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Man Arrested For $60,000 Facebook Scam

A 20-year-old Chicago man was arrested late last week for allegedly running a Facebook scam that took $60,000 from five customers of Redwood Credit Union in Santa Rosa, California. Police allege that the man, who is charged with fraud, grand theft and more, worked with several other individuals across the country to perpetrate the con.…

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Court: Woman Can Pursue Lawsuit Against Ex For Hacking Her Facebook

A court in Manhattan ruled that a woman can proceed with a $350,000 lawsuit against her ex-boyfriend for breaking into her Facebook account and posting sexually explicit statements. The case was originally dismissed by a lower court judge who ruled that the statute of limitations had expired on the woman’s claims. The alleged victim, Chantay…

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Kentucky Cops Encourage Drug Dealers To Turn In Competitors On Facebook

The Franklin County Sheriff’s Office in Kentucky came up with a novel way to fight crime via Facebook: encourage other criminals to rat out their rivals. “Attention drug dealers. Is your drug dealing competition costing you money?” the flier posted to the department’s Facebook page said. “We offer a free service to help you eliminate…

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Windows 10 Can Share Your Wi-Fi Password With Facebook

The new Microsoft Windows 10 operating system has a feature called “Wi-Fi Sense” that lets you share your network access with your Outlook and Skype contacts. It can also share your info with Facebook contacts, and some Windows 10 users have been thrown for a loop when a pop-up window displays that reads “Wi-Fi Sense…

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Forbes: Could Facebook Sue The Police For Violating Privacy?

Facebook suffered a major privacy setback last week when a New York court ruled last week that it could not protect its users from search warrants. The case is just the latest in a growing trend of law enforcement using (and sometimes abusing) social media to catch criminals. Often times, law enforcement blatantly breaks the…

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How To Withhold Your Info From Facebook Apps

It’s certainly convenient to log in to apps using the blue “Log in with Facebook” button instead of creating a username and password. However, as with most shortcuts on the web, there’s a cost to that convenience: a lot of your personal information gets handed over to those apps. However, Facebook has introduced an easy…

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Facebook Scam Preys On Mother Of Terminally Ill Newborn

Rosemary Newell faced one of the most heartbreaking situations a parent could ever imagine: her 7-month-old daughter was terminally ill with brain cancer, and eventually passed away from the disease. In an effort to rally support, she created a Facebook page for her daughter that gathered more than 20,000 likes and many kind strangers offering…

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Controversy Over Facebook’s Facial Recognition Technology Continues

Since Facebook’s facial recognition technology was turned off in Europe and Canada over privacy concerns, more and more questions are being raised about its use here in the United States.  Facebook says that the technology serves to better connect users with tag suggestions, an undeniably useful application. However, critics of facial recognition don’t have a…

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Canadian Cops Spied On Protesters With Fake Facebook Profile

According to documents obtained through the Canadian Access to Information Act, the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) used a fake Facebook profile to spy on more than two-dozen organizations in Toronto. The profile, which went under the name “Bebop Arooney,” tracked a variety of groups, including Jewish and Palestinian organizations, Black Lives Matter Toronto, the…

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Facebook, Google, Others Push Back Against Terrorist-Reporting Legislation

Several large tech companies including Facebook, Google, Twitter and Yahoo are fighting against proposed Senate legislation that would require them to alert the government of terrorist activity taking place on their pages. “This is not your grandfather’s al-Qaida,” FBI Director James Comey said earlier this month. “This is a group of people using social media…

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Mom Finds Stolen Photos Of Her Baby On Facebook

A Forth Worth, Texas, mother received a rude surprise when she found a picture of her one-year-old daughter being used on an imposter Facebook profile. What’s worse, she had originally posted the photo in a closed Facebook group. “All of a sudden I saw someone, who I have no idea, posted in a group. And…

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Update: New York Court Says Facebook Can’t Stop Search Warrants

A New York court ruled this week that Facebook cannot challenge search warrants on behalf of its customers, reaching a conclusion that could prove to have major consequences for social media users and Internet privacy as a whole.  The case started when New York prosecutors used Facebook to collect information on 381 users suspected of…

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