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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 »

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 »

Her Parents Put 500 Photos of Her on Facebook. She's Suing

The Austrian woman says her parents know no shame or limit

(Newser) - It was so funny at the time, posting that photo of your baby's insane diaper blowout. Now, a case out of southern Austria hints at what could happen when those kids grow up. An 18-year-old woman says that her parents since 2009 have posted some 500 photos of her... More »

Your Facebook Posts About Politics Aren't Making a Difference

Per a new poll, 'Wired' writer reports

(Newser) - Your carefully thought-out Facebook post about why all your friends should vote for a particular candidate may have gotten a lot of "likes," but Wired has bad news for you: "Sorry, But Your Astute Election Posts Aren't Changing Anybody's Mind," it declares in a... More »

Online Threats Against Cops Lead to Numerous Arrests

And that's bringing up free-speech concerns

(Newser) - People around the country are being arrested for anti-cop social media posts in the wake of last week's violence, and that's raising questions about the limits of free speech. A Connecticut man was charged with inciting injury when he called for the killing of police in a Facebook... More »

Facebook Live, Where Murder Is Broadcast in Real Time

Antonio Perkins' murder was apparently broadcast live

(Newser) - Lately, logging on to your favorite social media site has gotten a little more gruesome than watching videos of your friends' kids or pets: With Facebook Live allowing people to broadcast live video to followers, Facebook users were recently privy to the apparent live killing of one Chicago man and... More »

You'll Probably Share This Story Without Even Reading It

Study finds 3 out of 5 people share stories on Twitter without ever clicking on them

(Newser) - Three out of five people sharing this story on social media will do so without actually reading it. That's just science. A study published this month looked at more than 59,000 articles from the BBC, Huffington Post, New York Times, Fox News, and CNN shared on Twitter. It... More »

Dozens in Russia Imprisoned for Social Media Activity

Liking or reposting certain messages is considered illegal

(Newser) - Anastasia Bubeyeva shows a screenshot on her computer of a picture of a toothpaste tube with the words: "Squeeze Russia out of yourself!" For sharing this picture on a social media site with his 12 friends, her husband was sentenced this month to more than two years in... More »

Alert Diners Apparently Stop 'Roofie' Date Rape

Santa Monica police arrest Michael Hsu, 24

(Newser) - Three women dining out in Santa Monica, Calif., Thursday night apparently spotted a guy slip his table-mate a "roofie"-style drug—and rushed to prevent the woman from being raped, Jezebel reports. As Sonia Ulrich writes on Facebook , she and her friends Monica Kenyon and Marla Saltzer were enjoying... More »

Her Doctors Couldn't Solve Her Health Mystery. Facebook Did

Tess Bigelow has incredibly rare USP7 mutation

(Newser) - Social media has helped solve the mystery of a young girl's health problems when her doctors couldn't. Bo Bigelow says his 6-year-old daughter, Tess, is non-verbal, has the mental capacity of an 18-month-old, and suffers gastrointestinal issues, periodic seizures, vision problems, and hip dysplasia—yet multiple tests failed... More »

How Instagram Posts Can Doom the Super-Rich

Investigators use social media against them

(Newser) - Need to track down a millionaire's hidden assets? Try hiring an investigator to scour social media accounts in the person's family—because photos of yachts, Facebook "likes," and geo-tags are becoming valuable evidence in up to 75% of such cases, the Guardian reports. "You can... More »

Kenya Rangers Cause Lion's 'Heinous' Death

Mohawk the lion howled in pain after being shot by team that didn't have tranquilizers

(Newser) - An escaped lion, a taunting crowd, and an ill-prepared first-response team came together in Kenya to cause what some are saying was the unnecessary, senseless death of the lion, the country's Star reports. Mohawk, a 13-year-old lion who was one of Nairobi National Park's most well-known creatures due... More »

Study: Frequent Social Media Users More Likely to Be Depressed

On average, young people spend 61 minutes per day on social media

(Newser) - Repeatedly updating Facebook or scrolling through pictures of pugs on Instagram are examples of activities "significantly associated" with an increased risk of depression, suggests a new study published in Depression and Anxiety. Researchers at the University of Pittsburgh surveyed nearly 1,800 people between the ages of 19 and... More »

The Pope Is on Instagram Now

And so far his account is refreshingly free of cats and sunsets

(Newser) - Pope Francis officially joined the Instagram generation on Saturday, and he's already bringing a unique voice to the social media platform—in that his first post wasn't a cat video, photo of food, or selfie. Instead, His Holiness—or @franciscus, as he's now known on Instagram— posted... More »

Teen Bullied as 'Fat Whale' Now Raising Cash for Whales

'I can take someone's hate and use it to spread love': 16-year-old Dee McMillan

(Newser) - When Dannie "Dee" McMillan first started noticing odd looks and snickers in the hallways of her Texas high school, she wasn't sure what was going on, the New York Daily News reports. But the 16-year-old's friends soon started sending her screenshots of a Twitter page that horrified... More »

Carson Talks About 'Fruit Salad,' Twitter Goes Nuts

He was referring to appointing a new Supreme Court justice, naturally

(Newser) - If you happened to log onto Twitter Thursday night and saw "THE FRUIT SALAD OF THEIR LIFE" trending, it would be understandable to think the Food Network or the Cooking Channel was up to something big. But it was Ben Carson who woke the Internet up with this phrase—... More »

Facebook's 'Reactions' Buttons Are Here

Users now have 5 new emotions to choose from other than 'like'

(Newser) - The long-coveted "dislike" button hasn't arrived, but Facebook's newest enhancement may appease those who've been clamoring for more than the ubiquitous thumbs-up icon. There are five new "reactions" buttons joining the like symbol, TechCrunch reports: love, haha, wow, sad, and angry, all accessible when you... More »

Please Stop Sending Porn, Propositions to Tony the Tiger

'Let’s keep things gr-r-reat—& family-friendly'

(Newser) - Warning: Stop reading now if you ever want to enjoy another bowl of Frosted Flakes. Apparently, the Tony the Tiger Twitter account has been besieged by pornography, sexual propositions, and more since the cartoon cereal mascot started blocking furries on social media, the Guardian reports. Let's back up. In... More »

150 Friends on Facebook? You're Close to Only 4

No, social media isn't helping you grow the number of your friends

(Newser) - Social media may make managing friendships logistically easier, but perhaps unsurprisingly, Facebook and the like aren't actually helping you grow your circle of true friends. So reports evolutionary psychologist Robin Dunbar this month in the journal Royal Society Open Science, after analyzing research conducted in April and May of... More »

Nielsen Will Use Social Media for New TV Ratings

'Long overdue'

(Newser) - It's too late to save Community, but Nielsen is finally entering the 21st century. The ratings company announced this week it will start taking streaming and social media into account when looking at a TV show's viewership, the New York Times reports. The new system is called "... More »

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