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Report: China Using LinkedIn as Spy Tool

German intelligence finds 'broad attempt to infiltrate parliaments, ministries, and administrations'

(Newser) - German officials may want to offer some of their LinkedIn contacts endorsements for "espionage" and "subterfuge." Per Reuters , the country's BfV intelligence service has revealed that Chinese intelligence operatives are setting up fake social-media accounts and attempting to connect with senior diplomats and politicians not only... More »

Tweet Could Send US Woman to Jail for 20 Years

NJ native Martha O'Donovan, 25, charged with subversion in Zimbabwe

(Newser) - An American woman living in Zimbabwe could face 20 years in prison for subversion over a tweet. According to prosecutors, New Jersey native Martha O'Donovan, 25, tweeted a photo last month of President Robert Mugabe next to a drawing of a catheter and a reference to him being "... More »

Sean Parker to Facebook Users: We Exploited You

'God only knows what it's doing to children's brains,' he says of social media

(Newser) - Prepare to feel manipulated. At an Axios forum, Sean Parker explained how he, Mark Zuckerberg, and other social media pioneers made a fortune by deliberately "exploiting a vulnerability in human psychology." Parker, the first president of Facebook, says the site set out to hook people into spending as... More »

Roger Stone Vows Legal Action After Twitter Suspension

He blames censorship by 'tech left'

(Newser) - Roger Stone has been suspended from Twitter —and he says it's a move that the site will bitterly regret. "They will soon learn they have bitten off more than they can chew," the outspoken President Trump ally tells New York . Stone says he plans to bring... More »

Gangster's Mugshot Goes Viral

Mirella Ponce was booked on gun charges and promptly made the internet go crazy

(Newser) - It looks like America may have its latest "hot felon." Three years after a viral mugshot led to a modeling career for former gangster Jeremy Meeks , Mirella Ponce, a 20-year-old member of the Tiny Rascal Gang in Fresno, Calif., is getting similar exposure on social media, BET reports.... More »

Students Pose With Pumpkins Carved With Swastika, 'KKK'

Viral photo blasted by Pa. school district as 'reprehensible'

(Newser) - An eastern Pennsylvania school district is dealing with a second race-related incident in just over a week, investigating a Facebook photo showing current and former students posing with pumpkins carved with racist symbols. The pumpkins included one with a swastika, and another with the letters KKK. The photo shows four... More »

If This Is Malala, She's Taking a Lot of Heat for This Photo

Commenters are bashing woman resembling Pakistani activist for her Western-style clothing

(Newser) - Malala Yousafzai has fought for women's rights and children's education rights, and now she may have to speak out on her right to wear whatever she wants. The Telegraph reports that the 20-year-old Oxford University student and Nobel Prize laureate, who fell under the international limelight after she... More »

Russia Might've Favored Twitter for Election Meddling

Research suggests Russian-linked accounts are still sowing discord

(Newser) - Facebook is taking most of the flak regarding Russian social media influence during and after the 2016 presidential election, but Twitter might be more deserving. Citing research by the Alliance for Securing Democracy , the New York Times notes "there is evidence that Twitter may have been used even more... More »

After 11 Years, Twitter Makes a Huge Change

The company is testing a 280-character limit

(Newser) - Twitter just changed the game. After 11 years with a 140-character limit as its defining feature, the social media company announced Tuesday it's testing out an extended 280-character limit with some users, the New York Times reports. "This is a small change, but a big move for us,... More »

Immigrants' Social Media Use Will Be Surveilled by Feds

That includes permanent residents and naturalized citizens

(Newser) - The Department of Homeland Security announced a new rule in the Federal Register that will allow it to collect immigrants' social media information and search results, BuzzFeed reports. And the rule doesn't just apply to new or soon-to-be immigrants. The social media accounts of green card holders, permanent residents,... More »

Indian Women Post Night Pics After 'Regressive' Remarks

The #AintNoCinderella hashtag means they'll stay out as late as they like

(Newser) - If you want to help Indian women stay safe, one overture that won't be embraced is giving them a curfew. That's what one politician has discovered after his remarks following what one woman says was her near-kidnapping. Per the BBC , DJ Varnika Kundu was driving home Friday night... More »

Girls' Team Booted From Finals Over Snapchat Post

Softball team was hours away from playing televised game

(Newser) - Note to the victors: it’s best to keep your gloating off social media. So learned a Virginia softball team about to take the national stage in the televised Junior League World Series, reports the Richmond Times-Dispatch . The Atlee Little League softball team of Mechanicsville was disqualified from competing after... More »

Country Bans Winnie the Pooh on Social Media

Censors aren't taking comparisons to president lightly

(Newser) - Users of the Chinese social app Weibo are seeing a cryptic message after typing the seemingly harmless name of children’s book character Winnie the Pooh: "Content is illegal.” According to USA Today , the beloved bear has been blacklisted from posts on Sina Weibo (China’s wildly popular... More »

Warning for Parents: Look Out for 'Blue Whale Challenge'

Online 'game' (or is it a hoax?) supposedly spurs kids to self-harm

(Newser) - Because parents don't have enough to worry about, both in the virtual and real worlds, a warning is now circulating about an online dare that could spur kids to engage in self-harm. Massachusetts' Sun Chronicle reports that school officials there emailed parents last week about the "Blue Whale... More »

Sex Offenders Can Use Social Media: Supreme Court

SCOTUS strikes down North Carolina ban

(Newser) - The Supreme Court struck down a North Carolina law Monday that bars convicted sex offenders from Facebook, Twitter, and other popular sites, the AP reports. The justices ruled unanimously in favor of North Carolina resident Lester Packingham Jr. His Facebook boast about beating a traffic ticket led to his conviction... More »

World First: Death Penalty for Facebook Posts

30-year-old man in Pakistan is convicted of insulting Mohammed online

(Newser) - Pakistan just put a man on death row because of his Facebook posts. In what is believed to be the first death penalty sentence anywhere over social media content, a court convicted the 30-year-old of insulting the prophet Mohammed and his wives, reports Reuters . The details about Taimoor Raza's... More »

Girl Missing 33 Years Tweets via Sheriff's Account

Fla. cops use 'eerily unorthodox campaign' to refocus attention on cold case

(Newser) - Florida authorities have let the imagined voice of an 8-year-old girl who went missing on Memorial Day Weekend in 1984 take over the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Department Twitter account. Through a series of tweets with the hashtag #Justice4Luna, they led a social media campaign that included the tweets... More »

#TheySaid Goes Viral as Women Talk Body Shaming

Many describe the first time they heard a negative comment about their bodies

(Newser) - There's a new hashtag taking off on social media, and it's one that takes on body shaming. It all started on May 25 when Sally Bergesen, CEO of sports apparel brand Oiselle, took to Twitter to describe the time her dad body shamed her when she was 12:... More »

Slow Down on the Tweets After Terror Attacks

Social media gives terrorists the publicity they crave: Emily Dreyfuss for 'Wired'

(Newser) - After the suicide bombing at an Ariana Grande concert on Monday, thousands turned to social media to share information and offer their condolences. In doing so, they played right into the terrorists' hands, Emily Dreyfuss writes at Wired . At least one aim of attacks like the one in Manchester, England,... 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 »

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