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How to Protest / End Slavery
LEAKED College Textbooks
Police Brutality is as American as Apple pie
How to File a Complaint against a Police Officer
Victims of Free Speech
Police Arrest People for Facebook post
Facebook Sex Sting (ongoing)
A 25-year-old was arrested for sexual corruption of a minor and attempted rape charges after he contacted undercover police officers on a social media site.
Tyler Matthew Shrum, 25, was talking online with undercover officers from Portland’s Sex Trafficking Unit.
He didn’t actually have any contact with a minor, police said. They are withholding the website to keep the operation undercover.
Sexual Assault Resource Center hotline 1-800-640-5311; or,
the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, 1-800-843-5678 or
via the Cyber Tipline: http://www.missingkids.org/CyberTipline
Facebook Stalkers Beware: Clear Your Searches!
By Katy Widrick
CLEARING YOUR ACTIVITY LOG
1. Go to your profile page and look for the “Activity Log” button near the right side of the screen. Click it.
2. You’ll see a dashboard for every click, search and upload you’ve ever made (yikes). Along the left sidebar, look for the “search” option — you’ll probably have to click the “more” button that is below the section that starts with “photos.”
3. Voila! Every search you’ve made. You can delete one by one or clear all, which is what I did.
4. Do this every once in a while, because when you clear it, it only gets rid of past items and doesn’t block the activity log from recording new searches.
'Anti-Facebook' platform Ello attracts thousands
By Zoe Kleinman, BBC
It was initially designed to just be used by about 90 friends of its founder Paul Budnitz.
But the bike shop owner, from the US state of Vermont, opened it to others on 7 August.
It has been dubbed the "anti-Facebook" network because of a pledge to carry no adverts or sell user data.
However some experts have cautioned that it might struggle with plans to charge micro-payments for certain "features".
The site has a minimalist design and does not appear as user-friendly, at first glance, as more established networks.
It has already survived a reported Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) attack - a targeted flood of internet traffic - which briefly knocked it offline over the weekend.
"We're learning as we go but we have a very strong tech crew and back end," founder Paul Budnitz told the BBC.
"It's in beta and it's buggy and it does weird stuff - and it's all being fixed as quickly as we can."
Mr Budnitz added that he was "flattered" by the "anti-Facebook" description, but said that was not the way he saw his service.
"We don't consider Facebook to be a competitor. We see it as an ad platform and we are a network," he explained.
The network will eventually make money by selling access to features, Mr Budnitz added.
"Like the app store, we're going to sell features for a few dollars," he said.
Members can already check out features in development on the page and register their interest.
However, the traditional model of a free-to-use network has historically been the key to success, said James McQuivey, an analyst at tech research firm Forrester.
"Over all the other social media experiences from Whatsapp to Instagram to Pinterest - the reason they work is because they're free," he told the BBC.
"You don't invite your friend to connect with you if it costs your friend money. Even in the world of digital music - you can pay for services but most people don't."
"The fact is nobody has ever made a significant move away from any internet provider because of advertising or data."
How to Protect Your Facebook Account from Hackers
1. Create a strong password. Avoid including your name, birthdate, pets, or common words in your password: make it difficult to guess.
A strong password will be at least 8 characters in length. A strong password should contain at least one of each of the following characters: lower-case letters, upper-case letters, numbers, and special characters.
2. Do not use your Facebook password anywhere else. Ensure that you create a different password for every web service/website you use.
3. Use a password manager. As you create more strong and unique passwords, it will likely be difficult to remember them all. There are many good password managers available that will encrypt and safely store your passwords.
You might even have a password manager built into your operating system — for example, Mac users have the keychain password manager available to them for free.
4. Change your password once every six months. This goes for all of your passwords — not just your Facebook one.
5. Do not share your Facebook password with anyone. In fact, don’t share any of your passwords with anyone!
6. Avoid using the “remember password” feature on web browsers. This is particularly important if you are not using your own computer.
7. Only type your password into trusted computers. If you are using a computer that you don’t know or trust, avoid doing anything that requires you to enter your password. Hackers commonly use keystroke loggers on computer systems that record everything you type, including passwords.
8. When logging into your Facebook account. On the Facebook home page, enter your email address and password to log into your Facebook account. Ensure that you log into Facebook (and other sites) at the correct address: www.facebook.com.
Open your Facebook settings. Once you’re logged into your Facebook account, click on the downward-pointing triangle in the top right corner of your page (along the blue bar). This will open a drop-down menu. Just above “Log out” you’ll see “Settings.” Click on “Settings” to open your Settings menu.
