Thursday, August 30, 2012

If you are married, make sure you update your relationship status to "married". If not this would happen to you

An Indian marriage has apparently crumbled, with the new bride citing that her husband had neglected to list “married” as his relationship status on Facebook.

The wife filed for divorce after being married two months as a result of an arranged marriage.

“He was so busy post marriage with family and his furniture business that he really had no time to check his FB or change his status,” said the High Court advocate P. Subhash in relaying the husband’s side to Indian newspaper The Deccan Chronicle.

The husband offered to change the status or de-activate the account in order to reconcile. The wife refused on the basis that her husband could have been doing things behind her back and she could not trust him.


Facebook “Causes Syphilis”

This is an old 2010 story:

A researcher has claimed Facebook is connected to a rise in syphilis as it is a hotbed of casual sex, unsurprisingly something Facebook angrily denies.

Professor Peter Kelly, a public health official in northern England, found that the Teeside region he is responsible for is the area of Britain with the highest rates of Facebook and SNS usage, and asserts that their research found a link between this usage and a jump in the cases of syphilis the area is experiencing:

“Syphilis is a devastating disease. Anyone who has unprotected sex with casual partners is at high risk.
There has been a fourfold increase in the number of syphilis cases detected with more young women being affected.

I don’t get the names of people affected, just figures, and I saw that several of the people had met sexual partners through these sites.

Social networking sites are making it easier for people to meet up for casual sex.”

Facebook scoffs at the claims:

“The assertion that Facebook is responsible for the transmission of syphilis is ridiculous. Facebook is no more responsible for STD transmission than newspapers responsible for bad vision.”

Rather less convincingly, they claim the site is purely a wholesome family friendly one:

“As Facebook’s more than 400 million users know, our website is not a place to meet people for casual sex – it’s a place for friends, family and co-workers to connect and share.”

Sunday, August 26, 2012

Naked Prince Harry deactivated his Facebook account

The famously naked Prince Harry has deactivated his Facebook because of concerns highlighted by his naked antics in Las Vegas last week.

He appeared in Facebook as Spike Wells. But he has now deleted his account after advice from his private secretary, Jamie Lowther-Pinkerton, who is heading an inquiry into the Prince’s trip to Las Vegas.

Prince Harry, 27, had used Facebook for some time and had close to 400 “friends”. His page was protected by maximum security settings.

To see Prince Harry and his naked pics go to

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

83 million Facebook users are fake

Facebook revealed it had 955 million monthly active users and 543 million monthly active mobile users. In the social-networking giant's 10-Q filing published last night, the company disclosed that nearly 20 percent of the latter number, 102 million users, accessed the social network in June solely from their mobile device.

So, how many of these accounts are fake?

Facebook estimates 8.7 percent, or 83.09 million accounts.

Read the rest at CNET

Thursday, August 16, 2012

Facebook tagging illegal

German officials say Facebook’s facial recognition system violates its privacy laws, as it stores a trove of tagged photos without explicit member consent. The Internet giant faces a fine of $31,000, a drop in the bucket of its billions in annual revenue.

Hamburg Data Protection Commissioner Johannes Casper is reopening an inquiry originally launched over a year ago into the controversial software. The probe was suspended in June when Casper decided to allow the issue to be resolved in negotiations between Facebook and privacy authorities in Ireland, the base of the social network’s European operations.

In talks with Ireland’s Data Protection Commissioner, Facebook agreed to suspend its photo tagging service for European members joining the network on or after July 1, 2012. However, photos tagged before that date were to be kept in the company’s database - RT

Don't rate women sexual perfomance on Facebook. If you do so, we will jail you

An Australian man, who created a Facebook page rating the sexual performance of women in central Victoria, has lodged an appeal against his court sentence.

Joshua Turner, 22, of Kangaroo Flat, pleaded guilty last month to publishing objectionable material online and using a carriage service to offend a person.

In one of the first cases of its kind in Victoria, a magistrate banned Turner from using Facebook for two years and wholly suspended a six-month prison sentence - ABC

After 376 years, Facebook finally manages to really delete those stupid photos you really wanted deleted

Facebook is finally getting around to deleting those embarrassing photos you thought you had already deleted.

For years, the social network had been unable to remove deleted photos from its servers, meaning that even though the photo wouldn't be viewable on users' profiles, it would still be accessible on the Web via direct URLs to the image. However, that seems to have been resolved.


Tuesday, August 14, 2012

And here comes Islamic Facebook

An Islamic version of Facebook will be launched in Indonesia in November, giving the country of 240 million people another outlet for its insatiable appetite for social media.

Salamworld, as it is called, will also have an option that allows users to ensure the content they view is Halal - material allowed under Islamic law - and filter out indecent subject matter such as pornography or illegal drugs.

Read more

Saturday, August 11, 2012

Johari Pain in a lot of pain

A Facebook user who goes by the name Johari Pain is in for a whole lot of pain after he said in a status update that he would cut off his genitals if Pandelela won.

He posted the status on Thursday night and when Pandelela won the bronze medal at about 3am yesterday, the man had tried to apologise but netizens were not so quick to forgive or forget, and are now urging him to keep his words.

An online news portal reported that the status “Gua berani kerat k*** laa klau Pandalela menang mlam nih..” (I dare to cut of my genitals if Pandalela wins tonight) had spread like wildfire on the social network and Twitter.

As at 9.30am yesterday, there were at least five Facebook pages demanding that Johari do the honourable thing. Johari has since deleted the Facebook post before tweeting an apology.

Note: Pandelela is Malaysian first woman Olympics medal winner

Thursday, August 9, 2012

How to make billions (in rupiah) through Facebook

Months after three separate investment scams in Greater Jakarta created much furor and made national news, the Jakarta Police said on Wednesday that they were investigating another such scam, this time conducted mainly through the social networking website Facebook.

The investment program had reportedly conned some 13,000 clients across the nation out of trillions of rupiah in the scam, dubbed Al Amanah by its followers. “Amanah” is an Arabic term meaning “trustworthy” and is often cited among Muslims as one of the four main traits attributed to the Prophet Muhammad.

One of the victims, who wished to be identified only as B, said that he was first attracted to the “heavenly promises” of the program, which included houses, cars, haj programs, and trips around Europe.

“At first I was a little bit skeptical of the program, but then some of my friends joined in and were promised massive profits. That’s when I became attracted and finally gave in,” he told reporters at the police headquarters on Tuesday.

He said that he had invested a total of Rp 200 million (US$21,200) of his money in Al Amanah. “It was nothing compared to some of my friends who invested billions of rupiah in the program.”

Another victim, K, said that she first gave Rp 10 million of her money to the program. “I got Rp 30 million in return the next month. Then, I put in Rp 90 million but I received nothing in return,” she said.

Police spokesman Sr. Comr. Rikwanto said that Al Amanah head, M. Sholeh Suaidi, had been named a suspect in the case. “He has been included on the police’s DPO [most wanted] list since one month ago.”

According to him, Al Amanah was a similar model to previous investment scams that had been busted, in that they encouraged potential customers to join in the company’s business with the promise of massive profits. Rikwanto said, however, that the police were yet to find any connections between the leaders of the networks.

The police did find that Al Amanah had no real office and that it was promoted mostly through Facebook. “The organization gave an address in Dago Pakar, Bandung, but it turned out to be fake,” Rikwanto said - Jakarta Post