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Dallas sniper attack thrusts Facebook Live back into the spotlight

By on July 8, 2016 at 7:59 PM.

Dallas sniper attack thrusts Facebook Live back into the spotlight

Facebook Live, which lets users broadcast live video across the social network, has been thrust further into the spotlight following Thursday’s sniper attack in Dallas that killed five police officers.

The shooting was streamed live on Facebook by Dallas resident Michael Kevin Bautista. His post, which was widely cited in the media, had been viewed more than 5.2 million times and racked up more than 141,000 shares Friday. More →

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Castile shooting: Facebook did not censor aftermath video, police reportedly did it

By on July 8, 2016 at 7:15 AM.

Castile shooting: Facebook did not censor aftermath video, police reportedly did it

Facebook Live is supposed to be a quick way to share fun memorable experiences with friends and family as they happen. But Lavish Reynolds used to stream an event nobody wants to live stream, the aftermath of a brutal police shooting that left her boyfriend, 32-year-old Philando Castile, dead. The video gained plenty of traction online, but it was removed early on Thursday from the social network. Initially, it was believed that Facebook might have censored it due to its graphic content, but that was not the case. The video was reinstated, but numerous media outlets picked it up before it disappeared.

Facebook has since denied reports said that it deleted the video, with Reynolds claiming that it was police who accessed her phone and Facebook account to remove the incriminating evidence. More →

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Facebook Messenger Privacy Shared Links

You should care about this Facebook Messenger security flaw no matter what Facebook says

By on June 30, 2016 at 6:03 PM.

You should care about this Facebook Messenger security flaw no matter what Facebook says

Yes, Facebook says that anyone can see any of the three million links that are shared every hour in private conversations. That’s a feature, not a bug. But before you get too freaked out about this type of Messenger “feature,” you should know that your privacy isn’t exactly breached, and a hacker would have a seriously hard time figuring out who shared which link with whom. More →

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Facebook Location Tracking Friends Recommendations

Facebook says it’s not using location data to suggest friends, even after admitting it was

By on June 29, 2016 at 2:59 PM.

Facebook says it’s not using location data to suggest friends, even after admitting it was

OK Facebook, you really need to make up your mind about what you say in public. And it would probably be a lot easier if you didn’t sneak certain features past your customers. The social network recently admitted to using smartphone location data to recommend friends to people, after someone discovered a recommendation that had no other reasonable explanation than the harvest and use of location data.

But now, Facebook says that’s not what it’s doing at all. More →

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Facebook is tracking your phone’s location to recommend friends

By on June 28, 2016 at 6:50 AM.

Facebook is tracking your phone’s location to recommend friends

You know who doesn’t like to be spied? Mark Zuckerberg. That’s probably why he covers with tape both the camera and microphone of his Mac. Ironically, though, Facebook does some spying of its own. A new report shows that the giant social network is tracking your phone’s location to suggest friends based on where you’re going. Before you get too paranoid about it, you should know it only tracks your location if it has the permission to do so. You can prevent it from ever happening again by simply going to the settings app on the iPhone or Android device that you’re using. More →

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Tale of the tape: Why Mark Zuckerberg is smart to cover his webcam

By on June 23, 2016 at 7:00 PM.

Tale of the tape: Why Mark Zuckerberg is smart to cover his webcam

Webcam security was thrust into the spotlight this week when a photo of Mark Zuckerberg appeared to show the camera and microphone on his MacBook covered with tape.

The photo, which was posted on Facebook to celebrate Instagram hitting 500 million followers, sparked plenty of interest. While some worried about the broader effectiveness of Facebook’s security, many see the tape as a shrewd defense against potential hackers. More →

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Netflix Facebook Password Change

Netflix and Facebook were not hacked, but you should still change your passwords

By on June 8, 2016 at 6:50 AM.

Netflix and Facebook were not hacked, but you should still change your passwords

Netflix and Facebook have not been hacked, but you should still change your passwords right away. The two companies are already prompting certain users to change their passwords in light of the recently revealed LinkedIn, Tumblr, and MySpace hacks. And if you like to recycle your credentials across internet services, you should consider changing the passwords for these services as soon as possible. In fact, you should try to come up with unique passwords for every internet service you use, rather than using the same ones over and over. More →

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