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The Vineland Police Department in New Jersey has been forced to restore comments to its Facebook page that were critical of the department for its role in the shooting death of Phillip White, a man who died in police custody. White was arrested when police were called to respond to a man “freaking out.” A…

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http://www.dreamstime.com/royalty-free-stock-photo-censorship-warning-sign-illustration-design-image26533865The Vineland Police Department in New Jersey has been forced to restore comments to its Facebook page that were critical of the department for its role in the shooting death of Phillip White, a man who died in police custody.

White was arrested when police were called to respond to a man “freaking out.” A cell phone video of the incident shows him being punched in the head by a police officer; White became unresponsive on the way to the hospital and was pronounced dead.

The incident stirred outrage in the community, and many people took to the department’s Facebook page to express their anger. The police warned that any comments that violated their posting guidelines (no threats, graphic language, racial slurs and more) would be removed, and they deleted several posts. However, the Press of Atlantic City obtained copies of the blocked comments, and some did not appear to break the rules. The comments were then restored.

“Their Facebook page is a public record,” said Harry B. Scheeler, an open government activist who originally filed the request. “Police and governments are subject to criticism of the people. They don’t have a right to censor the people.”

Facebook page administrators have the right to delete any comment that they want. However, in the case of public institutions, especially ones that are going to come in for heated criticism, there should be a tool in place to help better facilitate conversation and prevent censorship like this.



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Facebook And CIA-Backed Company Deny Scanning Private Facebook Messages http://facecrooks.com/Internet-Safety-Privacy/Facebook-And-CIA-Backed-Company-Deny-Scanning-Private-Facebook-Messages.html/ http://facecrooks.com/Internet-Safety-Privacy/Facebook-And-CIA-Backed-Company-Deny-Scanning-Private-Facebook-Messages.html/#comments Thu, 16 Apr 2015 13:59:01 +0000 http://facecrooks.com/?p=9241 The post Facebook And CIA-Backed Company Deny Scanning Private Facebook Messages appeared first on .

A developer made big waves this week when he claimed on a Hacker News message board that a third party is scanning private Facebook messages for information. The company, online risk assessment firm Recorded Future, also has financial ties to the CIA’s investment arm. However, both Facebook and the company have denied snooping on messages.…

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Eye Looking Through A KeyholeA developer made big waves this week when he claimed on a Hacker News message board that a third party is scanning private Facebook messages for information. The company, online risk assessment firm Recorded Future, also has financial ties to the CIA’s investment arm. However, both Facebook and the company have denied snooping on messages.

The developer said he tested his claim by posting a link to an unreleased app inside of a private Facebook message and then monitoring who opened the link. First Facebook’s own IP address looked into it, though this is not unusual. However, several minutes after that, he claimed that Recorded Future checked out the link as well.

Though the developer may not be lying, it does seem like he got the exact details of his story mixed up. Both Facebook and Recorded Future have flatly denied his accusation, and Facebook said that it has no relationship with Recorded Future at all.

“Our systems followed this URL after it was posted on a public site. Our system constantly explores links published on the web,” Recorded Future told Business Insider. “We’ve checked our logs and confirmed that this is what happened in this specific case. It’s not related to any Facebook chat messages containing this link. Our system doesn’t access that information.”

Even though it seems this would-be whistleblower was mistaken, it goes to show just how little some users trust Facebook that they were so quick to believe him.

The moral of this story is that Facebook Messenger should not be considered a secure platform and should not be used to send confidential or private information.



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Columbia Journalism Review: Facebook Has Too Much Control Over News http://facecrooks.com/Internet-Safety-Privacy/Columbia-Journalism-Review-Facebook-Has-Too-Much-Control-Over-News.html/ http://facecrooks.com/Internet-Safety-Privacy/Columbia-Journalism-Review-Facebook-Has-Too-Much-Control-Over-News.html/#comments Tue, 14 Apr 2015 14:06:31 +0000 http://facecrooks.com/?p=9237 The post Columbia Journalism Review: Facebook Has Too Much Control Over News appeared first on .

The Columbia Journalism Review (CJR), regarded as one of the premier journalistic watchdog organizations in the country, expressed concern in a column this week over Facebook’s partnership with major news organizations. The arrangement, made between Facebook and several publications like Buzzfeed and The New York Times, will allow the organizations to post news directly to…

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Censorship And Free SpeechThe Columbia Journalism Review (CJR), regarded as one of the premier journalistic watchdog organizations in the country, expressed concern in a column this week over Facebook’s partnership with major news organizations. The arrangement, made between Facebook and several publications like Buzzfeed and The New York Times, will allow the organizations to post news directly to Facebook instead of via a shared link. While this will be a good thing for readership numbers, the CJR argues it will give Facebook far too much power to determine the news we read. 

