Law and Order
Facebook could soon be in big trouble, and not just because Slingshot is probably gonna stink.
An Austrian law student, Max Schrems, is leading the charge in what could become a massive lawsuit against Facebook over privacy issues, the Daily Mail reports. Mr. Schrems is asking Facebook users worldwide to join him in demanding damages of €500 each over alleged violations of the European Union’s privacy policies.
We’ve all heard of revenge porn — but what do you call it when the nudes somebody posts to Facebook without your consent aren’t even photos of you?
Meryem Ali of Houston is suing Facebook after her former friend allegedly created an account in her name and posted photos of other people’s naked bodies with Ms. Ali’s face attached via Photoshop, ArsTechnica reports.
Since the news of their last one didn’t go over so well, good guy Facebook has decided to recruit and pay people who actually desire to participate in their upcoming study.
They’re handpicking volunteers for a three-month focus group they hope will help them improve their new Snapchat competitor, Slingshot. Selected individuals will devote Read More
internet is hard
“The cinnamon challenge” once captivated the viral video lovers, but it seems things have escalated.
A teenager was seriously injured after lighting himself on fire attempting a “challenge” that’s been popping up across the Internet.
After seeing videos of “the fire challenge” on Facebook and YouTube, the 15-year-old Kentucky boy poured alcohol on his chest and Read More
Crime and Punishment
The New York Police Department might be the most social law enforcement agency on earth. Last week, some officers went through a three-hour training session about how to effectively use social media and how to improve their personal #brand online.
What’s that golden rule to follow when you’re on the run from the law? Draw as much attention to yourself as possible, obviously.
One nonsensical man was arrested the day after bragging that he’ll never be caught on the Facebook page of his county police department.
Last week, Roger Ray Ireland, 28, was the subject Read More
Facebook is being annoying — again. The social network is done letting you instant message your friends in its main app and instead will now force you to download another battery-sucking app dubbed Messenger.
Mad Data Science
First William Shatner, now Ed Sheeran? It looks like Facebook’s stab at enticing celebrities to incessantly document every part of their lives using a new app is hitting a roadblock.
instagram that shit
After all of the furor over Facebook’s invasive experiments on users’ news feeds, other startups running the same plays had to be thinking: “What do we do now?” In the case of OkCupid, their version of ass-covering is to come out loud and proud about the games they’ve been playing with their users’ hearts.
OkCupid posted a snarky, image-loaded essay on their blog today called “We Experiment On Human Beings!” where they make a list of hijinxes they’ve pulled on their users without them knowing, all in the name of science. In the post, OkCupid cofounder Christian Rudder points to how offended people were that Facebook published a research report based on manipulating users’ news feeds.
Ever since Facebook supposedly failed to buy Snapchat, they’ve been accused of trying to copy Snapchat. This is mainly because they keep trying to copy Snapchat.
Last night, Instagram leaked word of an app called “Bolt,” a new, unanticipated photo messaging service. Considering Instagram is owned by Facebook, this adds Bolt to the growing Read More