Facebook Finally Stops Trying To Restrict What Gender You Can Choose

A little over a year ago, Facebook finally did away with its highly restrictive gender options. (It was male, female, or nothing.) But instead of being open-ended, the social network would still only let you choose from among a list of 56 options. Now, after catching some flak, Facebook is finally offering infinite… » 2/26/15 1:58pm 2/26/15 1:58pm

Facebook's New Suicide Prevention Tools Finally Get It Right

Facebook doesn't exactly have the greatest track record when it comes to sensitivity, but its newest tool (built in collaboration with National Suicide Prevention Lifeline) is thankfully bucking that trend. Now, if you see a worrisome post from a friend and report it, Facebook will prompt them to get help on their… » 2/26/15 12:45pm 2/26/15 12:45pm

France Wants Google, Facebook, and Twitter's Help Fighting Terrorism

When it comes to social media presence, the Islamic State (ISIS) has Western nations completely outgunned. In fact, ISIS and its supports tweet and post upwards of 90,000 times a day and has led to the U.S. and the U.K. to reconsider its propaganda social media strategy. France wants to take a slightly different… » 2/22/15 6:22pm 2/22/15 6:22pm

Prisoner Got 37 Years in Solitary for Facebook Posts

In South Carolina's prisons, an inmate who secretly writes Facebook posts about missing his family can be punished the same way as one who rapes a cellmate. Hundreds of inmates are being handed down indefensibly harsh punishments for using social media, including one man, Tyheem Henry, who was sentenced to over 37… » 2/16/15 11:48am 2/16/15 11:48am

Some Guy Figured Out How to Delete Every Photo on Facebook

A security researcher recently made a seriously startling discovery. With just four lines of code, he says he could delete any photo album on Facebook. Zuck's wedding photos? Zap. Your high school graduation album? Lost forever. Lucky for you, he decided to report the bug to Facebook, which promptly cut him a check. » 2/12/15 4:05pm 2/12/15 4:05pm

A Horrifying Short Film About How Facebook Could Turn Even Creepier

From Argentina, this ghostly horror short from director Andrés Borghi examines the ways in which Facebook affects relationships ... particularly those that Just. Won't. Die. Though it has some familiar stylistic elements, it's eerie, well-paced, and has a supremely creepy score. » 2/05/15 5:58pm 2/05/15 5:58pm

Don't Quit the Social Networks You Hate. Bend Them to Your Will

We get it: No one likes Facebook. Twitter is full of trolls. Social networks can be a pain, but they're also great ways to stay in touch with friends and talk to new people. Even so, every few weeks we hear from someone who wants to just "quit" Facebook altogether. Here's why that's a silly idea, and what you can do… » 2/04/15 12:26pm 2/04/15 12:26pm

What's the Creepiest Thing You've Done Online? 

Social media is a weirdo's playground. Never before in human history has it been so easy to act so creepy, without ever leaving your home. Whether it's posting a photo of your face to a coworker's Facebook wall or recreating a stranger's profile picture, there are plenty of ways to behave like a little social deviant… » 2/03/15 6:00pm 2/03/15 6:00pm

Facebook's Newsfeed Is Our Lowbrow Psyche Staring Back at Us

Facebook's Newsfeed is a broken mess. It's meant to be a personalized news ticker, but it can look like a relentless stream of Ice Bucket Challenges and dog photos. Facebook has already tried to banish clickbait and hoaxes, yet many Newsfeeds are heavy on the meaningless filler and viral froth. To fix its flagship… » 2/02/15 2:05pm 2/02/15 2:05pm

The British Army is Creating a Battalion of "Facebook Warriors"

Warfare is a constantly changing landscape, from the weapons that are used to the battlefields they're fought on. Amidst mountains of Snowden leaks from the NSA and GCHQ, it's no longer a mystery that the digital warfare is advancing quickly, and the British Army just upped its digital artillery. » 2/01/15 11:18am 2/01/15 11:18am

Colleges Stalk Your Facebook To See How They Should Hit You Up for Money

On the scale of "irritating" to "soul-boiling" telemarketers, college alumni fundraisers aren't the worst. The way that school alumni relations offices decide which former students to contact, however, is a liiittle creepy. Colleges are scouring former students' Facebook and LinkedIn profiles to figure out who to hit… » 1/26/15 1:50pm 1/26/15 1:50pm