http://facecrooks.com Fri, 29 Jul 2016 13:53:05 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v= Facebook Will Refund App Purchases Made By Minors Without Parents’ Knowledge http://facecrooks.com/Internet-Safety-Privacy/Facebook-Will-Refund-App-Purchases-Made-By-Minors-Without-Parents%e2%80%99-Knowledge.html/ http://facecrooks.com/Internet-Safety-Privacy/Facebook-Will-Refund-App-Purchases-Made-By-Minors-Without-Parents%e2%80%99-Knowledge.html/#comments Fri, 29 Jul 2016 13:51:39 +0000 http://facecrooks.com/?p=10082 The post Facebook Will Refund App Purchases Made By Minors Without Parents’ Knowledge appeared first on .

If you’re a parent with a tech-savvy kid, you know the costs that children can rack up in online games without your knowledge. Thankfully, a California court ruled this week that Facebook must refund parents for app and game purchases made by minors with the now-defunct Facebook Credits currency. The ruling, which was the result…

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Facebook and U.S. DollarIf you’re a parent with a tech-savvy kid, you know the costs that children can rack up in online games without your knowledge. Thankfully, a California court ruled this week that Facebook must refund parents for app and game purchases made by minors with the now-defunct Facebook Credits currency.

The ruling, which was the result of a 2012 class action lawsuit from two children and their parents, will pay back surprised parents for the money their children spent in games like Bejeweled and Farmville. Facebook tried to argue that the children received the goods they paid for and thus refunds weren’t required, but the court disagreed. Because Facebook Credits were linked to an adult’s credit or debit card, children could run up huge bills with just the click of a button.

“It’s not unheard of to talk to parents who have lost $1,000 or $2,000,” said lawyer and Harvard associate professor Ben Edelman. “I’m thrilled that Facebook will give that money back — but it would have been even better if they’d given it back earlier or not taken it in the first place.”

Facebook said that minors needed to obtain their parents’ permission before making purchases like these on the site, but there was no system for proving that they did. Also, many minors lie about their age to join Facebook in the first place, so the site’s entire system for dealing with young users is potentially flawed.


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Motorcyclist Outruns Police, Gets Arrested For Bragging About It On Facebook http://facecrooks.com/Internet-Safety-Privacy/Motorcyclist-Outruns-Police-Gets-Arrested-For-Bragging-About-It-On-Facebook.html/ http://facecrooks.com/Internet-Safety-Privacy/Motorcyclist-Outruns-Police-Gets-Arrested-For-Bragging-About-It-On-Facebook.html/#comments Thu, 28 Jul 2016 14:16:43 +0000 http://facecrooks.com/?p=10078 The post Motorcyclist Outruns Police, Gets Arrested For Bragging About It On Facebook appeared first on .

You’d think that crooks would know to keep quiet after getting away with a crime. However, as one dumb criminal after another proves, the appeal of bragging on Facebook can be too much to resist. That was the case this week when a 33-year-old Michigan man was arrested for reckless driving and fleeing a police…

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facebook iconYou’d think that crooks would know to keep quiet after getting away with a crime. However, as one dumb criminal after another proves, the appeal of bragging on Facebook can be too much to resist. That was the case this week when a 33-year-old Michigan man was arrested for reckless driving and fleeing a police officer after boasting on Facebook about speeding away from cops on his motorcycle at speeds of over 100 MPH.

Cops say the incident began when they observed the man perform an aggressive brake torque in the middle of the street. The police initiated a traffic stop, but the reckless cyclist took off “almost without hesitation” when one of the officers approached him. The cops lost sight of him shortly thereafter and terminated the pursuit, but they soon began receiving screenshots of the suspect bragging about his crime on Facebook.

“OK its been three days f**k it,” the motorcyclist wrote on Facebook. “I showed up some hardleys at the bar in orion they made noise I took it a step beyond cop seen me put his car right at my foot. Flicked his lights as soon as I heard his car hit park I dropped into gear and disappeared 45 sec. Chase 140 in a 35mph.” He then signed it with the hashtags #ftp, #nojailthisweekend and #everyonelovedit.

While it’s a good idea to watch what you say on Facebook, we can all be thankful people like this use the platform to incriminate themselves.


