Casper Leitch: FaceBook is censoring activists

Posted on November 6, 2014. Filed under: Activists Opinions, CIVIL RIGHTS, LATEST NEWS, NSA, DHS, FBI, Cyber Security, Spying | Tags: , , , |


https://fbcdn-profile-a.akamaihd.net/hprofile-ak-prn2/v/t1.0-1/c30.30.369.369/s50x50/47043_511083858956206_398116326_n.jpg?oh=f896645c351f283b2527e68a676eab71&oe=54F5E0FD&__gda__=1424027838_418020e8d77dffc03b7386621cc9aabd  FaceBook is censoring activists – PLEASE visit my profile often and share my links!

April 25, 2013 at 5:11pm

At first, I thought it was just ME.  But, over time I have encountered SEVERAL activists on FaceBook who SUDDENLY get the same WARNING messages from FaceBook that I have been receiving.  It would seem, to those of us who attempt to reach a LARGE number of our friends, that FaceBook is doing EVERYTHING it can to prohibit the  sharing of REAL information.
When FaceBook forced us all to use it’s new TIMELINE FEATURE – it became impossible, at that point, to control who would have access to any thing and EVERY thing that is posted on the profiles of this social site.  If NOTHING ELSE, advertisers get access to our information – and we know that the government (ie. the DEA, FBI, CIA and HomeLand Security) have free access to our profiles and often times are reading our posts.
At that time, I removed ALL personal information from my profile…every bit of it – my private e-addy, my ph numbers, my real age, who my real family members are, date and place of birth information, current address, likes and dislikes, personal photos…every single bit of it and rebuilt my FaceBook personal profile into an electronic magazine focused on ending marijuana prohibition and preserving Freedom.
Members of the FaceBook community embraced my hard work and the number of friends I have quickly swelled to the 5,000 limit allowed by FaceBook.  Even tho I am the host of a global radio program with a listening audience of over 2-million people, I am still allowed to interact with ONLY 5,000 members of my audience on the worlds biggest SOCIAL MEDIA website.
To overcome THAT obstacle I started the ‘TIME 4 HEMP – LIVE’ page that people have liked and now visit for news in the world of hemp/marijuana that is found at: https://www.facebook.com/Time4HempLIVE
On this page, I post information that is MOSTLY about marijuana with a few posts about our loss of Freedoms.  On my profile page I have gone CRAZY and put up posts about marijuana AND A GOOD NUMBER about our loss of Freedoms along with some links to great music.
I have many well informed friends who post fantastic information that I feel needs to be shared with ALL of my other friends….it seems that FaceBook does NOT agree.
When FaceBook first went to TimeLine – several of my friends requested that I tag them in my posts – and I did.  FaceBook blocked me one day from tagging any of my photos because I was "tagging too many people" in them.  I had about 50 friends that liked being tagged in my images because the images would appear on their profiles and the information attached that I was wanting to share could also reach their friends.  As of now, I am allowed to tag only 4 people per image – if I attempt to do more than that, I can then not tag anyone in an image for 30-days.
To overcome THAT obstacle, I began posting images and URL’s onto my profile and then would re-post them onto the profiles of my friends.  FaceBook won’t allow me to re-post the same image or URL now more than 8 times before they start blocking that option.
To overcome THAT obstacle, I attached my Twitter feed to my FaceBook account and began visiting the profile pages of my friends and sharing THEIR information onto my Profile so my friends could review it and….well, wouldn’t you know it….now FaceBook tells me that I am ”over using the SHARE button and need to slow down other wise be blocked from using this feature for 30-days" and if I should attempt to share more than 25 URL’s or images in about an hours time – I am blocked form using the share button – FIRST for 4-hours and if I keep OVER USING THE SHARE BUTTON that day – then I’m am blocked from using it for 30-days.
Now, I just post EVERY THING onto Twitter (and nearly 9,000 people follow the head-lines that I post at: https://twitter.com/time4hemp – check it out!) and have begun using the marijuana social site established by Todd McCormick more and more to interact with my friends.  The link to that is http://www.HEMP.xxx and is free to join AND does NOT limit how you interact with other members.
I have to say – FaceBook is very successful in censoring activists.  In order for any one to discover the information posted on this profile page – it is now COMPLETELY up to my friends to actually come to my profile page each day and review the new links that I have been able to successfully post to find the information and SHARE IT WITH THEIR FRIENDS.
Instead of being able to get a message out to the 5,000 friends that I have like I could when TimeLine FIRST began…..instead of being able to get a message out to the approximate 2,000 friends that I use to reach when TimeLine was just a few months old….instead of being able to get a message out to the approximate 300 friends that I use to reach when TimeLine was just a year old….instead of being able to get a message out to the approximate 150 friends that I use to reach up until this week – I can now reach about 30 people a day.  For every one else interested in the material I post – they MUST take time to visit my profile and then SHARE any information they discover to be of importance.
THIS IS WHY I AM ASKING that my friends visit my profile OFTEN and make it a point to share and re-post the material that you consider to be important. 
PLEASE READ:
The IRS is spying on you through Facebook, Twitter
http://www.bizpacreview.com/2013/04/08/irs-spying-on-you-through-facebook-twitter-60352
Does Facebook spy on you, even after you’re logged out?
http://www.spywarewarrior.org/newsflash/does-facebook-spy-on-you-even-after-youre-logged-out.html
The Government is Spying On You Through Facebook Right…Now
http://singularityhub.com/2011/05/18/the-government-is-spying-on-you-through-facebook-right-now/
Facebook’s Spying On You For a Good Cause
http://motherboard.vice.com/blog/facebook-s-reading-your-messages-but-it-s-for-a-good-cause#ixzz2RVe1aNki
The FBI Is Spying On You: On Facebook, Twitter & Myspace
http://www.thisis50.com/profiles/blogs/the-fbi-is-spying-on-you-on
Many people watch you every move on Facebook
http://ca.finance.yahoo.com/news/whos-watching-facebook-213557740.html

CASPER LEITCH ON FACEBOOK

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How Facebook Could End Up Controlling Everything You Watch and Read Online

Posted on October 31, 2014. Filed under: Facebook | Tags: , , |


 

How many of you are reading this because of a link you clicked on Facebook? In the online publishing industry (which WIRED obviously is part of), Facebook’s influence on site traffic—and therefore ad revenue—is difficult to overstate. Over the past year especially, “the homepage is dead” has become a standard line among media pundits. And more than anything else, it’s Facebook that killed it.

