http://facecrooks.com Sun, 31 Aug 2014 17:29:55 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v= New Graph Search Change Allows Mobile Facebook Users to Search Their Friends’ Old Posts by Keyword http://facecrooks.com/Internet-Safety-Privacy/New-Graph-Search-Change-Allows-Mobile-Facebook-Users-Search-Their-Friends%e2%80%99-Old-Posts-Keyword.html/ http://facecrooks.com/Internet-Safety-Privacy/New-Graph-Search-Change-Allows-Mobile-Facebook-Users-Search-Their-Friends%e2%80%99-Old-Posts-Keyword.html/#comments Sun, 31 Aug 2014 17:29:55 +0000 http://facecrooks.com/?p=8670 The post New Graph Search Change Allows Mobile Facebook Users to Search Their Friends’ Old Posts by Keyword appeared first on .

Facebook is currently testing a feature that allows users on mobile devices to search through their friends’ old posts by keyword using the controversial Graph Search functionality introduced last year. As originally pitched, Graph Search would’ve allowed users to search through posts and comments by keyword, though as pointed out by TechCrunch, that feature remains…

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facebook_blackbg_logoFacebook is currently testing a feature that allows users on mobile devices to search through their friends’ old posts by keyword using the controversial Graph Search functionality introduced last year.

As originally pitched, Graph Search would’ve allowed users to search through posts and comments by keyword, though as pointed out by TechCrunch, that feature remains oddly absent from many Facebook user’s accounts. Graph Search in general hasn’t shown up for many users, but with Facebook’s testing of a mobile version, it could be a sign that the company is gearing up for a major push.

When it was originally announced, Graph Search was met with no small amount of skepticism and raised eyebrows. The feature would allow users to dig up virtually any kind of data on the site from any time period — if users left an embarrassing post public from their early days on the site, it could be found. So could “check in” geolocation data and other potentially privacy-violating information.

Though some users have speculated that the feature isn’t coming, the fact that it’s being rolled out on mobile (and it’s still mentioned all over Facebook’s site) means this new and possibly intrusive search engine will likely show up soon.

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Should You Post Photos of Your Children Online? http://facecrooks.com/Internet-Safety-Privacy/Should-You-Post-Photos-Your-Children-Online.html/ http://facecrooks.com/Internet-Safety-Privacy/Should-You-Post-Photos-Your-Children-Online.html/#comments Fri, 29 Aug 2014 14:38:06 +0000 http://facecrooks.com/?p=8668 The post Should You Post Photos of Your Children Online? appeared first on .

It’s a classic first day of school tradition: the proud mother seeing her children onto the school bus and taking photos to mark the occasion. Since it’s 2014, many of those precious pictures now end up on Facebook and other social media sites. But, as The Washington Post asked this week, is that a good…

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online_privacy_redbutton1It’s a classic first day of school tradition: the proud mother seeing her children onto the school bus and taking photos to mark the occasion. Since it’s 2014, many of those precious pictures now end up on Facebook and other social media sites. But, as The Washington Post asked this week, is that a good thing?

A debate has gathered steam over the past year among writers, experts and parents about whether it’s acceptable to post pictures of children online. In a Slate column from September, writer Amy Webb argued that she won’t post a single shred of information about her daughter online to protect her from Facebook profiling, data mining and facial recognition software. As pointed out in the WaPo column this week, there are certainly risks to posting your children’s photos online that extend beyond the obvious privacy factor.

Though experts say it rarely occurs, one obvious risk of posting photos of children on Facebook is that they could be taken, downloaded or used by sexual predators. A more common crime, and one that can have long-lasting financial consequences, is children’s identity theft. Pictures of children can be used to set up fake pages, or their name could be used to set up fake credit cards or other financial accounts. What’s worse, many parents don’t think to look into their children’s credit to make sure nothing untoward is happening.

