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    MIAMI (CBSMiami/AP) – The Orange County Sheriff’s Office suspended one of their own after a civil rights group asked for an investigation into his Facebook posts about Muslims. Deputy Michael Johnson for 150 hours without pay after an internal investigation found he showed “unbecoming conduct” and “bias and disrespect” toward Muslims, according to a report obtained by the Orlando Sentinel in a public records request. READ MORE: Jackson Health Expands COVID-19 Vaccinations As Overtown Welcomes New Vaccine Location In a February 2020 post on his personal Facebook page, Johnson wrote that “Muslims are taking over America,” calling them the “most intolerant people when it comes to other religions,” the report said. “WAKE Up America, … the Democrats only care about a vote, but with this radicalized people take (sic) over the United States you will know why because we stood there and did nothing to stop this!!! Donald J Trump...
    A WOMAN has revealed how she exposed her husband's double life after she found pictures of his second wedding and secret wife plastered all over Facebook. Yve Gibney, 60, from Birmingham, met her ex-husband Maurice in a nightclub in Lagos, Nigeria and the pair married after a whirlwind three-month romance in the late 1990s. 4Yve Gibney has now written a book about her husband's infidelityCredit: BPM Media But the pair's 17-year marriage was unconventional from the start. Speaking to Birmingham Live, Yve explained how her husband would be away for months on end in the Middle East where he worked in the oil industry. Although the couple originally lived out there together, Yve moved to the Wirral where she raised their now 22-year-old son. She explained: "With hindsight, for us to have lived apart we had to have a tremendous amount of trust. It wasn’t the traditional marriage, but...
    A federal judge on Friday gave final approval to a $650 million Facebook class action privacy settlement and ordered the 1.6 million members of the class in Illinois who submitted claims to be paid “as expeditiously as possible.” Chicago attorney Jay Edelson sued Facebook in Cook County Circuit Court back in 2015, alleging that the platform’s use of facial recognition tagging was not allowed under the Illinois Biometric Information Privacy Act. The lawsuit claimed that Facebook’s Tag Suggestions tool, which scanned faces in users’ photos and offered suggestions about who the person might be, stored biometric data without users’ consent in violation of the Illinois law. The case became a class action lawsuit in 2018. In 2019, Facebook made facial recognition on the platform opt-in only. The three named plaintiffs in the suit will each receive $5,000 and others in the class will get at least $345 each,...
    Despite being an annoying hipster, I definitely did not see this one coming: Facebook is releasing an app that will let users post and share videos of them rapping over beats, which are provided by the app (via TechCrunch). The app is called Bars, and its main selling point is it provides the beats and lets you create 60-second rap videos over them. According to TechCrunch, you can then post the video to a TikTok-style feed, where people can watch it and mark it as “fire” (that is, of course, if your skills are up to par). The app also promises “studio quality vocal effects,” including actual, honest-to-goodness AutoTune. I hope there’s a slider that goes from “making my voice passable” to “T-Pain.” The app also promises an auto-rhyme dictionary for those who mark themselves as “beginners” in the app’s sign-up. For those closer to the “Advanced” level, it...
    By TALI ARBEL, AP Technology Writer Facebook, following in Google's footsteps, says it plans to invest $1 billion to "support the news industry” over the next three years. The social networking giant, which has been tussling with Australia over a law that would make social platforms pay news organizations, said it has invested $600 million since 2018 in news. Google said in October that it would pay publishers $1 billion over the next three years. News companies want Google and Facebook to pay for the news that appears on their platforms. Governments in Europe and Australia are increasingly sympathetic to this point of view. The two tech companies suck up the majority of U.S. digital advertising dollars, which — among other problems — has hurt publishers. Facebook said on Tuesday it would lift a ban on news links in Australian after the government agreed to tweak proposed legislation that would...
    Facebook, following in Google’s footsteps, says it plans to invest $1 billion to “support the news industry” over the next three years. The social networking giant, which has been tussling with Australia over a law that would make social platforms pay news organizations, said it has invested $600 million since 2018 in news. Google said in October that it would pay publishers $1 billion over the next three years. News companies want Google and Facebook to pay for the news that appears on their platforms. Governments in Europe and Australia are increasingly sympathetic to this point of view. The two tech companies suck up the majority of U.S. digital advertising dollars, which — among other problems — has hurt publishers. Facebook said on Tuesday it would lift a ban on news links in Australian after the government agreed to tweak proposed legislation that would help publishers negotiate payments...
    By DON BABWIN, Associated Press CHICAGO (AP) — A woman whose brother was fatally shot during last summer's unrest in suburban Chicago filed a federal lawsuit Tuesday alleging that two paramedics allowed a photo to be taken of the dying man, and that a retired fire department lieutenant posted it on Facebook along with a disparaging caption. In the lawsuit, Adriana Cazares contends that her brother, Victor Cazares Jr., was shot by an unknown gunman on June 1 after going to a grocery store in the town of Cicero. She said he went there to “discourage any criminal conduct” amid widespread unrest following the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis police custody. The lawsuit contends that two paramedics, Justin Zheng and Gene Lazcano either took the photograph or allowed someone else to take it within minutes of their arrival at the scene of the shooting. It allegedly showed the 27-year-old...
    CHICAGO (AP) — A woman whose brother was fatally shot during last summer’s unrest in suburban Chicago filed a federal lawsuit Tuesday alleging that two paramedics allowed a photo to be taken of the dying man, and that a retired fire department lieutenant posted it on Facebook along with a disparaging caption. In the lawsuit, Adriana Cazares contends that her brother, Victor Cazares Jr., was shot by an unknown gunman on June 1 after going to a grocery store in the town of Cicero. She said he went there to “discourage any criminal conduct” amid widespread unrest following the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis police custody. The lawsuit contends that two paramedics, Justin Zheng and Gene Lazcano either took the photograph or allowed someone else to take it within minutes of their arrival at the scene of the shooting. It allegedly showed the 27-year-old Cazares on a stretcher, his...
    Media Research Center president Brent Bozell and other conservative leaders on Tuesday announced plans to send a letter to the Attorneys General of all 50 states calling for an investigation into whether Big Tech companies are in violation of the Consumer Protection Statute in their respective states.   "The CEOs of Google, Facebook and Twitter have repeatedly alleged their platforms are neutral forums for political speech and that they support an equal exchange of ideas. The actions by these tech companies, however, prove those claims are patently false. Conservative speech is under attack. Countless conservatives, former President Trump included, have been censored or outright banned on these platforms for simply expressing their beliefs," Bozell said in a statement. Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg and CEO Sundar Pichai. (Getty Images) BRENT BOZELL: BIG TECH AND THE SCARY TRUTH -- IF WE DON'T HAVE ONLINE FREEDOM, THEN WE...
    CANBERRA (Reuters) - Facebook said on Tuesday it would restore Australian news pages after negotiating changes with the government to a proposed law that forces tech giants to pay for media content displayed on their platforms. The standoff between the Canberra government and the tech giant has been closely watched by other countries, which are considering whether to follow Australia's lead in challenging big technology firms' dominance in the news content market. AMENDMENTS The deal came as Australia agreed a series of changes to the original legislation. Australia's treasurer will now consider whether a digital platform has made a "significant contribution to the sustainability of the Australian news industry through reaching commercial agreements with news media businesses" when deciding whether to apply the proposed law to Facebook or Google. A two-month mediation period has been inserted into the code. This, Australia said, would allow more time to broker agreements before...
    Facebook will end its news blockade of Australia 'in the coming days' after ministers folded and agreed to water down new laws requiring the site to pay for content Australian Treasurer Josh Frydenberg announced the news today after days of one-to-one negotiations with Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg, hailing it as a victory and saying the social media giant has agreed to do deals with publishers.  But, in return, Mr Frydenberg announced significant changes to legislation due to be passed this week which will make it much easier for Facebook to strike deals on its terms - and may mean the new laws cease to apply altogether. The move will have global ramifications since the UK, EU and US are all considering bringing in similar rules, and will now find it much harder to go beyond the precedent set in Australia. Mr Frydenberg admitted as much on Tuesday, when he said his...
    The Daily Beast Russia’s TikTok Generation Is Putin’s Achilles’ Heel Ludovic Marin/AFP via GettyOn Feb. 3, an influx of young Russians flooded my Instagram inbox and followers list. Yulia Navalnaya, the wife of imprisoned Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny, had just reposted my recent Instagram story: a photo of Navalny in court, holding up his hands to form the shape of a heart, which had made the cover of The Wall Street Journal.My family emigrated from Russia to the U.S. in the 1990s, when I was 13 years old, but I couldn’t recall meeting Russian teenagers and young people quite like them before: an entire generation who grew up under Putin’s reign. Across their social media pages on Instagram and TikTok, they come across as purposeful, bold and creative. They made political videos on TikTok and Instagram. Some of them identified as feminists, vegan activists, dancers, musicians, and aspiring lawyers....
