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    Facebook “Causes Syphilis”

    Date: Mar 26, 2010

    A researcher has claimed Facebook is connected to a rise in syphilis as it is a hotbed of casual sex, unsurprisingly something Facebook angrily denies.

    Professor Peter Kelly, a public health official in northern England, found that the Teeside region he is responsible for is the area of Britain with the highest rates of Facebook and SNS usage, and asserts that their research found a link between this usage and a jump in the cases of syphilis the area is experiencing:

    “Syphilis is a devastating disease. Anyone who has unprotected sex with casual partners is at high risk.

    There has been a fourfold increase in the number of syphilis cases detected with more young women being affected.

    I don’t get the names of people affected, just figures, and I saw that several of the people had met sexual partners through these sites.

    Social networking sites are making it easier for people to meet up for casual sex.”

    Facebook scoffs at the claims:

    “The assertion that Facebook is responsible for the transmission of syphilis is ridiculous.

    Facebook is no more responsible for STD transmission than newspapers responsible for bad vision.”

    Rather less convincingly, they claim the site is purely a wholesome family friendly one:

    “As Facebook’s more than 400 million users know, our website is not a place to meet people for casual sex – it’s a place for friends, family and co-workers to connect and share.”

    Facebook 'linked to rise in syphilis'

    Facebook has contributed to a resurgence in the sexually-transmitted disease syphilis, a health expert has claimed.
    Published: 24 Mar 2010

    Case have increased fourfold in Sunderland, Durham and Teesside, the areas of Britain where Facebook is most popular.

    Professor Peter Kelly, director of public health in Teesside, claimed staff had found a link between social networking sites and the spread of the bacteria, especially among young women.

    He said: “Syphilis is a devastating disease. Anyone who has unprotected sex with casual partners is at high risk.

    "There has been a fourfold increase in the number of syphilis cases detected with more young women being affected.

    "I don't get the names of people affected, just figures, and I saw that several of the people had met sexual partners through these sites.

    "Social networking sites are making it easier for people to meet up for casual sex."

    In Teesside there were 30 recorded cases of syphilis last year, but the true figures are expected to be much higher.

    Research has shown that young people in Sunderland, Durham and Teesside were 25 per cent more likely to log onto social networking sites than those in the rest of Britain.

    A Facebook spokesman said: “The assertion that Facebook is responsible for the transmission of syphilis is ridiculous. Facebook is no more responsible for STD transmission than newspapers responsible for bad vision. Today’s reports exaggerate the comments made by the professor, and ignore the difference between correlation and causation.

    "As Facebook’s more than 400 million users know, our website is not a place to meet people for casual sex – it’s a place for friends, family and co-workers to connect and share.”

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    Facebook: what social networking site 'is blamed for' amid syphilis claims

    There are, it seems, few social ills that have not at one stage or another been blamed on Facebook.

    Published: 25 Mar 2010

    Since its creation in 2004 by Mark Zuckerberg the site has been held responsible for everything from the breakdown of marriage to childhood obesity. Most recently, a public health official even linked social network sites to a resurgence in the sexually-transmitted disease syphilis.

    Below are a few examples of the more unexpected outcomes which have been pinned on social network sites by everyone from the head of the Catholic church in Britain to University researchers.

    * Facebook ‘fuels divorce’

    Lawyers blamed Facebook for almost one in five of online divorce petitions, saying the social networking site, which connects old friends and allows users to make new ones online, was behind the increase increasing number of marital breakdowns and the temptation for people to cheat on their partners.

    * Facebook leads ‘children to suicide’

    The head of the Catholic Church in England and Wales, Archbishop Vincent Nichols, warned that Facebook encouraged teenagers to view friendship as a "commodity" and was leading them to suicide. It was, he argued, one of the many social networking sites that led teenagers to build "transient relationships", leaving them unable to cope when their network collapse.

    * Facebook ‘killing off traditional sayings’

    The social networking site was blamed for the slow death of British sayings such as “a little birdie told me” and “hold your horses”. In a survey on communication trend researchers found phrases commonly used by parents and grandparents were disappearing.

    * Facebook blamed for ‘rickets surge’

    Facebook has been blamed for the surge in the number of children suffering from rickets. Researchers writing in the British Medical Journal found the social networking site, and computer games had led to the disease, caused by chronic vitamin D deficiencies, which can be triggered by long periods out of natural sunlight and a poor diet, being “disturbingly common” among British children.

    * Facebook ‘turning Britons into introverts’

    A study from Mintel, the market research company, found more than half of adults who use sites such as Facebook admitted they spent more time chatting online than they did actually speaking to friends and family. Researchers also found users made fewer phone calls, sent fewer texts and emails, watched less television and spent less time playing computer games because of their online habit.

    * Facebook ‘makes partners jealous’

    University of Guelph researchers found Facebook use increased jealousy in relationships, amid greater social exchanges with friends and previous partners. They found that the more time one person spends online on the social networking site monitoring his or her partner, the more suspicious that person becomes.

    * Facebook ‘challenges legal restrictions’

    In the wake of the Baby P case, legal restrictions that banned the naming of Tracy Connelly, Peter’s mother and Steven Barker, her boyfriend, provoked a furious backlash on the site. Facebook campaigners challenged their right to anonymity while several sites were set up to fight for “justice for Baby P”. There were concerns that some of the groups could lead to their trial being aborted amid fears they would not get a fair hearing.

    * More middle-aged people ‘learning to love’ Facebook

    But despite perceived problems, Ofcom, the communications regulator, found more middle-aged people are logging on to social networking sites such as Facebook in ever larger numbers. It found the phenomenon of signing up for social networking sites had "begun to mature", with the number of 35 to 54-year-olds accessing such sites jumping by 25 per cent over the past year alone.

    * Facebook makes users ‘feel unattractive’

    Millions of Facebook users say they avoid uploading photos and remove their name from all pictures of them on the site because they feel too fat, old or ugly. A survey found almost one in two people admitted to leaving out pictures from their "fat days" when uploading pictures to their online profile.