The column’s writer, Trevor Trimm, points out a variety of censorship situations that have occurred on the site, ranging from innocuous breastfeeding photos to obeying the censorship orders of repressive foreign governments. In one of the most insidious examples of what Facebook could do with its power, Trimm says the site could actively block information from reaching its billion-plus active user base.

“If the Washington Post posted its PRISM story about collusion between tech companies and the NSA directly on Facebook – a story that Facebook disputed – would its algorithms subtly suppress it?” he wrote. “Would a Facebook employee ever so gently suggest that maybe the Washington Post may want to think twice before publishing, given what’s at stake for their relationship?”

While Facebook may have good intentions for its users with this news sharing feature, it’s an awful lot of power for a site that has proven willing to remove content in the past.



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Web Browsing Data Shared With Facebook Does Not Violate Privacy http://facecrooks.com/Internet-Safety-Privacy/Web-Browsing-Data-Shared-With-Facebook-Does-Not-Violate-Privacy.html/ http://facecrooks.com/Internet-Safety-Privacy/Web-Browsing-Data-Shared-With-Facebook-Does-Not-Violate-Privacy.html/#comments Mon, 13 Apr 2015 14:21:07 +0000 http://facecrooks.com/?p=9234 The post Web Browsing Data Shared With Facebook Does Not Violate Privacy appeared first on .

A 62-year-old California woman has sued the AMC television network for sharing with Facebook her personal web browsing info on the TV channel’s site, which enables “social plugins” that allow Facebook to track what its users are watching. The suit claimed that this practice violates the Video Privacy Protection Act, a 1988 law that has…

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Technology SecurityA 62-year-old California woman has sued the AMC television network for sharing with Facebook her personal web browsing info on the TV channel’s site, which enables “social plugins” that allow Facebook to track what its users are watching. The suit claimed that this practice violates the Video Privacy Protection Act, a 1988 law that has come under increasing scrutiny for its application to Internet video.

“Facebook is uniquely able to directly link the data they accumulate on individuals’ digital behaviors with the additional personal data that it extracts from its users’ Facebook accounts,” her complaint said. “When combined, this data reveals deeply personal information about a consumer.”

However, a judge found that her complaint stretched the intentions of the law, and that she could not demonstrate that she was a “subscriber” to the site. She can still amend her complaint, but the ruling could prove to be a setback.

Though Facebook was not named in the complaint, this case and ones like it could have a big impact on Facebook users. As pointed out by the Wall Street Journal, the essence of this court ruling is simple and unsettling: Facebook has the right to track your viewing habits all across the Internet, even on websites it doesn’t control.



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Time Magazine: Parents Should Be Careful With Facebook Scrapbook http://facecrooks.com/Internet-Safety-Privacy/Time-Magazine-Parents-Should-Be-Careful-With-Facebook-Scrapbook.html/ http://facecrooks.com/Internet-Safety-Privacy/Time-Magazine-Parents-Should-Be-Careful-With-Facebook-Scrapbook.html/#comments Fri, 10 Apr 2015 14:16:00 +0000 http://facecrooks.com/?p=9226 The post Time Magazine: Parents Should Be Careful With Facebook Scrapbook appeared first on .

Last week, Facebook introduced a new feature called Scrapbook that lets parents organize and keep track of their children’s pictures on the site. However, some critics have pointed out that privacy-minded parents shouldn’t upload pictures of their kids to the social media site at all. Time Magazine responded to the new feature with a column…

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facebook_scrapbookLast week, Facebook introduced a new feature called Scrapbook that lets parents organize and keep track of their children’s pictures on the site. However, some critics have pointed out that privacy-minded parents shouldn’t upload pictures of their kids to the social media site at all.

Time Magazine responded to the new feature with a column from tech writer (and new dad) John Patrick Pullen. In the column, Pullen laid out how he handles his young son’s online privacy, including only sharing photos in a private iCloud photo album and never posting pictures of the boy publicly to Facebook. As Pullen points out, the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act says children under the age of 13 shouldn’t be on Facebook anyway; after all, the law is designed to protect their data, and facial recognition information is rapidly becoming just that.

Many parents like Pullen are also concerned that pictures of their children could potentially follow them forever and automatically transfer to their profiles when they turned 13, but Facebook responded to the Time column with a statement denying this.

“As part of this pilot, we’re exploring how to provide newcomers with the control and tools they need to choose whether photos in their scrapbooks become part of their presence on Facebook,” a Facebook spokesperson told the magazine. “Feedback from parents and teens will guide our approach.”

As secure as the Scrapbook feature is, the fundamental point of privacy advocates is correct: if you want to keep a picture completely secure, simply do not upload it to social media sites in the first place.

