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How To Make Sure Your Name Isn’t Used In Facebook Sponsored Ads

Many Facebook users don’t know it, but their name and profile picture are being used in the site’s sponsored advertising. USA Today published an op-ed this week chronicling one writer’s story of finding out how his likeness was being used. The writer, Jefferson Graham, received word from his wife’s cousin that he was suggesting she…

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“Unfriend Alert” App Spreads On Facebook

A new app is making its way around Facebook that promises to alert you when someone unfriends you on the site. However, the app also claims that it needs your Facebook username and password in order to check. While the app may actually work, its real purpose is likely to steal your login information. Online…

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Facebook Changes Stance On Controversial “Baby Yoga” Video, Decides To Censor It

A video emerged on Facebook last week showing an adult repeatedly dunking a crying baby into a bucket of water. The video, thought to originate in Indonesia, went viral and sparked outrage around the world, especially in the United Kingdom. However, Facebook said that the video depicted “baby yoga” and didn’t violate its Community Standards. …

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Facebook Hosts First-Ever Privacy Summit

Facebook hosted its first-ever privacy summit last Wednesday in an effort to improve its privacy credentials. The summit, called Privacy@Scale, brought together experts from industry, law and academics to discuss and debate the very concept of user privacy. The group gathered in the company’s Menlo Park headquarters the day before an even bigger privacy conference…

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Facebook Turns Off Automatic Messenger Location Tracking

Last week, a Google Chrome extension called Marauders Map showed just how easy it was to track the location of Facebook Messenger users by using their data to plot them on a map. However, the site has updated the Messenger app, and now it will no longer track location by default. Prior to the change,…

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Woman Discovers Stolen Identity Facebook Dating Scam, Falls For The Real Victim

Judy Mezzatesta said she started receiving messages from strange men when she changed her relationship status on Facebook to “Separated” two years ago. However, the Portland, Oregon, woman was savvy enough about Facebook not to accept any requests. That’s why she was immediately suspicious when a man contacted her claiming to be a soldier in…

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Facebook, Private Companies Continue Gathering Data Despite Congress Crackdown on NSA

Though Congress passed a bill reining in the NSA’s spy capabilities this week, private companies like Facebook still make it their business to gather as much of your data as possible. As the National Journal wrote in a sweeping article summarizing the country’s data collection practices, comparing Facebook to the government is a bit unfair…

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Facebook Now Lets You Encrypt Notification Emails

When Facebook announced a way for people to access the site on Tor last year, it was clear the site wanted to court users who both wished to use the site and remain anonymous. Facebook added another feature this week to help these users: OpenPGP (or “Pretty Good Privacy”) encryption for emails sent by the…

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Supreme Court Overturns Conviction For Violent Facebook Rants

The case of a Pennsylvania man who made violent threats against his wife, an FBI agent and others on Facebook went all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court to determine whether or not his online comments could be legally protected. In a surprisingly lopsided decision, the court ruled 7-2 this week to overturn the…

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Facebook Creates Security Checkup Tool To Keep Your Account Safe

Facebook launched a new feature this week called Security Checkup for a limited number of users. The tool, which appears at the top of user’s news feeds, will give users information and tips about securing their profile, including changing their password, turning on Login Alerts to receive notifications if someone else tries to access their…

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Study: 1 in 5 UK Parents Have Made Fake Social Media Profiles To Spy On Their Children

A study in the UK found that 21 percent of parents surveyed had created a fake social media account to spy on their children. The study, from VoucherCodesPro.co.uk, polled 2,627 British parents over the age of 30 with at least one child between ages 13 and 18. The research also found that parents overwhelmingly use…

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New Chrome Extension Lets You Track Your Facebook Friends On A Map

A student developer in Cambridge, Massachusetts, has created a Google Chrome browser extension that lets users find their Facebook friends’ locations with a scary amount of accuracy. The extension, named “Marauder’s Map” in reference to the magical tracking map in Harry Potter, uses location data embedded within the messages you send in Facebook Messenger. The…

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