Thursday, March 24, 2011

Facebook Removes 20,000 User Profiles Per Day

Facebook announced this week that it removes more than 20,000 profiles from the site per day. The site claimed that these removals are usually due to different kinds of infractions, like users who are underage.

On Monday, March 23, Mozelle Thompson, Facebook’s chief privacy advisor, met with the Australian Parliament’s cyber safety committee to discuss some Internet-related security issues that the site has been facing. There were also representatives from Microsoft and Yahoo who were at the discussion.

Thompson really began making headlines when the Daily Telegraph quoted him stating that Facebook “removes 20,000 people a day, people who are underage.

In the same statement that Thompson began making headlines for, he continues saying all of these removals are due to a variety of different policy violations including spam, inappropriate content and underage use. Underage users would be anybody who is under the age of thirteen. "There are people who lie. There are people who are under 13 [accessing Facebook],” said Thompson.

"At Facebook, we take safety very seriously and we were pleased to participate in a hearing in Australia to talk about our safety policies, practices and systems," the company said. "As we explained in the hearing, these efforts include removing numerous accounts every day for activities including spamming, posting inappropriate content, and violating age restrictions."

Facebook went on to say that the average 20,000 users that the site removes every day do "not include the proactive efforts that actually prevent fake or underage accounts from being created."

Seven million Australians access Facebook every day, nine million access it each week and nearly 11 million visit the site each month.

It was suggested by the Labor MP, Graham Perrett, to Mr. Thompson that maybe teenagers should be forced to get some kind of parental permission before they join Facebook.

The Daily Telegraph also told the committee that they planned to soon hire an Australian employee, who would be based in Australia, to deal with any policy issues. Currently, Facebook has about a dozen Australian-based employees that deal with selling advertising, but they don’t have anyone to deal with any of the local complaints and issues.

Chair of the cyber-safety committee Dana Wortley said, "We know there are potential risks that young people face including cyber-bullying, identity theft and privacy issues, illegal content and contact from online predators."

I think it’s great that Facebook has realized their needs in Australia and plans on taking action. It will just be interesting to see how long it takes before they hire the person needed to handle everything.

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Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Increase in Employee Firings Caused by Social Media Updates

Social media is one of the greatest things the internet has ever given us. However, it is also one of the worst. If you are looking for a quick way out of a job, then 140 characters is all you need.

While social media usage is rising, so is the rate of employee firings over tweets and other social media updates. If you post something on Facebook or Twitter and think that it is your own business, then you are sadly mistaken. A lot of employers out there are considering what employees post on social media outlets bad for business.

Facebook has around 350 million users with Twitter having over 75 million accounts resulting in more than 27 million tweets every single day. According to Terri Stewart of Fisher and Phillips, "So what you say is now memorialized in written form. So it has lasting power."

Sure we all have the freedom of speech and the ability to post whatever we want on these sites but sometimes what we say can be detrimental to our employment. Just ask Gilbert Gottfried. Looks like we will be hearing a new voice from the AFLAC duck.

Ashley Payne, a former English teacher in Barrow County, Georgia, lost her job back in 2009 after some pictures of Payne on a vacation to Europe with an alcoholic drink in her hand reached her bosses. Payne released a statement back in 2009 saying, "I wasn't doing anything illegal, I wasn't doing anything provocative."

Terri Stewart, who is also a lawyer based in Atlanta and who specializes in employment law and social media, stated that she thinks the line between personal and professional responsibilities is not as blurry as many people might assume.

"Employers do have some rights in that regard because you're essentially a spokesperson and now what you do in your off time can reach back to your employment," she said.

According to Stewart there are laws that provide some privacy protection in regards to social media. However, if you value your employment, and let's be honest who doesn't in these times, it is probably best to think twice before you tweet or update your Facebook status.

"There isn't an all out ban that you can never say anything against your company but it brings us back to the golden rule: would you want your employers to read this?" Stewart added.

