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Democrats' $35M Mega-Donor Was Apolitical—Until Trump

Facebook co-founder Dustin Moskovitz abruptly got out his wallet to help Clinton

(Newser) - First came Dustin Moskovitz's "historically large donation" of $20 million last month to stop Donald Trump from reaching the Oval Office. Then the Facebook co-founder ponied up another $5 million in mid-October to a Hillary Clinton super PAC (as well as $10 million more to other political advocacy... More »

Kansas House Leader Points to 'Great Quote From Hitler'

Peggy Mast says she meant to link Hitler and Planned Parenthood

(Newser) - Praising Hitler is never a good move, even more so when you're a high-ranking state lawmaker. And yet: Kansas' House Speaker Pro Tem Peggy Mast described a quote from Hitler as "profound" in a since-removed Facebook post on Thursday. "Great quote from Hitler in the video,"... More »

Zuckerberg Defends Thiel's Trump Donation

'There are many reasons a person might support Trump,' says the Facebook CEO

(Newser) - Mark Zuckerberg broke his silence about billionaire Peter Thiel's $1.25 million donation to Donald Trump, saying the Facebook board member has a right to his opinion, CNNMoney reports. "We care deeply about diversity," Zuckerberg wrote in an internal post to employees. "That's easy to... More »

She's a Black Doctor. Delta Staff Couldn't Believe It

Tamika Cross alleges 'blatant discrimination'

(Newser) - When Tamika Cross heard a mid-flight call for a doctor to help an unresponsive passenger aboard a Delta flight from Detroit to Minneapolis, she immediately threw her hand in the air. "Oh no, sweetie, put [your] hand down, we are looking for actual physicians or nurses," the OB/GYN,... More »

Creepy Facebook Posts Add to Mystery of Missing Couple

They haven't been seen since Aug. 31

(Newser) - Seemingly innocent posts on the Facebook page of South Carolina man Charlie Carver are in fact deeply disturbing, friends and family say. Carver and girlfriend Kala Brown disappeared on Aug. 31, and loved ones say the posts that have appeared on the account this month were clearly written by somebody... More »

A Suicide, Racist Chats: Inside Colo. Teens' 'Fourth Reich'

Student reportedly said chat group was 'funny'

(Newser) - A student at Colorado's Boulder Preparatory school committed suicide last month "to show his allegiance to the Nazi party and the killing of Jewish people," according to a police report. The shocking revelations don't end there. Before he died, the student known online as "The... More »

'Revenge Porn' Lawsuit Could Spell Huge Trouble for Facebook

Upcoming nude-photo trial could 'open the floodgates' for similar legal actions

(Newser) - An upcoming trial against Facebook over a "revenge porn" picture of a 14-year-old could prompt an avalanche of similar lawsuits, the Guardian reports. Weeks after a Belfast court rejected Facebook's efforts to stop the lawsuit, many other victims are considering their legal options, media lawyer Paul Tweed told... More »

With Its Newest Feature, Facebook Takes on Craigslist

Facebook wants to make it easier for you to unload that pair of skis that's been sitting in your garage since 2002

(Newser) - Today, Facebook announced a new platform-wide, local buy/sell marketplace—simply titled Marketplace. The functionality will be familiar to many users of Facebook, who may already be members of local buy/sell/trade Facebook Groups. Users can post an item for sale, specify a pickup location, and other users can bid or buy... More »

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 »

Father Credits Facebook for Helping Discover Brain Tumor

He insisted on brain scan after reading posts describing similar symptoms

(Newser) - Welsh father of two Tom Walker considers himself "extremely lucky" that he happened to stumble upon two stories of Facebook friends with symptoms strikingly similar to his own. His doctor had chalked up his spotty vision and dizziness to vertigo, but it turns out he had a more than... 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 »

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