Complicated Privacy Policy Bites Former Facebook Marketing Director Zuckerberg

In an exchange captured by Buzzfeed, Mark Zuckerberg’s sister and former marketing director Randi Zuckerberg posted a candid family photo on Facebook about “the family’s reaction to the site’s new ‘Poke’ app.” Vox Media’s Callie Schweitzer saw the photo in her Facebook newsfeed and tweeted it. Zuckerberg objected.

Fighting Fire With Fire: Dad Shoots Laptop, Posts Video

A North Carolina dad, Tommy Jordan, reached his wits end on Wednesday after his 15-year daughter posted a rant on her Facebook page, a video “disrespectful” to her parents. He pulled out a pistol and shot her laptop dead. And he videoed it, then shared that video with the world. That is your laptop. This […]

Facebook Adds eMail Addresses To “Download Your Info” But In The “Off” Position

Facebook has quietly implemented a new feature as part of its “download your information” tool. The company, which is notorious for introducing new features that force its customers to “turn off” default settings, has set up the “let my friends have my email” option … in the “off” mode. Yep, it is a nod to […]

Google+, Facebook and Online Identity: The Problem With “Real Names” (And Why It Matters To You)

A long time ago, Lawrence Lessig wrote the book Code (1999). He argued, persuasively, that “code is law.” And “code”? It’s written, in the main, by profit-maximizing organizations. In 2003, Mark Zuckerburg launched the site that would become Facebook. You had to use a real email address and your real name. The site was, for […]

Gunman Updates Facebook During Standoff; Media Framing Helps Incite Virtual Lynch Mob

In Ogden, Utah last weekend, a 36-year-old man updated his Facebook profile a dozen times throughout a 16-hour armed standoff with local police. Subsequently, Facebook turned into a lynch mob (not unlike Cook’s Source) after national media reports on Wednesday stated (without sourcing) that Jason Valdez had held a woman hostage and had reported the event on […]

Facebook Changes Privacy Settings. Again.

It’s the never-ending story of Facebook. The New York Times technology blog, Bits, reports that Facebook has turned on facial recognition by default. By default, this privacy setting tells Facebook servers to search its database for images you (and others) have tagged as you, and then compare that image to any new image a friend uploads. […]