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Mom Streams Beating Of Her Daughter In Latest Facebook Live Controversy http://facecrooks.com/Internet-Safety-Privacy/Mom-Streams-Beating-Of-Her-Daughter-In-Latest-Facebook-Live-Controversy.html/ http://facecrooks.com/Internet-Safety-Privacy/Mom-Streams-Beating-Of-Her-Daughter-In-Latest-Facebook-Live-Controversy.html/#comments Wed, 27 Jul 2016 12:12:54 +0000 http://facecrooks.com/?p=10072 The post Mom Streams Beating Of Her Daughter In Latest Facebook Live Controversy appeared first on .

It seems like every day brings another story about controversial content broadcast live on Facebook. From the fatal shooting of Philandro Castile by a police officer in Minnesota to the attack in Dallas that killed five police officers, Facebook is unwittingly broadcasting tons of graphic content across the web in real time. Another sad incident…

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Original Round Blue Facebook Web IconIt seems like every day brings another story about controversial content broadcast live on Facebook. From the fatal shooting of Philandro Castile by a police officer in Minnesota to the attack in Dallas that killed five police officers, Facebook is unwittingly broadcasting tons of graphic content across the web in real time. Another sad incident was added to this ever-growing list this week when a Georgia mother live-streamed her beating her own daughter in order to embarrass her.

According to the mother in the video, Shanavia Miller, her daughter Nia and her daughter’s boyfriend were repeatedly in the house without Miller’s permission. The last straw allegedly came when Miller saw a picture her daughter posted on social media of her boyfriend in a towel — pictures that appeared to be taken in the family’s home. She then beat her daughter and publicly broadcast it to shame her.

“You wanna embarrass me on social media? Don’t f—ing play with me, Nia,” Miller says in the disturbing footage. At one point, she also looks into the camera and says “This is my page now… Now I’m gonna need y’all to send this viral. Please share this because I’m not done. More to come.”

Police officers interviewed both the mother and daughter, and while the daughter said she felt safe in the home, the case was referred to the local Department of Family and Children Services.

Facebook may not see itself as a news organization — but it’s becoming one regardless. That means it may need to begin taking responsibility for some of the graphic content it streams. 


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Wikileaks Claims Facebook Censored Democratic National Committee Leaks http://facecrooks.com/Internet-Safety-Privacy/Wikileaks-Claims-Facebook-Censored-Democratic-National-Committee-Leaks.html/ http://facecrooks.com/Internet-Safety-Privacy/Wikileaks-Claims-Facebook-Censored-Democratic-National-Committee-Leaks.html/#comments Tue, 26 Jul 2016 13:00:05 +0000 http://facecrooks.com/?p=10069 The post Wikileaks Claims Facebook Censored Democratic National Committee Leaks appeared first on .

The Wikileaks hacking group claimed this weekend that Facebook censored information it released last Friday from the Democratic National Committee. The leaked documents caused a stir when some seemed to indicate that the DNC actively sought to undermine presidential hopeful Bernie Sanders. Wikileaks, which is known for stealing and releasing government and corporate information, claimed…

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Zipper on mouthThe Wikileaks hacking group claimed this weekend that Facebook censored information it released last Friday from the Democratic National Committee. The leaked documents caused a stir when some seemed to indicate that the DNC actively sought to undermine presidential hopeful Bernie Sanders.

Wikileaks, which is known for stealing and releasing government and corporate information, claimed on Twitter that Facebook was censoring its links to the DNC data trove. The group then provided a workaround link for its Twitter followers to access the information. However, Facebook’s Chief Security Officer Alex Stamos responded to the group on Twitter, saying that the blocking problem had been fixed.

Now, Facebook hasn’t said why the link was removed in the first place. It’s possible it was accidentally flagged by the site’s anti-spam algorithm, but Wikileaks is a well known website that makes news all around the world. The issue of politically motivated censorship is a particularly touchy subject right now for Facebook; the site has barely recovered from the uproar over its alleged biases against conservative news in its Trending Topics feed.

