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New York Times: Younger Generation Embracing Online Privacy

In the wake of last week’s celebrity nude photo hacking scandal, many in the media are reassessing what it means to be secure on the Internet. That includes The New York Times, which published a column this week discussing how the so-called “Facebook Generation” has begun to re-embrace online privacy. The article cites a quote…

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Facebook Rolls Out Privacy Checkup

Facebook began the roll out for its new Privacy Checkup feature this week, which aims to help users better control and review their privacy settings. According to Facebook’s announcement, users will experience the feature when they log in to Facebook in the coming days. The message, a pop-up window sporting a blue dinosaur illustration, will…

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Facebook Messenger Inconsistently Censors Porn Sites

With its mandatory download requirement and perceived invasiveness, Facebook Messenger has already caused its fair share of consternation among Facebook mobile users. But the app could become an even bigger lightning rod for criticism after it was found to seemingly censor links to porn sites at random, according to a blog post at Reason.com. The…

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Study: Facebook Auto-Play Videos Could Be Costing You

If you’ve noticed your mobile bill steadily climb the more you use Facebook on your phone, you’re not alone. According to the website MoneySavingExpert.com, Facebook’s auto-play function for videos could be causing users to burn through their data plans quickly and incur extra charges without realizing it. “It’s worrying that Facebook is auto-playing videos by…

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Four-Year-Old Expelled From Preschool Because of Mom’s Facebook Post

A Florida preschooler allegedly got expelled because of something his mom posted on a private Facebook page. The woman, Ashley Habat, took to Facebook to vent about the school, Sunshine Christian Academy, and she claims that her son was kicked out of the school the next day. Habat said that she was upset with the…

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New Graph Search Change Allows Mobile Facebook Users to Search Their Friends’ Old Posts by Keyword

Facebook is currently testing a feature that allows users on mobile devices to search through their friends’ old posts by keyword using the controversial Graph Search functionality introduced last year. As originally pitched, Graph Search would’ve allowed users to search through posts and comments by keyword, though as pointed out by TechCrunch, that feature remains…

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Should You Post Photos of Your Children Online?

It’s a classic first day of school tradition: the proud mother seeing her children onto the school bus and taking photos to mark the occasion. Since it’s 2014, many of those precious pictures now end up on Facebook and other social media sites. But, as The Washington Post asked this week, is that a good…

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Facebook May Reconsider Policy on Gruesome Beheading Photos

A member of the Facebook Advisory Safety Board said this week that he would raise the issue of beheading photos being allowed to remain on Facebook at the group’s next meeting. The photos, which come from Syria, purport to show victims of the terrorist group Islamic State (IS), the group whose offshoot (ISIS) is currently…

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Study: Americans Self-Censor in Facebook “Spiral of Silence”

According to a study conducted by the Pew Research Center, about 86 percent of adults were at least somewhat willing to discuss the information Edward Snowden leaked about government surveillance in person, while only 43 percent said they would discuss it on Facebook. Perhaps most troublingly of all, the report also suggests that the social…

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Facebook Fixes “Automatic Call” Messenger App Flaw

A developer for Danish company Airtame found a potentially devastating flaw in Facebook’s new (and mandatory) Messenger app that could have let hackers force your phone to make a call if you clicked on a link. However, Facebook responded to the threat quickly, and has already prepared an update that they will push out to…

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Oklahomans Discover Their Houses For Rent on Facebook Page

A Facebook page in Tulsa, Oklahoma, called Rent Houses, has been listing available properties in the area. There’s only one problem: the houses it’s advertising aren’t actually available at all. People are actively living in many of the places listed, and were unpleasantly surprised to discover their homes for sale. One woman, Kenyetta Turner, has…

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“Facebook Drug Task Force” Is A Hoax

Facebook recently announced that it will test a “Satire” tag on its content so users don’t mistake fake stories for real ones. That could’ve come in handy this week, as thousands of users fell for a fake report that Facebook will launch a drug task force to help arrest drug users on the site. The…

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