Thursday, November 15, 2012

Don't want to go to jail, don't tweet and don't facebook


One teenager made offensive comments about a murdered child on Twitter. Another young man wrote on Facebook that British soldiers should "go to hell." A third posted a picture of a burning paper poppy, symbol of remembrance of war dead.

All were arrested, two convicted, and one jailed — and they're not the only ones. In Britain, hundreds of people are prosecuted each year for posts, tweets, texts and emails deemed menacing, indecent, offensive or obscene, and the number is growing as our online lives expand.

Lawyers say the mounting tally shows the problems of a legal system trying to regulate 21st century communications with 20th century laws. Civil libertarians say it is a threat to free speech in an age when the Internet gives everyone the power to be heard around the world.

Figures obtained by The Associated Press through a freedom of information request show a steadily rising tally of prosecutions in Britain for electronic communications — phone calls, emails and social media posts — that are "grossly offensive or of an indecent, obscene or menacing character — from 1,263 in 2009 to 1,843 in 2011. The number of convictions grew from 873 in 2009 to 1,286 last year.

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Sunday, October 14, 2012

Don't use your Facebook nick to vandalize cars


A thief who scrawled his nickname on a car he had vandalised was snared after police matched it to his Facebook profile.

Anthony Merrick, 18, daubed ‘Keeko’ on the back windscreen of one of 10 cars he attacked in a campaign of theft.

But it came back to haunt him – after detectives accessed his Facebook account and saw a picture of him posing above the nickname.

Merrick, who caused more than £2,500 of damage, is now serving an 18-week sentence behind bars.

READ THE REST HERE

Even if you hate cops, don't post their pics on Facebook


A North Texas woman has been charged with retaliation for allegedly posting an undercover police officer's photo on Facebook and identifying him by his job.

Mesquite police arrested Melissa Walthall, 30, for allegedly posting the photo of the officer, who authorities say recently testified in a drug case against her friend. Her Facebook post identified the person as an undercover officer, according to a federal affidavit.

READ THE REST HERE

Thursday, August 30, 2012

If you are married, make sure you update your relationship status to "married". If not this would happen to you



An Indian marriage has apparently crumbled, with the new bride citing that her husband had neglected to list “married” as his relationship status on Facebook.

The wife filed for divorce after being married two months as a result of an arranged marriage.

“He was so busy post marriage with family and his furniture business that he really had no time to check his FB or change his status,” said the High Court advocate P. Subhash in relaying the husband’s side to Indian newspaper The Deccan Chronicle.

The husband offered to change the status or de-activate the account in order to reconcile. The wife refused on the basis that her husband could have been doing things behind her back and she could not trust him.

READ THE REST AT RT

Facebook “Causes Syphilis”

This is an old 2010 story:


A researcher has claimed Facebook is connected to a rise in syphilis as it is a hotbed of casual sex, unsurprisingly something Facebook angrily denies.

Professor Peter Kelly, a public health official in northern England, found that the Teeside region he is responsible for is the area of Britain with the highest rates of Facebook and SNS usage, and asserts that their research found a link between this usage and a jump in the cases of syphilis the area is experiencing:

“Syphilis is a devastating disease. Anyone who has unprotected sex with casual partners is at high risk.
There has been a fourfold increase in the number of syphilis cases detected with more young women being affected.

I don’t get the names of people affected, just figures, and I saw that several of the people had met sexual partners through these sites.

Social networking sites are making it easier for people to meet up for casual sex.”

Facebook scoffs at the claims:

“The assertion that Facebook is responsible for the transmission of syphilis is ridiculous. Facebook is no more responsible for STD transmission than newspapers responsible for bad vision.”

Rather less convincingly, they claim the site is purely a wholesome family friendly one:

“As Facebook’s more than 400 million users know, our website is not a place to meet people for casual sex – it’s a place for friends, family and co-workers to connect and share.”

Sunday, August 26, 2012

Naked Prince Harry deactivated his Facebook account


The famously naked Prince Harry has deactivated his Facebook because of concerns highlighted by his naked antics in Las Vegas last week.

He appeared in Facebook as Spike Wells. But he has now deleted his account after advice from his private secretary, Jamie Lowther-Pinkerton, who is heading an inquiry into the Prince’s trip to Las Vegas.

Prince Harry, 27, had used Facebook for some time and had close to 400 “friends”. His page was protected by maximum security settings.

To see Prince Harry and his naked pics go to TMZ.com

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

83 million Facebook users are fake



Facebook revealed it had 955 million monthly active users and 543 million monthly active mobile users. In the social-networking giant's 10-Q filing published last night, the company disclosed that nearly 20 percent of the latter number, 102 million users, accessed the social network in June solely from their mobile device.

So, how many of these accounts are fake?

Facebook estimates 8.7 percent, or 83.09 million accounts.

Read the rest at CNET

Thursday, August 16, 2012

Facebook tagging illegal


German officials say Facebook’s facial recognition system violates its privacy laws, as it stores a trove of tagged photos without explicit member consent. The Internet giant faces a fine of $31,000, a drop in the bucket of its billions in annual revenue.

Hamburg Data Protection Commissioner Johannes Casper is reopening an inquiry originally launched over a year ago into the controversial software. The probe was suspended in June when Casper decided to allow the issue to be resolved in negotiations between Facebook and privacy authorities in Ireland, the base of the social network’s European operations.

In talks with Ireland’s Data Protection Commissioner, Facebook agreed to suspend its photo tagging service for European members joining the network on or after July 1, 2012. However, photos tagged before that date were to be kept in the company’s database - RT

Don't rate women sexual perfomance on Facebook. If you do so, we will jail you


An Australian man, who created a Facebook page rating the sexual performance of women in central Victoria, has lodged an appeal against his court sentence.

Joshua Turner, 22, of Kangaroo Flat, pleaded guilty last month to publishing objectionable material online and using a carriage service to offend a person.

In one of the first cases of its kind in Victoria, a magistrate banned Turner from using Facebook for two years and wholly suspended a six-month prison sentence - ABC

After 376 years, Facebook finally manages to really delete those stupid photos you really wanted deleted


Facebook is finally getting around to deleting those embarrassing photos you thought you had already deleted.

For years, the social network had been unable to remove deleted photos from its servers, meaning that even though the photo wouldn't be viewable on users' profiles, it would still be accessible on the Web via direct URLs to the image. However, that seems to have been resolved.

READ THE REST AT CNET

Tuesday, August 14, 2012

And here comes Islamic Facebook



An Islamic version of Facebook will be launched in Indonesia in November, giving the country of 240 million people another outlet for its insatiable appetite for social media.

Salamworld, as it is called, will also have an option that allows users to ensure the content they view is Halal - material allowed under Islamic law - and filter out indecent subject matter such as pornography or illegal drugs.

Read more

Saturday, August 11, 2012

Johari Pain in a lot of pain


A Facebook user who goes by the name Johari Pain is in for a whole lot of pain after he said in a status update that he would cut off his genitals if Pandelela won.

He posted the status on Thursday night and when Pandelela won the bronze medal at about 3am yesterday, the man had tried to apologise but netizens were not so quick to forgive or forget, and are now urging him to keep his words.