    Facebook hasn’t completely unfriended Australia. According to Reuters, the social network is currently in negotiations with Australian authorities, a few days after it blocked users in the country from sharing news links. Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison has announced in a news conference that the company has “tentatively friended [the country] again” and that it’s “back at the table…” They’re expected to hold further talks over the weekend, according to Australian Treasurer Josh Frydenberg who said he talked to company chief Mark Zuckerberg The social network prevented Australian publishers and residents from posting or sharing news content a few days ago in response to a proposed law in the country that would require it to pay media outlets for their content. In doing so, however, it also accidentally blocked the Pages of various government agencies and non-profit organizations from posting. The proposed law has been a point of contention...
    Australian officials are reportedly in talks with Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg after the social media platform made the decision to ban all news content in Australia in response to new legislation that would force tech giants to pay news publishers. Forbes reports that Australian Federal Treasurer Josh Frydenberg has revealed that the country is in talks with Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg after Facebook chose to ban all news content in Australia in response to new legislation that would force the firm to pay news publishers. Breitbart News recently reported that the Facebook pages of several Australian agencies like the Bureau of Meteorology, Department of Fire and Emergency Services Western Australia, and the health department pages of multiple Australian states including South Australia, NSW, and Queensland have been taken down by Facebook. The move comes shortly after Facebook implemented a ban on all news content in Australia in response to recently proposed legislation that would...
    London (CNN Business)Facebook's decision to block people from sharing news in Australia has been rebuked by lawmakers around the world, raising the specter of a much wider showdown between the world's biggest social media platform and the governments and news organizations fighting to check its power.Elected officials and media publishers in the United Kingdom, Canada, Germany and the United States slammed Facebook's actions on Thursday, suggesting they were anti-competitive and underscored the need for a regulatory crackdown."It is one of the most idiotic but also deeply disturbing corporate moves of our lifetimes," Julian Knight, the lawmaker who chairs the Digital, Culture, Media and Sport Committee in Britain's parliament, told broadcaster Sky News. How Facebook managed to unfriend Australia while Google came out on topIn a statement shared with CNN Business, Knight said that UK lawmakers will use pending legislation aimed at regulating social media companies to ensure platforms such as...
    By David Ljunggren | Reuters OTTAWA – Canada vowed on Thursday to make Facebook Inc pay for news content, seeking allies in the media battle with tech giants and pledging not to back down if the social media platform shuts off the country’s news as it did in Australia. Facebook blocked all Australian news content on its service over proposed legislation requiring it and Alphabet Inc’s Google to pay fees to Australian publishers for news links. Canadian Heritage Minister Steven Guilbeault, in charge of crafting similar legislation to be unveiled in coming months, condemned Facebook’s action and said it would not deter Ottawa. “Canada is at the forefront of this battle … we are really among the first group of countries around the world that are doing this,” he told reporters. Last year, Canadian media organizations warned of a potential market failure without government action. They said the Australian approach...
    The CEOs of Facebook, Twitter, and Google will appear before Congress on March 25 over concerns of their platforms being used to spread false information online. The hearing, announced on Thursday by the House Energy and Commerce Committee, will be focused on the spread of misinformation on social media. "For far too long, big tech has failed to acknowledge the role they’ve played in fomenting and elevating blatantly false information to its online audiences. Industry self-regulation has failed," three of the committee's leaders said in a statement. "We must begin the work of changing incentives driving social media companies to allow and even promote misinformation and disinformation." TRUMP COURTS BILLIONAIRE BACKERS AS HE PLANS CONSERVATIVE-FRIENDLY SOCIAL MEDIA PLATFORM They added, "Whether it be falsehoods about the COVID-19 vaccine or debunked claims of election fraud, these online platforms have allowed misinformation to spread, intensifying national crises with real-life, grim consequences...
    SYDNEY (Reuters) - Australian Treasurer Josh Frydenberg said he would continue his talks with Facebook Inc Chief Executive Mark Zuckerberg on Friday after the social media platform blocked its news feeds in the country over disputes over a new media payment code. "We spoke yesterday morning but then we were subsequently in contact and we agreed to talk later this morning, we'll see where those discussions go and we can find a pathway going forward," Frydenberg told the Australian Broadcasting Corp. Facebook took down pages of domestic and international news outlets on Thursday but also blocked several Australian state governments and emergency departments saying the draft media payment law did not clearly define news drawing widespread criticism. Pages of some emergency departments were later restored but Facebook's action was rebuked by Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison who called it "as arrogant as they were disappointing." Australia plans to put to...
    NICK Clegg has been called to resign over Facebook's ban on Australian news after MPs blast the site's "staggering lack of respect". The former Deputy Prime Minister, who in 2018 became the tech giant's head of global affairs and communications, has been slammed by British MPs. 17MPs have slammed Nick Clegg after Facebook banned Australian newsCredit: AFP or licensors 17Social media giant Facebook was founded in 2004 by Mark ZuckerbergCredit: The Mega Agency Hashtags #DeleteFacebook and #BoycottZuckerberg have been trending Outraged users have begun to boycott the site, with hashtags like #DeleteFacebook and #BoycottZuckerberg becoming popular. Flocks of users have also posted farewell messages on their pages before deleting their accounts. Julian Knight, Conservative chairman of the digital, culture, sport and media select committee, said Facebook's actions would raise questions over whether the UK government should toughen its upcoming online harms legislation. He told The Times: "These bully-boy tactics are...
    More On: facebook Rush Limbaugh took jab at Biden in final Facebook post before his death Australia moves ahead with law to make tech giants pay for news despite Facebook blackout Facebook’s Australian news ban wreaks havoc on government pages Facebook blocks news-sharing in Australia The former chief executive of Facebook’s Australian business urged users to delete the social network’s app in response to Mark Zuckerberg’s “sad” decision to block news from the platform in the country. Stephen Scheeler, the ex-boss of Facebook Australia and New Zealand, said in an interview that Facebook’s controversial move “looks and feels ugly” and blasted CEO Zuckerberg’s motivations. “It shouldn’t have happened. But unfortunately it did,” Scheeler told The Australian. “But there’s no good answers. If you’re Rio Tinto and you blow up an Aboriginal sacred site, there are consequences, people lose their jobs. But at Facebook nobody ever loses their jobs,” he...
    Facebook has blocked Australians from accessing and sharing news in protest at a new law which would have forced the site to pay for the content it hosts. Furious Prime Minister Scott Morrison said the move shows tech companies 'think they are bigger than governments and that the rules should not apply to them' while others branded it 'an assault on a sovereign nation' and an 'abuse of power'. The political backlash was not limited to Australia, with US Democrat and antitrust committee chairman David Cicilline saying it shows 'Facebook is not compatible with democracy'.   Australians searching Facebook for news today were instead shown a notification saying 'no posts' were available while attempting to share news links brought up a message saying 'this post can't be shared'. But the shock move also stopped some government messages being shared, including from emergency services, while charities and foodbanks also reported being caught...
    Facebook blocks journalistic content in Australia over criticism of proposed law
    Texas power outages: Millions have no electricy as cold snap throttles energy supply OnPolitics: Biden gets a crash course (Bloomberg) -- Facebook Inc. has started restricting publishers and people in Australia from sharing news on its platform, escalating a fight over a proposed law that would require the company to pay media companies. © Bloomberg The Facebook Inc. application is displayed for a photograph on an Apple Inc. iPhone in Washington, D.C., U.S., on Wednesday, March 21, 2018. Facebook is struggling to respond to growing demands from Washington to explain how the personal data of millions of its users could be exploited by a consulting firm that helped Donald Trump win the presidency. Facebook and Alphabet Inc.’s Google have pushed back on an Australian proposal to force them to pay publishers for the value their articles generate on their digital platforms. News outlets have demanded such payments, arguing they...
    Calculating Your Stimulus Check: How Much (if Any) Will You Get? Sebastian Vettel Is Selling a Bunch of His Supercars What’s a 4-year-old supposed to be like? In pandemic times, when I—the first-time parent of such a beast—have less of a chance to observe other 4-year-olds for comparison than I otherwise might, the books of 20th-century psychologist Louise Bates Ames have proved their value again and again. “For the most part,” she wrote back in 1989 in Your Four-Year-Old: Wild and Wonderful, “we have found the boy and girl of this age to be joyous, exuberant, energetic, ridiculous, untrammeled—ready for anything.” “Untrammeled,” I repeat to myself, regarding my own child as she runs naked into the snow wearing only her rain boots to hug me as I return at the end of the day. “Ridiculous,” I remember, trying to weather her endless imperious demands. This is the value of Ames’...
