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Prosecutor Punished for Posts About Maxine Waters

Deputy DA also insulted Michelle Obama, Mexicans

(Newser) - A southern California prosecutor was disciplined Monday after posting to social media crude and profane comments about Rep. Maxine Waters, Michelle Obama, Mexican immigrants, and the victim of a police shooting. Michael Selyem, a veteran deputy district attorney who handles gang prosecutions in San Bernardino County, was placed on administrative... More »

John Oliver Finds Out What Happens When You Rip on China

'Last Week Tonight' host criticized Xi Jiping, now faces scrubbing on country's version of Twitter

(Newser) - "China: the country responsible for huge technological advances, and yet it still can't seem to get pandas to f---" is how John Oliver opened Sunday's edition of Last Week Tonight . That was just the start of an episode filled with barbs aimed at the world's most... More »

In a Sign of the Times, Facebook Drops 'Trending' Box

The social media platform is testing several new products

(Newser) - Facebook has announced that it is dropping the “Trending” news section that sits to the right of the News Feed, reports theverge . Facebook introduced the section in 2014, but it never got on solid footing. It was only available in five countries and generated less than 1.5% of... More »

One Country Is Banning Facebook for a Month

Papua New Guinea takes a stand against the social-media site

(Newser) - Residents of Papua New Guinea may have to forget about using Facebook for a while, the Guardian reports. The country's communication minister, Sam Basil, says his government plans to shutter the social media site for a month to cull out "fake users" and see how Facebook is affecting... More »

Sarah Palin Really Wants You to Drink This 'Skinny Tea'

But did she get paid as an 'influencer' to promote it on Instagram?

(Newser) - Move over, Beyonce and Dwayne Johnson : There's apparently a new Instagram influencer in town. That would be Sarah Palin, per CNN , who only showed up on the social media platform in October, yet already has more than 26,000 followers and has now taken to promoting a "skinny"... More »

He Spotted Missing Girl on Snapchat, Set a Trap

'I prayed so hard that God would help me find this girl'

(Newser) - All her family knew was that 15-year-old Amber Austin had disappeared from her grandmother's house in northwest Georgia. Family friend Dakota Moss had a bit more information, and what he did with it has earned him the title of hero. After seeing Facebook posts from family members asking about... More »

Facebook Exec: Our Actions Worth It, Even If People Die

He defends 'questionable' tactics in 2016 memo

(Newser) - Questionable business tactics—and even deaths—are justified if it helps Facebook achieve its mission of connecting people, a top exec argues in a memo titled "The Ugly" that has resurfaced at a very inconvenient time for the company. In the 2016 memo obtained by BuzzFeed , Andrew "Boz"... More »

Facebook Made Him Rich. Now He Says Delete the Site

Brian Acton is co-founder of WhatsApp, which Facebook bought for $19B

(Newser) - WhatsApp co-founder Brian Acton made a fortune when the messaging app was acquired by Facebook for $19 billion in 2014. Now he says it's time to dump the social media site. "It is time. #deletefacebook ," Acton tweeted Tuesday as the Cambridge Analytica data-mining scandal deepened. Acton remained... More »

Melania Trump Publicly Launches Cyberbullying Initiative

First lady had promised to make online harassment one of her priorities, will hold first public event

(Newser) - Melania Trump is hosting executives from major online and social media companies to discuss cyberbullying and internet safety, more than a year after saying that would be her issue as first lady. The meeting Tuesday marks her first public event on the topic, a choice some observers have questioned given... More »

Teacher Peeked at Raise, Laughed, Then Posted Salary Online

'I mean really, I need a college degree to make this?,' says Arizona's Elisabeth Milich

(Newser) - Discussing politics and religion is just as charged on social media as it was at dinner parties of yore, but now add teachers' salaries into the mix. It all comes courtesy of Elisabeth Milich, a second-grade teacher at Phoenix's Whispering Wind Academy who, per the Arizona Republic , posted a... More »

Viral Pic Earns Eatery Worker Praise—and $16K Scholarship

Texas Waffle House employee rewarded for act of kindness toward elderly customer

(Newser) - Last Saturday, Laura Wolf stopped off at a Waffle House in her neck of the woods in Texas for a meal, and what she witnessed there—and what she did afterward—ended up changing the life of a teen Waffle House employee. Per KHOU , Wolf happened upon the La Marque... More »

'Is It Possible This Is Just a Troll to Get People Off Social Media?'

