Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Another day, another Facebook hoax

Facebook users are inadvertently spreading a hoax on the social network, telling each other that drug dealers are selling colored and flavored crystal methamphetamine known as “Strawberry Quick” to children. This story is false.


Facebook will read your SMS messages, so beware

A Sunday Times report has accused Facebook of having access to its mobile app users’ text messages, according to Read Write Web. Facebook, in a response to an article on Business Insider on the matter admits that it does have read/write access to SMS messages, but that it’s not doing anything with that access.

Facebook said that it wanted access in order to test its own messaging service, and that permissions granted to Facebook by the user when installing the app are clearly explained on the Android marketplace page.


Another proof that Facebook is full of stupid people

A Miami man is charged with using Facebook postings to threaten to harm or assassinate President Barack Obama during his visit to South Florida last week, according to a federal criminal complaint.

A Secret Service affidavit filed in Miami federal court identified the man as 20-year-old Joaquin Amador Serrapio Jr. of Miami.

According to the affidavit, Serrapio posted the threatening comments under the Facebook name “Jay Valor” during Obama’s visit to the University of Miami last Thursday. There’s no indication that Serrapio took any steps to carry out the threat or that the president was ever in any danger. The Secret Service did not immediately respond Tuesday to a telephone call seeking additional comment.


Don't belittle your son ex-wife or you will be jailed

An Ohio judge threatened a man with jail time over a Facebook rant about his soon-to-be ex-wife, who happened to have a protective order filed against him.

The problem is that instead of helping protect the woman, the court managed to turn the case into a free speech issue that gained national attention. The media has leapt upon the case, making the names of Mark and Elizabeth Byron easy to find on Google.


Thursday, February 23, 2012

Court orders husband to apologise to estranged wife on Facebook for 30 days

A husband has been forced to issue a grovelling apology to his estranged wife every day for 30 days on Facebook after posting a furious message about her on the social networking site.

In leaving the hate-filled rant, Mark Byron breached a court order protecting his wife, Elizabeth, and their son after he was convicted of civil domestic violence against her last year.

According to court records, he said: 'If you are an evil, vindictive woman who wants to ruin your husband's life and take your son's father away from him completely - all you need to do is say that you're scared of your husband or domestic partner and they'll take him away!'


Tuesday, February 21, 2012

She thought Facebook was a killing machine?

An animal rights activist has been arrested after allegedly using Facebook to appeal for a hit man to kill a stranger - as young as 12 - wearing fur.

Meredith Lowell, 27, from Cleveland Heights, Ohio had created a fake account on the social networking site to offer $830 to $850 for the attack.

She was looking for someone to fatally shoot or slit the throat of a random person donned in fur, according to an FBI affidavit filed with an Ohio court.


Addicted to Facebook

Saturday, February 18, 2012

Don't rape if you have a Facebook account, your victim might track you down

A 37-year-old woman has alleged that she was raped at gunpoint in a moving car earlier this month while returning from a nightclub here. The woman claimed that she later tracked down the accused on social networking site Facebook.

The woman has also accused the Park Street police of misbehaving with her when she had gone there to lodge a complaint.

According to the woman, she was offered a lift by a man whom she had befriended at the nightclub; three other men were also in the car. The woman said one of them, whom she identified as Sarafat Ali, pinned her down, placed a pistol’s barrel in her mouth, and allegedly raped her before abandoning her near Park Hotel.

While the incident took place on February 5, the woman said that she went to the police on February 9, as she was in a state of trauma.

In the complaint, she has identified the other three men as Azhar Ali, Luvi Gidwani and Salman.


Friday, February 17, 2012

Last Facebook posting before you go six feet under

In your final moments, updating your Facebook status or sending a Tweet should be the last thing on your mind. A morbid new service promises to take care of that for you so you can focus on the more important things when -- heaven forbid -- death catches up.

The free Facebook app If I Die gives people a chance to write their messages or record their videos well before the end arrives. Upon death, three “trustees” -- friends that you assign -- must verify your death, at which point your updates will be released to the public.

Messages can be released either all at once or on a predetermined schedule -- meaning your words can go on, and on, and on ... online that is.


Got Facebook, win election

Rapid City in South Dakota is a world away from politically savvy campaign headquarters in Washington or Chicago. Yet it is here, in a modest town of 70,000 people tucked away in the rural backwaters of America, that the potential power of Facebook to win elections can be seen most vividly.

Last June, Sam Kooiker decided to stand for mayor of the city. To many people that seemed the height of political folly – he was running against the two-term incumbent mayor, Alan Hanks, who was a household name in Rapid City and had vastly more money to spend on advertising.

Kooiker didn't have sufficient funds to launch a TV ad campaign, so instead he turned to a local company called Straightforward Interactive and asked them to devise a digital strategy.

The firm's Josh Barsch advised that the most effective approach would be to target Facebook users living in Rapidy City. Statistics suggested that most adult residents of the town were on Facebook, and the information about themselves that they offered up on their home pages – location, date of birth, gender, political affiliation, religion, interests etc – would allow the campaign to target its message directly to them.

Barsch and Kooiker identified more than 30 separate demographic groups of key voters in the town, serving each one with a customised web advert.

Dead man rising from Facebook

A hacker’s cruel hoax of seizing a dead man’s dormant Facebook account to play with his profile and “like” brand-name products and services from the grave sent a distraught Brockton woman to the Herald seeking help to end the social-media nightmare that has tormented her family.