Given that links appear to be more clickable when shared on Facebook, online publishers have scrambled to become savvy gamers of Facebook’s News Feed, seeking to divine the secret rules that push some stories higher than others. But all this genuflection at the altar of Facebook’s algorithms may be but a prelude to a more fundamental shift in how content is produced, shared, and consumed online. Instead of going to all this trouble to get people to click a link on Facebook that takes them somewhere else, the future of Internet content may be a world in which no video, article, or cat GIF gallery lives outside of Facebook at all.

The prospect of Facebook becoming the Internet’s ultimate content cannibal got a big push earlier this week by New York Times media columnist David Carr. In his column Monday, Carr said Facebook is talking to some publishers about simply hosting their pages itself. Facebook’s apparent pitch is it’s already got a mobile experience users love, so why not cut out the extra click and deliver content more directly in a way audiences prefer? Oh, and Facebook will share the ad revenue.

Publishers likely will balk at ceding so much control to Facebook. But in the end, they may not have much choice. The arrangement might sound like a partnership at first, but it could end up like Amazon and the book industry. Book publishers may hate dealing with Amazon and resent its influence over their sales. But the last thing they would do is pull their books from Amazon. Thanks to its outsized leverage, Facebook’s ability to dictate terms to online publishers could wind up much the same.

Mobile Money

As other media companies struggle to make mobile advertising pay, Facebook has become the master of the medium. In third-quarter earnings results reported Tuesday, the company posted a record $3.2 billion in revenue. Of that, nearly $2 billion came from mobile advertising. Facebook’s soaring growth to more than 1.3 billion monthly active users closely parallels its growth in mobile users. What’s more, mobile-only users account for one-third of Facebook’s user base.

For struggling publishers, going all-in with Facebook and getting even a tiny piece of that mobile ad money might seem much more appealing than limping along alone—and not just because Facebook has a proven ability to monetize mobile traffic. A publisher willing to place all of its content within Facebook’s walls could theoretically see that loyalty rewarded with better, more frequent placement in more News Feeds. Meanwhile, publishers that stubbornly stay on the outside might see their links get less of a boost. As a result, their traffic could suffer.

To be sure, Facebook has a strong interest in ensuring good stuff appears in users’ feeds, regardless of where that content calls home. If crappy content creators alone opt into a Facebook-only platform, and Facebook only promotes that crappy content, users might flee to where the good stuff lives. But Facebook probably wouldn’t be so blatant anyway. Its efforts at control will be more subtle.

Feed Frenzy

In Facebook’s earnings call Tuesday, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg mentioned the prominent role he sees for content in Facebook’s future:

Video is a very big priority. News is a very big priority, because a lot of people want to share that on Facebook already. And enabling public figures, whether they are celebrities, they are athletes, they are actors, or politicians or leaders in different kind of communities to get on Facebook and use the platform to distribute the content that they want.

So those are the three areas that you’ll probably see us investing the most in over the next year or so.

If Zuckerberg calls something a “big priority,” relevant companies best take notice. This is the same CEO who also said products don’t really get interesting until they have about 1 billion people using them. Facebook is now well past that threshold, which shareholders will be thankful to know means Zuckerberg finds it an interesting business. Which from a business standpoint means he’s unlikely to compromise.

What might an uncompromising approach to content look like? Imagine a publisher posts a YouTube link to Facebook and gets a few “likes” and clicks. Then imagine that same publisher uploads a video to Facebook, and gets a lot more views and “likes.” Maybe it’s a fluke. But over time, a pattern emerges. The videos posted straight to Facebook get watched more. Soon enough, all their videos are going straight to Facebook. Perhaps over time, the process repeats itself for other kinds of content.

Content With Facebook

For Zuckerberg, the business rationale behind encouraging such a transition isn’t sticking it to publishers but to YouTube’s parent company Google, which has as much interest in seeing content continuing living on the web as Facebook does in encouraging that content to migrate off it. For that matter, any company that commands outsize audience attention online probably is within Facebook’s sights. For instance, the company no doubt would love to monetize the hours you spend binge-watching on Netflix.

Enter Facebook’s deal with Hollywood studio Lionsgate, which is set to release five short films based on the blockbuster Twilight franchise exclusively on Facebook next year. Facebook may have built its empire on content generated by users. But that empire has become so effective at commanding attention online that Facebook has no reason not to try its hand at original and exclusive professional-grade content. Time spent on Facebook is money for Facebook. If an online shopping site can start making TV shows people will watch, Facebook could, too.

As for owning the future of content, Facebook already does. The company’s $2 billion purchase of virtual-reality headset maker Oculus might seem to be an extravagance in the context of Facebook as it looks and functions today. No one needs to friend you in 3-D. But as Facebook catches up to the web as a content platform, a mature, consumer-ready version of Oculus could catapult the company ahead. Not that Zuckerberg is in a hurry. He said he pictures somewhere between 50 million and 100 million Oculus headsets sold over the next 10 years.

By then, Zuckerberg will be just 40 years old. It’s only natural that he take the long view of his company’s future. “We’re going to be here for decades,” Zuckerberg told Wall Street analysts Tuesday. But when it comes to content, the more important question might be: will anyone else?

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DEA agent sued over Facebook decoy page

Posted on October 7, 2014. Filed under: LATEST NEWS, NSA, DHS, FBI, Cyber Security, Spying | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , |


DEA agent sued over Facebook decoy page

This image obtained by The Associated Press shows a Facebook page for "Sondra Prince." The Justice Department said Tuesday it is reviewing a woman’s complaint that a Drug Enforcement Administration agent set up a fake Facebook account using her identity. AP

 

WASHINGTON – The Drug Enforcement Administration set up a fake Facebook account using photographs and other personal information it took from the cellphone of a New York woman arrested in a cocaine case, to trick her friends and associates into revealing incriminating drug secrets.