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U.S. News & World Report: Is It Safe To Send Money Via Facebook? http://facecrooks.com/Internet-Safety-Privacy/U-S-News-World-Report-Is-It-Safe-To-Send-Money-Via-Facebook.html/ http://facecrooks.com/Internet-Safety-Privacy/U-S-News-World-Report-Is-It-Safe-To-Send-Money-Via-Facebook.html/#comments Wed, 08 Apr 2015 19:13:14 +0000 http://facecrooks.com/?p=9221 The post U.S. News & World Report: Is It Safe To Send Money Via Facebook? appeared first on .

Facebook is rolling out a peer-to-peer payment system over the next few months that will allow users to store debit card information on the site and send money to their friends via Facebook Messenger. However, some have expressed skepticism about the payment feature, including a recent article in the U.S. News & World Report that…

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Facebook and U.S. DollarFacebook is rolling out a peer-to-peer payment system over the next few months that will allow users to store debit card information on the site and send money to their friends via Facebook Messenger. However, some have expressed skepticism about the payment feature, including a recent article in the U.S. News & World Report that asked whether it’ll be safe for users to send money at all.

Security expert Robert Siciliano told the Report that Facebook users who take advantage of the payment tool should implement the site’s Login Approvals, which function as a two-step authentication. That means that any time a user logs in to their Facebook account from a new or unrecognized device, they must enter a special code received via text message. If users don’t enable Login Approvals, their accounts could potentially be at risk when accessed on a public computer or when connected to an unprotected Wi-Fi network.

“Their credentials [could be] now in the hands of a criminal who might log in from overseas and begin to make transactions without the user’s knowledge,” Siciliano said. “It makes it close to impossible to compromise an account once these additional layers are in place.”

Of course, none of this will matter if users decline to use the feature; whether or not people will trust Facebook with such sensitive financial information certainly remains to be seen.



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Facebook Creates 11 New Security Guides http://facecrooks.com/Internet-Safety-Privacy/Facebook-Creates-11-New-Security-Guides.html/ http://facecrooks.com/Internet-Safety-Privacy/Facebook-Creates-11-New-Security-Guides.html/#comments Wed, 08 Apr 2015 13:10:26 +0000 http://facecrooks.com/?p=9218 The post Facebook Creates 11 New Security Guides appeared first on .

Facebook published 11 new interactive visual guides to its privacy and security settings this week. The subjects of the guides include “Hacked Accounts,” “Spam,” “Phishing” and “How You’re Protected.” The site says it wants to help users secure their accounts. It also wants to educate users about what Facebook does to protect their profiles and…

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facebook_securityFacebook published 11 new interactive visual guides to its privacy and security settings this week. The subjects of the guides include “Hacked Accounts,” “Spam,” “Phishing” and “How You’re Protected.” The site says it wants to help users secure their accounts. It also wants to educate users about what Facebook does to protect their profiles and what they can do to recognize potential attempts to compromise their information.

“Online threats are a growing concern for people, and our hope is that this helps people better understand how to stay safe and secure on Facebook,” the site said in a blog post announcing the guides.

All of these illustrated guides fall under the Privacy Basics tool launched by Facebook last November. That site lets users see what others see about them on the site and even the ways in which they interact with their friends. With the addition of the 11 new guides, now the feature goes even deeper, teaching users how best to protect themselves.

Facebook has tried time and again to properly educate users about their privacy settings, though the message still has yet to stick completely. Try as they might to reach people, the site’s active user base (over 1.3 billion strong) is simply too large to inform en masse about helpful changes like this. Even if hundreds of thousands of users see the new tool and change their settings, it’s still just a drop in the bucket of the social media giant’s overall pool of users.



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How to turn off Facebook’s photo recognition software http://facecrooks.com/Internet-Safety-Privacy/how-to-turn-off-facebooks-photo-recognition-software.html/ http://facecrooks.com/Internet-Safety-Privacy/how-to-turn-off-facebooks-photo-recognition-software.html/#comments Tue, 07 Apr 2015 06:37:46 +0000 http://127.0.0.1/order87/?p=2702 The post How to turn off Facebook’s photo recognition software appeared first on .

Facebook has a feature that uses facial recognition software to “help” your Facebook friends tag you in their photos. If you have this option enabled, any time one of your friends uploads a photo, Facebook will “suggest” you as a match based on the recommendations of the software. It is important to note that your…

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who_viewed_your_profile_thumb1Facebook has a feature that uses facial recognition software to “help” your Facebook friends tag you in their photos. If you have this option enabled, any time one of your friends uploads a photo, Facebook will “suggest” you as a match based on the recommendations of the software.

It is important to note that your photo will only appear as a suggestion to your friends only. Facebook will not recommend you as a match to someone not on your friends list. Some people may still find this a little unnerving and may not want to be recommended or tagged in photos at all. Sadly, you don’t have a choice in the matter of photo tagging. Facebook allows your friends to tag you in photos, and there is no way to disable this. You must manually un-tag yourself in any unflattering photos. You can also setup profile review, so anything you are tagged in has to be approved by you before appearing on your Timeline.

