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Facebook privacy under spotlight as thousands join class action lawsuit

Facebook privacy under spotlight as thousands join class action lawsuit

More than 17,000 people have signed up to a class action lawsuit against Facebook, which alleges that the social network violated its users' privacy.

Is artificial intelligence as big a threat as nuclear weapons?

Is artificial intelligence as big a threat as nuclear weapons?

Elon Musk, King of the Disruptors, thinks so - tweeting recently that artificial intelligence machines are "potentially more dangerous than nukes."

Facebook slapped with $123 million revenge-porn lawsuit

Facebook slapped with $123 million revenge-porn lawsuit

For months, Facebook hosted a revenge-porn page dedicated to humiliating one Texas woman with Photoshopped clips of her face pasted onto porn shots, a US woman from Texas is claiming. Facebook's report abuse procedure got her nowhere; only a police subpoena got through. Is that Report Abuse button actually hooked up to anything, or is it buzzing in an empty room?

Monday review - the hot 22 stories of the week

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Make sure you're up to date with everything we wrote in the last seven days - it's weekly roundup time.

Facebook iPhone 6 scams - how NOT to get sucked in

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We "do the math" to help you explain to your friends and family why they are NOT getting a free iPhone 6 for clicking Like!

Twitter: 46% rise in requests for user information by governments

Twitter transparency report: 46% rise in requests for user information by governments

In all, there were 2,058 information requests from governments in the first half of 2014, which Twitter says were typically connected with criminal investigations. Those requests covered a total of 3,131 user accounts - 48% more than in the last report.

How anyone can hack your Instagram account

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Should you write instructions that tell everyone how to hack Instagram accounts, including advice like "wait for someone to use the Instagram iOS app"?

This security researcher did, after he was denied a bug bounty for reporting the problem...

13-year-old girl arrested for Facebook death threats against entire town

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Despite specific threats to kill a 12-year-old cancer patient along with the entire population of a Texas town, Facebook initially stonewalled police's efforts to find the identity of whoever was making the terrorist threats. It baffled police, as well it should.

What would make you quit Facebook? Here's what you said ...

Quit Facebook?

Last week we asked our readers to take a poll about Facebook's controversial social experiment on thousands of unknowing users.

Lots of you responded - more than 1,000 - and we received a lot of great comments. Here's what you said ...

DARPA dissects Twitter, Facebook, Reddit to extract propaganda how-to's

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The internet found out last week that Facebook's been dissecting us. Now, it looks like DARPA's been at it too, with research on users of Facebook, Twitter, Reddit, Pinterest, Kickstarter and Digg.

Monday review - the hot 22 stories of the week

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It's weekly roundup time!

Here's all the great stuff we've written in the past seven days.

Facebook's experiment on users - what would it take for you to finally quit? [POLL]

Facebook's experiment on users - what would it take for you to finally quit? [POLL]

Facebook is taking heat once again for perceived invasion of privacy, after it disclosed a research experiment conducted on users without their explicit consent.

What do you think? Have you finally had enough of Facebook's privacy invasions to say "enough is enough"? Take our poll...

Did Facebook's emotion experiment break the law? ICO probes

Did Facebook's emotion experiment break the law? ICO probes

Did Facebook's emotional manipulation study break data protection laws? The UK's Information Commissioner's Office is to investigate the experiment, which caused outrage after it manipulated the feeds of close to 700,000 users to determine how they reacted to positive or negative news.

Ex-boyfriend avoids jail for posting offensive update on woman's Facebook account

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The case - one which involves prosecution over damage to a social media account - is reportedly unprecedented. The guilty party was facing a maximum of 10 years in prison and a €10,000 fine, with a judge who had no precedents to go on when it came time for sentencing.

Facebook shrugs as 'emotional contagion' research outrages its users

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Some users saw a dash more positive items in their feeds; some received a more grim daily dose, as the researchers cut out happy tidings. The researchers' conclusion: yes, emotional states are contagious, and no, seeing friends post happy news does not necessarily make people want to jump off ledges. The internet's reaction: how dare you manipulate emotions without informed consent?

Facebook's facing a losing battle to protect users' privacy

Facebook's facing a losing battle to protect users' privacy

Last year, prosecutors in Manhattan held Facebook up by the ankles and shook out personal data on 381 users. A judge last week said that it's up to the targeted users to complain about privacy invasion, not data-repository Facebook. But how are they supposed to stand up for their rights if they're never told about the sealed warrants to begin with?

Revenge porn hits two high profile boyfriends where it hurts

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Former NSA analyst and vocal NSA supporter John Schindler had his pink parts exposed by a lover in an extramarital affair, and a state representative's chief of staff was outed by a porn star ex-girlfriend and subsequently resigned. Revenge porn might typically target women, but these cases clearly show that we're all vulnerable when it comes to sharing explicit content.

Facebook privacy case to be referred to European Court of Justice

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The High Court in Ireland has referred the data-sharing case of Austrian law student, Max Schrems, to the European Court of Justice.

SSCC 152 - PF Chang's, TrueCrypt (still!), the Twitter worm and the cost of scammers [PODCAST]

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Sophos security experts Chester Wisniewski and Paul Ducklin turn their attention on the week's security news.

As usual, they extract plenty of useful lessons during their insightful dissection of the latest issues...

Does Facebook's Slingshot commit true imagicide? Or is it another Snapchat?

Does Facebook's Slingshot commit true imagicide?

"Disappear forever" didn't mean much when Snapchat said it. Neither Snapchat nor Facebook's newly released Slingshot stops anybody from taking a screenshot or snapping a photo of the receiving device with another camera, for one thing.