The Justice Department initially defended the practice in court filings but now says it is reviewing whether the Facebook guise went too far.

Sondra Arquiett’s Facebook account looked as real as any other. It included photos of her posing on the hood of a sleek BMW and a close-up with her young son and niece. She even appeared to write that she missed her boyfriend, who was identified by his nickname.

But it wasn’t her. The account was the work of DEA Agent Timothy Sinnigen, Arquiett said in a federal lawsuit. The case is scheduled for trial next week in Albany, New York.

Justice Department spokesman Brian Fallon said in a statement Tuesday that officials are reviewing both the incident and the practice, although in court papers filed earlier in the case, the federal government defended it. Fallon declined to comment further because the case is pending.

Details of the case were first reported by the online news site Buzzfeed.

Arquiett was arrested in July 2010 on charges of possession with intent to distribute cocaine. She was accused of being part of a drug distribution ring run by her boyfriend, who had been previously indicted.

In a court filing in August, the Justice Department contended that while Arquiett didn’t directly authorize Sinnigen to create the fake account, she "implicitly consented by granting access to the information stored in her cellphone and by consenting to the use of that information to aid in … ongoing criminal investigations."

The government also contended that the Facebook account was not public. A reporter was able to access it early Tuesday, though it was later disabled.

A spokesman for Facebook declined Tuesday to comment on the legal dispute. Facebook’s own policies appear to prohibit the practice, telling users that "You will not provide any false personal information on Facebook, or create an account for anyone other than yourself without permission."

Lawyers for Arquiett did not immediately respond to email and telephone messages from The Associated Press. Arquiett did not immediately respond to an email asking to discuss the case.

Arquiett said in her filing that she suffered "fear and great emotional distress" and was endangered because the fake page gave the impression that she was cooperating with Sinnigen’s investigation as he interacted online with "dangerous individuals he was investigating."

The fate of Arquiett’s fight against the government’s use of her identity online is unclear.

A staff attorney at the Electronic Frontier Foundation – a civil liberties organization – Nate Cardozo, said the government’s rationale was "laughable."

"If I’m cooperating with law enforcement, and law enforcement says, ‘Can I search your phone?’ and I hand it over to them, my expectation is that they will search the phone for evidence of a crime – not that they will take things that are not evidence off my phone and use it in another context," Cardozo said,

Lawrence Friedman, a privacy and constitutional law professor at New England Law-Boston, a law school, said the Arquiett’s "privacy claim rises and falls on the extent to which she consented to what it is the government says she consented to."

If Arquiett agreed to cooperate with an ongoing investigation and allow her phone to be used as part of that probe – as the government alleged in its court filing – then it would be harder for her to prove that her privacy rights were violated, Friedman said. If her phone were seized without consent, then she would have an easier claim.

"Basically, when you strike that kind of deal, you kind of have to play by the government’s rules," Friedman said. "This is not the ordinary situation in which the person walking down the street can have their identity stolen by the government," he said. "She was involved in a criminal investigation."

AP

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The US government can brand you a terrorist based on a Facebook post. We can’t let them make up the rules

Posted on August 31, 2014. Filed under: LATEST NEWS, NSA, DHS, FBI, Cyber Security, Spying | Tags: , , , |


Innocent people’s lives are being ruined. Why isn’t anyone watching the watchlist?

Arjun Sethi

theguardian.com, Saturday 30 August 2014 09.00 EDT

 

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Reasonable suspicion is based on a circular logic – people can be watchlisted if they are suspected of being suspected terrorists – that is ultimately backwards, and must be changed. Illustration: Joelle L / Flickr via Creative Commons Illustration: Joelle L / Flickr via Creative Commons

The US government’s web of surveillance is vast and interconnected. Now we know just how opaque, inefficient and discriminatory it can be.

As we were reminded again just this week, you can be pulled into the National Security Agency’s database quietly and quickly, and the consequences can be long and enduring. Through ICREACH, a Google-style search engine created for the intelligence community, the NSA provides data on private communications to 23 government agencies. More than 1,000 analysts had access to that information.

This kind of data sharing, however, isn’t limited to the latest from Edward Snowden’s NSA files. It was confirmed earlier this month that the FBI shares its master watchlist, the Terrorist Screening Database, with at least 22 foreign governments, countless federal agencies, state and local law enforcement, plus private contractors.

The watchlist tracks “known” and “suspected” terrorists and includes both foreigners and Americans. It’s also based on loose standards and secret evidence, which ensnares innocent people. Indeed, the standards are so low that the US government’s guidelines specifically allow for a single, uncorroborated source of information – including a Facebook or Twitter post – to serve as the basis for placing you on its master watchlist.

Of the 680,000 individuals on that FBI master list, roughly 40% have “no recognized terrorist group affiliation”, according to the Intercept. These individuals don’t even have a connection – as the government loosely defines it – to a designated terrorist group, but they are still branded as suspected terrorists.

The absurdities don’t end there. Take Dearborn, Michigan, a city with a population under 100,000 that is known for its large Arab American community – and has more watchlisted residents than any other city in America except New York.

These eye-popping numbers are largely the result of the US government’s use of a loose standard – so-called “reasonable suspicion” – in determining who, exactly, can be watchlisted.

Reasonable suspicion is such a low standard because it requires neither “concrete evidence” nor “irrefutable evidence”. Instead, an official is permitted to consider “reasonable inferences” and “to draw from the facts in light of his/her experience”.

Consider a real world context – actual criminal justice – where an officer needs reasonable suspicion to stop a person in the street and ask him or her a few questions. Courts have controversially held that avoiding eye contact with an officer, traveling alone, and traveling late at night, for example, all amount to reasonable suspicion.

This vague criteria is now being used to label innocent people as terrorism suspects.

Moreover, because the watchlist isn’t limited to known, actual terrorists, an official can watchlist a person if he has reasonable suspicion to believe that the person is a suspected terrorist. It’s a circular logic – individuals can be watchlisted if they are suspected of being suspected terrorists – that is ultimately backwards, and must be changed.