    ROME (Reuters) - Italy's competition watchdog said on Wednesday it had fined Facebook 7 million euros ($8.5 million) for not complying with a request by the regulator to correct improper commercial practices in the group's treatment of user data. Facebook was not immediately available for comment. In November 2018, the antitrust body ruled that Facebook had not informed users properly about its collection and use of data. It fined the U.S. company 5 million euros ($5.5 million) and asked it to publish an amended statement on the homepage of its website for Italy, on the Facebook app and on the personal page of each registered Italian user. "The current investigation has proved that ...(the company has) not published the amended statement and has not stopped the established unfair practice," the regulator said in its statement. Given the economic value of the data for Facebook, it said users should be put...
    FACEBOOK is developing a smartwatch that could launch as early as next year, according to reports. The rumoured gadget will go head to head with smartwatches from Apple and Fitbit, offering an array of fitness, messaging, and notification features. 2Facebook is reportedly working on a rival to the Apple Watch According to The Information, users will also be able to use the gizmo to send messages on Facebook services like WhatsApp and Messenger. Insiders told the publication that the first watch could launch in 2022, with a second version planned for the following year. Like the Apple Watch, the device will emphasise health and fitness features, aided by an ability to connect to services and hardware from fitness firms. One device you could potentially hook the watch up to is a Peloton exercise bike, the report claims. 2The first Facebook watch could launch in 2022, with a second version planned for...
    Several civil rights groups across the United States are set to boycott YouTube if the social media platform does not remove former President TrumpDonald TrumpNRCC finance chair: Republicans who voted for Trump impeachment will not be penalized Blinken, UN head share first call after US rejoins Climate Accords, WHO GOP senators met with Trump's impeachment team to talk strategy MORE's channel, according to Reuters. Jim Steyer, an organizer of the group "Stop the Hate for Profit," confirmed to the news outlet that groups are demanding YouTube suspend Trump's verified YouTube channel, which has nearly 2.76 million subscribers and posted eight new videos as early as Tuesday. Steyer's organization worked on a July campaign in which more than 1,000 advertisers boycotted Facebook. He told Reuters that his group has been in contact with YouTube. "If YouTube does not agree with us and join the other platforms in banning Trump, we’re going...
    A WOMAN gave her home a $20 facelift as she painted over what she called "ugly" wood panels on the wall. She created a chevron pattern with wood stain and paint in her home overhaul. 3A DIY-er showed a transformation as she said she painted 'ugly' wood panelsCredit: Facebook Pictures show the before-and-after transformation shared by the DIY-er on Facebook. Before, the wood panels were plain, and all one color. They covered the walls in a downward diagonal pattern. After pictures show the transformation, as the panels were painted and stained. Some of the panels were stained a darker brown, while others were painted cream, blue, or black. The DIY'er said she transformed the "ugly tongue and groove" into the chevron pattern. Pictures show the area was brightened with a pop of color, as the pattern was painted behind the washer and dryer in her home. She painted a similar...
    Robert Kennedy Jr., a prominent vaccine skeptic, has been banned from Instagram after posting false coronavirus vaccine claims. "We removed this account for repeatedly sharing debunked claims about the coronavirus or vaccines," a spokesperson for Facebook, which owns Instagram, said in a statement to CBS News Thursday.  While he was removed from Instagram, his Facebook page – where he has more than 300,000 followers – is littered with posts critical of COVID-19 vaccines. His Twitter account, with over 200,000 followers, has similar posts. As of Thursday, both accounts remain up.  Kennedy's ban comes days after Facebook announced that it was taking more aggressive steps to combat conspiracy theories and misinformation about vaccines. The social media giant shared an expanded list of false and dangerous claims about vaccines that will not be allowed on the platform. The expanded list of false information that will be removed now includes claims that COVID-19 is man-made,...
    (Reuters) - Photosharing platform Instagram, owned by Facebook Inc, has removed the account of vaccine skeptic Robert F. Kennedy Jr. for posting misleading information about COVID-19, the Wall Street Journal reported on Thursday. Kennedy, the nephew of late President John F. Kennedy, and his representatives could not immediately be reached for a comment. Facebook and Instagram did not respond to a request for comment. The company permanently removed the account "for repeatedly sharing debunked claims about the coronavirus or vaccines," the Journal said citing an Instagram spokeswoman. https://on.wsj.com/2OvqzQN Kennedy, a lawyer and environmentalist, is the son of the late former U.S. Senator, U.S. Attorney General and presidential candidate Robert F. Kennedy. (Reporting by Rama Venkat in Bengaluru, Editing by Timothy Heritage) Copyright 2021 Thomson Reuters. Tags: vaccines, United States, coronavirus
    Instagram on Wednesday said it yanked Robert F. Kennedy Jr.’s account for making bogus claims about the COVID-19 vaccine. “We removed this account for repeatedly sharing debunked claims about the coronavirus or vaccines,” a spokesperson said. The prominent anti-vaxxer had 800,000 followers on the platform when his account was banned. Recently, he’d falsely linked the death of legendary baseball player Hank Aaron to the COVID-19 shot, while claiming that there had been “a wave of suspicious deaths among elderly” people who got the vaccine. Kennedy’s Facebook page was still up as of Wednesday. A spokesperson for Facebook, which owns Instagram, said the company doesn’t automatically disable accounts across all of its apps, as users may post different things on different platforms.
    More On: COVID vaccine Fauci says 20K pregnant women got COVID-19 vaccine with ‘no red flags’ Cuomo is shamefully fumbling nursing-home vaccinations Warped Speed: Nursing home worry of Biden logjam as Trump vax program ends Two more mass COVID-19 vaccination sites to open in Brooklyn, Queens Instagram on Wednesday said it yanked Robert F. Kennedy Jr.’s account for making bogus claims about the COVID-19 vaccine. “We removed this account for repeatedly sharing debunked claims about the coronavirus or vaccines,” a spokesperson said. The prominent anti-vaxxer had 800,000 followers on the platform when his account was banned. Recently, he’d falsely linked the death of legendary baseball player Hank Aaron to the COVID-19 shot, while claiming that there had been “a wave of suspicious deaths among elderly” people who got the vaccine. Kennedy’s Facebook page was still up as of Wednesday. A spokesperson for Facebook, which owns Instagram, said the company...
    The parent company of a West Virginia newspaper chain has filed an antitrust lawsuit against Facebook and Google parent company Alphabet, alleging the platforms are siphoning away much-needed digital ad revenue. It appears to be the first such lawsuit by a news organization against the digital giants and makes the argument that the platforms represent a digital monopoly that should be broken up, like Standard Oil or AT&T were back in the day. “Google and Facebook have monopolized the digital advertising market thereby strangling a primary source of revenue for newspapers across the country,” according to the complaint filed by HD Media, which operates the Pulitzer Prize-winning Charleston Gazette-Mail and several other West Virginia newspapers. The company bought the Gazette-Mail out of bankruptcy in 2018. Doug Reynolds, president of HD Media, told The News Brig in a telephone interview that the company decided it was time to challenge the status...
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     A SAVVY mum has revealed how she managed to transform the “awkward” box over her stairs into a cosy reading nook. Taking to the Facebook group Mrs Hinch Made Me Do It, Emma Nelson from York, shared a snap of the DIY masterpiece. 2Emma Nelson transformed her "awkward" box over the stairs into a sweet reading nook for her daughterCredit: Facebook Captioning the post, Emma wrote: “I have seen a fair few posts regarding the awkward box over the stairs.  “I thought I would share how we made it useful.” In the snap, Emma’s little girl can be seen curled up enjoying a good book on the box which her mum has painted pink before adding a fluffy rug and cushions for comfort. The mum has also added two shelves to keep the reading material in and decorated the space with pink unicorn accessories. 2The mum shared her idea on...
    FALL RIVER, Mass. (AP) — A former Massachusetts special education teacher fired last summer for allegedly posting political and racist comments on social media is suing the city and her teachers’ union in federal court. Former Kuss Middle School teacher Taryn Camara filed the lawsuit on Jan. 22 amid accusations that Fall River Superintendent Matthew Malone harassed and abused subordinate school staff, the Herald News reported. Camara alleges the union breached its duty of fair representation and Fall River violated a collective bargaining agreement. Camara’s attorney, Mark Gagliardi, argues that his client had a 22-year “unblemished career” and that the union gave no reason why it refused to represent Camara after she was fired. Gagliardi said that Camara would like to reinstated. Corporation Counsel Alan Rumsey, whose office will represent the school and city, declined to comment. “There is one supreme race and gender and that is the white man...
