http://facecrooks.com Fri, 23 Jan 2015 12:35:25 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v= Government Pays Woman $134,000 Over Fake Facebook Profile http://facecrooks.com/Internet-Safety-Privacy/Government-Pays-Woman-134000-Over-Fake-Facebook-Profile.html/ http://facecrooks.com/Internet-Safety-Privacy/Government-Pays-Woman-134000-Over-Fake-Facebook-Profile.html/#comments Fri, 23 Jan 2015 12:35:25 +0000 http://facecrooks.com/?p=9046 The post Government Pays Woman $134,000 Over Fake Facebook Profile appeared first on .

A woman sued federal agents from the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) last year over a bizarre case in which the agents created a fake Facebook account for her to try and catch drug dealers. After arresting her for intent to distribute cocaine in 2010, the DEA agents pulled salacious photos of the woman, Sondra Arquiett,…

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Yellow Warning Sign - WTF - IsolatedA woman sued federal agents from the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) last year over a bizarre case in which the agents created a fake Facebook account for her to try and catch drug dealers. After arresting her for intent to distribute cocaine in 2010, the DEA agents pulled salacious photos of the woman, Sondra Arquiett, from her phone and posted them on the fake page.

Originally, the DEA argued that Arquiett gave them “implicit consent” to user her photos, but they have switched course and made the decision to settle the case, awarding Arquiett $134,000. In her original lawsuit, Arquiett sought $750,000 in damages for invasion of privacy, violation of her constitutional rights and emotional distress.

“Ms. Arquiett never intended for any of the pictures on her phone to be displayed publicly, let alone on Facebook, which has more than 800 million active users,” one of Arquiett’s attorneys said at the time of the suit. “More disturbing than the fact that the DEA Agents posted a picture of her in her underwear and bra is the fact that the DEA agents posted a picture of her young son and young niece in connection with that Facebook account, which the DEA agents later claim was used . . . to have contact with individuals involved in narcotics distribution.”

Though Arquiett was in hot water with the law for drug-related issues, there’s no doubt that the federal agents overstepped their bounds by impersonating her online. Facebook in particular was upset over the DEA’s actions, emphasizing that incidents like the fake profile create issues of trust between the site and its users. Though the case won’t actually go to court, the settlement is a positive sign that the government knows it got caught trying something it shouldn’t.



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New Illinois Law May Force Students to Hand Over Facebook Passwords to Schools http://facecrooks.com/Internet-Safety-Privacy/New-Illinois-Law-May-Force-Students-Hand-Over-Facebook-Passwords-Schools.html/ http://facecrooks.com/Internet-Safety-Privacy/New-Illinois-Law-May-Force-Students-Hand-Over-Facebook-Passwords-Schools.html/#comments Wed, 21 Jan 2015 20:30:10 +0000 http://facecrooks.com/?p=9043 The post New Illinois Law May Force Students to Hand Over Facebook Passwords to Schools appeared first on .

A new law went into effect in Illinois on January 1 that allows schools to demand students’ Facebook passwords as part of school discipline. The law was made with good intentions, designed to catch cyberbullies, but with most issues of online privacy, it could have big unintended consequences. According to a letter sent out to…

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padlock_blue_whiteA new law went into effect in Illinois on January 1 that allows schools to demand students’ Facebook passwords as part of school discipline. The law was made with good intentions, designed to catch cyberbullies, but with most issues of online privacy, it could have big unintended consequences.

According to a letter sent out to parents in the state this week, school authorities may “require a student or his or her parent/guardian to provide a password or other related account information in order to gain access to his/her account or profile on a social networking website” If the school officials have “reasonable cause” the student in question violated a school rule.

Of course, this raises a whole host of problems. For instance, who determines what “reasonable cause” means? And what legal recourse do students or parents have if they refuse the order to hand over passwords? Most importantly, where do the boundaries of the schools’ power end? Under this law, schools would be able to investigate all of a student’s Facebook posts ­— whether they were made on a school computer, on campus or at home — and make a judgment.