The government’s self-mandated surveillance guidance also includes loopholes that permit watchlisting without even showing reasonable suspicion. For example, non-citizens can be watchlisted for being associated with a watchlisted person – even if their relationship with that person is entirely innocuous. Another catch-all exception allows non-citizens to be watchlisted, so long as a source or tipster describes the person as an “extremist”, a “militant”, or in similar terms, and the “context suggests a nexus to terrorism”. The FBI’s definition of “nexus”, in turn, is far more nebulous than they’re letting on.

Because the watchlist designation process is secret, there’s no way of knowing just how many innocent people are added to the list due to these absurdities and loopholes. And yet, history shows that innocent people are inevitably added to the list and suffer life-altering consequences. Life on the master watchlist can trigger enhanced screening at borders and airports; being on the No Fly List, which is a subset of the larger terrorist watchlist, can prevent airline travel altogether. The watchlist can separate family members for months or years, isolate individuals from friends and associates, and ruin employment prospects.

Being branded a terrorism suspect also has far-reaching privacy implications. The watchlist is widely accessible, and government officials routinely collect the biometric data of watchlisted individuals, including their fingerprints and DNA strands. Law enforcement has likewise been directed to gather any and all available evidence when encountering watchlisted individuals, including receipts, business cards, health information and bank statements.

Watchlisting is an awesome power, and if used, must be exercised prudently and transparently.

The standards for inclusion should be appropriately narrow, the evidence relied upon credible and genuine, and the redress and review procedures consistent with basic constitutional requirements of fairness and due process. Instead, watchlisting is being used arbitrarily under a cloud of secrecy.

A watchlist saturated with innocent people diverts attention from real, genuine threats. A watchlist that disproportionately targets Arab and Muslim Americans or other minorities stigmatizes innocent people and alienates them from law enforcement. A watchlist based on poor standards and secret processes raises major constitutional concerns, including the right to travel freely and not to be deprived of liberty without due process of law.

Indeed, you can’t help but wonder: are you already on the watchlist?

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Jennica Stein Yesterday at 2:26pm POLICE ARE EVERYWHERE

Posted on August 17, 2014. Filed under: Activists, CIVIL RIGHTS, Facebook, LATEST NEWS | Tags: , , , |


Jennica Stein

Yesterday at 2:26pm

POLICE ARE EVERYWHERE

First, this is VERY important to read and understand. I’m doing my best to look out for all the Facebook Users who aren’t as tech savvy as their kids or friends. I’m trying to help explain what’s happening because if I don’t…nobody else will!

If you’re anything like your neighbor…you probably use Facebook on your phone WAY more than you use it on a computer. You’ve been sending messages from the Facebook app and it probably always asks you if you want to install the Facebook Messenger App.

Its always been OPTIONAL but coming soon to your Facebook experience….it won’t be an option…it will be mandatory if you care to send messages from your phone.

No big deal one might think…but the part that the average Facebook User doesn’t realize is the permissions you must give to Facebook in order to use the Facebook Messenger App. Here is a short list of the most disturbing permissions it requires and a quick explanation of what it means to you and your privacy.

Change the state of network connectivity – This means that Facebook can change or alter your connection to the Internet or cell service. You’re basically giving Facebook the ability to turn features on your phone on and off for its own reasons without telling you.
Call phone numbers and send SMS messages – This means that if Facebook wants to…it can send text messages to your contacts on your behalf. Do you see the trouble in this? Who is Facebook to be able to access and send messages on your phone? You’re basically giving a stranger your phone and telling them to do what they want when they want!
Record audio, and take pictures and videos, at any time – Read that line again….RECORD audio…TAKE pictures….AT ANY TIME!! That means that the folks at Facebook can see through your lens on your phone whenever they want..they can listen to what you’re saying via your microphone if they choose to!!
Read your phone’s call log, including info about incoming and outgoing calls – Who have you been calling? How long did you talk to them? Now Facebook will know all of this because you’ve downloaded the new Facebook messenger app.
Read your contact data, including who you call and email and how often – Another clear violation of your privacy. Now Facebook will be able to read e-mails you’ve sent and take information from them to use for their own gain. Whether it’s for “personalized advertisements” or if it’s for “research purposes” ….whatever the reason..they’re accessing your private encounters.
Read personal profile information stored on your device – This means that if you have addresses, personal info, pictures or anything else that’s near and dear to your personal life…they can read it.
Get a list of accounts known by the phone, or other apps you use – Facebook will now have a tally of all the apps you use, how often you use them and what information you keep or exchange on those apps.

Hopefully, you take this as serious as I do…after reading more about it and studying the permissions I have now deleted the app from my phone and don’t intend to use it ever again. I still have my Facebook app but I just won’t use the messaging feature unless I’m at a computer. Even then, I might not use messaging anymore.

With these kinds of privacy invasions I think Facebook is pushing the limits to what people will let them get away with. I remember when the Internet first began its march toward socializing dominance when AOL would send us CD’s for free trials every week. On AOL, we made screen names that somewhat hid our identities and protected us against the unseen dangers online. Now, it seems that we’ve forgotten about that desire to protect our identity and we just lay down and let them invade our privacy.

There may be no turning back at this point because many people won’t read this or investigate the permissions of Facebook’s new mandatory app but at least I can say I tried to help us put up a fight. Pass this along to your friends and at least try to let them know what they’re getting into.

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Top Stock: Facebook Inc (NASDAQ FB) May Be Tracking Your Cell Conversations

Posted on August 6, 2014. Filed under: LATEST NEWS, NSA, DHS, FBI, Cyber Security, Spying | Tags: , , |


Social Networking Giant, Facebook (NASDAQ FB) may well be tracking all your talks. And this might even be happening when the messenger App is apparently off. As the government spy apparatus can monitor cell phone conversations even when the cell is off – and the battery can’t be removed. This raises further questions about Privacy control from Facebook.

This follows a report on Fox News notes that the Federal Bureau of Investigations can track cell phone conversations even when the phone is turned off. Fox News reports that FBI officials say they use the method to track critical “mafia” conversations.

