Instagram Emails Policy Changes Reminder To Users

In an apparent move to calm appease angry users, Instagram sent out an email reminder about its changes to its terms of service and privacy policy which has just taken effect.
Instagram, which was bought by Facebook in September last year, infuriated quite a number of its users when it announced changes in December to its terms of service and privacy policy that essentially meant they also owned their users photos and could do anything with it.
Because of this, there was even talks about …

New California, Illinois Laws Seek To Protect Social Media Account Privacy

New laws in the states of California and Illinois beef up protection of privacy for social media accounts.
The new laws come in the wake of a new law signed in Michigan that also intend to keep access to social media accounts only to their owners.
In California, two laws will take effect tomorrow that prevent companies and schools from requiring social media account access information such as usernames and passwords from their applicants, employees and students.
Social media accounts protected …

Someone Shared My Supposedly Private Family Photo! The Nerve! – Randi Zuckerberg

Someone Shared My Supposedly Private Family Photo! The Nerve! – Randi Zuckerberg

Randi Zuckerberg – sister of Facebook co-creator, CEO and billionaire Mark Zuckerberg – flipped out on Twitter recently.
Why? Because someone had the nerve to publicly share a family photo the lady Zuckerberg wanted to be for friends’ eyes only.
She even thought it was the opportune time to lecture people about “human decency”.
On Twitter, Randi Zuckerberg said:
Digital etiquette: always ask permission before posting a friend’s photo publicly. It’s not about …

What Not To Post On Facebook And Social Media Outlets

A professional investigator is encouraging social media users to take heed of what they post on Facebook, and he listed things to avoid in online posts.
“What goes on your Facebook page and other Internet sites stays available forever,” says Chris Procopis, a Stamford-based research investigator and managing director of LexPro Research. “A picture of you drunk at a frat party can follow you around for the rest of your life.”
With more time to spend on social networks …

Facebook Denies Leak of Private Messages on Timeline

Facebook has denied allegations that some users’ old private messages are leaking on their accounts’ public walls, adding that user privacy remains intact.
The world’s largest social network is charged of exposing users’ private messages to their Timeline, but it claims those messages have always been public and are merely very old.
“A small number of users raised concerns after what they believed to be private messages appeared on their Timeline,” Facebook said in its …

Facebook, Social Networks Scan Conversations for Criminal Activities

Facebook scans private chatting sessions and posts to catch users who violate its terms or foray into criminal activities.
The world’s largest social networking site immediately calls law enforcement agencies after it finds and flags users who use their accounts for potential criminal activities, reveals Jeffrey Duncan, special agent supervisor for the Florida Department of Law Enforcement, in an interview with Reuters.
“A man in his early 30s was chatting about sex with a 13-year-old …

13 Million Americans Clueless About Facebook Privacy

Consumer Reports (CR) published the results of a survey on May 3 that showed 13 million Facebook users in the U.S. either do not use or do not know about Facebook’s privacy settings.  There are currently about 150 million Americans who have Facebook accounts.
Consumer Report’s annual state of the net report detailed the results of the survey of 2002 households in the U.S. with online access, of which 1,340 had active Facebook accounts.  A press release issued by Consumer Reports described …

Facebook Users Don’t Trust Facebook

A new poll carried out by the Associated Press (AP) and CNBC found that social networking giant Facebook has some steep challenges to overcome as it moves ever closer to becoming a public company this week.  Facebook is expected to start trading on Friday.
The AP-CNBC survey of 1,004 Facebook users, conducted between May 3 and May 7, found that 57 percent of Facebook users don’t click on sponsored content or ads and another 26 percent said they rarely do. Facebook depends on advertizing for …

Facebook Privacy Creep Shocks With Apps

A new Facebook privacy encroachment, which may shock even the most carefree social media Netizen, was revealed by Reg “Raganwald” Braithwaite on Friday – apps which have been authorized by a Facebook user may take with it and use a myriad of personal information about that user’s “friends” including birthday, education and work history, location, hometown, status updates, and videos.
Just when you thought it was safe to go back into Facebook’s social sharing party, the …

Google Is Under Fire From UK Lawmakers On Internet Privacy Issue

Google Is Under Fire From UK Lawmakers On Internet Privacy Issue / image via AP

A group of influential MPs and peers in the UK has threatened to pass legislation that will force Internet search giant Google to take measures and address what lawmakers said was breach of privacy in certain online operations, which have come under repeated complaint from alleged privacy intrusions.
A report of a cross-party committee earlier commissioned by the government to look into free speech and Internet …