    * MI6 chief Sir John Sawers ‘compromised by wife’s Facebook page’

    Sir John Sawers, the new head of MI6, was left exposed in a potential security breach after his wife, Lady Shelley Sawers, published intimate photographs and family details on Facebook. Sir John who became chief of the Secret Intelligence Service in November was left embarrassed after his wife's entries on the social networking site detailed where they lived and worked, who their friends were and where they spent their holidays.

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    Israel 'using Facebook to recruit Gaza collaborators'

    By Jon Donnison - 5 April 2010

    In a busy internet cafe in the centre of Gaza City, lots of people, mostly young, are typing and clicking away.

    Social networking websites are becoming increasingly popular in Gaza
    Some of them are engrossed in the world of Facebook. "I use it 10 hours a day," says Mohammed who owns the shop. "I have over 200 Facebook friends."

    But Hamas, the Islamic movement that controls the Gaza Strip, believes the population's love of social networking websites is making it easier for Israel to recruit spies.

    Israel has long maintained networks of informers in the West Bank and Gaza in its effort to derail the activities of militant groups.

    Historically, collaborators have often been killed if discovered, and this week Hamas announced it would execute anyone caught acting as an agent for Israel.

    Personal problems

    Facebook "is a big, big thing that the Israelis use", says Ehab al-Hussein, a spokesman for the Hamas-run interior ministry.

    "Many people don't have security sense. They go on the internet and talk about all their personal problems such as with their wives or girlfriends," he says.

    Israel's intelligence services can then contact people by telephone, e-mail or using existing Israeli agents in Gaza, and use the information to pressure people to become spies.

    The internet "allows them to make people feel Israel knows everything about them", says Mr Hussein.

    Ronen Bergman, an Israeli expert on intelligence and author of Israel's Secret War with Iran, says monitoring social networking sites is the very minimum you would expect from his country's intelligence services.

    "Israel is using the personal information that is put in massive amounts on the internet to identify the people who can maybe help Israel," he says.

    "If in 50 years they open up the secret files of the Israeli secret service, the Shin Bet, and military intelligence, the sophistication of electronics that is being used by Israel now in the Gaza Strip would put even the legendary Q from the James Bond movies to shame."

    But Mr Bergman says that the intelligence community's current thinking is that using personal information gleaned from the internet to pressure or even blackmail potential informants is not considered effective in recruiting long-term informants.

    He says such threats are not often enough to get people to commit such a serious offence as collaborating.

    But online detail, he says, can help intelligence services identify people who might be useful - such as those with good access to Hamas or to criminal networks.

    When asked to comment, the Israeli government said it was not its practice to talk about its security services' modes of operation.

    Phone fears

    Even Mr Hussein admits he has a Facebook page, "but I'm careful about the information I put on," he says. "I only say I am a Hamas spokesman."

    He is probably not the only member of Hamas communicating on Facebook and the internet.

    This is partly because other forms of communication, particularly mobile phones, are easily bugged and can be used to track movements, Mr Bergman says, so the internet has become a more preferable option.

    One reason Israeli intelligence is watching the social networking websites to try to identify potential informants is because a historical source of collaborators no longer exists, according to Mr Bergman.

    Up until the second intifada, or Palestinian uprising, started in 2000, thousands of Gazans had permits to enter Israel each day to work.

    These people had direct contact with Israelis and were sometimes approached by Israeli intelligence officers and asked to collaborate.

    But these days the border is virtually sealed.

    Virtually the only Palestinians allowed through are often in wheelchairs or bandaged up, seeking medical treatment in Israel.

    Some of those say they've been asked for information about Hamas and Islamic Jihad.

    "They asked if I knew any people in my neighbourhood who were members," says Khaled, a young man from Gaza City, who will give only his first name.

    'Not safe'

    He had to go to Israel to seek medical treatment after being injured in last year's conflict with Israel.

    He says he did not pass on any information that the Israelis would not already have known.

    But he gives an insight into how intelligence officers pressure people to become informants.

    "They say that they know everything about you, but actually it's information you have already published on Facebook," he says.

    "It's not safe to publish such information - I believe it allows Israel to keep watching our movements."

    Last year, Israel dismissed as "simply ludicrous" allegations that its security forces had told Palestinians seeking permits to exit Gaza for medical treatment that they would only be allowed to leave if they supplied information on militant groups.

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    7 Things to Stop Doing Now on Facebook

    by Consumer Reports Magazine - May 12, 2010

    Using a Weak Password

    Avoid simple names or words you can find in a dictionary, even with numbers tacked on the end. Instead, mix upper- and lower-case letters, numbers, and symbols. A password should have at least eight characters. One good technique is to insert numbers or symbols in the middle of a word, such as this variant on the word "houses": hO27usEs!

    Leaving Your Full Birth Date in Your Profile

    It's an ideal target for identity thieves, who could use it to obtain more information about you and potentially gain access to your bank or credit card account. If you've already entered a birth date, go to your profile page and click on the Info tab, then on Edit Information. Under the Basic Information section, choose to show only the month and day or no birthday at all. [Best thing to do is to always use a fake birth date]

    Overlooking Useful Privacy Controls

    For almost everything in your Facebook profile, you can limit access to only your friends, friends of friends, or yourself. Restrict access to photos, birth date, religious views, and family information, among other things. You can give only certain people or groups access to items such as photos, or block particular people from seeing them. Consider leaving out contact info, such as phone number and address, since you probably don't want anyone to have access to that information anyway.

    Posting Your Child's Name in a Caption

    Don't use a child's name in photo tags or captions. If someone else does, delete it by clicking on Remove Tag. If your child isn't on Facebook and someone includes his or her name in a caption, ask that person to remove the name.

    Mentioning That You'll Be Away From Home

    That's like putting a "no one's home" sign on your door. Wait until you get home to tell everyone how awesome your vacation was and be vague about the date of any trip.

    Letting Search Engines Find You

    To help prevent strangers from accessing your page, go to the Search section of Facebook's privacy controls and select Only Friends for Facebook search results. Be sure the box for public search results isn't checked.

