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Mom's Viral Post Explains Why Modern Parenting Stinks

Bunmi Laditan wishes things today were a bit less complicated

(Newser) - If you find yourself wishing you'd had kids in a simpler time, like a few decades ago, meet Bunmi Laditan, whose satiric Facebook post about vitamin shopping has gone viral. "I own two good bras but I'm ready to spend upwards of $100 on children's vitamins,... More »

Facebook: We Messed Up Video Metric for 2 Years

Metric overestimated average viewer time by 60% to 80%

(Newser) - Anyone poking around on Facebook's "Advertiser Help Center" a few weeks ago may have stumbled across a post that's now getting a lot more publicity: Facebook has been overestimating average viewing time for videos on the site, likely between 60% to 80% and for two years, the... More »

Teen Can Sue Facebook Over Naked Pic: UK Court

Her lawyers say site should've stopped photo from reappearing on 'shame page'

(Newser) - While Facebook refused to allow one of the world's most famous photos of a young naked girl during the Vietnam War, another girl has won the right to sue the social media site for her own nude pic, RT.com reports. A Belfast high court ruled to let the... More »

Facebook Does a 180 on 'Napalm Girl' Photo

Social network will no longer censor it

(Newser) - Facebook is backing down: Outrage followed the social network's decision to censor a famous Vietnam War photo showing a young, naked girl running from napalm bombs after tearing off her burning clothes, and now Facebook has reversed that decision. Facebook had removed the photo from the Facebook page of... More »

Facebook Co-Founder Aims to Dump Trump With $20M Donation

Dustin Moskovitz barely makes political contributions, but 'this cycle is different'

(Newser) - Dustin Moskovitz can spend his billions of dollars any way he wants—and making sure Donald Trump doesn't make it into the White House is apparently one of his newest investments. The Facebook co-founder announced on Medium Friday that he and wife Cari Tuna would be making what CNN... More »

Outrage After Facebook Censors 'Napalm Girl' Photo

Editor accuses Mark Zuckerberg of 'abusing your power'

(Newser) - Norway's largest newspaper is blasting Facebook for deleting an iconic photograph of a naked child during the Vietnam War from its Facebook page—and suspending the writer who posted it. The photo by Nick Ut showing children fleeing a napalm attack triggered Facebook censors because the central figure is... More »

NJ GOP Candidate Reportedly Calls for Journalist's Rape

Mike Krawitz claims his account was hacked

(Newser) - A Republican running for office in New Jersey allegedly told a Daily Beast journalist he hoped she'd be raped. After she shared a story about Donald Trump's ex-wife, Marla Maples, reporter Olivia Nuzzi says Mike Krawitz sent her threatening messages reading , "I. Hope. Somebody. Rapes. You. Today.... More »

SpaceX May Owe Satellite Owner Free Flight After Blast

Either that or $50M

(Newser) - Facebook isn't the only company smarting after last week's explosion of a SpaceX rocket on the launchpad. The Israeli company that owned the satellite destroyed in the fire may seek either $50 million or a free flight as compensation, reports Reuters . The loss of the AMOS-6 satellite is... More »

Man Makes Wanted Poster His Facebook Pic, Is Arrested

Made it easy to discover Mack Yearwood had outstanding warrants

(Newser) - Most people hate their mugshots even more than the picture on their driver's license, but a Florida man found a wanted poster with his picture on it pleasing enough to put on Facebook—and it helped cops bust him, the Palm Beach Post reports. Stuart police responded to a... More »

Days After Facebook Fired Its Editors, a Big News Mistake

Fake news article about Megyn Kelly gets promoted

(Newser) - If you get most of your news from Facebook, then there's a chance you've been very misled about Megyn Kelly. For a few hours Monday, a fake news article about the Fox News anchor was featured on the social media site's "Trending" topics section, Variety reports.... More »

Facebook Fires Human News Team

It's all about the algorithms now

(Newser) - Facebook had bad news for its news team on Friday: Sources tell Quartz that all 15-18 editorial staff on the Trending team were told at 4pm that they were being laid off and had to be out of the building by 5pm. The sources say the workers were given severance... More »

Internet Helps Autistic Girl Replace Beloved Shirt—150 Times

'It's been very, very touching,' says mom Deborah Skouson

(Newser) - Ever since Deborah Skouson came home with a pink flowered shirt for her daughter five years ago, Cami, who has autism, has been "fixated" on it. It quickly became her favorite piece of clothing, leading Skouson to scour eBay each time her daughter's current shirt became unwearable. But... More »

Your Facebook Posts About Politics Aren't Making a Difference

Per a new poll, 'Wired' writer reports

(Newser) - Your carefully thought-out Facebook post about why all your friends should vote for a particular candidate may have gotten a lot of "likes," but Wired has bad news for you: "Sorry, But Your Astute Election Posts Aren't Changing Anybody's Mind," it declares in a... More »

Sheriff's Easter Facebook Post Makes Atheists $15K

'He is risen' to the tune of $41K total

(Newser) - An eastern Tennessee sheriff's Facebook post celebrating Easter has made a group of atheists $15,000 richer, the AP reports. News organizations report that Bradley County reached a settlement Thursday with the American Atheists organization over Sheriff Eric Watson's post on the department's Facebook page over Easter.... More »

On Facebook, Cat People Are 'Tired,' Dog People 'Excited'

Cat people prefer fantasy and anime, while dog people go for romance and, well, dogs

(Newser) - Facebook analyzed the behaviors and preferences of 160,000 people who posted photos of cats and dogs, at once both confirming and busting several prevailing pet myths. For instance: Cat owners have 26 fewer friends on Facebook, yet are more likely to be invited to events than their canine-loving... More »

Man Ordered to Pay $114K Over Facebook Post

He ruined life of Aussie motel owner

(Newser) - An Australian man has been ordered to pay $114,000 to the motel owner whose life he wrecked with a single post on Facebook. Kenneth Rothe, a 74-year-old motel owner and former deputy school principal, was threatened repeatedly and beaten so badly he spent six months in the hospital after... More »

3 Men Gunned Down on Facebook Live Stream

They were listening to music when shots rang out—and the phone kept recording

(Newser) - Three men in a car in Norfolk, Va., were ambushed and shot Tuesday evening, and the phone of one of the men streamed the entire incident on Facebook Live, USA Today reports. In the video, a man IDed as TJ Williams is seen hanging out with two other men, listening... More »

Cop Fired for Facebook Threat to 5-Year-Old Black Girl

'We'll see how much her life matters soon,' Kansas cop posted

(Newser) - On Thursday night, someone posted a chilling comment on LaNaydra Williams' Facebook page under images of her young daughter. "We'll see how much her life matters soon," the post on the Dallas woman's page read. "Better be careful leaving your info open where she can... More »

Mom Faces Jail for Not Posting to Facebook After Son's Death

Unusual part of judge's sentence following death of Ezekiel Stephan

(Newser) - A judge's highly unusual order has added an extra layer of controversy to a contentious child death case in Canada. Last month, David Stephan was sentenced to four months in prison and his wife, Collet Stephan, was sentenced to three months of house arrest for failing to provide the... More »

Man's Flag Burning Fires Up Internet, Gets Him Arrested

But it wasn't Bryton Mellott's free-speech exercise alone that brought the heat

(Newser) - In almost 30 years, the Urbana Police Department hasn't had to enforce a flag desecration statute on the books, but that changed Monday with the arrest of a 22-year-old Illinois man, Forbes reports. Bryton Mellott posted pictures on Facebook Sunday showing him burning the American flag (only one image... More »

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