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Beware – Fake Facebook Apps on the Rise

Though Facebook already has an official mobile app, that doesn’t stop cyber scammers from tricking would-be downloaders into putting a fake app on their phone and revealing personal information. According to Cheetah Mobile Threat Lab, the digital security firm has detected around 15,000 fake social networking apps in the past year. Unsurprisingly, Facebook alone was…

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New App Prevents Facebook From Tracking Mobile Users Across Web

It’s not a secret: Facebook is hungry for more of its user’s data. That even includes their browsing information all across the web at sites that Facebook has nothing to do with. For mobile users who find that kind of behavior tracking creepy, there’s a new app that can help them maintain their privacy. The…

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New York Times: Facebook Developing Anonymous App

According to The New York Times, Facebook is only a few weeks away from releasing a standalone mobile app that will allow users to interact with each other without having to use their real names. According to the Times, the app could be used as a Reddit-like tool that allows users to have frank and…

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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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