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Facebook’s New Anti-Bullying Tools Create a “Culture of Respect”

At today’s White House Conference for Bullying Prevention in Washington, D.C., Facebook is announcing a new suite of tools to protect users from bullying, foster a stronger sense of community in the social network, and “create a culture of respect” among Facebook users.

Facebook’s changes boil down to two main aspects: an improved safety center with more multimedia resources, and better, more social tools for reporting offensive or bullying content.

In addition to reporting harassing or TOS-violating content directly to Facebook, users now have two important options that are more social and more community-centric. Within the reporting options interface, the targeted user can choose to privately message the user who posted the stressful or offensive content. If the user wishes to report the content to Facebook, he or she can also choose to include a trusted authority figure, such as a teacher or parent, as a contact in that incident report.

As for the Safety Center upgrades, Facebook will be bringing “new educational videos, external resources from renowned experts, downloadable materials for people to share and discuss” and more resources within the coming weeks. The company is also asking teens to contribute feedback on smart, safe uses of technology.

How Facebook Developed Its New Anti-Bullying Tools

Arturo Bejas is Facebook’s Director of Engineering. In a phone conversation, he told us, “[Facebook] spent some time looking at reports we were getting in different categories. We take down content that violates our policies, but we also wanted to help people get support from someone in their lives… someone you trust who can help you deal with this in a way that’s constructive.

“We want this to be a learning experience where people learn how to deal with bullying and feel empowered.”

Bejas also noted that not all bullying content is intended to malign or harm the user on the receiving end. “In talking to safety advocates, we learned that a lot of these things are accidental,” he said.

“People post things they think are funny, but they don’t realize it’s stressful. There’s no malicious intent, and it might not violate the terms of service, but it still needs to be resolved.”

The LGBT Connection

The social network’s focus on anti-bullying tools has to a large extent been driven by Facebook’s partnerships with LGBT organizations since last fall’s tragic and highly visible string of gay teen suicides. These efforts began with a partnership with GLAAD and expanded to include a Network of Support, a group that counts such organizations as the Human Rights Campaign and PFLAG among its members.

Facebook Public Policy Communications Manager Andrew Noyes told us that after the Tyler Clementi and Billy Lucas suicides, “There was hightened awareness around LGBT bullying… We’ve certainly talked to our Network of Support and safety advisory board, and they’re very excited about these features.”

This announcement marks the first major changes to Facebook’s security and safety options since a Safety Center revamp last spring.

Stay tuned for more news from the conference, including how Formspring, an exciting startup that gets a bad rap for its users’ bullying behavior, is stepping up to the challenge and reducing bullying online. — Mashable


Meet Mark Zuckerberg: The Action Figure

Aside from poking, Mark Zuckerberg isn’t known for much physical activity, but that hasn’t stopped a company from creating an action figure of the Facebook co-founder.

MIC, which introduced a Steve Jobs action figure in November, is now selling a Zuckerberg doll for $69.90. Why? The company says this is the “next greatest action figure for tech nerds” and that the company (whose name stands for “Made in China”) “really admired the man who is responsible for connecting over 500 million people across the world, helping Egypt’s protesters to spark an uprising and becoming the youngest billionaire and [Time] ‘Person of the Year.’”

Modeled closely on the real-life Facebook CEO, the 7-inch doll sports a casual brown hoodie sweatshirt, worn-in jeans and open-toed Adidas sandals. The doll is said to be heavier than an iPhone, but lighter than an iPad. It also comes with a stand with a Facebook logo, a “like” and “poke” card for Zuck to hold and speech bubbles where the user can write their own witty messages. (The blog suggests “I’m CEO, bitch!”)

MIC isn’t the first to see heroic potential in Zuck. Last month, a Canadian publisher, Bluewater Productions, introduced a comic book based on Zuckerberg, who of course, was the unwilling subject of one of 2010’s most-lauded films, The Social Network.

