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Facebook Blocks Native Americans’ Profiles Because of “Fake” Names

Facebook has gotten into trouble before for blocking members of minority communities because of the names they choose to identify with on the site. While this “authentic names” policy has previously affected members of the LGBT community who chose to go under alias or stage names, it has increasingly become a problem for Native Americans,…

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Facebook’s DeepFace Recognizes Features Almost As Well As Humans

 When it comes to recognizing the subject of a photo, human beings are 97.53 percent accurate. That’s pretty good, but the facial recognition software that Facebook developed, DeepFace, is almost as accurate. That system accurately recognizes people 97.25 percent of the time. How does it work? First, DeepFace identifies your features among the nearly 400…

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Company Creates Self-Destructing Facebook Messages, Photos

DSTRUX, a New York-based company that offers self-destructing services for important business documents, has turned its attention to social media. Facebook users can post content and images using DSTRUX as an intermediary, which will generate a public link for friends to visit. Images and messages can’t be printed, saved, copied or screen captured, and they…

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Man’s Deactivated Facebook Account Is Recovered For Lawsuit

Brannon Crowe sued his employer because he claimed that he injured his knee at the workplace. However, according to a Facebook message that Crowe allegedly sent one of his friends, he injured his knee on a fishing trip. Though it’s unclear how Crowe’s employer found out about the alleged message, they asked him to produce…

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Huge Facebook Malware Outbreak Infects 110K Users in Two Days

Over the past several days, a Trojan virus has rapidly spread across Facebook and infected around 110,000 users. The bug, which is spread through a pornographic video, tags up to 20 friends of an infected user, and then infects new users when those friends click on the link. This tagging method, along with the fact…

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British Army Creates Battalion of “Facebook Warriors”

Facebook has increasingly served as a valuable method for law enforcement to gather evidence and track criminals around the world. Conversely, it’s also proven to be a fruitful platform for terrorist organizations like ISIS to find new recruits. That’s why it shouldn’t come as a surprise that Great Britain has found a military use for…

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Two Weeks After Standing By Free Speech, Facebook Censors Images of Prophet Muhammed

In the wake of the devastating terrorist attack on French satirical newspaper Charlie Hebdo, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg made a strong statement supporting freedom of speech. (The paper was targeted by Islamic extremists in part because it featured cartoon depictions of the Prophet Muhammed.) However, just two weeks after Zuckerberg’s rousing words in favor of…

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Facebook Launches New ‘Place Tips’ Feature, But You Can Opt Out

In a somewhat surprising release, Facebook launched a new feature called Place Tips for New York City users this week. If your location services are turned on, the Facebook mobile app will bring tips, photos and posts that pertain to your location to your News Feed. “News Feed today is a pretty good tool at…

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UK Research Says Facebook is Cited in One-Third of All Divorce Cases

According to a survey of legal firms’ caseloads by the UK paper Mirror, Facebook is now citied in one-third of all divorce cases. The evidence gathered on the site ranges from messages that prove infidelity to geo-tagging records and photographic evidence. “Social media provides an ongoing log of our lives,” said Lyn Ayrton, managing partner…

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Facebook Crashes, Denies Hacker Involvement

For about 45 minutes on Tuesday this week, both Facebook and Instagram suffered an outage. This immediately sparked rumors that the site had been attacked by hackers, and indeed, a hacker group called Lizard Squad claimed responsibility for the site crash. However, Facebook denied an attack had taken place and instead said the outage occurred…

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Colleges Facebook Stalk Alumni to Ask for Money

According to a recent story in The New York Times, colleges are combing through alumni Facebook and LinkedIn profiles to figure out who — and how — they should ask for money. These schools often use third-party companies to gather their information and create custom pitches to appeal to alumni for donations. One such company,…

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Government Pays Woman $134,000 Over Fake Facebook Profile

A woman sued federal agents from the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) last year over a bizarre case in which the agents created a fake Facebook account for her to try and catch drug dealers. After arresting her for intent to distribute cocaine in 2010, the DEA agents pulled salacious photos of the woman, Sondra Arquiett,…

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