Facebook is a happening online destination, so as you’ll imagine there’s a lot of Facebook news happening every day. The top news of the day, however, will make a lasting impression. We all know we give up a chunk of our privacy every time we log in. Now, Facebook is looking to take that one step further.
Facebook made news when they updated their data use policy on Thursday, August 29, 2013. Facebook revealed they were considering adding members’ profile photos to their growing facial recognition database. Their reasoning is that it will speed up the process of labeling or “tagging” photos uploaded on their site. To a certain extent, this is already set in motion, because Facebook already tries to identify and tag photos. This would just expedite the process.
Privacy is already a big issue. The government is scrutinizing the privacy practices of businesses like Facebook. Meanwhile, much of the public is upset over the government’s own invasions of our personal privacy in their attempt to track down terrorists. So while more and more users are concerned about their privacy, it seems like Facebook is making a grab for an even bigger intrusion into users’ privacy.
On the surface, that doesn’t really seem like a good idea. However, Facebook portrays this as a means of giving users more control over their personal information. Facebook users can opt out of tagging altogether, which will keep them out of the facial recognition database. They can also minimize and limit the tags they allow. It also ensures users know where they’re being tagged. The important thing is that users keep up with Facebook news so they can choose for themselves just how far they’re willing to let Facebook go.
Check out the Guardian for more info: www dot theguardian dot com/technology/2013/aug/29/facebook-profile-photos-facial-recognition.
Facebook is testing a new section of their online platform that displays trending topics. For the uninformed, “trending” refers to topics of current public interest. For example, Martin Luther King, Jr. and Syria are trending right now all over the web, because a lot of online users are interested in these topics. This new feature is still being tested and is only available to a small number of users in the U.S. I’m sure they’ll make even more Facebook news when they’re ready to roll it out for everyone!
Hop over to TechCrunch to learn more: techcrunch dot com/2013/08/30/facebook-trending-topics/.
USA Today made Facebook news by publishing Kim Komando’s article on users’ habits. First, posting messages directly on friends’ profile pages isn’t the same as private messaging–or chatting–behind the scenes with them. Second, posting the too many of the wrong pictures can turn people off. Third, including too much information in photos can be hazardous to your well-being. If you want to know more, go directly to the source: http://www.usatoday.com/story/tech/columnist/komando/2013/08/30/facebook-public-private-privacy-settings/2699689/.
Facebook made news with a study that suggested using Facebook makes you lonely. Check out HuffPo for the latest scoop: huffingtonpost dot com/2013/08/30/facebook-loneliness_n_3839003.html.
Facebook made news again with the Guardian’s scoop on Facebook scammers’ multimillion dollar payout
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