http://facecrooks.com Thu, 10 Jul 2014 13:50:07 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v= Mom Banned From Facebook for “Coppertone Baby”-Style Photo http://facecrooks.com/Internet-Safety-Privacy/Mom-Banned-From-Facebook-%e2%80%9cCoppertone-Baby%e2%80%9d-Style-Photo.html/ http://facecrooks.com/Internet-Safety-Privacy/Mom-Banned-From-Facebook-%e2%80%9cCoppertone-Baby%e2%80%9d-Style-Photo.html/#comments Thu, 10 Jul 2014 13:49:06 +0000 http://facecrooks.com/?p=8545 The post Mom Banned From Facebook for “Coppertone Baby”-Style Photo appeared first on .

A professional photographer and mom was temporarily banned from Facebook this week after she posted a picture of her two-year-old child on the Coppertone Facebook page. The girl’s swim trunks were being pulled down in the photo, ala the iconic logo image of the sunscreen lotion company. While Facebook’s heart is obviously in the right…

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facebook-general-2A professional photographer and mom was temporarily banned from Facebook this week after she posted a picture of her two-year-old child on the Coppertone Facebook page. The girl’s swim trunks were being pulled down in the photo, ala the iconic logo image of the sunscreen lotion company.

While Facebook’s heart is obviously in the right place attempting to block pornography on the site and protect the images of minors, this case is yet another example of Facebook’s policies seeming both too strict and too impersonal.

“I was completely shocked and outraged,” the photographer, Jill White, told Fox News. “Nowhere did I see anything pornographic about this photo. There is nothing sexual about it. It’s sweet… We posted it to Coppertone’s Facebook page, and they had the right to take it down but they didn’t.”

Facebook gave White a choice of taking the photo down or changing her privacy settings, and when she did neither, she was banned from the site for 24 hours.

The site has gotten into trouble before for censoring images it shouldn’t, including those of women breastfeeding and even a photo of a nude statue in a park in Kansas. Indeed, the frustration with Facebook’s censorship comes not from their policies themselves, but their often-random-seeming (not to mention unfair) enforcement.



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WARNING: Facebook “Verified Page” Scam Leads to Hijacked Pages http://facecrooks.com/Scam-Watch/WARNING-Facebook-%e2%80%9cVerified-Page%e2%80%9d-Scam-Leads-Hijacked-Pages.html/ http://facecrooks.com/Scam-Watch/WARNING-Facebook-%e2%80%9cVerified-Page%e2%80%9d-Scam-Leads-Hijacked-Pages.html/#comments Tue, 08 Jul 2014 16:31:31 +0000 http://facecrooks.com/?p=8542 The post WARNING: Facebook “Verified Page” Scam Leads to Hijacked Pages appeared first on .

There is a new scam on Facebook that tries to hijack pages from their administrators by posing as a page verification message from Facebook. Freshome, an online architectural magazine, fell victim to the scam, and lost control of their Facebook page. Here’s how the hoax works: a cybercriminal created a fake profile with the user…

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alertThere is a new scam on Facebook that tries to hijack pages from their administrators by posing as a page verification message from Facebook. Freshome, an online architectural magazine, fell victim to the scam, and lost control of their Facebook page.

Here’s how the hoax works: a cybercriminal created a fake profile with the user name “Verified Page.” Their profile picture was the Facebook verified page symbol, so when the cybercriminal sent a message from this profile to Freshome, they thought that Facebook was finally contacting them to verify their company Facebook page. However, the hoaxer instead took control of the magazine’s page and unpublished it.

What’s worse, this scam is apparently spreading; the issue has already been raised several times on Facebook’s Help Page.

It’s important to note that there is no way to request for your page to become verified by Facebook. The site decides, through a somewhat mysterious rubric, what pages do and do not qualify for their blue verification checkmark. According to Facebook’s page verification guidelines, they typically offer verification for celebrities, journalists, government officials and popular brands and businesses. If you have any doubts at all about the source of the page verification message you’ve received, DO NOT comply with its instructions. Instead, ask Facebook directly if your page has been verified, or inform them of the hoax.

