http://facecrooks.com Wed, 22 Mar 2017 12:21:01 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v= Photographer Banned From Facebook For Body-Positive Nude Series http://facecrooks.com/Internet-Safety-Privacy/Photographer-Banned-From-Facebook-For-Body-Positive-Nude-Series.html/ http://facecrooks.com/Internet-Safety-Privacy/Photographer-Banned-From-Facebook-For-Body-Positive-Nude-Series.html/#comments Wed, 22 Mar 2017 12:21:01 +0000 http://facecrooks.com/?p=10433 The post Photographer Banned From Facebook For Body-Positive Nude Series appeared first on .

Photographer Julia Busato started a project one year ago to photograph nude women posing with a mannequin. According to Busato, the series was designed to emphasize the positive message that beauty should not rely on societal standards. However, Facebook apparently saw it differently — the social media giant suspended her account after users reported it.…

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Original Round Blue Facebook Web IconPhotographer Julia Busato started a project one year ago to photograph nude women posing with a mannequin. According to Busato, the series was designed to emphasize the positive message that beauty should not rely on societal standards. However, Facebook apparently saw it differently — the social media giant suspended her account after users reported it.

Busato is still unable to access her account, though she commented on the issue of malicious image reporting in a Facebook post earlier this month. She noted that, as an independent business owner, the practice can severely harm her bottom line.

“I make a living from the contacts I make on social media. Being blocked from Facebook… can have a serious negative effect on one’s ability to pay their bills, and reporting images because of who posts them or because you don’t like them is going to contribute to that,” she said. “Second, it is nothing less than bullying. It is taking advantage of a system that Facebook themselves are complicit in allowing.”

Facebook often responds to strong public outcry in cases like this, but as of this writing, Busato still cannot access her account. Hopefully the site soon acknowledges it made a mistake and restores her privileges, before examining why instances like this keep happening in the first place.


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Professor: Facebook Needs To Do More To Fight “Revenge Porn” http://facecrooks.com/Internet-Safety-Privacy/Professor-Facebook-Needs-To-Do-More-To-Fight-%e2%80%9cRevenge-Porn%e2%80%9d.html/ http://facecrooks.com/Internet-Safety-Privacy/Professor-Facebook-Needs-To-Do-More-To-Fight-%e2%80%9cRevenge-Porn%e2%80%9d.html/#comments Tue, 21 Mar 2017 13:10:40 +0000 http://facecrooks.com/?p=10431 The post Professor: Facebook Needs To Do More To Fight “Revenge Porn” appeared first on .

It was recently revealed that a private Facebook group called Marines United has been sharing nude or invasive photos of women without their consent. Some of the victims include other service members, ex-girlfriends and strangers.  The original group has closed, but many others have popped up to replace it. U.S. laws haven’t exactly caught up…

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facebook_blackbg_logoIt was recently revealed that a private Facebook group called Marines United has been sharing nude or invasive photos of women without their consent. Some of the victims include other service members, ex-girlfriends and strangers.  The original group has closed, but many others have popped up to replace it. U.S. laws haven’t exactly caught up to tackle the problem of “revenge porn,” so some experts are calling on Facebook to handle the problem itself.

“We need tech platforms to go beyond formal policies,” said Mary Ann Franks, a law professor at the University of Miami and vice president of the Cyber Civil Rights Initiative. “The should adopt preemptive measures against it, as they have done with child pornography and are beginning to do with terrorist propaganda.”

Indeed, Facebook explicitly bans revenge porn in its Community Standards, but the problem really runs rampant in closed groups like Marines United. In order for offensive or illegal content to get removed, an approved member of the group would need to report it. Since this kind of whistleblowing is rare, experts like Franks argue that Facebook needs to invent its own system to find these images. The law has to handle its fair share of the problem, too, but there’s no doubt Facebook should do more to find and remove invasive pics.


