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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 »

There's a Facebook 'Founder' You've Never Heard Of

Andrew McCollum was part of the site's first team at Harvard

(Newser) - You know Mark Zuckerberg, and if you've seen The Social Network, you're familiar with Eduardo Saverin. Then there's Dustin Moskovitz, as well as Chris Hughes, owner of the New Republic . But the fifth figure in the birth of Facebook isn't listed on its founders page , even... More »

McDonald's New Ad Turns Out to Be Mexican Diss

Smug Facebook post informs country tamales 'thing of the past'

(Newser) - A McDonald's ad posted to Facebook has prompted outrage, ultimately forcing the company to take it down and apologize. The spot advertised the McBurrito as a replacement for tamales, Fusion reports. "Tamales are a thing of the past," the ad proclaimed in Spanish. But tamales are a... More »

Teacher on Leave for Saying Teacher-Student Sex Is OK

Sean Kane Facebook rant: Students at sex party should've 'kept stupid mouths shut'

(Newser) - Two female teachers at West Covina's South Hills High School were arrested on suspicion of having sex with students, and not only is their co-worker, art teacher Sean Kane, upset about their arrests—he apparently thinks teacher-student sex is OK all around, the Los Angeles Times reports. Kane, a... More »

French Comic Arrested for 'Defending' Paris Terrorist

Dieudonne held for controversial Facebook post: cops

(Newser) - Dieudonne M'bala M'bala has been accused of hate speech by his government before. Now the controversial French comedian has been arrested for "defending terrorism" after a Facebook post in which he appeared to be sympathizing with the man who killed four people in a kosher supermarket and... More »

Amber Alerts Coming to Facebook

Users in area where child has gone missing to receive alerts on mobile phones

(Newser) - Facebook users in the US will soon receive Amber Alerts to help find missing children who may be located near them. The social network is working with the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children to send the alerts to users' mobile phones if they're in a search area... More »

Facebook Post Lands Parolee Back Behind Bars

He was sentenced to 3 years after speeding led to crash that killed passenger

(Newser) - "Prison didnt break me. It MADE me," wrote Ryan Fye on Facebook last month, beneath a photo of himself with both middle fingers extended, soon after he was released early from a three-year sentence. "Im free. Im a new man. Dont come at me like before."... More »

Oprah 2.0? Zuckerberg's First Book Club Pick Sells Out

The paperback version of his first pick has already sold out on Amazon

(Newser) - Two years after vowing to meet a new person a day, and a year after resolving to pen a thank-you note every day, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg is now committing to reading a book every other week in 2015. The first one he chose, The End of Power, is already... More »

Experts: Facebook Lies Create False Memories

Study says online lies are 'damaging' our memory

(Newser) - Lying your tushy off on social networks may impress your friends, but research suggests that it can also create false memories and disconnect us from our true self, the Telegraph reports. "Being competitive and wanting to put our best face forward—seeking support or empathy from our peers—is... More »

For Some, Facebook's 'Year in Review' Is Just Cruel

One bereft dad would really rather not be reminded of his dead daughter

(Newser) - Facebook's "Year in Review" videos have clogged newsfeeds for what seems like eons now, but for some people they're more than annoying: They're a stinging reminder of a year we'd rather close the lid on. Such is the case of Eric Meyer, who lost his... More »

Cops: Woman, 72, Slapped Over Facebook Refusal

27-year-old suspect got angry when woman refused to be 'friends,' say police

(Newser) - A 27-year-old Florida woman is accused of slapping a 72-year-old woman who denied her friend request on Facebook. Rachel Anne Hayes became angry on Wednesday when the older woman said the Facebook name Hayes uses on the site is "inappropriate," the Tampa Bay Times reports. Pinellas County Sheriff'... More »

Nordstrom Worker Fired for Personal Facebook Post

Aaron Hodges' post allegedly promoted the killing of white cops

(Newser) - Social media has sunk yet another user , this one a Nordstrom employee whose Facebook account reportedly featured both a photo of himself inside a downtown Portland Nordstrom location and an extreme post about killing white cops. KGW reports that Aaron Hodges' Facebook account is no longer live, but screenshots allegedly... More »

200K Facebook Shares Force Suspect's Surrender

Ohio man said he couldn't take the pressure

(Newser) - After his picture was shared on Facebook almost 200,000 times, child porn suspect Jeremiah Malfroid "called his mother and said, 'I can’t take the pressure any more, I am going to turn myself in,'" authorities say. The 33-year-old, who was wanted in Ohio, surrendered... More »

Facebook Could Offer Reactions Beyond 'Like': Zuckerberg

But 'dislike' button wouldn't be 'good for the world'

(Newser) - When a friend posts a sad piece of news on Facebook, you may want to show your emotional support—but clicking "Like" clearly isn't the right way to do so. "Often people tell us that they don't feel comfortable pressing 'like' because 'like' isn'... More »

Facebook Gives Political Campaigns the Boot

Company will let users restrict data shared on third-party apps

(Newser) - Facebook is putting the kibosh on a powerful tool that political campaigns (like President Obama's in 2012) have used to reach young voters, Yahoo reports. By next April, Facebook will have completed an overhaul that prevents third-party apps from gathering information about people who use the same app. What'... More »

Facebook Plans 'At Work' Version

Company wants to become key part of office life

(Newser) - Bosses may soon be demanding that employees get on Facebook and do some work. The social media giant is getting ready to roll out a workplace version of its site called "Facebook at Work," insiders tell the Financial Times . The site—which will compete head-to-head with Google's... More »

Facebook Goes '90s With Chat 'Rooms' App

Users choose their own names in anonymous iOS chat app

(Newser) - Facebook's "anonymity" app is finally revealed, and as PC Magazine reports, it's "a throwback to the popular chat rooms of the mid-90s"—with a few modern updates. The Rooms app , currently available only for iPhone, lets users create rooms to chat about whatever interests them.... More »

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