Open your security settings. Once you have the Settings window open, you’ll see a number of tabs on the left side of the Settings window. “Security” should be the second tab down, just under “General.” Click on “Security” to open your security settings.
Set up Login Alerts. Login Alerts send you an alert when someone logs into your account from a new device or browser. You can choose to get login alerts via Facebook notifications, email, or text messages. To activate these alerts, click on “Edit” to the right of “Login Alerts,” choose where you want the alerts sent (you’ll need your mobile phone number for text alerts), and click on “Save Changes.”
Activate Login Approvals. Login Approvals gives your account an extra level of security by requesting a security code when you log in from an unknown browser. To set up Login Approvals, click on the word “Edit” to the right of “Login Approvals,” then click on “Get Started” to begin the setup wizard.
Choose Trusted Contacts. Your “Trusted Contacts” are friends that Facebook enables to securely help you if you ever have trouble accessing your account. To add Trusted Contacts, click on “Edit” to the right of “Trusted Contacts,” then click on the words “Choose trusted contacts” (in blue). This will open a new window. Click on the “Choose Trusted Contacts” button to continue, enter your Facebook friends’ names into the text box, and hit “Confirm.”
Review Your Browsers and Apps. Click on “Edit” to the right of “Your Browsers and Apps” to see which browsers you have saved as ones that you often use. If you see something on that list that doesn’t belong, click “Remove,” then “Save Changes.”
Rape And Facebook
By Richard Lyon DailyKos
A New Jersey judge has ordered a teenager who accused a man of rape to turn over access to her Facebook page.
Mercer County superior court judge Robert Billmeier this week agreed to a request from David Stevens-Parker’s defence attorney, and the judge said he will privately review two weeks of Facebook postings for any comments related to the alleged rape before deciding whether any can be used in court.
The defence attorney, Andrew Ferencevych, said he wants to see if there are any hints that the sex was consensual. Stevens-Parker, 22, was charged with providing the then-16-year-old Princeton girl with alcohol before sexually assaulting her in April 2013.
Content from social media is routinely used in court, but the New Jersey case is different because it involves a judge ordering an alleged victim to turn over information, said Wendy Patrick, a prosecutor and former chairwoman of the California state bar ethics committee.
“It’s used all the time and the reason is because the internet has become a confessional,” Patrick said. “It’s a place where everyone is an open book.”
Patrick noted that authenticating content found on social media is often the most difficult part of trying to use it as evidence.
"The defense attorney, Andrew Ferencevych, said he wants to see if there are any hints that the sex was consensual. Stevens-Parker, 22, was charged with providing the then-16-year-old Princeton girl with alcohol before sexually assaulting her in April 2013."
What Is the Age of Consent for Sex in New Jersey?
In New Jersey, the age of consent for sexual conduct is 16 years old. This applies to both heterosexual and homosexual conduct. As a general matter, this means that a person who is 16 years old can generally consent to have sex with any adult, regardless of age.
Like most other states, New Jersey’s laws allow for consensual sex between minors below the age of consent, if they are close to the same age.
In New Jersey, a person aged 13 or older can generally consent to have sex with anyone who is no more than 4 years older. Nobody under the age of 13 can legally consent to sex, regardless of the age of their partner.
Penalties for Under-Age Sex in New Jersey
The penalties for violating New Jersey’s age of consent are fairly stiff, but in line with the majority of other states. The crime of aggravated sexual assault, which is sex with a person under the age of 13, carries a penalty of 10 to 20 years in prison.
From Legal Match (a law firm search thingy)
Facebook rape suspect, Wayne Smith, charged in 3rd rape
By Camille Mann CBS News
Wayne Smith, the 25-year-old barber who is charged with raping two women he met on Facebook, allegedly attacked a third woman just hours before one of the other rapes.
Smith met the woman on Facebook and the two had consensual sex a day before he raped her.
Smith came back to the woman's apartment after they had consensual sex, two nights before, but both had agreed they'd be better off as friends, Assistant State's Attorney Morgan Creepel told the station.
Smith still spent the evening at her apartment but they argued all through the night and while the victim was getting ready for work, he pulled her hair and told her nobody would hear if he used his gun. After he raped her he laughed, Creppel said to the station.
Later that afternoon, Smith sexually assaulted another woman he met through Facebook who he had just met in-person and had lunch with, the prosecutors told WBBM.
Police were able to link Smith to the third case after his DNA matched evidence recovered from her rape kit, Creppel told the station.