An online news portal reported that the status “Gua berani kerat k*** laa klau Pandalela menang mlam nih..” (I dare to cut of my genitals if Pandalela wins tonight) had spread like wildfire on the social network and Twitter.

As at 9.30am yesterday, there were at least five Facebook pages demanding that Johari do the honourable thing. Johari has since deleted the Facebook post before tweeting an apology.

Note: Pandelela is Malaysian first woman Olympics medal winner

Thursday, August 9, 2012

How to make billions (in rupiah) through Facebook


Months after three separate investment scams in Greater Jakarta created much furor and made national news, the Jakarta Police said on Wednesday that they were investigating another such scam, this time conducted mainly through the social networking website Facebook.

The investment program had reportedly conned some 13,000 clients across the nation out of trillions of rupiah in the scam, dubbed Al Amanah by its followers. “Amanah” is an Arabic term meaning “trustworthy” and is often cited among Muslims as one of the four main traits attributed to the Prophet Muhammad.

One of the victims, who wished to be identified only as B, said that he was first attracted to the “heavenly promises” of the program, which included houses, cars, haj programs, and trips around Europe.

“At first I was a little bit skeptical of the program, but then some of my friends joined in and were promised massive profits. That’s when I became attracted and finally gave in,” he told reporters at the police headquarters on Tuesday.

He said that he had invested a total of Rp 200 million (US$21,200) of his money in Al Amanah. “It was nothing compared to some of my friends who invested billions of rupiah in the program.”

Another victim, K, said that she first gave Rp 10 million of her money to the program. “I got Rp 30 million in return the next month. Then, I put in Rp 90 million but I received nothing in return,” she said.

Police spokesman Sr. Comr. Rikwanto said that Al Amanah head, M. Sholeh Suaidi, had been named a suspect in the case. “He has been included on the police’s DPO [most wanted] list since one month ago.”

According to him, Al Amanah was a similar model to previous investment scams that had been busted, in that they encouraged potential customers to join in the company’s business with the promise of massive profits. Rikwanto said, however, that the police were yet to find any connections between the leaders of the networks.

The police did find that Al Amanah had no real office and that it was promoted mostly through Facebook. “The organization gave an address in Dago Pakar, Bandung, but it turned out to be fake,” Rikwanto said - Jakarta Post

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Now you can stalk anyone on Facebook

MIT graduate Oliver Yeh recently built a service called Stalkbook that he claims allows you to stalk people on Facebook even if you're not friends with them on the social network. Yeh has a simple but malicious trick: he uses other Facebook users' credentials to view whichever profile you want to stalk.

READ THE REST CNET

Thursday, July 19, 2012

Single mother cheated by "close relative" of Donald Trump


A single mother in Perak was duped into giving RM4,000 (S$1,637) to an African man, who claimed to be a close relative of real estate mogul and billionaire Donald Trump, reported Harian Metro.

Julia, as the victim wished to be known, said she befriended the 43-year-old man through Facebook in January.

"I felt comfortable chatting with him on the phone and on Facebook. He praised me and said he liked Asian women who, to him, are more romantic and loyal," the 39-year-old mother of two said of the man she knew as Mark Weiner.

Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Now you can register as a voter via Facebook. Who knows, later you might be able to get married on Facebook


The State of Washington says that early next week it will become the first state in the nation to offer voter registration via Facebook.

In 2008, the Pacific Northwest state became just the second in the union to offer online registration. This week, a new Facebook app created by Microsoft (a Washington company, naturally) will provide a new interface to let voters access the MyVote system.

Today, Washington and 12 other states, including Utah, California, counties in Nevada, Connecticut, Indiana, and others offer online voter registration.

READ THE REST ON ARSTECHNICA

Google+ is more satisfying than Facebook



Facebook's reputation for customer satisfaction continues to tarnish while Google+ pops up on a customer satisfaction index for the first time and makes it to the top of the social network pyramid.

The story's an old one by now. Facebook is the Web's most popular site with hundreds of millions of users, but people still don't like it.

Now Google+, which has been dubbed by some as a ghost town, is gaining some traction with a higher customer satisfaction rating, according to the numbers released from the American Customer Satisfaction Index today.

READ THE REST AT CNET

Your Facebook tells a lot about you


If you think you're keeping any secrets on Facebook, think again. It's not just what you post on the social networking site, but how you post it that reveals what kind of person you are.

That's the contention of researchers at the University of Missouri who have developed a new scale that judges people's personality based on how they use the popular social media site.

The scale reveals that those who like high-risk activity tend to update their status, upload photos and interact with friends frequently. While conversely, those who are more reserved tend to merely scroll through Facebook's "news feed," and don't upload photos or actively engage with their friends.

READ THE REST HERE

Sunday, July 15, 2012

Changing your Facebook profile from "married" to "single" will get you killed


A man has been jailed for life for stabbing his wife to death over a posting she made on the social networking site Facebook.

Wayne Forrester, 34, told police he was devastated that his wife Emma, also 34, had changed her online profile to "single" days after he had moved out.

READ THE REST AT BBC

Saturday, July 14, 2012

Man committed suicide on Facebook



A Spanish man working in Thailand killed himself on Facebook yesterday.

According to Thai police Juan Andres Peneiro Medin, 37, added poison into his beer and drank it in front of friends on the site.

Pineiro, are employees of information technology for cellular phone company in Bangkok, was found dead in his room while sitting in front of a laptop. He wrote on his Facebook that he wanted to die and apologized to his colleagues for not being able to work with them again.

How to use Facebook pics to make money


A syndicate has been using photographs of pretty girls downloaded from their Facebook pages to snare men looking for prostitutes, Sin Chew Daily reported.

It reported that the syndicate would download the photographs of the Asian girls and upload them on its own page that offered call girl services.

The tactic was revealed by two men who banked in RM330 each into an account but later realised they had been cheated when the girls failed to show up.

How to use Facebook pics to make money


A syndicate has been using photographs of pretty girls downloaded from their Facebook pages to snare men looking for prostitutes, Sin Chew Daily reported.

It reported that the syndicate would download the photographs of the Asian girls and upload them on its own page that offered call girl services.

The tactic was revealed by two men who banked in RM330 each into an account but later realised they had been cheated when the girls failed to show up.

Thursday, July 12, 2012

Half-naked pic of Bangladesh PM on Facebook would probably send this man to jail


Bangladesh police have arrested a businessman after he allegedly edited together a photograph of the country's female prime minister with that of a half-naked woman on his Facebook page.

Police following up a tip-off visited Shariful Islam's home at Maizdi, 150 kilometres (95 miles) south of Dhaka, and found the doctored pictures of the premier on his computer, local police chief Chowdhury Abul Kalam said.

"We asked him to open his Facebook page. On the page, the face of the prime minister Sheikh Hasina was pasted with that of a half-naked woman," he told AFP on Thursday.

Monday, July 9, 2012

A 20-year vengeance on Facebook


A Texas man who said he was harassed and bullied throughout high school threatened to take vengeance on his tormentors at his 20-year reunion on Friday.

Jason Carroll Moss, 38, likened his planned payback to the Columbine High School massacre on San Antonio's John Marshall High School's Class of 1992 Facebook page, according to KSAT.

READ THE REST OF THE STORY AT HUFFINGTON POST

Thursday, July 5, 2012

Teacher likened her student to orangutan and may lose job

A teacher who likened one of her students to an orangutan on Facebook could end up losing her job.