“It’s one thing for me to take my child’s social media account in there and open it up for the teacher to look [at]… but to have to hand over your passport and personal information to your accounts to the school is just not acceptable,” Sara Bozarth, an Illinois parent, told local news station KTVI-TV.

It’s easy to understand why schools would want this level of power; bullying has increasingly moved from the playground to online forms of communication. However, it may be a step too far to grant educators this kind of all-access pass to students’ personal info.



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Facebook Will Show Fewer Hoaxes in Your News Feed http://facecrooks.com/Internet-Safety-Privacy/Facebook-Will-Show-Fewer-Hoaxes-Your-News-Feed.html/ http://facecrooks.com/Internet-Safety-Privacy/Facebook-Will-Show-Fewer-Hoaxes-Your-News-Feed.html/#comments Wed, 21 Jan 2015 14:43:55 +0000 http://facecrooks.com/?p=9040 The post Facebook Will Show Fewer Hoaxes in Your News Feed appeared first on .

Facebook announced in a blog post this week that it is stepping up its efforts to reduce hoaxes and fake stories in users’ News Feeds. According to the site, the new update will reduce the distribution of posts that have been reported as hoaxes, and warnings will be added to these posts to discourage other…

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likebuttonFacebook announced in a blog post this week that it is stepping up its efforts to reduce hoaxes and fake stories in users’ News Feeds.

According to the site, the new update will reduce the distribution of posts that have been reported as hoaxes, and warnings will be added to these posts to discourage other users from clicking.

“News Feed will take into account when many people flag a post as false,” Facebook wrote in its announcement. “[It] will also take into account when many people choose to delete posts. This means a post with a link to an article that many people have reported as a hoax or chosen to delete will get reduced distribution in News Feed.”

It’s important to note that Facebook will not remove posts that are reported as false, and the site will not investigate whether content is true or not. But if a story gets reported enough times, Facebook will do its best to make sure you don’t see it. The site said that the update should not affect the vast majority of Page owners (unless if you run a hoax news site, of course), and that it should also not affect satirical or humorous content.



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Florida Man Arrested in Massive Facebook Hack http://facecrooks.com/Internet-Safety-Privacy/Florida-Man-Arrested-Massive-Facebook-Hack.html/ http://facecrooks.com/Internet-Safety-Privacy/Florida-Man-Arrested-Massive-Facebook-Hack.html/#comments Tue, 20 Jan 2015 15:27:41 +0000 http://facecrooks.com/?p=9036 The post Florida Man Arrested in Massive Facebook Hack appeared first on .

A 30-year-old man in Tallahassee, Florida  has been arrested for hacking into multiple people’s email and Facebook accounts, stealing photos and wreaking general havoc in their online lives. The suspect, Michael Rubens, hacked one woman’s email and sent messages to her sister and boyfriend asking for “sexy pictures.” He also posted nude or sexual photos…

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facebook_logo_flatA 30-year-old man in Tallahassee, Florida  has been arrested for hacking into multiple people’s email and Facebook accounts, stealing photos and wreaking general havoc in their online lives.

The suspect, Michael Rubens, hacked one woman’s email and sent messages to her sister and boyfriend asking for “sexy pictures.” He also posted nude or sexual photos of multiple women either on their own Facebook page or on those of their friends. In a particularly sick case, Rubens posted nude photos of one victim on her mother’s Facebook wall, and then hacked the mother’s email to send pictures of the victim to the mother’s contacts. The police were able to track Ruben’s hacking activity by matching up his IP address with the one used for the crimes, and he was arrested and slapped with 31 charges.

