This week, there were many reports that Facebook had a new bug – one that was allowing old private (!) messages to be posted to ones Timeline. It was quickly dismissed as a hoax, but many more people insisted they were indeed affected.
There’s another scam circulating on Facebook – this time, it’s something near and dear to my heart: shoes. Not just any shoes either, but those cute TOMS everyone is wearing this Spring. Sigh. Anyway, you may have seen this scam already. It works in the same way some of the other recent gift card scams operate.
When I first heard the rumblings of employers requiring their applicants to provide their Facebook passwords, I thought surely this must be few and far between. I mean really. What is the motivation? What are they looking for – dirt on you that they can use against you? It’s such an utter invasion of privacy I was surprised that instead of the rumbling going quietly away, it grew louder as more and more companies began asking for passwords as well.
Some couples in love share everything — from food off each other’s plates to toothbrushes (ugh), and apparently even their passwords. A friend of mine just ended a relationship that had a disastrous event that could have easily been prevented. His ex logged into his Facebook account and posted all sorts of nasty things — posing as him.
Another day, another Facebook scam to be aware of. This time, it’s all about Justin Bieber: “Justin Bieber STABBED By CRAZED Fan Outside NightClub! OMG! NOOOO! Could YOU Even Imagine?!?” Let’s say you’re a bit bored, and decide to go ahead and click on the link to check it out. But there isn’t a video. Instead, you are asked to complete a survey, and given the opportunity to send the …
Recently, a twelve-year-old girl in Northern Ireland posted sexually explicit pictures of herself on Facebook, looking much older than her age. In response, the girl’s father is suing Facebook, citing that the social network does not do enough to keep children under thirteen (the minimum age required to have a Facebook account) off of Facebook.
In an effort to protect students from inappropriate teacher/student relationships, the state of Missouri has passed a law that is being dubbed “the Facebook” law, otherwise known as the Amy Hestir Student Protection Act. Amy Hester was a woman who was repeated assaulted by a high school teacher, and the law seeks to protect children from sexual abuse by banning the opportunity for them to converse with their teachers privately online.
Facebook gets such a bad reputation for privacy and security issues because they implement new features without gaining permission from users, rather than giving us a chance to decide if a new feature is something we’re interested in.