App goes from new Instagram to #DeleteVero in days

(Newser) - Is Vero the new Instagram or just another Ello ? The social media app launched in 2015 but is suddenly—and semi-mysteriously—blowing up, Time reports. Like Instagram, Vero is centered around sharing photos and videos. But unlike Instagram and its parent company, it presents posts chronologically, not based on... More »

Facebook Will Use Postcards to Stop Russian Meddling

New system will be rolled out for midterms

(Newser) - Facebook will soon rely on centuries-old technology to try to prevent foreign meddling in US elections: the post office. Baffled in 2016 by Russian agents who bought ads to sway the presidential campaign, Katie Harbath, Facebook's global politics and government outreach director, told a meeting of the National Association... More »

Jim Carrey Calls for Facebook Boycott

He deletes account, says investors should dump stock

(Newser) - Mark Zuckerberg isn't going to like Jim Carrey's latest remarks: The actor says he's getting rid of his Facebook shares and deleting his page—and he wants other people to follow suit, CNBC reports. "I'm dumping my @facebook stock and deleting my page because @facebook... More »

Tech Pioneers Begin Push to Fight Addiction

Early employees of Facebook, Google band together in advocacy group

(Newser) - A backlash against the amount of time kids and adults devote to social media has been emerging of late from a surprising place: Silicon Valley. Now the movement is poised to grow substantially. A group called the Center for Humane Technology , made up of early employees of companies such as... More »

Stars Accused of Buying Twitter Followers; Now, Consequences

For one, film critic Richard Roeper's columns have been put on hold with the 'Sun-Times'

(Newser) - Film critic Richard Roeper's Chicago Sun-Times columns have been put on hold, and it's in a kerfuffle over his Twitter account. "We became aware over the weekend of issues," Sun-Times editor-in-chief Chris Fusco says in a statement to the Washington Post , and while they're looking... More »

Experts Urge Facebook to Dump 'Messenger Kids'

Under-13s aren't ready for social media, they say

(Newser) - Child development experts and advocates are urging Facebook to pull the plug on its new messaging app aimed at kids. A group letter sent Tuesday to CEO Mark Zuckerberg argues that younger children—the app is intended for those under 13—aren't ready to have social media accounts, navigate... More »

With One Tweet, a Houston Dad's Bakery Is Saved

18-year-old daughter took to social media to save failing business after Hurricane Harvey tanked sales

(Newser) - A Texas high school senior figured out how to wield social media for good, and she may have saved her family's business in the process. ABC News and KTRK report on how 18-year-old Jackie Garza was fretting about how to get her dad, Trinidad Garza, not to shutter La... More »

Facebook Announces Major Change to News Feeds

Expect to see more from friends, family, Zuckerberg says

(Newser) - What you see when you log on to Facebook will be changing soon—because Mark Zuckerberg wants to make sure "the time we all spend on Facebook is time well spent." The Facebook CEO announced major changes to news feeds in a post Thursday, saying they've received... More »

Newspaper Editor Canned After Twitter Kerfuffle

Denis Finley of 'Free Press' said Vt. driver's license change on gender would bring on 'apocalypse'

(Newser) - Denis Finley has taken to Twitter to call Politico a "whore," sniff about David Letterman's upcoming Netflix show featuring Barack Obama, and call for the destruction of all office buildings, but it was his tweets about a potential change to Vermont's driver's licenses that cost... More »

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