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Facebook Adopts Microsoft PhotoDNA To Remove Child Pornography

Published by pratyushkp on May 23rd, 2011 - in Social, Technology

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Facebook has partnered with Microsoft to fight child pornography online.

The social network will implement Microsoft’s PhotoDNA technology, designed to identify and remove images that exploit or endanger children.

Developed for the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children, PhotoDNA creates a “blueprint” of an inappropriate or offensive image and can search through billions of other images to locate photos with similarly inappropriate features.

Microsoft currently uses PhotoDNA in Bing, Skydrive and Hotmail.

Bill Harmon, associate general counsel at the Microsoft Digital Crimes Unit, announced the partnership in a blog post. Writes Harmon,

Facebook’s bold step forward to become the first online service provider to join Microsoft in partnership with NCMEC on the PhotoDNA program sends a strong message: We will not tolerate the use of our services to victimize children in this way when we have the technology to do something about it. We hope that Facebook’s adoption of PhotoDNA serves as a springboard for other online service providers to take advantage of the opportunity available through NCMEC’s PhotoDNA program and, in fact, we know that others are exploring the possibility right now.

Facebook and Microsoft will hold a public event on Friday May 20 at 3 p.m. to discuss this effort. You can tune in via Facebook’s DC Live: Protecting Kids Online page.

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Facebook Comments, Now On Over 50K Sites, Get More Social With Latest Upgrade

Published by pratyushkp on April 14th, 2011 - in Social, Technology

Facebook Comments, which people either love or hate, have just been amped up by Facebook, to increase the ever elusive “user engagement,” which just means get more traffic. We’ve been using Facebook Comments for about a month, and I am personally thrilled at the improved quality of discussion, despite being bothered by annoyances like not being able to edit into comments.

According to Facebook, Facebook Comments are now on over 50,000 websites including us, NBC and Sure is a start, Facebook’s got a long way to go if it wants to dominate the commenting space. While it made some needed adjustments today, there’s still more work that needs to be done.

Here are the new features added in today’s upgrade:


Users can now access each comment by its permalink, allowing users to share and a respond to specific comments more easily. Comment notifications in the Facebook newsfeed also direct back to specific comments, which is awesome because the alternative is pretty disorienting.

Comments API

Facebook is also providing an API so site owners can search and rank their comments, like highlight interesting and popular comments, reward top commenters or segment comments around a specific topic, like Apple or startups.

More social context in the newsfeed

Developers now also have the option of adding meta-tags to include more information about a story in commenters Facebook newsfeeds, including any images involved, title and description. Facebook holds that this optimization will increase click through because users will feel more drawn to specific stories.

Darker color scheme

Facebook is also offering a darker color scheme for darker websites, so developers with darker sites don’t have to have mismatched commenting systems. I’m actually pretty surprised no one thought of this sooner.

For trolls people clamoring for alternate ways to log in, Hotmail accounts have been added as a third-party login option along with Aol and Yahoo, but more interestingly there’s no mention of adding Gmail and Twitter which were slated to also be options pre-launch and then somehow mysteriously disappeared.

Great. So those without a Facebook account are good to login if they’re planning on doing so from 1998. See what I mean about “more work that still needs to be done”?

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  • Facebook Comments, Now On Over 50K Sites, Get More Social With Latest Upgrade (
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  • With More Features & Login Options, is Facebook Comments a Disqus Killer? (
  • Facebook Comments Plugin Added to 50,000 Sites In a Month, Updates Launched (
  • Facebook Comments Plugin Gets New Features and Support for Hotmail Logins (
  • Facebook Upgrades Its Commenting System (
  • Facebook Updates Comments Box Plugin With Comment Exporting and Larger News Feed Stories (
  • Facebook: Our Comments Plugin Increases Publisher Traffic up to 45% [STATS] (
  • Facebook: Our Comments Plugin Increases Publisher Traffic Up to 45% [STATS] (
  • Facebook Comments update adds Hotmail login (

Twitter brings HTTPS Security Protocol Across Site

Published by pratyushkp on March 19th, 2011 - in Social, Technology

Opt-in security setting already available to users

Popular micro-blogging style social network Twitter has announced that it will add extra security settings for the users. Today onwards, Twitter users would be getting an option to choose HTTPS (Hypertext Transfer Protocol Secure) for the web interface as well as number of clients meant for the service. Twitter has followed the footsteps of Facebook, Gmail, and Hotmail for offering basic HTTPS security protocol for protecting the user’s account login details and against other attacks.

People tend to use social networks over unsecured or poorly-protected Wi-Fi networks without being aware about the possible ill-effects of the same. Hence the web mail services and the popular social networks offer the HTTPS protocol as part of security setting so that login credentials of users don’t get hijacked. The FireSheep plugin uncovered how easily one could steal login details.

From today onwards, Twitter web interface users will get a new security setting under the Settings option – Always use HTTPS checkbox, at the bottom of the page. After you’ve checked the box, your login details and sessions at Twitter web interface would be secured. By default, the HTTPS security setting hasn’t been enabled and hence we would advice you to enable it.

Several Twitter clients have already got the HTTPS protocol setting by default. Apart from that, official Twitter for iPhone and iPad Apps will get “Always use HTTPS” setting. However, the new enabling HTTPS protocol setting isn’t forced on the mobile web interface. That means you’ll have to type out> to use the secured HTTPS connection. Twitter promised that it will work on making the option default for mobile platform as well. For all those using third-party services and clients, ensure that it offers HTTPS security setting.

  • Twitter Follows Facebook, Adds Default HTTPS Support (
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