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Zuckerberg Calls Reports That Facebook Profits From Fake News “Crap” http://facecrooks.com/Internet-Safety-Privacy/Zuckerberg-Calls-Reports-That-Facebook-Profits-From-Fake-News-%e2%80%9cCrap%e2%80%9d.html/ http://facecrooks.com/Internet-Safety-Privacy/Zuckerberg-Calls-Reports-That-Facebook-Profits-From-Fake-News-%e2%80%9cCrap%e2%80%9d.html/#comments Mon, 20 Mar 2017 20:35:29 +0000 http://facecrooks.com/?p=10429 The post Zuckerberg Calls Reports That Facebook Profits From Fake News “Crap” appeared first on .

Facebook founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg gave a talk at North Carolina A&T State University this week on a variety of wide-ranging topics. During his address, he got a little heated and sounded off on his site’s ongoing fake news controversy. Culminating in the presidential election in November, Facebook has been under increasing fire for…

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fake stampFacebook founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg gave a talk at North Carolina A&T State University this week on a variety of wide-ranging topics. During his address, he got a little heated and sounded off on his site’s ongoing fake news controversy.

Culminating in the presidential election in November, Facebook has been under increasing fire for permitting fake clickbait content on its pages. Some have even suggested that Facebook isn’t doing everything it can to suppress these hoax posts because it profits from the clicks. However, Zuckerberg strongly pushed back against this notion.

“That’s crap,” Zuckerberg said. “No one in our community wants fake information. Everyone wants real information. If someone clicks on something and they have a bad experience, they’re not going to trust Facebook and they’re not going to want to get more content from Facebook, and that’s not good for us.”

Zuckerberg also pledged to continue allowing potentially offensive content on Facebook (as long as it doesn’t violate the site’s Community Standards, of course).

“We need to make sure we don’t get to a place where (we’re) not showing content or banning things from the service just because it hurts someone’s feelings or because someone disagrees with it,” he said.

It’s nice to know that Zuckerberg takes this criticism so personally, but it’s also true that Facebook should (and probably could) do more to remove spammy posts.


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Germany Threatens Facebook With $53 Million Fine If It Doesn’t Remove Hate Speech http://facecrooks.com/Internet-Safety-Privacy/Germany-Threatens-Facebook-With-53-Million-Fine-If-It-Doesn%e2%80%99t-Remove-Hate-Speech.html/ http://facecrooks.com/Internet-Safety-Privacy/Germany-Threatens-Facebook-With-53-Million-Fine-If-It-Doesn%e2%80%99t-Remove-Hate-Speech.html/#comments Fri, 17 Mar 2017 16:33:06 +0000 http://facecrooks.com/?p=10426 The post Germany Threatens Facebook With $53 Million Fine If It Doesn’t Remove Hate Speech appeared first on .

Many Facebook users both in the United States and around the world have questioned the site’s content removal policy. When users flag offensive or sometimes even illegal content, Facebook often reacts slowly to take it down. But there’s a new proposed law in Germany that might serve as a template for other countries around the…

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Open hand raised, Stop Hate Speech sign painted, multi purpose cMany Facebook users both in the United States and around the world have questioned the site’s content removal policy. When users flag offensive or sometimes even illegal content, Facebook often reacts slowly to take it down. But there’s a new proposed law in Germany that might serve as a template for other countries around the world.

The law aims to hold the social media giant responsible by levying a huge fine against Facebook if it doesn’t give users the option to report fake news or hate speech, or if it refuses to remove illegal content. If the law passes, it will carry the harshest penalties against Facebook in any country the site operates.

“There can be just as little space in the social networks as on the street for crimes and slander,” German Federal Justice and Consumer Protection Minister Heiko Maas said in a statement. “The biggest problem is that the networks do not take the complaints of their own users seriously enough.”

For its part, Facebook said it already has strong rules regarding hate speech — though it did promise to step up its staff in Germany.

“We have clear rules against hate speech and work hard to keep it off our platform,” Facebook said in a statement. “We are committed to working with the government and our partners to address this societal issue. By the end of the year over 700 people will be working on content review for Facebook in Berlin.”

