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Facebook and Fake Names by Bill Rounds

February 6, 2012 1 comment

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What What Happens If You Use A Fake Name On Google+ Or Facebook?

People love Facebook. Social networking is just a part of what humans do, so the fact that people use online social networks like Facebook and Google+ is no surprise. They are powerful tools for social change, business opportunities and developing strong relationships with friends and family.

But, people are nervous about providing their personal information to social networking sites, and with good reason. Social networking sites sell your information to the highest bidder. They make billions of dollars from the information that we give them for free. That information allows repressive governments to easily target undesirables, it could damage a career, or just plain cause embarrassment.

How People Protect Personal Information On Social Networking Sites

To harness the power of social networking while protecting personal information, some people use fake information in their profiles. There are lots of reasons people provide fake info. Everything from using a fake birthday or city, to using a fake profile picture or name are used by people who fear stalkers, by Egyptian revolutionaries, and by average people to protect their privacy. Only the most dedicated snoops can glean good information from a false trail.

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Obama’s stale LinkedIn profile

September 26, 2011 Leave a comment

A short statement under the summary section of the president’s profile summons the more-than-just-one-man ethos the Obama team promoted in late 2008 and 2009, which appears to be when the profile was last updated.

“The administration can’t only be about me,” the blurb says. “It must be about us — it must be about what we can do together. It is about reclaiming the meaning of citizenship, restoring our sense of common purpose, and realizing that few obstacles can withstand the power of millions of voices calling for change.”

Below that paragraph, the president’s areas of “expertise” are listed.

“I have worked to rebuild trust in government by allowing every American to go online and see how their tax dollars are spent.

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Google launches all out social networking assault with Google+ (video)

June 29, 2011 Leave a comment

Social networking has long been Google’s white whale. The company has done plenty of dabbling in the space, releasing Orkut, which has failed to catch on in the US, and rolling out Buzz to the relative indifference of its massive user base. Announced today after seemingly endless leaks, Google+ represents a major push for the software giant. The service began showing itself to a smattering of users last night, as a black bar across the top of various of the company’s properties. A “+You” button on the far left of the bar currently brings you to the service’s landing page, offering a tour of the many features that fall under the Google+ umbrella. Get to know the services better after the break.

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WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange rails against Facebook, says it’s a spy tool for US government

May 5, 2011 Leave a comment

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange rails against Facebook, says it’s a spy tool for US government

News Link • SurveillanceWikiLeaks founder Julian Assange rails against Facebook, says it’s a spy tool for US government

05-05-2011 • http://www.nydailynews.com

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange called Facebook “the most appalling spying machine ever invented” in an interview with Russia Today, pointing to the popular social networking site as one of the top tools for the U.S. to spy on its citizens

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Barbarism the New National Norm?

February 10, 2011 1 comment

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Barbarism the New National Norm?

Townhall ^ | 2/10/2011 | Marybeth HicksPosted on Thursday, February 10, 2011 10:00:44 AM by chickadee

Civility is making the headlines lately, but if you dig a bit deeper, barbarism is the real story.To wit: Last month, MSNBC.com carried this story from Reno, NV: “Six girls arrested for Facebook ‘Attack a Teacher Day’ invite.”

One middle school girl was arrested for inviting 100 fellow middle schoolers on the social networking site to participate in something she called “attack a teacher day,” while five other girls were arrested for responding to the invitation with threats against specific teachers.<—snip—>

I hate to be the one to burst our national bubble about the potential for greater civility, but we’re rearing a generation that seems to have no concept that there are things you just don’t do or say.

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Rev. to NJ church leaders: Thou shalt not Facebook

November 17, 2010 Leave a comment

NEPTUNE, N.J. – Thou shalt not commit adultery. And thou also shalt not use Facebook.That’s the edict from a New Jersey pastor who feels the two often go together.The Rev. Cedric Miller said 20 couples among the 1,100 members of his Living Word Christian Fellowship Church have run into marital trouble over the last six months after a spouse connected with an ex-flame over Facebook.

Because of the problems, he is ordering about 50 married church officials to delete their accounts with the social networking site or resign from their leadership positions.