Another risk, but one that’s far harder to define, is the chance that you could be creating a long-lasting digital identity for your child without their input. The more people’s identities and careers become tied up in the Internet, the more important it is to control every facet of what’s out there about yourself or your loved ones.

The best way to protect your child from these risks is simple: be judicious about what you post about them, and make sure that your own security settings are strong. If you’re careful and attentive with how you use Facebook, you can be free to share the occasional photo without concern.



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Facebook May Reconsider Policy on Gruesome Beheading Photos http://facecrooks.com/Internet-Safety-Privacy/Facebook-May-Reconsider-Policy-Gruesome-Beheading-Photos.html/ http://facecrooks.com/Internet-Safety-Privacy/Facebook-May-Reconsider-Policy-Gruesome-Beheading-Photos.html/#comments Thu, 28 Aug 2014 14:13:15 +0000 http://facecrooks.com/?p=8666 The post Facebook May Reconsider Policy on Gruesome Beheading Photos appeared first on .

A member of the Facebook Advisory Safety Board said this week that he would raise the issue of beheading photos being allowed to remain on Facebook at the group’s next meeting. The photos, which come from Syria, purport to show victims of the terrorist group Islamic State (IS), the group whose offshoot (ISIS) is currently…

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facebook-general1A member of the Facebook Advisory Safety Board said this week that he would raise the issue of beheading photos being allowed to remain on Facebook at the group’s next meeting. The photos, which come from Syria, purport to show victims of the terrorist group Islamic State (IS), the group whose offshoot (ISIS) is currently terrorizing Iraq.

Stephen Balkam, the chief executive of the Family Online Safety Institute, told the BBC that he would encourage the safety board to take steps to protect unwitting users from such graphic content.

“There may be instances in which graphic photos and videos, like the beheadings in Syria, can be justified as being in the public interest,” he said. “However, if they are hosted on Facebook or other social media platforms, there should be… barriers put in place.”

Balkam proposed putting an interstitial or cover over such images, as well as including an age gate to prevent children from seeing them. Though Facebook has said in the past that it allows content like this to remain on the site because of its political value, they did remove the images in question when prodded by the BBC. Still, as critics of the site’s standards argue, Facebook likely needs to introduce a better way for users to tag offensive content for speedy removal.



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Study: Americans Self-Censor in Facebook “Spiral of Silence” http://facecrooks.com/Internet-Safety-Privacy/Study-Americans-Self-Censor-Facebook-%e2%80%9cSpiral-Silence%e2%80%9d.html/ http://facecrooks.com/Internet-Safety-Privacy/Study-Americans-Self-Censor-Facebook-%e2%80%9cSpiral-Silence%e2%80%9d.html/#comments Wed, 27 Aug 2014 14:18:39 +0000 http://facecrooks.com/?p=8664 The post Study: Americans Self-Censor in Facebook “Spiral of Silence” appeared first on .

According to a study conducted by the Pew Research Center, about 86 percent of adults were at least somewhat willing to discuss the information Edward Snowden leaked about government surveillance in person, while only 43 percent said they would discuss it on Facebook. Perhaps most troublingly of all, the report also suggests that the social…

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facebook-privacyAccording to a study conducted by the Pew Research Center, about 86 percent of adults were at least somewhat willing to discuss the information Edward Snowden leaked about government surveillance in person, while only 43 percent said they would discuss it on Facebook. Perhaps most troublingly of all, the report also suggests that the social media users concerned with discussing the issue online even censored themselves in real life.

“It has been well documented since before the Internet that a ‘spiral of silence’ descends when people think their opinions are in the minority when compared to those around them – they don’t want to speak out if they think they hold unpopular views,” said Professor Keith Hampton, one of the report’s co-authors. “This kind of self-censoring can mean that important information is never shared.”

While social media would seem to promote a freer and more open discourse, studies like this indicate that the effect of Facebook can be the exact opposite. Users are afraid of posting any inflammatory information that could come back to haunt them later, like with a prospective employer, and they do not want to offend or get an argument with their friends. As it turns out, for as much as people worry about Facebook encroaching on their privacy or controlling what content they see, no one is more effective at censoring you than you.



