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'Baby yoga' video throws Facebook into a culture/censorship war

Baby yoga video throws Facebook into a culture/censorship war

A video of a screaming baby being dunked in a bucket of water leaves Facebook caught between issues of free speech and apparent condoning of practices many interpret as child abuse.

Facebook Messenger no longer tracks your location by default

Facebook Messenger no longer tracks your location by default

One week on fromĀ "Marauders Map" and Facebook Messenger has removed its eerie always-on location sharing feature.

Twitter shuts down political transparency tool Politwoops

Twitter kills political transparency tool Politwoops

Being able to see a politician's flip-flopping, via an archive of deleted tweets, was a valuable transparency tool. RIP to that!

Violent Facebook threats conviction thrown out by US Supreme Court

Violent Facebook threats conviction thrown out by US Supreme Court

It's not enough that ordinary people would find murderous rants threatening, the court said. Rather, courts have to consider frame of mind.

Facebook moves to encrypt the emails it sends users

Facebook moves to encrypt the emails it sends users

The new feature lets users add OpenPGP public encryption keys to their profiles that can be used to encrypt notifications Facebook sends to users' email accounts.

"Marauders Map" - Is your location being tracked through Facebook Messenger?

Marauders Map FB

A new Chrome extension, described by its own developer as 'creepy,' can track Facebook Messenger users and plot their location on a map.

17% of parents ignore privacy settings but still post hundreds of photos of kids online

Parents upload 973 photos of kids on social media before they hit 5

Parents upload an average of 973 photos of kids on social media before they hit 5 but 17% admit they don't check privacy settings, ever.

Adult FriendFinder hacked, users' intimate details exposed on Dark Web

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Adult FriendFinder, a website billed as a way for people to "find friends, sex, flings and hookups," has had a serious data breach. Now millions of people who thought they were using a discrete service to find casual sex have had their private information exposed online.

IC3 urges social media users to beware: scams and fraud are surging

Scams and fraud are surging on social media, says IC3 annual report

12% of the 269,422 complaints received in 2014 had a social media aspect, be it doxing, clickjacking or pharming. Here's how to stay safe.

Hello, Barack! Let's keep that @POTUS account secure!

Hello, Barack! Let's keep that @POTUS account secure!

Let's make sure that highly valuable account stays all you, all the time, without anyone else getting their mitts on it - at least, until somebody else becomes POTUS!

Internet.org is accused of being a walled garden for the world's poorest people

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A collection of 65 advocacy organisations from around the world have published an open letter to Mark Zuckerberg about Internet.org, calling it a walled garden for the world's poorest people.

Street performer "Baton Bob" offered $20K settlement over pro-police Facebook post

"Baton Bob" offered $20K settlement over pro-police Facebook post

Baton Bob alleged that police forced him to hand over his login before they posted a positive Facebook post about how they treated him during an arrest.

Reddit to crack down on online harassment

Reddit to crack down on online bullying

Reddit has vowed to take a more active role in protecting its members from personal attacks and online harassment.

"Nothing illegal going on here!" says US Army veteran behind Hacker's List

Hacker's List

A US Army veteran and self-described ethical hacker is linked to hire-a-hacker service, Hacker's List, which provides a web platform where hackers can bid on borderline or even illegal jobs.

"Creep" shamed on Facebook was actually man taking selfie with Darth Vader

Mum Facebook-shames guy taking selfie with Darth Vader

She mistakenly thought he was a "creep" snapping photos of her kids. By the time the post was shared 20K times, he'd received death threats and is now considering legal options.

Searchable database of members of intelligence community posted online

Database taps LinkedIn, serves up profiles of 27,000 SIGINT workers

Transparency Toolkit's ICWatch uses Google search and search terms associated with surveillance activities and tools to put a human face on the surveillance state.

Insulting cops online now illegal in Canadian town

Image of Canadian policeman courtesy of Shutterstock

One Facebook voice cries out in a resounding act of insulting civil disobedience: "Suck it up, buttercup!"

Facebook opens up Internet.org but there's no support for HTTPS

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Facebook has opened the internet up to users in India and other countries but says it won't immediately allow HTTPS.