The site was also accused of censorship when it briefly removed a Facebook Live video of African-American man Philandro Castile being shot by police on July 6. Facebook often feigns ignorance or blames its algorithm when content is removed, but its clear the social media giant needs to step back and assess how it delivers the news. script type=”text/javascript”>//


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Report: Facebook Is Cracking Down On “Weird Facebook” Memes http://facecrooks.com/Internet-Safety-Privacy/Report-Facebook-Is-Cracking-Down-On-%e2%80%9cWeird-Facebook%e2%80%9d-Memes.html/ http://facecrooks.com/Internet-Safety-Privacy/Report-Facebook-Is-Cracking-Down-On-%e2%80%9cWeird-Facebook%e2%80%9d-Memes.html/#comments Mon, 25 Jul 2016 12:16:45 +0000 http://facecrooks.com/?p=10067 The post Report: Facebook Is Cracking Down On “Weird Facebook” Memes appeared first on .

According to a report this week in The Daily Dot, Facebook is cracking down on the loose network of artists, writers and social media influencers informally known as “Weird Facebook.” These slightly kooky sites, which produce popular memes and boast tens of thousands of followers, form a strange alternative social network within Facebook — and…

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facebook_censorAccording to a report this week in The Daily Dot, Facebook is cracking down on the loose network of artists, writers and social media influencers informally known as “Weird Facebook.” These slightly kooky sites, which produce popular memes and boast tens of thousands of followers, form a strange alternative social network within Facebook — and one that perhaps proved so strange that Facebook felt the need to shut it down.

Several creators of these popular meme pages claim that Facebook recently began shutting down their pages without warning, and that many memes were simply replaced with a message saying “This Facebook post is no longer available.”

“Honestly there were no warnings or emails,” said John Trulli, the creator behind the popular Cabbage Cat page. “I didn’t notice [Cabbage Cat] was down until a fan notified me. I talk to tons of other page owners and they say you usually get warnings and strikes.”

When The Daily Dot reached out to Facebook to comment on the mysterious removals, all the site would say was that the content violated its community standards.

While there’s no doubt that some of these memes dealt with hot-button political issues, most of them did so for the sake of satire, which is allowed by Facebook. And, of course, there’s content on Facebook that is much more offensive than these “Weird Facebook” pages that is allowed to remain posted on the site. As is almost always the case with incidents of Facebook censorship, it’s clear the site needs to enforce its own rules more fairly.


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Security Researcher Discovers Facebook Click Fraud In Browser Extensions http://facecrooks.com/Scam-Watch/Security-Researcher-Discovers-Facebook-Click-Fraud-In-Browser-Extensions.html/ http://facecrooks.com/Scam-Watch/Security-Researcher-Discovers-Facebook-Click-Fraud-In-Browser-Extensions.html/#comments Thu, 21 Jul 2016 20:35:09 +0000 http://facecrooks.com/?p=10065 The post Security Researcher Discovers Facebook Click Fraud In Browser Extensions appeared first on .

A 19-year-old Danish computer science student announced his discovery this week of a series of malicious Google Chrome browser extensions that hijacked users’ Facebook accounts to engage in click fraud. According to the student, Maxime Kjaer, he discovered the scam after he noticed one of his Facebook friends who consistently posted suspicious-seeming clickbait stories. Curious,…

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magglassA 19-year-old Danish computer science student announced his discovery this week of a series of malicious Google Chrome browser extensions that hijacked users’ Facebook accounts to engage in click fraud.

According to the student, Maxime Kjaer, he discovered the scam after he noticed one of his Facebook friends who consistently posted suspicious-seeming clickbait stories. Curious, he decided to investigate.

Now I know my friend; he’s a smart guy, so I don’t really see him liking tons of this (frankly) crap content,” Kjaer wrote. “I decided to go down the rabbit hole and see what this was all about.”

He discovered a website with adult content that said he needed to verify his age by installing a Google Chrome extension. He then analyzed the extension’s metadata and found that it was concealing malware that would hijack a victim’s Facebook account to generate false likes for a click fraud campaign.

“As soon as I found out about the extension, I told [my friend] to uninstall it, log out and then log in again to his Facebook account to gain new access tokens,” Kjaer told SC Magazine. “My friend told me that I was the first to notice it. He immediately unliked everything that the malware had liked for him, and I definitely think that he was glad to have it gone.”

If you notice one of your Facebook friends posting fishy links like this, do them a favor and let them know. It’s also a good idea to take a look at your own likes to make sure they’re really your own.  As always, be careful what apps or browser extensions you choose to install!


