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Facebook may allow children under 13 on its social network: could it solve age verification on the Internet?

There’s certain to be a lot of scrutiny and backlash over any implementation of Facebook accounts for children under 13, which the social network is reportedly exploring. But if the company can find an appropriate balance of features and parental controls, … Continue reading

Facebook offers suicide prevention information for military, veterans, families

Facebook today announced it will offer military-specific suicide prevention information for veterans, active duty service members and their families as part of a partnership with Blue Star Families and the Department of Veterans Affairs. The social network already allows users … Continue reading

Facebook partners with anti-virus software makers to provide free computer security

Facebook today announced the Antivirus Marketplace, a partnership with Microsoft, McAfee, Trend Micro, Sophos, and Symantec, to provide the social network’s users with free six-month licenses to anti-virus software. The anti-virus partners will augment Facebook’s URL blacklist system with their own URL … Continue reading

Timeline-related scams develop on Facebook

A number of scammers are taking advantage of Timeline backlash by developing pages that include deceptive instructions on how to revert to the old profile. These fraudulent Facebook pages prompt users to click a number of Like buttons, invite friends, … Continue reading

Scammers Turn to Affiliate Marketing Scams After Facebook Cracks Down on Clickjacking and XSS

Facebook frauders have figured out how to double their fun and are increasingly using scams to fuel affiliate marketing scams, according to a new report from Internet security firm Commtouch. Earlier this year Clickjacking and self-XSS (users being tricked into … Continue reading

Facebook Roundup: Privacy, Gambling, Mobile, Spotify, WashPo Reader and More

Europe Stifling Facebook’s Targeted Ads – The European Union is set to enact legislation to ban some avenues Facebook uses to create targeted ads, specifically by making Facebook be more transparent about what user data it’s collecting. Spotify Opens Platform … Continue reading

Facebook Settles Federal Trade Commission Charges That It Tricked Users on Privacy Settings

The Federal Trade Commission announced a settlement with Facebook this morning over charges that the social network deceived users by failing to honor privacy agreements. Under the agreement, Facebook: cannot misrepresent the privacy or security of users personal information; must … Continue reading

Facebook Roundup: Swedish Data Center, Solar Energy, Politics, Messages, Seattle and Ceglia

Swedish Govt May See All Data in New Servers – Sweden’s 2008 law, FRA, allows the government to see any Internet data passing its borders without a warrant. Since the company is set to build a data center there, this … Continue reading

Facebook Roundup: Political Action Committee, Security, Timeline, iPad, eBay, Buddy Media, and More

Facebook Forms a PAC – Facebook filed paperwork this week to start its own political action committee, which will allow the company to lobby its causes more effectively in Washington, D.C. The company registered the FBPAC.org and FBPAC.us domain names. Facebook Addresses Logout Issue – Nik Cubrilovic wrote a post this week breaking down privacy [...]

Facebook Roundup: IPO, 3rd Party Apps, FTC, Passwords, Engineering, Skype and Legal

Facebook IPO in Late 2012? – The Financial Times reported this week that Facebook’s IPO is set for the end of next year, with a valuation of what would be at least $66 billion. But The New York Times said Facebook was on track to go public in the first half of next year. Facebook [...]