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Update : I followed up with both organizations. See Facebook: The law reasonably states you can't have all your data and Europe versus Facebook: The law protects program logic, not data . An Austrian group called Europe versus Facebook has so far made 22 complaints regarding the social network's practices. In the process, the organization has stumbled upon an important tidbit: Facebook says it is not required to give you a copy of some of your personal data if it deems doing so would adversely affect its trade secrets or intellectual property.
By GEOFFREY A. FOWLER Lance Rosenfield/Prime for The Wall Street Journal
An alarming number of people are reporting that the new e-mail address Facebook forced on users this week is changing their address books while intercepting and losing unknown amounts of e-mail. Facebook users say contacts' e-mail addresses on phones and personal devices have been altered without their consent -- and their e-mail communication is being redirected elsewhere, and lost. One very angry user is Adobe employee Rachel Luxemburg. On her personal blog she writes ,
Facebook has reinstated a number of sites' Facebook pages that were taken down due to bogus copyright claims this week . The company issued an apology for the inconvenience and says that DMCA notice abuse is an issue that Facebook takes seriously, but serious questions still remain about the effectiveness of Facebook's process for dealing with complaints. "We have invested significant resources into creating a dedicated team that uses specialized tools, systems and technology to review and properly handle intellectual property notices. This system evaluates a number of factors when deciding how to respond and, in many cases, we require the reporter to provide additional information before we can take action. As a result of these efforts, the vast majority of intellectual property notices that we receive are handled without incident," Facebook spokesperson Brooke Oberwetter told Ars on Thursday evening.
After reaching more than 10,000 members in few hours in light of his assassination by American forces in Pakistan Facebook deleted we are “ All Osama Bin Ladin” page . We do not know what is the excuse this time for deleting this page, is it call for violence? we did not notice any.
Want to connect with people on Facebook? Well, you better ensure that you have used your legal identity to register, as the social media giant seems to be on a policing spree as far as the use of pseudonyms is concerned. The company has reportedly canceled the account of a popular blogger and online activist from China, Zhao Jing who was registered on Facebook as Michael Anti. The blogger told The Associated Press that Facebook cited his resort to the pseudonym as the reason for cancellation, as it purportedly follows a strict policy of only allowing legal identities, as used on government IDs. Ad-break
Update 1 : The deactivated page is back. According to an email received by the page admin , “ After reviewing your situation, we have reinstated the page, and you should now be able to see it online. ” a facebook representative said. Screenshot of the deactivated Facebook page – from Google Cache. On the evening of 25 November, Facebook.com disabled “ We Are All Khaled Said ” page which got more than 300,000 followers. The page was created after the 28-year-old Egyptian man named Khaled Said was beaten to death in Alexandria by two police officers who wanted to search him under the emergency law, according to El Nadim Center for Rehabilitation of Victims of Violence , local rights group.
PALO ALTO, CA—All 1,472 employees of Facebook, Inc. reportedly burst out in uncontrollable laughter Wednesday following Albuquerque resident Jason Herrick's attempts to protect his personal information from exploitation on the social-networking site. "Look, he's clicking 'Friends Only' for his e-mail address. Like that's going to make a difference!"
Gen David Petraeus has previously said US online psychological operations are aimed at 'countering extremist ideology and propaganda'. Photograph: Cliff Owen/AP The US military is developing software that will let it secretly manipulate social media sites by using fake online personas to influence internet conversations and spread pro-American propaganda. A Californian corporation has been awarded a contract with United States Central Command (Centcom), which oversees US armed operations in the Middle East and Central Asia, to develop what is described as an "online persona management service" that will allow one US serviceman or woman to control up to 10 separate identities based all over the world. The project has been likened by web experts to China's attempts to control and restrict free speech on the internet.
Facebook's new Instant Personalization Program allows other sites to access your Facebook data and connect you with people on those sites. Not only can you turn this feature off, but you can keep sites from retrieving your Facebook information with Adblock filters. Not only does Facebook have an agreement with sites like Yelp and Pandora, but we've already seen that Facebook bugs can cause other, non-compliant sites to add applications to your profile , as long as you're logged into Facebook while you browse. Reader Saudrapsmann shows us how to keep this from happening in the future:
Via an anonymous commenter at the Freedom to Tinker blog, I discovered a recent paper from some researchers at Microsoft Research and the Max Plank Institute, analyzing online behavioral advertising. The most interesting bit is the following text: [W]e set up six Facebook proﬁles to check the impact of sexual-preference: a highly-sensitive personal attribute. Two proﬁles (male control) are for males interested in females, two (female control) for females interested in males, and one test proﬁle of a male interested in males and one of a female interested in females. The age and location were set to 25 and Washington D.C. respectively. . . . Alarmingly, we found ads where the ad text was completely neutral to sexual preference (e.g. for a nursing degree in a medical college in Florida) that was targeted exclusively to gay men.
Yesterday, Facebook introduced Places, a new location feature that competes with popular services like Foursquare, Google Latitude, Loopt, and Gowalla. Places allows Facebook users to 'check in' to real world locations and to tag their friends as present (similar to how Facebook allows tagging in photos). Everyone who is checked in to the location can see who else is listed as "Here Now" for a few hours after they check in. Once you are checked in to a location, Places also creates a story in your friends' News Feeds and places a notice in the location's page's Recent Activity section. The product will roll out over the next few days.
A personalised ad party ... if you Like it, bitch Facebook will begin adding photos of its users to third-party adverts appearing in users' news feeds come early next year, so if you're the sort who's a bit free with your thumbs-up button, there's no way out of being featured alongside a tin of baked beans or a pair of knickers on the social network. The Mark Zuckerberg-run company will set its "Sponsored Stories" feature as default for its 800 million-strong stalkerbase.
Today, Facebook announced new privacy controls and settings in response to the tremendous public outcry over its April changes. Here we explain step-by-step how to take advantage of the new settings and maximize your privacy on Facebook. This is important because you must take affirmative steps to adjust your settings in order to take full advantage of the revised privacy practices. While some information, such as your name, profile picture and gender, will remain publicly available, these steps are designed to provide as much privacy as Facebook's new system allows. Please enjoy our video, which goes through each of the steps detailed below. Step by Step to Maximize Privacy
Five months after it first announced coming privacy changes this past summer, Facebook is finally rolling out a new set of revamped privacy settings for its 350 million users.