She posted the following remark on her Facebook: "I'm fairly convinced that one of my students may be the evolutionary link between orangutans and humans."

Wednesday, July 4, 2012

Wanted man taunted police on Facebook


Police have responded to a wanted man's Facebook taunt, saying the only thing he has achieved is to draw more attention to himself.

Michael Shane Hagger, 34, has three arrest warrants for failing to show up in Taupo District Court. Over the weekend he taunted police on their own Facebook page while on the run to avoid being arrested.

The Tauhara Paetiki Neighbourhood Policing Team posted Hagger's picture on Saturday with the message calling for information on his whereabouts.

Hagger responded on the post saying "hoo rah", which gained 53 likes.

READ THE REST AT STUFF.CO.NZ

Facebook photo can cost you your job


A Philippine official has been dismissed after Facebook photos showed him attending a high school reunion at an island resort when he was supposed to be at work.

Nueva Ecija provincial information officer Maynardo Valdez was accused of gross misconduct and dishonesty.

Read more here

Monday, July 2, 2012

Teacher replies to primary school girl's vulgar post online



A primary school pupil in Singapore slammed her Chinese teacher in a vulgar Facebook post, and received a reply to the post from none other than the teacher himself.

A netizen who was shocked by the behaviour of the young pupil sent screenshots of the exchange to citizen journalism site, Stomp.

 "We are taught to be respectful to our teachers but what has the world become?" wondered the netizen.

Your Facebook post can get you robbed


Wasil Dhingra doesn't set his Facebook settings to 'private' or 'friends only.' So, it's not hard to find his phone number.

A quick search also revealed his address. But the phone number is the prize, because now it is a simple matter to set up a premium service or a texting service scam. That could get expensive for Dhingra.

READ THE REST AT DISCOVERY COM

Thursday, June 28, 2012

Singaporean housewife Facebook pic ended up on a porn site


Housewife Jules Rahim was shocked when a friend tipped her off that her photo was featured on a pornographic website.

That was not the only unauthorised use of the picture of her in a bikini, which she had posted on her Facebook account three years ago.

Another friend told her that the photo had also popped up on a dating site called sgGirls.com. It was accompanied by a caption which listed a telephone number to call and how much it cost to chat.

"It's embarrassing," said the mother of four children, aged one to 10. "People I know may think wrongly of me."

Rahim, 32, has filed two police reports - one about the porn site and the other about the dating site.

Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Facebook ko'ed burglar team

A Brooklyn cop helped take down a prolific burglary crew by friending its members on Facebook and monitoring their status updates for boasts about upcoming heists.

READ THE REST AT NYDAILYNEWS

Sunday, June 3, 2012

Daughter bullied on Facebook. Mother choked the bully


A Florida mom arrested for choking a 14-year-old boy says she was just fighting back against her daughter's Facebook bully.

Debbie Piscitella was shopping with her daughter at a mall in St. Petersburg last week when the 13-year-old girl spotted a boy who had been writing nasty things about her online.

The 46-year-old mom confronted the boy, grabbing his backpack and choking him in an incident that was caught on tape by a mall security camera, according to the Tampa Bay Times.

READ THE REST NYDAILYNEWS.COM

Thursday, May 10, 2012

Teacher spanked by a female student


Furious parents today demanded school bosses take action against a teacher who posted a picture showing him being spanked by a female student on Facebook.

Arts teacher Bill Doyle, from San Diego, put the picture on the social networking site where it was found by a parent of one of his students.

Read the rest at the greatest paper in the universe

Wednesday, May 2, 2012

If you are not so successful in real life, just fake it on Facebook and you will get thousands of admirers


A Facebook account in the name of Jimmy Mzwanele Manyi is being investigated by law enforcement authorities after the government’s chief spokesman said it wasn’t his.

The profile has more than 1 000 “friends”, including government officials such as Justice Ministry spokesman, Tlali Tlali, and trade unionists such as Castro Ngobese.

The Government Communication and Information System (GCIS) issued a statement on Monday warning Facebook users of the imposter.

The real Jimmy Manyi, the chief executive of GCIS, said he had never operated on the social networking site.

READ THE REST 

Sunday, April 29, 2012

Facebook likes can get you fired!



Facebook "likes" can possibly get you fired, and if you take your employer to court over the punishment you may have an uphill legal battle.

That's what several plaintiffs found when they took the matter to the U.S. District Court for Eastern Virginia.

In the case Bland v. Roberts, the plaintiffs, who had worked in the Hampton, Virginia, sheriff's office under B.J. Roberts, who was running for re-election against Jim Adams, asserted doing things to support their boss' opponent eventually got them fired once Roberts had secured his seat. Such activities included placing a pro-Adams bumper sticker on one of their cars, attending an Adams-sponsored cookout, and "liking" Adams' Facebook page.

READ THE REST AT PCWORLD

Saturday, April 28, 2012

Bitching about your boss on Facebook is the last thing you should do especially when your boss is your Facebook friend


If you are fat, obese, camera shy and so on ...... get yourself a Facebook account now


A camera-shy man who tipped the scales at 31-stone, was shocked into shedding more than half his body weight after an unflattering photograph popped up on Facebook.

Matthew Briggs, 29, started piling on the pounds as a teenager, following the death of his mother and would regularly gorge on takeaways, sugary foods and demolish whole tubs of ice cream in one sitting.

But it was only when he saw an image on the social networking site showcasing his 56 inch waist, that he realised his destructive relationship with food had spiraled out of control.

Read more at THE GREATEST NEWSPAPER IN THE UNIVERSE 

Muslims are rubbish, says Danish politician on Facebook


A far-right Danish politician has been slammed after posting a picture on her Facebook page that compared Muslims with rubbish. Former Dansk Folkeparti (DF) MP Tina Petersen shared a manipulated picture of a burka-clad Muslim woman and child standing in between two black bin bags. “Hehe … Remember to take out the big trash tomorrow ;-))),” Petersen wrote as a caption.

To add insult to injury, one of Petersen’s friends commented below the picture, “Remember: It must be taken to the municipality’s chemical department, as it is hazardous waste;).”

Read the rest 

Thursday, April 26, 2012

Watch out what you write on your Facebook wall, your classmates might sue you


When a Georgia middle school student reported to police and school officials that she had been bullied on Facebook, they told her there was not much they could do because the harassment occurred off campus.

So the 14-year-old girl, Alex Boston, is using a somewhat novel strategy to fight back: She's slapping her two classmates with a libel lawsuit.

READ THE REST AT MSNBC

Monday, April 23, 2012

Why you should not flirt on Facebook


Who would have thought befriending a single mother on Facebook would turn into a violent and painful experience?

But such was the case for 32-year-old financial analyst Arthur Samuel after befriending a 44-year-old woman on Facebook in December.

"We became friends almost immediately and soon enough, we were communicating with each other via telephone, SMS and email," Arthur said.

"I thought I had found the right woman for me and we were getting close even though we had never met face-to-face."

However, Arthur said in early January, the woman decided not to continue the relationship.

Left wondering, he continued to contact her until he received a warning from her via SMS.

"She said she would send thugs to beat me up if I did not stop harassing her. But I never harassed her."

