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NSA chief denies that the agency is spying on your Facebook profile

The head of the National Security Agency said Wednesday the secretive intelligence service does not compile data on Americans’ use of social networks, dismissing a media report as “wrong.” General Keith Alexander told a Senate hearing that a New York Times article “jumped to the conclusion this was done on…

Ecuador seeks to extend libel penalties to cover social media

The Ecuadoran government has proposed legal changes to punish libel disseminated over social networks like Twitter or Facebook, a top official said Wednesday. Alexis Mera, President Rafael Correa’s secretary for legal affairs, said the move aimed not to control content on social networks, but to extend to them the same…

Cyberbullying on social networks has spawned a new form of self-harm

Charities warn of vulnerable youngsters encountering pernicious abuse online but unable to cease using sites Some vulnerable children on social networks plagued by cyber bullyingare using the sites as a form of self-harm, charities warned on Tuesday, after a 14-year-old girl killed herself after being abused by online bullies. Calls for the website ask.fm to…

Password privacy bill proposed in the House

A group of US lawmakers on Wednesday proposed a bill that would make it illegal for employers or schools to require the disclosure of passwords for social networks such as Facebook. The bipartisan proposal comes after reports that some firms have required passwords as a condition of employment, or that…

Women more likely than men to delete Facebook friends

WASHINGTON — Women are more likely than men to delete friends from their online social networks like Facebook and tend to choose more restrictive privacy settings, according to a study published on Friday. The study by the Pew Research Center’s Internet and American Life Project also found that men were…

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