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Facebook Has Won Nearly $2 Billion From Spammers in Court

Facebook understandably receives a lot of bad press for its privacy policies and what it does with user data. However, there’s no denying the site has stepped up its efforts to rid Facebook of spammy content. According to Matt Jones, Facebook’s site integrity engineer, the company has won massive legal victories in court against these…

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DEA Agent Creates Fake Facebook Profile, Impersonates Woman

The Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) arrested a woman named Sondra Prince in 2010 and confiscated her phone. While that’s not newsworthy in and of itself, what they did with her phone was: a DEA agent mined Prince’s phone for photos and used them to set up a fake Facebook profile under her name. The agency…

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Introducing Facecrooks News!

On any given day, there is never a shortage of Facebook news. Over a billion people are members of the social network and countless businesses and organizations use the platform as well. Any time you have this many people in one place, there is bound to be numerous newsworthy events. As our long time readers…

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How Facebook Fuels Psychological Addiction

Facebook is far and away the biggest social networking site in the world, and it’s also one of the most visited websites overall. Despite many users’ frustrations with its privacy practices and advertising efforts, the site so far shows no signs of slowing down. As spelled out by The Next Web in a blog post…

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Army Warning: ISIL Lone Wolf Offenders Encouraged to Search Social Media for Service Members’ Addresses

The Army Threat Integration Center has issued a warning to U.S. military personnel to watch what they post online and protect their identities. The militant Middle Eastern terrorist group, ISIS, has called on its supporters and lone wolf offenders to search the Yellow Pages, Facebook and Twitter for the addresses of military service members and…

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Update: Facebook Apologizes to Drag Queens, Reverses Stance on Real Name Policy

Facebook raised a storm of outrage last month when it decided to more strictly enforce it’s “real names” policy, inadvertently forcing many in the LGBT community to reveal their true identities on the site. However, Facebook has reversed its stance, and officially apologized in a blog post from product chief Christopher Cox. “In the two…

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New California Law Limits Schools’ Ability to Track Students on Facebook

A new California law says that public schools can only track students on Facebook if school officials think a student is “threatening harm, bullying or promoting any illegal activity against other students, staff or campuses.” The law also requires schools to notify the parents of any student whose social media info has been gathered. In…

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Facebook Ad Platform Expands User Tracking Across Devices

Details emerged this week about Facebook’s new ad platform that will focus on cross-device advertising to users. The new platform, Atlas, will “deliver people-based marketing,” according to Atlas head Erik Johnson, and will reportedly move away from traditional cookie tracking technology to trace users across the web. Instead, it was built on a whole new…

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“Anti-Facebook” Social Network Explodes in Popularity

A new ad-free and privacy-focused social network called Ello has risen dramatically in popularity in recent weeks. In the wake of Facebook enforcing its “real name” rule and inadvertently alienating members of the LGBT community, Ello made a point to welcome those who left Facebook over the issue.  Though the invite-only site was only created…

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Professor: Facebook Psychological Experiment Illegal

Many users were thoroughly freaked out earlier this year when it was revealed that Facebook had conducted a psychological experiment on some 700,000 users, affecting the content that showed up on their Newsfeeds to manipulate their emotions. At the time the news broke, the study was widely derided as being wrong and unethical. But now,…

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Beyond Drag Performers, There are Many Reasons to Use Fake Names on Facebook

Facebook has found itself in a controversy with LGBT groups this month after it decided to more strictly enforce its “real names” policy, making all users go by their birth names on the site. However, as pointed out sharply in an infographic created by cartoonist Mike Wooten this week, there are many more reasons people…

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Wall Street Journal: Websites Pushing Back Against Facebook Tracking

According to the Wall Street Journal, many web retailers are pushing back against Facebook’s plan to track user data across the Internet. Experts have seen less data flowing from websites to Facebook, which suggests that they’ve taken steps to limit the information given to the site. Many websites are concerned about Facebook’s data tracking, as…

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