Requests for Facebook user data and content restrictions in the first six months of 2014 were up some 24 percent compared with the same period of 2013, with a total of 34,946 requests, and the amount of content on the social network restricted by local laws rose about 19 percent year-over-year, according to the third global Government Requests Report, released Tuesday.
With all of the mostly misguided hysteria about Facebook’s Messenger applications and the user data they request permission to access, satire and entertainment blog Cream Bmp Daily may have concocted the most outlandish tale to date, saying that illegal conversations conducted on the messaging apps are being forwarded to law-enforcement authorities.
Facebook Chief Security Officer Joe Sullivan hosted reporters at Facebook’s headquarters in Menlo Park, Calif., Tuesday, where he detailed how the social network is maintaining and fine-tuning its security protocols in the wake of the continuing controversy about government surveillance.
The Facebook police? Not quite, but the social network reached an agreement with the Menlo Park (Calif.) City Council to pay $200,000 per year for at least three years to station a full-time Menlo Park police officer at the city’s upcoming substation in Belle Haven, which is located just a few-hundred yards from the site of the company’s West Campus expansion, currently under construction.
In an effort to stifle potential Facebook mishaps, the New York Police Department has told officers to put a silencer on their social media activities. NYPD Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly recently ordered the city’s 35,000 officers to not post about their jobs on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube or any other social media sites, the New York Daily News reports.
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Houston bank robbers boasted about their $62,000 take on Facebook.
Photos on Facebook helped the Federal Bureau of Investigation nab a Detroit man accused of robbing five banks between October and January.