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Though it might mean well, Facebook can often cause serious headaches for users around the world. That was the case this week when Israeli police arrested a Palestinian man after Facebook mistranslated his post in Arabic from “good morning” to “attack them.” The man in question, a Palestinian construction worker, posted a picture of himself…

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oopsThough it might mean well, Facebook can often cause serious headaches for users around the world. That was the case this week when Israeli police arrested a Palestinian man after Facebook mistranslated his post in Arabic from “good morning” to “attack them.”

The man in question, a Palestinian construction worker, posted a picture of himself posing with a bulldozer with the caption “good morning” in Arabic. However, Facebook’s automatic translation changed it to “attack them” in Hebrew and “hurt them” in English. Police were soon notified of the post, and the man was arrested. (Bulldozers have been used in hit-and-run terrorist attacks before, so police had reason to be suspicious.) But within hours of the arrest, police realized their mistake and let the man go.

While it’s fortunate that the man’s life was not permanently altered by Facebook’s mistake, there are serious questions arising from this incident worth asking. Like: how did Facebook’s translation service make such a dramatic error? And if a mistake this big could happen, what other potential problems could be lurking in the code? It’s difficult to imagine just how much responsibility Facebook bears. After all, one tiny mistake in a translation service led to a man’s real-life arrest. But Facebook needs to own up to its responsibility full-time and ensure incidents like this don’t happen.


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Lawmakers Seek To Regulate Facebook http://facecrooks.com/Internet-Safety-Privacy/Lawmakers-Seek-To-Regulate-Facebook.html/ http://facecrooks.com/Internet-Safety-Privacy/Lawmakers-Seek-To-Regulate-Facebook.html/#comments Sat, 21 Oct 2017 12:48:42 +0000 http://facecrooks.com/?p=10820 The post Lawmakers Seek To Regulate Facebook appeared first on .

Tech giants like Facebook have long enjoyed the inability of U.S. courts to figure out how laws, many written long before the Internet, should apply to them. However, that might be changing in a big way: there is an increasing push on Capitol Hill to regulate Facebook, in particular its advertising, since the discovery that…

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Original Round Blue Facebook Web IconTech giants like Facebook have long enjoyed the inability of U.S. courts to figure out how laws, many written long before the Internet, should apply to them. However, that might be changing in a big way: there is an increasing push on Capitol Hill to regulate Facebook, in particular its advertising, since the discovery that shady Russian groups bought ads during the 2016 presidential election.

A bipartisan group of lawmakers has put forward a bill called the Honest Ads Act that would require Facebook to publically reveal who buys political ads, how they’re targeted and how much is spent. The bill has drawn wide support from advocacy groups, including the Campaign Legal Center, the Brennan Center for Justice, Public Citizen and more. It has also piqued the interest of other lawmakers who weren’t involved in its creation.

“Social media advertising had to be regulated, it’s the wild wild west,” Senator Lindsey Graham said. “When it comes to disclosing who pays for online advertisements, you’ve got to try to apply the same rules you would to radio and TV.”

For its part, Facebook issued a measured statement agreeing with parts of the bill and pledging to work together with lawmakers. However, As The Verge points out, the company is unlikely to accept several major parts of the legislation, including revealing its targeting information.

Time will tell how all this shakes out, but it seems apparent Facebook won’t be able to skate by normal U.S. ad laws for much longer.



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Facebook Tests Self-Destructing Status Updates http://facecrooks.com/Internet-Safety-Privacy/Facebook-Tests-Self-Destructing-Status-Updates.html/ http://facecrooks.com/Internet-Safety-Privacy/Facebook-Tests-Self-Destructing-Status-Updates.html/#comments Thu, 19 Oct 2017 18:59:27 +0000 http://facecrooks.com/?p=10817 The post Facebook Tests Self-Destructing Status Updates appeared first on .

In a move intended to give some privacy control back to users, Facebook began testing disappearing text-only status updates this week. This feature is a throwback to an earlier era of Facebook, before users’ Newsfeeds were dominated by videos and articles. These new status updates will let users post 101-character messages that will disappear from…

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Self-Destruct Computer Keyboard Key Give Up QuitIn a move intended to give some privacy control back to users, Facebook began testing disappearing text-only status updates this week.

This feature is a throwback to an earlier era of Facebook, before users’ Newsfeeds were dominated by videos and articles. These new status updates will let users post 101-character messages that will disappear from the site after a short while (similar to Snapchat photos, an app Facebook has copied before). But users can also choose to make the statuses permanent if they want.

“We’re testing an update that lets people set a temporary status on their profile to let friends know what they’re doing or feeling in the moment,” a Facebook spokesperson told BuzzFeed. “People have the option to set an expiration date for the status and choose whether or not it appears in News Feed or only on their profile.”