Five Hidden Dangers of Facebook
Facebook claims it has 400 million users. But are they well-protected from prying eyes, scammers and unwanted marketers?
Not according to Joan Goodchild, senior editor of CSO (Chief Security Officer) Online.
She says your privacy may be at far greater risk of being violated than you know when you log onto Facebook, due to security gaffes or marketing efforts by the company.
Facebook came under fire, when 15 privacy and consumer protection organizations filed a complaint with the Federal Trade Commission, charging that the site, among other things, manipulates privacy settings to make users' personal information available for commercial use. Also, some Facebook users found their private chats accessible to everyone on their contact list - a major security breach that's left a lot of people wondering just how secure the site is.
In two words, asserts Goodchild - not very.
On "The Early Show on Saturday Morning," she spotlighted five dangers she says Facebook users expose themselves to, probably without aware of it:
• Your information is being shared with third parties
• Privacy settings revert to a less safe default mode after each redesign
• Facebook ads may contain malware
• Your real friends unknowingly make you vulnerable
• Scammers are creating fake profiles
Is Facebook a secure platform to communicate with your friends?
Here's the thing; Facebook is one of the most popular sites in the world. … Security holes are being found on a regular basis. … It is not as inherently secure as people think it is when they log on every day.
Certainly, it is hard to compare this to others; we have never had this phenomenon before in the way people are communicating with each other - only e-mail comes close.
The potential for crime is real. Approximately $1.5 billion was lost in 2012 to online credit and debit card fraud in the US. In 2016, a study by Juniper Research estimated that the costs of cybercrime could be as high as 2.1 trillion by 2019. If you're not careful using Facebook, you are looking at the potential for identity theft, or possibly even something like assault if you share information with a dangerous person you think is actually a "friend." One British police agency recently reported the number of crimes they've responded to in the last year involving Facebook climbed 346 percent. These are real threats.
Lately, it seems a week doesn't go by without some new news about a Facebook-related security problem.
A publication called "TechCrunch" discovered a security hole that made it possible for users to read their friends' private chats. Facebook has since patched it, but who knows how long that flaw existed? Some speculate it may have been that way for years.
Researchers at VeriSign's iDefense group discovered a hacker was selling Facebook user names and passwords in an underground hacker forum. It was estimated he had about 1.5 million accounts - and was selling them for between $25 and $45.
And the site is constantly under attack from hackers trying to spam these 400 million users, or harvest their data, or run other scams. Certainly, there is a lot of criticism in the security community of Facebook's handling of security. Perhaps the most frustrating thing is that the company rarely responds to inquiries.
Do people really have privacy on Facebook?
No. There are all kinds of ways third parties can access information about you. For instance, you may not realize that, when you are playing the popular games on Facebook, such as Farmville, or take those popular quizzes, every time you do that, you authorize an application to be downloaded to your profile that you may not realize gives information to third parties.
A study last year concluded that 40 percent of all Facebook profiles are fake. They have been set up by bots or impostors. If you have 500 friends, it is likely there is a percentage of people you don't really know and you are sharing a lot of information with them, such as when you are on vacation, your children's pictures, their names. Is this information you really want to put out there to people you don't even know?
Facebook says survey asking users how to handle men soliciting sexual pics from kids was a ‘mistake’ By Alex Hern, Guardian
A new Facebook survey asked social media users how they would handle adult men soliciting sexual photos from children, and the social media giant is now saying the survey was a “mistake.”
The social media mega corporation’s questionnaire — which it provided to select users on Sunday — asked users how they would handle apparent child grooming situations, offering a multiple-choice format which enabled users to respond.
One multiple-choice answer that was strangely omitted was a “contact law enforcement” option.
One of the questions on the survey asked, “In thinking about an ideal world where you could set Facebooks’ policies, how would you handle the following: a private message in which an adult man asks a 14 year old girl for sexual pictures?”
The multiple-choice answers featured included, “This content should be allowed on Facebook, and I would not mind seeing it,” “This content should be allowed on Facebook, but I don’t want to see it, “This content should not be allowed on Facebook, and no one should be able to see it,” and “I have no preference on this topic.”
A second question asked, “When thinking about the rules for deciding whether a private message in which an adult man asks a 14 year old girl for sexual pictures should or should not be allowed on Facebook, ideally who do you think should be deciding the rules?”
For a second time, specific direction to follow laws or contact law enforcement professionals was omitted from optional responses.