    Permitting Youngsters to Use Facebook Unsupervised

    Facebook limits its members to ages 13 and over, but children younger than that do use it. If you have a young child or teenager on Facebook, the best way to provide oversight is to become one of their online friends. Use your e-mail address as the contact for their account so that you receive their notifications and monitor their activities. "What they think is nothing can actually be pretty serious," says Charles Pavelites, a supervisory special agent at the Internet Crime Complaint Center. For example, a child who posts the comment "Mom will be home soon, I need to do the dishes" every day at the same time is revealing too much about the parents' regular comings and goings.

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    Pakistan blocks YouTube & Facebook indefinitely



    Facebook Menace - What we should do

    The issue of Facebook and their latest antics against our Beloved Muhammad sallallāhu ῾alayhi wasallam has angered and frustrated the Muslim Ummah. The reaction of the Muslim Ummah in the face of such blasphemy is appreciated. This malevolence is not foreign to Islam and the Muslims. During the time of our beloved Muhammad sallallāhu ῾alayhi wasallam, individuals like Ka’ab Bin Ashraf , Abu Lahab, his wife and others were also guilty of defaming our Prophet sallallāhu ῾alayhi wasallam. Their fate is known to all.

    Our responsibility as Muslims to our beloved Muhammad sallallāhu ῾alayhi wasallam is as follows:

    1. To delete Facebook accounts and any other media that deems it acceptable to disrespect our beloved Rasoolullah sallallāhu ῾alayhi wasallam and never to reactivate them again.

    2. To inform others of the above as well.

    3. Deleting facebook is one form of expressing our love for Rasoolullah sallallāhu ῾alayhi wasallam. However, objective love of Rasoolullah sallallāhu ῾alayhi wasallam is to inculcate his teachings in our life.

    Boycotting that site on principle alone should be enough. But if you want to look at it on monetary value. Facebook makes $2.39 per user visiting their site and having an account, that's how much you are giving to facebook to insult your prophet. Pakistan's internet traffic composed of 25% was going to facebook, so for example let's just say out of the 200+ millions of Pakistanis, even if only 50 million were visiting facebook that's 50 million times 2.39 = $119.5 million dollars facebook is making of Pakistanis alone. What about rest of the Muslims on there? So you see you are supporting the enemies of Allah and His Messenger by having your account there, and well lets just I would rather not be raised as one of them (kuffars) on Judgment Day nor as a supporter of them.

    And since Facebook itself refused to do anything at protest of a nation (Pakistan) shows their position on this and I would venture to say it may even be obligatory for us to not have anything to do with that site.


    How do I permanently delete my account?

    If you deactivate your account from the "Deactivate Account" section on the Account page, your profile and all information associated with it are immediately made inaccessible to other Facebook users. What this means is that you effectively disappear from the Facebook service. However, if you want to reactivate at some point, we do save your profile information (friends, photos, interests, etc.), and your account will look just the way it did when you deactivated if you decide to reactivate it. Many users deactivate their accounts for temporary reasons and expect their information to be there when they return to the service.

    If you do not think you will use Facebook again and would like your account deleted, please keep in mind that you will not be able to reactivate your account or retrieve any of the content or information you have added. If you would like your account permanently deleted with no option for recovery, log in to your account and then submit your request by clicking here.

    If you are currently unable to access your account, you will need to reset your password in order to log in. In order to do so, click the "Forgot your password?" link that appears above the field where you would normally enter your password. Once you’ve followed the instructions to reset your password and can log in, you can deactivate or delete your account using the steps outlined above.

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    Facebook: Social Networking or Social Engineering?

    By: Mirza Yawar Baig - 6 Jumad al-Thani 1431, 20 May 2010

    The big question is, ‘What is social networking and how is it useful?’

    Of course you will hear the usual bleating saying, ‘It is so nice to know what my sister is doing….blah, blah.’

    So ask this person, ‘Why can’t you send your sister an email asking what she is doing and she can respond to you. Or even better, if you can, call your sister and talk to her.’ But no, I must talk to my sister in a space where it is not only the sister who is listening but almost anyone who cares to listen, even if that person is a total stranger. So is it about your concern for your sister or is it something else?

    So also in this space are pictures which really have no place outside the home – like the pictures showing you hugging your sister or wife or whoever! And so on and so on. I don’t think I need to describe all that there is to people who put it there in the first place.

    Yes, of course there are controls. Tell me all about them. Tell me also how come almost nobody uses them. How many Facebook profiles do you know who have the maximum control activated where only their immediate family can see them? And of course in the end, all control is only as good as the techies and geeks on the Facebook site allow. After all they can access all that information anyway.

    So what is really being achieved by Facebook, Twitter and so on? (Twitter?? Whoever coined that term was clever. Talk about under the belt. Who twitters? A twit!! – but then I suppose a twit doesn’t know that he is a twit, right?)

    So what is achieved?

    What is achieved is what would be the equivalent of peeping in through your window. Wanting to know what you are doing all the time. I want to know what you are doing all the time and I want you to know what I am doing all the time.

    Intrusion into privacy when it is done against your will is unpleasant. So what is better? Get you into a state of mind where you will volunteer to tell people all about your internal organs on your own. See the change? An intruder is an intruder only when he intrudes against your will. If you invite him in, then he is a guest, not an intruder. Same person, same you but different rules. And that’s what it is all about, the rules of engagement.

    So is it ‘social networking’ or is it ‘social engineering?’

    The purpose is to change the rules of the society. Break barriers. Destroy the boundaries that protect us.

    And where does this lead to? Addiction and intoxication. Addiction to seeing what others are doing and telling others what you are doing on a daily, hourly, minute by minute basis. And being intoxicated with the false feeling that you are so interesting that people are really interested in what you are doing. Not realizing or willing to believe that these are the actions of other intoxicated people.

    You don’t like the word ‘intoxication’? Just don’t log onto your Facebook or Twitter account for two days and monitor your heartbeat, blood pressure, tremor in your mouse, whatever and you will see what I mean.