Unfortunately, it doesn’t take a computer expert to orchestrate a widespread hack like this one. However, there are steps you can take to protect your online passwords. Don’t share them with anyone, make it unique to your life and difficult to guess, and try to change it several times a year. It’s also tempting to use the same password across many different online platforms, but it’s more secure to use different ones for each site. That still doesn’t guarantee you’ll be immune from hacking, but it can certainly go a long way toward ensuring your sensitive info is safe.

We also recommend enabling “Login Approvals” on your Facebook account and totally locking it down for maximum privacy and security!



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Prime Minister David Cameron: Facebook Should Be Forced to Cooperate http://facecrooks.com/Internet-Safety-Privacy/Prime-Minister-David-Cameron-Facebook-Should-Be-Forced-Cooperate.html/ http://facecrooks.com/Internet-Safety-Privacy/Prime-Minister-David-Cameron-Facebook-Should-Be-Forced-Cooperate.html/#comments Mon, 19 Jan 2015 20:08:19 +0000 http://facecrooks.com/?p=9034 The post Prime Minister David Cameron: Facebook Should Be Forced to Cooperate appeared first on .

British Prime Minister David Cameron slammed Facebook last year after it was revealed that extremists had discussed their plot to kill a soldier within the United Kingdom on the site, plans that ultimately led to the murder of Fusilier Lee Rigby. Cameron called Facebook a “safe haven” for terrorists, and said the site could have…

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facebook-privacy3British Prime Minister David Cameron slammed Facebook last year after it was revealed that extremists had discussed their plot to kill a soldier within the United Kingdom on the site, plans that ultimately led to the murder of Fusilier Lee Rigby.

Cameron called Facebook a “safe haven” for terrorists, and said the site could have prevented the act of terror if it had better security measures in place to track extremist activity on the site. Now, especially in the wake of the recent Islamic terror attacks in Paris, Cameron wants to step up his pressure on American social media companies even more. This week, he urged President Obama to force Facebook and Twitter to keep track of potential terrorists and comply with intelligence agencies.

“The Prime Minister’s objective is to get the U.S. companies to cooperate with us more, and to make sure our intelligence agencies get the information that they need to keep us safe,” a British government source said. “That will be his approach in his discussion with President Obama. How can we work together to get them to cooperate more?”

It’s not out of the question for Facebook to be used to track extremists around the world, but it’s unlikely the site would handle that kind of legwork on its own. That could lead to a mind-boggling amount of privacy and civil liberty issues, so for now, you can bet Facebook will maintain its current hands-off policy when it comes to crime.



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Facebook Adds Warnings to Graphic Content http://facecrooks.com/Internet-Safety-Privacy/Facebook-Adds-Warnings-Graphic-Content.html/ http://facecrooks.com/Internet-Safety-Privacy/Facebook-Adds-Warnings-Graphic-Content.html/#comments Thu, 15 Jan 2015 15:35:28 +0000 http://facecrooks.com/?p=9028 The post Facebook Adds Warnings to Graphic Content appeared first on .

Graphic and violent videos have long been a controversial part of Facebook News Feeds. Even though the site takes down some explicit content, it often allow these posts to remain up either on free speech grounds or because they don’t violate Facebook’s often-confusing Community Standards. However, the site took a big step toward protecting users…

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warningGraphic and violent videos have long been a controversial part of Facebook News Feeds. Even though the site takes down some explicit content, it often allow these posts to remain up either on free speech grounds or because they don’t violate Facebook’s often-confusing Community Standards. However, the site took a big step toward protecting users from graphic content this week by adding warnings before users view it.

The message will say something to the effect of “Are you sure you want to see this?” The video won’t play unless a user clicks “yes,” and the videos won’t be visible at all to Facebook users who identify themselves as being under 18 years old.

Facebook has experimented with security measures like this before, briefly placing warnings over graphic beheading videos in 2013 before ultimately doing away with them. Though this new policy was ostensibly created to prevent children from being exposed to graphic posts, Forbes points out that there is also a strong incentive for the site to keep advertisers happy. Videos are becoming an increasingly large part of Facebook’s content, and major corporations obviously don’t want their promoted posts or advertisements showing up side by side with disgusting or violent footage.

