Posts Tagged ‘social network’

Related News: New Facebook Rules Show How Hard It Is to Police 1.4B Users

One new article link has been added to our Related News page. Wired published an article titled New Facebook Rules Show How Hard It Is to Police 1.4B Users.

Once upon a time, governing the Facebook community was relatively simple, because users—mostly American college students—shared at least some cultural context for what was and wasn’t acceptable. But now Facebook’s 1.39 billion users span a range of ages, ethnicities, religions, gender identities, and nationalities, and Facebook’s ability to create a space that meets everyone’s definition of “safe” increasingly has been called into question.

Which is why today, Facebook updated its community guidelines, spelling out in unprecedented detail what constitutes unacceptable behavior. Yet the unwieldy specificity of the new guidelines only proves that Facebook’s policies and procedures surrounding user activity will never be a finished product. As the world’s largest social network, Facebook certainly can learn a lot from the past, but it can never fully anticipate the future.

Source: Wired

Related News: Mark Zuckerberg: Tim Cook’s claim that ads turn people into products is ‘ridiculous’

One new article link has been added to our Related News page. The Verge published an article titled Mark Zuckerberg: Tim Cook’s claim that ads turn people into products is ‘ridiculous’.

Mark Zuckerberg has rejected Apple CEO Tim Cook’s claim that “when an online service is free, you’re not the customer. You’re the product.” In a feature for Time on Facebook’s Internet.org project, the social network’s founder was reportedly irritated by the notion that ad-supported services are bad for users, describing it as a “ridiculous concept”.

Source: The Verge

Related News: Facebook creates ‘Safety Check’ tool for disasters

One new article link has been added to our Related News page. WSFA published an article titled Facebook creates ‘Safety Check’ tool for disasters.

Facebook Inc. is launching a tool that lets users notify friends and family that they are safe during or after natural disasters.

The tool, called “Safety Check,” will be available worldwide to the social network’s 1.32 billion users on computers and mobile devices. This includes the basic “feature” phones many people still use to access Facebook, especially in developing countries.

Source: WSFA

Related News: LinkedIn Feature Exposes Email Addresses

One new article link has been added to our Related News page. Krebs on Security published an article titled LinkedIn Feature Exposes Email Addresses.

LinkedIn’s entire social fabric begins to unravel if any user can directly connect to any other user, regardless of whether or how their social or professional circles overlap. Unfortunately for LinkedIn (and its users who wish to have their email addresses kept private), this is the exact risk introduced by the company’s built-in efforts to expand the social network’s user base.

According to researchers at the Seattle, Wash.-based firm Rhino Security Labs, at the crux of the issue is LinkedIn’s penchant for making sure you’re as connected as you possibly can be. When you sign up for a new account, for example, the service asks if you’d like to check your contacts lists at other online services (such as Gmail, Yahoo, Hotmail, etc.). The service does this so that you can connect with any email contacts that are already on LinkedIn, and so that LinkedIn can send invitations to your contacts who aren’t already users.

Source: Krebs on Security

Related News: Is there a Rihanna sex tape? No, it’s a malware scam on Facebook

One new article link has been added to our Related News page. The Guardian published an article titled Is there a Rihanna sex tape? No, it’s a malware scam on Facebook.

There is no sex tape of Rihanna and her boyfriend doing the rounds online. You can’t see who’s been looking at your Facebook profile. And you can’t change your Facebook colour either.

This may all sound obvious, but according to antivirus firm Bitdefender, these are the most popular malware scams on the social network in 2014.

The company has published a list of the top 10 Facebook scams, with the fake app promising to tell you your Facebook views and visitors by far the most popular, accounting for 30.2% of bogus links it identified on the social network this year.

Source: The Guardian

Related News: Facebook And The Ethics Of User Manipulation

One new article link has been added to our Related News page. TechCrunch published an article titled Facebook And The Ethics Of User Manipulation.

A recent study conscripted Facebook users as unwitting participants during a weeklong experiment in direct emotional manipulation. The study set out to discover if the emotional tone of a users’ News Feed content had an impact on their own emotional makeup, measured through the tone of what they posted to the social service after viewing the skewed material.

Nearly 700,000 Facebook users were shown either more positive, or more negative content. The study found that users who were given more positive news feeds posted more positive things, and users who were given more negative news feeds posted more negative things.

Source: TechCrunch

Related News: Facebook launches friend-tracking feature

One new article link has been added to our Related News page. CNN published an article titled Facebook launches friend-tracking feature.

Facebook is introducing a mobile feature called Nearby Friends that taps into that steady stream of location information so friends can track each other in real time.

The idea is to make it easy for people to meet up in real life, so they can have conversations in person instead of comment threads, temporarily replacing Likes and LOLs with eye contact and actual laughter. A live meet-up is also an excellent opportunity to grab a selfie with your pal and upload it to the Facebook owned Instagram.

In a refreshing change, the new Nearby Friends feature is not turned on by default.

Friends will not be able to see where you are unless you decide live-tracking is something you want in your life and visit Facebook’s settings to turn it on. Making a potentially invasive new feature opt-in suggests Facebook has perhaps learned from some of its past mistakes and privacy problems.

Source: CNN