    And all this for what? What is achieved with the time that you spend reading about other’s adenoids and telling them about yours? Incidentally I know what adenoids means and that you don’t talk about them. But let us not mention what facebookers really talk about!

    So what did you achieve? Just ask yourself this question, ‘What did I achieve by being on Facebook and Twitter (or whichever of these infernal social networks you are on) over the past month, year or whatever period.’ Remember this is a serious question because you Muslim/ah are spending your time (life) doing it. And that makes it among the first questions that you will have to answer to Allah. So what did you achieve? Prepare the answer. You will need it.

    Social networking is social engineering. Its purpose is to change the values and ethics of people. This is done, in its most benign form, to encourage you to indulge more and more in the consumerist society that is all consuming. We think we are the consumers. But we are in reality the consumed. Just think, how many of you buy things, see shows, go to restaurants (and other places), like or dislike things because of campaigns on Facebook and Twitter? See what is happening? Your minds are invaded, your thoughts are influenced, and consequently your actions are manipulated and you may not even realize it.

    Today Muslims the world over are very angry with the latest offensive of the Facebook. But an impulsive reaction will hardly do us any good. Just staying off of the offensive site for one day, as many have advocated, will only highlight our capitulation to it.

    It is time we rethink what are we doing with our lives and say no to social engineering. It is time to get off of Facebook, Twitter, and other similar sites that are destroying us from within.

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    Default Behind the Facebook Scam

    First the news media myth.
    Then the movie.
    Now Time Magazine has elevated Facebook front man
    Mark Zuckerberg along with Hilter...Stalin...Kissinger...
    John Foster Dulles..and other "winners" to the rank of
    "Man of the Year."
    Created in a college dorm?
    But here's what's really behind Facebook and why
    the media machine is working so hard to make sure
    people look the other way...

    Video: http://www.brasschecktv.com/page/603.html

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    The Importance of Thinking Before You Post

    by Will Gardner on Tuesday, February 9, 2010 at 1:10am

    Today is Safer Internet Day in the European Union, a day that promotes safe and responsible use of the Internet and mobile technologies among young people. We asked Childnet International, a member of Facebook's Safety Advisory Board , and its CEO Will Gardner to share more about this year's theme and how the organization is working with young people on Internet safety.

    When young people discuss the future of the Internet and new technologies, a central theme is keeping safe. Many see it as a right.

    At Childnet International, we saw this reaction firsthand as part of the recent Youth IGF Project we organized. The project was developed as a way for young people to have a voice at the Internet Governance Forum and to engage in a dialogue with Internet industry and lawmakers. As Thomas, age 12 and one of the participants, explained, "(We want) to have (the) freedom to go on what we want without being restricted, but (to) still be safe on the Internet."

    Safer Internet Day is an important event in the Internet safety calendar and provides a great opportunity to showcase some of the key messages about staying safe online. Held for the past four years on the second Tuesday of the second month, Safer Internet Day has grown beyond its origins in the EU and is now celebrated in countries across the world. The theme this year is "Think Before You Post," a vital message not only for children and young people but, let's be honest, adults as well.

    In this Web 2.0 world, where people have the ability to instantly communicate 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, it is more important than ever to think about your behaviour online to protect yourself and your friends, as well as for the good of the broader Internet community. While the message of "Think Before You Post" is relevant for all age groups, it is particularly important for those who frequently use social media services like Facebook. Information and images online have longevity and an incredible reach, which we need to factor into any decision to post content. We need to think about the possible implications and impact of our posts.

    Consider these questions, compiled by the organisers of Safety Internet Day, before your next posting, and if you're a parent, ask your children these questions to help them learn about responsible posting:

      • Are you using the privacy settings offered by social networking services? On Facebook, you can always adjust them on the Privacy Settings page .

      • Are you selecting friends online that you can trust? Remember it's not just about what you post, but how others may use that content.

      • Are you carefully thinking about the potential consequences of publishing your photos before you upload them?

      • Do you ask for permission from your friends before publishing photos of them? A photo that may be funny to you may cause harm for a friend.

    "Think Before You Post" is a positive message. It is about taking control of your online safety and participating in the benefits of social media, with respect for yourself and for others.

    Obama advice -

    Will is getting ready to re-launch Childnet's digizen website following Safer Internet Day to help young people think before they post.

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    Facebook - Spy Machine of the Century

    Exclusive Interview May 2, 2011

    by Russia Today

    by Ed Oswald
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    May 2, 2011
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    “Julian Assange claims that Facebook is complacent in providing the U.S. government with a way to spy on its citizens, calling it "the most appalling spying machine ever invented." The controversial founder of Wikileaks made the comments in an interview with Russia Today that aired on Monday. Assange is currently in England and is awaiting extradition to Sweden over sexual assault charges filed by two women last year.

    Has Facebook automated government snooping? Facebook and other sites all have built-in methods for U.S. intelligence personnel to snoop on users of the site, Assange claims. Users' information, including names, locations, relationships, friends, and communications are all there for the government to see, and Assange appears none too happy about it. "It's not a matter of serving a subpoena, they have an interface they have developed for U.S. Intelligence to use," Assange told Russia Today's Laura Emmett. "Now, is it the case that Facebook is run by U.S. Intelligence? No, it's not like that. It's simply that U.S. Intelligence is able to bring to bear legal and political pressure to them."

    The idea that Facebook could be used as a spying tool is nothing new--the Justice Department has already begun training its personnel on how to use social networking sites as tools in evidence gathering. Local law enforcement has also been known to use social networks for evidence gathering on suspects.

    Assange's claims do not revolve around these methods, which would typically involve a subpoena or an undercover cop. What he is saying is that the government is getting free reign to spy as it wants without going through the usual legal channels. "Everyone should understand that when they add their friends to Facebook, they are doing free work for United States intelligence agencies," Assange said.

