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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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Facebook Battles New York District Attorney Over Access to User Profile Data

Last year, the New York district attorney’s office demanded the complete content and data from 381 Facebook user profiles, including private messages and even posts they had liked. (Prosecutors were looking for evidence that fire fighters, police officers and other civil servants were filing fake disability claims and defrauding Social Security.) Facebook fought the prosecutors’…

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Dad Creates Safer Alternative to Facebook For Daughter

Facebook requires its users to be 13 years old, though some research has indicated that as many as 38 percent of children on the site are under that age. This suggests that it’s not as difficult as it should be for underage children to join the site, and that Facebook may need to get better…

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How to Find Missing Posts on Your Facebook Timeline

If you’ve tried to scroll back through your Facebook profile and find old posts you want to get rid of, you might’ve noticed that some of them have disappeared. However, as The New York Times pointed out in a helpful tech Q&A this week, they’re not actually gone, and there’s any easy way you can…

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Thief Forgets to Log Out of Facebook in Victim’s Home

26-year-old Minnesota man Nicholas Wig is in jail for allegedly breaking into a home. Wig was caught in no small part because he logged in to his Facebook profile on the victim’s computer and forgot to log out before leaving with credit cards, cash and a watch. The thief also left a full outfit of…

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How to Opt Out of Facebook’s New Ad Tracking Feature

Facebook recently announced that it would begin tracking users’ web browsing activity off of Facebook, and use that information for its targeted advertising. It also said that it will not honor the “Do Not Track” feature included in many web browsers. Thankfully, users will be able to opt out of this ad tracking, and also…

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Florida Woman Loses Thousands of Dollars in ‘Advance Fee’ Facebook Scam

A woman in Cleremont, Florida, was conned out of thousands of dollars in a Facebook scam that promised her she had won $150,000. Of course, the scammers asked that she pay “taxes” on the winnings first, forking over thousands of dollars in advance fees before she could claim her prize. The scam, which came from…

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Supreme Court Agrees to Hear Facebook Threat Case

In 2010, Anthony Elonis threatened his wife on Facebook, musing on killing her again and again. He also posted lyrics from rapper Eminem, who frequently covers similar subject matter in his songs. Several lower courts ruled that what he wrote was illegal, but he pushed to have his case heard by the Supreme Court. Somewhat…

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Critics Respond to Facebook’s Ad Policy Changes

When Facebook announced sweeping changes to its ad policy earlier this week, declaring that it will begin tracking its users’ off-site web browsing for its targeted advertising, it was easy to guess the move would stir up controversy. Indeed, privacy watchdogs have already responded negatively to the change, including Jeff Chester, executive director of the…

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Facebook Will Use Web Browsing History for Ad Targeting, Will Not Honor “Do Not Track” Features

Facebook announced this week in a blog post that it will begin to keep track of users’ off-site web browsing information for its targeted advertising. Facebook also announced it will not honor the “do not track” setting found in many web browsers. Many of the site’s competitors, including Google, Pinterest and Twitter, similarly ignore the…

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