If your children are in their early to mid-20s, don’t hold your breath waiting for Facebook friend requests from them. That was just one nugget of information from the Facebook Data Science Team, which analyzed posts on the social network that were anonymized and processed automatically by users who identified themselves as parents or children to get a better sense of how families interact with each other on Facebook.
A Littleton, Colo., Facebook user was mistakenly caught up in the rush to gather information on the suspect in the tragic shootings in a theater in nearby Aurora, Colo., during a premiere showing of Batman movie The Dark Knight Rises, as the Facebook user had the misfortunate of sharing the suspect’s name and being located nearby.
Just about every Facebook user has been on the receiving end of friend requests from people they don’t know, and often people who don’t exist. But one minor addition to my personal information on Facebook led to an onslaught of them earlier this month, with every single profile displaying the same characteristics.
A new study claims that Facebook users take more than they give to their friends through the number of friend requests received, the use of the like button, the number of messages sent, or tagging people in photos.
Beware: The socialbots are coming. These fake profiles mimic real people on Facebook but are actually computer programs that harvest private data from users, and expose them to other security risks.
Following claims of doctors’ unethical behavior, like making fun of patients online, the Australian Medical Association (AMA) warned physicians to be cautious in using social networking sites like Facebook.
Researchers surveyed 202 postgraduate trainee doctors at Rouen University Hospital in France and found that 85 percent said they would automatically decline friendship requests from patients, as reported in the Journal of Medical Ethics.