A major insight into human behavior from pre-internet era studies of communication is the tendency of people not to speak up about policy issues in public—or among their family, friends, and work colleagues—when they believe their own point of view is not widely shared. This tendency is called the “spiral of silence”.
Some social media creators and supporters have hoped that social media platforms like Facebook and Twitter might produce different enough discussion venues that those with minority views might feel freer to express their opinions, thus broadening public discourse and adding new perspectives to everyday discussion of political issues.Read more
Activists just got another reason to worry about what spooks might be able to learn about them, with boffins demonstrating that a decent traffic fingerprint can tell an attacker what's going on, even if an app is defended by encryption.
The researchers from the Universities of Padua and Rome have found that for activities like posting messages on a friend's Facebook wall, browsing a profile on a social network, or sending an e-mail, there's no need to decrypt an encrypted data flow. The researchers note that even in the hands of a knowledgeable user there are opportunities for “malicious adversaries willing to trace people … the adversary can still infer a significant amount of information from the properly encrypted traffic.”Read more
Facebook went down briefly in the US Friday morning, but it faces a more lingering snafu in Europe.
The Department of Defense of the USA makes experiments on social networks users. Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency provides monitoring of microblog service and Internet users‘ posts on such large social networks as Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest and Kickstarter.
The Pentagon invests large amount of money for carrying out experiments which are connected with users‘ mood and its manipulation. Technological Department of Defence and scientists of university hold the Pentagon project, called Social Media in Strategic Communication. It provides monitoring of Twitter microblog service and Internet users‘ posts on large social networks.Read more
In the wake of employers going so far as to ask prospective employees to hand over their Facebook passwords, a practice that has been heavily frowned upon by Facebook itself, social media ‘screening’ continues to be a common practice amongst human resource professionals.
According to a CareerBuilder survey, as many as 37% of employers are checking out prospective employees on social media before they make a final decision. When venturing onto prospective employees profiles, they’re looking for one of five things. 65% responded that they want to see if the candidate presents himself/herself professionally, 51% said they want to see if the candidate is a good fit for the company culture.Read more
Facebook is launching an aggressive technique to track people across the Web.
For years people have noticed a funny thing about Facebook's ubiquitous Like button. It has been sending data to Facebook tracking the sites you visit. Each time details of the tracking were revealed, Facebook promised that it wasn't using the data for any commercial purposes. No longer. Last week, Facebook announced it will start using its Like button and similar tools to track people across the Internet for advertising purposes. Here is the long history of the revelations and Facebook's denials:Read more
Earlier this week, Facebook announced that it was going to start using all of that ever-so-illuminating app and website data it collects to serve us with more targeted ads. In other words, Facebook is getting ready to use your browsing history to benefit advertisers. Here's how to stop them.
Of course, just because you're getting some new (and highly necessary) controls over how Facebook shares your data doesn't mean it's going to stop collecting the data in the first place. So while we can at least somewhat limit how all of our salacious internet habits are being used, it doesn't mean the cache of data itself is going away.Read more
Through its ubiquitous "like" buttons on publisher sites across the web and ability to use Facebook Login, the social network has long been able to watch the web surfing behavior. Soon it will begin to use that information for ad targeting on Facebook.
According to Brian Boland, Facebook's VP-ads product marketing, the new targeting is intended to help direct-response advertisers, in particular, to make their Facebook ads more relevant to their selected audience. Historically, interest-based targeting on the social network hinged on users' own declarations of their likes and interests in their profiles, as well as Facebook pages they had "liked".Read more
Hackers apparently based in Iran have mounted a three-year campaign of cyberespionage against high-ranking U.S. and international officials, including a four-star admiral, to gather intelligence on economic sanctions, antinuclear proliferation efforts and other issues, according to cybersecurity investigators.
Using an elaborate ruse involving more than a dozen personas working for a fake U.S. news organization, the hackers developed connections to their targets through websites like Facebook and LinkedIn to trick them into giving up personal data and logon information, the investigators say. The alleged campaign, which dates back at least to 2011 and is still under way, principally has focused on U.S. and Israeli targets in public and private sectors.Read more
Facebook’s mobile app just grew a keen sense of hearing. Starting Wednesday, the app has the ability to recognize music and television shows playing in the vicinity of users.
The feature is designed to make it easier for users to share. When users begin to write a post, the Facebook app will offer to include information about music or shows playing in the background. “We want to help people tell better stories,” said Aryeh Selekman, the product manager who led the development of the feature. “I hope there are people who love the feature and post more.” If Facebook users share more about themselves, that can boost the value of ads targeted at some of its 1.28 billion users.Read more