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Security Firm: Facebook is the No. 1 Social Media Target for Cybercriminals

According to online security firm Kaspersky Lab, Facebook is the number one most-targeted social media site by cybercriminals, and the second most-targeted website overall.  The reason for that is simple: phishing scams. Facebook is full of fake pages that direct users with malicious links and messages. These links then point users to websites that often…

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Lawyers Recommend Bill to Give Access to Facebook Accounts to Loved Ones of Deceased Users

The Uniform Law Commission, a group of lawyers tasked by state governments with providing clear language for legislation, recommended a law this week that would give loved ones access to all of their deceased family members’ social media and email accounts. Right now, it can be difficult for family members to gain access to such…

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Facebook to Track Users’ TV Watching on Mobile Devices

This fall, Facebook will begin to track users’ TV watching on mobile devices and tablets by sending the age and gender of viewers to Nielsen, the company that tracks TV ratings. As TV viewing has fractured via delayed viewings on DVR devices and online streaming, it has become difficult to truly figure out how many…

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Anonymous Sharing App ‘Secret’ Adds Facebook Log-In

An anonymous sharing app called Secret, which lets users send anonymous messages and images to their circle of friends on their phone, has attracted plenty of controversy (not to mention tens of millions of dollars in investments). But the company, co-founded by two former Google employees, is just getting started: they announced this week that…

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Facebook Censors Images of Dead Lions but Reluctantly Removes “Kill Kendall Jones” Page

Texas teenager Kendall Jones sparked an online controversy when she posed with photos of lions, leopards and other exotic game that she killed. Facebook even removed a photo of her posing with a dead leopard because it violated their policy against content that “promote[s] poaching of endangered species, the sale of animals for organized fight…

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Mom Banned From Facebook for “Coppertone Baby”-Style Photo

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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WARNING: Facebook “Verified Page” Scam Leads to Hijacked Pages

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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Watchdog Group Files Complaint Over Facebook Emotion Experiment

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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Irish Man Charged With Defacing Girlfriend’s Facebook Profile

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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Controversy Over Facebook Emotions Experiment Continues

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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“LOL” Virus Strikes Facebook Chat

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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Facebook Experiments on Users’ Emotions by Purposely Showing Positive / Negative Posts

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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