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Seconds Into Facebook Live Video, a Deadly Crash

2 Pennsylvania teens died at the scene

(Newser) - For a few seconds, a light illuminated Brooke Hughes' face. "Are you going live?" a voice asked, but Hughes didn't have time to respond. With the sound of squealing tires, the Facebook Live video went dark after midnight on Tuesday, reports the Scranton Times-Tribune . By the time a... More »

Bride Takes on Saleswoman Who Called Her Ring 'Pathetic'

'Y'all I would have gotten married to this man if it had been a 25¢ gum ball machine ring'

(Newser) - Quinn and Ariel McRae don't have a lot of money. They say they "scrape and scrape to pay bills and put food in our bellies." What they do have is love, lots of it, and they decided it was high time after two years of dating to... More »

Doctor Out of Job After Posts About First Lady

Anesthesiologist Michelle Herren says she didn't realize 'monkey face' was offensive

(Newser) - A pediatric anesthesiologist at the University of Colorado's medical school is losing her job there after racist Facebook comments directed toward Michelle Obama were flagged, the Denver Post and Denver 7 report. Dr. Michelle Herren reportedly posted a photo that showed the first lady screaming with the comment, "... More »

Woman's Plot to Frame Ex on Facebook Backfires

Stephani Lawson will now spend a year in jail

(Newser) - "I didn't have any doubt I would have been able to convict this kid,” says an Orange County DA of Tyler Parkervest. Except it turns out the Irvine, Calif., man had been framed by his ex-girlfriend. Parkervest was arrested four times between September and December of last... More »

Mom's Surprising Note to the 'Other Woman' Goes Viral

She thanked ex's girlfriend for caring for her daughter

(Newser) - Audrey Loving has a simple message for parents of blended families: "Just be a grown-up and put the kid first," she tells Today —and she's leading by example. In a Nov. 2 Facebook post , the 24-year-old mom from Virginia describes how thankful she is for the... More »

Stop Unfriending People Over Politics

'We need to engage in more dialogue right now, not less'

(Newser) - "Indiscriminately blocking or hiding the voices of those you don’t agree with does not silence them; it only deafens you," a cognitive neuroscientist at Duke University writes for Slate . Rosa Li argues that in the wake of the election, we need to not "ideologically self-segregate" on... More »

Fake Election Stories Did Better Than Real Ones on Facebook

Made-up news outperformed actual news in final months

(Newser) - No, the pope didn't endorse Donald Trump, and, no, Hillary Clinton didn't sell weapons to ISIS. But those fake stories and others like them spread more widely on Facebook than actual news stories before the election, a new BuzzFeed analysis reveals. Specifically, the top 20 fake election stories... More »

Tech CEO in Hot Water for Threatening Trump

'Bring it secret service' has indeed brought Secret Service to PacketSled's Matt Harrigan

(Newser) - Passions ran high on election night, but perhaps too much so for the CEO of a San Diego cybersecurity startup. Per the Los Angeles Times , Matt Harrigan of PacketSled put up a now-deleted series of heated comments on Facebook (still visible in apparent screen captures on Reddit ) as the... More »

Google, Facebook Crack Down on Fake News

It just got harder to place advertising on phony content on the 2 platforms

(Newser) - Mark Zuckerberg says fake news on Facebook didn't help tip the election in Donald Trump's favor, but that hasn't stopped the site, along with Google, from starting to address the issue. Although they're not directly taking on the fake news sites themselves, the two platforms are... More »

Facebook to Users: Sorry About Glitch That Killed You

'Terrible error' affects 2M, including Zuckerberg

(Newser) - Killing off millions of users is as bad as a mistake as a website can make—but luckily for Facebook, it was reversible. The company apologized for a "terrible error" Friday that caused the profiles of many users—including Mark Zuckerberg—to be switched to the "memorialized" version... More »

Zuckerberg: Fake News on Facebook Didn't Impact Election

Says anyone who claims that has 'profound lack of empathy'

(Newser) - Some think the shady political memes, questionable quotes, and links to eyebrow-raising stories that proliferated on social media throughout the election may have had a significant impact on the actual outcome of the election. Except for someone who happens to know social media pretty well. "Personally I think... More »

Single Mom Faces Jail for Selling Food on Facebook

Mariza Ruelas belongs to a food group on the site

(Newser) - When California single mother of six Mariza Ruelas joined the Facebook group 209 Food Spot a few years ago, she and other members would exchange recipes, meet for potlucks, and sometimes swap or sell their dishes among members. So Ruelas said yes when a member of the group asked to... More »

People 'Checking In' to Pipeline Protest in Droves on Facebook

To confuse law enforcement—but cops insist they're not tracking protesters on social media

(Newser) - Dakota Access Pipeline protesters continue to face down law enforcement in North Dakota—and now they're trying to use social media to confuse the police, the Daily Dot reports. On a Facebook page labeled as an unofficial account for the Standing Rock Indian Reservation, the feed is filled with... More »

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 »

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