Date: Monday, August 29, 2011
With over 750 million followers and “like” buttons all across the Web, Facebook is permeating many people’s daily lives, and leaving them with many questions. Below are just a few things we’ve come across and would like to share. Do keep in mind that Facebook functionality changes often, so while the statements below are correct, these may change in the future.
Facebook has a Dislike button. You just need to download it or accept the app. – FICTION
We’ve all seen the Facebook Like button, that little disembodied blue hand giving the thumbs up. And how many times have you wished you could just dislike a piece of content, that unfortunate video or sad status update. You are not alone. But don’t be fooled, Facebook has not developed a Dislike button, no matter what the apps, e-mails, or mass posts may tell you. Online scammers are using this as a way to your information or to send a virus your way. (For more information on this check out: http://nakedsecurity.sophos.com/2011/05/16/facebook-dislike-button-spreads-fast-but-is-a-fake-watch-out/
In addition, no Facebook app should ever require your personal information or passwords. Beware of phishing scams where people with malicious intentions may pose as Facebook, sending you e-mails and asking you for passwords. If a real Facebook staff person is to e-mail you, the e-mail address will contain fb.com or facebook.com. If you believe your account has been compromised go to www.facebook.com/hacked
You can download an app to see who has viewed your Facebook profile. – FICTION
Again, as much as we may want this functionality, it is not currently available through Facebook. Downloading or accepting an app will at best give you some false image of who is viewing your profile. At worst, you may compromise the security of your account or computer.
According to Facebook: Facebook does not provide the ability to track who is viewing your profile, or parts of your profile, such as your photos. Applications by outside developers cannot provide this functionality, either. Applications that claim to give you this ability will be removed from Facebook for violating policy. You can report applications that provide untrustworthy experiences by clicking the "Report Application" at the bottom of the application’s About page, or by clicking "Report" at the bottom of any canvas page within the application.
Photos uploaded to Facebook contain geolocation data. – FICTION
This information, known as EXIF data, is a type of metadata that is embedded in many digital images. It may contain information about the device the picture was taken with as well as geolocation data. This can pose severe safety issues as it may reveal where someone lives, or other personal information. However, the Facebook photo uploader strips EXIF data, meaning that the geolocation metadata is not available through Facebook.
Page administrators can see the profiles of people who have liked the page, even if the profiles have strict privacy settings. - FICTION
According to Facebook: Pages cannot see the profiles of people who connect with them, only their profile photo and name. Pages also do not have access to a News Feed with information about the activity of the people who connect with them. Page admins, however, will be able to see anything you’ve made available to Everyone on your profile by visiting your profile. Pages can communicate with users that like their Page by sending messages. Authenticated Pages may also post status updates, which may appear in the News Feeds of users that like the Page.
All the Facebook and social media resources available at the IACP Center for Social Media are free to law enforcement. – FACT
Ok, so we had to put some fact in here right? But,
seriously, this is true. IACP Center for Social Media resources are available at no cost to law enforcement personnel. This includes publications, training, and technical assistance. If you have questions, or to request materials, e-mail us at firstname.lastname@example.org