    BILLY JOE SAUNDERS has been forced to defend himself after being accused of taunting Barry McGuigan over his deceased daughter. The controversial boxer had been vocal in his criticism of the Irish promoter following McGuigan's appearance on BBC's Panorama. 3Billy Joe Saunders has been forced to defend his commentsCredit: PA:Press Association McGuigan, 59, was outspokenly critical of his thoughts on Daniel Kinahan who is the co-founder of rival management company MTK. The documentary highlighted McGuigan's links between gang-related crime, drugs, and his influence in boxing. Joe Saunders, 31, and WBC champ Tyson Fury are just two big names signed up with MTK. After the programme aired, Joe Saunders took to social media to aim numerous jibes at McGuigan. One included posting a picture of a rat alongside the caption: "Anyone know where I can get a cage for Barry? Just look at him, he is a bit...
    CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — A Republican lawmaker in West Virginia who resigned after posting an anti-gay slur is set to elude political consequences now that he has won back his seat in the Statehouse. John Mandt stepped down as a House delegate in the heat of his reelection campaign last October after screenshots emerged of him using the slur in a Facebook Messenger group. It had been the latest in a series of discriminatory remarks the state delegate had made about gay people and Muslims. Then the conservative small business owner reversed his decision to bow out of the race, going on to win re-election to represent Cabell County. The November election produced a supermajority for Republicans in the legislature after several upset victories over Democrats. Lawmakers open a 60-day session on Feb. 10. The Republican House speaker, Roger Hanshaw, has changed his stance on Mandt. In October, he had...
    Be careful who you bah-humbug. A Long Island woman who received an anonymous note bashing her for failing to take down her Christmas lights revealed the tear-jerking reason why she left them up — prompting a flood of support from neighbors, nearby residents said. Sara Pascucci, a mom from Bethpage, opened a letter with no return address earlier this week that proclaimed, “Take your Christmas Lights down! It’s Valentines Day!!!” But Pascucci, 31 — who lost relatives to COVID-19 over the holiday season —  quickly took to Facebook to explain why she was a little behind schedule. “Our entire family was sick with covid starting December 24. Within this timeframe we lost 2 family members, one being my father. He was an amazing man, a man who put a smile on everyone’s face. He loved decorating our house every year for the holidays,” she wrote on the Facebook page,...
    By CUNEYT DIL, Associated Press CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — A Republican lawmaker in West Virginia who resigned after posting an anti-gay slur is set to elude political consequences now that he has won back his seat in the Statehouse. John Mandt stepped down as a House delegate in the heat of his reelection campaign last October after screenshots emerged of him using the slur in a Facebook Messenger group. It had been the latest in a series of discriminatory remarks the state delegate had made about gay people and Muslims. Then the conservative small business owner reversed his decision to bow out of the race, going on to win re-election to represent Cabell County. The November election produced a supermajority for Republicans in the legislature after several upset victories over Democrats. Lawmakers open a 60-day session on Feb. 10. The Republican House speaker, Roger Hanshaw, has changed his stance on...
    CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — A Republican lawmaker in West Virginia who resigned after posting an anti-gay slur is set to elude political consequences now that he has won back his seat in the Statehouse. John Mandt stepped down as a House delegate in the heat of his reelection campaign last October after screenshots emerged of him using the slur in a Facebook Messenger group. It had been the latest in a series of discriminatory remarks the state delegate had made about gay people and Muslims. Then the conservative small business owner reversed his decision to bow out of the race, going on to win re-election to represent Cabell County. The November election produced a supermajority for Republicans in the legislature after several upset victories over Democrats. Lawmakers open a 60-day session on Feb. 10. The Republican House speaker, Roger Hanshaw, has changed his stance on Mandt. In October, he...
    A SINGLE mum was left in hysterics over a note her 10-year-old daughter wrote to her saying she doesn’t “need men”. Deborah Goldman, from Southend-on-Sea, shared a photo of little Jessie’s adorable letter to Facebook and said her “work as a mum is done.” 5Single mum Deborah Goldman showed a note that daughter Jessie, 10, wrote for her telling her she doesn't need a manCredit: FAMILY LOCKDOWN TIPS & IDEAS/Facebook Taking to the Facebook group Family Lockdown Tips & Ideas, the proud mum said: “A letter that my ten-year-old daughter wrote to me.  “This is something they don’t teach you at school! My work as a mum is done.” The note read: “You are the most incredible mummy ever”, and then listed reasons why she loved her.  These included “you are powerful”, “you’re funny” and “you are caring”.  5Deborah shared a photo of little Jessie’s adorable letter to Facebook and...
    WHILE most of us are still getting over Christmas 2020, one very organised mum says she's all set and ready to go for 2021 - having already bought and wrapped her kids' presents. The Australian woman is 11 months early with her festive preparations, but was able to save a fortune by getting it over with. 5The organised mum picked up presents for Christmas this year during the 2020 sales Credit: Facebook The mum started shopping last year straight after Christmas for her kids, aged nine and seven, taking advantage of the sales to stock up on this year's gifts. She shared a snap of her very organised haul online, which included stockings, advent calendars, Santa accessories, books, and DVDs. There was also festive dinner sets, plush toys, colouring in books, coloured markers and a milkshake mason jar - all packed up and ready to go for...
    KENOSHA, Wis. (AP) — A federal lawsuit seeking that Facebook block militias and hate groups from using the site after they used the platform to draw armed people to anti-police brutality protests in Wisconsin is over. The attorney for the four plaintiffs, Jason Flores-Williams, filed a notice of dismissal in the case on Tuesday, the Kenosha News reported Friday. The notice gave no explanation for withdrawing the action, and Flores-Williams declined the newspaper’s request for comment. The plaintiffs filed the lawsuit in September against Facebook, the Kenosha Guard militia, its leader, Kevin Mathewson, the far-right group Boogaloo Bois and Kyle Rittenhouse, a white 18-year-old from Illinois accused of killing two people and wounding a third during unrest in August in Kenosha. Rittenhouse has argued he acted in self-defense. According to the lawsuit, the Kenosha Guard put out a call on its Facebook page for armed people to guard property...
    A four-year-old boy surprised his mother by bringing back a baby deer with him during a holiday.  Stephanie Brown was shocked to find to her son Dominic, four, and a baby deer he had befriended in the nearby woods on the porch during a family holiday to Massanutten resort in Virginia.  The mother managed to take a snap of the unique moment, and shared it on Facebook, where it quickly went viral, ABC 8 News - WRIC reported.  People were impressed by how at ease the fawn looked in the presence of the four-year-old.  Stephanie Brown, from Ragged Beach, Virginia, revealed her four-year-old son Dominic brought a baby deer back with him during a family holiday to the Massanutten Resort (pictured) Stephanie explained that the family had been packing to leave the Massanutten resort and head back home to Ragged Point Beach in Virginia when Dominic showed up with his new...
    Apple CEO Tim Cook claimed on Thursday that Facebook's personalized ads cause real world violence in the latest round of the raging war over profits and privacy in Silicon Valley.  Apple is preparing to roll out iOs 14 that will make it more difficult for Facebook and everyone else to run targeted, personalized ads on people's phones and iPads. They say it's to protect consumers who never know just how much of their information is being exploited.  Facebook is fighting it, claiming Apple is only pretending to operate in the interests of consumers when in fact the move would significantly boost their profits because it would drive people further away from non-Apple apps and products.  It is arguing that while it will hurt its business, it could destroy that of smaller online retailers who rely on personalized ads for profit.  Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg called the move 'self-serving'. He says...
    FACEBOOK will no longer recommend "political or civil" groups to users. Billionaire chief Mark Zuckerberg vowed to halt these recommendations globally – after trialling it in the US during the presidential election. 2Facebook has vowed to put an end to recommendations of political and civic groupsCredit: Unsplash The company has repeatedly come under fire for its rogue recommendations over the years. And Facebook has struggled when it comes to policing political content. Now Facebook will simply blacklist all political groups from its recommendation algorithm. "People don't want politics and fighting to take over," Zuckerberg told investors during a call. Importantly, Facebook isn't banning political groups outright. Zuckerberg thinks there's still a place for these groups – even if the content might be objectionable. 2Mark Zuckerberg wants to reduce anger and divisiveness on the platformCredit: Wikimedia Commons: Anthony Quintano "There are a lot of groups that we may not want...
