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Latest Criticism of Facebook Stories

2014-04-09 20:22:31

TORONTO, April 9, 2014 /PRNewswire/ - A class action lawsuit commenced today in the Ontario Superior Court alleges that Facebook illicitly intercepted and scanned its users' private messages without their knowledge or consent. The lawsuit alleges that the URLs (website addresses) in users' private messages were harvested by Facebook in violation of users' privacy. Facebook did this in order to inflate its web presence and attract increased advertising revenue. The practice...

2014-02-26 00:22:00

BARCELONA, Spain, Feb. 25, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Facebook founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg keynotes this year's Mobile World Congress with the theme "Creating What's Next". Zuckerberg is joined by renowned technology journalist David Kirkpatrick, author of "The Facebook Effect: The Inside Story of the Company that is Connecting the World". In his speech, Zuckerberg's shared his vision of a connected world through his pioneering project Internet.org which was launched last year....

Zuckerberg Files Tracks Everything Uttered By The Facebook CEO
2013-10-29 12:53:46

Michael Harper for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online As the co-founder and creator of one of the largest and most successful websites in human history, Mark Zuckerberg is an important figure. The CEO of Facebook, a social network that is almost constantly embroiled in some sort of privacy scandal, also has a tendency to speak candidly about the company's encroaching policies. For instance, in the early days of Facebook, Zuckerberg had some unflattering things to say about the users...

Teens Can Now Go Public On Facebook
2013-10-17 04:35:18

redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports - Your Universe Online Facebook has removed a restriction for teenage users that previously limited who could view their online postings. The change, which took effect on Wednesday, allows users between the ages of 13 and 17 to manually change their settings to publicly share posts and obtain followers. Until now, Facebook postings made by teenagers were only viewable by their “friends,” “friends of friends,” and customized groups, with no...

Facebook Privacy Setting Change Makes Everybody Searchable Again
2013-10-11 11:57:28

Enid Burns for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Facebook is changing its privacy settings again. This time it is making everybody searchable, meaning users now will need to adjust privacy settings on individual posts moving forward. The changes were detailed in a Newsroom post on Facebook written by Michael Richter, chief privacy officer for the social network. A small percentage of people use the search setting, according to Richter. That percentage is only a single-digit percentage...

Facebook Wants To Use Profile Pictures To Suggest Tags
2013-08-30 10:21:49

Michael Harper for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Facebook announced another round of changes to its privacy policy and user rights policy in an email sent to its users late last night. The social behemoth now wants to use its facial recognition technology to automatically scan users’ profile pictures, thereby letting the social network suggest tags in pictures. A US judge recently approved a settlement wherein Facebook will pay out $20 million after using users’ profile...

Facebook Lets Users Explain Why They Don’t Like A News Item
2013-07-24 10:08:27

Michael Harper for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online The ever data-hungry Facebook is now letting its users give them even more information. The social networking site has long allowed their members to "like" certain posts from companies or friends. These digital thumbs up are then used to drive ads or determine which other news items will show up in their feed. Alternatively, users can ask Facebook to hide a news item in their feed and now the social company wants to know why....

Open Letter Criticizes Facebook For Allowing Hate Speech
2013-05-29 11:19:52

Michael Harper for redOrbit.com — Your Universe Online Following a successful grassroots campaign which resulted in advertisers fleeing the site, Facebook has now responded to complaints about hate speech and violence, particularly when it´s aimed at women. The group Women, Action & the Media (WAM!) issued an open letter to Facebook on May 21 and urged Facebook users across the globe to email and Tweet the social network and their advertisers to call for change....

Facebook Exodus For One Third Of Users In New Poll
2013-05-04 06:51:24

redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports - Your Universe Online One third of all Facebook users take breaks from the popular social network by deactivating their account, and 10 percent of them eventually quit using the website entirely, according to a team of Cornell University researchers. As part of the study, which was presented Thursday at the Association for Computing Machinery's Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems in Paris, the researchers posted an online questionnaire...

Facebook Will Let 'Trusted Contacts' Help Recover Forgotten Passwords
2013-05-03 09:54:05

redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports - Your Universe Online Facebook rolled out a new security feature on Thursday that lets users locked out of their accounts recover their passwords with the help of trusted friends. The optional enhancement, dubbed "Trusted Contacts,” lets a Facebook user select up to five friends to receive security codes if the user cannot login to his or her account. Should a lockout arise, Facebook will send the security codes to the friends the user has...