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22 Mar 2011
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Facebook bans 20,000 underage users a day

Facebook has revealed that about 20,000 children are kicked off the social networking site every day for lying about their age to join the site.

The social networking giant admitted it had to do more to stop young people using Facebook, as it revealed about a third of Australia's population uses the site every day, reported the Herald Sun.

The chief privacy adviser of Facebook, Mozelle Thompson, said many Australian children under the age of 13 were trying to access the site by lying about their age.

"It's something that happens on a regular basis," the Courier mail quoted Thompson as saying.

Globally, about seven million children who lie about their age are blocked from the site each year.

RE: Facebook bans 20,000 underage users a day

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FIR against Facebook for denigratory remarks on Hindu gods

Remember Nutan Thakur? The social activist, who lodged an FIR against Facebook group called "We hate Gandhi" and the profile was blocked. Now, again she has registered an FIR against the social networking site Facebook and its member for abusing Hindu religion and gods.

The FIR accused a Facebook profile of "instigating communal passions" and feared that it could lead to riots in India. The FIR was lodges under section 66 A of the Information Technology Act 2000.


The title of the Facebook profile is very provocative. A picture of three Hindu gods was placed with the title of three id*ot in the place of the photograph. The comments on the profile were very offensive. People have posted anti Islam remarks on the profile along with the links of websites with abuses against Islam.

Nutan said, "Though in my complaint I have named several persons whose comments and names figure in Facebook, lot of them appear to be fake IDs." She also added that there is a `virtual riot' on the profile of Facebook members of two communities where people post the choicest of abuses against the two religions -- Hinduism and Islam.

Can Facebook be implementing stricter policies to monitor the profiles? Will Facebook be more careful on such sensitive issues? Are the accusations made on Facebook a publicity act? Social networks should used only for healthy networking then creating riots.

Ask a question, Obama will answer it LIVE on Facebook!

New York, Apr 6: The United States President Barack Obama will make a live appearance on the world's largest social networking site, Facebook, on Apr 20. Obama will visit Facebook's headquarters to "connect with Americans across the country" and the meeting will be streamed live on Facebook.

During the 'Live Town Hall Meeting on Facebook,' which was announced by the Whitehouse and Facebook, Obama will discuss US' economic status and take questions from the public. Obama is one of the prominent world leaders who use micro-blogging sites to connect with the public.

During his presidential campaigns, Obama used Twitter effectively to gain support form various sections of the society. Recently, Obama launched re-election campaigns via Facebook and YouTube.

Obama will appear Live along with Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg and COO Sheryl Sandberg. The White House started a dedicated Facebook page for the Apr 20 Live programme, where users can post "questions" to the President. Obama will answer to selected questions. Users can also submit a question via WhiteHouse.gov/facebooktownhall.

"President Obama will connect with Americans across the country to discuss the tough choices we must all make in order to put our economy on a more responsible fiscal path, while still investing in areas like innovation that will help our economy grow and make America more competitive," described the Facebook page. Take a look at "President Obama's facebook townhall" page.

Interestingly, Obama's plan to go live on Facebook was announced just two months after his wife and the First Lady of the US, Michelle Obama, banned Facebook access for their children.

OneIndia News
'Journalists on Facebook Page' - Social network reporting!

California, Apr 6: World's largest social networking website with more than 600 million active users, Facebook rolled out a new dedicated Facebook page for helping journalists to use the social networking platform as a medium to find sources, interact with readers, and advance stories.

"Today we’re launching a new 'Journalists on Facebook' Page to serve as an ongoing resource for the growing number of reporters using Facebook to find sources, interact with readers, and advance stories," said Justin Osofsky, Facebook's Director of Media Partnerships.

The Page will provide journalists with best practices for integrating the latest Facebook products with their work and connecting with the Facebook audience of more than 500 million people.

Along with the "Journalists on Facebook" Page, Mark Zuckerberg's firm also plans to start a Facebook Journalism Meetup program, which will host events across the globe to have hands-on workshops on how to use Facebook as a reporting tool. With the new initiative, Facebook wants to engage in an open dialogue with the journalism community.

The first Meetup will be held on Apr 27 at Facebook's headquarters in Palo Alto, California. Interested journalists can attend the meeting by registering with Facebook.