    An Ontario man was sentenced Wednesday, Jan. 27, to 18 months in federal prison for blackmailing women on Facebook by threatening to publish nude photographs and videos of them, according to the Department of Justice. Jorge Esteban Sanchez Ramos, 24, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Dolly M. Gee who said he “inflicted harm in a sadistic manner.” Sanchez Ramos pleaded guilty in June 2020 to one count of stalking, according to the Department of Justice. From April 2016 to May 2018, Sanchez Ramos used multiple aliases, including “Jose Gonzalez,” “George Sanchez” and “Jorge Ramirez,” to mask his identity while he contacted his victims, who were friends and acquaintances from high school. Sanchez Ramos extorted nude images and videos from the victims using explicit images of the victims that he previously obtained. A combination of methods were used in his anonymous activities, but they all revolved around the threat to...
    House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy told members of his caucus to 'cut that c**p out' as pro-Trump Republicans are feuding with those who backed the president's impeachment.   McCarthy gave the warning on a Wednesday call, CNN first reported, when he also told caucus members 'no more attacks to one another,' including on Twitter.  The leader's remarks came after Rep. Adam Kinzinger, who voted in favor of impeaching Trump, went after Rep. Marjorie Taylor Green in a tweet after CNN revealed that she had indicated her support for executing prominent Democrats in Facebook posts in 2018 and 2019.  'She is not a Republican. There are many who claim the title of Republican and have nothing in common with our core values, Kinzinger tweeted, sharing the CNN piece. 'They are RINOS. She is a RINO.'   Greene, CNN reported, was on the call with McCarthy Wednedsay.  House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy told...
    Facebook/Stinnett Police Department Jason Collier, pictured with Chloe Steinmetz, is a married father of four and the police chief in Stinnett, Texas. Jason Collier is the chief of the Stinnett Police Department in Texas who was put on leave after a Facebook post from a woman who says she was unknowingly his mistress accused him of living a “double/triple life” with at least two girlfriends while he is married with four children. The Facebook post quickly went viral, spreading out Collier’s small northern Texas Panhandle city of 1,800 people and across the internet. Cecily Steinmetz, a 39-year-old Amarillo woman, first exposed Collier in a January 26 post on Facebook. Steinmetz tagged the city of Stinnett (adding that she “doesn’t recommend” the city) and wrote, “Chief Jason Collier is living a double/triple life. I was his girlfriend until yesterday. He lied to me and presented me with fake annulment...
    Facebook's profits increased by 53 per cent last year compared to 2019, as the tech giant benefitted from more people being at home during the pandemic and saw an increase in use of their platforms. Their results for the final quarter of 2020, reported on Wednesday, came as Apple announced that it too had had a bumper year, with revenues of more than $100 billion in the three months to the end of December. A handful of companies, including Walmart, have previously reported $100 billion quarters, while Amazon is expected to break this barrier when it reports next month. But Apple's profit margins are projected at about 23 per cent – roughly five times that of either retailer. Facebook on Wednesday posted a profit of $11.2 billion on revenues of $28 billion in the final three months of 2020. Mark Zuckerberg's company posted $28 billion in profits in the...
    Election misinformation continues to be a problem on YouTube, Twitter, and Facebook even after all three companies took the unprecedented action to ban or suspend former US President Donald Trump. Now that President Biden is in office, those same platforms have kept pressure on, sustaining the bans and issuing new ones to Trump’s associates and allies. Here are some steps these platforms have taken in the last week to continue to stamp out election misinformation: YouTube On January 26th, Rudy Giuliani joined Trump in a slightly less restrictive form of YouTube purgatory. Because the former mayor continued to parrot the same false claims about the “stolen” election, he’s been suspended as a YouTube Partner, cutting him off from partnership ad revenue, subscriptions, and donations. Giuliani can still upload videos as a non-Partner (and YouTube can even monetize them), but he’ll have to wait 30 days before he can reapply, and...
    Gun control group Everytown for Gun Safety is again pushing for Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene, R-Ga., to resign over new reports she advocated for violence against Democrats before she ran for office, The Hill reports. The group, along with its grassroots networks Moms Demand Action and Students Demand Action, pointed to comments reported by CNNs KFile on Tuesday in which Greene liked a Facebook comment saying "a bullet to the head would be quicker" to get rid of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif. In a Facebook post from April 2018, Greene wrote about the Iran Deal, a person asked Greene in the comments: "Now do we get to hang them ?? Meaning H & O ???," a reference to former President Barack Obama and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. Greene reportedly replied: "Stage is being set. Players are being put in place. We must be patient. This must be...
    THOMAS SAMSON/AFP via Getty Images Pamela Anderson announced Tuesday that she’s quitting social media for good. “This will be my last post on Instagram Twitter or Facebook,” the former Playboy model wrote in her final Instagram post. Anderson noted that she’s “never been interested in social media” and has now “settled into the life Im genuinely inspired by,” which includes spending more time “reading and being in nature.” “I am free,” continued the former Baywatch star before thanking her followers for their “love” and wishing “blessings” to them all. “Lets hope you find the strength and inspiration to follow your purpose and try not to be seduced by wasted time.” Anderson concluded that Big Tech companies want “control over your brain,” adding, “Thats what THEY want and can use to make money.”   View this post on Instagram   A post shared by Pamela Anderson ???? (@pamelaanderson) She made...
    Pamela Anderson revealed she's quitting social media. The former Playboy model announced on Tuesday that she will no longer post to Twitter, Facebook or Instagram. "This will be my last post on Instagram Twitter or Facebook," the star's caption on Instagram begins.  Anderson said she's "never been interested in social media" and her decision comes from reaching a point in her life that she's "genuinely inspired by." She said she's enjoying "reading and being in nature" and declared: "I am free." PAMELA ANDERSON'S SON BRANDON THOMAS LEE RECALLS CONFRONTING ALLEGED INTRUDER WITH GOLF CLUB The "Baywatch" icon went on to thank her followers for their "love" over the years and wished "blessings to you all." She also implored others to find their purpose. "And try not to be seduced by wasted time," she added. She went on to say that Big Tech companies are seeking "control over your brain." ‘BAYWATCH’ STAR PAMELA...
    Four girls aged 12 to 14 who have been arrested over the fatal stabbing of a 15-year-old girl during a fight inside a Louisiana Walmart posted live videos on social media as the attack unfolded.  Police say a 12-year-old, two 13-year-olds and a 14-year-old were arrested after the older girl died at a hospital after being stabbed inside the Walmart at Lake Charles on Saturday night.  The girls allegedly used a knife they had stolen from the store in the fatal attack and were spotted in a kitchen aisle just moments before the stabbing occurred. Footage of the stabbing, which was posted on Facebook and Instagram live, showed one girl armed with what appeared to be a knife as the victim approached and lunged at her.    Four girls aged 12 to 14 who have been arrested over the fatal stabbing of a 15-year-old girl during a fight inside a Louisiana...
    Social media companies are cooperating with law enforcement agencies by handing over data leading to the arrest of the MAGA rioters who stormed the United States Capitol on January 6. The 'digital dragnet' involves investigators monitoring social media for posts and videos recorded by the rioters themselves - similar to what investigators did during the George Floyd protests over the summer. As more indictments are being handed down against the Capitol rioters, tech companies are reportedly showing their willingness to hand over incriminating data, according to Huffington Post. Jesus Rivera, one of the Trump supporters who has been charged, is one suspect who was indicted after Facebook turned over information to the FBI that purports to show him inside the Capitol crypt. Rivera had recorded a five-minute video of himself among the rioters, but then disabled and deleted his Facebook. MAGA rioters clash with police outside the United States...
    A police officer in Florida was fired for supporting the deadly US Capitol riot on social media and warning about imminent “Civil War,” according to local reports. The Kissimmee Police Department canned Andrew Johnson last week following an internal investigation into dozens of his politically-charged Facebook posts, the Orlando Sentinel reported. One of the messages, posted on Jan. 6, the day of the insurrection, read: “The silent majority will rise!! Day one of the Revolutionary War!! Hang on, it’s only just begun.” “Civil War is right around the corner,” said another post from September. “It’s coming, prepare for it now.” Other missives mocked the Black Lives Matter movement, including a meme Johnson reportedly shared in August of a disabled parking space with the caption “BLM activists in Wisconsin paint street mural in support of Jacob Blake.” The police shooting of Blake — a black Wiscons in man who...