The new disappearing statuses are currently being tested globally, and hopefully the function rolls out widely across the platform soon. The social media giant will undoubtedly take public flack for copying one of its primary rivals, but this feature is still a net positive. Because even though this is a small feature, it’s still a good thing to provide Facebook users with more privacy-friendly posting options. Remember to always post responsibly…just because the post may expire, nothing is truly ever gone in the digital world. Anything you post can come back to haunt you!



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Facebook Is Letting Brands Study Your Posts And Comments http://facecrooks.com/Internet-Safety-Privacy/Facebook-Is-Letting-Brands-Study-Your-Posts-And-Comments.html/ http://facecrooks.com/Internet-Safety-Privacy/Facebook-Is-Letting-Brands-Study-Your-Posts-And-Comments.html/#comments Wed, 18 Oct 2017 16:52:04 +0000 http://facecrooks.com/?p=10815 The post Facebook Is Letting Brands Study Your Posts And Comments appeared first on .

Facebook might be free to use, but there’s no doubt we pay for the platform with our information. Indeed, Facebook knows just about everything about us—and by extension, so do Facebook’s advertisers. And that’s about to become even more true. According to a new report from Ad Age, Facebook is currently testing the ability for…

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Eye Looking Through A KeyholeFacebook might be free to use, but there’s no doubt we pay for the platform with our information. Indeed, Facebook knows just about everything about us—and by extension, so do Facebook’s advertisers. And that’s about to become even more true. According to a new report from Ad Age, Facebook is currently testing the ability for advertisers to examine the actual content of users’ posts and comments.

The feature, which is in beta testing right now and is expected to become widely available next year, allows advertisers to search through Facebook’s entire history of public posts. With Facebook’s enormous global user base, this tool will effectively let advertisers see what a large swath of humanity is buzzing about.

While the tool would not allow advertisers to see each user’s identity, it obviously still raises privacy concerns. After all, who wants some company poring over their posts to learn how to target advertising at them? At least some ad experts seemed aware of the potential issues, while also downplaying them.

“The world is getting more intelligent about how data is used,” Emily Kramer, a senior director at a marketing data and analytics company, told Ad Age. “Fewer people say it’s creepy and realize the quality of engagement on a platform is getting better.”

It seems unlikely that the public would be that okay with letting advertisers snoop on them, but our reaction probably won’t matter. It seems as though Facebook is planning to create this function whether we like it or not.


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Black Lawmakers Are Fed Up With Facebook http://facecrooks.com/Internet-Safety-Privacy/Black-Lawmakers-Are-Fed-Up-With-Facebook.html/ http://facecrooks.com/Internet-Safety-Privacy/Black-Lawmakers-Are-Fed-Up-With-Facebook.html/#comments Mon, 16 Oct 2017 15:51:15 +0000 http://facecrooks.com/?p=10813 The post Black Lawmakers Are Fed Up With Facebook appeared first on .

Last week, Facebook Chief Operating Officer Sheryl Sandberg went to Washington D.C. to meet with the Congressional Black Caucus and pledge Facebook will do more to fight foreign interference on its platform. What she encountered was a group of lawmakers fed up with the social media giant—and its excuses. While the controversy over Russian-bought Facebook…

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facebook_blackbg_logoLast week, Facebook Chief Operating Officer Sheryl Sandberg went to Washington D.C. to meet with the Congressional Black Caucus and pledge Facebook will do more to fight foreign interference on its platform. What she encountered was a group of lawmakers fed up with the social media giant—and its excuses.

While the controversy over Russian-bought Facebook ads during the 2016 election has rattled many lawmakers, African American representatives are particularly aggrieved. Many of the Russian ads attempted to stoke racial divisions within the U.S. and featured gross stereotypes and misrepresentations, in effect trying to turn white Americans against black ones. That’s why many of the black lawmakers greeted Sandberg so skeptically.

“She was checking the boxes. She said all the right things,” Rep. Donald M. Payne Jr. said. “I had an uncle who hated when you said ‘gonna’: ‘I’m gonna do this, and I’m gonna do that.’ He used to say, ‘Don’t be a gonna.’ And that’s what I said to her, ‘Don’t be a gonna.’”

Several of the lawmakers also expressed frustration at Facebook’s seeming lack of awareness of just what this issue entails.

“This is a very fragile moment in time for African-Americans across this country,” Rep. Cedric L. Richmond said. “What we needed Facebook to understand is that they play a role in the perception of African-Americans.”

Facebook has been on quite the apology tour in recent months over this controversy, but it’s clear that mere words aren’t going to cut it anymore. Now, officials want to see real action.


