Last week Facebook suffered an "error" that had an astounding ripple effect, as users of thousands of popular websites were inadvertently redirected to a Facebook error page. It was shocking to learn that Facebook Connect could disrupt every site it linked to -- but even more troubling was the glimpse it gave us of future hacker attacks.
Facebook has deleted all European facial recognition data, the Irish data protection commissioner and a German data protection regulator confirmed independently Thursday after reviewing parts of the social network's source code.
Facebook's new Graph Search has security experts warning people who use the social network to raise their privacy settings in order to avoid embarrassment or becoming victims of cybercriminals.
Graph Search, which Facebook introduced this month and is rolling out gradually, lets people use naturally phrased queries, such as "Mexican restaurants my friends like," and receive personalized results. The service makes a lot more useful information available to people, and it gives Facebook a new venue for selling advertising.
The UK's Guardian newspaper went for broke yesterday with a headline speculating what Facebook's "big announcement" on Tuesday morning would be.
The Guardian's strapline (that's jargon for subheading, by the way), backed one of three guesses by industry analysts: a smartphone, a new-look news feed, or the introduction of per-message charging.
Tweaking your Activity Log just became a necessary and tedious new part of being a Facebook user. Thanks to the service's new Graph Search feature, all that profile info you've painstakingly updated over the years (employer, home town, relationship status, movie likes, etc) and all the photos you've added over time, are now to become data in a database of the social network's trillion connections between a billion users.
Before Facebook rolls out this new search engine to the masses, it is rolling it out in a very limited beta to select users.