It’s also important to note that Facebook doesn’t provide for an easy way to reclaim hijacked pages. If you lose it, then it will be very difficult, if not impossible to reclaim. There is no dedicated customer support for Facebook Pages. We strongly recommend Page Admins enable login approvals as an extra layer of account protection.



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Watchdog Group Files Complaint Over Facebook Emotion Experiment http://facecrooks.com/Internet-Safety-Privacy/Watchdog-Group-Files-Complaint-Over-Facebook-Emotion-Experiment.html/ http://facecrooks.com/Internet-Safety-Privacy/Watchdog-Group-Files-Complaint-Over-Facebook-Emotion-Experiment.html/#comments Tue, 08 Jul 2014 14:58:10 +0000 http://facecrooks.com/?p=8540 The post Watchdog Group Files Complaint Over Facebook Emotion Experiment appeared first on .

The Electronic Privacy Information Center filed a complaint against Facebook with the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) late last week that alleged that the site’s experiment with its users’ emotions via their Facebook Timelines was deceitful. “At the time of the experiment, Facebook did not state in the Data Use Policy that user data would be…

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online_privacy_redbutton1The Electronic Privacy Information Center filed a complaint against Facebook with the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) late last week that alleged that the site’s experiment with its users’ emotions via their Facebook Timelines was deceitful.

“At the time of the experiment, Facebook did not state in the Data Use Policy that user data would be used for research purposes. Facebook also failed to inform users that their personal information would be shared with researchers,” the complaint read.

The Center for Digital Democracy has said that they are also considering filing a complaint against Facebook, and the site is already facing an investigation in Britain. The study, which was conducted by Facebook and Cornell University, has drawn widespread criticism from around the web, and Facebook has tried to apologize for it while gently telling users that they did, in fact, sign up for things like this when they joined the site.

“When someone signs up for Facebook, we’ve always asked permission to use their information to provide and enhance the services we offer,” Facebook said in a statement. “Companies that want to improve their services use the information their customers provide, whether their privacy policy uses the word ‘research’ or not.”



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It’s clear now that the aftermath of what Facebook thought was a quiet academic exercise will continue to haunt the site for weeks, perhaps even months, to come.

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Irish Man Charged With Defacing Girlfriend’s Facebook Profile http://facecrooks.com/Internet-Safety-Privacy/Irish-Man-Charged-With-Defacing-Girlfriends-Facebook-Profile.html/ http://facecrooks.com/Internet-Safety-Privacy/Irish-Man-Charged-With-Defacing-Girlfriends-Facebook-Profile.html/#comments Sat, 05 Jul 2014 14:29:20 +0000 http://facecrooks.com/?p=8538 The post Irish Man Charged With Defacing Girlfriend’s Facebook Profile appeared first on .

A man in Ireland has been charged with “frape,” or the crime of accessing someone’s Facebook account and defacing it. He has been fined €2,000 for accessing his ex-girlfriend’s Facebook profile on her phone and posting malicious content, stating that she was a “whore” who would “take any offers.” According to The Irish Times, it…

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facebook_blackbg_logoA man in Ireland has been charged with “frape,” or the crime of accessing someone’s Facebook account and defacing it. He has been fined €2,000 for accessing his ex-girlfriend’s Facebook profile on her phone and posting malicious content, stating that she was a “whore” who would “take any offers.” According to The Irish Times, it is the first prosecution for criminal damage done to a social media account.

The term “frape,” which somewhat crudely conflates the words “Facebook” and “rape,” is a slang term for hijacking someone’s Facebook account. However, even though the crime was decidedly digital, Irish prosecutors used an old-school law to nail the perpetrator. Using the Criminal Damage Act of 1991, the defendant was prosecuted as if he had defaced actual physical property. The crime carries a maximum penalty of ten years in prison.