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Man Who Was Acquitted For Creating Fake Police Facebook Page Now Suing Police Department http://facecrooks.com/Internet-Safety-Privacy/Man-Who-Was-Acquitted-For-Creating-Fake-Police-Facebook-Page-Now-Suing-Police-Department.html/ http://facecrooks.com/Internet-Safety-Privacy/Man-Who-Was-Acquitted-For-Creating-Fake-Police-Facebook-Page-Now-Suing-Police-Department.html/#comments Sun, 15 Oct 2017 14:56:48 +0000 http://facecrooks.com/?p=10811 The post Man Who Was Acquitted For Creating Fake Police Facebook Page Now Suing Police Department appeared first on .

When 28-year-old Anthony Novak created a fake Facebook page for the Parma, Ohio, police department in 2016, he couldn’t have foreseen the wide-reaching consequences of his prank. He was arrested on felony charges for “disrupting a public service” before eventually being acquitted. Now, he’s turning the tables on the police and suing them for alleged…

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Gavel at the computer keyboardWhen 28-year-old Anthony Novak created a fake Facebook page for the Parma, Ohio, police department in 2016, he couldn’t have foreseen the wide-reaching consequences of his prank. He was arrested on felony charges for “disrupting a public service” before eventually being acquitted. Now, he’s turning the tables on the police and suing them for alleged federal civil rights violations.

Novak’s page, which changed the department’s slogan from “We Know Crime” to “We No Crime,” featured cheeky posts like one that promised the only requirement to join the department was passing a hearing test. Police thought the account posed an actual threat to public safety, but the court disagreed, and now Novak is suing the police for allegedly targeting him.

“No reasonable officer could have believed that the Parody Account’s author intended to disrupt any police services or that any police services were in fact disrupted,” the lawsuit reads. ”Rather, Defendants targeted Mr. Novak’s lawful speech because they found it insulting. They decided to expose Mr. Novak’s identity, stop his speech, and punish him.”

Though Novak isn’t the first person to be arrested for impersonating a public figure or organization on Facebook, the fact that he was found not guilty is certainly interesting. He might even come out ahead after all the legal proceedings are settled. No matter what, it’s always a good idea to think twice before you post something potentially controversial (or illegal) and avoid this kind of headache altogether.



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Facebook Scrubs Data Related To Russia Investigation http://facecrooks.com/Internet-Safety-Privacy/Facebook-Scrubs-Data-Related-To-Russia-Investigation.html/ http://facecrooks.com/Internet-Safety-Privacy/Facebook-Scrubs-Data-Related-To-Russia-Investigation.html/#comments Sat, 14 Oct 2017 13:45:26 +0000 http://facecrooks.com/?p=10808 The post Facebook Scrubs Data Related To Russia Investigation appeared first on .

Facebook loves to tout its own openness and transparency. However, the company doesn’t seem to be so forthcoming when it’s under the microscope itself. According to social media analyst Jonathan Albright, the site scrubbed data and thousands of posts related to the ongoing Russian ad controversy. Albright discovered this when he challenged Facebook’s assertion that…

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Safety concept: Closed Padlock on digital backgroundFacebook loves to tout its own openness and transparency. However, the company doesn’t seem to be so forthcoming when it’s under the microscope itself. According to social media analyst Jonathan Albright, the site scrubbed data and thousands of posts related to the ongoing Russian ad controversy.

Albright discovered this when he challenged Facebook’s assertion that the Russian-bought ads, which sought to influence the 2016 presidential election, had only reached 10 million users. Based on his own research using publicly available Facebook data, he thought the ads could have reached two to three times more people. Facebook officials called Albright to discuss his research, and revealed they had removed nearly all of the information he’d used to reach his conclusions.

According to Facebook, it was merely correcting a “bug” that had allowed Albright to access this information. While the company may see it as a bug to be fixed, it also looks an awful lot like Facebook is covering its tracks. Many experts, including George Washington University professor David Karpf, are uncomfortable with what that might mean.

“Any time you lose data, I don’t like it, especially when you lose data and you’re right in the middle of public scrutiny,” he said.
There’s no doubt that Facebook wants this controversy to go away, but trying to bury it and erase the evidence is not the right way to make that happen.



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Facebook Accidentally Outs Sex Workers’ Identities http://facecrooks.com/Internet-Safety-Privacy/Facebook-Accidentally-Outs-Sex-Workers%e2%80%99-Identities.html/ http://facecrooks.com/Internet-Safety-Privacy/Facebook-Accidentally-Outs-Sex-Workers%e2%80%99-Identities.html/#comments Fri, 13 Oct 2017 14:01:59 +0000 http://facecrooks.com/?p=10804 The post Facebook Accidentally Outs Sex Workers’ Identities appeared first on .

Facebook does everything it can to connect you with people it perceives to be in your social circle—even when you might not want it. That’s what happened recently to an anonymous sex worker interviewed by Gizmodo who began to see clients pop up on her personal Facebook profile’s “People You May Know” feature. The woman,…

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Woman holding finger to lipsFacebook does everything it can to connect you with people it perceives to be in your social circle—even when you might not want it. That’s what happened recently to an anonymous sex worker interviewed by Gizmodo who began to see clients pop up on her personal Facebook profile’s “People You May Know” feature.

