Girl Invites Guests for Birthday Party With Facebook; 1500 Show Up

(Original story at the Huffington Post here.)

Privacy — the biggest enemy of Facebook. It is to Facebook’s interest to make public as many things that you post as possible, whereas it is against yours for them to do so.

This is an extreme example of what may happen if you do not watch your privacy settings on your social media profiles and posts, but it will not be the last.

Facebook Party Gets Out Of Control After German Girl Forgets Privacy Setting

By KIRSTEN GRIESHABER   06/ 5/11 09:10 AM ET

BERLIN — Better check your Facebook settings before posting a party invitation online.

A teenage girl in Germany who forgot to mark her birthday invitation as private on Facebook fled her own party when more than 1,500 guests showed up and around 100 police officers, some on horses, were needed to keep the crowd under control.

Eleven people were temporarily detained, one police officer was injured, dozens of girls wearing flip-flops cut their feet on broken glass and firefighters had to extinguish two small fires at the 16th birthday party in Hamburg, police spokesman Mirko Streiber said Sunday.

The birthday girl, identified only as Thessa, went into hiding, Streiber said, but “nonetheless the party was a hit.”

Thessa had initially only wanted to ask some friends over to her home in Hamburg-Bramfeld when she posted her invitation on Facebook, but mistakenly she published it so that everyone on Facebook could see it.

The invitation quickly went viral, and some 15,000 people confirmed online they would come to the party – without even knowing the girl, weekly paper Bild am Sonntag reported.

When Thessa’s parents found out, they made their daughter cancel the party, informed police and hired a private security service to protect their home on Friday night.

Despite public announcements in Hamburg that the party had been canceled, some 1,500 teenagers and young adults showed up on the street in front of Thessa’s home, Streiber told The Associated Press.

“We had cordoned off the house, some 100 police were on the ground, four of them on horses – but that did not keep the kids from celebrating,” Streiber said.

Some revelers held up signs asking “Where is Thessa?” Others brought birthday presents and homemade cake, there was lots of alcohol and the crowd chanted again and again, “Thessa, celebrating a birthday is not a crime,” – in obvious relation to the massive police presence, Bild reported.

The police officer was injured when he tried to keep a party reveler from breaking off the Mercedes-Benz logo of his patrol car.

“It was sheer insanity but mostly peaceful,” Streiber summed up the night with a laugh.

As for Thessa – she was nowhere to be seen. Police confirmed she “was not at home that night” and Bild reported that she celebrated quietly with her grandparents at an undisclosed location.

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Amputee’s Facebook Photo Stolen and Posted on Porn Website

(Original story at BBC News here.)

Whatever you post up on Facebook, you run the risk of the WWW (whole wide world or world wide web) ripping it and reposting it on some other website. Some of these reposts are for humor’s sake, and the identities of the original posters are kept anonymous, such as in Literally Unbelievable.

Other reposts are for malicious intent, such as this lady’s experience. You have been warned!

9 June 2011 Last updated at 06:41 ET

Windsor woman warns over Facebook amputee fetishists

A Windsor campaigner has warned of the dangers of social networking after being targeted by men who are attracted to amputee women.

Charlotte Fielder, who was born missing a hand, has been awarded an MBE for her work helping people who are “limb deficient” with the charity Reach.

After signing up to Facebook, she found her profile image had been copied and posted on a pornographic website.

Her image was subjected to obscene comments by men attracted to amputees.

The image used was one of Mrs Fielder fully-clothed.

She said many women amputees she knew had been contacted by so-called “devotees”.

Mrs Fielder, 47, said she joined Facebook in 2008 and used it to keep in touch with people she helps.

When speaking to a female athlete from the British Paralympic Team she discovered her image had been used for pornographic purposes.

She said: “The same thing happened to this Paralympic athlete. She said it almost ruined her career, because people kept using her images for these devotee websites.

“Most amputees want nothing to do with devotees, because they see us as objects.”

Mrs Fielder said in her experience most female amputees had experienced their photographs being used by “devotee” websites.

She said: “There are men who target women with limb deficiencies, because it’s their primary sexual attraction.”

Mrs Fielder said most of the men who contacted her were based in the United States. Many pretended to have missing limbs and tried to contact her as friends on Facebook.

She said: “Facebook have told me to block them, but they just come back with a different name.”

Mrs Fielder said she was particularly worried about the effect it might have on young women who were struggling to come to terms with the loss of a limb while growing up.

She said: “I’m a 47-year-old woman but younger girls aren’t aware. These men are out there, they lie and pretend to be limb deficient to make friends with people.

“Teenagers with limb deficiencies have enough issues. It’d be like growing up with the biggest spot in the world on your nose.

“When I was young I’d always keep my stump in my pocket.”

A spokesperson from Facebook said it had a policy that people should only add people they knew as friends.

It said people could adjust their privacy settings to prevent images being viewed.

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Man Issues Death Threat; Jailed

(Original story at WREX here.)

What is the difference between making a death threat to someone’s face and making the same threat on Facebook?

Well, it is harder to deny the act on Facebook than in person.

Alright, that was a trick question, but someone could possibly get away with a lighter sentence with a face-to-face death threat than on Facebook by claiming that his/her tone suggested hyperbole or that the threat was made without much thought.

Local man sentenced for making death threat on Facebook

By Krista Hostetler 

Eau Claire (WQOW) – An Eau Claire man is sentenced for making an alleged death threat on Facebook.

In April, police were contacted when someone noticed Jordan Dickinsen’s Facebook page indicated he was on his way to kill someone, then kill himself. Police say he had changed his Facebook profile picture to a photo of him holding a gun, and then to an image of a man who appeared to have been shot in the face.

When Dickinsen was caught, officers say he admitted planning to shoot someone. The Eau Claire man was sentenced Wednesday to 1.5 months in jail.

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