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Lil Miss Hot Mess and Co. Win Facebook Battle

Company apologizes for suspending drag queens' accounts

(Newser) - Victory for Sister Roma, Lil Miss Hot Mess, and hundreds of other drag queens who had fallen afoul of Facebook's "real name" policy: The company says it will ease up on the policy and they can carry on using their stage names. The drag queens had their accounts... More »

Here's Your New Facebook Alternative

Since Facebook began requiring real names, some users are finding another home

(Newser) - When Facebook started aggressively enforcing its "real name" policy recently, a whole lot of people got bent out of shape real fast—including but not limited to drag queens, reports the New York Times . One issue at hand is that some people have multiple identities, not just the one... More »

Latest 'Creepy' Facebook Change: the 'Ask' Button

Critics are calling it 'invasive'

(Newser) - Facebook creeping just got a lot more awkward: In an unannounced update this weekend, Facebook has introduced an "Ask" button to users' pages so their friends can ask about their relationship status, where they live, or what their phone number is—basically, friends are able to "Ask" about... More »

Facebook Private Messages Aren't So Private: Suit

Network scans them to boost its ad sales, a California lawsuit claims

(Newser) - An alarming claim has popped up in a California class action lawsuit: Facebook is accused of violating privacy boundaries by reading your private messages whenever it fancies. The suit claims the social network scans private messages, looking for websites users send to each other, for "purposes including but not... More »

Facebook Keeps Tabs on Your Deleted Posts

Company tracks instances of 'self-censorship'

(Newser) - Many of us have been there: You have a huge fight with your friend, and you need a place to vent. You log on to Facebook and begin to type out all the emotions you're feeling, and right as you're about to click the post button, logical thought... More »

Facebook Knows Who You're Dating: Here's How

New study also finds which couples are likeliest to break up

(Newser) - Facebook data scientists can figure out who you're sleeping with, even if your relationship isn't "Facebook official," and in a new paper researchers explain how they figured out the method, the Atlantic reports. Turns out the key is to look at more than just mutual friends.... More »

Facebook Users Can't Hide From Profile Searches

It's now easier for people to find you by name

(Newser) - As if Facebook privacy wasn’t already an oxymoron, the social media site is removing users’ ability to hide their profile from searches. The setting, which allowed users to control who can find their timeline by name, was originally removed for users who weren’t already using it last year.... More »

Under FTC's Microscope: Facebook Privacy, Again

Feds looking into proposed new rules

(Newser) - Two weeks after Facebook's privacy policies were given yet another edit, the feds are taking a closer look. The Federal Trade Commission is deciding whether the proposed policies violate a 2011 agreement that forces the social network to get the explicit consent of users before it dishes out their... More »

Facebook: 74 Countries Demanded Info on Users

US behind more than half 38K requests this year

(Newser) - American police and intelligence agencies are by far the most eager to get their hands on the data of Facebook users, the company has revealed in its first detailed report on such requests. Facebook says that in the first half of this year, it received requests for information on around... More »

Privacy, We Hardly Knew Ye

Facebook is reverting us to a pre-urban state: David Frum

(Newser) - Between Facebook and cell phone videos that propel any unguarded moment into a viral one, we spend a fair amount of time these days bemoaning the loss of privacy. But the truth is, privacy has only existed for a matter of decades, writes David Frum at CNN . "For most... More »

You Are What You 'Like' on Facebook

Scientists find smart people like curly fries, liberals like ... cuddling

(Newser) - The race, sexual orientation, political leanings, and many other personal details about Facebook users can be revealed with a stunning degree of accuracy by analyzing their "likes," according to new research. Experts using data from 58,000 volunteers created a program that could spot gay men 88% of... More »

Facebook Changes Actually Got Users to Share More

...whether they realized it or not

(Newser) - Facebook users started sharing a lot more after the site modified its interface and default settings in 2009 and 2010—whether they realized it or not. A seven-year study from Carnegie Mellon researchers found that from 2005 to 2009, users were trending toward keeping more information private, a trend that... More »

Facebook Unveils Ambitious New Search Feature

You'll be able to search the 'graph' for info from your friends

(Newser) - Facebook held a major press event today, but kept the media guessing about what it would be unveiling. The answer was what Mark Zuckerberg described as the "third pillar" of Facebook: Graph Search. Basically, the idea is to allow people to search for people, places, and things to do... More »

Facebook Yanks New Year's Notes Over Privacy Fail

Holiday messages could be read by strangers

(Newser) - Facebook was hoping to allow users to write special messages to be sent at midnight tonight, but a student in Wales discovered a small problem: It's way easy to read—or delete—other people's private notes, the Daily Mail reports. Tweaking the URL of a message sent via... More »

Latest Victim of Facebook Privacy Flub: Zuckerberg Sis

'It's about human decency,' complains Randi Zuckerberg

(Newser) - It looks like Facebook's ever-changing privacy functions aren't just frustrating for you and me—even Mark Zuckerberg's sister (a former Facebook official herself) can screw up. A family photo Randi Zuckerberg posted on her Facebook page was tweeted by a friend of a family member, upsetting Zuckerberg,... More »

Instagram: We Can Sell Your Photos, Pay You Zilch

How do you opt out? You can't!

(Newser) - Get ready to feel a little more violated: Instagram has decided it can now sell your photos. Without telling you. And you have no say. And won't see a penny. In a new intellectual property policy revealed yesterday and set to take effect Jan. 16, Facebook-owned Instagram now retains... More »

Facebook Posting 'Private Messages': Reports

But maybe they're just old wall postings?

(Newser) - Are people's private Facebook messages appearing in their Timelines today? French newspapers posted stories saying as much, and similar incidents cropped up in the US, reports Slate , but now TechCrunch reports that the messages from 2007 to 2009 are actually old wall posts that were never private in the... More »

Let's Nationalize Facebook

Let's make the site a force for good: Philip Howard

(Newser) - Facebook is capable of being a tool for the greater good, but right now, it's falling way short of that potential, writes Philip Howard at Slate . His solution: Let's nationalize it, even though the idea "might seem crazy." We could start with a public majority stake... More »

Illinois to Firms: Paws Off Applicants' Facebook Logins

New law will make it illegal for them to request password info

(Newser) - Good news, Illinois job seekers: Would-be employers are now legally barred from demanding your social media passwords and taking a gander at those margarita madness photos you thought only your friends could see. Gov. Pat Quinn yesterday signed a law that will make it illegal for employers to ask job... More »

Facebook's New Buy Had Huge Security Hole

Face.com app's flaw allowed Facebook, Twitter hijacking

(Newser) - Facebook has made a new acquisition, snapping up Israeli facial recognition firm Face.com in a deal believed to be worth up to $100 million. But while Face.com's technology—which is already used to auto-tag photos on Facebook—has plenty of fans, its KLIK mobile app had a... More »

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