On Feb 27, Arthur claimed he was assaulted by eight men at USJ Summit and sustained injuries on his lips, forehead, left leg and back.

"Without saying a word, the men just started throwing punches, kicking and hitting me with crash helmets.

"I don’t understand it because at the time, I had already stopped calling or communicating with the woman. This is totally absurd," said Arthur - Malay Mail

Facebook is not the best place to post pics of your nude ex

Sometimes people get hurt after a break-up. But an Australian man learns that it's not such a good way of showing the hurt if you post nude pics of your ex on Facebook.

Ravshan "Ronnie" Usmanov, 20, posted six pictures of his ex "nude in certain positions and clearly showing her breasts and genitalia.'' At least that's was the Sydney Morning Herald's reading of the court documents.

READ THE REST ABOUT THIS JERK AT CNET

If you steal a penguin, don't tell the world about it on Facebook


Three UK men are facing criminal charges after they allegedly stole a penguin from Australia's Sea World while drunk, and then boasted about their bird-brained exploits on Facebook.

The men, from Wales, told Australia's 7News they groggily woke up after a night of drinking, and were shocked by the sight of a small penguin waddling around the apartment they were staying at in Queensland.

"Can't believe ... penguin in our apartment man ... we stole a penguin," one of the men says in a video, apparently taken after the hung-over trio woke up.

THE REST OF THE STORY AT REUTERS

Thursday, April 19, 2012

Don't steal from police and if you do, don't post that pic on Facebook


It’s a bad idea to steal from a police officer. It’s an even worse idea to post a photo of the crime on Facebook.

A Kentucky man was arrested on misdemeanor charge after allegedly siphoning gas from a police cruiser, according to The Smoking Gun.

Micheal Baker, 20, was caught after he posted a photo of himself crouching near a Jenkins Police Department car with the gas tank open on Facebook.

READ THE REST AT SFGATE

What are politicians made of.....


A Malaysian Member of Parliament (MP) was seated next to a little girl on an airplane so he turned to her and said, "Do you want to talk? Flights go quicker if you strike up aconversation with your fellow passenger."

The little girl, who had just started to read her book, replied to the totalstranger, "What would you want to talk about?"

"Oh, I don't know," said the MP. "How about global warming, universal health care, or stimulus packages?" as he smiled smugly.

"OK," she said."Those could be interesting topics but let me ask you a question first. A horse, a cow, and a deer all eat the same stuff -grass. Yet a deer excretes little pellets, while a cow turns out a flat patty,but a horse produces clumps. Why do you suppose that is?"

The MP, visibly surprised by the little girl's intelligence, thinks about it and says,"Hmmm, I have no idea."

To which the little girl replies,"Do you really feel qualified to discuss global warming, universal health care, or the economy, when you don't know sh!t?"

And then she went back to reading her book.

Man insults Islam on Facebook and now in court


An Emirates national is on trial in Abu Dhabi for insulting Islam on his Facebook page.

A psychiatric report has stated he is suffering from mental health issues, according to reports in the Arabic language quotidian, Emirate Al Youm.

During trial on Tuesday, the judge was shown anti-Islam drawings and writings by the defendant, who confessed to have generated them.

“When the judge asked him at a previous session if he had any psychological problems, he replied, ‘yes’ … the judge then decided that the defendant should be undergo analysis and evaluation by a licensed psychiatrist.

The report by the court-appointed psychiatrist stated the man was, “not responsible for his acts.”

The judge adjourned trial until May 1 - BM

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Betting on Facebook can cost you your life


On Feb. 6, 2011, the Steelers lost Super Bowl XLV to the Packers 31-25.

Five weeks later, Jarami Thomas paid for it with his life.

The 20-year-old placed a $40 bet on the game over Facebook , according to the Tarrant County District Attorney's, and lost it to a member of an Arlington street gang called Lynch Mob.

Another member of that gang, 19-year-old Clevin Earl Brown Jr., was sentenced today to 50 years in prison for shooting Thomas to death in front of an Arlington convenience store, the DA's office said in a release.

Brown was one of several Lynch Mob members who ambushed Thomas and his friends in the 3200 block of Green Oaks Boulevard in the early hours of March 14, 2011, the release states. He had been lured there with the promise that he could settle his debt by fighting the man he lost the bet to.

Instead, the gangsters blocked Thomas' car in, dragged him from it, and stood by as Brown shot him in the arm and chest. He died shortly after his friends drove him to a hospital.

READ THE REST AT DALLASNEWS

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Rihanna topless on Facebook


PLAYFUL Rihanna whips off her bikini top in a holiday snap she posted on Facebook.

The Bajan star doesn’t need her umbrella-ella as she frolicks under a waterfall on the sunny Hawaiian break.

And she goes topless in the sea as a pal takes a saucy snap.

Then she slips under the water to protect her modesty.

PICTURES AND THE REST OF THE STORY AT THE SUN

Another day, another Facebook scam


Facebook scammers are once again trying to take advantage of gullible users who want to see a sensational video. This time it’s NASA that is claiming the world will end in 2012. There is no video. Don’t click it, don’t Like it, and don’t Share it.

This particular scam says something along the lines of “2012 DOOMSDAY CONFIRMED: NASA WARNS BE PREPARED!!” followed by a fraudulent link. Sometimes it has the words “Know what to expect after seeing this leaked” tacked on to the beginning. It also has the following description: “Leaked NASA video, warns public of upcoming 2012 DOOMSDAY!” Another version says “2012 Doomsday Confirmed Nasa Warns Be Prepared, Schematic illustration of the Earth’s magnetic field.”

READ THE REST AT ZDNET

Friday, April 13, 2012

Facebook lover extradited


A Nigerian believed to have swindled at least five women after romancing them online has been extradited to Singapore from Malaysia.

The 32-year-old made a total of $30,000 from the victims before he was arrested in Kuala Lumpur, police here said on Thursday - Straits Times

If you are broke, hack your mayor's Facebook


An unidentified person hacked the Facebook account of Yogyakarta Mayor Herry Zudianto on Thursday and tried to use it to ask for money from a chat friend.

A staff member at the municipal administration’s public relation division, Ismawati Retno, said the breach was uncovered following a text message sent to her by her friend, Donny Surya Megananda.

“He told me that his friend, Fajar Suryagama, had chatted with someone using Pak Herry’s account this morning, asking him to wire Rp 8 million to the bank account of someone named Suwandi,” Ismawati said.

The person said the money was to pay for a BlackBerry unit, and told Fajar that the money would be transferred back to him later that day, she added.

Sensing awkwardness, Fajar promised the person he would transfer the money later. The person stopped chatting but left the account online.

“From the language used and the chatting content, it’s apparent that the account was hacked,” Isma said.

Herry Zudianto said that he realized that his account might have been compromised after receiving a report from the community.

“I tried to go online to my Facebook account this morning but failed. I didn’t realize that it was being hacked,” he said.

Herry called on the people to be careful.

“It was fortunate that Mas Fajar realized the incident and nothing bad happened,” he said - Jakarta Post

Don't dump your girlfriend via Facebook


Thursday, April 12, 2012

Tsunami is coming! Tsunami is coming! Rush home now but don't forget to take home a bucket of KFC chicken


KFC has apologised for a Facebook message that urged people to rush home during yesterday’s tsunami scare in Thailand and order a bucket of chicken.

