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She Expressed Support for LGBT People—and Was Fired

Former BYU instructor Ruthie Robertson doesn't regret a thing

(Newser) - When Ruthie Robertson declared on Facebook that "homosexuality and transgenderism are not sins," the 22-year-old political science instructor at Brigham Young University-Idaho expected the feedback would be harsh. "But it never crossed my mind that I would lose my job," she tells the Idaho State Journal ... More »

There's a Massive Protest Happening Today—Online

More than 80K websites oppose FCC plan

(Newser) - There's a massive protest happening Wednesday—and it's taking place entirely online. CNBC reports more than 80,000 websites—including Amazon, Facebook, Google, Netflix, Reddit, Airbnb, and Twitter—are taking part in a "Day of Action" to oppose the FCC's plan to weaken net neutrality protections.... More »

News Outlets Seek Unusual Power in Online Ad Negotiaions

Alliance wants antitrust exemption to negotiate with Facebook, Google

(Newser) - News outlets are seeking permission from Congress for the right to negotiate jointly with Google and Facebook, two companies that dominate online advertising and online news traffic. The News Media Alliance, which represents nearly 2,000 news organizations, said the two companies' dominance have forced news organizations to "play... More »

'Gotham' Star Cites 'Predators' in New Plea for Missing Teen

Donal Logue posted his latest request for help finding Jade Logue on Facebook

(Newser) - Actor Donal Logue is asking again for the public's help in locating his teenage daughter, who was last seen a week ago in New York City, the AP reports. The star of Fox's "Gotham," who first tweeted about the teen's disappearance last week, wrote on... More »

Facebook Hits Major User Milestone

The social media network now has 2 billion monthly users

(Newser) - A billion users isn't cool. You know what's cool? Two billion users. On Tuesday—five years after hitting a billion monthly users—Facebook announced it has hit 2 billion monthly users, TechCrunch reports. That makes it the largest social media network in the world; USA Today notes it... More »

Man's Quest for 1K Likes Sends Him to Prison

Algerian man sentenced to 2 years over Facebook photo

(Newser) - A man in Algeria apparently picked a terrible way to get attention on social media—and now he'll pay for it in prison. On Monday an Algerian court sentenced the unnamed man to two years after he posted to Facebook a photo of himself dangling a baby out of... More »

Just One of 10 Most Valuable Brands Isn't American

Nice job, Tencent

(Newser) - Bragging rights for the world's most valuable brands are usually controlled by US companies, but in this year's ranking by BrandZ , one of China's own cracked the top 10, CNN reports. Tencent, which makes online games, apps, and other digital add-ons, rode on the coattails of its... More »

Harvard Yanks Acceptance Letters After Student Posts

Incoming freshmen can no longer attend after online comments

(Newser) - At least 10 students lost their spots at Harvard before the first day of class after they exchanged offensive messages in a private Facebook group, the Harvard Crimson reports. College officials told the incoming freshmen they were no longer welcome after getting wind of the messages and memes in a... More »

Parents Denied Access to Dead Daughter's Facebook

German court overturns prior ruling

(Newser) - When a 15-year-old girl died after being hit by a subway train in Berlin in 2012, her parents tried to access her Facebook account to determine whether it was an act of suicide. In 2015, a German court ruled in their favor, saying the girl's contract with Facebook passed... More »

Man Fined $4K for Giving the Thumbs-Up on Facebook

Could be a first in Switzerland, or anywhere

(Newser) - Be careful what you like online, especially if you're in Switzerland—it may get you in trouble for defamation. In what Fortune reports could be a first, a court there has fined an unidentified man the equivalent of more than $4,000 after he liked defamatory comments on Facebook... More »

12 Years After Dropping Out, Zuckerberg Gets Degree

He delivered Harvard's commencement address

(Newser) - Almost 12 years after dropping out of Harvard, where the "Face Books" with pictures of people who lived in student dorms gave him an interesting idea for a website, Mark Zuckerberg returned Thursday to deliver a commencement address and receive an honorary degree. In his address, Zuckerberg looked back... More »

Secret Rules for Facebook Moderators Leaked

Saying 'Kick a person with red hair' is OK

(Newser) - Posting "Someone shoot Trump" is considered unacceptable by Facebook moderators, but more generalized suggestions of violence like "Kick a person with red hair" or "Let's beat up fat kids" are OK. Those were the examples given in the "credible violence" section of secret Facebook guidelines... More »

Facebook's Latest Headache: Video of King in a Crop Top

Content showing tattooed King Maha Vajiralongkorn may violate strict Thai laws

(Newser) - Facebook has had a lot on its plate— fake news , its "heartbreaking" Facebook Live problem —but now it's seeing pressure from Thailand on another front: The ruling military junta is upset about content circulating online of the country's new king strolling around a shopping mall wearing... More »

Experts Issue Warning on Facebook Concert Craze

Listing concerts you've attended could compromise online security

(Newser) - An alluring game on Facebook is coming under intense scrutiny—even though its original intent seems pretty harmless. People are posting lists of the top 10 concerts they've ever attended, including one that they actually didn't attend, to compare and see who can spot the lie. But Facebook... More »

Zuckerberg Responds to 'Heartbreaking' Facebook Live Problem

Social media company will take steps to combat murders, suicides posted there

(Newser) - After a disturbing series of murder and suicide videos posted to Facebook or broadcast on Facebook Live , Mark Zuckerberg has apparently heard the wave of concern about video on Facebook. In a Wednesday morning post on the social media platform he created, Zuckerberg promised that the company is working on... More »

Facebook Study on Gender Bias 'Deeply Disturbing': Employee

And Mark Zuckerberg says gender bias at the company is 'an issue'

(Newser) - An analysis of data—released internally at Facebook last September but made public by the Wall Street Journal this week—shows code written by female engineers is rejected 35% more often than code written by male engineers. They also wait 3.9% longer to get their code accepted and face... More »

Here, Interns Can Earn $96K a Year

Facebook's interns are a lucky bunch

(Newser) - Contrary to popular belief, it is possible to keep a rewarding internship and a roof over your head . If you're prepared for a fight, you can find a great internship that also pays well—$8,000 per month in the case of Facebook. Here are the companies offering the... More »

Facebook's Big Problem: Its Own News Feed

To break 'fake news' cycle, Facebook may have to reconfigure most prominent feature

(Newser) - Facebook has become a formidable player on the news, political, and entertainment landscapes, with more than 1.8 billion active viewers a month. But its "gargantuan influence" has become its "biggest liability," Farhad Manjoo writes in the New York Times , unpacking how the site was the ideal... More »

Glenn Beck's Lawyers: Issues With Tomi Lahren Go Way Back

Countersuit says she was 'uninformed,' 'embarrassed the company'

(Newser) - The battle between conservative personality Tomi Lahren and probably soon-to-be ex-boss Glenn Beck continues nearly a month after she was suspended from Beck's network, the Blaze. Despite Lahren's wrongful-termination suit against the two parties, Beck insists she wasn't fired and is still under contract, and he and... More »

Alleged Facebook Killer 'Could Be ... Anywhere'

Search expands nationwide as authorities post $50K reward

(Newser) - In a rambling video, Steve Stephens said, "I snapped, I just snapped." But as the manhunt dragged on Monday for the man accused of posting Facebook footage of himself killing a retiree , police were unable to explain what set him off. "Only Steve knows that," Cleveland... More »

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