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Man Creates Fake Facebook Page for Police Officer Who Arrested Him, Uses it to Distribute Child Porn

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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Dog Photo Facebook Page Supporting Sick Child Gets Shut Down

Anthony Lyons, a 16-year-old leukemia patient in Phoenix, Arizona, loves it when the therapy dogs at the Phoenix Children’s Hospital visit him. So a family friend created a Facebook events page called “Photo Doggies for Anthony,” which invited users all over the world to share pictures of their happy pups. The heartwarming page quickly went…

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Facebook Indexes 1 Trillion Posts; What Does That Mean For Us?

Facebook recently (and finally) rolled out its Graph Search feature, which allows users to search and sift through virtually any post on the site from mobile devices. That’s a massive amount of search power, but according to a column in TechCrunch, it’s an even bigger deal than we realize. According to Mark Zuckerberg, Facebook has…

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Woman Ordered to Pay $12,500 For Defaming Husband on Facebook

An Australian woman was ordered in court this week to pay $12,500 to her estranged husband for defaming him on Facebook. The woman, Robyn Greeuw, wrote that she “had separated from Miro Dabrowski after 18 years of suffering domestic violence and abuse. Now fighting the system to keep my children safe.” According to the judge,…

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New App Can Find ‘Hidden’ Facebook Photos

A new Google Chrome browser extension, Picturebook, is now available that says it allows users to view other people’s “hidden” Facebook photos even if they aren’t friends with them. However, this isn’t quite as invasive as it sounds. The app isn’t able to change a user’s privacy settings, so if you’ve hidden your Facebook photos…

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Judge Rules Cops Are Allowed to Use Fake Facebook Accounts

A district court judge in New Jersey has ruled that law enforcement officials can create fake Facebook and social media accounts to collect evidence — without a search warrant. This potentially monumental case came about in 2013 after a man named Daniel Gatson was busted by the FBI for leading a jewelry theft ring. Gatson…

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Facebook Must Face Lawsuit for Violating User Privacy

According to a U.S. judge, Facebook must face a class action lawsuit that accuses the site of violating user privacy by scanning the contents of private messages. The lawsuit, originally filed in 2013, alleged that Facebook scanned links sent in private messages and counted them as “Likes” for the linked pages. Facebook argued that this…

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Facebook Censors Russian Opposition Group

Here in the United States, we’re often concerned with what Facebook is doing with our personal information. However, we have it easy compared to Facebook users abroad, where the site mostly complies with government rules and edicts no matter how strict. Case in point: this week, the social media giant blocked a Facebook event page…

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Experts Weigh In: What Will Facebook Privacy Look Like in 2025?

The Pew Research Center and Elon University published a study this week that collected feedback from some of the world’s leading Internet experts on what the future of online privacy holds. One of the central questions of the survey asked “Will policy makers and technology innovators create a secure, popularly accepted and trusted privacy-rights infrastructure…

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Teens Are Still Leaving Facebook Over “Safety” Concerns

When a study was released earlier this year saying that teen users were leaving Facebook in droves over privacy concerns, researchers and experts wondered if the trend would hold. Now another study has came out that appears to back up the first one’s findings. According to the report from Frank N. Magid Associates Inc., 88…

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Tech Experts: It’s Way Too Easy to Read Facebook’s Source Code

According to commenters on a Hacker News message board, Facebook’s source code is incredibly easy to read, and they warn that it could ultimately cause trouble for the site and its users.  The code was discovered when a digital security expert working for firm Sinthetic Labs was fixing a few bugs and Googled an error…

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Nordstrom Employee Fired For Racially Charged Facebook Threats

A Nordstrom employee in Portland, Oregon, was fired after making incendiary posts on Facebook threatening to kill white police officers. The man, Aaron Hodges, a sales associate for the store, linked to the Nordstrom page from his Facebook profile, and his profile picture appeared to show him inside of a store. “Instead of slamming the…

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