He had previously asked married congregants to share their login information with their spouses and now plans to suggest that they give up Facebook altogether.”I’ve been in extended counseling with couples with marital problems because of Facebook for the last year and a half,” he said. “What happens is someone from yesterday surfaces, it leads to conversations and there have been physical meet-ups.

The temptation is just too great.”Miller is married and has a Facebook account that he uses to keep in touch with six children, but he will heed his own advice and cancel his account this weekend.On Sunday, he plans to “strongly suggest” that all married people to stop using Facebook, lest they endanger their marriage.”The advice will go to the entire church,” he said.

“They’ll hear what I’m asking of my church leadership. I won’t mandate it for the entire congregation, but I hope people will follow my advice.”Miller said he has spoken from the pulpit before about the dangers of Facebook, asking married couples to give each other their passwords to the site.

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Facebook’s Child Porn Subculture Baffles Executives, Challenges Parents

October 26, 2010 Leave a comment

Without doubt, the Internet has wormed its series of blissful tubes throughout our lives. It’s what we check in the morning, what we look at during the day, what entertains us at night. It provides news, products, business opportunities, conversation, relationships, self-promotion and endless distraction. An entire generation is growing up having never known a time without the Internet.

Parental reaction is swinging the pendulum of opinion from luddite to addicts themselves.One thing most involved parents will agree on is the unparalleled role this technology has in our kids’ lives, social networking sites in particular. With choices such as MySpace, Twitter, Xanga, Tumblr and the mother of all, Facebook–it’s rare to find an unplugged teen.Many parents are content to simply regulate time spent online, sometimes check content to monitor behavior. But, all should be concerned about online safety. Facebook specifically bills itself as a safe site.

Yet, after a series of busts and multi-state investigations, the underbelly of both MySpace and Facebook were exposed.While both attempted to scrub the sites of any child-exploitative material, Fox News revealed that child predators still thrive on Facebook after concluding an exclusive investigation.Currently, the site filters content by key words that the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children NCMEC has found to be linked to child pornography. According to “cybersecurity experts,” this should flag most offensive material found on the site.

Most.Fox reports:During a 90-minute phone interview with Facebook spokesman Simon Axten and the company’s chief security officer, Joe Sullivan, the two executives were guided by FoxNews.com through the site’s seamy subculture – an encounter that left Sullivan sounding dumbfounded, unaware of and unable to explain the extremely graphic content on the site.Excerpt Read more at newsrealblog.com …

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DHS scoured social media sites during Obama inauguration for ‘items of interest’

October 15, 2010 2 comments

Computerworld – An electronic rights advocacy group is expressing concern over what it contends was an overly broad surveillance of social networking sites conducted by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security in the days leading up to the 2009 inauguration of President Barack Obama.

The Electronic Frontier Foundation EFF recently obtained documents pertaining to the DHS’s monitoring of social networking sites through a Freedom of Information Act FOIA lawsuit.

The documents show that the DHS established a unit called the Social Network Monitoring Center SNMC last year to scour social sites for signs of potential security threats during the presidential inauguration.

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The Facebook Hit List Murders

August 26, 2010 Leave a comment

Read other blogs and stories at thedailybeast.comIn southwestern Colombia, teenagers are turning up dead after their names appear on a list on Facebook.

Constantino Diaz-Duran on the terrifying Internet hit men holding a town hostage.Three teenagers dead and dozens more exiled, sent far from home by terrified parents.

Panic has taken over southwestern Colombia, after emerging guerrillas took to social-networking websites to impose their will on the populace. Criminal gangs, which local journalists claim are affiliated with drug cartels, are holding entire towns hostage. And they are doing it by issuing death threats through Facebook.Over the past several days, almost 90 teenagers in the town of Puerto Asis have been named on hit lists distributed online by criminal gangs seeking to sow fear and anguish in the community.

The lists have been sent to those whose names are in them, as well as to their friends and relatives. They contain the names of children as young as 16 who, according to the perpetrators, will be murdered if they don’t leave town within three days. The first list was distributed through Facebook and MSN Messenger on August 15. At least two more lists have been issued since, and already, 16-year-old Diego Ferney Jaramillo, 19-year-old Norbey Alexander Vargas, and 17-year-old Eibart Alejandro Ruiz Munoz have been shot dead. Juan Pablo Zambrano Anacona, 16, was wounded during the attack on Vargas.

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