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Facebook prowls the internet looking for your password

Facebook prowls the internet looking for your password

Facebook explains that it's keeping its eye out for credentials - email, password combinations - dropped on sites after data breaches, running them against its own users' credentials to see if password reuse is going to land its users in trouble.

Facebook: Dear DEA, please don't set up fake profiles to trap criminals

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Facebook CSO Joe Sullivan sent a letter to the DEA on Friday in which he explained how law enforcement agencies need to play by the same rules as the rest of us and not lie about who they are.

Facebook's new Safety Check lets you tell friends you're safe when disaster strikes

Facebook's new Safety Check lets you tell friends you're safe when disaster strikes

Facebook has graced its users with a new tool called Safety Check that lets people tell friends if they're OK when disaster strikes.

Attacker takes over Facebook page set up for 'Bucket List Baby' Shane, posts porn

Attacker takes over Facebook page set up for 'Bucket List Baby' Shane, posts porn

A Facebook page set up to chronicle the extremely short life of a baby with the rare, terminal condition of anencephaly was hijacked within days of the infant's death and set to display lewd images. The parents, who had lost their child mere days before, fell for one of the most vile phishing attacks ever.

'The Snappening': Snapchat images flood the internet after SnapSaved.com hack

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Hundreds of thousands of supposedly self-destructing Snapchat snaps have been apparently jimmied out of the database for SnapSaved.com, a third-party website not affiliated with Snapchat which allows users to save unopened photos from Snapchat without the sender knowing the images have been saved.

Twitter sues US federal agencies in attempt to remove the gag around surveillance

Twitter sues US federal agencies in attempt to remove the gag around surveillance

Twitter doesn't want its transparency report to be fuzzy to the point of meaninglessness, full of "broad, inexact ranges" about how many times the US government has shaken it down in its surveillance operations, it says – for example, by counting them to the nearest thousand.

Facebook warns against buying fake likes, but the fans-for-sale industry is booming

Facebook warns against buying fake Likes

Facebook is taking another swipe at fraudulent likes that artificially inflate a Facebook Page's number of fans.

Facebook sort-of apologizes for treating users like lab rats

Facebook sort-of apologizes for treating users like lab rats

Facebook says it was "unprepared" for the ruckus stirred up around its emotional contagion research, and that there were things "it should have done differently." Does that include asking for informed consent next time?

Facebook says sorry to LGBT community over real-name policy, promises change

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Facebook's apologised and promised to fix what turns out to be, it admits, an unsophisticated policy that doesn't reflect the importance of pseudonyms in protecting people from harassment and violence.

'Anti-Facebook' Ello: swamped with privacy-hungry refugees, bouncing back from DDoS

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Either somebody really, really hates the idea of a social media platform that doesn't sell ads based on user data, or Ello is so popular it got trampled. Either way, it's been an outage-plagued few days for the service that thinks ad-based social networks are corrupt.

Snapchat says fat spam is not its fault

Snapchat says fat spam is not its fault

Have your Snapchat friends taken to calling you fat recently? If so, don't get mad at them - their suggestion that you pop a weight loss pill is probably the result of having their account hacked.

China blocks Instagram as Hong Kong protesters take over the streets

China blocks Instagram as Hong Kong protesters take over the streets

China has blocked Facebook's photo-sharing site Instagram, as pro-democracy protesters flooded the Central financial district in Hong Kong on Monday and chronicled it all by flooding social media sites with #OccupyCentral hashtagged images.

Facebook's new 'Atlas' ad platform will follow us around on non-Facebook sites

Facebook's new 'Atlas' ad platform will follow us around on non-Facebook sites

The ad technology will enable Facebook partners to siphon user data from Facebook's deep, deep sea and use it to super-target ads at users on and off its website, no matter what wireless or wired device we're using.

Child abuser sues Facebook and page admin over allegedly posting his address

Child abuser sues Facebook and page admin over allegedly posting his address

The administrator of the paedophile-monitoring site admitted in High Court to "naming and shaming" 400 sex offenders on the Facebook page but denied posting the address. As of Thursday, the case had been continued as un-redacted evidence was sought.

Is Facebook building a "Moments" app for ultra-private sharing?

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The company's reportedly putting the finishing touches on a separate app for composing intimate updates, designed to be an entirely different experience than what we have now: the kludgy toggling of the sharing settings on one composer interface in order to create both intimate content and blasted-out-to-the-universe Newsfeed updates.

Facebook meets with LGBT community over real-name policy

Facebook meets with LGBT community over real-name policy

After mounting protests, Facebook reps scheduled a meeting with San Francisco activists and city officials over its real-name policy, which many say discriminates against the LGBT community.

Facebook predator charged after posing as teenager to stalk girls online

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A 22-year-old man from New Jersey has been charged with stalking one teenage girl and soliciting sexually explicit photos from another via Facebook.

Facebook wants to know why you hate specific adverts

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Facebook's not happy to just let us hide ads anymore; now it wants to know why we hid a given ad so it can purge newsfeeds of super-cruddy ads.

Target tops the list of most epic privacy fails

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Our readers ranked Target’s data breach ahead of Adobe, Snapchat, Google Glass, and Talking Angela for the biggest privacy failure of the past year.