Take note, Facebook users in the U.S. and elsewhere: big fines and a little legal pressure go a long way toward getting Facebook’s attention on an issue.



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Hoax App: Facezam Claimed Users Could Find Strangers With Only A Photo http://facecrooks.com/Internet-Safety-Privacy/Hoax-App-Facezam-Claimed-Users-Could-Find-Strangers-With-Only-A-Photo.html/ http://facecrooks.com/Internet-Safety-Privacy/Hoax-App-Facezam-Claimed-Users-Could-Find-Strangers-With-Only-A-Photo.html/#comments Thu, 16 Mar 2017 13:35:33 +0000 http://facecrooks.com/?p=10423 The post Hoax App: Facezam Claimed Users Could Find Strangers With Only A Photo appeared first on .

A new app called Facezam was announced this week that promised to let users identify strangers on Facebook using only a photo. Thankfully, the app doesn’t exist and the launch has turned out to be a publicity stunt by a viral marketing agency. As part of the ruse, the app falsely claimed to scan billions…

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facezamA new app called Facezam was announced this week that promised to let users identify strangers on Facebook using only a photo. Thankfully, the app doesn’t exist and the launch has turned out to be a publicity stunt by a viral marketing agency.

As part of the ruse, the app falsely claimed to scan billions of Facebook photos per second. It also claimed to assess faces with 70 percent accuracy. Altogether, Facezam said it could match a photo to a Facebook profile in ten seconds or less.

Obviously, users were freaking out about the super creepy implications the tool could have on user privacy.

“So that beautiful girl you see on the train every day? Take a photo of her, Facezam it and you can find her on Facebook in a matter of seconds. The rest is up to you,” the app’s page allegedly said at one point.

The nonexistent app’s creator, Jack Kenyon, also made an unsettling prediction about what Facezam could mean for privacy.

“Facezam could be the end of our anonymous societies,” he said. “Users will be able to identify anyone within a matter of seconds, which means privacy will no longer exist in public society.”

As reported by The Telegraph, apps that use Facebook’s data are reviewed by the social network before going live.  Also, apps that collect user data and use automated scanning of Facebook must be approved by Facebook before launching.

Facebook users can breathe a big sigh of relief on this one, but it does go to show just how much information Facebook has on it’s massive user base. Even though third party apps like this are restricted, Facebook could certainly create similar apps themselves.


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Facebook Data Can No Longer Be Used To Build Surveillance Tools http://facecrooks.com/Internet-Safety-Privacy/Facebook-Data-Can-No-Longer-Be-Used-For-Surveillance.html/ http://facecrooks.com/Internet-Safety-Privacy/Facebook-Data-Can-No-Longer-Be-Used-For-Surveillance.html/#comments Wed, 15 Mar 2017 15:15:00 +0000 http://facecrooks.com/?p=10419 The post Facebook Data Can No Longer Be Used To Build Surveillance Tools appeared first on .

Facebook announced this week that it will change its developer policy to ban the use of Facebook and Instagram data for surveillance tools. The social media giant faced a ton of pressure from the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), Color of Change and the Center for Media Justice after reports that law enforcement agencies were…

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Technology SecurityFacebook announced this week that it will change its developer policy to ban the use of Facebook and Instagram data for surveillance tools.

The social media giant faced a ton of pressure from the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), Color of Change and the Center for Media Justice after reports that law enforcement agencies were using tools to track protesters on the site.

“We depend on social networks to connect and communicate about the most important issues in our lives and the core political and social issues in our country,” Nicole Ozer of the ACLU said in the statement. “Now more than ever, we expect companies to slam shut any surveillance side doors and make sure nobody can use their platforms to target people of color and activists.”

However, developers might not necessarily listen to the new policy. That’s why the advocacy groups who pushed for the change want Facebook to go even further to enforce it. They have asked Facebook to implement both “human and technical auditing mechanisms” to catch developers that violate the rules — something Facebook says it is already doing. Only time will tell if it’s business as usual with law enforcement snooping on user data, or if the site will really put its foot down to stop the practice.


