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Man Fired Over Facebook Post About Coworker's Son

His friends made a slew of racist comments on the post

(Newser) - A white Atlanta man was fired last week after the photo of a coworker's black child he posted to social media drew a bevy of racist comments from Facebook friends, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports. Gerod Roth, who goes by Geris Hilton on Facebook, posted the selfie of himself and... More »

Austrian Student's Complaint Leads to Huge US-EU Decision

EU's Court of Justice nullifies pact allowing digital data transfers overseas

(Newser) - In 2011, a 24-year-old Austrian law student filed a complaint against Facebook alleging nearly two dozen violations of European laws that protected his data. Now, Max Schrems' case has morphed into a class-action lawsuit against the social media giant and led to a judgment Tuesday by the EU's highest... More »

Police Chief Has Succinct Response to Motto Complaint

'Go fly a kite'

(Newser) - Police patrol cars in Childress, Texas, say "In God we trust" on the back, and recently, the police department got a letter from the Freedom From Religion Foundation "demanding" the words be removed, Chief Adrian Garcia wrote on Facebook yesterday, per KETK . He posted a picture of the... More »

That Facebook Privacy Post Is Baloney

2 posts spreading about privacy are hoaxes, says network

(Newser) - If you happen to see a legal-sounding post being shared across Facebook, steer clear. The post is just the latest hoax that began spreading on the social network on Monday, warning that unless users re-post the statement, Facebook will have access to their personal data and photos without their permission.... More »

Trans Waitress Inspired by 'Stellar' Act of Parenting

Liv Hnilicka relates the exchange on Facebook

(Newser) - We've all seen it. A child stops and stares or points at someone who is somehow different from what they would expect. Often the parent will shush any questions and look embarrassed. But as far as Liv Hnilicka is concerned, one parent recently handled one of these moments with... More »

Woman Asks Facebook If Someone Will Shoot Her Dog

Owner will not face charges

(Newser) - A three-year-old dog is safe in a Texas foster home after her owner attempted to take out a hit on her. A woman in Troupe was so fed up with the Saint Bernard/English bulldog mix that she asked her Facebook friends to kill it. "I need someone to come... More »

We're Finally Getting a Facebook 'Dislike' Button

Or something of the sort

(Newser) - People have been calling for it for years, and Mark Zuckerberg said at a company town hall meeting today that a "dislike" button is finally coming to Facebook. "People have asked about the 'dislike' button for many years, and probably hundreds of people have asked about this,... More »

Facebook Post Is So Moving, Even Obama Commented

President says story of charitable Iranian boy 'resonated'

(Newser) - President Obama was apparently perusing Facebook yesterday when he came across a post and was so moved, he decided to leave a comment. It's now getting plenty of attention. It appears on the Humans of New York page created by photographer Brandon Stanton, who posts photos of people he... More »

Facebook Experienced a Big First This Week

1B people used the site on the same day

(Newser) - For the first time, a billion people used Facebook in a single day on Monday. CEO Mark Zuckerberg marked the occasion with a post on his Facebook page , saying that one out of seven people on Earth logged in to the social network to connect with their friends and family.... More »

Facebook Rolls Out Personal Assistant, With Humans

'M' meant as alternative to Siri, Cortana

(Newser) - Look out, Siri: Facebook is rolling out its very own personal assistant, and "M" uses a blend of artificial intelligence and real live people to complete users' requests, reports CNBC . "Unlike other AI-based services in the market, M can actually complete tasks on your behalf," Facebook exec... More »

This 'Spam King' Has Likely Sent You a Message

And that's why Sanford Wallace is facing jail time

(Newser) - You may not be familiar with the name Sanford Wallace, but there's a decent chance he's sent you a message a time or two. The 47-year-old self-anointed "Spam King" has pleaded guilty to accessing Facebook servers and sending out more than 27 million messages to users, reports... More »

Man Spends Day Trolling Outraged Target Customers

Target may have even enjoyed it

(Newser) - Facebook users angry at Target over the company's decision to remove gender-specific signs from its toy departments found themselves at the wrong end of a pranking courtesy of one enterprising Arizona man. Ars Technica reports Mike Melgaard created a Facebook account under the name "Ask ForHelp" this week... More »

Guy 'Likes' Ex's Facebook Posts, Gets Arrested

Social media apparently counts when it comes to restraining orders

(Newser) - A 26-year-old Pennsylvania man is in trouble with the law after "liking" a bunch of his ex-girlfriend's photos and videos on Facebook. The problem, authorities say, is that the "likes" violate the conditions of the restraining order she has against him, the Times Leader reports. April Holland,... More »

LOL Is Dead, Haha Reigns

Facebook looks at how we laugh online

(Newser) - A recent New Yorker essay about online laughter prompted Facebook to crunch data on how people actually express a chuckle in the ether. It's probably not a big surprise to find out that LOL is no longer the phrase of choice, but it might be surprising at just how... More »

Tom Brady Hits Back: 'I Did Nothing Wrong'

Facebook diatribe on his upheld NFL suspension says he's upset

(Newser) - Tom Brady isn't shying away from the NFL's decision to uphold his four-game DeflateGate suspension . In a Facebook post this morning, Brady says, "I am very disappointed by the NFL's decision to uphold the 4 game suspension against me. I did nothing wrong, and no one... More »

How Facebook 'Saves' One Kind of Couple

Public displays of affection play a big role, study says

(Newser) - Those oh-so-cute couples who share everything on Facebook? Looks like they may stay together longer. Judging by 180 straight, undergraduate couples in a University of Wisconsin-Madison study , those who list themselves as "in a relationship" and share couple photographs are more likely to be together after six months, Bloomberg... More »

Facebook Co-Founder Confirms June Marriage

Eduardo Saverin wed Elaine Andriejanssen, the 'love of my life'

(Newser) - If you had hoped to nab another Facebook co-founder after Mark Zuckerberg took the plunge , you just lost your final chance. Eduardo Saverin has confirmed (on Facebook, naturally) that he married Elaine Andriejanssen on June 27. "I am incredibly happy and thankful to have married the love of my... More »

Diner Owner: Crying Kid Deserved to Get Yelled At

'Who knew calling out sh---y parenting made you a bully?': Darla Neugebauer

(Newser) - What the New York Times calls the "wildfire capabilities of social media" were in action this week after the owner of a Maine restaurant yelled at a crying young child, then continued her non-apologetic rant on Facebook and with local media. Darla Neugebauer, the owner of Marcy's Diner... More »

Abu Dhabi Jails Woman for Facebook Picture of Car

Jodi Magi has 'zero idea' why she's in trouble for post about parking

(Newser) - They could have just washed her mouth out with soap, but instead Abu Dhabi officials threw Australian Jodi Magi in jail for posting a picture of a parked car online, Australia's ABC News reports. It started in February when Magi, annoyed at a driver who took up two handicap-parking... More »

Baby's Amazement at Getting Glasses Goes Viral

Piper Verdusco's grins are too cute

(Newser) - Piper Verdusco can finally see clearly, and a "melt-your-heart" video that captures the first moments of her experiencing clear vision has itself been seen—nearly 25 million times. Mom Jessica Sinclair tells ABC News that she and her partner told the now-11-month-old's pediatrician that Piper's crawling seemed... More »

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