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Dangerous “Choking Game” Spreads Among Teens On Facebook

A dangerous and sometimes-deadly game is spreading among teenage Facebook users called “The Choking Game.” Using the hashtags  #thechokinggame and #passoutchallenge, teens post photos and videos of themselves strangling themselves or others, which causes a lack of oxygen to the brain that induces a temporary feeling of euphoria. The game is extremely dangerous; at best,…

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Privacy Group Invites Facebook Users to Join Class Action Lawsuit

The privacy group Europe vs. Facebook has filed a class action lawsuit against Facebook, claiming the site has violated EU privacy laws, has not obtained proper consent from users, and has improperly passed on user data to external apps, among other allegations. The group also invited adult non-commercial Facebook users outside of the U.S. and…

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3 Ways to Hide from Annoying Facebook Friends and Acquaintances

We’ve all been there before. You get a friend request from someone, and you’d rather not accept it. Whether it’s guilt, obligation, or some other reason, you choose to connect with them anyway.  Luckily, Facebook has some built in tools to help you mitigate these potentially, socially awkward situations. If the person is an acquaintance,…

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Facebook Messenger App Has Creepy and Invasive Terms of Service

By this point, we’re used to Facebook’s fine print containing alarming information about how the site is handling our data. The Terms of Service for Facebook’s new mandatory standalone Messenger app are no different, as highlighted by the Huffington Post this week. Facebook announced this week that all mobile users who want to use its…

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Woman Files $123 Million Dollar Revenge Porn Lawsuit Against Facebook

A Texas woman is suing Facebook for $123 million, alleging that the site did not do enough to remove a “revenge porn” page set up against her by a former friend. The woman discovered the page in December 2013, which featured pictures of her face doctored onto nude photos, but the site wasn’t removed until…

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13-Year-Old Terrorizes Entire Town on Facebook, Gets Arrested

A 13-year-old girl in Splendora, Texas, was arrested after creating a fake Facebook profile and harassing her classmates, then threatening her entire hometown. The girl wrote to a classmate suffering from cancer that he “should have died,” and then posted “I am going to kill everyone in Splendora on July 13th.” Officials in the investigation…

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Facebook Will Force All Mobile Users to Download Messenger App

Facebook announced this week that it will begin phasing out messaging through its main mobile app, and will require users to download the standalone Messenger app instead. “Our goal is to focus development efforts on making Messenger the best mobile messaging experience possible and avoid the confusion of having separate Facebook mobile messaging experiences,” Facebook…

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How to Lockdown Your Facebook Account For Maximum Privacy and Security

Recent studies show that privacy concerns are very much on the minds of Facebook users. Part of being a responsible member of any  online community is educating yourself and your loved ones on how to properly configure the privacy and security settings offered by the platform. The fact that Facebook has over a billion members,…

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“Death to Jews” Facebook Page Approved, Then Removed

A Facebook page was created on July 25 that was called “Death to zionist baby killer Israeli jews.” Offensive and racially insensitive content like this is nothing new on the Internet, but Facebook’s reaction (or lack thereof) to the page took many by surprise. When Philip Klein, a reporter for the Washington Examiner, reported the…

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Zuckerberg Talks Anonymous Log In, Future of Facebook Privacy

During Facebook’s Q2 earnings report this week, founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg discussed Facebook’s new Anonymous Log In feature, and also addressed Facebook’s potential future uses of information. Facebook’s Anonymous Log In feature, currently in beta mode, allows for users to log in to apps without sharing any information. Zuckerberg noted in his comments to…

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How To Save Items In Your News Feed To View Later

How many times have you been scrolling through your news feed and an interesting article catches your eye, but you don’t have time at the moment to read it? Until now, you either had to email yourself a link or come up with some other way to remind yourself to check out the piece later.…

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