Facebook said that it has been used as a reporting tool past 10 years and it revealed the New York Times reporter Nicholas Kristof’s use of Facebook to report on events in Cairo while he was on the ground and Washington Post staff writer Ian Shapira's use of Facebook as a powerful storytelling advice.

OneIndia News
Facebook selling your data to advertisers: Report


Social networking site Facebook is using its users' profile, status updates, messages and other information to help advertisers find exactly who they want to reach out to.

Facebook is now tracking this activity, shooting online ads to users based on their demographics, interests, even what they say to friends on the site sometimes within minutes of them typing a key word or phrase.

For example, women who have changed their relationship status to "engaged" on their Facebook profiles will receive ads from local wedding planners and caterers when they log in.

Middle-aged men who list motorcycling as one of their hobbies could get pitches from Victory Motorcycles.

According to the Los Angeles Times, some analysts believe that Facebook's unique trove of consumer behaviour could transform it into one of the most powerful marketing tools ever invented.

However, privacy watchdogs say Facebook's unique ability to mine data and sell advertising based on what its members voluntarily share amounts to electronic eavesdropping on personal updates, posts and messages that many users intended to share only with friends.

Facebook's first experiment with paid ads was a flop. In 2007 it rolled out Beacon, which broadcast information on Facebook about users' activities and purchases elsewhere on the Web without their permission.

Facebook pulled the program after settling a lawsuit brought on behalf of Facebook users. This time around, company officials appear to be proceeding more cautiously. David Fischer, Facebook's vice president of advertising and global operations, says Facebook delivers ads that are relevant to users' lives.
Osama virus on Facebook

With the internet abuzz with stories related to Osama bin Laden's death, the FBI is warning people not to open unsolicited links that "purport" to show photos or videos of the Al-Qaida leader's killing, saying these could be computer virus.

Asking computer users to exercise caution, the FBI said people should not open unsolicited spam emails that claim to show photos or download software to view videos of bin Laden's death, even if the messages are from people they know as these applications can infect computers and could be viruses programmed to steal personally identifiable information.

Such "content could be a virus that could damage your computer. This malicious software or malware can embed itself in computers and spread to users' contact lists, thereby infecting the systems of associates, friends, and family members," the FBI said in a statement.

The Internet Crime Complaint Center urged computer users not to open spam mails, including by clicking links contained within those messages. "The public should exercise due diligence." Links claiming to show footage of bin Laden being killed by US troops and photos of the dead terrorist are already doing rounds on popular social networking sites like Facebook.

Some links on Facebook claim that "exclusive footage" that will "leave you speechless" has been leaked by "Wikileaks" and organisations like "CNN", playing on users' curiosity to see the world's most wanted terrorist in his last moments.

Once a user clicks on the link, it is automatically pasted on the walls of all his contacts. The FBI further asked computer owners to ensure they have up-to-date antivirus software to detect and deflect malicious software, and to keep an eye for fraudulent messages that often feature misspellings, poor grammar and nonstandard English.

The agency also asked users to adjust the privacy settings on social networking sites to make it more difficult for people to post content to their page. A photograph, released on the internet hours after US President Barack Obama announced to the world that bin Laden was dead, showed a brutally injured bin Laden with his eye gouged.

That photo had turned out to be a fake. "Even a friend can unknowingly pass on multimedia that's actually malicious software," the agency said, adding that criminals may also use the FBI's name and seal to add legitimacy to their fraudulent schemes.

Facebook admits Google smear campaign

New York, May 13 : Social networking giant Facebook has admitted it hired a public relations agency to encourage investigations into rival Google's operations, Facebook's press service said Friday.

American media reported that PR agency Burson-Marsteller had tried to persuade bloggers and journalists "to investigate" Google's work and the way it obtains information about Facebook users and other similar services.

Facebook denied waging an anti-Google campaign, and said it merely wanted to find out public opinion and attract attention to the issue through open information sources. The company, however, admitted it should have been less secretive about its plans.

Burson-Marsteller acknowledged the deal with Facebook and said it had made a mistake.

Google said all the information it used was within public access on the friends-of-friends option. This function is available on many social network services, including Facebook.





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