at risk, thanks to obscure payment systems backed by companies you have no idea who they are.”

Facebook doesn’t disclose how many fake ads it removes from its pages, though it’s likely in the tens, if not hundreds, of millions; in 2013 alone, Google removed more than 350 million bad ads.

The easies way to avoid falling prey to these scams is simple: view Facebook ads with a critical eye. If it seems too good to be true (Louis Vuitton handbags for a quarter of their regular price?), it probably is.



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Facebook Simplifies Privacy Policy – Again http://facecrooks.com/Internet-Safety-Privacy/Facebook-Simplifies-Privacy-Policy-%e2%80%93-Again.html/ http://facecrooks.com/Internet-Safety-Privacy/Facebook-Simplifies-Privacy-Policy-%e2%80%93-Again.html/#comments Thu, 13 Nov 2014 19:55:47 +0000 http://facecrooks.com/?p=8908 The post Facebook Simplifies Privacy Policy – Again appeared first on .

This week, Facebook announced another tool designed to further simplify its privacy policy and make it understandable to the layperson. The feature, called “Privacy Basics,” is a set of interactive guides that walk users through basic security questions, like how to delete content from the site and how to limit visibility in search. In addition…

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facebook-privacyThis week, Facebook announced another tool designed to further simplify its privacy policy and make it understandable to the layperson. The feature, called “Privacy Basics,” is a set of interactive guides that walk users through basic security questions, like how to delete content from the site and how to limit visibility in search.

In addition to the new look, Facebook also edited the language in its privacy policy to make it less legal-sounding and complicated. It has also been dramatically shortened, down from about 9,000 words to only 2,700.

“The idea here is to give people more accessible information about how Facebook works,” Erin Egan, the company’s chief privacy officer, told The New York Times. “It’s simpler, it’s easier to read.”

The new policy also clearly spells out how Facebook tracks users and gathers their information, and how the site puts it to use. Perhaps foreshadowing Facebook’s apparent interest in entering the realm of online payments, new language was also added that details what information Facebook collects during financial transactions.

Per usual, Facebook’s new language is only a “proposal” for now, and users will have seven days to comment on it before Facebook will make its decision whether or not to implement it. After the changes are made, the new language will roll out on the site in 30 days. If you’d like your voice to be heard, you can share your comments with Facebook here.



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Civil Liberties Group Accuses Facebook of Complicity in Censorship http://facecrooks.com/Internet-Safety-Privacy/Civil-Liberties-Group-Accuses-Facebook-Complicity-Censorship.html/ http://facecrooks.com/Internet-Safety-Privacy/Civil-Liberties-Group-Accuses-Facebook-Complicity-Censorship.html/#comments Thu, 13 Nov 2014 14:36:22 +0000 http://facecrooks.com/?p=8905 The post Civil Liberties Group Accuses Facebook of Complicity in Censorship appeared first on .

After Facebook released its government requests report late last week, digital civil liberties group Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) took issue with Facebook’s willingness to bend to the demands of governments around the world. Though the site is not required to operate under the laws of the various countries it’s in, it often does, removing content…

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http://www.dreamstime.com/royalty-free-stock-photo-censorship-warning-sign-illustration-design-image26533865After Facebook released its government requests report late last week, digital civil liberties group Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) took issue with Facebook’s willingness to bend to the demands of governments around the world.

Though the site is not required to operate under the laws of the various countries it’s in, it often does, removing content on a case-by-case basis. According to the EEF’s complaint, this essentially amounts to enforcing political censorship. For instance, it is prohibited to speak out against the state in Turkey. As revealed by Facebook’s very own government request report, Turkey placed a total of 1,893 requests, second only to India. In other words, an oppressive government is taking advantage of Facebook’s willingness to work with it to stifle its own citizens.

“While Facebook… now issues a regular report showing government requests, we urge the company to take it a step further and display exactly what kind of censorship requests it is receiving from governments,” the EEF wrote. “In doing so, the company will allow civil society in these countries to make more informed decisions about how they tackle censorship.”

While Twitter has also censored content on behalf of foreign governments, it has also proven to be a key catalyst in movements like the Arab Spring protests. Perhaps Facebook should take a page out of their main rival’s book and treat content with more political sensitivity, particularly in international trouble spots.



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Buzzfeed: How Facebook Decides What Apps Get Your Data http://facecrooks.com/Internet-Safety-Privacy/Buzzfeed-How-Facebook-Decides-What-Apps-Get-Your-Data.html/ http://facecrooks.com/Internet-Safety-Privacy/Buzzfeed-How-Facebook-Decides-What-Apps-Get-Your-Data.html/#comments Wed, 12 Nov 2014 20:50:13 +0000 http://facecrooks.com/?p=8901 The post Buzzfeed: How Facebook Decides What Apps Get Your Data appeared first on .