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Facebook Fixes “Automatic Call” Messenger App Flaw http://facecrooks.com/Internet-Safety-Privacy/Facebook-Fixes-%e2%80%9cAutomatic-Call%e2%80%9d-Messenger-App-Flaw.html/ http://facecrooks.com/Internet-Safety-Privacy/Facebook-Fixes-%e2%80%9cAutomatic-Call%e2%80%9d-Messenger-App-Flaw.html/#comments Mon, 25 Aug 2014 23:48:35 +0000 http://facecrooks.com/?p=8661 The post Facebook Fixes “Automatic Call” Messenger App Flaw appeared first on .

A developer for Danish company Airtame found a potentially devastating flaw in Facebook’s new (and mandatory) Messenger app that could have let hackers force your phone to make a call if you clicked on a link. However, Facebook responded to the threat quickly, and has already prepared an update that they will push out to…

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oopsA developer for Danish company Airtame found a potentially devastating flaw in Facebook’s new (and mandatory) Messenger app that could have let hackers force your phone to make a call if you clicked on a link. However, Facebook responded to the threat quickly, and has already prepared an update that they will push out to fix the security hole.

According to Tech Radar, the loophole occurs on apps that don’t issue a pop-up window when users tap a phone number to call within the app. A hacker could potentially create a malicious web link that, if clicked within native apps like Facebook Messenger, Gmail, Google+, Facetime and others, could place a potentially harmful call without the user being able to stop it. As the Danish developer who discovered the issue, Andrei Neculaesei, points out, the flaw could also have been extremely costly to users.

“Imagine I register a premium-rate phone number and then I send you the link on Facebook Messenger or Twitter,” he wrote in a blog post detailing the problem. “You click it and call me, I pick up instantly and charge you.”

As of the afternoon of Monday, August 25, Facebook was the only company to respond to the issue, though the other apps involved will likely soon follow suit.



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Oklahomans Discover Their Houses For Rent on Facebook Page http://facecrooks.com/Internet-Safety-Privacy/Oklahomans-Discover-Their-Houses-For-Rent-Facebook-Page.html/ http://facecrooks.com/Internet-Safety-Privacy/Oklahomans-Discover-Their-Houses-For-Rent-Facebook-Page.html/#comments Fri, 22 Aug 2014 13:58:29 +0000 http://facecrooks.com/?p=8659 The post Oklahomans Discover Their Houses For Rent on Facebook Page appeared first on .

A Facebook page in Tulsa, Oklahoma, called Rent Houses, has been listing available properties in the area. There’s only one problem: the houses it’s advertising aren’t actually available at all. People are actively living in many of the places listed, and were unpleasantly surprised to discover their homes for sale. One woman, Kenyetta Turner, has…

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facebook_logo_flatA Facebook page in Tulsa, Oklahoma, called Rent Houses, has been listing available properties in the area. There’s only one problem: the houses it’s advertising aren’t actually available at all. People are actively living in many of the places listed, and were unpleasantly surprised to discover their homes for sale.

One woman, Kenyetta Turner, has been renting her home for nine years. She also recently put up a basketball hoop in her front driveway, and was creeped out to see a new photo of her home with the hoop posted on the Facebook page. She talked to her landlord, who told her that the home is not for rent, though the Facebook page says she is moving out on the 15th of the month. Of course, the page says that people can move in to her home if they pay a $30 application fee and the rent through PayPal.

“I think someone is going to show up ready to move in who’s already paid first and last month’s rent,” Turner said.

The Oklahoma news station who reported the story called a phone number listed on the Facebook page, but it was only the number of a fax machine, and there did not appear to be any real people associated with the page.

