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Facebook tests Snapchat-like vanishing act for posts

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Faceboook's going Mission: Impossible, ephemeral-message on us, having confirmed that it's testing an auto-delete feature that will let users schedule their posts' demise.

Teen's open Facebook invite leads to 500 unexpected gatecrashers

Teen's open Facebook invite leads to 500 unexpected gatecrashers

Maybe there's a better way to impress a girl than hosting a party where she invites all her gazillion Facebook friends to trash your mum's house.

Review your settings with Facebook’s new privacy checkup tool

Review your settings with Facebook’s new privacy checkup tool

Facebook has now rolled out its dinosaur-led privacy tool to everyone. So you can either wait for your dino-popup to appear, or click on the padlock icon in Facebook, go to Privacy Checkup, and follow these 3 simple steps.

Twitter adds unlimited payouts to its bug bounty program

Twitter adds unlimited payouts to its bug-bounty program

The social media buzz bucket announced on Wednesday that cash will be added to the profound gratitude it's doled out since the bug-reporting program started in June.

How dare you use my camera! 60 Sec Security [VIDEO]

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Here's this week's 60 Second Security.

A week of news distilled into a swift minute of amusing but informative video...

Facebook wants you to know that Messenger is not spying on you

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After a long build-up of rumors surrounding the Messenger app's required permissions to access the device's camera and microphone, Facebook is finally attempting to set the record straight.

Online dating scammer targeted elderly victims out of $1.1million

$1.1 million online dating scam targeted elderly victims

32-year-old Kris Koranteng has been arrested and charged with 11 separate counts, including conspiracy, mail fraud, wire fraud and money laundering. He and his crew are thought to have sought out vulnerable love-seekers on popular dating sites including Match.com and Chemistry.com.

Social media users don't like discussing Snowden and surveillance online

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Just 42% of those surveyed said they were willing to air their views or enter a discussion on Facebook or Twitter but 86% said they would be happy to discuss the NSA surveillance program in a face-to-face setting.

OMG, you would not BELIEVE what Facebook thinks about click-baiting

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Facebook is cracking down on those click-baiting headlines - you know, the ones that say “YOU WOULD NOT BELIEVE WHAT THIS GIRL DID NEXT”, or “Watch what happens when this guy puts a BATTERY in a MICROWAVE”.

"Lizard Squad" hackers force PSN offline and Sony exec from the sky

"Lizard Squad" hackers force PSN offline and Sony exec from the sky

Hackers calling themselves "Lizard Squad" tweeted a bomb threat that forced a plane with Sony Online Entertainment's president on board to divert for an emergency landing on Sunday. At the same time, a DDoS (distributed denial of service) attack flooded traffic to Sony's PlayStation Network, forcing the gaming network offline for a short time.

How to improve your Twitter security and privacy

Understanding Twitter's security and privacy settings

We don't lump Twitter in the same privacy bracket as, say, Facebook. But like any social network, Twitter is vulnerable to oversharing, data leakage and unintended consequences. We take a look at Twitter's privacy settings, find out what they really mean, and tell you how fix them up right now, before it's too late.

Monday review - the hot 21 stories of the week

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Catch up with everything we wrote in the last seven days - it's weekly roundup time...

Facebook given 4 weeks to respond to "largest privacy class action in Europe"

Facebook given 4 weeks to respond to "largest privacy class action in Europe"

Austrian law student Max Schrems has won the first round in his class action lawsuit against Facebook over online privacy. Schrems and others are seeking damages of €500 each ($664/£400) for alleged data violations by Facebook.

Mother tracks down Facebook predator who lured son away from home

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The child predator persuaded the boy to meet him by threatening suicide. Even after his mother told Adam Brown to block contact with her son, he persisted in messaging the young teenager.

'Facebook Drug Task Force’ hoax cranks up the paranoia

'Facebook Drug Task Force’ hoax cranks up the paranoia

Just in time for Facebook's newly announced "Satire" tag, a satirical news site brings us Facebook's corporate police force, replete with assault weapons and anti-bomb vehicles, transporting their first two busted users to the nation's first corporate jail - which is in Facebook's Menlo Park, Calif., headquarters, of course.

Twitter injects favourites into newsfeeds, but is it an 'invasion of privacy'?

Twitter injects people's favourites into newsfeeds, annoying many

Twitter is taking people's favourites - what many (mistakenly) have assumed were private - and sticking them into people's newsfeeds, along with follow notifications.

How will you pay for the internet of the future?

How will you pay for the internet of the future?

In this, the 25th year anniversary of the invention of the World Wide Web, the man who claims to have invented the pop-up ad and gave rise to an economy of surveillance has apologized, said that the consequences were unforeseen, and invited the world's citizens to re-imagine a different web.

The top 5 privacy failures - what's the most epic fail of all? [POLL]

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The list of culprits in our eroding privacy is long, but some privacy fails stand out above the rest. So we're calling out five privacy killers that deserve an extra level of shaming.

Take our poll, and help us crown the most epic privacy fail of all ...

Good bot, bad bot? 23 million Twitter accounts are automated

Good bot, bad bot? 23 million Twitter accounts may be automated

Its latest SEC filing says that 8.5% of active monthly users are automatons, which could mean there are a boatload of bots on the service. Some are spam, some are useful, some are just publications' own, automated Twitter feeds.

Facebook ordered to disclose records on underage users

Facebook ordered to disclose records on underage users

Facebook says it doesn't keep them longer than six months, but a court in Belfast is nonetheless ordering it to hand over any records it might have or control about its underage users. The case concerns a girl who, starting at the age of 11, took out four Facebook accounts and used them to post sexually suggestive photos.