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Pipeline Protesters Fight Warrant For Their Facebook Data http://facecrooks.com/Internet-Safety-Privacy/Pipeline-Protesters-Fight-Warrant-For-Their-Facebook-Data.html/ http://facecrooks.com/Internet-Safety-Privacy/Pipeline-Protesters-Fight-Warrant-For-Their-Facebook-Data.html/#comments Mon, 13 Mar 2017 15:41:30 +0000 http://facecrooks.com/?p=10417 The post Pipeline Protesters Fight Warrant For Their Facebook Data appeared first on .

The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) filed a challenge this week to a warrant in Washington that sought to gather the private Facebook data of Dakota Access pipeline protesters. The warrant, which was granted by a judge, asked for the “messages, photos, videos, wall posts and location information” of the protesters, and even allowed for…

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Censorship And Free SpeechThe American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) filed a challenge this week to a warrant in Washington that sought to gather the private Facebook data of Dakota Access pipeline protesters.

The warrant, which was granted by a judge, asked for the “messages, photos, videos, wall posts and location information” of the protesters, and even allowed for data to be gathered on people who merely interacted with the Facebook group. Police are searching for the info because of a protest on February 11 that blocked part of an interstate highway, causing a four-mile traffic jam. Officials contend the protest caused a five-car pileup.

The ACLU has challenged the warrant, claiming it violates both the First and Fourth Amendments of the Constitution.

“Political speech and the freedom to engage in political activity without being subjected to undue government scrutiny are at the heart of the First Amendment,” ACLU attorney La Rond Baker said. “The Fourth Amendment prohibits the government from performing broad fishing expeditions into private affairs.”

“Seizing information from Facebook accounts simply because they are associated with protests of the government violates these core constitutional principles,” Baker continued.

Law enforcement officials are using Facebook more and more to (legally) spy on citizens like this, so it’ll be interesting to see how the ACLU’s case plays out. But no matter what the outcome, it always pays to remember: be careful which groups you join and what you post.


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Court Rules Against Syrian Refugee In Facebook Slander Case http://facecrooks.com/Internet-Safety-Privacy/Court-Rules-Against-Syrian-Refugee-In-Facebook-Slander-Case.html/ http://facecrooks.com/Internet-Safety-Privacy/Court-Rules-Against-Syrian-Refugee-In-Facebook-Slander-Case.html/#comments Fri, 10 Mar 2017 17:16:57 +0000 http://facecrooks.com/?p=10415 The post Court Rules Against Syrian Refugee In Facebook Slander Case appeared first on .

A German court ruled this week to dismiss the case brought against Facebook by a Syrian refugee who wanted the social media giant to find and delete posts incorrectly labeling him a terrorist. The controversy began in in 2015 when 19-year-old Anas Modamani took a selfie with German chancellor Angela Merkel. Another photo was also…

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censorship2-150x150A German court ruled this week to dismiss the case brought against Facebook by a Syrian refugee who wanted the social media giant to find and delete posts incorrectly labeling him a terrorist.

The controversy began in in 2015 when 19-year-old Anas Modamani took a selfie with German chancellor Angela Merkel. Another photo was also taken of the encounter between the refugee and the world leader. Both pictures have subsequently been used in anti-immigrant posts accusing Modamani of many incidents of crimes and terrorism across Europe.

Modamani’s lawyer, Chan-jo Yun, hoped the case would force Facebook to actively search out and delete slanderous material. However, Facebook said that it does not have the “miracle software” needed to accomplish this, and it will still be up to users to flag illegal or offensive content for removal. Yun did not care for the site’s line of reasoning.

“This is a cynical argument: it means that the only way an individual could stop a slanderous story from going viral is by calling a court within two or three hours of the content being uploaded,” he said. “We learned a lot from this case… People have learned that Mr. Modamani is not a terrorist. We lawyers have learned that we cannot help victims of libel and slander with the laws we have. But we have learned which laws have to be changed.”

Indeed, this was a big win in court for Facebook — and it means that users need to be as vigilant as ever in finding and reporting illegal content.