    Facebook: We fight back when necessary: Facebook is already facing increasing criticism over privacy issues, and more attention to the topic could harm its reputation even more. Spokesperson Andrew Noyes takes issue with Assange's characterization. "We don't respond to pressure, we respond to compulsory legal process," Noyes told PCWorld in an email. "There has never been a time we have been pressured to turn over data-we fight every time we believe the legal process is insufficient." Noyes did say that Facebook's policies governing the release of data to government officials are dependent on the laws of that particular country, and that the site "respects that standard." (Meaning if it's done in shady ways by that gov't, Facebook respects that "standard" and gives it your info )

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    This is Why Facebook Sucks: Dozens of Pakistani Pages with Millions of Fans Got Deleted!

    By Aamir Attaa · Friday, Mar 4, 2011

    Some of you might argue that title of this post is too rude and ill-mannered, but believe me this company called Facebook is actually a failure when it comes to policies.

    These are not my words, in fact those Facebook admin who spent thousands of rupees and years of time to populate their Facebook Fan pages are saying this.

    This week, while we were monitoring all this, at least a dozen Facebook pages – with millions of Fans, started getting deleted.

    Let’s have a look at those pages and their stats:

    · PTI: 200,000 Fans
    · KoolMuzone (Got deleted twice in 2 days): 33,500 Fans
    · Pakium: 22,700 Fans
    · Happy Club: 10,00,000 Fans
    · Apni ISP: 43,676 Fans
    · Pak Media Revolution: 20,000 Fans
    · Amanat Ali Khan: 100,395 Fans
    · Annie Khalid: We don’t know her fan count
    · Top Pops: 207,000 Fans
    · Engro Rupiya: 7,000 Fans
    · And many others

    As its apparent, the music blogs/celebrities are primarily under attack, which gives us an impression that this is targeted deletion.

    Based on conversation we had with admins of above mentioned Facebook pages, we are quite sure that this massacre is happening due to a flaw in Facebook’s policy.

    I am intentionally not disclosing the technique by which you can get any Facebook page deleted in minutes – but believe me anyone can get any Facebook page deleted with just few clicks. This flaw in Facebook’s policy is going to ruin the businesses (if not fixed soon) who are depending and investing with Facebook.

    So all those corporations, relying on Facebook pages (Ufone, Telenor, Mobilink, Zong) – think again, as this company can ditch you any day. Its time to roll out a backup plan.

    This is why (because of Facebook Policies) we stopped using Facebook on May 20th, 2010 and are happily living a life without it.


    One Facebook, Two Faces [One is Real Ugly]

    By Saad Mustafa Warraich· Sunday, May 23, 2010

    I had been banned from Facebook and my account had been disabled a night before Facebook was banned in Pakistan. Before all this happened, I visited the blasphemous page “Draw Muhammad Day” and the content on the page hurt me badly.

    Once again a certain group of westerners called it the “freedom of expression” and went on to show extremism – something they always verbally disassociate themselves from.

    As a response to this lunacy, I thought it best to find out how they respond to others’ right of freedom of expression – I created an Adolf Hitler page right away and it read, “To all those who think they can ridicule Islam in the name of freedom of expression and yet punish those who speak of the genius of Hitler”.

    The comment on the wall read, “Let’s hit them where it hurts them the most”. Further I added some photos of the Fuhrer, Nazi Party and the Italian Footballer Paolo Di Canio who was banned and fined by FIFA two years ago for performing the “controversial” Roman Salute which according to him gave him a sense of belonging to his people.

    Within an hour tens of people joined the Hitler page which was named “H | T L E R”. The very next time I tried to log in I found out that my profile had been disabled for ‘violation of Facebook Regulations’.



    This is no accident or anything of the sorts, it is deliberate strategy against the Muslims! Why are Muslims in Muslim countries still helping this site make billions of dollars in revenue?!

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    Facebook or Fitnabook?

    Facebook has become a social media that everyone has and it can really be used for lots of good in promoting the Deen and other good things but unfortunately many Muslims have fallen into the trap of Shaytan by putting themselves out there in a very bad way.

    Women, instead of guarding their modesty and beauty are putting up photos of themselves out there for the world to see and many are connecting with men, chatting with men and looking for attention, and men are doing the same thing.

    Muslims are wasting hundreds of useless hours on "Fitna"book instead of learning their Deen and forming a relationship with Allah, azza wa jaal, and adhering to Quran and Sunnah.



    by Abu Mussab Wajdi Akkari

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    7.5 million Facebook users are under 13: study


    WASHINGTON — Some 7.5 million of the 20 million minors who used Facebook in the past year were younger than 13, and a million of them were bullied, harassed or threatened on the site, says a study released Tuesday.

    Even more troubling, more than five million Facebook users were 10 years old or younger, and they were allowed to use Facebook largely without parental supervision leaving them vulnerable to threats ranging from malware to sexual predators, the State of the Net survey by Consumer Reports found.

    Facebook's terms of service require users to be at least 13 years old but many children, or their parents, get around that rule by giving a false birth date when they sign up for the social networking site.

    Parents of kids 10 and younger who use Facebook "seem to be largely unconcerned" by their children's use of the site, possibly because they think a young child is less vulnerable to Internet risks, the study says.

    But while a 10-year-old might not download pornography on the Internet, he or she does "need protection from other hazards that might lurk on the Internet, such as links that infect their computer with malware and invitations from strangers, not to mention bullies," the study says.

    More than five million US households have been exposed in the past year to "some type of abuse" via Facebook, including virus infections, identity theft and bullying, says the study, for which 2,089 US households were interviewed earlier this year.

    Consumer Reports urged parents to delete their pre-teens' Facebook accounts -- or ask Facebook to do so by using the site's "report an underage child" form -- and to monitor teenage kids' accounts by friending them or keeping an eye on their activity via siblings' or friends' Facebook pages.

    It also called on Facebook to "beef up its screening to drastically reduce the number of underage members."

    Facebook was not immediately available for comment.


    Docs warn about Facebook use and teen depression


    CHICAGO, Illinois — Add "Facebook depression" to potential harms linked with social media, an influential doctors' group warns, referring to a condition it says may affect troubled teens who obsess over the online site.

    Researchers disagree on whether it's simply an extension of depression some kids feel in other circumstances, or a distinct condition linked with using the online site.

