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Facebook Messenger Permissions Come Down To Trust

The risk is, we don't know when Facebook, or any app, actually uses these permissions, and I don't think we want to find out after-the-fact that it's been recording me since I installed it, just to sell to advertisers. So until Google improves the Android architecture by allowing us more control over what permissions an app can access at any given time, it comes down to trust.
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Death, Grief and Facebook

Facebook is a familiar tool that gives instant access for users to share their emotions, making it a natural place for mourners to gather virtually for group support. However, users could also inadvertently erode the memory of the dead person, altering an image he or she intentionally created.
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Meet The Facebook Quitters

TORONTO - Facebook may be the world's biggest social network, and particularly popular in Canada, but there are still plenty of Canadian holdouts who refuse to join or have logged off permanently, sug...
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Internet Safety Begins at Home

It's a brave new world in which we're living and digital technology has upped the ante in the parenting realm. As parents of younger children as well as tweens and adolescents, we have to take the digital world seriously. Our children's safety is at stake.
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Don't Blame Facebook for Cyberbullying

Parents: Facebook is not in the business of raising my child, nor should you expect Facebook to raise yours. It is not the responsibility of Twitter to make sure my child behaves well online -- it is my responsibility to make sure my child behaves in any environment. If we want major change, it will not come from laws or banning people from websites; it will come from parents, communities, and schools to engage in dialogue and education to raise children who have an understanding of digital citizenship and accountability for their online and offline actions, because accountability and respect still matter.
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Has Facebook Peaked?

Facebook has forever changed the way we talk, share, court, and even think. Yet it is also irritating, over-stimulating, and campy -- invasive, censored, and exploitative. And above all, its users are starting to show signs of Facebook fatigue. The collapse probably won't happen any time soon, but it will happen -- nothing can rule the World Wide Web forever.
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8 Ways Facebook Ticked Users Off

With the U.S. election campaign well underway, this week's Facebook flap about privacy brings back memories of former U.S. President Ronald Reagan's famous phrase addressed to his political opponents:...

My College Sweetheart, Facebook, Has Broken my Trust

Today my usual Facebook eye-roll was substituted for gut-wrenching panic as I read status updates linking news reports that my private messages from 2009 and earlier might have been posted to my public timeline. I joined Facebook in my first year of undergrad at McGill University. It was an innovative tool; it was a new and fun way to keep in touch with friends who were away for university. Now, however, Facebook has morphed into a site nearly unrecognizable from the website that helped me find much needed Molecular Biology notes.
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When Facebook Goes Public, So Will Your Secrets

Facebook's profits are tied to a morally questionable business model; one that is addictive, and insidious for users. For all the good that Zuckerberg's company has done for reconnecting people, and letting them communicate with one another, Facebook exists to extract from those relationships the secrets of what makes us tick consumers.
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Hands Off My Facebook, Mom!

TORONTO - More than 50 per cent of the Canadian parents surveyed for a study on online safety admitted they secretly access their teenager's Facebook account.According to a survey conducted in 11 coun...
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Are Your Text Messages Private?

OTTAWA - Text messaging may help quiet the hum of public cellphone conversations — but it may be just as vulnerable to eavesdropping.Canada's privacy commissioner says Canadians aren't doing enough to...