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Zuckerberg's Facebook Page Is the Work of a Dozen

Facebook employees are tasked with maintaining his page and image

(Newser) - The Facebook page of CEO Mark Zuckerberg doesn't just happen. It's a polished, carefully crafted, highly controlled work, attended to by more than a dozen Facebook employees who include professional photographers and editors who help write posts and remove harassing comments and spam. Of course, image managers are... More »

Cops: Man Killed Wife, Posted as Her on Facebook

'I can't believe I dropped my phone in the toilet'

(Newser) - A Florida man impersonated his wife on Facebook in a chilling effort to hide the fact that he had just murdered her, police say. According to an Orlando police report seen by People , George McShane, 42, allegedly strangled Kristen McShane on Jan. 7 and then logged into the 30-year-old's... More »

Facebook Expands Fight Against Fake News

Program has been rolled out in Germany

(Newser) - Facebook says it's introducing measures to tackle the spread of fake news in Germany, months before the country holds a national election. The social network said Sunday the investigative media group Correctiv will be its first outside fact-checker in Germany, and it's working to bring aboard other media... More »

A Moving Selfie Turned Into 'Fake News' on Facebook: Suit

Anas Modamani says social network isn't doing enough to stop slander using his image

(Newser) - The concept of "fake news" has infused itself into the regular news cycle, and now a well-known Syrian refugee says he's embroiled in it—and he's suing Facebook as a result, the Guardian reports. Anas Modamani made headlines in September 2015 when he took a selfie with... More »

Zuckerberg's 2017 Challenge Hints at Political Plans

He wants to have visited all 50 states by the end of 2017

(Newser) - Mark Zuckerberg sets a personal challenge for himself every year, and the one for 2017 sounds more suited to a political candidate than a tech CEO: In a Facebook post Tuesday, Zuckerberg said he wants to have visited all 50 states by the end of the year. "After a... More »

These Are the 5 Biggest Fake News Stories of the Year

Centering on politics and crime

(Newser) - BuzzFeed analyzed news and "news" shared on Facebook to come up with the biggest fake news stories of the year—the 100% fake articles (from fake-news websites) that got the most shares, reactions, and comments. (Articles that simply misrepresented the news were not included as fake.) Of... More »

Teacher Resigns Over Racist Posts About Obamas

He allegedly called them 'spider monkey,' 'first chimp'

(Newser) - An Arkansas high school teacher has resigned as parents and students were planning to boycott school events in response to his references to Barack and Michelle Obama as "spider monkey" and "first chimp." The online posts attributed to Trent Bennett of Malvern High School have since been... More »

Avril: Zuckerberg an Online Bully for Nickelback Crack

'#TheJokeIsOld' she posted on Twitter in note to Facebook co-founder

(Newser) - Making us feel guilty this week for every Nickelback crack we've ever made is Avril Lavigne, but she's not going after us—she's going after Mark Zuckerberg, People reports. The Facebook co-founder showed off Jarvis, his new AI home assistant voiced by Morgan Freeman, in a video... More »

Orlando Shooting Families Sue Facebook, Twitter, and Google

Defendants helped ISIS 'spread extremist propaganda, raise funds, attract new recruits': complaint

(Newser) - What responsibility do social media platforms hold for radicalizing individuals who then carry out attacks? According to families of the victims of the June shooting at Orlando's Pulse nightclub , enough to warrant a lawsuit, per Fox News . Named in the federal civil complaint filed Monday by the families of... More »

Facebook Announces First Step in War on Fake News

Fact-checked stories deemed false will be flagged on the site

(Newser) - Facebook on Thursday announced a concrete step toward combating the spread of fake news. NPR reports Facebook will allow users to flag stories they believe to be fake. Those stories will then be forwarded on to one of several fact-checking organizations that have signed on to Poynter's International Fact... More »

Facebook 'Miracle': Lost Photo Found of a Very Special Kiss

Saya Tomioka sought a final memory of boyfriend killed in Oakland fire

(Newser) - Devastated over the death of her boyfriend in the Oakland fire , Saya Tomioka went looking for a reminder of their love: a photo of the couple in happier times, locked in a kiss in Times Square. There was one problem: Tomioka didn't have the picture, and she had no... More »

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 »

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