    But there are unique aspects of Facebook that can make it a particularly tough social landscape to navigate for kids already dealing with poor self-esteem, said Dr. Gwenn O'Keeffe, a Boston-area pediatrician and lead author of new American Academy of Pediatrics social media guidelines.

    With in-your-face friends' tallies, status updates and photos of happy-looking people having great times, Facebook pages can make some kids feel even worse if they think they don't measure up.

    It can be more painful than sitting alone in a crowded school cafeteria or other real-life encounters that can make kids feel down, O'Keeffe said, because Facebook provides a skewed view of what's really going on. Online, there's no way to see facial expressions or read body language that provide context.

    The guidelines urge pediatricians to encourage parents to talk with their kids about online use and to be aware of Facebook depression, cyberbullying, sexting and other online risks. They were published online Monday in Pediatrics.

    Abby Abolt, 16, a Chicago high school sophomore and frequent Facebook user, says the site has never made her feel depressed, but that she can understand how it might affect some kids.

    "If you really didn't have that many friends and weren't really doing much with your life, and saw other peoples' status updates and pictures and what they were doing with friends, I could see how that would make them upset," she said.

    "It's like a big popularity contest — who can get the most friend requests or get the most pictures tagged," she said.

    Also, it's common among some teens to post snotty or judgmental messages on the Facebook walls of people they don't like, said Gaby Navarro, 18, a senior from Grayslake, Illinois. It's happened to her friends, and she said she could imagine how that could make some teens feel depressed.

    "Parents should definitely know" about these practices," Navarro said. "It's good to raise awareness about it."

    The academy guidelines note that online harassment "can cause profound psychosocial outcomes," including suicide. The widely publicized suicide of a 15-year-old Massachusetts girl last year occurred after she'd been bullied and harassed, in person and on Facebook.

    "Facebook is where all the teens are hanging out now. It's their corner store," O'Keeffe said...


    Mom on Facebook sentenced in son's drowning death


    GREELEY, Colo. (AP) — A northern Colorado woman who was playing a game on Facebook while her 13-month-old baby drowned in a bathtub was sentenced Friday to 10 years in prison.

    Shannon Johnson, 34, of Fort Lupton, cried as District Judge Thomas Quammen told her he didn't think she was a bad person or that she killed her son on purpose, the Greeley Tribune reported. But, he added, that doesn't mean her action wasn't criminal.

    "You left this little boy in a bathtub so you could entertain yourself on the computer by playing games," Quammen said. "And you left that 13-month-old human being, little Joseph, incredibly for those reasons."

    Johnson pleaded guilty in March to negligently causing the death of her child. The charge carried a sentencing range of four to 12 years, but it also left open the possibility of alternative sentencing, which means she might have avoided spending time behind bars. Authorities rejected that option, saying they didn't want to play down the seriousness of her crime.

    According to court documents, Johnson put her son in the tub for his bath a little after 8:30 a.m. on Sept. 20. She then left him unsupervised as she went to another room to share videos, check status updates and play Café World on Facebook.

    When she returned to the bathroom, she found Joseph sideways and face-down in the water.

    Johnson called 911 to say Joseph wasn't breathing. Paramedics were able to revive the toddler but he was pronounced dead at a Denver hospital.

    According to the affidavit, Johnson told police the boy "wanted to be left alone" and was a very "independent baby." She also told police she knew what it was like to be told "no," and she did not want her baby to be told "no." The affidavit says she also did not want him to be known as a "mama's boy."

    Johnson told police she gave the boy a bath every day — sometimes twice a day. She said that on the day Joseph died, the water level might have been higher than usual.

    Johnson told police she had been leaving Joseph in the bathtub alone for weeks.

    Johnson also told authorities that her son had a seizure at his grandmother's house a month earlier and had been given anti-seizure medication in case it happened again. Doctors didn't diagnose the cause of the seizure and there were no other occurrences, Johnson said.

    The investigation into the boy's death was delayed while investigators waited for the final autopsy report. That report came back Jan. 3. It said the baby died of anoxic brain injury, cardiac arrest and drowning, according to the arrest affidavit. Johnson was arrested days later.

    She was also sentenced to five years of mandatory parole following her incarceration.

    Weld County Undersheriff Margie Martinez told KMGH-TV in Denver that Johnson's mother said she had warned her daughter of the danger of leaving the toddler unattended in water just days before he drowned.

    "She told her she wouldn't do it anymore," Martinez said.

    comment: Two more lives destroyed because of an addiction to Facebook!

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    What Facebook fails to recognise

    Facebook has form for being cavalier with users' privacy, but its new facial recognition software has truly dangerous implications

    Beth Wellington - 14 June 2011

    Remember the uproar in 2009 when Facebook made your list of friends, pages you are a fan of, gender, geographic region and networks publicly available to everyone? Now, the social networking behemoth has silently enabled facial recognition software without your permission under the rather benign tag "Suggest photos of me to friends." Even if you choose to disable the option, Facebook still will have the technical ability to connect your name with your image.

    Mark Zuckerberg might say his company is just evolving on privacy – witness his comments in this video interview that:

    "We view it as our role in the system to constantly be innovating and be updating what our system is to reflect what the current social norms are."

    Contrast this with his former claims that privacy is "the vector around which Facebook operates".

    Imagine if, in the name this vector, his company had labelled the new feature "facial recognition photo tags" and required users to opt in, rather than disable it after the fact. Methinks Zuckerberg would have had fewer takers.

    But already, the deck is stacked against privacy. As media activist Cory Doctorow noted in a TED lecture, Facebook employs "very powerful game-like mechanisms to reward to disclosure – it embodies BF's Skinner's famous thought experiment, the notion of the Skinner box … lavish[ing] you with attention from the people that you love … in service to a business model that cashes in the precious material of our social lives." Is this new feature really designed to make the site more useful to users or to boost its commercial value as it nears an initial public stock offering?