Facebook has faced intense pressure to regulate violent content on its pages, or at least make its censorship decisions more consistent. This new warning might not accomplish either, but it will at least put the decision in the hands of users whether or not they want to see something disturbing.



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Facebook Introduces Wide-Reaching Amber Alert Feature http://facecrooks.com/Internet-Safety-Privacy/Facebook-Introduces-Wide-Reaching-Amber-Alert-Feature.html/ http://facecrooks.com/Internet-Safety-Privacy/Facebook-Introduces-Wide-Reaching-Amber-Alert-Feature.html/#comments Wed, 14 Jan 2015 14:52:24 +0000 http://facecrooks.com/?p=9025 The post Facebook Introduces Wide-Reaching Amber Alert Feature appeared first on .

Though many users and digital security experts are often dismayed by Facebook’s Big Brother-like tendency to gather user information, the site’s massive reach can also have big benefits. For example, Facebook used its power for good this week when it partnered with the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children to broadcast Amber Alerts on…

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amber_alertThough many users and digital security experts are often dismayed by Facebook’s Big Brother-like tendency to gather user information, the site’s massive reach can also have big benefits. For example, Facebook used its power for good this week when it partnered with the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children to broadcast Amber Alerts on the site in specific areas where a child is missing.

The new Facebook feature will post a missing child’s information, including name, picture and physical descriptors, to users in the search area. Users will also be able to share the alert with their friends, expanding the reach of the search even further.

“This puts a missing child immediately… right on someone’s cell phone or laptop,” John Walsh, the co-founder of the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, told ABC News. “The media is a huge tool. But now we have a powerful social networking platform that can let people know immediately. It is a fantastic way to use social networking for good.”

According to Emily Vacher, the trust and safety manager for Facebook security, many people have long used Facebook as a tool for spreading information on missing people, and the site was inspired by this to form the partnership.
While there are many legitimate gripes about Facebook’s thirst for information and seeming lack of regard for user privacy, there’s no doubt that this kind of broad public service feature is a huge positive both for Facebook and communities across the country.



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Facebook Knows You Better Than Your Friends And Family http://facecrooks.com/Internet-Safety-Privacy/Facebook-Knows-You-Better-Than-Your-Friends-And-Family.html/ http://facecrooks.com/Internet-Safety-Privacy/Facebook-Knows-You-Better-Than-Your-Friends-And-Family.html/#comments Tue, 13 Jan 2015 15:11:29 +0000 http://facecrooks.com/?p=9023 The post Facebook Knows You Better Than Your Friends And Family appeared first on .

Researchers at the University of Cambridge and Stanford University recently conducted a study to determine how well Facebook knows you. They released the results this week, and what they found is eye-opening. It turns out that the computer model the researchers built to analyze Facebook users could predict their personality better than their own friends…

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facebook iconResearchers at the University of Cambridge and Stanford University recently conducted a study to determine how well Facebook knows you. They released the results this week, and what they found is eye-opening. It turns out that the computer model the researchers built to analyze Facebook users could predict their personality better than their own friends and family members.

The researchers gathered their information by asking over 86,000 Facebook users to conduct a personality survey. Then they analyzed those users’ Facebook Likes to determine what interests aligned with what personality types. The more Facebook Likes a user had, the easier it was for the computer model to guess their personality. For instance, the computer could make better guesses about a user than their human friend after 70 likes, and could even outperform a family member after 150.

While the model couldn’t predict everything, and wasn’t built to analyze things like emotion and moods, it’s a clear sign of the obvious power and usefulness of Facebook user data. The social media giant has geared much of its future business plans toward collecting data; it isn’t clear how exactly it will be useful yet, but as soon as an application for the info can be found, Facebook will be there to capitalize on it.