This case, though seemingly trivial, could actually become quite historic if it sets a precedent. Lawmakers in the United States are struggling to outlaw “revenge porn,” the practice of posting compromising photos of former romantic partners. However, if these acts were treated as vandalism, as they were in Ireland, it might be easier to prosecute these acts in a court of law. While the man in the Ireland case likely won’t face jail time, a stiff fine should more than do the trick of dissuading him from ever doing it again.



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Controversy Over Facebook Emotions Experiment Continues http://facecrooks.com/Internet-Safety-Privacy/Controversy-Over-Facebook-Emotions-Experiment-Continues.html/ http://facecrooks.com/Internet-Safety-Privacy/Controversy-Over-Facebook-Emotions-Experiment-Continues.html/#comments Thu, 03 Jul 2014 16:23:14 +0000 http://facecrooks.com/?p=8536 The post Controversy Over Facebook Emotions Experiment Continues appeared first on .

When it came out earlier this week that Facebook was secretly experimenting with the emotions of users via their Timeline, many people were outraged. How could the site have done something so unethical? Why weren’t any standards in place to prevent such a study? More information has continued to come out about the study this…

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facebook-privacyWhen it came out earlier this week that Facebook was secretly experimenting with the emotions of users via their Timeline, many people were outraged. How could the site have done something so unethical? Why weren’t any standards in place to prevent such a study? More information has continued to come out about the study this week, and none of it’s good; it’s been revealed that the Cornell University ethics board did not pre-approve the study before they participated in it with Facebook, and that Facebook’s own data usage policy at the time of the experiment may have not “implied” user permission, as previously argued by the site.

Four months after the study was conducted, Facebook added a line to its data policy about how it could use user information “For internal operations, including troubleshooting, data analysis, testing, research and service improvement.” This would suggest that Facebook conducted the study without user permission, though the site insisted otherwise in an interview with Forbes.

“When someone signs up for Facebook, we’ve always asked permission to use their information to provide and enhance the services we offer,” a Facebook spokesman said. “To suggest we conducted any corporate research without permission is complete fiction. Companies that want to improve their services use the information their customers provide, whether or not their privacy policy uses the word ‘research’ or not.”

For as much as Facebook wants this story to go away (and as many half-hearted apologies it offers), it’s clear this controversy won’t be done anytime soon.



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“LOL” Virus Strikes Facebook Chat http://facecrooks.com/Scam-Watch/%e2%80%9cLOL%e2%80%9d-Virus-Strikes-Facebook-Chat.html/ http://facecrooks.com/Scam-Watch/%e2%80%9cLOL%e2%80%9d-Virus-Strikes-Facebook-Chat.html/#comments Tue, 01 Jul 2014 17:33:56 +0000 http://facecrooks.com/?p=8530 The post “LOL” Virus Strikes Facebook Chat appeared first on .

A new virus has been detected on Facebook that spreads via the site’s chat function. Users affected by the virus receive a Facebook Chat message from one of their friends that simply says “LOL,” accompanied by an attachment labeled “Photo_xxx.zip or IMG_xxx.zip.” The message itself is harmless, but the attachment is another story. If users download the…

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magglassA new virus has been detected on Facebook that spreads via the site’s chat function. Users affected by the virus receive a Facebook Chat message from one of their friends that simply says “LOL,” accompanied by an attachment labeled “Photo_xxx.zip or IMG_xxx.zip.” The message itself is harmless, but the attachment is another story.

If users download the “photo” file from the message, they will download a Java file that automatically downloads malware from Dropbox onto their computer. What’s worse, the bug also hijacks the Facebook profile of affected users and spreads to all of their friends. According to VPN Creative, the virus comes in several different variations, which makes it hard to track to its source and eliminate.

Since experts are still looking for a solution to the problem, it’s best for users to take steps to protect themselves. If you receive a message like this, don’t open it or download the attachment. That’s obvious advice, but it’s the only way to stamp out bugs like this one on Facebook. Be careful with any suspicious-seeming links on the site, noting the language, grammar and URLs in messages you receive. It’s also important to keep anti-virus software up-to-date on your computer, so even if you are attacked, you have a strong baseline of protection.



