Category Archives: Privacy

Have you Added your Facebook Legacy Contact?

There’s so much for your family to think about after you’re dead, but now, what to do with your Facebook account will no longer be an issue. The social media giant has now added a legacy contact into your profile. When you add this contact, they will have complete control over managing your Facebook account once you are gone. Before now, Facebook would simply freeze the account once you passed away.

The purpose of the legacy contact is primarily to help manage your account and help create a memorial. The legacy contact will be able to change profile images, respond to friend requests and post on the page and more. The legacy contact will be unable to change anything that the deceased individual has already posted onto their account. In addition, the legacy contact does not have the authority to delete the account permanently.

If you are concerned about your Facebook account after you die, you can change your settings anywhere. I did it while I was waiting on my appointment at Amen Clinics. Simply tap the Security tab and then the Legacy Contact tab found on the bottom of the page. Once there, you simply choose the Facebook friend that you would like to grant permission to. You can have only one person designated as a legacy contact. 

Now that there is one less thing to worry about after you are gone….

Justin Sacco: I suffered after Tweeting an aids joke.

The tweet which read “I hope I don’t get aids, just kidding! I’m white” on this cool Friday her tweet got transformed into the news headline of the day. Justin Sacco is her name (find her on Skout) and after more than a year’s silence, she explains what has befallen her. 

Justin Sacco says that she really suffered after she tweeted the upcoming book. The disgraced public relations executive who had not landed on the public since she gave a briefed public apology late last year decided to make it public that the tweet led to her losing her job and afterwards turned her into a punch line. The good career job she had, which carried all the glory was carried away in the incidence.

Out of the shame Justin had to pull out the tweet plus deleting the account on the following day. She went ahead to explain how traumatizing it was to an extent that she never slept, she now says that her target is to try and clean up and reclaim the destroyed identity. Defending her tweet she said that there was no way anyone could have thought it as a literal statement; but she had seen it as a joke that existed in south Africa.

Bringing Back the Same Old Question about the Dislike Button

During a public Q&A in Northern California, one U.C. Davis law student asked the same old question from several years back: Will Facebook ever add a dislike button? I often think the same thing when browsing Qnet. Mark Zuckerberg, the company’s CEO, provided him with a hedged response, saying his company is considering adding an option to express negatively in a positive way. In other words, the dislike button would allow Facebook members to dislike negative posts. For example, when someone writes about his latest traffic ticket, his friends can dislike the post. Under no circumstance will Zuckerberg allow Facebook members to dislike posts where positive responses are expected and wanted.

Rumors have spread wide and far about Mark Zuckerberg and his less-than-stellar personality. However, he rules his Facebook community like a just king, wisely denying their request for a dislike button after so many years. He hopes to foster a loving and caring community, where members can catch up with friends and encourage them. This is commendable. Adding a dislike button where less-than-happy folks can dislike positive posts will negatively reinforce people to stay off Facebook.

To express sympathy and concern, Facebook members can currently comment on a post. This will provide the posting friend with encouragement over his negative post, and without ever needing a dislike button.

Advocates for Net Neutrality Resort to Aggressive Attention Getting Tactics

Michael Copps, President George W. Bush’s appointee to the position of FCC chairman, conducted dozens of public hearings regarding proposed regulations. With that in mind, he acknowledged that under this tenure, the FCC never considered any proposal as far reaching as the FCC’s current plan to alter net neutrality. Current FCC Chairman Tom Wheelers, an Obama appointee, has refused to hold any public hearings, much to the dismay of adovcate Bruce Levenson. In part, it is because he is well aware of the consensus against his proposal. Chairman Wheelers’ proposed plan is to allow internet service providers to sell high speed traffic lanes to companies willing to purchase it. This will fundamentally alter the way the internet has operated thus far which is to treat all internet traffic the same.

Since that time, Chairman Wheelers has been unwilling to hold customer public hearings regarding his proposal. In response, activists have taken their complaints to his home.

Early this morning, Chairman Wheelers found his driveway blockaded by protestors demanding he listen to the public. The protest began at 6:55AM. The group behind the blockade is the same one which occupied the FCC for eight days this past May. One activist stated that the chairman has chosen to support AT&T, Verizon, Comcast, and other ISPs at the expense of representing the people’s best interests. He stated that protestors are not going to stand by and let him ignore the public.

The New “Anti-Facebook”

Online tech giants like Google and Facebook have come under fire for their acquiring and selling of mass amounts of user data. It has been warned for a long now that everyone, no matter their position, has been losing their privacy. Just a few weeks ago NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden warned users to abandon Facebook, Google, and Dropbox for “their hostility to online privacy.”

For those users who have a hard time abandoning a social media platform they have been heavily invested in, anonymous alternatives have been cropping up to seize the new market. One such platform has been labeled the “anti-Facebook.” Ello is a new service that was launched in August. It has pledged to never sell user data or incorporate advertising. Since that pledge it has received millions in funding so that it doesn’t have to break those promises.

A Public Benefit Company is required to follow rules along the lines of their exact pledge. If the company is traded or merged the new parent company is required to follow those rules as well. For any additional funding that Ello needs, they will be selling additional features for micro-transaction. Not limiting transactions, but more customization features. Similar to how consumers purchase apps on FreedomPop to customize their phones.