One of the most maddening things about Facebook is that regardless of how careful you are about building up walls around your personal information, they can come tumbling down in an instant thanks to overly sharing friends with a poor sense of personal boundaries.
This is especially true if you happen to run an alleged crime syndicate and one of your gangsta friends has rolled over for the Feds.
The Federal Trade Commission has cleared Facebook's proposed purchase of mobile photo-sharing app Instagram.
FTC commissioners voted unanimously to close the agency's investigation into deal, once valued at $1 billion in cash and stock, the agency said in a statement. With Facebook's stock price at $19 a share, half of what it was when it went public, the deal is now worth about $747.1 million.
Facebook has been accused of deceiving developers after it emerged that the social networking site did nothing to verify the security of applications it was paid tens of thousands of dollars to review, and which it assured users had been checked.
It is believed Facebook was paid up to $95,000 (£60,600) by developers whose applications were entered into its verified apps scheme.
Hong Kong police said Sunday they had arrested a 21-year-old man after he reportedly said on social networking site Facebook that he would hack several government websites.
Police said the man, who was later released on bail, was held on suspicion of "access to a computer with criminal or dishonest intent" after he allegedly threatened to hack seven government websites between June and August this year.
Hackers hit Major League Baseball teams' Facebook pages with phony postings on Thursday, including an announcement that New York Yankees star Derek Jeter would undergo sex change surgery, the sports site Deadspin reported.
"He promises to come back stronger than ever in 2013 as Minnie Mantlez," said a posting that was quickly removed from the Yankees' page. Hall of Famer Mickey Mantle was a Yankees' slugger in the 1950s and 1960s.