    As Joan Goodchild, senior editor of CSO (chief security officer) Online, noted to me:

    "Many privacy advocates feel Facebook needs to do a better job of educating folks about what the new feature is, what it does, and how to opt in or out. Many also feel a user should always be opted out of new features automatically, and should then have to opt in themselves. But it is often the other way around when Facebook rolls out these features."

    My concerns go deeper: once users unwittingly make data available to third parties, however temporarily, the cat is out of the bag and beyond retrieval. And it's not just this constant meddling with our settings that's releasing our information – there are also security holes, not to mention scams and release of our data by third-party apps, which the Wall Street Journal found "were sending Facebook ID numbers to at least 25 advertising and data firms, several of which build profiles of internet users by tracking their online activities". More recently, Facebook was adding apps to our profiles that we hadn't requested and which we were unable to permanently disable.

    And these front doors – and also back doors – are available for governments, including our own, which has been surveilling such security "risks" as the Quakers and calling Virginia opponents of mountaintop removal "terrorists" (pdf) (while excluding the Ku Klux Klan). There are already huge government-controlled facial databases: your photo on your driver's licence, government-issued identity card, travel visa and passport ends up in a government office. If the government wants to see a photo of your face, it often wouldn't need Facebook to get it. But Facebook's facial recognition feature certainly adds data points and a social graph. As Bruce Schneier, chief security technology officer of BT wrote me:

    "Right now, Facebook has the largest collection of identified photos outside of governments. I don't think we know what the ramifications of that will be."

    All this reminds me of Steven Spielberg's Minority Report: the 2002 film, based on a 1958 short story by Philip K Dick, featured law enforcement preventing "precrimes" and corporations bombarding passersby with holographic advertisements which crawled up the sides of walls, addressing them by name.

    Goodchild recently listed some of the hidden dangers of Facebook. And this is nothing new. As early as 2005 (the year after Facebook's rollout), MIT students were already detailing (pdf) what they saw as Facebook's threats to privacy:

    "Users disclose too much, Facebook does not take adequate steps to protect user privacy, and third parties are actively seeking out end-user information using Facebook."

    Facial recognition on Facebook arrived with no notice in the US, unless you kept up with the social network's blog last December. The feature came to general light last week, when Facebook extended the feature to other countries and European regulators started investigating.

    In the US, Congressman Edward Markey (Democrat, Massachusetts), co-chairman of the bipartisan congressional privacy caucus, has complained:

    "Requiring users to disable this feature after they've already been included by Facebook is no substitute for an opt-in process … If this new feature is as useful as Facebook claims, it should be able to stand on its own, without an automatic sign-up that changes users' privacy settings without their permission."

    Marc Rotenberg, executive director of the Electronic Privacy Information Centre (Epic), spearheaded a complaint with the Federal Trade Commission on 10 June that Facebook's deployment of facial recognition software rises to the level of "unfair and deceptive trade practices". Joining Epic were the Centre for Digital Democracy, Consumer Watchdog and the Privacy Rights Clearinghouse, all of which asked (pdf) "the commission to investigate Facebook, determine the extent of the harm to consumer privacy and safety, require Facebook to cease collection and use of users' biometric data without their affirmative opt-in consent, require Facebook to give users meaningful control over their personal information, establish appropriate security safeguards, limit the disclosure of user information to third parties, and seek appropriate injunctive and compensatory relief." Facebook has responded to the FTC complaint, with the statement:

    "We have heard the comments from some regulators about this product feature and we are providing them with additional information which we are confident will satisfy any concerns they will have."

    Facebook provides valuable ways to stay in touch with our friends and families, to network with our colleagues and customers and to coordinate activism. But is hypervisibility really in our best interest, and shouldn't we be the ones making the decisions about what to disclose? Markey submitted legislation (pdf) in May outlawing the tracking of children online. He might need to add something for adults.

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    Fraudster used Facebook to hack bank accounts

    A hacker stole £35,000 from his neighbours' online bank accounts after working out the answers to their security questions from information they posted on Facebook and Friends Reunited.

    14 Aug 2011

    Iain Wood spent up to 18 hours per day online, working out passwords from personal information posted on social networking sites by his acquiantances.

    He targeted people living in his block of flats in a complex fraud and used his friends' personal details to get past security checks and hack into their bank accounts - stealing more than £35,000 over two years which he blew on gambling.

    His scam only came to an end when he became over-confident and changed his system and the authorities were alerted.

    Jailing him for 15 months, Judge Guy Whitburn said at Newcastle Crown Court:

    "This is the first time I've come across a sophisticated fraud such as this, it was very well planned, complex and clever.

    "He was using other people's identities and there was a considerable breach of trust in assuming his neighbours' identities.

    "It is an extremely bad deception on people in the same block of flats as he. People's blood runs cold when they see money taken from their accounts."

    Wood, 33, was living at Pandon Gate House, on City Road in Newcastle's East End, at the time of the offences, which went on between June 2008 and June last year.

    He had got away with his fraud until he dropped his guard and changed his operation by directly transferring money out of one neighbour's account directly into his own, in November 2009.

    When the victim was contacted over the withdrawal of £1,500, he realised he had been the victim of a fraud and the police were called.

    At that stage the police thought it was a one-off, but when they arrested him Wood blurted out "Have you been on to me for a while?"

    A subsequent search of his flat found a variety of bank account pin numbers, someone else's passport, bills and other paperwork, much of which he had taken from the post boxes of other residents in the block.

    He admitted hacking into various bank accounts, most of them dormant, and intercepting other people's post when interviewed by police.

    Neil Pallister, prosecuting, said: "He said he had figured out how to access online bank accounts.

    "He would go on and say he couldn't remember the password and would be asked security questions about date of births and mother's maiden names and he was able to give correct details in some cases.

    "He said he would be on the computer 18 hours per day to find out information about people on websites such as Facebook and Friends Reunited.

    "He would make friends with people on Facebook and have got their usernames he would try it on the bank websites, on the basis people use the same passwords.

    "If that did not work he would fill in the security information which he had got from Facebook and Friends Reunited."

    On the occasions he successfully got access to the bank accounts he would change the address details and intercept the cards and take out cash.

