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Facebook Explains Which Nude Photos Are OK

Rules are context-sensitive, site explains

(Newser) - When it comes to rules about posts on Facebook, there's a fair bit of subtlety. Rather than electronically identifying offensive images, for instance, the company says it has actual human beings assess context, the New York Times reports. Today, the site is posting a more thorough explanation of its... More »

There's a Facebook 'Founder' You've Never Heard Of

Andrew McCollum was part of the site's first team at Harvard

(Newser) - You know Mark Zuckerberg, and if you've seen The Social Network, you're familiar with Eduardo Saverin. Then there's Dustin Moskovitz, as well as Chris Hughes, owner of the New Republic . But the fifth figure in the birth of Facebook isn't listed on its founders page , even... More »

22 Romney Staffers Had to OK Tweets

And Facebook posts, photos...

(Newser) - The fast-paced world of social media wasn't quite so speedy at the Mitt Romney presidential campaign. Sure, tweets may only be 140 characters at most, but they required the approval of 22 different people "towards the end of the campaign," a digital media campaign staffer says in... More »

Suit: App Makers Ditched Partner— at Parents' Request

Former fraternity brothers wrangle over Yik Yak

(Newser) - A year ago, three fraternity brothers released a social app called Yik Yak, which has gone on to nab some $85 million in venture capital. But one of the Furman University guys, Douglas Warstler, isn't seeing that money after the other two pushed him out, according to a lawsuit.... More »

How a 23-Year-Old Makes $500K Off Twitter

Kris Sanchez started UberFacts after joining Twitter to follow Britney Spears

(Newser) - If you're one of its more than 7 million Twitter followers, then you're already familiar with UberFacts , the account that bills its tweets as "the most unimportant things you'll never need to know." What you might not know is that its founder, Kris Sanchez, started... More »

Feds Used Woman's Identity for Fake Facebook Profile

Posted compromising pictures of Sondra Arquiett

(Newser) - A DEA agent used a woman's identity—along with private pictures from her phone—to create a fake Facebook profile without her knowledge, BuzzFeed reports. The government is defending the agent's actions in the scheme to connect with potential criminal targets. In a court filing, officials say special... More »

Here's Why Ello Isn't a Facebook-Killer

Social network has a long way to go: Caitlin McGarry

(Newser) - The buzz is that new social media site Ello could finally provide a rival to Facebook, but at PCWorld , Caitlin McGarry suggests you don't believe the hype. Right now, Ello is in beta—and it needs some serious improvements, she writes:
  • Want privacy? You'll do better on Facebook
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Driver's Boast on Facebook: I Hit, Killed Wolves

Toby Bridges is campaigner against wolves

(Newser) - A Montana driver has offered Facebook followers a graphic account of his encounter with a family of wolves—an account that suggests he purposely hit them with his car, the Great Falls Tribune reports. Fish, Wildlife, and Parks officials are "looking into" the situation, one says, though it's... More »

Here's How We Quickly Judge Human Faces

Features lead to assumptions about character, study says

(Newser) - Have masculine or feminine features? A big smile? Characteristics like these, it seems, are central to our snap judgements of people's faces. Using a computer model, researchers have figured out how different features affect our first impressions, the BBC reports. The system is based on 1,000 pictures of... More »

Coming Soon: Emoji-Only Social Network

Yes, really

(Newser) - The standard English keyboard is so last year. Emojis are all the rage, and one company plans to monopolize on the trend ... by introducing an emoji-only social network. There are no words on Emojli; even your username has to be emoji. The founders plan to launch a messaging app late... More »

Here's a Guide for Discussing Spoilers

Wired offers a guide

(Newser) - Spoilers are a scourge of the Internet age: Between social media and entertainment sites, it can be tough to avoid learning what happened in the latest Game of Thrones before you watch it. Making things even more complicated, a Wired survey finds that people have very different views of proper... More »

Delta's 'Ghana Giraffe' Ignites Twitter Fury

There are no giraffes in Ghana

(Newser) - Delta Air Lines is getting an earful from the Internet over a postgame tweet. After the US beat Ghana in yesterday's World Cup match, Delta congratulated the American team with a pair of pictures, since deleted but viewable here . One showed the Statue of Liberty with the US score;... More »

Facebook Is Breaking Up; Let's Break Up With It

Ashley Feinberg explains how to piece together a replacement

(Newser) - When it opened to the public, Facebook seemed like it really could be the ultimate social network. "But then it kept growing," complains Ashley Feinberg at Gizmodo . As it stapled on features—most ill-conceived—"Facebook eventually grew too big for its own, and more importantly our, good.... More »

Guess What the New Twitter Redesign Looks Like?

If you said 'Facebook,' you win

(Newser) - Starting today, Twitter is rolling out a redesigned profile that will eventually hit all users—and basically every report on the redesign is noting the similarity between the new profile pages and Facebook's profile pages. Among the changes: There's now a full header photo (think Facebook's cover... More »

Zuckerberg's 2013 Salary: $1

Follows in Steve Jobs' footsteps

(Newser) - Steve Jobs did it; Google founders Sergey Brin and Larry Page did, too. Now Mark Zuckerberg is joining the ranks of the $1-a-year CEOs, Bloomberg reports. That's what the Facebook boss earned in salary last year, compared to $503,205 the year before. The low salary shouldn't hurt... More »

Students Busted Over Dog in Keg Stand Pic

Animal held upside down in Twitter image

(Newser) - A Twitter photo of a dog held upside-down over a beer keg has a pair of college students in Western New York facing animal cruelty charges. The young Labrador retriever, Mya, was apparently being forced to drink, officials say (though another Twitter user says the dog didn't actually have... More »

Facebook Ponies Up $600K to Pay for City Cop

'Unprecedented' $200K-a-year public-private deal could be a model

(Newser) - Facebook is poised for a private-company first: The social network plans to pay $200,000 a year for three years to fund the employment of a local cop. The "community safety police officer" will receive $108,000 per year to protect Menlo Park, Calif., a city of 30,000,... More »

Facebook Turns 10, Offers Users a 'Look Back'

Video showcases highlights of your time with the social network

(Newser) - In Internet terms, Facebook is already ancient. Today, the social network marks its 10th anniversary, and it's inviting hundreds of millions of users to share in the fun via "Look Back" videos. The project, overseen by multiple teams within the company, shows about 15 of your "most-liked"... More »

Twitter Co-Founder Unveils Q&A App

Jelly all about 'helping each other': Biz Stone

(Newser) - Twitter co-founder Biz Stone has released a new app, and he's hoping it will "make the world a more empathetic place," he tells TechCrunch . Available for free on iOS and Android, Jelly allows users to ask questions accompanied by photos; responses come from users' Facebook and Twitter... More »

Yep, Teens Hate Facebook, but It Doesn't Matter

Big European study confirms trend, but Zuckerberg has bigger goals

(Newser) - A comprehensive study in Europe confirms a not-so-surprising point about teenagers: They're ditching Facebook in large numbers for other services such as Snapchat, Twitter, and Instagram, reports the Guardian . In fact, the lead researcher uses the phrase "dead and buried" to describe how teens feel about Facebook in... More »

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