The woman, codenamed Leila by the publication, says her sex worker identity is not on Facebook at all. In fact, she uses a separate email address, phone number and name for that aspect of her life. How, then, did some of her sex work clients begin to show up on her personal Facebook profile? Somehow, the site had deduced her connection to these people—and all the while, she could have been appearing in their “suggested friends” section, too.

“The worst nightmare of sex workers is to have your real name out there, and Facebook connecting people like this is the harbinger of that nightmare,” she said. “With all the precautions we take and the different phone numbers we use, why the f**k are they showing up? How is this happening?”

As Gizmodo points out, Facebook isn’t exactly an open book when it comes to how “People You May Know” works. However, one of its few public guidelines suggests the connections come from “contacts you’ve uploaded.” Facebook has gone on the record saying it does not factor your location into the often-creepy suggestions.
While the social media giant may mean well encouraging users to forge new friendships, the site’s actions in this area can have serious—and invasive—consequences.



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There’s no denying that Facebook knows a ton about you. But just how much of your info does it have, and how does the company go about getting it? The social media giant closely follows your activity both on the web and in real life in order to target advertising at you—but some users think…

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Technology SecurityThere’s no denying that Facebook knows a ton about you. But just how much of your info does it have, and how does the company go about getting it? The social media giant closely follows your activity both on the web and in real life in order to target advertising at you—but some users think it goes further than that. There’s even a popular theory that the site may be listening in on your conversations.

One user told Mashable that he tested the hypothesis by talking about Kit-Kat candy bars constantly for two days. After that, he claims Kit-Kat ads began to appear on his Facebook. Another user recounted a similar episode when she texted a friend about Warby Parker glasses, and then began to see ads for the company pop up in her feed.

However, the microphone listening theory has been denied by Facebook. So what’s the explanation for strange incidents like this? Basically, we forget all of our online behavior that Facebook is capable of observing, and chalk up any weirdness to spying because we already suspect the worst from Facebook. And that’s not necessarily wrong.

“In many ways, of course Facebook is spying on you,” said Brandie Nonnecke, an IT expert at the University of California Berkeley. “It’s not doing it for malicious reasons. It’s trying to tailor content to you and advertisers.”

So while that isn’t exactly comforting, at least Facebook isn’t physically listening to you. We don’t think, anyway.


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Wanted Criminal Challenges Police Department On Facebook And Fails Miserably http://facecrooks.com/Internet-Safety-Privacy/Wanted-Criminal-Challenges-Police-Department-On-Facebook-And-Fails-Miserably.html/ http://facecrooks.com/Internet-Safety-Privacy/Wanted-Criminal-Challenges-Police-Department-On-Facebook-And-Fails-Miserably.html/#comments Tue, 10 Oct 2017 16:14:35 +0000 http://facecrooks.com/?p=10800 The post Wanted Criminal Challenges Police Department On Facebook And Fails Miserably appeared first on .

Facebook is proud to tout the fact that its platform is completely open and free to everyone. Of course, that can be both its biggest flaw and greatest strength. However, this free-flowing public dialogue can lead to humorous instances like the one that occurred this week when a wanted criminal challenged a police department to…

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Fail Word Stop Sign Bad Poor Result Failure 3d IllustrationFacebook is proud to tout the fact that its platform is completely open and free to everyone. Of course, that can be both its biggest flaw and greatest strength. However, this free-flowing public dialogue can lead to humorous instances like the one that occurred this week when a wanted criminal challenged a police department to get 1,000 Likes on a post. If they did, he said, he would turn himself in. Of course, that benchmark was hit in just over an hour.

It started when a Michigan man calling himself “Champagne Torino” on Facebook replied to a post from the Redford police department about a home invasion, writing “you suck!” The police then threatened to block Torino, who was already wanted by police on existing warrants. Then, Torino sent a private message to the police department, telling them that if the department’s next post got 1,000 Likes, he would turn himself in, bring donuts, and clean up public schools.

“If your next post gets a thousand shares I’ll turn myself in along with a dozen doughnuts,” he wrote. “And that’s a promise… and I’ll pick up every piece of litter around all your public schools let’s see if you can get those shares.”

The police posted a screenshot of his message and accepted the challenge, and the cops’ post accumulated the massive number of Likes in about an hour. As of Monday, the post has 4,000 Likes, but cops say Torino hasn’t turned himself in yet.

It’s strange, but criminals have a long history of shooting themselves in the foot on Facebook. There are certainly many issues with how law enforcement can infringe on people’s privacy with social media, but cases like this certainly aren’t one.


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