For his part, Zuckerberg seems to be making an effort lately to humanize his image, with an appearance on Saturday Night Live, an interview with 60 Minutes and, just this week, a Facebook Page devoted to his new puppy, Beast.

*Source: Mashable

The Mark Zuckerberg Comic Book Has Arrived

The biographical comic portraying the life of Facebook co-founder Mark Zuckerberg hits shelves today.

Canadian comic production company Bluewater Productions released the “giant-sized” 48-page issue, which freelance journalist Jerome Maida wrote Sal Field illustrated.

“Mark Zuckerberg is the youngest billionaire on the planet and created something that has already had a profound impact on the world. Yet hardly anyone knows much about him. It’s amazing,” said Maida, adding that he’s trying to give context to a complex public figure in his portrayal of Zuckerberg.

“Rightly or wrongly, Mark dealt harshly with some people on his way to where he is today. As we see, he left many people feeling betrayed. I try my best to be fair here,” Maida said.

Thanks to his billionaire status and the many lawsuits surrounding Facebook, Zuckerberg was already an (unwilling) star of David Fincher’s movie The Social Network, which is up for several Academy Awards. And thanks to the comic, Zuckerberg also may become an animated character, as the production company Hayden 5 Media optioned the script to create an animated film based on it.

The comic costs $6.99 and is available at comic book stores.

“Let The Hacking Begin” – Zuckerberg’s Facebook Fan Page Hacked

A Facebook fan page dedicated to the site’s creator, Mark Zuckerberg, was hacked Tuesday morning. The hack was relatively benign, only updating a single fake status update as the young billionaire, but was another embarrassing security lapse for a company often criticized for being too open with user data.

A status update from Zuckerberg on the fan page read: “Let the hacking begin: If facebook needs money, instead of going to the banks, why doesn’t Facebook let its users invest in Facebook in a social way? Why not transform Facebook into a ‘social business’ the way Nobel Price (six) winner Muhammad Yunus described it? What do you think? #hackercup2011”

While the post was only up for a matter of minutes, over 1,800 people “Liked” the status update and a debate about its merits over 400 comments-long began beneath it. More than 2.8 million people are members of the fan page.

Facebook removed the entire fan page for a few hours after the fake update was posted, but the page was live again later in the day. The latest update currently posted to the page is from Dec. 15, 2010.

The “Hackercup2011” hash-tag in the post is a reference to Facebook’s annual programming competition, but doesn’t seem to bear much relevance to the update.

Meanwhile, Internet security experts are speculating about how the hack might have been perpetrated. Everything from Firesheep — a free Firefox Internet browser extension that allows users to take control of other people’s password-protected pages like Facebook when on an unsecured network — to Zuckerberg’s own weak password choices are being blamed.

“It is difficult to know exactly why or how Zuckerberg’s fan page was hacked. He could have also had some malware on his computer which grabbed his username and password when he logged on and then hackers used the information to attack the page,” Internet security expert Graham Cluly told the Telegraph newspaper in London. “I think this hack is really embarrassing for Facebook, because if Mark Zuckerberg can be hacked, other users are just as vulnerable.”

As of Wednesday, Facebook had declined to comment on the hack, though a post on the company’s blog on Wednesday identified numerous new efforts to boost security on the site.

Hoax targets Facebook users

January 9, 2011 5 comments

Is Facebook really shutting down on March 15?

