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5 disturbing things social media taught us this year

5 disturbing things social media taught us this year

If you follow my Breaking Tech News page, you know it's been a wild year for social media.

From Facebook's never-ending privacy changes to a whole new crop of troubling social media sites and apps, there was no shortage of controversy in 2013.

Here are some hard lessons social media taught us this year - and what you can do to protect yourself in 2014 and beyond.

1. Don't count on Facebook for privacy
Social media is great when it helps keep you connected to friends and family. But it's not so great when it invades your privacy or makes you the target of advertisers.

This year, Facebook made it clear that when you post something on the site, you are giving Facebook permission to use your name and image in ads. There's no opt-out option, either. Click here to stop Facebook from using you in ads anyway.

Facebook also changed its privacy settings for teens. It now allows minors to post public status updates, pictures and videos. Previously, only friends and friends-of-friends could see content posted by minors.

And let's not forget about Facebook's powerful new Graph Search feature. It lets friends pull up old posts you might wish you hadn't shared. I show you how to use this feature and still protect your privacy in this tip.

2. Google can use your face and name in ads
Facebook wasn't the only one making money with your information this year. Earlier this year, Google announced it would be including users' faces, names and comments in ads.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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