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Caitlin Seida posted a photo of herself on Facebook dressed in a Lara Croft costume, thinking it was private. It was not. The photo spread, and spread again.

It rapidly amassed some of the meanest comments you can imagine, and sparked debate over the logistics and legalities of Facebook privacy settings.

Because Caitlin hadn't restricted her Facebook privacy settings to "Friends Only," she didn't have a legal right to the photos she posted on the site.

As such, they could technically be used on other websites, and they were. It's unclear how this one went viral, but it was posted, re-posted and re-posted.

Despite her best efforts, she learned that once a photo goes viral online, it's very difficult to scrub it from existence. It's a shame but a cautionary tale.

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An unnamed grandfather recently penned a letter to his daughter, criticizing her for the homophobia that apparently led her to disown his gay grandson.

The letter has since gone viral after FCKH8, the gay rights group that first obtained the note, shared it on Facebook and captioned it simply, "Go Grandpa!"

The group says they "were blown away by how this guy stands by his grandson and stands up against his own homophobic daughter. This is real love!"

The letter came in response to the "hurtful, narrow-minded and backwards" daughter, who had kicked her son out of the house after learning he was gay.

This isn't the first letter to make the online rounds after someone came out as gay, but is particularly moving coming from a grandpa raised in another era.

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Facebook may print money for Mark Zuckerberg and his cohorts, but as far as popularity among younger users go, it's seen some declines of late.

Once the hip, cutting-edge social network for college kids and teens, the Facebook has become more of a forum for moms, dads and even grandparents.

Using it to embarrass their family members, intentionally or not, the older folks are driving away the site's initial users - often in hilarious fashion, at least.

If you're wondering why "kids these days" prefer Instagram, Vine, Tumblr and SnapChat over Facebook, it might be because of status updates like this ...

Facebook Fail 2

Very well played, dad. Father figures are always there to keep you in line with a smart-ass comment ... or by recreating your douchey selfies:

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Nothing is supposed to show up on your Facebook Wall unless it's posted by you or your friends, but it can happen, as Khalil Shreateh just proved.

By posting on Mark Zuckerberg's wall.

Mark Zuckerberg Facebook Page Hacked

Shreateh, a security researcher from Palestine, first reported the bug to Facebook, which pays people to report such things rather than sell them on the black market.

But, instead of fixing the bug and paying the researcher the $500+ fee, Facebook told him "this was not a bug," according to an email that Shreateh shared.

When he tried a second time to warn the company and was rebuffed, Shreateh posted on the Wall of Sarah Goodin - a friend of Facebook CEO Zuckerberg.

That got their attention REALLY fast.

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Teen Mom 3 star Mackenzie Douthit is causing quite a stir online, declaring she’s pregnant, married and having a meltdown ... all in the same 24 hours.

Mackenzie Douthit Bikini Photo

The 18-year-old reality star first took to Facebook Monday, declaring, “Yes. For everyone wondering, im 12 weeks pregnant…. time to tell the truth.”

She then Tweeted, “been married for months but im not allowed to get pregs with my husband without miami girls subtweeting… do i look like I care????”

Subtweeting is another way of saying subliminally tweeting, passive-aggressively calling someone out on Twitter without actually mentioning names.

Mackenzie Douthit, who has a 1-year-old son named Gannon, got plenty of reactions to her life-changing proclamations, which she replied to on Facebook.

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A horrifying crime was revealed Thursday when a Miami man, Derek Medina, posted a photo of his dead wife, along with a confession, on Facebook.

Medina posted the photo of his slain spouse around noon on Thursday, with the caption "Rip Jennifer Alfonso" and an admission of responsibility.

The image shows his wife's leggings-clad body slumped on the floor in what appears to be the kitchen, her face and left arm covered in blood.

"You will see me in the news," reads a confessional status update.

"my wife was punching me and I am not going to stand anymore with the abuse so I did what I did I hope u understand me," he chillingly added.

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Aaron Hernandez wanted to thank the person who recently created a Facebook fan page in his honor, even if can't get on the Internet to check it LOL.

The jailed former NFL star apparently wrote a second letter to a fan from solitary confinement, this time lamenting that he can't get on the web in there.

  • Hernandez Letter #2
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He wrote to a fan who started an Aaron Hernandez support page, "Thanks for the site and sry [sic] I can't check site [sic] there is no internet in jail lol."

First-ever use of "LOL" in a hand-written letter? Quite possibly.

In the first Aaron Hernandez letter back to a fan who wrote him in a show of support, the murder suspect declared he is not guilty and will play again.

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Sydney Leathers, the girl at the heart of the Anthony Weiner sexting scandal (2013 edition), claims to have earned money from sex with older men.

Sydney Leathers Picture

Leathers boasts of offering sex for money, as well as her rampant drug use, her desire to "ruin" Weiner and fear that she herself was being blackmailed.

These shocking new revelations heap further embarrassment on the shamed New York City mayoral candidate, who is being pressured to quit the race.

Weiner has steadfastly refused to drop out, despite falling from first to fourth place in Democratic primary polling since the sexting scandal broke.

How long he can stay in remains an open question, however, especially after more information comes out about the dealings of Sydney Leathers.

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The trailer for Kirk Cameron's new movie, Unstoppable, was banned by Facebook and YouTube, but the ban has since been lifted on both, to his delight.

“Victory!! Friends, you did it,” the former Growing Pains star wrote on his personal page after a campaign to get the bans overturned was successful.

YouTube initially labeled the controversial Unstoppable teaser a violation of its “policy against spam, scams and commercially deceptive content.”

The new film, the devoutly conservative Christian says, addresses why God lets bad things happen to good people, and his personal journey of faith.

“If God is good, why is there so much suffering? Why all the pain? Why does He allow evil to in a world when he could stop it?” Cameron asks.

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Not surprisingly, Rihanna has topped the list of the Top 50 Most Influential Celebrities on the Web, a study put together by Zimbio determined.

Chart of Influence

In order to be considered, a celebs has to be active on both Twitter and Facebook, be primarily famous in the U.S., and have an individual account.

In other words, no bands, and no brands.

Given Rihanna's Twitter, Facebook and Instagram presence, it's no surprise that she edged Justin Bieber, Miley Cyrus and Britney Spears for the crown.

Google+ and YouTube accounts, as well as scores on Klout, were also used to determine which famous figures have the most dominant digital footprints.

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