    A TEENAGER who strangled his mom during a row over his school grades and then staged a robbery has been jailed for 45 years. Gregory Ramos, now 17, pleaded guilty last month to strangling his 46-year-old mother Gail Cleavenger after the 2018 fight, and then calling two of his friends to help him bury her body. 10Ramo, who strangled his mom when he was 15, was sentenced on FridayCredit: News 6 WKMG 10He pleaded guilty to murdering his mom after the two argued about gradesCredit: Volusia County Branch Jail 10Ramos killed his mom when he was just 15 years oldCredit: Facebook After the murder, Ramos and his friends, Dylan Ceglarek and Brian Porras, staged a robbery at his mom's home in DeBary, Florida by stealing electronics, The Orlando Sentinel reported. Investigators told WESH that the three boys then put Cleavenger's corpse in a wheelbarrow before burying her dead body beneath...
    London — Google has threatened to shut down its search engine in Australia if the government there passes a new law to force big tech companies to pay local news producers for use of their content. The proposed Australian legislation, known as the News Media Bargaining Code, is the first of its kind in the world, and it's being seen as a test case of the power governments have to regulate big tech firms. "If the Code were to become law in its current form, we would have no real choice but to stop making Google Search available in Australia," Mel Silva, managing director of Google Australia, said in a statement. Facebook said it would allow Australian users to remain on its platform, but if the proposed law is passed, it would no longer provide news. How would Australia's law work?Under the proposed Australian law, Google and Facebook would be...
            by Colby McCoy  Hungarian Justice Minister Judit Varga said Monday that Hungary is considering sanctions against big tech firms over alleged “systemic abuses” of free speech, Reuters reported. Varga plans to meet with the Hungarian Competition Authority this week to discuss possible penalties for what he says are unfair commercial practices utilized by social media firms including Facebook and Twitter, according to Reuters. In addition, the minister plans to convene a meeting with the state-sponsored Digital Freedom Committee. Government officials have begun to criticize alleged censorship of conservatives on social media platforms.  Varga decried supposed “shadowban” techniques used by social media firms in a Facebook post, saying “To reduce their reach, Facebook also limits the visibility of Christian, conservative, right-wing opinions. I also have personal experience of that.” In the post, Varga cited a tweet by Project Veritas founder James O’Keefe describing Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey’s plan to ban President...
    The messaging service WhatsApp has reportedly delayed an upcoming privacy change that it claims caused “confusion” amongst users who believe that the app would be sharing more data, including their messages, with parent company Facebook. CNBC reports that WhatsApp has delayed a new privacy policy update that caused many users to worry that their data and messages could be shared with Facebook. In a blog post over the weekend, WhatsApp stated: “We’ve heard from so many people how much confusion there is around our recent update. There’s been a lot of misinformation causing concern and we want to help everyone understand our principles and the facts.” Breitbart News recently reported that WhatsApp downloads fell by more than 2 million between January 5 and 12 compared to the previous week, falling to 10.6 million. In comparison, Signal saw 17.8 million downloads while Telegram saw 15.7 million during the same time period,...
    Hungarian Justice Minister Judit Varga said Monday that Hungary is considering sanctions against big tech firms over alleged “systemic abuses” of free speech, Reuters reported. Varga plans to meet with the Hungarian Competition Authority this week to discuss possible penalties for what he says are unfair commercial practices utilized by social media firms including Facebook and Twitter, according to Reuters. In addition, the minister plans to convene a meeting with the state-sponsored Digital Freedom Committee. Government officials have begun to criticize alleged censorship of conservatives on social media platforms.  Varga decried supposed “shadowban” techniques used by social media firms in a Facebook post, saying “To reduce their reach, Facebook also limits the visibility of Christian, conservative, right-wing opinions. I also have personal experience of that.” (RELATED: Twitter Confirms They Will Be Able To Ban Trump Starting January) In the post, Varga cited a tweet by Project Veritas founder James O’Keefe...
    Jaap Arriens | NurPhoto | Getty Images WhatsApp has delayed a privacy policy update that caused confusion and backlash among users over fears it could mean broader data sharing with the messaging app's owner Facebook. "We've heard from so many people how much confusion there is around our recent update. There's been a lot of misinformation causing concern and we want to help everyone understand our principles and the facts," WhatsApp said in a blog post over the weekend. The updates related specifically to features that allow users to message and interact with businesses on WhatsApp. Last year, Facebook announced that businesses using WhatsApp could store and manage their chats with customers using Facebook's "secure hosting infrastructure." As part of this, a business can see the contents of the message between it and a user and may use that information for its own marketing purposes, which could include advertising on...
    The FBI arrested a man in Nashville early Sunday morning after he allegedly posted from his Facebook account about participating in the riots at the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6., also adding some criticism for Antifa and Black Lives Matter.  Blake A. Reed, 35, was arrested by FBI agents in Nashville Sunday morning, the U.S. Attorney-Middle District of Tennessee announced on Twitter Sunday. The tweet said Reed was charged in connection to the Capitol riots, but did not provide additional details other than a selfie of Reed and a screenshot of a Facebook post from his account tagged with the location United States Capitol. FBI ARREST FLORIDA 'HARDCORE LEFTIST' WHO PLOTTED ARMED ATTACK ON PRO-TRUMP SUPPORTERS AT STATE CAPITOL  "We The People have spoken and we are pissed! No antifa, no BLM … We The People took the Capitol! Every American ethnicity was here. Democratic tyranny WILL NOT STAND! WE...
    A REPORTED Black Lives Matter agitator who was arrested over the Capitol riot "incites violence and sparked militia movement," his brother has claimed. John Sullivan was arrested after a video revealed he shouted "it's our house" and "we got to get this s**t burned." 5John Sullivan was arrested after storming the CapitolCredit: Toeele County Sheriff's Office He claimed to only be inside the Capitol on January 6, when Trump supporters stormed the building, to document the riots, and posted videos to his YouTube and Twitter accounts. However, his brother, James Sullivan debunked the claims in a Facebook post one day after the Capitol erupted in chaos. "My brother is a person who defames people and incites violence and singlehandedly sparked the patriot militia movement in UT because he was that radical," he claimed. "I spent an entire summer dismantling his narrative and working with different organizations to strategically remove him from his prominence....
    Facebook’s WhatsApp messaging app has suffered a major drop in new downloads as many users turn to private messaging apps Signal and Telegram following changes to WhatsApp’s terms of service. The Independent reports that the messaging service WhatsApp has seen a major drop in new downloads following a change to the company’s terms of service with many users turning to privacy-focused messaging services such as Signal and Telegram. WhatsApp downloads fell by more than 2 million between January 5 and 12 compared to the previous week, falling to 10.6 million. In comparison, Signal saw 17.8 million downloads while Telegram saw 15.7 million during the same time period, according to data from the app analytics firm Sensor Tower. A recent pop-up message sent to WhatsApp’s 2 billion users asked them to accept the Terms of Service for the app’s new privacy policy before the 8th of February or they may lose access to the...
    An Idaho internet provider has announced it has blocked access to Twitter and Facebook due to censorship 'concerns' after both social media sites banned President Donald Trump.  YourT1Wifi, which services North Idaho and parts of Washington, informed its customers of the decision this week after receiving multiple complaints from subscribers.  In an email sent out on Monday, the company claimed it had been 'fielding calls' over the last few days from customers calling for the websites to be blocked from the network. Screenshots of the message were shared on Twitter by customer Krista Yep, who slammed the move as 'insane.'   'It has come to our attention that Twitter and Facebook are engaged in censorship of our customers and information,' the email began.  YourT1Wifi, which covers North Idaho and parts of Washington, informed customers Monday it was blocking access to Twitter and Facebook amid censorship concerns Customer Krista...
    WHATSAPP sparked controversy when it updated its privacy policy last week. This led to a wave of people signing up to the similar end-to-end encrypted service Signal and luckily there's an easy way to move group chats over. A lot of people have been asking how to move their group chats from other apps to Signal, and Signal group links are a great way to get started. Drop a group link into your former chat app of choice like youre dropping the mic on the way out. pic.twitter.com/q49DeZufBG— Signal (@signalapp) January 7, 2021 Signal is now one of the top free apps on the Google Play Store and the Apple App Store in India. Although users switching over from a different chat platform can't take all their media and messages with them, they can easily set up a new group chat. First, you need to open Signal and click the...
    The Federal Trade Commission on Wednesday failed to fine Flo Health Inc., despite finding evidence it misled millions of users of its period and fertility-tracking app by sharing their health data with third parties including Facebook and Google. Flo was charged with failing to put limits on how third-party companies could use the health information of millions of women, which led to these companies using the private data for targeted online ads.  The investigation found that the app was sharing data all while the company repeatedly promised users that their data would be protected and not shared with others.  The practice saw information related to users' periods, pregnancies and childbirths being shared with the third parties, which also included two mobile analytics services, AppsFlyer and Flurry.   Flo's period and fertility-tracking app was found by the FTC to have been improperly sharing women's health information with third-party companies such as Google...