The answer, notes Fox News host Shepherd Smith, is to take the battery out of your cell phone. One element the report didn’t mention, oddly, is that on most modern cell phones it is now impossible to remove the battery. In other words a powerful spy tool has been created so the NSA and other government agencies can in some cases illegally track your every movement and monitor your every conversation and — it can’t be turned off.

 

Facebook Inc: Facebook Privacy Issues

This comes on top of reports that Facebook (NASDAQ FB) may be tracking your cell phone conversations. Facebook terms and conditions required to accept to install the Facebook Messenger application now say Facebook may turn on your microphone without your permission, take pictures and videos. This information can be passed to the US government, which is working to various degrees with different firms.

According to reports, Twitter is fighting government spying on its users, while Facebook seems to take a more cooperative response. A Facebook spokesperson did not comment. Many in the media continue to overlook the growing intrusive and illegal nature of government. For instance, the most significant issue in modern press era is the Edward Snowden defections. Recent revelations that the CIA spied on the US Senate are a critical piece to explaining why Snowden’s revelations are important – the misuse of excessive spying capabilities – most of the real issues seldom receive attention.

 

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Facebook Manipulated 689,003 Users’ Emotions For Science

Posted on June 29, 2014. Filed under: LATEST NEWS, NSA, DHS, FBI, Cyber Security, Spying | Tags: |


June 29: Updated with statement from Facebook.

Facebook is the best human research lab ever. There’s no need to get experiment participants to sign pesky consent forms as they’ve already agreed to the site’s data use policy. A team of Facebook data scientists are constantly coming up with new ways to study human behavior through the social network. When the team releases papers about what it’s learned from us, we often learn surprising things about Facebook — such as the fact that it can keep track of the status updates we never actually post. Facebook has played around with manipulating people before — getting 60,000 to rock the vote in 2012 that theoretically wouldn’t have otherwise — but a recent study shows Facebook playing a whole new level of mind gamery with its guinea pigs users. As first noted by Animal New York, Facebook’s data scientists manipulated the News Feeds of 689,003 users, removing either all of the positive posts or all of the negative posts to see how it affected their moods. If there was a week in January 2012 where you were only seeing photos of dead dogs or incredibly cute babies, you may have been part of the study. Now that the experiment is public, people’s mood about the study itself would best be described as “disturbed.”

The researchers, led by data scientist Adam Kramer, found that emotions were contagious. “When positive expressions were reduced, people produced fewer positive posts and more negative posts; when negative expressions were reduced, the opposite pattern occurred,” according to the paper published by the Facebook research team in the PNAS. “These results indicate that emotions expressed by others on Facebook influence our own emotions, constituting experimental evidence for massive-scale contagion via social networks.”

The experiment ran for a week — January 11–18, 2012 — during which the hundreds of thousands of Facebook users unknowingly participating may have felt either happier or more depressed than usual, as they saw either more of their friends posting ’15 Photos That Restore Our Faith In Humanity’ articles or despondent status updates about losing jobs, getting screwed over by X airline, and already failing to live up to New Year’s resolutions. “*Probably* nobody was driven to suicide,” tweeted one professor linking to the study, adding a “#jokingnotjoking” hashtag.

The researchers — who may not have been thinking about the optics of a “Facebook emotionally manipulates users” study — jauntily note that the study undermines people who claim that looking at our friends’ good lives on Facebook makes us feel depressed. “The fact that people were more emotionally positive in response to positive emotion updates from their friends stands in contrast to theories that suggest viewing positive posts by friends on Facebook may somehow affect us negatively,” they write.

They also note that when they took all of the emotional posts out of a person’s News Feed, that person became “less expressive,” i.e. wrote less status updates. So prepare to have Facebook curate your feed with the most emotional of your friends’ posts if they feel you’re not posting often enough.

So is it okay for Facebook to play mind games with us for science? It’s a cool finding but manipulating unknowing users’ emotional states to get there puts Facebook’s big toe on that creepy line. Facebook’s data use policy — that I’m sure you’ve all read — says  Facebookers’ information will be used “for internal operations, including troubleshooting, data analysis, testing, research and service improvement,” making all users potential experiment subjects. And users know that Facebook’s mysterious algorithms control what they see in their News Feed. But it may come as a surprise to users to see those two things combined like this. When universities conduct studies on people, they have to run them by an ethics board first to get approval — ethics boards that were created because scientists were getting too creepy in their experiments, getting subjects to think they were shocking someone to death in order to study obedience and letting men live with syphilis for study purposes. A 2012 profile of the Facebook data team noted, “ Unlike academic social scientists, Facebook’s employees have a short path from an idea to an experiment on hundreds of millions of people.” This study was partially funded by a government body — the Army Research Office — and via @ZLeeily, the PNAS editor on the article says this study did pass muster with an Institutional Review Board, but we’ll see if it passes muster with users.

In it’s initial response to the controversy around the study — a statement sent to me late Saturday night — Facebook doesn’t seem to really get what people are upset about, focusing on privacy and data use rather than the ethics of emotional manipulation and whether Facebook’s TOS lives up to the definition of “informed consent” usually required for academic studies like this. “This research was conducted for a single week in 2012 and none of the data used was associated with a specific person’s Facebook account,” says a Facebook spokesperson. “We do research to improve our services and to make the content people see on Facebook as relevant and engaging as possible. A big part of this is understanding how people respond to different types of content, whether it’s positive or negative in tone, news from friends, or information from pages they follow. We carefully consider what research we do and have a strong internal review process. There is no unnecessary collection of people’s data in connection with these research initiatives and all data is stored securely.”

Ideally, Facebook would have a consent process for willing study participants: a box to check somewhere saying you’re okay with being subjected to the occasional random psychological experiment that Facebook’s data team cooks up in the name of science. As opposed to the commonplace psychological manipulation cooked up advertisers trying to sell you stuff.

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The Hijacking of the Kentucky Marijuana Party

Posted on April 9, 2014. Filed under: Facebook | Tags: , , |


The Hijacking of the Kentucky Marijuana Party

… via ShereeKrider on Facebook!

On Saturday April 5th, 2014, I was notified by Brenda Eaton, a friend on Facebook that someone was using my name to duplicate my main profile account.

From Brenda:

“Someone is trying to steal your profile… I got a friend request from you on a account just open… Do you want me to take a screen shot and send it to you?”