    Although most of the accounts he targeted were dormant, he was able to exploit the overdraft facility before anyone realised.

    Wood, who runs a carpet fitting business, pleaded guilty to seven counts of false representation and asked for a further six similar offences to be taken into account.

    He also admitted possessing article for the use in fraud.

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    by Winston

    so he got 15 months, he will be released in 3 months under the home curfew scheme which allows low-risk prisoners serving sentences of more than three months but less than four years to be freed with an electronic tag.

    If he is not released after 3 months then it shows that there are a separate set of rules for (former) MP's (who do get to leave) - (http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-14364037)

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    Facebook's 'Like' Button Banned by German State

    By David Daw - Aug 19, 2011

    The German State of Schleswig-Holstein has ordered all state sites to remove Facebook's "like" button. Sites that fail to comply could face fines of up to 50,000 euros, or about $72,000.

    Schleswig-Holstein's data protection commissioner, Thilo Weicher, ordered the shutdown after an analysis by his office showed that Facebook builds profiles of users and non-users alike with the "like" button's data. Because such data collection violates Germany's data protection laws, Weicher has given websites operated in Schleswig-Holstein until September 30th to remove all "like" buttons.

    Facebook has issued its own statement in response to Weicher's claims. The company has denied Weicher's claims and insists that the "like" button is compliant with European Union data protections standards. According to Facebook, the "like" button only collects the IP addresses of non-users, and even that information is deleted after 90 days.

    The European Union--and Germany in particular--has much stricter online privacy laws than does the United States. In fact, this isn't the first time Facebook has clashed with Germany's strict privacy laws--earlier this month, German authorities in Hamburg asked the social networking giant to shut down its facial recognition feature. The EU advisory board also announced it would be looking into Facebook's facial recognition feature, and any EU privacy laws such a feature might violate.

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    Facebook Knows Where You Go On the Web

    Remember when Mark Zuckerberg said you need to get over the fact that there is no privacy on the internet?

    He meant it.

    Many people, however, think the fun of posting on and the interaction of Facebook overshadows the downside, or they merely ignore the negative aspects.

    Well, it turns out it is worse than we previously thought.

    Hacker and writer
    Nik Cubrilovic has a post on his blog today revealing some really scary and downright police state Stasi-like aspects of the popular “service”.

    Cubrilovic writes that
    Facebook keeps track of every website you visit that has its “Like” button on it, even if YOU ARE LOGGED OUT OF FACEBOOK. It does this through the cookies it routinely plants on your computer.

    only solution to this is to delete Facebook’s cookies after every session, or use a separate browser for Facebook usage.

    Cubrilovic explains: “With my browser logged out of Facebook, whenever I visit any page with a Facebook like button, or share button, or any other widget, the information, including my account ID, is still being sent to Facebook. The only solution to Facebook not knowing who you are is to delete all Facebook cookies… It is all hidden in plain sight.”

    Cubrilovic tried to email Facebook about his concerns on several occasions, but they ignored him.

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    Infographic: 6 Privacy Problems In Facebook’s Updates

    Timeline and the open graph call for a review of one’s privacy settings.

    People continue to ignore the ever-growing number of privacy concerns with Facebook. Here are some warnings from CheckPoint ZoneAlarm‘s infograph about timeline and open graph.

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    How to disable Facebook Timeline and get the old profile back

    Sharon Vaknin November 29, 2011

    When Facebook Timeline was announced, it didn't take long for the Internet to figure out that even though the new profile design isn't yet available to the public, anyone could get it immediately with this little hack.

    Today, over 1.5 million users have activated Timeline with this workaround, making the new profile visible to each of them and anyone else who has enabled it.

    Eventually, Facebook will mandate Timeline for everyone, and when that happens, expect a lot of backlash. Many people, even those who opted in to the new design, seriously dislike it. They're calling it narcissistic, cluttered, and creepy.

    If you concur, and you were one of those people who enabled Timeline, there's still a way to enjoy the old profile design (while it lasts.)

    Step 1:
    Head to the Facebook Developers page where you originally created an app to enable Timeline. Click "Edit app."

    Step 2:
    The only way to remove Timeline is to delete the app. If you are an actual developer, you're out of luck. Otherwise, click "Delete app" in the left sidebar.

    Once you confirm the app deletion, your Facebook Timeline will be disabled.

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    Facebook Timeline mandatory rollout: You have 7 days to scour your past

    The time to edit your online persona is now

    by Mike Wehner - January 24, 2012

    Facebook is the virtual home to more than 800 million active users, so any change to how the network operates is a big deal. And nothing could be bigger for the social hotspot than completely revamping everyone's front-facing profile page, and that is exactly what is happening today. Starting this morning, the new Timeline feature — that up until now has been an optional switch — is now mandatory.

    The Timeline differs from the default profile pages we know and love in several ways. Now, rather than showcasing only your most recent posts, your personal front page can be scrolled back months or years at a time. Most importantly, this change can offer visitors a glimpse at your entire social networking past, all the way back to the day that you joined up. The revamp can be both a blessing and a curse for seasoned social networkers, as it can produce a bit of pleasant nostalgia, but also drag up some of your less proud public moments.

    Left untouched, your Timeline may remind of you of breakups, job troubles, or even a few unfortunate party photos that you have long since buried. Depending on your settings, these black marks on your digital past could allow new followers — including friends or business associates — to see a side of you that was better kept tucked away.

    Privacy is already a hot topic for Facebook users and the network's litany of sharing options can be difficult to navigate, even for the most experienced users. The company isn't oblivious to how the Timeline may drag up some unwanted past events, so a short buffer zone is in place to allow you to modify your online persona before making its new debut. You will have until Tuesday, January 31 to erase any past Facebook scars you'd prefer to hide.

    The mandatory Timeline rollout will undoubtedly catch some by surprise, but you don't have to fall victim to the ghosts of past updates. Take some time to review your social networking history and don't hesitate to prune anything that you wouldn't want on the front page of a local newspaper. Because as of right now, the clock is ticking.


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