For the US $50-billion company, it’s highly unlikely.
A hoax claiming that Facebook chief executive officer and president Mark Zuckerberg planning to shut down the social networking site has gone viral, with ABS-CBN News’ Twitter account getting peppered with questions regarding the rumor’s veracity.
The hoax, perpetrated by the website of American supermarket tabloid Weekly World News, claims that Zuckerberg held a press conference outside his Palo Alto office to announce Facebook’s closure.
“Facebook has gotten out of control and the stress of managing this company has ruined my life. I need to put an end to all the madness,” Time magazine’s person of the year awardee allegedly said.
WWN, which runs stories often based on aliens, paranormal phenomena, the supernatural, and weird creatures, also claimed that Facebook users need to remove their photos from the site.
WWN ran the Facebook story on its website alongside an article claiming that alien spaceships will attack the Earth in 2011.
The tabloid’s list of unverified stories include:
  • An enormous dustcloud in outer space that is allegedly on its way to destroy the Earth in 2014;
  • A fossilized tornado found underground;
  • Bigfoot stealing a race car;
  • A cruel surgeon who re-attached a pair of conjoined twins after they failed to pay their medical bill for the initial surgical separation he performed;
  • A cannibal food critic.
On October 25 last year, anchors at the Fox News national morning news show “Fox and Friends” in the United States fell for a WWN satirical story claiming that the Los Angeles Angeles Police Department planned to buy 10,000 jetpacks for police officers at a cost of around US $1 billion.
“Fox and Friends” hosts later retracted the story after realizing the hoax, according to the Los Angeles Times.
Zuckerberg has yet to comment on the WWN hoax.
Facebook earned about US $500 million last year on sales of nearly US $2 billion, according to a memo distributed to potential investors in Facebook shares sold by Wall Street investment bank Goldman Sachs.
The social networking site is expected to launch an initial public offering in the US stock market next year. – With a report from Reuters

Facebook CEO has “made every mistake you can make”

SAN FRANCISCO ( — Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg says he’s made “every mistake you can make” in business, but love of the product keeps users faithful.

At the Web 2.0 Summit in San Francisco on Tuesday night, conference moderator John Battelle pressed Zuckerberg on the social network’s past failings.

“The Facebook trait seems to be pushing the envelope so far and then saying, ‘Oops,’” Battelle said. “Is that an intentional point of view? That I didn’t ask permission, but now I ask forgiveness?”

Zuckerberg, a young CEO at 26 years old, conceded he has “made every mistake you can make. But people allow those mistakes because they love [Facebook].”

Zuckerberg appeared more at ease than he usually is at conferences, and he readily admitted that Facebook is still figuring out the best way to handle issues like data privacy.

“As far as I can tell, Facebook Connect has enabled the greatest portability of data ever created,” Zuckerberg said, referring to users’ ability to interact on other sites using their Facebook identities.

For other data portability options, users can download their Facebook data into a zip file. Zuckerberg said the idea was to give users control over their information, but he admitted, “I’m not sure we’re 100% right on this.”

Despite Facebook’s imperfection, its users are loyal: Zuckerberg said more than 50% of Facebook’s 500 million users visit the site at least once a day. As a result, he said, the idea of social is now woven into the online experience.

“Over the next five years, most industries are going to be rethought to be social,” Zuckerberg said. “Social makes any Web application a whole order of magnitude more engaging than anything else.”

Gaming developers best embody that philosophy, Zuckerberg said, citing four successful companies that were built around the Facebook platform: Zynga, Playfish, Playdom and Crowdstar.

“All four are really good companies, too,” Zuckerberg said. “Zynga’s market cap is now bigger than EA’s. That’s massive disruption.

Audience members laughed when Zuckerberg called Facebook a “small” company in pointing out that the site has “only a few hundred” engineers.

“If something doesn’t have to be built by us, we’d rather it wasn’t,” Zuckerberg said. “Apple and Google will come up with an idea and just build it, but we’re more decentralized. Why not mobilize some young entrepreneur to build their own thing, build their own company?”

Moderator Battelle asked whether Zuckerberg is “interested in the business social graph, connections between businesses” — i.e., a B2B social network. But Zuckerberg looked blank, saying, “I don’t know what that means.”

Zuckerberg also rehashed Monday’s announcement of a Facebook messaging system, which combines messages across Facebook, email and text.

He said a Facebook bug that surfaced earlier Tuesday, which mistakenly deleted legitimate user accounts, was not related to the messaging system.

Battelle asked the question that’s constantly buzzing in Silicon Valley: When will Facebook go public?

Zuckerberg said flatly: “Don’t hold your breath.”