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Mark Zuckerberg Pledges Facebook Support for Free Speech http://facecrooks.com/Internet-Safety-Privacy/Mark-Zuckerberg-Pledges-Facebook-Support-Free-Speech.html/ http://facecrooks.com/Internet-Safety-Privacy/Mark-Zuckerberg-Pledges-Facebook-Support-Free-Speech.html/#comments Mon, 12 Jan 2015 14:55:54 +0000 http://facecrooks.com/?p=9020 The post Mark Zuckerberg Pledges Facebook Support for Free Speech appeared first on .

After the brutal terrorist attacks on the French satirical newspaper Charlie Hebdo this week, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg posted on the site and pledged its dedication to free speech. “Facebook has always been a place where people across the world share their views and ideas,” Zuckerberg wrote. “As I reflect on yesterday’s attack and my…

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facebook-monthly-fee1-300x202After the brutal terrorist attacks on the French satirical newspaper Charlie Hebdo this week, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg posted on the site and pledged its dedication to free speech.

“Facebook has always been a place where people across the world share their views and ideas,” Zuckerberg wrote. “As I reflect on yesterday’s attack and my own experience with extremism, this is what we all need to reject — a group of extremists trying to silence the voices and opinions of everyone else around the world. I won’t let that happen on Facebook. I’m committed to building a service where you can speak freely without fear of violence.”

Facebook, which adheres to the laws of whatever country it operates in, has come in for harsh criticism for acting as a censorship tool for repressive governments like Russia. (For instance, Facebook reportedly took down an events page organizing a support rally for Russian political dissident Aleksei Navalny.) There have been other reports of Facebook honoring  content removal requests from oppressive regimes.

The ease with which anyone, virtually anywhere in the world, can access Facebook undoubtedly makes it a valuable tool to promote free speech. However, Facebook’s own practices too often undermine that lofty objective. Even if Facebook won’t let itself be used as a platform for extremists, it can muffle speech all on its own.



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Man Creates Fake Facebook Page for Police Officer Who Arrested Him, Uses it to Distribute Child Porn http://facecrooks.com/Internet-Safety-Privacy/Man-Creates-Fake-Facebook-Page-Police-Officer-Who-Arrested-Him-Uses-Distribute-Cild-Porn.html/ http://facecrooks.com/Internet-Safety-Privacy/Man-Creates-Fake-Facebook-Page-Police-Officer-Who-Arrested-Him-Uses-Distribute-Cild-Porn.html/#comments Thu, 08 Jan 2015 17:34:32 +0000 http://facecrooks.com/?p=9016 The post Man Creates Fake Facebook Page for Police Officer Who Arrested Him, Uses it to Distribute Child Porn appeared first on .

A Santa Cruz, California man arrested in January on child pornography charges has been arrested again – this time for creating a fake Facebook profile for the police officer that arrested him the first time, and using that fake profile to distribute child pornography. Santa Cruz county cops along with the FBI raided the man’s…

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facebook_blackbg_logoA Santa Cruz, California man arrested in January on child pornography charges has been arrested again – this time for creating a fake Facebook profile for the police officer that arrested him the first time, and using that fake profile to distribute child pornography.

Santa Cruz county cops along with the FBI raided the man’s home this week and found yet more pornography, arresting him again. The suspect, 31-year-old Christopher Schuette, was released days after his initial arrest in January of last year after he posted $5,000 bond. As far as his motives go, cops say it was pretty much an open and shut case.

“The officer was definitely targeted because he was the one that arrested the suspect during the first case,” Sgt. Kelly Kent said. “I just believe it was retaliatory because of his job.”

Thankfully, the police officer who had his identity lifted suffered no negative ramifications from Schuette’s actions. However, it’s important to be wary of any fishy-seeming Facebook profile that claims to belong to an individual or a group, particularly if it’s someone you know. The suspect in this case was easily identified and caught, but there are many fake profiles out there that are much harder to detect. As always, use discretion when accepting requests.



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