As people were being urged to evacuate beach areas, the company posted: “Let’s hurry home and follow the earthquake news. And don’t forget to order your favourite KFC menu.”

It prompted hundreds of angry comments on Thai websites denouncing the company as insensitive and selfish.

By today the message was removed and replaced by one that asked for forgiveness.

Yesterday’s earthquakes in Indonesia revived memories of the 2004 Asian tsunami that claimed 230,000 lives, including more than 8,000 people in Thailand - IrishExaminer

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

If you attend a Catholic school, don't post your kissing pic on Facebook. Especially if your kissing partners are also males


A Philippine Catholic school is withholding the diplomas of six high school boys who uploaded Facebook photos that appear to show them kissing one another, an education official said Friday.

A day earlier, a Philippine court rejected another Catholic school's decision to bar five girls from graduation ceremonies because they had posed in bikinis for photos posted on Facebook. The cases test the limits of privacy in a conservative Catholic nation that is also among the world's most prolific users of social networking sites - READ THE REST HERE

If you are wanted by police, it is wise to close down your Facebook account


A  man wanted in Cebu City for rape charges six years ago was arrested in Clarin town,  Bohol province, where he worked  in a carenderia.

Jerome Japson, 26,  of  barangay Hipodromo, Cebu City, was  tracked down by police through his Facebook account.

He was earlier  accused of raping the 10-year-old daughter of the family’s boarder in barangay Hippodromo, Cebu City. The victim is now 17 years old.

Japson told Cebu Daily News that since he’s already in custody, he’s willing to marry the girl if she and her family would accept him.

The man was arrested by members of the Criminal Investigation and Detection Group in Central Visayas on  Monday afternoon.

Insp. Delfin Bontuyan, one of the arresting officers, said police found Japson on Facebook and secured his photo and address by contacting one of his female friends in Clarin who was listed in the account.

The policeman  pretended that  he needed to meet Japson because the young man had impregnated his daughter.

The female contact led police to the eatery where Japson worked as a dishwasher. He had a standing arrest  warrant issued by Cebu Regional Trial Court Judge Manuel Patalinghug - Cebu Daily News

Even in jail, Facebook is thriving


The authorities at a jail in Gwalior have ordered a probe after a lifer was found regularly updating his Facebook profile even though inmates are not supposed to have access to computers. Durgesh Bhadouria, 33, now serving the fourth year of his life term in Gwalior central jail for

killing his wife, was Sunday found to be using Facebook and making friends on the social networking site despite being inside jail.

The probe was ordered Monday.

His Facebook profile claims that he was a student of 'IITM' and an employee of 'Center for Development of Advanced Computing (CDAC)'. It was last updated as recently as April 7.

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Why dirty cops must be banned from Facebook


A DIRTY cop used Facebook to urge underage girls to take part in threesomes and send him naked photos, a judge heard today.

Prosecutor Fiona Thompson said that during a year of online offending Senior Constable Paul Raeck, 34, bombarded seven victims with sexually explicit suggestions and continually asked some of the girls to have sex with him.

Ms Thompson said the girls were aged between 13 and 15 and when they were interviewed by police they described Raeck as "creepy'' "gross'' and "weird'' and they were concerned when he suggested meetings.

Raeck set up a fake Facebook page in the name of Zane Harrison, a good looking tradie in his late teens and his profile picture was taken from a male modelling agency on the internet.

Ms Thompson said Raeck hounded some of the girls with lewd suggestions and one said that whenever she logged on to her Facebook site he would immediately contact her.

He told one 15-year-old victim she was "pretty hot and sexy'' , asked for a photo of her breasts, suggested a threesome with his 27-year-old mate and asked her to "go parking''.

Raeck asked the girls to use a webcam to pose naked for him or flash their boobs and told them he was "getting horny'' and masturbating to their profile photos.

Ms Thompson said the victims mainly ignored his requests and suggestions but one 13-year-old girl removed her jumper while he watched her on a webcam but then stopped when her mother entered the room - Herald Sun Australia

If you cut me from your Facebook account, I will report to Teacher Angkhana


Authorities yesterday sought to allay concerns about the misuse of technology after a video clip of a schoolboy venting anger over being "blocked" from a group's Facebook page spread like wildfire on the Internet.

In the clip, the boy is heard threatening, "If you don't bring me back to the 1/9 group, Teacher Angkhana [Sabangban] will definitely find out about this."

The boy posted the clip himself. His classmate posted another clip as a rejoinder, raising concerns that new technology could prove detrimental to children's relationships.

This concern is getting stronger especially since the government is about to hand out tablets to all firstgrade students.

Education Minister Suchart Tadathamrongvej, meanwhile, has suggested that teachers and parents keep a close eye on how children use these devices.

Chinnapat Bhumirat, secretarygeneral of Office of Basic Education Commission, has voiced confidence the tablets would become useful tools for learning and not be misused.

"The use of the tablets will be under strict supervision of teachers," he explained.

Meanwhile, Angkhana, who teaches at Krathumbang Wises Samutkhun School, said she had already helped resolve the dispute.

"This quarrel has been going on since January, but now the students already understand each other," she said.

She explained that her name was mentioned in the first clip because she had always told her students to come to her every time they had a problem.

The widely circulated video clips have also spawned brand new phrase: "Teacher Angkhana will definitely find out about this".

Monday, April 9, 2012

Don't flirt with someone else's wife on Facebook or you may end up dead.....


A jealous Taiwanese husband led an assault on a Facebook user who had flirted with his wife online, beating him to death with baseball clubs, police said Monday.

Chou You-huang, a 34-year-old resident of south Taiwan's Pingtung county, told police that he had requested a meeting with the 40-year-old victim, Chuang Shih-chang, after he found out about the online relationship.

When Chuang turned up at the agreed spot outside a restaurant early Saturday morning, Chou and two of his friends attacked him with baseball bats, according to police.

The three men beat him ferociously and then left him there, believing he had not suffered life-threatening injuries, according to police statements.

Chuang was discovered dead shortly afterwards. Police subsequently arrested the three allegedly involved in the assault.

-AFP

What a name!


Why Facebook must ban all doctors


A surgeon accused of malpractice over the death of a patient joked about 'slaughtering the innocent' on Facebook.

Brendan O'Riordan, 52, wrote on the social networking site: 'Back and causing chaos. Been on call this week. Been in theatre this week slaughtering the innocent'.

The remark shocked patients and 'disgusted' Liz Antoniazzi, whose husband Johnnie died while under the supervision of Dr O'Riordan at West Wales General Hospital last December.

Mr Antoniazzi was admitted to the Carmarthen hospital after suffering broken ribs during a traffic accident. He died four weeks later after developing a blocked bowel, bedsores and an infection. Dr O'Riordan was the consultant in charge of his care.

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Sunday, April 8, 2012

You post something on your wall about me, I will shoot you


Authorities say an argument over a Facebook posting led to gunfire as two groups of women clashed at a Waffle House in Georgia. No injuries were reported.

Investigators tell WRDW-TV they took one woman into custody after they say she fired four shots in the air outside the restaurant in Augusta around 5 a.m. Friday.

Don't draw cartoon on Facebook


A Tunisian court sentenced two men to seven and a half years in prison for publishing caricatures of Islam’s Prophet Muhammad on Facebook that were deemed offensive.