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Activists Band Together To Flag Facebook Gun Sales http://facecrooks.com/Internet-Safety-Privacy/Activists-Band-Together-To-Flag-Facebook-Gun-Sales.html/ http://facecrooks.com/Internet-Safety-Privacy/Activists-Band-Together-To-Flag-Facebook-Gun-Sales.html/#comments Wed, 20 Jul 2016 19:20:35 +0000 http://facecrooks.com/?p=10063 The post Activists Band Together To Flag Facebook Gun Sales appeared first on .

Even though Facebook banned private gun sales in January, firearm ads still crop up on the site faster than Facebook’s censors can catch them. That’s where a dedicated group of activists comes in. According to a report in Mashable, a group of online activists has taken it upon themselves to find and report private gun…

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Danger Social networkEven though Facebook banned private gun sales in January, firearm ads still crop up on the site faster than Facebook’s censors can catch them. That’s where a dedicated group of activists comes in.

According to a report in Mashable, a group of online activists has taken it upon themselves to find and report private gun sales on Facebook, sometimes flagging dozens or even hundreds per week. The group doesn’t believe Facebook does enough to enforce its own rules, so they decided to pick up the slack.

“That announcement in January feels like a pure PR move,” said activist John Sibley. “It doesn’t change anything, just gets them some good press.”

The group has asked Facebook why it can’t create an algorithm to target gun sales, but the social media giant says that such a tool would also flag perfectly acceptable discussions about firearms. The activists face many more hurdles than just Facebook’s inaction, however; some say they’ve even faced harassment and death threats from pro-gun Facebook users. Still, they say they’re doing a small part to prevent untraceable transactions that could put a gun into the wrong hands.

The flaggers have also discovered tricks that gun sellers use to sneak ads by Facebook’s censors, including disguising guns in other pictures.

“One said ‘I’m selling this shirt, comes with everything in the picture,’ and in the picture is a gun with magazines and ammunition,” one activist said.

It’s disheartening that Facebook needs to rely so much on users to enforce its own rules, but it’s a good thing there are do-gooders like this willing to do the work.


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Feds Monitoring Activists On Facebook Ahead Of Cleveland GOP Convention http://facecrooks.com/Internet-Safety-Privacy/Feds-Monitoring-Activists-On-Facebook-Ahead-Of-Cleveland-GOP-Convention.html/ http://facecrooks.com/Internet-Safety-Privacy/Feds-Monitoring-Activists-On-Facebook-Ahead-Of-Cleveland-GOP-Convention.html/#comments Tue, 19 Jul 2016 12:07:17 +0000 http://facecrooks.com/?p=10061 The post Feds Monitoring Activists On Facebook Ahead Of Cleveland GOP Convention appeared first on .

If you’re prone to angry political opinions, you might want to be careful what you post about the Republican Convention in Cleveland this week — according to The Intercept, federal authorities are monitoring activists on Facebook and looking for signs of “violent anarchist extremist activity.” The Intercept obtained a document earlier this month that purports…

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Eye Looking Through A KeyholeIf you’re prone to angry political opinions, you might want to be careful what you post about the Republican Convention in Cleveland this week — according to The Intercept, federal authorities are monitoring activists on Facebook and looking for signs of “violent anarchist extremist activity.”

The Intercept obtained a document earlier this month that purports to be a “Joint Threat Assessment” between the Department of Homeland Security, the Secret Service and the FBI. The document specifically calls out a “known anarchist extremist” group in Cleveland called Resist the Cleveland RNC and includes a link to the group’s Facebook page. However, the page mostly contains harmless resources and tips for activists traveling to Cleveland. Still, one of the administrators for the page claims she was visited by an FBI agent and a local police officer on the day after the Fourth of July, and was told she was a “person of interest.”

It makes sense that the government would be on high alert for the convention, especially given the wave of violence both in the U.S. and around the world in recent weeks. Experts warn that all Facebook users — particularly those in Cleveland or traveling to the convention — should be careful what they say on the site when it comes to hot-button issues.

“If you’re posting something on Facebook publicly, everyone can access it, including the government,” ACLU spokesperson Gary Daniels said. “People would have to be awfully naive to think that these things aren’t being monitored for people coming to Cleveland for the RNC.”