Though this page has since apparently been removed, it’s a good reminder to always double- and triple-check your Facebook sources before committing money to anything over the site, particularly a massive purchase like real estate. It’s vitally important to see a house in person — and make sure the people selling it are legit — before putting even one dollar down.



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“Facebook Drug Task Force” Is A Hoax http://facecrooks.com/Scam-Watch/%e2%80%9cFacebook-Drug-Task-Force%e2%80%9d-Is-A-Hoax.html/ http://facecrooks.com/Scam-Watch/%e2%80%9cFacebook-Drug-Task-Force%e2%80%9d-Is-A-Hoax.html/#comments Thu, 21 Aug 2014 14:37:28 +0000 http://facecrooks.com/?p=8656 The post “Facebook Drug Task Force” Is A Hoax appeared first on .

Facebook recently announced that it will test a “Satire” tag on its content so users don’t mistake fake stories for real ones. That could’ve come in handy this week, as thousands of users fell for a fake report that Facebook will launch a drug task force to help arrest drug users on the site. The…

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hoax_alertFacebook recently announced that it will test a “Satire” tag on its content so users don’t mistake fake stories for real ones. That could’ve come in handy this week, as thousands of users fell for a fake report that Facebook will launch a drug task force to help arrest drug users on the site. The article was published in the National Report, a satirical news site that, to be fair, does not feature a disclaimer saying that it’s fake.

“Beginning October 1st, Facebook will be implementing a drug task force designed to arrest those who buy and sell narcotics while using the online social networking site. Facebook is calling the group the Facebook Drug Task Force, or FDTF, and will be monitoring all postings and messages created by its users,” the article read.

In a funny twist, the hotline provided in the article for the drug task force actually put callers through to the Westboro Baptist Church. However, despite the humorousness of the situation, Facebook does possess the very real ability to scan and analyze Facebook messages. This technology is mostly used to catch sexual predators, though it isn’t a stretch to imagine it one day being put to use to thwart other, less serious crimes.



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Man Arrested for Posting Nude Photos of Ex on Facebook; Claims It’s Legal http://facecrooks.com/Internet-Safety-Privacy/Man-Arrested-Posting-Nude-Photos-Ex-Facebook-Claims-It%e2%80%99s-Legal.html/ http://facecrooks.com/Internet-Safety-Privacy/Man-Arrested-Posting-Nude-Photos-Ex-Facebook-Claims-It%e2%80%99s-Legal.html/#comments Wed, 20 Aug 2014 13:00:52 +0000 http://facecrooks.com/?p=8654 The post Man Arrested for Posting Nude Photos of Ex on Facebook; Claims It’s Legal appeared first on .

A 34-year-old Michigan man, Chad A. Monroe, was arrested this week for allegedly posting nude photos of his ex-girlfriend on Facebook in an attempt to get her to commit suicide. He also (somehow) thought that his actions were legal. Monroe’s ex had already reported him to police for harassing her with incessant phone calls and…

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facebook-general-2A 34-year-old Michigan man, Chad A. Monroe, was arrested this week for allegedly posting nude photos of his ex-girlfriend on Facebook in an attempt to get her to commit suicide. He also (somehow) thought that his actions were legal.

Monroe’s ex had already reported him to police for harassing her with incessant phone calls and Facebook messages. However, that didn’t stop him, and according to the woman, Monroe told her he would make her life a living hell until she killed herself. This included him posting nude photos of her on Facebook, and even sending them to the woman’s mother. For its part, Facebook removed the photos, though not before people saved them, according to the woman. Monroe was also under the illusion that what he was doing was permissible.

“I talked with my lawyer and he said I can put naked pictures of (her) on the Internet and I am going to keep doing it until she gives me my (expletive) back,” Monroe told police, according to court documents. “There’s nothing you can do about it.”

However, on August 12, Monroe was arrested and charged with counts of stalking and unlawful posting of a message on the Internet. In other words, he might want to think about finding a new lawyer.