The answer choices for this question included, “Facebook decides the rules on its own,” “Facebook decides the rules with advice from external experts,” “External experts decide the rules and tell Facebook,” “Facebook users decide the rules by voting and telling Facebook,” and “I have no preference.”
After receiving much backlash and criticism on social media, a spokesperson for Facebook told The Guardian, “We understand this survey refers to offensive content so have stopped the survey.”
Guy Rose, Facebook’s vice president of product, on Twitter called the survey a “mistake.”
“We run surveys to understand how the community thinks about how we set policies,” Rosen wrote.
‘Facebook pedophiles’ being exposed
By Justin King, DigitalJournal
Pages on Facebook distributing images of teen and pre-teen children in suggestive poses have become the targets of the Anonymous collective. Prior to the collective’s involvement the pages were reported to Facebook, but were not taken down.
Activists associated with Anonymous say the pages are an ongoing problem on Facebook, and that the social media network rarely removes one of the pages. The pages carry names like “Sexy Little Girls” or “Sexy Teen’s Legs.” The pages share images of children in underwear or swimsuits and do not distribute nude images of children, skirting the laws against child pornography.
Activists believe the images are usually stolen from the parents’ profiles and then distributed through a network of websites, groups, and pages that exist on Facebook and elsewhere on the web. Anaid Kejor, an activist with Pedo-Hunters, an Anonymous-affiliated group, offered this advice:
I would like people to realize that this is going on all the time, these pages and the people that run them are stealing pictures from your timelines. The cute pic of your 9-year old girl in a bikini, or boy in his briefs could end up on someone's bathroom wall being an object of adoration. Please do not post them at all, even to friends only. They can be stolen; just don't put them on Facebook.
The main target of tonight’s campaign by Anonymous seems to be the “Sexy Little Girls” page. A comment to the page by a Facebook user who employed the iconic Guy Fawkes mask as his profile picture states:
Facebook will not take this page down so we are anonymous and we will take matters into our own hands.
Posts by the page accompanying a photo of a prepubescent child question whether the girl qualifies as sexy or if she is just cute. Comments by frequent visitors to the page include admissions of gaining sexual gratification from the images.
Those that happen to stumble on the page have left comments stating that they are reporting the page to Facebook or the police, and some openly leave death threats for operators of the page.
Kejor explained her feelings on the pages, Facebook’s lack of response, and shared a little bit of her motivation behind participating in the collective’s actions.
I have been doing this for awhile. I win a few, I lose a few. They all make me angry when I see them, knowing that there are hundreds more on Facebook. I concentrate on those of pre-pubescent boys and girls and do my best to get them taken down. I know what these creeps are doing; they download the pics and do their thing.
Does it make me angry that Facebook doesn't take them down? Hell yes. They don't seem to realize that even if they are not naked, a page of these children in sexy poses, swimwear, underwear, is like a catalog to the perverts. I have grandchildren the age of these children that are being marketed to the "Facebook pedophiles" so yes I have a stake in this.
Update: The Facebook page titled "Sexy Little Girls" was removed around noon on 24th of February after a mass reporting campaign by Anonymous affiliated activists and other Facebook users.
By John Crudele
New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman announced that his office agreed to a partnership with Facebook “to use innovative data and analytical methods to crack down on human trafficking.”
“One goal is to try to identify children featured in these ads — with an emphasis on missing children,” according to my source, who has asked not to be identified.
Back in August 2012, I launched my personal crusade against Facebook, which then was just looking the other way as sexual miscreants were using its pages to share photos of underage kids for their own deviant pleasures.
It started when I became aware of a page someone on Facebook had posted under the title “Pedophiles are People too.”
As I wrote then: “At the top of the page is a close-up shot of a very young girl walking alone down an alleyway. In the distant background is a blurry picture of a man with an open trench coat. His hands are in his pockets.”
I figured this would be an easy fix. I’d call Facebook and they would act mortified — and the page would come down. But that’s not what happened. Facebook said that because there was no explicit nudity or sex on that page, it would be allowed to remain.
By the time this page was pointed out to me, there had already been 21 people who “liked” it, and hundreds had had pro-pedophilia conversations.
Soon after Facebook showed a very obvious lack of concern, I called up companies that advertised on the site. Eventually the page was taken down.
Facebook’s pages are also being used — sources around the world told me — as a wee-hours-of-the-morning gathering place for pedophiles and others seeking illegal sex.
They share “jokes” and trade pictures. One comment that stayed up on Facebook for a long time was “You know you [sic] skilled when you can fit 10 kids in 1 self storage [room].”