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Facebook “Friend” Allegedly Robs Woman’s Home While She’s On Vacation

With the spring and summer months fast approaching, taking a vacation is a top priority for many people. However, while you may be excited about your upcoming trip, it’s best not to post about it on Facebook, as one unlucky Californian woman found out this week. Stacey Grant posted about her family’s upcoming vacation in…

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Sixth Grader Wins $70,000 Settlement Against School for Demanding Her Facebook Password

Two years ago, then-13-year-old Minnesotan sixth grader Riley Stratton was suspended from school because of something she said on Facebook about a hall monitor. Riley then went online and demanded to know who had informed the school of her comments. Following that, she was brought to the school and made to hand over her Facebook…

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Facebook Builds Standardized Security Wall

Facebook announced this week that it has built a standardized security wall from the ground up called ThreatData, a system that gathers information on malware, phishing and other security risks from around the Internet. The system uses the information to create maps and models for emerging threats. “Helping keep the Internet free of threats is…

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How to Stop Your Facebook Apps From Spamming Your Friends

It’s hard to avoid downloading apps on Facebook. Try as you might to avoid them, there’s always some third-party app on the site that your friends bombard you with invitations to join, or some game that your connections challenge you to play. Problems don’t arise from downloading these apps, but users can run into trouble…

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Tech Blog: Facebook Testing Privacy Check-Up Feature

According to tech blog SlashGear, Facebook is testing a privacy check-up feature that will intermittently send warnings to users regarding their privacy and sharing settings if they’re not using them. According to the privacy check-up screenshot SlashGear provided on their blog, the site tells users that “You haven’t changed who can see your posts recently,…

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Facebook Announces “DeepFace” Photo Matching Technology

Facebook has announced a new technology program called “DeepFace” that can determine whether two face photos belong to the same person. The site says the technology is correct 97.25 percent of the time, while a live human being scores just slightly higher at 97.53 percent. You may not realize it, but Facebook is already sophisticated…

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Facebook Security Chief: There is a “Silver Lining” to Edward Snowden Leaks

While Edward Snowden’s revelations last year about the government’s online spying efforts rattled many members of the public, Facebook chief security officer Joe Sullivan says it hasn’t changed the way that the site approaches privacy and security. In fact, he says, the leaking incident may even ultimately help the cause of online privacy by raising…

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Facebook: “Jewish Ritual Murder” Page Does Not Violate Community Standards

Abraham H. Foxman, national director of the Anti-Defamation League, published a scathing criticism of Facebook this weekend for refusing to take down a Facebook page called “Jewish Ritual Murder.” The page propagates the ancient allegation that Jewish people murder Christian children to use their blood for ritual sacrifices. Obviously this is untrue, but Facebook’s community…

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Mark Zuckerberg Calls Out Govt. Interference with Facebook

Facebook and other tech companies have been critical of the government for much of the past year for allowing the NSA’s spying efforts online to continue. Facebook has repeatedly pressured the government to allow them to release information to the public about the spying program, claiming that the lack of transparency has hurt the public’s…

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Report: NSA Impersonates Facebook to Spread Malware

After the spying scandal with the NSA and tech giants like Facebook and Microsoft broke last year, many Internet users became concerned that their data was falling into the government’s hands without their knowledge. However, a new layer to the NSA’s relationship to Facebook was revealed this week when a report was published at FirstLook.org…

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Bank Robbery Suspect Caught Because of Facebook Selfie

The FBI apprehended an alleged Michigan bank robber this week because of a photo he posted to his Facebook page of himself posing with a sub machine gun that was brandished during a recent bank hold-up. According to investigators, alleged bank robber 21-year-old Jules Bahler robbed three banks over an eight-day period, ending with a…

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Privacy Advocates Look to Block Facebook’s WhatsApp Purchase

Facebook’s $19 billion purchase of WhatsApp, a mobile messaging app that’s wildly popular overseas, raised many eyebrows not only for the exorbitant price but for the potential privacy implications the transaction could hold for WhatsApp users. The app has over 450 million users, all of whom had no idea their data and information would one…

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