By that time they had added approximately 75 of my “friends”.

“They will have you blocked to where you can’t see them doing it… Be right back with the screen shot.”

The following are screenshots of the rouge account which was located at http://facebook.com/sheree.krider.54 They had effectively duplicated my profile and was adding my friends as fast as they could do it. Before it was over they had over 1500 of my friends they had attached themselves to.

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As Brenda had said, they had me blocked from seeing the profile from my own account. The result of me “clicking on the link” was “sorry that page isn’t available”…

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Brenda advised me, “Most people won’t say anything… But I know who all my friends are. I plan on protecting my friends… Be careful with that asshole pretending to be you. They will send your friends horrible messages, just so they will delete you… Someone don’t like what you fight for, or post… Be careful”

At that point I started posting on my profile about what was happening.

PLEASE BE AWARE THAT SOMEONE HAS HACKED MY ACCOUNT AND HAS SOMEHOW MADE A PAGE W/MY PROFILE AND ARE ADDING MY FRIENDS AS WE SPEAK. I HAVE SET MY FRIENDS AND CONTACTS TO PRIVATE FOR NOW UNTIL THIS IS SETTLED. PLEASE SHARE THIS INFO SO NO ONE ELSE GETS TAKEN OFF GUARD! I WAS JUST NOTIFIED BY BRENDA EATON THAT THEY HAVE 75 OF MY FRIENDS…..PLEASE HELP IDENTIFY THESE PEOPLE!!! I’m tired of people stealing my f/g name! Sheree Krider

PLEASE CHECK FOR YOUR NAME ON THE LIST AND REMOVE IT!

PLEASE SHARE THIS EVERYONE! IT HAS BEEN REPORTED BY ME AND A COUPLE OTHER PEOPLE…..DONT GET BIT!

After numerous reports which friends made on the bogus profile were sent in I again posted on Sunday,

WILL SOMEBODY OUT THERE CHECK THIS LINK AND SEE IF IT IS STILL ACTIVE? DO NOT FRIEND THIS PERSON IT IS NOT ME IT IS A HACKER. FROM MY END IT SHOWS PAGE NOT FOUND. https://www.facebook.com/sheree.krider.54

And the response was,

Diverse Sanctuary WOW I JUST ADDED THAT PAGE
Diverse Sanctuary IS THIS YOU? https://www.facebook.com/sheree.krider.54
Sheree Krider NO IT WAS NOT – LOOKS LIKE THEY DELETED THE LINK.
Diverse Sanctuary IT IS STILL THERE https://www.facebook.com/sheree.krider.54
Sheree Krider FUNNY WHEN I TRY GOING TO THE LINK IT TELLS ME IT NO LONGER EXISTS
Diverse Sanctuary IT HAS BEEN REPORTED AS A FRAUD
Sheree Krider I HAVE ALSO REPORTED THIS!
Sheree Krider THIS IS WHAT IT LOOKS LIKE WHEN I TRY TO GO TO THE SAME LINK:

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Doug McVay Ah. So, that’s the friend request I got from https://www.facebook.com/sheree.krider.54. Page was created 9 hours ago, according to the bits at the bottom. It’s still up.
Sheree Krider IT WONT LET ME SEE IT!
Doug McVay Presumably you’re blocked from seeing it. I always wondered what that would look like.
Angie Martin I just removed that profile from my friends list Aunt Sheree. Hope you’re doing well. Love ya

Don Land your fake page is still there, I let Electropig know…he was the only mutual friend there….you might to change profile pic so others know the difference..

On April 6th I again reported on my profile about the situation as it had not been resolved as of yet.

PLEASE BE ADVISED THAT SOMEONE STILL HAS A ROGUE ACCOUNT SET UP WITH MY NAME ON IT AND SO FAR HAS MANAGED TO TAG OVER 1000 PEOPLE OR MORE. PLEASE DEFRIEND THIS PERSON IMMEDIATELY. I HAVE FOUND OUT FROM A SOURCE THAT THE FOLLOWING OWNER IS APPARENTLY RESPONSIBLE FOR THIS AND I DONT KNOW FOR SURE HOW IT IS INTENDED: https://www.markmonitor.com/ Sheree Krider

PLEASE BE ADVISED THAT SOMEONE IS IMPERSONATING ME AND "ADDING" PEOPLE OFF MY FRIENDS LIST. DO NOT "BEFRIEND" ANYONE WITH MY NAME ON IT RIGHT NOW – I GOTTA GET THIS MESS STRAIGHTENED OUT. SEE MY STATUS FOR MORE INFO ON MY PROFILE.

I am sure glad people pay attention to those things…. I lost my website at shereekriderdotorg because someone tagged it for renewal and the same day it came up (before i had a chance to get in there and pay) they nabbed it up. Hence, shereekrider.com. But the guy at hosting said they had to have been watching the account for a while to do something like that. It was a marketing company that did it.

On April 8th, I again reported the following,

ATTENTION, ATTENTION, ATTENTION….ALL THESE PEOPLE THAT HAVE BEFRIENDED THIS "BOGUS" ACCOUNT NAMED shereekrider 54 NEED TO REMOVE THEMSELVES FROM THAT PROFILE – IT IS NOT ME AND IT HAS BEEN REPORTED: https://www.facebook.com/sheree.krider.54/friends
MaryJane KY SINCE THEY HAVE BLOCKED ME FROM SEEING THE PAGE I CANT ADD THIS INFORMATION TO THE REAL "SHEREEKRIDER"…
MaryJane KY IF SOMEONE CAN DO THAT FOR ME- PLEASE DO!
MaryJane KY THERE ARE NUMEROUS PEOPLE ON THERE WHICH CAME FROM MY FRIENDS LIST AND NEED TO REMOVE THEMSELVES. THE "HACK" CAME FROM HTTP://MARKMONTIOR.COM/ ACCORDING TO "WHOIS" DATABASE.

(Of note: MaryJane KY is also ME!)

This is just one reply to that post:

Brenda Eaton I can’t believe Facebook has not deleted that account… I made about 10 reports… This should make a major story where Facebook allows abuse…

There were numerous reports made on the “imposter” of my profile. Yet no action was being taken on “Facebook’s” end.