    TWO Virginia police officers have been charged after taking a selfie during Capitol riot and allegedly boasting on Facebook that they were "f***ing proud". Sergeants Thomas Robertson and Jacob Fracker had already been placed on leave after going to the deadly riot and posing in front of a statue of American Revolution general John Stark. Read our Donald Trump live blog for the very latest news on the President... 5Thomas Robertson and Jacob Fracker, of the Rocky Mount Police Department, were charged in connection with the storming of the Capitol buildingCredit: Facebook 5Army veteran Robertson is said to have posted he was 'f***ing PROUD' of the selfieCredit: Facebook 5Police intervene as Trumps supporters breach security and enter the Capitol building in Washington D.CCredit: Getty Images - Getty The officers from the Rocky Mount Police Department, were charged today with knowingly entering or remaining in any restricted building without lawful authority,...
    California authorities seized over $1 million in narcotics during the raid of a home suspected of being a drug lab, authorities said Tuesday. The Kern County Sheriff’s Office announced in a Facebook post that narcotics detectives found 22.92 pounds of Dimethyltryptamine (DMT), 3.06 pounds of Psilocybin mushrooms, 10 pounds of marijuana, as well as LSD tabs and liquid vials. The value of the nearly 23 pounds of DMT amounts to $1,040,586, according to the Kern County Sheriff’s Office. The Facebook post also released the value of the other seized substances. The mushrooms were worth $13,880, the marijuana another $10,000 and the LSD amounted ot just under $4,000. In total, detectives seized $1,068,348 worth of narcotics in the home raid, the Kern County Sheriff’s Office claimed. The residence that was suspected to be a drug lab was in Oildale, California, which is just north of Bakersfield, according to Fox News....
    Johanna Geron | Reuters LONDON — Facebook and other U.S. tech giants could face a flurry of new cases in Europe regarding data privacy, after a top court said that any regulator in the region should be able to bring about new proceedings. The EU implemented its General Data Protection Regulation in 2018, which gives citizens a greater say over how their data is used. In this context, any privacy complaints against Facebook, for instance, would be sent to Ireland's Data Protection Commissioner given that the company's European headquarters are in Dublin. However, the advocate general of the European Court of Justice said Wednesday that privacy complaints do not necessarily have to be taken to the domestic regulator — thus opening the door for more investigations over data concerns in different EU nations. "Make no mistake the impact of this opinion if upheld by the court is far reaching as...
    LONDON (AP) — Any EU country can take legal action against companies like Facebook over cross-border violations of data privacy rules, not just the main regulator in charge of the company, a top court adviser said Wednesday. The preliminary opinion is part of a long-running legal battle between Facebook and Belgium’s data protection authority over the company’s use of cookies to track the behavior of internet users, even those who weren’t members of the social network. The advice from the European Court of Justice’s Advocate General Michal Bobek also paves the way for an onslaught of fresh data privacy cases across the EU, experts said. The opinion, which is often followed by the court, comes ahead of a formal decision by the ECJ’s judges expected later this year. Facebook argues that the Belgian watchdog, which launched the case in 2015, no longer has jurisdiction after the EU’s strict General...
    HELSINKI (AP) — Estonia’s prime minister has handed in his resignation to the Baltic country’s president after a corruption scandal investigated by the police and prosecutors in his Center Party led to key party officials resigning overnight. The move automatically prompts the resignation of Estonia’s three-party coalition government. Estonian Prime Minister Juri Ratas said early Wednesday on his Facebook page that he would step down as “the suspicion expressed by the Public Prosecutor’s Office …. does not mean that someone is definitely guilty but they will inevitably cast a serious shadow over all those involved.” “In such a situation, it seems only right that, by resigning myself, I will give the opportunity to shed light on all the facts and come to clarity,” Ratas wrote on Facebook. Ratas said he personally has not done anything wrong. Copyright © 2021 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be...
    A Secret Service agent is under investigation after she posted Facebook comments accusing lawmakers of 'treason' for certifying Joe Biden's election victory and blaming Antifa for riots at the US Capitol last week.   The investigation was first reported Monday night by the Washington Post, which obtained screenshots of the posts that sparked it.  In comments shared on Thursday, one day after a mob of Donald Trump's supporters stormed the Capitol, the unnamed agent condemned efforts to remove the president from office and charged that members of Congress who formalized the Electoral College vote were 'committing treason on live tv'.  She also voiced support for the insurrectionists, writing in part: 'Good morning patriots! Yesterday started out beautiful and as usual Antifa soured the mood and attacked police and an Air Force veteran was murdered…. It's OFFENSE time finally!!' In another post, the agent shared a meme of Trump shaking hands with...
    A small internet provider in Idaho said that it will block access to Twitter and Facebook for customers who are upset about “censorship” in the wake of last week’s violence on Capitol Hill. Your T1 WIFI, an internet provider based out of Priest River that provides service to areas in the northern part of the state and in eastern Washington, first announced in a weekend email to customers that it was blocking the social media sites for all of its customers unless they contact the company and ask to be whitelisted. “It has come to our attention that Twitter and Facebook are engaged in censorship of our customers and information,” an email from Your T1 WIFI read, according to KREM 2. “We have the past couple of days been fielding calls from customers voicing the concern that they do not want these sites allowed to be displayed on...
    ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Turkey’s competition watchdog on Monday launched an investigation into Facebook and WhatsApp over the messaging application’s changes to its data-sharing rules. The Competition Board also said in a statement that it has ordered a suspension of WhatsApp’s new data collection rules in Turkey. The move came after the messaging application said it was updating its terms of service and privacy rules as of Feb. 8, forcing users to agree to sharing more of their data with Facebook, which owns WhatsApp. The company says the changes are related to business transactions and that private messages wouldn’t be affected. Turkish WhatsApp users, concerned about that the possible sharing of their personal information, began downloading alternative messaging applications such as Signal or Telegram. Many chose to close down their WhatsApp accounts even though the messaging app assured that the content of messages would remain encrypted. The Competition Board said...
    DROVES of people are reportedly ditching WhatsApp for its rival apps after users were told they must share sensitive personal data with Facebook — or have their account closed. Millions of users of have jumped ship to Telegram and Signal in the past week amid fears over their privacy, according to data analytics firm Sensor Tower. 9WhatsApp users are believed to be deserting it after the bombshell annoucementCredit: Pacific Coast News WhatsApp, which uses Signal's encryption technology, laid out fresh terms on Wednesday, asking users to agree to let owner Facebook Inc and its subsidiaries collect user data. This includes account information like your phone number, logs of how long and how often you use WhatsApp, information about how you interact with other users. Other data that could be shared are device identifiers, and other device details like IP address, operating system, browser details, battery health information, app version, mobile network,...
    A MUGSHOT of a 28-year-old – wanted for contravening court orders – has done the rounds on social media, with women offering to harbour the hot fugitive. Victorian Police in Australia appealed for public assistance in locating Jess Mabilia, 28, releasing an image of the alleged criminal in the hope that someone may have information on his current whereabouts. 5Jess Mabilia has set hearts' racing with his 'dreamy eyes'Credit: Victoria Police Instead, their Facebook and Twitter profiles were flooded with comments from women who could not believe how attractive he was. An astonishing 4.4k people liked his photo with one commenting: "Is this a wanted photo or a Calvin Klein ad?" Another said: "Description: dark hair, dreamy eyes." One smitten woman added: "Charged with breaking and entering the hearts of single mother’s on Facebook." 5Across Australia women have said they will take him inCredit: Victoria Police 5One wag joked 'how much is bail'Credit: Victoria...
    Apple and Google are facing new pressure to deplatform Parler, a social network founded as a less moderated and more conservative-friendly alternative to Facebook and Twitter. Activist group Sleeping Giants has called on both companies to ban Parler from their app stores in response to posts calling for violence against elected officials. As evidence, the group posted screenshots of Parler posts calling for Vice President Mike Pence to face a firing squad and encouraging “American Patriots” to return to the capital on January 19th “carrying Our weapons.” The group points out that both Google and Apple have clear rules against violent threats and moderation of content. Apple’s App Store says apps must have “a method for filtering objectionable material from being posted” and “a mechanism to report offensive content.” Google’s Play Store bars apps that “depict or facilitate gratuitous violence or other dangerous activities,” and that “we don’t allow apps...