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Dallas Police Shooter Bought AK-47 On Facebook http://facecrooks.com/Internet-Safety-Privacy/Dallas-Police-Shooter-Bought-AK-47-On-Facebook.html/ http://facecrooks.com/Internet-Safety-Privacy/Dallas-Police-Shooter-Bought-AK-47-On-Facebook.html/#comments Mon, 18 Jul 2016 12:34:19 +0000 http://facecrooks.com/?p=10058 The post Dallas Police Shooter Bought AK-47 On Facebook appeared first on .

Micah Johnson, the man who killed five police officers in Dallas last week and injured seven other people, allegedly bought an AK-47 assault rifle over Facebook in 2014.   The man who sold Johnson the gun, Colton Crews, Told the New York Daily News that nothing seemed off about the future killer. (It’s also worth…

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ak47Micah Johnson, the man who killed five police officers in Dallas last week and injured seven other people, allegedly bought an AK-47 assault rifle over Facebook in 2014.  

The man who sold Johnson the gun, Colton Crews, Told the New York Daily News that nothing seemed off about the future killer. (It’s also worth noting that gun sales weren’t outlawed on Facebook until this year.)

“He didn’t stand out as a nut job. He didn’t stand out as a crazy person at all,” Crews said. “He stood out as just another guy. And he was U.S. service, so he was like your first pick when you’re selling a gun to somebody.”

It isn’t believed Johnson used the AK-47 in the Dallas ambush, but the revelation that such a heavy assault weapon could be so easily purchased on Facebook has caused the site’s critics to take note. U.S. Senator Edward J. Markey wrote a letter to Instagram and Facebook this week calling on the sites to prohibit gun sales.

“As recently as today, my office was able to find postings for gun sales on Facebook using search terms like ‘AR15 Selling’ and ‘selling sig sauer,’ and on Instagram using search terms like ‘#Glock’ and ‘#PistolSale,’” the senator wrote.

Both sites technically already have rules against the private sale of firearms. However, there’s no doubt they need to step up their efforts to stop all sales from taking place — not just most of them.


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Four Men Arrested In Detroit For Threatening Police, Supporting Dallas Shooter http://facecrooks.com/Internet-Safety-Privacy/Four-Men-Arrested-In-Detroit-For-Threatening-Police-Supporting-Dallas-Shooter.html/ http://facecrooks.com/Internet-Safety-Privacy/Four-Men-Arrested-In-Detroit-For-Threatening-Police-Supporting-Dallas-Shooter.html/#comments Fri, 15 Jul 2016 13:40:52 +0000 http://facecrooks.com/?p=10056 The post Four Men Arrested In Detroit For Threatening Police, Supporting Dallas Shooter appeared first on .

Four men were arrested in Detroit over the past week for either threatening police or voicing support for the man who killed five police officers in Dallas last week. One of the men allegedly made an explicit threat, writing, “Kill all white cops” on his Facebook page, while another wrote that this “needs to happen…

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facebook_logo_flatFour men were arrested in Detroit over the past week for either threatening police or voicing support for the man who killed five police officers in Dallas last week.

One of the men allegedly made an explicit threat, writing, “Kill all white cops” on his Facebook page, while another wrote that this “needs to happen more often.” Yet another one of the men arrested praised the Dallas shooter as a “hero.” The Detroit police acknowledged that they’re on uncertain legal grounds after arresting the men, but they want to charge them anyway.

“I know this is a new issue, but I want these people charged with crimes,” Detroit police chief James Craig said. “I’ve directed my officers to prepare warrants for these four individuals, and we’ll see which venue is the best to pursue charges.”

However, experts cautioned that prosecuting people for things they’ve said could set a dangerous and tricky precedent.

“Certainly, posting that kind of thing on social media is a bad thought,” professor Larry Dubin of the University of Detroit Mercy School of Law told The Detroit News. “But having a bad thought isn’t necessarily a crime. There are a lot of issues at play here, and I think a lot would depend on what exactly was said.”

The outcome of these particular cases is far from determined, but they provide a valuable lesson to all Facebook users: watch what you say on the site. In particular, avoid saying anything that could be construed as threatening. After all, you never know who might end up seeing it.


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