This past spring, Facebook implemented a new app review policy to ensure only functional and honest apps made it on to the site. In particular, the process was created to target apps that asked for too much personal information from users. Now, according to Buzzfeed, the preliminary results of the review process are in, and…

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app_centerThis past spring, Facebook implemented a new app review policy to ensure only functional and honest apps made it on to the site. In particular, the process was created to target apps that asked for too much personal information from users. Now, according to Buzzfeed, the preliminary results of the review process are in, and it seems to be working.

App developers used to ask for an average of five extra permissions from users above and beyond the basics. Now, however, that number is down to two. 25,000 apps have been reviewed so far, and Facebook notes that they can review most apps in about a day. According to the site, they wanted to make the login experience feel more flexible and lightweight — and more private.

“It’s one of the ways we want to make people feel comfortable, when they press login they feel like that’s a good experience,” said Facebook product manager Sean Leow. “I’m not scared to push this button, they see the dialogue where the app is looking for two pieces of data, that makes sense, it means I’m gonna have that good experience, versus when you go into some apps they may ask you for 50 things, that doesn’t feel great.”

Third-party applications are still one of the greatest threats to security and privacy on the Internet; it’s often hard, if not impossible, for sites like Facebook to completely police apps that aren’t under their control. However, this more rigorous review process should go a long way toward reducing spammy and malicious apps.



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Facebook: Messenger App Reaches 500 Million Users http://facecrooks.com/Internet-Safety-Privacy/Facebook-Messenger-App-Reaches-500-Million-Users.html/ http://facecrooks.com/Internet-Safety-Privacy/Facebook-Messenger-App-Reaches-500-Million-Users.html/#comments Tue, 11 Nov 2014 19:40:37 +0000 http://facecrooks.com/?p=8898 The post Facebook: Messenger App Reaches 500 Million Users appeared first on .

When Facebook announced that its users had to download its standalone Messenger app to continue using the feature earlier this year, many were upset – and worried about their privacy. However, despite the initial concerns, the app has grown into a massive success; according to Facebook, it currently sports around 500 million active users.  “This…

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messenger_icon_2When Facebook announced that its users had to download its standalone Messenger app to continue using the feature earlier this year, many were upset – and worried about their privacy. However, despite the initial concerns, the app has grown into a massive success; according to Facebook, it currently sports around 500 million active users

“This is an exciting milestone but with a half billion people relying on Messenger to communicate and connect, it is also a reminder that there is so much left for us to do,” said Peter Martinazzi, Facebook’s director of product management.

Though there was a strong backlash against the app at first (users had to input their information all over again when downloading it, including default settings that identified personal information), there’s no denying its astronomical growth, expanding its user base by 150 percent in one year. And this is only the beginning; Facebook has strongly suggested that Messenger will serve as a platform for online payments on the site, a move that could turn the world of credit cards and banking on its ear. That change, when it inevitably comes, will probably make many users uncomfortable. But Facebook will no doubt continue to charge ahead with its initiatives as always, whether its 1.35 billion users are comfortable with them or not.



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Survey: Facebook Most Feared Tech Company for Privacy http://facecrooks.com/Internet-Safety-Privacy/Survey-Facebook-Most-Feared-Tech-Company-Privacy.html/ http://facecrooks.com/Internet-Safety-Privacy/Survey-Facebook-Most-Feared-Tech-Company-Privacy.html/#comments Mon, 10 Nov 2014 13:58:11 +0000 http://facecrooks.com/?p=8895 The post Survey: Facebook Most Feared Tech Company for Privacy appeared first on .

According to a poll conducted for CNBC.com, Facebook is by far the tech company that consumers most fear when it comes to protecting their privacy. 45 percent of those surveyed said Facebook concerned them the most with how the site collects personal information, while Google was a distant second at 21 percent. Apple was third…

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Facebook privacy issuesAccording to a poll conducted for CNBC.com, Facebook is by far the tech company that consumers most fear when it comes to protecting their privacy. 45 percent of those surveyed said Facebook concerned them the most with how the site collects personal information, while Google was a distant second at 21 percent. Apple was third at 6.6 percent.

The 10-question online survey, conducted by SurveyMonkey, polled 547 random adults around the country across all income brackets. The findings are damning for Facebook, which has gone to great lengths recently to improve its reputation among users. However, despite the site’s best efforts, 35 percent of people surveyed still believed that Facebook was the tech company most likely to be involved in a corporate scandal. It’s clear the site still has a ton of public relations work to do before its image can even begin to be rehabilitated.

“Until they forcefully say, `We care about customer privacy and this is why we care,’ there’s going to be a perception problem,” said Bradley Shear, an expert in social media law.

Perhaps worst of all for the site: the amount of respondents who are skeptical about its very future. 23 percent said Facebook is the tech company most likely to be obsolete in 10 years. Though that belief seems extreme, it also illustrates just how thoroughly disillusioned many Facebook users are with the site and its privacy practices.



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