Mass shooting rumor spreads in private Facebook group

So-called ‘groups’ are a big part of the company’s growth strategy, but the spread of rumours raises concerns. Before the annual Blueberry Festival in Marshall County, Indiana, in early September, a woman broadcast a warning to her neighbours on Facebook. “I just heard there’s supposed to be a mass shooting tonight at the fireworks,” the woman, whose name is held to protect her privacy, said in a post in a private Facebook Group with over 5,000 members. “Probably just a rumour or kids trying to scare people, but everyone keep…

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Guizerr’s Launch Of Splendfida A New Dating Site For Upwardly Mobile Professionals A Huge Success

Guizerr’s official launch of “Splendfida” a new dating site that cater’s to upwardly mobile professionals. Has been a momentus success says Darrick Masters EVP of Guizerr. The site offers chat, as well as hosting meet & greet events to bring people together. The site offers practical information and advice on dating. It is completely free to join splendfida and as soon as you do, you can add your photo and create your own personal profile page. It costs nothing to send a wink so you can start contacting the people…

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Addicted to social media? 7 ways to know

Social media anxiety disorder is a mental health condition that is similar to social anxiety disorder. Before he committed suicide in June, 29-year-old YouTube star and model Desmond Amofah, also known as Etika, filmed himself offering insight on the effects of social media. One comment he made was shared widely after his death: “It can give you an image of what you want your life to be and get blown completely out of proportion. It consumed me.” Health professionals are taking notice. The Anxiety and Depression Association of America asserted…

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White House summons tech, social media firms after shootings

White House calls on social media companies to help build technologies to ‘combat domestic terrorism’. The White House has called on social media companies to build technologies that could help curb the spread of violent ideologies online. The appeal was made during a meeting between officials from the White House and big social media companies on Friday. The gathering came days after President Trump laid blame on the internet and social media for providing places to “to radicalize disturbed minds”. His comments were triggered by two deadly mass shootings in the…

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Top EU court sounds the alarm over Facebook’s ‘like’ button

The European Union’s Court of Justice says websites must warn visitors the tech giant will have access to their data. Companies that embed Facebook‘s “like” button on their websites must seek users’ consent to transfer their data to the United States social network, in line with the European Union‘s data privacy laws, the bloc’s top court said on Monday. Website plug-ins such as Facebook’s “like” button are a common feature of online retail as companies seek to promote their products on popular social networks. But critics fear the data transfer may…

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Cops facing scrutiny for social media behavior

Officers put on administrative leave pending an investigation for posts deemed racist or advocating violence. More than 70 police officers have been taken off the streets in the US city of Philadelphia for violent or racist social media posts. The Plain View Project reviewed the posts made by a sample of police officers in eight cities. Similar behaviour was found in every city sampled, raising concerns about the culture surrounding the police. Al Jazeera’s Kristen Saloomey reports.

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Did Facebook’s CEO know about ‘problematic’ privacy practices?

Wall Street Journal: Facebook found emails that show its CEO was aware of privacy practices now under investigation. Facebook Inc. uncovered emails that seem to show Chief Executive Officer Mark Zuckerberg was aware of potentially problematic privacy practices at the company, the Wall Street Journal reported, citing people familiar with the matter. The social media giant discovered the emails in the process of responding to a federal privacy investigation, the Journal reported, raising concerns that it would be harmful to the company if they became public. The potential impact of…

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YouTube ‘prankster’ banned from social media, fined $22,000

Kanghua Ren, known by his fans as ReSet, sentenced to 15 months in jail for humiliating a homeless man in a prank video. Kanghua Ren, who has built an online following by publishing videos on YouTube, has been sentenced to 15 months in prison after tricking a homeless man into eating Oreo biscuits filled with toothpaste. Ren, known to his 1.2 million online followers as ReSet, will not be heading to jail, as this was a first offence before the Spanish courts. He will, however, be banned from holding any…

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Billions of Facebook accounts were ‘fake’

Silicon Valley social media giant reports removal of 3 billion accounts in just six months. Social media giant Facebook continues to battle abuse on its platform [Rick Wilking/Reuters] Facebook removed more than three billion fake accounts from October to March, twice as many as the previous six months, the company said on Thursday. Nearly all of them were caught before they had a chance to become “active” users of the social network. In a new report, Facebook said it saw a “steep increase” in the creation of abusive, fake accounts.…

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Facebook cofounder says it’s time to break up company

In an opinion piece, Chris Hughes writes that CEO Mark Zuckerberg has sacrificed ‘security and civility for clicks’. Legislators have previously called for federal privacy regulation and anti-trust action to break up big tech companies [Stephen Lam/Reuters] Facebook cofounder and former Mark Zuckerberg roommate Chris Hughes has called for the break-up of the social network in an opinion piece in the New York Times. “We are a nation with a tradition of reining in monopolies, no matter how well intentioned the leaders of these companies may be. Mark’s power is unprecedented…

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