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Facebook Experiments on Users’ Emotions by Purposely Showing Positive / Negative Posts http://facecrooks.com/Internet-Safety-Privacy/Facebook-Experiments-Users%e2%80%99-Emotions-Purposely-Showing-Positive-Negative-Posts.html/ http://facecrooks.com/Internet-Safety-Privacy/Facebook-Experiments-Users%e2%80%99-Emotions-Purposely-Showing-Positive-Negative-Posts.html/#comments Mon, 30 Jun 2014 22:14:33 +0000 http://facecrooks.com/?p=8524 The post Facebook Experiments on Users’ Emotions by Purposely Showing Positive / Negative Posts appeared first on .

A recently released study revealed that Facebook messed with the timelines of almost 700,000 users in an attempt to study how emotions spread on the site. Researchers from Facebook, Cornell University and the University of California-San Francisco tested whether or not the amount of positive or negative posts on a user’s timeline could affect the…

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facebook-privacyA recently released study revealed that Facebook messed with the timelines of almost 700,000 users in an attempt to study how emotions spread on the site.

Researchers from Facebook, Cornell University and the University of California-San Francisco tested whether or not the amount of positive or negative posts on a user’s timeline could affect the kind of content they themselves posted. For instance, if a user saw fewer negative posts show up from their friends, would they be less likely to post a sad status? As could have been expected, the study has raised an uproar from users and members of the media alike.

While the experiment may not be illegal, it’s certainly unethical. Facebook never asked users for their consent or informed them that they were participating in an experiment, though Facebook’s Data Use Policy (that all users agree to when they join the site) is broad enough to cover the site’s actions. For its part, Facebook responded to some of the criticisms this week and also (kind of) apologized.

“Our goal was never to upset anyone. I can understand why some people have concerns about it, and my coauthors and I are very sorry for the way the paper described the research and any anxiety it caused,” Adam D.I. Kramer, one of the authors of the study, wrote in a Facebook post. “In hindsight, the research benefits of the paper may not have justified all of this anxiety.”

If you would like to avoid being subjected to similar experiments in the future, then use a custom List to determine what you see in your news feed. Create a list called ‘All,’ and put all of your friends and liked pages on it. This ensures that you see what you want to see. 

Readers: Do you think this experiment went too far?



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Facebook Battles New York District Attorney Over Access to User Profile Data http://facecrooks.com/Internet-Safety-Privacy/Facebook-Battles-New-York-District-Attorney-Over-Access-User-Profile-Data.html/ http://facecrooks.com/Internet-Safety-Privacy/Facebook-Battles-New-York-District-Attorney-Over-Access-User-Profile-Data.html/#comments Sat, 28 Jun 2014 14:19:15 +0000 http://facecrooks.com/?p=8519 The post Facebook Battles New York District Attorney Over Access to User Profile Data appeared first on .

Last year, the New York district attorney’s office demanded the complete content and data from 381 Facebook user profiles, including private messages and even posts they had liked. (Prosecutors were looking for evidence that fire fighters, police officers and other civil servants were filing fake disability claims and defrauding Social Security.) Facebook fought the prosecutors’…

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online_privacy_redbutton1Last year, the New York district attorney’s office demanded the complete content and data from 381 Facebook user profiles, including private messages and even posts they had liked. (Prosecutors were looking for evidence that fire fighters, police officers and other civil servants were filing fake disability claims and defrauding Social Security.)

Facebook fought the prosecutors’ demands at the time, claiming that it was an overreach for them to demand so much data. However, a New York Supreme Court justice took the side of the district attorney and ruled that, since Facebook was itself not the subject of the investigation, they couldn’t contest the search warrants. The judge also ruled that Facebook could not inform users that were being investigated, which meant the users themselves didn’t have the knowledge necessary to protest the searches.

However, Facebook has vowed to continue fighting the case, and this week, after filing an appeal, the court unsealed the case and allowed Facebook to inform the affected users.

