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Sinead O'Connor Leaves Suicidal Facebook Note

She's found safe after claiming she overdosed

(Newser) - Sinead O'Connor disturbed her followers with a Facebook post Sunday in which she said she'd taken an overdose of drugs while staying at a hotel "somewhere in Ireland" under a fake name. The singer posted on Saturday that she was "desperately in need of a job... More »

Popular App Called 'Privacy Nightmare' for Facebook Users

The most-used-words app might be looking at more than words

(Newser) - In just a few days, more than 16 million people used a new app that creates a word cloud out of their most-used words on Facebook. They really shouldn't have done that, KFOR reports. An article published Sunday on Comparitech calls the app—from Korean startup Vonvon—a "... More »

Guy Who Posted Pic of Dead Wife on Facebook Convicted

He faces life in prison

(Newser) - A Florida man who killed his wife and posted a photo of the bloody corpse on Facebook was convicted Wednesday of second-degree murder after failing to convince a jury that he shot her eight times in self-defense. The jury verdict came in the third week of Derek Medina's trial... More »

Memorable Facebook Name Isn't Real After All

Australian man reveals 'Phuc Dat Bich' was a hoax

(Newser) - As the Sydney Morning Herald puts it, Phuc Dat Bich "faked dat" name. The 23-year-old Australian who convinced the world that his awkward-sounding name had resulted in Facebook shutting down his account now says the whole thing was a hoax. He apparently spilled the beans after SBS News contacted... More »

Zuckerberg Giving Himself 2 Months Paternity Leave

Under Facebook company policy, he could take 4

(Newser) - Facebook is going to have to do without Mark Zuckerberg for a couple of months in the near future: The Facebook founder and his wife, Priscilla, have a baby daughter on the way and he says he is planning to take two months off when she arrives, TechCrunch reports. "... More »

Guy With Unusual Name Rips Facebook for Closing His Account

Yes, his name really is 'Phuc Dat Bich'

(Newser) - Wondering why "Phuc Dat Bich" was trending on Twitter Friday? No, it's not some crazy new spelling of a foul-mouthed slam, it's ... a guy's name. And it's making headlines because the 23-year-old is quite unhappy that Facebook keeps shutting down his account over suspicions it'... More »

Facebook Will Spare You From Seeing Your Ex Online

New tools allow you to hide updates, keep your own posts on the down-low

(Newser) - Facebook's mission to ease the pain of breaking up (or, as a company product manager's blog post puts it, to "[improve] the experience when relationships end") has resulted in a new set of tools to help people deal with their defunct love affairs online. Designed for... More »

After 2nd 'Human Disaster,' Facebook Safety Check On

CEO Zuckerberg says the feature will now be activated following "human disasters"

(Newser) - Through Nov. 12, Facebook's Safety Check feature had been activated only in the event of four natural disasters , the first being April's Nepal earthquake . In the five days since, it has been twice deployed for "human disasters." CNN Money reports that the feature was turned on... More »

Amid Panic, Parisians Used Hashtag to Offer Shelter

Facebook activated 'Safety Check'

(Newser) - Amid the horror of the Paris terror attacks , there was a response from ordinary citizens that the city can be proud of. With the hashtag #PorteOuverte , meaning "open door," Parisians offered shelter to tourists and others stranded by the chaos, Mic reports. People were desperate to find safe... More »

Facebook Is Blocking Links to Competing Site

Tsu.co is a competitor, but Facebook is blocking it for being 'spammy'

(Newser) - The social media platform Tsu.co has garnered more than 4 million users since its 2013 inception, but Facebook would have you believe it simply doesn't exist. Since late September, Facebook has blocked (and retroactively deleted 10 million) mentions of and links to Tsu.co from any of its... More »

Look Who Finally Joined Facebook

Yep, it's Barack Obama

(Newser) - President Obama just joined Facebook Monday, and his page already has almost 90,000 likes (and counting—quickly). As CNN and The Verge note, this page is Obama's own personal page, as opposed to his campaign page (run by Organizing for Action) and the official White House page (run... More »

After 3 Attacks, Woman Turns to Facebook to Find Perp

Lyndsey Aho creates sketch and posts it online

(Newser) - Lyndsey Aho started carrying a knife and pepper spray after she says she was attacked three times by the same man near her apartment complex in Marlborough, Mass. The first time, she stumbled while walking "and he grabbed me to steady me. But he grabbed me by the shoulder... More »

Why You Should Skip Facebook Gift Exchanges

They're just another pyramid scheme

(Newser) - You've probably seen it on Facebook: "I'm looking for six ladies to participate in a 'Secret Sister' gift exchange!" The post goes on to promise that by sending just one $10 gift to one person, you'll receive 36 such gifts in exchange from 36... More »

Haunting Wedding Photo Brings Grieving Bride Joy

Son who died of cancer is included in picture

(Newser) - Six months ago, Anna Bozman Thompson lost her almost 9-year-old son, Lake, to leukemia. During his years-long health struggle, she and her boyfriend, Travis Thompson, put their wedding plans on hold. But in October, the Georgia couple finally tied the knot, partially because Lake always wanted them to, Fox 5... More »

Facebook Won't Yank Pics of Woman With Her Killer

Facebook memorializes profiles as they are when someone dies

(Newser) - When 20-year-old Hollie Gazzard was stabbed to death by ex-boyfriend Asher Maslin in February 2014, Facebook froze the UK woman's profile to memorialize her, as it does with users when they die. Only Gazzard's account contains nine images of herself with Maslin—who was sentenced to life in... More »

Armed Black Man's Post on Traffic Stop Is Internet Smash

'Maybe if you treat police officers with respect, they will do the same to you'

(Newser) - Steven Hildreth Jr. was "a black man wearing a hoodie and strapped"—he was legally carrying a gun—when stopped by a Tucson police officer for a broken headlight. And yet, he and the officer involved were respectful to one another, and both walked away from the incident... More »

Facebook Brings Workers' Internet to a Crawl One Day a Week

'2G Tuesdays' allow workers to experience slow speeds of emerging markets

(Newser) - Understanding breeds empathy. At least, that's the Facebook philosophy when it comes to Internet speed in developing nations, which is why once a week the company now encourages employees to dump their super-fast speeds at work and opt for a 2G experience, NBC News reports. The initiative is called... More »

Facebook Will Let You Know If Kim Jong Un Hacks Your Page

Site says users will be warned if it suspects hacking by a nation-state

(Newser) - Chances are slim that North Korea's operatives are trying to hack a peek into your Facebook photos, but if they were, the site would let you know ASAP, Ars Technica reports. "Starting today, we will notify you if we believe your account has been targeted or compromised by... More »

Mom Jailed for Facebooking While Child Drowns

Judge blames 'consistently bad parenting' for her son's death

(Newser) - A 31-year-old British mother has been sentenced to spend the next five years in jail after her 2-year-old son drowned in a pond while she was checking Facebook, the Guardian reports. Claire Barnett was sentenced this week after pleading guilty to child cruelty in connection with the death of her... More »

Facebook Pic Reveals More Than Couple Bargained For

'You should call us. Your mother is confused'

(Newser) - Mise-en-scène is super important in Facebook photos, you guys. It's a lesson one couple learned the hard way when attempting to announce their engagement via the social media platform, WGN reports. According to Yahoo , the couple posted a photo of themselves sitting on the couch, with wife-to-be Miranda... More »

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