    Democrats in Congress are vowing to crack down on social media giants with “a vengeance” for their role in Wednesday’s riot in the nation’s capital. Leading Dems, who just gained control of the Senate for the first time since 2010, said Wednesday’s unprecedented scare underscores just how little Silicon Valley has done to curb online extremism, Politico reported. “This is going to come back and bite ‘em because Congress, in a bipartisan way, is going to come back with a vengeance,” Sen. Mark Warner of Virginia, the vice chair of the Senate Intelligence Committee, told the outlet. Rep. Jennifer Wexton (D-Virginia) added, “It’s created a greater urgency and a greater willingness, hopefully on both sides of the aisle, to dig in and do the hard work that’s going to take to address this.” “I think it’s going to be a top priority for us in 117th to come up...
    SACRAMENTO (CBS13) — The Sacramento County Board of Supervisors is being asked to investigate a supervisor over his Facebook post about supporters of President Trump. In a letter to the Sacramento County Board of Supervisors Thursday, the Sacramento County Deputy Sheriff’s Association (SCDSA) called for a formal investigation into the post from Jan. 3. In the scathing Facebook post, Phil Serna wrote “If you are a supporter of Donald Trump, you’re dead to me. You don’t matter. You are irrelevant. You are a traitor. Hope that’s clear.” On Wednesday, the union calling the post a “shocking display of hatred,” and said, “a bias that alienates and scorns a significant percentage of the constituency living in his district should not be tolerated.” The SCDSA has called for the board to remove Serna if he does not step down. In the letter Thursday, the union’s attorney claims Serna’s Facebook post violated county...
    President Trump will regain access to his Facebook account Thursday night after the social media giant locked him out of his account for the first time for violating its policies. The president’s account was temporarily suspended after posting a video telling protesters who stormed the Capitol Building, erupting in violent protests which led to multiple deaths, to "go home" while maintaining that the 2020 presidential election was "stolen" from him. TWITTER, FACEBOOK LOCK TRUMP ACCOUNTS FOR VIOLATING POLICIES Facebook first flagged the video, and then removed it altogether, before locking the president’s account due to "two policy violations." Trump lost the ability to post on Facebook during the "feature block." A Facebook spokesman told Fox News on Thursday morning that the penalty the company implemented Wednesday night was for 24 hours, so Trump’s account will be able to post again sometime Thursday night. In a statement Wednesday night, Facebook said it is "appalled by the violence" at...
    A Maryland sheriff’s deputy on patrol near Cumberland pulled over a car and discovered a trio taking part in a project to drive an American flag across the country. The occupants, identified as Paul, Andrew and Andrew’s son Brandon, are involved in the "Flag Called Freedom" project, according to the Allegany County Sheriff’s Office. Deputies posed with the group and their flag "to show support for law enforcement, as well as all flag loving, hardworking, patriotic Americans," according to a post on the sheriff’s Facebook page. POLICE MAKE CONTACT WITH MISSING IOWA MAN WHO SAVED US FLAG DURING PROTESTS, THEN VANISHED "Safe travels on the rest of your journey, and God bless the USA," the post concluded. The Flag Called Freedom project took the trio on a cross-country drive from Oregon to Washington, D.C. Along the way, they’ve unfurled their massive Old Glory with groups of "patriots" to pose for photos...
    AUSTIN, Texas (CBSDFW.COM) – The Republican Party of Texas fired its Sergeant-at-Arms on Wednesday, Jan. 6 after he endorsed the chaos and violence at the U.S. Capitol. Walter West II wrote on Facebook “You Accepted ANTIFA burning down your cities… Now Deal with them taking back OUR HOUSE.” (credit: Walter West II- Facebook) The state party released a statement the following statement in response: “The Republican Party of Texas in no way endorses Walter West’s statement about the lawlessness occurring at the Capitol Building. He will be removed as Sergeant-at-Arms for the Party. Whereas we vigorously support the First Amendment right to freely assemble, we condemn violence and pray for all gathering in our nation’s capital and those at the Capitol Building. The Texas GOP has always been on the side of law and order and will remain so.” MORE FROM CBSDFW Haven’t Received 2nd...
    Facebook has been ordered to pay €3.83 million (around $4.72 million) in damages to an Italian developer over the social network’s “Nearby” feature. Reuters reports that the Milan-based appeals court upheld a 2019 ruling saying Facebook had copied the feature from developer Business Competence’s Faround app. The case dates back to 2012. That year, Business Competence launched Faround which was designed to help users find Facebook friends near their location. The app quickly gained ground in the Italian market, Reuters previously reported. However, just months later, Facebook launched its own Nearby feature, which also competed with the likes of Foursquare and Yelp, and downloads of Faround reportedly plummeted. The original complaint was filed in 2013 The Italian software developer responded by filing a lawsuit in 2013, and Reuters reported that the court issued a preliminary ruling in its favor in 2016, which was made public in 2017. Facebook agreed...
    Rob Leathern, director of product management, left Facebook on December 30 Facebook's chief of advertising integrity, who handled the company's ad products around sensitive subjects such as politics and coronavirus misinformation, departed this week, according to an internal company post viewed by Reuters on Friday. Rob Leathern, director of product management, said earlier this month on Facebook's internal network that he would be leaving the company on December 30. His exit had not been previously reported. Facebook did not immediately respond to inquiries from DailyMail.com on Friday regarding his departure. Leathern said in the internal post that he was 'leaving Facebook to work on consumer privacy beyond just ads and social media,' without disclosing where he was headed. In a series of tweets on Friday, Leathern wrote that at Facebook he'd 'had a great experience in a difficult, fun, fast-growing and impactful role at the company working with amazing...
    WITH the new year approaching, many people are on track to start fresh with their saving goals, or at the very least, start planning ahead for the year. And what better way to do that than a simple "52 week challenge" which allows you to put away up to £1378 for the year - without even noticing. 4The challenge asks you to put away money each week Credit: Facebook The money-saving hack was shared on Facebook by an Australian mum who swears it's the easiest way to save money without struggling week to week. The idea is to put £1 away in the first week of the year, £2 in the second, £3 in the third and so on - so you hardly notice at all. By the last week in December, you'll be saving £52 a week, adding to your tidy bank balance of £1,378....
    THE Trump-toting Mac repairman who exposed Hunter Biden's laptop content is suing Twitter for defamation, claiming content moderators falsely labeled him a "hacker". John Paul Mac Isaac, 44, is seeking $500 million in damages and a public retraction from the social networking site after a controversial story about Biden by the New York Post was flagged as being potentially "hacked" material. 9John Paul Mac Isaac, 44, is suing Twitter for defamation for $500million in damages Credit: Facebook 9Twitter responded the day after restricting the New York Post story after facing backlash from Trump supportersCredit: Twitter/@TwitterSafety The story heavily relied on information from 50-year-old Biden's laptop that was left at Mac Isaac's repair store in April 2019 but was never collected. After the articles sourcing and conclusions were disputed, Facebook and Twitter both restricted its reach, with Twitter then suggesting the reporting relied on "hacked materials." The owner of The Mac...
    MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Kevin Marks looked like a super sub early, stalled against a stingy defense and then delivered the decisive blow. Marks scored on a 1-yard touchdown run with 1:09 left after a clock-eating drive, and Buffalo made a final defensive stop to beat Marshall 17-10 in the Camellia Bowl on Friday. Subbing for the national leader in rushing yards per game — Jaret Patterson — Marks carried 35 times for 138 yards for the Bulls (6-1) against one of the nation’s top run defenses. Buffalo milked more than six minutes off the clock on the final 13-play, 88-yard drive. Quarterback Kyle Vantrease took a knee on first down and coach Lance Leipold even considered calling for a second one for a team that had only made its first field goal of the season in the first half. “Obviously. we needed every second we could get there toward...
    Facebook has removed Apple's blue tick page verification as the feud between the two tech giants escalates.   Media consultant Matt Navarra noticed the blue tick had vanished from Apple's page on Facebook Tuesday morning - a week after the Mark Zuckerberg-founded site slammed the iPhone maker over its upcoming privacy changes.  'Facebook has removed Apple’s blue tick Page verification,' Navarra wrote.  On Facebook, almost all big brands and organizations are given a blue tick on their official social media pages to symbolize their authenticity.  Apple's main rivals, Microsoft, Hewlett Packard, and Samsung have all been given such ticks by Facebook.  It is unclear exactly when Facebook decided to delete Apple's blue tick. DailyMail.com has reached out to the company for comment.    Apple still has a blue tick verification on Instagram - which is owned by Facebook.  Silicon Valley's latest war over privacy erupted last week. At the crux of the...