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Blogger: Facebook Asked Loaded Privacy Questions After Fixing Hacked Account

Blogger Polly Mosendz of The Wire wrote this week about how her Facebook account password was compromised, along with about 5 million other passwords, on a Russian Bitcoin forum. Someone in Indonesia tried to use the information to access her account, but Facebook blocked it and notified her of the site’s protective measures. Problem solved.…

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Facebook Makes it Easer for Users to Manage Apps

Facebook changed the layout to its App Settings page this week, according to Inside Facebook, and the page’s new design makes it easier for users to manage their app’s settings and permissions. On the new settings screen, users can see a clear visual representation of all the apps they are logged in to with their…

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Facebook Experimenting with Disappearing Posts

Perhaps mimicking the success of disappearing-photo app Snapchat, Facebook revealed this week that it is experimenting with disappearing posts. The feature, which will let users set an expiration timer on their posts, is currently only available for a small number of people using Facebook’s iOS app. According to The Next Web, which first broke the…

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Facebook Won’t Let Fundraising Family Post Photo of Sick Child

A North Carolina father set up a Facebook community page with the goal of raising $75,000 for his two-year-old son’s heart transplant surgery. However, when he tried to pay Facebook to boost the reach of the page, the site told him no. According to the father, Kevin Bond, the site told him that the picture…

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Facebook Won’t Remove Video of Kitten Being Burned Alive

This week, a brutal and graphic video of a kitten being tortured popped up on Facebook, drawing the outrage of thousands of users. However, when angry users asked Facebook to removed the page, they were told that the site would allow the video to remain posted. “People come to Facebook to share experiences of the…

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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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