Source: My Fox Atlanta - Social Media Use Leads to Rise in Firings
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Saturday, March 12, 2011

Twitter Ordered to Hand Over User Info for WikiLeaks Case

On Friday, March 11, a federal magistrate judge in Virginia ruled that Twitter must hand over all of the records concerning three of its users who are part of an investigation into WikiLeaks.

On December 14, 2010, there was a court filing that required Twitter to hand over private information about the users’ accounts. At first the government wished for the proceedings to be kept private, but the documents were unsealed at the request of different lawyers from the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) and the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF).

The users whose account information is being investigated are Rop Gonggrijp, Jacob Appelbaum, and Birgitta Jonsdottir, a member of the Icelandic Parliament.

Twitter said in a statement, "Our policy is designed to let users defend themselves. Twitter will continue to let the judicial process run its course."

The ACLU and the EFF have said that they both plan to appeal the court’s decision.

"This ruling gives the government the ability to secretly amass private information related to individuals' Internet communications. Except in extraordinary circumstances, the government should not be able to obtain this information in secret. That's not how our system works," Aden Fine, staff attorney with the ACLU Speech, Privacy and Technology Project, said in a statement. "If this ruling stands, our client may be prevented from challenging the government's requests to other companies because she might never know if and how many other companies have been ordered to turn over information about her."

"With so much of our digital private information being held by third parties – whether in the cloud or on social networking sites like Twitter – the government can track your every move and statement without you ever having a chance to protect yourself," said EFF Legal Director Cindy Cohn. "We're disappointed that the court did not recognize that people using digital tools deserve basic privacy and that the government should be required to meet a high standard before it demands private information about you from the online services you use, be they Twitter, Facebook, Gmail or Skype."

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Wednesday, March 09, 2011

The Obamas Team Up with Facebook to Stop Online Bullying

President Obama and wife Michelle have been popping up on the social media news feeds here and there since Barack became president. They have used social media sites like Facebook on many instances and now the presidential couple is using Facebook to help children deal with cyber bullies.

The couple posted a video exclusively to Facebook which serves as a promo as well as a curtain raiser for the White House Conference on Bullying Prevention set to take place on Thursday. Facebook is not, however, only the messenger. The social media giant will also take an active role in the summit along with the Department of Education, the Department of Health and concerned students, parents and teachers. Facebook will also hold a Facebook DC Live event at 12:20 p.m. ET.

Facebook DC Live is a live conversation that will tackle how people can make the internet safer and also how to promote a shared sense of digital citizenship. The event will occur over several Facebook pages and will also include people from Facebook Security, MTV and the White House Office of Public Engagement.

Obama joked in his video about not nagging the viewer for a friend request but rather brought to light the upcoming conference. "This isn't an issue that makes headlines every day, but it affects every single young person in our country," he said.

Michelle Obama helped make the video personal when she brought the Obama's kids into the picture. Bullying used to be a part of growing up, however, Barack Obama refers to cyber bullying which can exist between school, your phone and your home life.

Both Facebook and the White House see cyber bullying as a growing concern and both have put renewed resources into stopping online bullying. The attempts to hinder cyber bullies included such things as making a Safety Page as well as a Safety Center for Facebook whereas the White House has created its own personal website on Facebook

This is not, however, the first video Barack Obama has made addressing the issue of bullying. Barack Obama created a YouTube video in October in support of "It Gets Better" in order to address bullying directed at homosexual youth.

A lot of people find it easy to shrug off cyber bullying just like shrugging off name calling as opposed to physical violence. However, cyber bullying, as we have seen, can be just as painful and even more dangerous. A lot of young people today are putting their lives online and cyber bullying is becoming a bigger and bigger problem.

According to Adam Hildreth, founder and CEO of Crisp Thinking, a digital watchdog agency concerned with behavioral analysis and Internet safety, "Out of 15 million children's IM accounts analyzed we found that 5.6 million children received cyber bullying messages." Some are even saying that this estimate could be conservative according to the Crime Prevention Council.

