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01 July 2016

A Facebook group set up to record incidents of racial abuse in the UK has been flooded with a disturbing number of posts.

People of European origin and BAME British people have been increasingly targeted by racists that have come out of the woodwork, seemingly mobilised by the Brexit mandate.

The situation has become so serious that Amnesty International is launching an investigation into hate crimes in post-referendum UK.

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13 June 2016

'No, you can’t win tickets for Radio 1’s Big Weekend festival by liking a Facebook page. It’s not true that there are free business-class flights being given away by Qantas Air. And no, TV show Total Wipeout isn’t bringing a tour to your local city. But all three are recent examples of convincing scams on Facebook where fraudsters pretending to be trusted brands have mocked up pages in search of likes, comments, shares and more from unwitting users.'

 

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08 June 2016

With vast swathes of data being sold on the dark web in recent weeks following high-profile breaches, many sites are encouraging users to change their passwords, even if they weren't directly affected.

Facebook and Netflix appear to be taking this a step further with reports a number of users are being forced to update their credentials.

 

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19 February 2016

Facebook is rolling out a new feature across the UK to help users who feel suicidal.
The Suicide Prevention tool has been developed in connection with the Samaritans.
It aims to try and provide advice and support for those struggling to cope, as well as for their friends and family.
People can now report posts they are worried about in a more direct way.

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21 October 2015

'Facebook has announced it will inform users if their accounts are being spied upon by any government.

In a note on Facebook, the company's security chief Alex Stamos said people would be notified if there is evidence their profile has been "targeted or compromised by an attacker suspected of working on behalf of a nation-state".'

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26 May 2015

How does Facebook know who your friends are? It's a mystery that has nagged users since at least 2011, when the Irish Data Protection Commissioner conducted a full-scale investigation into the issue. But four years later, there's still a lot of confusion and misinformation about what Facebook's doing when it "finds" your friends.

Did it scrape your phone for names and numbers? Run a reverse-image search of your picture? Compile a "shadow" or "ghost" profile on you over a period of years, just waiting for you to log on and "confirm" its guesses?

Alas, Facebook's actual process isn't actually that sneaky or malicious. In fact, it involves this pretty complex academic field called ... network science.

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