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“Stop spreading lies about Iran on Facebook,” hissed the message written in Farsi and sent to Hamid, an Iranian-American graduate in California. We know where to find you, the anonymous writer warned: “Watch out, we will come after you.” Hamid was shocked: he thought the change he’d made to his Facebook photo – replacing it with a symbol of solidarity with the Iranian opposition – could be viewed only by people he’d “friended”. But Hamid hadn’t counted on Facebook changing its privacy settings to make specific personal information (like lists of friends and profile pictures) publicly available.

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