April 9th, this morning, I again checked my profile and asked friends to verify whether or not the bogus profile was still on line.

This is the conversation which took place:

Sheree Krider

5 hours ago

SOMEONE PLEASE CHECK THIS LINK AND SEE IF THIS "BOGUS" PROFILE IS STILL THERE! I CAN’T SEE IT FROM MY END! https://www.facebook.com/sheree.krider.54

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Brenda Eaton Yes it still there… One of the reason it is, they have a cell phone number where Facebook can notify them.

Perry B. Anthony Yep

Brenda Eaton She has activated Facebook Mobil… That keeps Facebook from finding the IP location.

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Sheree Krider Brenda Eaton Can you see the phone number?

Brenda Eaton Whoever it is, they are out to cause you trouble… Sometimes, changing your profile picture often helps keep this from happening. There are laws where you can sue them if they are in the US…. Catching them will not be easy with a cell phone… Never seen where this one happen before, but I will check and see what I can do…

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Sheree Krider I’m contacting the http://markmonitor.com site today and confront them about it. I’lll see what happens.

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MarkMonitor | Brand Protection, Domain Management, Anti Piracy, Anti Frau

www.markmonitor.com

Entertainment & MediaConsumer GoodsOnline ServicesHardware & Software Technology…

Brenda Eaton NO, tried that when I seen it was activated…. Good luck with that… The Domain belongs to Facebook, and they have control over any outside help.

Brenda Eaton On the good side, she has lost about 30 of your friends… No new friends have been added.

Brenda Eaton Information that belongs to you is on the left side… That bitch is on the right side. It looks as if she has planned this for some time to destroy you… She has no

family members… It makes me mad that Facebook allows this kind of abuse to continue…

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Brenda Eaton Twitter will not allow two people to have the same name… Good for Twitter, because she couldn’t get a Twitter account under your name.

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Sheree Krider Brenda Eaton Diverse Sanctuary Wayward Bill Listen to this shit! I just called The MarkMonitor.com business who is listed as owner on "whois" for the link in San Franciso CA, Ph# 415 278 8400 and spoke with MR DAVID LAURICELLA who informed me that he was not responsible.

Brian McCullough You know what I point out ever time I see it.. The Double Cross.. It’s the fingerprint of the FBI .., the Feds….

Brenda Eaton It may help by reporting what is going on as bullying… Facebook takes this seriously. You are being bullied from identity theft… Try reporting it as a bullying problem. Let Facebook know they have you blocked, and they are contacting your friends pretending to be you calling them bad names. Facebook is responsible for someone that ends their life from allowing bullying… Not saying that is what you would do, it is a way to get something done.

Brenda Eaton Not sure if this will take you to the link or not… https://www.facebook.com/help/community/question/…

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How do I contact facebook about identity theft/bullying? | Faceb…

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Sheree Krider Anyway, while i was on the phone with him, I had him to pull up the url on "whois".com and he confirmed that was them but they aren’t responsible for what the person puts on Facebook????? wtf is this shit? I informed him he needed to find out who was using that url and to cease it. He said he couldn’t do anything about it. I said that the only thing I knew to do was call a lawyer and he agreed that is what I should do!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! WTF WTF WTF WTF WTF WTF WTF !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Michelle Weiss White Still there

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Sheree Krider AT THIS POINT I WANT EVERYONE ONE MY FRIENDS LIST UNDER ANY OF MY ACCOUNTS BESIDES THIS ONE TO UNFRIEND ME IMMEDIATELY…..THOSE URLS ARE:

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Sheree Krider https://www.facebook.com/sheree.krider.5?fref=ts&ref=br_tf

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Sheree Krider

Worked at United States Marijuana PartyWent to Seneca High SchoolLives in Cave City, Kentucky

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Sheree Krider https://www.facebook.com/ShereeMarieHardesty?fref=ts…

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Hardesty Sheree

U.S. Marijuana Party at United States Marijuana PartyStudying Business Education at Spencerian CollegeLives in Cave City, Kentucky

Brian McCullough Should we unfriend and or report and block?

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Sheree Krider https://www.facebook.com/maryjane.ky.3?fref=ts&ref=br_tf

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MaryJane KY

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Sheree Krider THESE ARE ALL VALID ACCOUNTS, BUT WITH WHAT IS GOING ON RIGHT NOW YOU’RE BETTER SAFE THAN SORRY. SO JUST UNFRIEND THEM FOR NOW. ILL HAVE TO FIGURE OUT WHAT TO DO AT THIS POINT. KNOW A GOOD LAWYER?

Brenda Eaton This is the main reason everyone is leaving Facebook and going to Twitter… This web-site may help you. But, I had to get a lawyer when it happen to me… https://www.facebook.com/help/www/263149623790594/

Report a Violation

Facebook Help Center

Report a Violation How to Report Violations Special Types of Reports What Happens w…See More

Brenda Eaton From experience, it is someone on your friend list. They are reading all of the messages. That is why no new friends have been added. Most likely they used someone else phone to activate the account to protect themselves… Hide your friend list, followers, and pictures from everyone until that account is destroyed.

Brian McCullough Thanks I got rid of em.

Dede O’Hara Yes doll it still is this shouldn’t be legal at all

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Sheree Krider As I was trying to say before I was rudely interrupted by a "update" by my laptop: I WANT EVERYONE TO REMOVE THEMSELVES FROM MY FRIENDS LISTS UNTIL I GET THIS STRAIGHTENED OUT. BETTER SAFE THAN SORRY. IM GOING THRU AND DELETEING ANYONE WHO I DONT KNOW OF ON THIS ACCOUNT WHICH WILL CERTAINLY INTERRUPT MY "VENUE" HERE – WHICH IS WHAT THEY WANT – WHICH IS WHY I HATE TO DO IT. BUT…………..

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Sheree Krider @Brenda so does this mean i need a police report too?????