“This was a massive scheme involving as many as 1,000 people who defrauded the federal government of more than $400 million in benefits,” said a spokeswoman for the district attorney’s office. “The defendants in this case repeatedly lied to the government about their mental, physical, and social capabilities. Their Facebook accounts told a different story… and two courts have already found Facebook’s claims without merit.”

The case presents an interesting conundrum for legal experts. Should the legal right of citizens not to be unlawfully searched by the government supersede the need of law enforcement to gather evidence online?



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Dad Creates Safer Alternative to Facebook For Daughter http://facecrooks.com/Internet-Safety-Privacy/Dad-Creates-Safer-Alternative-Facebook-For-Daughter.html/ http://facecrooks.com/Internet-Safety-Privacy/Dad-Creates-Safer-Alternative-Facebook-For-Daughter.html/#comments Fri, 27 Jun 2014 13:29:16 +0000 http://facecrooks.com/?p=8517 The post Dad Creates Safer Alternative to Facebook For Daughter appeared first on .

Facebook requires its users to be 13 years old, though some research has indicated that as many as 38 percent of children on the site are under that age. This suggests that it’s not as difficult as it should be for underage children to join the site, and that Facebook may need to get better…

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facebook-security-1Facebook requires its users to be 13 years old, though some research has indicated that as many as 38 percent of children on the site are under that age. This suggests that it’s not as difficult as it should be for underage children to join the site, and that Facebook may need to get better at policing its user base. However, one Israeli dad took matters into his own hands and created a safer social media alternative to Facebook for children called Nipagesh.

The man who invented the site, Itay Eshet, was asked by his 10-year-old daughter to join Facebook, and he said no, despite his daughter saying that all of her friends were on the site. Eshet instead launched a crowdfunding page for his idea, and also plans on creating an English version of the site called NetoKids. Children must get a code to access the site from a teacher, and all activity on the site is monitored by adults. They can also use the platform to collaborate on educational projects and receive assignments and feedback from teachers.

“Since at that age kids’ lives are centered around school, we decided to give them a platform that will enable them to connect with other kids with similar interests, share ideas and chats, and connect to school as well,” Eshet said.

The idea of a social network designed just for children is an intriguing one, and it certainly seems like an option that Facebook would consider exploring itself (if the outcry over violating the privacy of underage users was not too great).



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How to Find Missing Posts on Your Facebook Timeline http://facecrooks.com/Internet-Safety-Privacy/How-Find-Missing-Posts-Your-Facebook-Timeline.html/ http://facecrooks.com/Internet-Safety-Privacy/How-Find-Missing-Posts-Your-Facebook-Timeline.html/#comments Thu, 26 Jun 2014 15:44:28 +0000 http://facecrooks.com/?p=8512 The post How to Find Missing Posts on Your Facebook Timeline appeared first on .

If you’ve tried to scroll back through your Facebook profile and find old posts you want to get rid of, you might’ve noticed that some of them have disappeared. However, as The New York Times pointed out in a helpful tech Q&A this week, they’re not actually gone, and there’s any easy way you can…

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facebook_logo_by_oguzburaksipsak-d4ubonk.pngIf you’ve tried to scroll back through your Facebook profile and find old posts you want to get rid of, you might’ve noticed that some of them have disappeared. However, as The New York Times pointed out in a helpful tech Q&A this week, they’re not actually gone, and there’s any easy way you can find them.

After several days, your Facebook Timeline will begin to show only “Highlighted” posts. However, if you want to reveal all of your content, you can scroll through about a weeks worth of info until you see a small break between stories. Then click on the menu icon next to “Highlights,” and select “All Stories.”

If you’re looking for a specific post, there’s an even easier way to hone in on content you want to delete. To the right of the Timeline column, click the month or year you’re looking for in the shaded grey area. Then click on the “Highlights/All Stories” menu to see Timeline items, or click the “More Posts” option to continue exploring content from a particular time.

Many people forget about what they post on Facebook the second they click “Update,” but if there’s a post from you’re past that you’re seriously regretting, there are thankfully several easy steps you can take to wipe it from your history.

Also, be sure to use the tool in your Privacy Settings to Limit Past Post Visibility:

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