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What Insecure People Post on Facebook

Constant posts about romantic partners may signal low self-esteem

(Newser) - If friends brag about the sweet gestures of their partners on Facebook, they might be inadvertently sharing a thing or two about their personalities at the same time. Researchers at Brunel University London reviewed the status updates of 555 Facebook users who completed surveys about self-esteem, narcissism, and the "... More »

Girl Gets Racy on Facebook —Then Mom Steps In

Val Starks shows tough love to 13-year-old in now-viral Facebook video

(Newser) - Baltimore's "Mom of the Year" might have competition. A video showing a Denver mom lecturing her 13-year-old daughter about a secret Facebook page has gone viral, nabbing the young girl plenty of attention, but probably not the kind she wanted. Val Starks, 31, says she uncovered the secret... More »

Facebook Instant Articles: a 'Tectonic Shift' in News?

'New York Times' and others can post instant-loading stories onto news feeds

(Newser) - Facebook rolled out a new mobile feature today called Instant Articles , one that a blogger at the Verge calls a "turning point in the evolution of the news." The feature lets publishing companies that have partnered with Facebook post stories onto news feeds that load instantly—a far... More »

Cops: No Drunken Bear-Chasing With Dull Hatchet

The police never let us have any fun

(Newser) - Police in Massachusetts have some sage advice: Don't go chasing after bears while drunk and armed with nothing more than a dull hatchet. North Adams police said on their Facebook page that someone did just that yesterday. "Chasing bears through the woods drunk with a dull hatchet is... More »

Sheryl Sandberg Addresses Her 'Unexpected Hell'

Bono sings at packed Dave Goldberg memorial service

(Newser) - "Dave was my rock," Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg writes in a moving tribute to husband Dave Goldberg. Her Facebook post yesterday about the 47-year-old tech entrepreneur marked her first public comments on his unexpected death last Friday, reports CNNMoney . "We had 11 truly joyful years of the... More »

Sheryl Sandberg's Husband 'Cracked Head Open' at Gym

Dave Goldberg died after falling off treadmill at resort, sources say

(Newser) - A Silicon Valley entrepreneur and champion of women's rights who died unexpectedly Friday passed away from head trauma after falling off a treadmill, the New York Times reports. Dave Goldberg, 47, was exercising at a gym in a private resort in Mexico, according to a source close to the... More »

Like Sheryl Sandberg, Her Husband Leaned In

New York Times calls him 'perhaps the signature male feminist of his era'

(Newser) - Sheryl Sandberg, Facebook's chief operating officer, is known as a champion for women. What's less well-known is that her husband, Dave Goldberg, who died unexpectedly Friday at the age of 47, spent his life working to strengthen women's voices, reports the New York Times , which calls Goldberg... More »

Guy Makes Poor Choice in Liking a Facebook Post

Levi Charles Reardon was wanted. LIKE.

(Newser) - Pro tip for (alleged) criminals: If you see your photograph featured as a "most wanted" suspect on your local Crime Stoppers' Facebook page, maybe don't "like" the post. Alas, Montana 23-year-old Levi Charles Reardon did not heed that advice, and now an arrest that might otherwise have... More »

Judge: Go Ahead, Serve Divorce Papers on Facebook

Woman can't find husband, so she's allowed to send summons via social media

(Newser) - A judge has given a New York City woman permission to file for divorce from her elusive husband via Facebook. Victor Sena Blood-Dzraku will be served with the divorce summons via a private Facebook message, New York Daily News , which will be repeated once a week for three consecutive weeks... More »

Family Finds Teen's Prison Abuse on Facebook

Facility officials weren't aware of it: aunt

(Newser) - Family members of a teenage inmate in Georgia say they're horrified by an assault that ended up on Facebook—and by the fact they might not have known about it otherwise. The photo taken at Al Burruss Correctional Training Center shows two young men standing over a crouched Cortez... More »

Watch It, Mom and Dad: You're 'Over-Sharenting'

Researchers warn of predators, cyberbullies

(Newser) - In just a few more years, children born after the dawn of Facebook and YouTube will become teenagers—and many of them will find their entire lives already archived online. According to a University of Michigan CS Mott Children's Hospital survey , more than half of mothers and a third... More »

Penn State Frat Suspended for Secret Facebook Page

Kappa Delta Rho page allegedly contained photos of nude, sleeping women

(Newser) - Penn State's Kappa Delta Rho fraternity has joined the ranks of suspended chapters after police say they uncovered a secret Facebook page that contained some pretty damning images: photos of partially naked, sleeping women; photos of drug deals; and photos of hazing. "It appears [the women] were passed... More »

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 »

Facebook's 'Fat' Emoji Sparks Angry Movement

Petitions seek to have status-update option removed

(Newser) - Think emoji are innocuous little icons? Then check out the movement spawned by Facebook's "feeling fat" emoji—a smiling face with a double chin that was, at least until recently, on the site's list of available status-update options, ABC News reports. The group Endangered Bodies has launched... More »

US Man Jailed in UAE for Facebook Rant About Work

Ryan Pate also accused of making anti-Arab slurs in post

(Newser) - Ryan Pate took a break in December from his contracting job in the United Arab Emirates. He headed home to Florida to visit with family, get engaged, and seek treatment for a bad back, per the AP . But irate Facebook posts the 30-year-old made about his UAE employer caused trouble... More »

Mark Zuckerberg Has a Standard Hiring Question

Facebook founder asks if he'd want to work for the applicant

(Newser) - There's one question Mark Zuckerberg needs to ask before he'll hire anyone for the Facebook team—and it's a question he asks of himself, not of the applicant. Specifically, he told a group in Barcelona at the Mobile World Congress, he asks himself if he'd be... More »

Krispy Kreme Apologizes for 'KKK Wednesday' Promo

It was supposed to be a fun event for kids, not about the Klan

(Newser) - A UK Krispy Kreme was determined to show kids on winter break a good time, so it promoted on Facebook a weeklong roster of activities that included Funday Monday, Colouring Tuesday, and … KKK Wednesday. The Hull branch of the doughnut purveyor has since taken down the ad, per Mashable... More »

Obama to Tech World: Share Your Cyberthreats With Us

But Facebook, Yahoo, Google CEOs won't attend today's cybersecurity summit

(Newser) - In the wake of the Sony hack , President Obama will be speaking at a cybersecurity summit at Stanford University today, where he plans to sign an executive order calling for companies to share cyberthreats, both with the government and each other. But the CEOs of at least three major Silicon... More »

Keep Facebook Kicking After You Kick the Bucket

Site now lets users pick 'legacy contact' to maintain their page after they die

(Newser) - If you can't bear the thought of your digital footprint stagnating once you're 6 feet under, there's a new security setting that US Facebook users are able to tap into starting today: managing what happens to your page when you die. After a yearlong project of gathering... More »

Family: Teen Follows Sisters to Fight, Is Shot Dead

Chicago 13-year-old's death may have started with Facebook dispute about gang

(Newser) - A 13-year-old Chicago boy was shot dead after sneaking out of his Belmont Cragin home late last night with his older sisters, who reportedly were going to confront someone with whom they'd fought on Facebook, ABC7 reports. "She was dissing our gang," Jennifer Sosa, one of the... More »

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