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12 Years After Dropping Out, Zuckerberg Gets Degree

He delivered Harvard's commencement address

(Newser) - Almost 12 years after dropping out of Harvard, where the "Face Books" with pictures of people who lived in student dorms gave him an interesting idea for a website, Mark Zuckerberg returned Thursday to deliver a commencement address and receive an honorary degree. In his address, Zuckerberg looked back... More »

Secret Rules for Facebook Moderators Leaked

Saying 'Kick a person with red hair' is OK

(Newser) - Posting "Someone shoot Trump" is considered unacceptable by Facebook moderators, but more generalized suggestions of violence like "Kick a person with red hair" or "Let's beat up fat kids" are OK. Those were the examples given in the "credible violence" section of secret Facebook guidelines... More »

Facebook's Latest Headache: Video of King in a Crop Top

Content showing tattooed King Maha Vajiralongkorn may violate strict Thai laws

(Newser) - Facebook has had a lot on its plate— fake news , its "heartbreaking" Facebook Live problem —but now it's seeing pressure from Thailand on another front: The ruling military junta is upset about content circulating online of the country's new king strolling around a shopping mall wearing... More »

Experts Issue Warning on Facebook Concert Craze

Listing concerts you've attended could compromise online security

(Newser) - An alluring game on Facebook is coming under intense scrutiny—even though its original intent seems pretty harmless. People are posting lists of the top 10 concerts they've ever attended, including one that they actually didn't attend, to compare and see who can spot the lie. But Facebook... More »

Zuckerberg Responds to 'Heartbreaking' Facebook Live Problem

Social media company will take steps to combat murders, suicides posted there

(Newser) - After a disturbing series of murder and suicide videos posted to Facebook or broadcast on Facebook Live , Mark Zuckerberg has apparently heard the wave of concern about video on Facebook. In a Wednesday morning post on the social media platform he created, Zuckerberg promised that the company is working on... More »

Facebook Study on Gender Bias 'Deeply Disturbing': Employee

And Mark Zuckerberg says gender bias at the company is 'an issue'

(Newser) - An analysis of data—released internally at Facebook last September but made public by the Wall Street Journal this week—shows code written by female engineers is rejected 35% more often than code written by male engineers. They also wait 3.9% longer to get their code accepted and face... More »

Here, Interns Can Earn $96K a Year

Facebook's interns are a lucky bunch

(Newser) - Contrary to popular belief, it is possible to keep a rewarding internship and a roof over your head . If you're prepared for a fight, you can find a great internship that also pays well—$8,000 per month in the case of Facebook. Here are the companies offering the... More »

Facebook's Big Problem: Its Own News Feed

To break 'fake news' cycle, Facebook may have to reconfigure most prominent feature

(Newser) - Facebook has become a formidable player on the news, political, and entertainment landscapes, with more than 1.8 billion active viewers a month. But its "gargantuan influence" has become its "biggest liability," Farhad Manjoo writes in the New York Times , unpacking how the site was the ideal... More »

Glenn Beck's Lawyers: Issues With Tomi Lahren Go Way Back

Countersuit says she was 'uninformed,' 'embarrassed the company'

(Newser) - The battle between conservative personality Tomi Lahren and probably soon-to-be ex-boss Glenn Beck continues nearly a month after she was suspended from Beck's network, the Blaze. Despite Lahren's wrongful-termination suit against the two parties, Beck insists she wasn't fired and is still under contract, and he and... More »

Alleged Facebook Killer 'Could Be ... Anywhere'

Search expands nationwide as authorities post $50K reward

(Newser) - In a rambling video, Steve Stephens said, "I snapped, I just snapped." But as the manhunt dragged on Monday for the man accused of posting Facebook footage of himself killing a retiree , police were unable to explain what set him off. "Only Steve knows that," Cleveland... More »

Google, Facebook Don't Crack Top 5 Highest-Paying Companies

Ever heard of AT Kearney?

(Newser) - If you're offered a job at any of these companies in the US, you best take it. According to 24/7 Wall St , they're the highest-paying employers. The top 10, all within the consulting or tech industries, along with the median total compensation per year: More »

Pub Irritates 'Entire Country' With 'Sacrilegious' Beer Pour

You just don't do that to a Guinness, Vancouver's Railtown Cafe has discovered

(Newser) - There are plenty of online resources for those looking to pour a perfect pint of Guinness this St. Patrick's Day, but it doesn't appear anyone behind the bar at Vancouver's Railtown Cafe did their due diligence. Per the CBC , the Canadian pub decided to advertise its celebrations... More »

Single Mom's Post About Her Tax Refund Goes Viral

She paid rent—for the entire year

(Newser) - A recovering addict and single mom took her $5,600 tax refund and used it not to splurge on the latest gadget, but to pay her rent—for the entire year. Christina Knaack put a photo of the rent check on Facebook Wednesday and explained her reasoning behind the move... More »

Cop Saves 10-Year-Old Girl ... From Homework Emergency

Lena Draper went to the police with a tough math question last week

(Newser) - When you're 10 years old, a tough math question can definitely feel like a life-or-death emergency. So when Ohio fifth-grader Lena Draper couldn't figure out the answer to (8 + 29) x 15, she turned to the Marion Police Department. "I'm having trouble with my homework,... More »

Zuckerberg Issues New Facebook Manifesto

It's all about 'building social infrastructure'

(Newser) - Welcome to 2017, when toasters have internet access, taxis drive themselves, and social media sites issue manifestos. Mark Zuckerberg set out his 5,500-word vision for the future in a Facebook post Thursday, setting out his plans to build "social infrastructure" that can help the world deal with issues... More »

Facebook to Employees: Take Time to Grieve

Extends paid bereavement leave to 20 days for immediate family, 10 days for extended

(Newser) - When Sheryl Sandberg's husband, Dave Goldberg, died unexpectedly nearly two years ago, the Facebook executive's life was completely upended. During her time away from work as she mourned, she realized how important it was for her to be spending that time with her children. "Amid the nightmare... More »

Facebook Ordered to Pay $500M in Virtual Reality Case

It was sued for stealing trade secrets, but jury found company guilty on other counts

(Newser) - Facebook is going to have to cough up $500 million in real money for unlawfully using another company's virtual reality technology. A jury decided Wednesday that VR pioneer Oculus, which Facebook bought for $2 billion in 2014 , infringed copyright and trademarks when it used code from games maker Zenimax... More »

Zuckerberg Speaks Out Against Trump's Immigration Orders

Helping people who need help is 'who we are'

(Newser) - "We should be proud" that the US is a "nation of immigrants," Mark Zuckerberg writes in a Facebook post criticizing President Trump's executive orders on immigration. Business Insider reports it's the first time Zuckerberg has spoken out about Trump's policies since the latter became... More »

Secret Service Agent in Trouble for Trump Remarks

She implied she wouldn't take a bullet for him

(Newser) - The Secret Service exists in part to protect the president, which is exactly why the agent in charge of the Denver district is now in hot water. In a since-deleted Facebook post from October, highlighted by the Washington Examiner , Kerry O'Grady explained she "would take jail time over... More »

Zuckerberg Answers Question About Presidential Run

He has no plans to run, he says

(Newser) - Rumors have been swirling that Mark Zuckerberg is planning to run for president, but he put a swift end to those when asked about them by BuzzFeed . "No," he wrote in response to the question of whether he had plans to run, before going on to say that... More »

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