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The Secret Facebook

Posted April 10th, 2013 at 1:14 pm (UTC-4)
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How To Share Secret Messages in Public Facebook Posts Doug Bernard | Washington DC Let’s say you had something you wanted to say; a message for just one or two other people, but secret to everyone else. It’s a fair bet one of the last places you might consider posting that message was anywhere near […]

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Facebook Fasting

Posted February 5th, 2013 at 2:21 pm (UTC-4)
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A New Study Suggests How And Why Users Take A Facebook Break Doug Bernard | Washington DC Think for a moment about how you spend your time online. Researching? Randomly clicking through Wikipedia? Watching cat videos? Now think about who’s there with you. Not in real flesh-and-blood terms, but who’s hanging around you online…watching what […]

Fun with Fake Facebook Friends

Posted December 17th, 2012 at 2:16 pm (UTC-4)
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Sometimes Facebook Friends Are Not As They Seem Ross Slutsky | Atlanta GA The other day I got a friend request from a man claiming to work at VOA in DC as a programmer. His pedigree was impressive, with claims to an Oxford education.  As a one-time VOA intern and current Digital Frontiers contributor, I […]

Facebook Powergrab?

Posted November 23rd, 2012 at 11:53 am (UTC-4)
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Should Facebook Users Be Able To “Dislike” Privacy Changes?  Doug Bernard | Washington DC There’s an old truism in public relations: if you have bad news to announce, look for a good time when people are distracted to bury the story. That may, or may not, have been the motivation for Facebook to propose a […]

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Facebook v. YouFace: A Privacy Faceoff

Posted October 24th, 2012 at 12:29 pm (UTC-4)
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“YouFace Is Looking Less Like A Joke On Privacy Ross Slutsky | Atlanta GA Have you heard of a social network called YouFace? If you’re a “30 Rock” fan, that name probably sounds familiar. For those less addicted to comedian Tina Fey, “30 Rock” is a hit TV program in the US, and in a […]

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Hey, I’ve Never Met You. And This Is Crazy. But Here’s My Number. Harass Me Maybe.

Posted October 19th, 2012 at 9:38 am (UTC-4)
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Why Facebook Believes Privacy Is Not Its Job Ross Slutsky | Atlanta GA Facebook has never had a stellar reputation when it comes to privacy.  Here is the latest annoyance. Open a new window in your browser, login to Facebook (if you haven’t already) and check your privacy settings. Click on Edit Settings. Now go […]

Are We All Facebook Stalkers?

Posted July 9th, 2012 at 3:51 pm (UTC-4)
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A Different Perspective On A Common Phrase Over the years, we’ve run stories warning of the dangers of social networks; of “over-sharing” and eroding personal privacy. One aspect previously addressed is the phenomena often called “cyber-stalking.” We stand second to no one in warning of the genuine threat stalkers pose, regardless of whether they track […]

Why Did Pakistan Shut Off Twitter?

Posted May 22nd, 2012 at 8:13 pm (UTC-4)
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Debate And Rumors About Censorship Swirl Doug Bernard | Washington DC It only lasted for about 8 hours, but that was long enough to start a whole new round of Internet rumor and worry. On Sunday, May 20th, Pakistani telecommunications authorities suddenly blocked all access to the micro-blogging site Twitter, effectively shutting off the service […]

Call of the Weird

Posted May 6th, 2012 at 6:53 pm (UTC-4)
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Thoughts On The Strange World Of Online Ads Doug Bernard | Washington DC I’ll admit it. As an organization, we here at VOA can be a rather starchy bunch. Which is usually fitting, given the very serious issues we cover on a daily basis. Still, in general there’s not a lot of laughs to be […]

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Your Facebook Friends Have More Friends Than You

Posted February 3rd, 2012 at 5:17 am (UTC-4)
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And Other Surprising Findings From a New Facebook Study Doug Bernard | Washington DC “Facebook was not originally created to be a company,” wrote founder Mark Zuckerberg in a letter this week. “Facebook exists to make the world more open and connected, and not just to build a company. We expect everyone at Facebook to […]

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