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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