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Police Department Posts Question About Drugs On Facebook, Gets Blocked http://facecrooks.com/Internet-Safety-Privacy/Police-Department-Posts-Question-About-Drugs-On-Facebook-Gets-Blocked.html/ http://facecrooks.com/Internet-Safety-Privacy/Police-Department-Posts-Question-About-Drugs-On-Facebook-Gets-Blocked.html/#comments Thu, 09 Mar 2017 16:34:44 +0000 http://facecrooks.com/?p=10412 The post Police Department Posts Question About Drugs On Facebook, Gets Blocked appeared first on .

The police department in the city of Oneida, New York, decided to have some fun with its Facebook page and post a joking request for drugs. However, they didn’t expect their post to land in hot water with Facebook itself. The cops, borrowing the idea from a Pennsylvania police department, posted a status saying “Does…

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funny cartoon policemanThe police department in the city of Oneida, New York, decided to have some fun with its Facebook page and post a joking request for drugs. However, they didn’t expect their post to land in hot water with Facebook itself.

The cops, borrowing the idea from a Pennsylvania police department, posted a status saying “Does anyone in Oneida know where we can buy any drugs? (asking for a friend)…#Not a cop.”

Clearly the post was intended as a joke, but also a serious reminder for residents to send along tips and info if they had it. However, Facebook didn’t see it that way, and took down the post two days after it was published. Facebook then restored the post briefly before banning it once again.

Despite the confusing back-and-forth moderation from Facebook, the cops say the post was a huge success.

“We thought it was very creative,” Oneida City Police Chief Paul Thompson said. “And it was successful — we got more than 800 likes and over a dozen private messages tipping us about suspected drug activity.”

Thompson also said he was “surprised” the post was taken down, “especially when you see some of the stuff that’s on Facebook today.”

Indeed, it often doesn’t make sense what content Facebook does and does not allow on its pages. Banning harmless (and even helpful) content from a police department is one such confusing case.


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BBC Report: Facebook Failed To Remove Sexual Images Of Children http://facecrooks.com/Internet-Safety-Privacy/BBC-Report-Facebook-Failed-To-Remove-Sexual-Images-Of-Children.html/ http://facecrooks.com/Internet-Safety-Privacy/BBC-Report-Facebook-Failed-To-Remove-Sexual-Images-Of-Children.html/#comments Wed, 08 Mar 2017 17:20:53 +0000 http://facecrooks.com/?p=10408 The post BBC Report: Facebook Failed To Remove Sexual Images Of Children appeared first on .

In a bombshell report this week, the BBC accused Facebook of failing to remove “sexualized images” of children. The case took an even stranger turn when Facebook reported BBC investigators to authorities for themselves possessing the materials. The BBC first reported last year that closed Facebook groups were being used by pedophiles to trade child…

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Fail Word Stop Sign Bad Poor Result Failure 3d IllustrationIn a bombshell report this week, the BBC accused Facebook of failing to remove “sexualized images” of children. The case took an even stranger turn when Facebook reported BBC investigators to authorities for themselves possessing the materials.

The BBC first reported last year that closed Facebook groups were being used by pedophiles to trade child photography, and Facebook promised that it was improving its content regulation. However, when the British media giant published the results of a follow-up study this week, it revealed that Facebook is still woefully unresponsive in dealing with the issue. The BBC flagged 100 images it claims violated Facebook’s guidelines, and only 18 were removed. The organization also found and reported five convicted pedophiles on the site, a clear violation of Facebook’s rules in the UK, and the site did nothing about that, either.

“I think it raises the question of how can users make effective complaints to Facebook about content that is disturbing, shouldn’t be on the site, and have confidence that that will be acted upon,” Damian Collins, chairman of the UK House of Commons media committee, said.

What’s worse, Facebook reported several BBC reporters to the police after they shared some of the offending images directly with the site.

There’s no malicious motive on Facebook’s part to allow illegal content, but it’s clear the site needs to take another look at its own moderation practices to ensure incidents like this don’t keep happening.


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