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Trust Us, We’re Facebook

Posted by David Harley on October 25, 2016

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Facebook has inconspicuously announced that it intends ‘to begin allowing more items that people find newsworthy, significant, or important to the public interest — even if they might otherwise violate our standards.’ Facecrooks is understandably unenthusiastic: ‘This policy change … may help Facebook avoid controversies like … censoring a historic picture from the Vietnam War […]

Facebook’s not-so-smart algorithms

Posted by David Harley on June 26, 2016

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Facebook’s suggestions for pages I might like are a constant source of amusement and bewilderment. Music stuff, OK. I’m not quite at the stage yet where my life is more focused on music than on security-related writing, but it’s getting there.  IT stuff, OK. Some of it is even relevant to what I do. Stuff […]

Virus hoaxes still thrive while ‘Sonia disowns Rahul’

Posted by David Harley on March 21, 2016

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Sonia may have disowned Rahul, but virus hoaxes are still with us, though nowadays more often found in social media than in email.

Facing Up to Facebook

Posted by David Harley on November 12, 2015

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Not a Facebook user? Don’t be so sure: there’s logging in, and there’s an ‘untrusted login’. Apparently.

Facebook is the new religion

Posted by Kevin on September 30, 2015

Our avatar trending on Facebook Followed be thy Status. Thy Timeline come, Your Wall be done on Explorer, as it is in Chrome. Poke us this day our daily thread, And forgive us our blocks as we forgive them – yeah, right – that block against us. And lead us not into notifications, But deliver […]

Working for Facebook – Behavioural Advertising

Posted by David Harley on June 15, 2015

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We often say of services like Facebook that if you’re not paying for the product, you are the product. This isn’t necessarily a terrible thing: social media sites are, in general, there to make a profit, and serving advertisements to you on behalf of their real customers provides their revenue stream, so you may consider that […]

Vote for Facebook!

Posted by David Harley on May 7, 2015

As a UK citizen on the day of a general election, I’m not suffering from a lack of advice on voting. Some of my Facebook friends are urging me to vote for one party or another, others are just anxious that I should vote. Kevin, on the other hand, is anxious that none of us […]

Top Facebook Stories: Your Choice?

Posted by David Harley on April 8, 2015

Facebook and its algorithms may not be as smart as FB, its paying customers, and the rest of us think. But should we take comfort from that?

European Commission tells citizens to stop using Facebook

Posted by Alexander Hanff on March 25, 2015

Yesterday was a very important day for privacy and data protection in Europe.  It was the day that Max Schrems was able to present arguments in the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) with regards to the US surveillance programme called PRISM and whether or not companies which expose European citizens’ data to […]

Psychological cyberwar, or just plain propaganda

Posted by Kevin on February 1, 2015

February 1, 2015 “The British military,” the Independent reported yesterday, “is setting up a specialist force modelled on the Chindits, the commandos who gained renown through their daring missions behind enemy lines in Burma during the Second World War.” But this force is not simply designed to get behind ISIS lines and fight Orde Wingate’s […]