The Crime Prevention Council claims that cyber bullying affects almost half of all America teens. Another shocking statistic from the Crime Prevention Council states that 19,000 attempted suicides occur each year in the United States alone as a result of cyber bullying.

If this is as big a problem as it seems, then it is quite refreshing and inspirational to see our nation's leaders, both in government and in media, working so hard on fixing the issue.

Source: Mashable - President Obama Fights Bullying on Facebook

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Sunday, March 06, 2011

Charlie Sheen with Record Twitter Followers

Charlie Sheen has been all over the news recently. His personal and professional life seems to quickly be going down the drain. His ex-wife has taken out a restraining order, Two and a Half Men was cancelled, and his two sons were taken away from him, but some interesting things have come out of all of Charlie’s troubles.

Charlie Sheen now holds the Guinness World Record title for the fastest Twitter user to reach one million followers. Sheen was able to do so in a little more than a day. According to the Los Angeles Times online, he was able to get one million followers in 25 hours and 17 minutes. Sheen signed up for his Twitter account on Tuesday, March 1, and as of Sunday, March 6 at 2:28 p.m., Sheen had 1,931,334 followers.

On Thursday, March 3, Sheen tweeted, "In all sincerity... Thank you Twitter community for the warm reception & the followers that helped get me to 1M in 24 hours!!! #teamsheen."

This record set by Sheen on Twitter follows another record that was set a little less than three weeks ago by Lil Wayne. The rapper set a Guinness World Record for the “Most Likes” on one single Facebook page in 24 hours, 588,243 likes in all.

"Guinness World Records is excited to continue expanding the number of social media records it holds and looks forward to new records emerging from the rapidly evolving world of social media," the organization said in a statement.

As I said previously, Sheen has been all over the news every time that you turn your TV on. Some are calling the interviews that have been plastered on the news hilarious, while others are saying they are slightly unsettling. From the interviews, Sheen has developed some catchphrases, which he has recently been capitalizing on through his Twitter account.

The most popular phrases that has come from his interviews have been “tiger blood” and “winning”. In his interview with NBC earlier last week, Sheen said that Alcoholics Anonymous was for "people that aren't special. People that don't have tiger blood, you know, Adonis DNA." Since then, Sheen has used the TigerBlood# hashtag on his Twitter account. This quickly drove it to the very top of Twitter’s trending topics not only in the United States but also the world.

In several of his interviews that he gave last week, Sheen was questioned about being a “winner.” Sheen was even asked if he was bi-polar. Of course he denied it, instead saying that he was “bi-winning.” On Sheen’s Twitter account, it says that he is an “unemployed winner.” Winning seems to be a theme of Sheen’s more than just his interviews and Twitter bio. Sheen went ahead and actually tweeted, "Face it folks, you just feel better when you say it. #WINNING."

All of this publicity and especially the recent tweeting seems like it’s really starting to pay off for Sheen. He just signed a celebrity endorsement deal on Twitter and Facebook with the ad network called said that Sheen will be joining stars like Mariah Carey, Mandy Moore, Snoop Dog, and about 1,000 other celebrities that have signed social media endorsement contracts with the network. What really does is connect celebrities with certain brands that will pay them to send out posts or tweets via Facebook and Twitter. Celebrities can then earn anywhere from $200 to $25,000 per post.

"Endorsed tweets either includes #ad, #endorsed, or it is disclosed in the message that the celebrity is working with a certain brand," he said. Kim Kardashian, one of’s celebrity endorsers recently tweeted, "It's never too cold to show a little ankle...Check out @OldNavy and their super cute ankle jeans #ad," which was then re-tweeted 43 times. This is a great example of how works.

For now, everyone is fascinated with what Sheen will say next, but how long will that last? How long will it take before people are sick of all of the fuss surrounding Charlie and his long list of problems? I honestly don’t think it will last much longer, but we’ll just have to wait and see.

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