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Washington Post: Facebook News Feed Rarely Displays New or Relevant Content http://facecrooks.com/Internet-Safety-Privacy/Washington-Post-Facebook-News-Feed-Rarely-Displays-New-Relevant-Content.html/ http://facecrooks.com/Internet-Safety-Privacy/Washington-Post-Facebook-News-Feed-Rarely-Displays-New-Relevant-Content.html/#comments Tue, 19 Aug 2014 12:43:01 +0000 http://facecrooks.com/?p=8650 The post Washington Post: Facebook News Feed Rarely Displays New or Relevant Content appeared first on .

Washington Post writer Tim Herrera meticulously tracked and cataloged his Facebook News Feed content for five or six hours on July 17, noting 1,417 status updates, photos, links, likes, event invites and more. However, he was confused by what content he was seeing. So he combed through every piece of content posted by his friends…

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news feed iconWashington Post writer Tim Herrera meticulously tracked and cataloged his Facebook News Feed content for five or six hours on July 17, noting 1,417 status updates, photos, links, likes, event invites and more. However, he was confused by what content he was seeing. So he combed through every piece of content posted by his friends and pages he liked during that same time frame. What he found: he only saw a fraction of the amount of content posted by his connections, and most of the content in his Newsfeed was old.

Even though he spent a ton of time sifting through his Facebook News Feed, Herrera still only saw an estimated 29 percent of total content. The exact workings of Facebook’s algorithm is mysterious, though it does attempt to promote popular posts that people are interacting with. It also tries to read each user’s interests and provide content based on that, though as Herrera pointed out, often that content is just plain wrong.

“Even as I was doing my experiment, I could see subtle shifts in what appeared, which, in turn, perhaps changes who Facebook thinks I am,” he wrote. “Status updates from… high school friends I hadn’t interacted with in years suddenly started popping up… The same went for Pages I liked long ago and forgot about, and parties in New York I wasn’t invited to but saw close friends RSVP to.”

A great way to bypass Facebook’s News Feed algorithm is to use Custom Lists.

Readers: do you feel like your News Feed is an accurate reflection of your interests? Do you think Facebook should pay such close attention to what you like to create your content?



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Facebook Will Begin Tracking Cross Device Conversions for Advertisers http://facecrooks.com/Internet-Safety-Privacy/Facebook-Will-Begin-Tracking-Cross-Device-Conversions-Advertisers.html/ http://facecrooks.com/Internet-Safety-Privacy/Facebook-Will-Begin-Tracking-Cross-Device-Conversions-Advertisers.html/#comments Fri, 15 Aug 2014 15:27:37 +0000 http://facecrooks.com/?p=8642 The post Facebook Will Begin Tracking Cross Device Conversions for Advertisers appeared first on .

Facebook announced this week that it will begin tracking the performance of advertising and its impact on users across all devices. That means advertisers will be able to see where an advertisement was first viewed, and which device (like mobile phones, tablets or desktop computers) users implemented to make the purchase. “With the new cross-device…

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facebook_cross_devicFacebook announced this week that it will begin tracking the performance of advertising and its impact on users across all devices. That means advertisers will be able to see where an advertisement was first viewed, and which device (like mobile phones, tablets or desktop computers) users implemented to make the purchase.

“With the new cross-device report, advertisers are now able to view the devices on which people see ads and the devices on which conversions subsequently occur,” Facebook wrote in its blog post announcing the tracking. “For instance, a marketer can view the number of customers that clicked an ad on an iPhone but then later converted on desktop, or the number of people that saw an ad on desktop but then converted on an Android tablet.”

In other words, Facebook wants to show that mobile ads can have a lasting impact on consumers and lead to purchases, even if those purchases are made away from a smartphone. The tracking works when advertisers place tracking code on their websites and mobile apps, and then specify what kinds of conversions they want to observe.

Though the identity of individual users isn’t revealed by this technology, you can bet this kind of close watch for the sake of advertising data will put off more than a few Facebook users.

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