Thankfully, you do have a choice in whether you want to have the facial recognition feature enabled or disabled. Not surprisingly, it is enabled by default. If you want to opt-out of this feature, then follow the steps below:

You need to access your ’Timeline Settings‘ by clicking the ‘Settings’ link located in the top right corner of your Facebook page.

Next, click the  ’Timeline and Tagging‘ link on the left side of your page. Then, you will click the ‘Edit‘ link shown below.

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Set the ‘Who sees tag suggestions when photos that look like you are uploaded?” to No One.

This feature still may not be available for all users, but now would be a great time to check – especially if you do not want this enabled on your Facebook account.

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New York Court: Woman Can Use Facebook To Serve Divorce Papers http://facecrooks.com/Internet-Safety-Privacy/New-York-Court-Woman-Can-Use-Facebook-To-Serve-Divorce-Papers.html/ http://facecrooks.com/Internet-Safety-Privacy/New-York-Court-Woman-Can-Use-Facebook-To-Serve-Divorce-Papers.html/#comments Mon, 06 Apr 2015 23:49:03 +0000 http://facecrooks.com/?p=9213 The post New York Court: Woman Can Use Facebook To Serve Divorce Papers appeared first on .

In a landmark ruling that could have big ramifications for future romantic breakups, a Manhattan Supreme Court Justice has ruled that a woman can serve her hard-to-find husband divorce papers via private Facebook message. The woman, a nurse named Ellanora Baidoo, married her husband in a civil ceremony in 2009. However, according to Baidoo’s lawyer,…

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facebook_blackbg_logoIn a landmark ruling that could have big ramifications for future romantic breakups, a Manhattan Supreme Court Justice has ruled that a woman can serve her hard-to-find husband divorce papers via private Facebook message.

The woman, a nurse named Ellanora Baidoo, married her husband in a civil ceremony in 2009. However, according to Baidoo’s lawyer, Andrew Spinnell, the man reneged on a promise to also have a traditional Ghanaian wedding. However, the man had no fixed address or place of employment, and he refused to make himself available to be served.

“We tried everything, including hiring a private detective — and nothing,” Spinnell said.

These factors ultimately combined and lead to a judge giving Baidoo the go-ahead to serve divorce papers on Facebook “once a week for three consecutive weeks or until acknowledged.”

As Gizmodo noted, this seems to be the first time that the actual breakup of a marriage has been facilitated on Facebook, though it almost certainly won’t be the last. As the social media site becomes more and more entwined in the lives of over a billion people worldwide, you can bet it’ll become a bigger part of every aspect of their lives – including the extremely personal ones.



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Washington Post: How Does Facebook Know Who All Of Your Friends Are? http://facecrooks.com/Internet-Safety-Privacy/Washington-Post-How-Does-Facebook-Know-Who-All-Of-Your-Friends-Are.html/ http://facecrooks.com/Internet-Safety-Privacy/Washington-Post-How-Does-Facebook-Know-Who-All-Of-Your-Friends-Are.html/#comments Sat, 04 Apr 2015 17:05:30 +0000 http://facecrooks.com/?p=9209 The post Washington Post: How Does Facebook Know Who All Of Your Friends Are? appeared first on .

If you’re a Facebook user, you’ve probably experienced that feeling of shock when a long-forgotten friend or ex pops up in the site’s “People You May Know” section. This week, The Washington Post took a deep look into how the site can know so much about your relationships. The paper’s article mentioned a Reddit user…

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facebook-privacy3If you’re a Facebook user, you’ve probably experienced that feeling of shock when a long-forgotten friend or ex pops up in the site’s “People You May Know” section. This week, The Washington Post took a deep look into how the site can know so much about your relationships.

The paper’s article mentioned a Reddit user who recently (and finally) joined Facebook. Upon signing up, the user discovered that the site already knew all of his friends, and he was understandably unsettled. Facebook has long been questioned for this practice; theories ranging from phone contact scraping to reverse-image searches have been floated for the site’s seeming all-knowing ability to comb through your past. However, as found by the Post, the answer is actually much simpler.

When you register for Facebook, the site asks permission to scan your email contacts or mobile contacts, depending on what device you’re using to access the site. It then finds which of your friends are already on the site and combines that knowledge with other information you provide, including where you live, where you were born and where you went to school. It then uses each one of your social interactions on the site to build a more complete picture of your network. From there, it isn’t hard for the site to guess people you may know.

While Facebook’s algorithms can only do so much to guess your social circles, the site is dedicated to constantly improving its models. In other words, don’t expect Facebook to know less about you any time soon.



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