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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 »

Zuckerberg Wows Crowd With Q&A in Chinese

He speaks to Beijing audience in their own language

(Newser) - Mark Zuckerberg has somehow found the time to pick up some pretty impressive language skills: The Facebook CEO amazed a crowd at Beijing's Tsinghua University yesterday by conducting a 30-minute Q&A session in Mandarin Chinese, reports MarketWatch . In his first public Q&A in the language, "we... More »

Court: Facebook Wrong Way to Tell Ex He'll Be a Dad

Man in Oklahoma didn't find out until his baby had been adopted

(Newser) - Oklahoma's Supreme Court has ruled that when it comes to informing a man that he is about to become a father, a Facebook post doesn't cut it, legally speaking. In this case, a woman had a three-month fling with a man named Billy McCall in 2011, then realized... More »

You May Be Liable for Kids' Facebook Posts

Court finds Georgia couple can be held liable for defamation of son's classmate

(Newser) - Parents who don't already pay close attention to their kids' Facebook posts may want to start. Georgia's Court of Appeals says parents may be liable for their children's online activity after a couple didn't force their son to delete a defamatory Facebook profile, the Wall Street ... More »

Facebook Can Now Help You Out During Disasters

Japanese earthquake, tsunami inspire Safety Check tool

(Newser) - Facebook is giving users an easy way to inform loved ones they're safe in the midst of a major disaster. How its new Safety Check feature works: If you're in an affected area—this is determined using the city listed in your profile, a location last recorded by... More »

Egg Freezing Is Fine, but Make Work Easier for Parenthood

New Silicon Valley benefit is only part of the picture: pundits

(Newser) - Facebook and Apple will pay for female employees to freeze their eggs , which is being hailed in some corners as a progressive step for women in the workplace. But is it really? wonders Jenni Avins at Quark . "Perhaps equally empowering, if not more so, would be the creation of... More »

Apple, Facebook Perk: Egg-Freezing Coverage

May be first major employers to provide this type of coverage

(Newser) - Silicon Valley already leads in tech innovation—why shouldn't it lead in procreation, too? Facebook has expanded employee coverage to include egg freezing, and Apple will start providing similar coverage in January, company reps tell NBC News . Both companies—thought to be the "first major employers to offer... More »

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