The family’s anguish eased yesterday when Facebook promptly did what Susan Cunningham and her four tech-savvy kids couldn’t — deactivate the late Michael P. Marshalsea’s online profile.

“It’s amazing that you got it done when I’ve been trying for well over a week. I’m extremely relieved,” said Cunningham, 52, a hospital administrative assistant from Brockton. “But I still want to know who did it, though I’ll probably never find out.”


Thursday, February 16, 2012

Don't tell Facebook "God does not exist." You will be jailed for up to 5 years

31-year-old Alexander Aan faces a maximum prison sentence of five years for posting “God does not exist” on Facebook. The civil servant was attacked and beaten by an angry mob of dozens who entered his government office at the Dharmasraya Development Planning Board on Wednesday. The Indonesian man was taken into protective police custody Friday since he was afraid of further physical assault.

The posting was made on a Facebook Page titled Ateis Minang (Minang Atheist), which Aan created. At the time of writing, it had over 1,700 Likes. Aan’s posting has been removed, but supporters on the Page are urging police to release him.

Dharmasraya Police Chief Sr. Comr. Chairul Aziz said the district branch of the council and other Islamic organizations believed Aan had defiled Islam by using passages from the Koran to denounce the existence of God and highlight his atheist views. “So it meets the criteria of tainting religion, in this case Islam,” Chairul told The Jakarta Globe.


Don't post photos of your daughters, wives, mistresses and girlfriends on Facebook. They may end up on porn site.

The FBI and Massachusetts police are trying to figure out who "hijacked" Facebook photos of teenage girls from more than a dozen high schools in the state and posted them on a website police say features child pornography.

Authorities on Thursday described the site as an anonymous bulletin board with links to pornographic content and photos of students from all 50 U.S. states.

The Massachusetts link displayed pictures of 17 teenage girls from Bay Path Regional Vocational Technical High School in Charlton and others from schools around the state, officials said.

Sunday, February 12, 2012

If you're a fugitive, don't post your whereabout on the Facebook

A Sicilian drug dealer who fled to the UK has been extradited after he gave himself away by posting photos of London locations on Facebook.

The snaps included one of Madame Tussauds, where Michele Grasso posed with a model of Barack Obama.

Grasso vanished from his home town, Taormina, in 2010 as police sought to arrest him for drug dealing. But he was untraceable and mockingly said on Facebook that his address was Alcatraz.

He used the site to let friends know he was having a wonderful time. In 2010, he posted photos of himself building a snowman under the title "Fantastic!" and wrote: "Have you seen how beautiful it is here with the snow?".

That prompted one friend to write: "Why don't you let me know where you are? Is it in case you get caught?"

Grasso then posted photos under the title "Christmas in London", followed by snaps of trips to the Ministry of Sound nightclub, the London Eye, Tower Bridge and Oxford Circus.

He also posted photos of himself with his arm around a woman, titled "My 24th birthday (in London)".


Father shoots teen's laptop after 'disrespectful' Facebook post

A video of an angry American father pumping nine slugs from a handgun into his daughter's laptop has gone viral on YouTube and sparked an impassioned online debate over his parenting skills.

Tommy Jordan, of North Carolina, explains in the video, which he titled "Facebook Parenting: for the troubled teen," that he was upset by a Facebook post by his 15-year-old daughter in which she complained about her parents.

"This is for my daughter, Hannah, and more importantly for all her friends on Facebook who thought her little rebellious post was cute," Jordan says, speaking into a video camera apparently set up on a tripod..


Wednesday, February 8, 2012

If you delete a friend from your Facebook, you may be shot to death

A father who was upset after a Tennessee couple deleted his adult daughter as a friend on Facebook has been charged in the shooting deaths of the couple, authorities said Wednesday.

The victims had complained to police that Marvin Potter's daughter was harassing them after they deleted her as a friend on the social networking site, Johnson County Sheriff Mike Reece said Wednesday.

Potter, 60, has been charged with two counts of first-degree murder in last week's slayings of Billy Payne Jr. and his girlfriend, Billie Jean Hayworth. The couple was shot to death in their Mountain City home in the far northeast corner of the state. Their 8-month-old baby was found unharmed in Hayworth's arms.

Friday, February 3, 2012

People who use Facebook to make new friends just end up MORE lonely

Loners who use Facebook in a bid to make new friends only end up annoying the few pals they already have, new research claims.

Findings reveal that people suffering low self-esteem who sign up to Facebook often end up over-sharing personal information and moaning.

This presents a negative image of them which irritates existing friends and puts new ones off from getting close to them.

Canadian researchers say that despite Facebook being seen by many as an easy and fun way of making new friends, posting too many negative or self-pitying status updates can actually annoy online ‘friends.’

Facebook is ruthlessly selling your soul

The announcement that Facebook, the social media giant, is planning a $5bn float on the stock market – valuing the company at $100bn – has led to a frenzy of speculation about the fortunes its young founders will rake in. There will be hundreds of new millionaires, we hear, and several new billionaires, too.

But in all this hysteria about the vast sums involved, has anyone thought to question what exactly Facebook is selling? The answer is both obvious and sinister: You.

Terrifyingly, the social networking site turns you into a product. It makes your friendships, marriages and children into a product.

Facebook tells its users: ‘It’s free and always will be.’ Now consider this bit of wisdom: ‘If you’re not paying, you’re not the customer; you’re the product.’