Jabeur Mejri and Ghazi Beji were convicted of “transgressing morality, defamation and disrupting public order,” the Justice Ministry said in a faxed statement.

Saturday, April 7, 2012

Are you a drug addict or a Facebook addict?

  1. The average user spends 75 minutes per day on Facebook
  2. The average user logs on to Facebook 6.1 times per day
  3. 70% log in every time they start their computer or web reader
  4. 26% feel ill at ease if they do not get to log in regularly
  5. Women spend on average 81 minutes per day on Facebook
  6. Men spend on average 64 minutes per day on Facebook
University of Gothenburg 

Can you beat this Facebook wall posting?


Thursday, April 5, 2012

Facebook porn star at 14


A 14-YEAR-OLD boy has been arrested after a porn film featuring him and a girl of the same age was posted on Facebook.

The video was also shared among pupils at school and there are fears it has already been seen by thousands of youngsters nationwide.

The teen, from Cheltenham, was given a final warning by police which will remain on his file for six years.

Headteacher Lawrence Montagu wrote to parents of pupils at St Peter's High School in Gloucester to warn them — though neither teen was a pupil there.

He said: "I am led to believe that this video involves young people from schools in Gloucestershire but not, I emphasise, St Peter's.

"However, I know that the video has been viewed by students in St Peter's and I have spoken to the school about the lack of dignity and self-respect people have who allow themselves to be portrayed in such a way.”

Gloucestershire Constabulary said the force had spoken to the girl and her parents - The Sun

Thursday, March 22, 2012

Will you add your boss on Facebook?


That awkward moment when you see a friend request from your boss on your Facebook notifications, what do you do?

According to a recent survey conducted by online job portal, JobsCentral, two in three respondents do not have their bosses among their list of friends on any of the social media they use.

However, for the younger ones, the likelihood of adding their boss to their friend list is higher. 36.5 per cent of employees below the age of 30 said that they are friends with their bosses on social networking sites, as compared to 31.5 per cent of those aged between 31 and 40, and 25 per cent of those aged between 41 and 50.

"Younger workers seem more likely to blur the line between work and personal relationships and have fewer qualms about adding their bosses to their Facebook and Twitter accounts. However, they need to consider if they really want their bosses to make judgements about them that may negatively impact their career. There have been cases of employee termination due to inappropriate content on their social network profiles," says Michelle Lim, COO of JobsCentral Group.

"As a general rule, be careful what you post online, because in addition to current managers being able to see what you have been up to in your personal life, recruiters routinely check out social media to gain a holistic view of a candidate," Lim adds.

A total of 2,281 respondents took this survey, with 81.1 per cent of these saying they have at least one social networking profile - AsiaOne

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

If you want to shoot somebody, don't post it on Facebook


A Hiram High School freshman was arrested  for allegedly threatening on Facebook to shoot fellow students at the Paulding County school.

Paulding County, Sheriff's Dept. Dustin Wade England, charged with posting a threat on Facebook to shoot people at Hiram High School.

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Your deactivated friends will come and haunt you


Forgotten Facebook friends who don't appear in your friends list could still be snooping on you from time to time, new research shows.

In their research paper, "Your Facebook Deactivated Friend or a Cloaked Spy?," University College London computer-science student Shah Mahmood and UCL's chair of information communication technology, Yvo Desmedt, highlighted what they called a "zero-day privacy loophole." It enables a person to deactivate his own account and then later, upon reactivating the account and shedding his privacy "cloak," to quickly view his friends' profiles before disappearing into the darkness again.

The loophole takes advantage of the lengthy and complicated process of getting rid of a Facebook account. The social network persuades many would-be exiles to take only the half-step of deactivating their accounts, in effect putting the accounts into hibernation instead of deleting them altogether.

READ THE REST AT MSNBC

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

There is Facebook and there is Facebook party


Horrified Colin Manson, 45, was forced to fly home just three hours after landing for a relaxing skiing holiday when he received a phone call from wife Louisa.

Louisa, 32, begged the businessman to return after telling him their house was a "mess" after daughter Amy Louise, 15, used the social networking site to plug a party.

The bash became wildly out of control - and Colin returned to find holes in the walls of his property laden with and stains on the floors.

Colin, chief executive of Xodus Group, which specialises in oil and gas and renewable energy said the damage was caused by his daughter's friends.

He said: "It was a Facebook party that got out of hand.

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Monday, March 19, 2012

The man who painted Facebook office seven years ago to reap US$200 million


A graffiti artist who painted the walls of Facebook's first headquarters seven years ago is set for a bumper payday of $200million after he agreed to take Facebook stock instead of cash for his work.

David Choe, 35, was asked to paint the offices in Palo Alto, California, in 2005, and was offered the choice by then-president Sean Parker of being paid a few thousand cash or the equivalent in shares.

Now, after a blockbuster $5billion Facebook stock exchange flotation moved a step closer last night, he is one of at least 1,000 company employees finally on their way to becoming millionaires.

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Sunday, March 18, 2012

If you have more friends on Facebook, you are a socially disruptive narcissist


Researchers have established a direct link between the number of friends you have on Facebook and the degree to which you are a "socially disruptive" narcissist, confirming the conclusions of many social media sceptics.

People who score highly on the Narcissistic Personality Inventory questionnaire had more friends on Facebook, tagged themselves more often and updated their newsfeeds more regularly.

The research comes amid increasing evidence that young people are becoming increasingly narcissistic, and obsessed with self-image and shallow friendships.

The latest study, published in the journal Personality and Individual Differences, also found that narcissists responded more aggressively to derogatory comments made about them on the social networking site's public walls and changed their profile pictures more often.

READ THE REST AT GUARDIAN UK

Facebook status update

Monday, March 12, 2012

Another day, another Facebook scam


Facebook scammers are once again trying to pique your curiosity with claims of a video showing a roller coaster accident in California. This is a scam and no such video exists.

This version says something like “Rollercoaster Accident in California!” or “HORRIFIC Roller Coaster Accident! In Universal Studios..” or “OMG! Theme Park accident in Alton Towers United Kingdom Rollercoaster Accident in United Kingdom Check this @:” or “HORRIFIC! - Summertime Theme Park Australia” or “OMG! - Theme Park accident in Universal Studios Hollywood” followed by a fraudulent link. It also has a juicy description: “This IS CRAZY has just been leaked!” or “Watch this horrific video now..” or “ACCIDENT! - 89% Cant Watch It Rollercoaster Accident in Australia” or “Rollercoaster Accident in California.”

The link takes you to what appears to be a video embedded on what looks like a Facebook webpage. Both are fake.

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Saturday, March 10, 2012

Facebook friends judge you on what they see, not what you say


Forget a glowing profile and an ever-expanding number of friends, Facebook users should ensure they post a complimentary photograph of themselves on the social networking site.

Researchers have found that a profile photo on Facebook tells viewers all they need to know to form an impression of someone and virtually no words are necessary.

In one experiment, college students who viewed a Facebook photo of a fellow student having fun with friends rated that person as extroverted - even if his profile said he was 'not a big people-person.'

READ MORE AT DAILY MAIL

Teacher left family for 18-yrs old student and her mother is waging a Facebook campaign against this

The central California city of Modesto is in an uproar after a 41-year-old high school teacher quit his job and left his wife and children to move in with an 18-year-old student, according to news reports.