What do I do if someone is pretending to be me on Facebook?
If someone created a Facebook account pretending to be you, please report the Timeline from a computer.
If you’d like information about an account that’s impersonating you, please file a request that includes the following:
Scanned or digital image of a government-issued ID (driver’s license or passport, for example)
Notarized statement verifying your identity
Copy of a police report about your claim

Dede O’Hara Cant fb at least tell you where the fake person is doing all this from and go get the loser

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Sheree Krider HELL, THERE ISNT ANY WAY TO GO THRU ALL THESE PEOPLE AND JUST DELETE THEM….I CANT TELL IF THEY ARE A "TROLL" OR NOT UNLESS THEY DON’T HAVE ANY FRIENDS????????

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Sheree Krider Paula Willett I think your safe here. I don’t know what to do about this.

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Sheree Krider There have been numerous reports made on the page – I don’t know what the problem is.

Brenda Eaton Sheree, there is a way in finding out their location… I’ll be back, it might take a few min’s.

At this point I was just dumbfounded as to what to do about it especially since I could get no help from Mr. David Lauricella at http://markmonitor.com as he had advised I probably should get a lawyer! (After I told him I was getting a lawyer)!

I called Mary Spears of Diverse Sanctuary who everyone knows is a very good friend and Sister to me. I asked her to call this man and see if she could make any sense out of what he was telling me as she is more knowledgeable than I am concerning legal matters.

At that point, she did call him and I do not know the specifics of the conversation but it must have kicked someone in the ASS because less than twenty minutes after she got off the phone with them the BOGUS PROFILE WAS FINALLY DELETED!

Here is the outcome:

Brenda Eatonposted toSheree Krider

2 hours ago

I am happy to tell you… The site has been destroyed…

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Brenda Eaton It was before I could get the IP address… It’s a simple step if you know what you are doing… It is most likely someone on your friend list, and if I could get the exact GPA location, you may know who it was… Sorry, the site is gone, or they have blocked me. Let someone else check and see. If it is still there, I will go in with my sister’s account and get the location for you.

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Sheree Krider I just logged on thru all my other accounts and it seems it is gone. I would like to see some other people check it out too so I can make sure!

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Sheree Krider Ironically enough, I had called the "MarkMonitor.com" company and spoke with a David Lauricella who told me that even though "whois" said it was their link – it wasn’t. They were the hosting company"….Mary Diverse Sanctuary called them again for me and wa la somebody got off their ass!

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Sheree Krider It has been verified by several people that it is GONE GONE GONE!

Brenda Eaton Just make sure you notify me if someone looks like me and has my profile picture and sends you a friend request… I will take care of them my way

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Sheree Krider Brenda Eaton HELL YEAH!

Ironically enough, a few weeks ago I had set up a new account on Facebook using MaryJane KY as my Profile name. FACEBOOK CUT ME OFF AFTER I HAD ADDED ONLY 200 PEOPLE! Blocked me from adding friends or messaging for 30 DAYS! Although I will admit that I went through Facebook and found all the Kentucky Politicians and requested adds! I guess somebody out there did not like that!

However, this person managed to get 1500 of my friends before being shut down as an imposter!

After multiple reports to Facebook and two phone calls to “MarkMonitor.com” the situation has been resolved. (I hope).

As of today, my profiles are intact. No harm done except to ruin my weekend and exploit many people who thought they were adding another profile of mine!

The problem is when you add that many people on a Facebook account and you do not know them all personally, it is very hard to determine who the “spy” is.

Evidently someone wants me offline. However, I cannot figure out why.

And I cannot go through 5000 people that are “friends” and delete everyone I do not know personally or my “venue” would be shot to hell. So therefore, all I can do is pray that this doesn’t happen again – at least anytime soon!

*The moral of this story is: BEWARE OF WHO YOU ADD ON FACEBOOK AS “FRIENDS”!

ShereeKrider

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When the cops subpoena your Facebook information, here’s what Facebook sends the cops

Posted on April 8, 2012. Filed under: Civil law and order | Tags: , |


Published Apr 06 2012, 08:30 AM by Carly Carioli

This week’s Boston Phoenix cover storyHunting the Craigslist Killer: An Untold Detective Story from the Digital Frontier — would not have been possible without access to a huge trove of case files released by the Boston Police Department. Many of those documents have never been made public — until now. As a kind of online appendix to the article, we’re publishing over a dozen documents from the file, ranging from transcripts of interviews to the subpoenas that investigators obtained from the tech companies that helped them track the killer’s digital fingerprints. We’ve also published the crime scene photos and uploaded recordings made by investigators as they interviewed the killer, Philip Markoff, and others involved in the case.

One of the most fascinating documents we came across was the BPD’s subpoena of Philip Markoff’s Facebook information. It’s interesting for a number of reasons — for one thing, Facebook has been pretty tight-lipped about the subpoena process, even refusing to acknowledge how many subpoenas they’ve served. Social-networking data is a contested part of a complicated legal ecosystem — in some cases, courts have found that such data is protected by the Stored Communications Act.

In fact, we’d never seen an executed Facebook subpoena before — but here we have one, including the forms that Boston Police filed to obtain the information, and the printed (on paper!) response that Facebook sent back, which includes text printouts of Markoff’s wall posts, photos he uploaded as well as photos he was tagged in, a comprehensive list of friends with their Facebook IDs (which we’ve redacted), and a long table of login and IP data.

This document was publicly released by Boston Police as part of the case file. In other case documents, the police have clearly redacted sensitive information. And while the police were evidently comfortable releasing Markoff’s unredacted Facebook subpoena, we weren’t. Markoff may be dead, but the very-much-alive friends in his friend list were not subpoenaed, and yet their full names and Facebook ID’s were part of the document. So we took the additional step of redacting as much identifying information as we could — knowing that any redaction we performed would be imperfect, but believing that there’s a strong argument for distributing this, not only for its value in illustrating the Markoff case, but as a rare window into the shadowy process by which Facebook deals with law enforcement. 

As far as we can tell, nobody’s ever seen what one of these looks like — and we’re hoping the social media, law, and privacy experts out there can glean insight from it: 

[Update: By popular request, attempting a non-flash version here]

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USE THIS LINK TO SEE DOCUMENTS IN FULL

Filed Under: facebook, Privacy, Facebook privacy

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