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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.

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?

Facebook to let advertisers see where you're surfing

Facebook to let advertisers see where you're surfing

Like many services already do, Facebook's now going to mix in our browsing histories with the advertising stew. It's also introducing a tool that lets us see (and edit) the dossiers they keep on us, so we can finally get a glimpse into why they think we like what they seem to think we like.

Facebook's new audio feature won't snoop on us, it says

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Listening in and identifying your TV and music is opt-in only, Facebook's security head honcho said, and no, he wouldn't want it in his pocket either if it was recording everything going on around him.

NSA facial recognition program scours web for images to identify suspects

NSA facial recognition program scours web for images to identify suspects

The US National Security Agency (NSA) has been collecting millions of images from the web and storing them in a database that can be mined by facial recognition software for identifying surveillance targets, a new report says.

Our online advertising model fails have put us all in danger

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Why hand over hard-earned cash for something when we can get the same thing for free? It seems like a no-brainer, but our unwillingness to pay for things directly has led the internet into a dark and dangerous corner where a dependence on advertising is putting our privacy and security on the line.

Iranian court beckons Facebook's Mark Zuckerberg to answer accusations of privacy violation

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An Iranian court has not only opened a case against Facebook's instant-message services WhatsApp and Instagram; it's also summoned that "American Zionist" Mark Zuckerberg himself to answer complaints of privacy violation.

5 tips to make your Facebook account safer [UPDATED]

5 tips to make your Facebook account safer [UPDATED]

Here's an updated version of our invaluable tips to make your Facebook account safer. We take you step-by-step through the settings and options to limit your post visibility and prevent unauthorised access. Have you done all five?

Facebook finally makes public sharing 'opt-in' for new users, gives everyone else more controls

Facebook finally makes public sharing 'opt-in' for new users, gives everyone else more controls

It's been 10 years since Facebook gave the world a reason to share everything with everyone - but the social media giant is finally acknowledging its privacy pitfalls.

Facebook rape joke posted by 'hackers', Hooters insists

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The US emporium of beer, buxom babes and unlimited $10.99 chicken pointed the finger at Facebook hackers after somebody posted a rape joke onto its page on Saturday.

FCC net neutrality proposals tackle internet fast lane - why no one is happy

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The latest proposal by the FCC for rules governing the internet leave the door open to an internet "fast lane." In essence, the battle over net neutrality comes down to who has legal authority over the internet, and whether ISPs can do, well, whatever they want.

Google and Facebook join forces to take down fake tech support scammers

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Web giants Google and Facebook are striking back against tech support scammers who use the companies' ad networks to snag victims.

Monday review - the hot 21 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.

Free Rolling Stones tickets? No, it’s a Facebook scam

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Are you a Rolling Stones fan? Lots of people are, and with gigs on the 2014 tour selling out in hours, you can see why free tickets might seem worth checking out.

But not all "special offer" sites are made alike, as Paul Ducklin explains...

Snapchat agrees to settlement with FTC over privacy complaints

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Snapchat and the FTC have come to terms in a settlement over the privacy practices of the controversial mobile message service company.

Will Snapchat be better at protecting user privacy now that it's required to be monitored by a privacy auditor for the next 20 years?