The young woman's mother is waging a Facebook campaign against the relationship and police are investigating whether the couple had any illegal contact before her 18th birthday in September. Both have said there was no sexual contact before she reached the legal age.

READ THE REST AT USATODAY

Saudi selling son for US$20 million on Facebook

A failed Saudi businessman has put up his own son up for sale on Facebook. He claims that with all doors closed to him, he couldn’t see any other way to provide for his wife and daughter.

Saud bin Nasser Al Shahry wants more than 73 million UAE Dirhams for the boy, a sum equivalent to almost $20 million, reports Qatar’s Al Sharq newspaper. A deal on the boy would offer “a decent life to his mother and sister rather than living in poverty.”

The resourceful businessman said his debt-collecting firm had been ruled illegal by a local court and had to be shut down. When Al Shahry approached the Labor Office for financial assistance, the authorities allegedly refused him aid as the ministry does not provide help to individuals over 35 years old.

Al Shahry is ready to go to court to complete the “sale procedures,” says the newspaper. The ex-businessman’s only stipulation is to know in which city the purchaser resides - RT.com

Friday, March 9, 2012

A hospital nurse is now a jailed nurse after posting pictures of patients on Facebook

For posting "disturbing" photos of her patients on the social networking site Facebook, a nursing assistant in the United States was jailed for eight days and her license was revoked for two years, the news site Daily Mail UK reported on Thursday.

While working at Regency Pacific Nursing and Rehab Center in Portland, Oregon in the United states, Nai Mai Chao, 26, took graphic pictures of at least two of her patients, one of them dying, the report said.

The photos showed the patients using bed pans, with one of the elderly’s buttocks shown. There are also photos of human feces in the bed pans.

Chao reportedly posted it on her Facebook page, making derogatory comments on the photos.

The Jury court found Chao guilty of invading her patient’s personal privacy and sentenced her to eight days in jail. She was released on March 2 this year.


Man stole a judge signplate and shown it on his Facebook and he is now at ........



Almost everyone on Facebook uploads photos to their profiles. For a 21-year old Florida man, it led to his arrest.

Steven Mulhall of Coral Springs, Florida, is accused of stealing a nameplate from the courtroom door of Judge Michael Orlando — the same day he was in Broward County court for a previous theft.

An anonymous tipster told authorities there was a photo posted of Mulhall holding the sign on his girlfriend’s Facebook page. Police matched the photo to a previous mug shot and made the arrest Thursday.

“The nameplate is like only $40, not that big of a crime, but what an idiot.  He puts it on Facebook,” Broward County Sheriff Al Lamberti told the South Florida Sun Sentinel.

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Facebook is dangerous for those who married a second wife secretly

Facebook's automatic efforts to connect users through "friends" they may know recently led two Washington women to find out they were married to the same man, at the same time.

That led to the man, corrections officer Alan L. O'Neill, being slapped with bigamy charges.

According to charging documents filed Thursday, O'Neill married a woman in 2001, moved out in 2009, changed his name and remarried without divorcing her. The first wife first noticed O'Neill had moved on to another woman when Facebook suggested the friendship connection to wife No. 2 under the "People You May Know" feature.

"Wife No. 1 went to wife No. 2's page and saw a picture of her and her husband with a wedding cake," Pierce County Prosecutor Mark Lindquist told The Associated Press.

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Monday, March 5, 2012

Facebook, the company that will create 1,000 millionaires soon, pay only US$1 for its moderators

For most of us, our experience on Facebook is a benign – even banal – one. A status update about a colleague’s commute. A “friend” request from someone we haven’t seen for years (and hoped to avoid for several more). A picture of another friend’s baby, barely distinguishable from the dozen posted the day before.

Some four billion pieces of content are shared every day by 845 million users. And while most are harmless, it has recently come to light that the site is brimming with paedophilia, pornography, racism and violence – all moderated by outsourced, poorly vetted workers in third world countries paid just $1 an hour.

In addition to the questionable morality of a company that is about to create 1,000 millionaires when it floats paying such paltry sums, there are significant privacy concerns for the rest of us. Although this invisible army of moderators receive basic training, they work from home, do not appear to undergo criminal checks, and have worrying access to users’ personal details. In a week in which there has been an outcry over Google’s privacy policies, can we expect a wider backlash over the extent to which we trust companies with our intimate information?

Last month, 21-year-old Amine Derkaoui gave an interview to Gawker, an American media outlet. Derkaoui had spent three weeks working in Morocco for oDesk, one of the outsourcing companies used by Facebook. His job, for which he claimed he was paid around $1 an hour, involved moderating photos and posts flagged as unsuitable by other users.

READ THE REST AT TELEGRAPH

Thursday, March 1, 2012

Why Facebook is bad for LRT



Seeing a picture of a Light Rail Transit (LRT) derailed off its tracks with one of its coaches dangling in mid-air on their Facebook newsfeed would probably alarm any netizen in the country.

As if to personify the growing sense of netizen mobilisation in Malaysia, calls were made to the Fire and Rescue Department to rush to the site of this '"mishap", while Prasarana Sdn Bhd, who operated the RapidKL LRT that was depicted in the picture, were immediately contacted by various media organisations who were eager to find out what had happened.

But the problem with the whole rush was that no fact-checking was done.

The incident actually occurred in October 2006, when an empty Star-LRT train overshot its last stop barrier at the Sentul Timur LRT station, which left around 10 metres of the 64m, six-coach train, to dangle in the air, 25m from the ground level.

READ THE REST AT MALAY MAIL

Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Another day, another Facebook hoax


Facebook users are inadvertently spreading a hoax on the social network, telling each other that drug dealers are selling colored and flavored crystal methamphetamine known as “Strawberry Quick” to children. This story is false.


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Facebook will read your SMS messages, so beware

A Sunday Times report has accused Facebook of having access to its mobile app users’ text messages, according to Read Write Web. Facebook, in a response to an article on Business Insider on the matter admits that it does have read/write access to SMS messages, but that it’s not doing anything with that access.

Facebook said that it wanted access in order to test its own messaging service, and that permissions granted to Facebook by the user when installing the app are clearly explained on the Android marketplace page.

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Another proof that Facebook is full of stupid people

A Miami man is charged with using Facebook postings to threaten to harm or assassinate President Barack Obama during his visit to South Florida last week, according to a federal criminal complaint.

A Secret Service affidavit filed in Miami federal court identified the man as 20-year-old Joaquin Amador Serrapio Jr. of Miami.

According to the affidavit, Serrapio posted the threatening comments under the Facebook name “Jay Valor” during Obama’s visit to the University of Miami last Thursday. There’s no indication that Serrapio took any steps to carry out the threat or that the president was ever in any danger. The Secret Service did not immediately respond Tuesday to a telephone call seeking additional comment.

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Don't belittle your son ex-wife or you will be jailed

An Ohio judge threatened a man with jail time over a Facebook rant about his soon-to-be ex-wife, who happened to have a protective order filed against him.

The problem is that instead of helping protect the woman, the court managed to turn the case into a free speech issue that gained national attention. The media has leapt upon the case, making the names of Mark and Elizabeth Byron easy to find on Google.

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Thursday, February 23, 2012

Court orders husband to apologise to estranged wife on Facebook for 30 days

A husband has been forced to issue a grovelling apology to his estranged wife every day for 30 days on Facebook after posting a furious message about her on the social networking site.

In leaving the hate-filled rant, Mark Byron breached a court order protecting his wife, Elizabeth, and their son after he was convicted of civil domestic violence against her last year.

According to court records, he said: 'If you are an evil, vindictive woman who wants to ruin your husband's life and take your son's father away from him completely - all you need to do is say that you're scared of your husband or domestic partner and they'll take him away!'

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Tuesday, February 21, 2012

She thought Facebook was a killing machine?

An animal rights activist has been arrested after allegedly using Facebook to appeal for a hit man to kill a stranger - as young as 12 - wearing fur.

Meredith Lowell, 27, from Cleveland Heights, Ohio had created a fake account on the social networking site to offer $830 to $850 for the attack.

She was looking for someone to fatally shoot or slit the throat of a random person donned in fur, according to an FBI affidavit filed with an Ohio court.

READ AT DAILY MAIL

Addicted to Facebook


Saturday, February 18, 2012

Don't rape if you have a Facebook account, your victim might track you down

A 37-year-old woman has alleged that she was raped at gunpoint in a moving car earlier this month while returning from a nightclub here. The woman claimed that she later tracked down the accused on social networking site Facebook.

The woman has also accused the Park Street police of misbehaving with her when she had gone there to lodge a complaint.

According to the woman, she was offered a lift by a man whom she had befriended at the nightclub; three other men were also in the car. The woman said one of them, whom she identified as Sarafat Ali, pinned her down, placed a pistol’s barrel in her mouth, and allegedly raped her before abandoning her near Park Hotel.

While the incident took place on February 5, the woman said that she went to the police on February 9, as she was in a state of trauma.

In the complaint, she has identified the other three men as Azhar Ali, Luvi Gidwani and Salman.

INDIANEXPRESS

Friday, February 17, 2012

Last Facebook posting before you go six feet under

In your final moments, updating your Facebook status or sending a Tweet should be the last thing on your mind. A morbid new service promises to take care of that for you so you can focus on the more important things when -- heaven forbid -- death catches up.

The free Facebook app If I Die gives people a chance to write their messages or record their videos well before the end arrives. Upon death, three “trustees” -- friends that you assign -- must verify your death, at which point your updates will be released to the public.

Messages can be released either all at once or on a predetermined schedule -- meaning your words can go on, and on, and on ... online that is.

READ AT FOXNEWS

Got Facebook, win election

Rapid City in South Dakota is a world away from politically savvy campaign headquarters in Washington or Chicago. Yet it is here, in a modest town of 70,000 people tucked away in the rural backwaters of America, that the potential power of Facebook to win elections can be seen most vividly.

Last June, Sam Kooiker decided to stand for mayor of the city. To many people that seemed the height of political folly – he was running against the two-term incumbent mayor, Alan Hanks, who was a household name in Rapid City and had vastly more money to spend on advertising.

Kooiker didn't have sufficient funds to launch a TV ad campaign, so instead he turned to a local company called Straightforward Interactive and asked them to devise a digital strategy.

The firm's Josh Barsch advised that the most effective approach would be to target Facebook users living in Rapidy City. Statistics suggested that most adult residents of the town were on Facebook, and the information about themselves that they offered up on their home pages – location, date of birth, gender, political affiliation, religion, interests etc – would allow the campaign to target its message directly to them.

Barsch and Kooiker identified more than 30 separate demographic groups of key voters in the town, serving each one with a customised web advert.

Dead man rising from Facebook

A hacker’s cruel hoax of seizing a dead man’s dormant Facebook account to play with his profile and “like” brand-name products and services from the grave sent a distraught Brockton woman to the Herald seeking help to end the social-media nightmare that has tormented her family.

The family’s anguish eased yesterday when Facebook promptly did what Susan Cunningham and her four tech-savvy kids couldn’t — deactivate the late Michael P. Marshalsea’s online profile.

“It’s amazing that you got it done when I’ve been trying for well over a week. I’m extremely relieved,” said Cunningham, 52, a hospital administrative assistant from Brockton. “But I still want to know who did it, though I’ll probably never find out.”

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Thursday, February 16, 2012

Don't tell Facebook "God does not exist." You will be jailed for up to 5 years

31-year-old Alexander Aan faces a maximum prison sentence of five years for posting “God does not exist” on Facebook. The civil servant was attacked and beaten by an angry mob of dozens who entered his government office at the Dharmasraya Development Planning Board on Wednesday. The Indonesian man was taken into protective police custody Friday since he was afraid of further physical assault.

The posting was made on a Facebook Page titled Ateis Minang (Minang Atheist), which Aan created. At the time of writing, it had over 1,700 Likes. Aan’s posting has been removed, but supporters on the Page are urging police to release him.

Dharmasraya Police Chief Sr. Comr. Chairul Aziz said the district branch of the council and other Islamic organizations believed Aan had defiled Islam by using passages from the Koran to denounce the existence of God and highlight his atheist views. “So it meets the criteria of tainting religion, in this case Islam,” Chairul told The Jakarta Globe.

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Don't post photos of your daughters, wives, mistresses and girlfriends on Facebook. They may end up on porn site.

The FBI and Massachusetts police are trying to figure out who "hijacked" Facebook photos of teenage girls from more than a dozen high schools in the state and posted them on a website police say features child pornography.

Authorities on Thursday described the site as an anonymous bulletin board with links to pornographic content and photos of students from all 50 U.S. states.

The Massachusetts link displayed pictures of 17 teenage girls from Bay Path Regional Vocational Technical High School in Charlton and others from schools around the state, officials said.




Sunday, February 12, 2012

If you're a fugitive, don't post your whereabout on the Facebook

A Sicilian drug dealer who fled to the UK has been extradited after he gave himself away by posting photos of London locations on Facebook.

The snaps included one of Madame Tussauds, where Michele Grasso posed with a model of Barack Obama.

Grasso vanished from his home town, Taormina, in 2010 as police sought to arrest him for drug dealing. But he was untraceable and mockingly said on Facebook that his address was Alcatraz.

He used the site to let friends know he was having a wonderful time. In 2010, he posted photos of himself building a snowman under the title "Fantastic!" and wrote: "Have you seen how beautiful it is here with the snow?".

That prompted one friend to write: "Why don't you let me know where you are? Is it in case you get caught?"

Grasso then posted photos under the title "Christmas in London", followed by snaps of trips to the Ministry of Sound nightclub, the London Eye, Tower Bridge and Oxford Circus.

He also posted photos of himself with his arm around a woman, titled "My 24th birthday (in London)".

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Father shoots teen's laptop after 'disrespectful' Facebook post


A video of an angry American father pumping nine slugs from a handgun into his daughter's laptop has gone viral on YouTube and sparked an impassioned online debate over his parenting skills.

Tommy Jordan, of North Carolina, explains in the video, which he titled "Facebook Parenting: for the troubled teen," that he was upset by a Facebook post by his 15-year-old daughter in which she complained about her parents.

"This is for my daughter, Hannah, and more importantly for all her friends on Facebook who thought her little rebellious post was cute," Jordan says, speaking into a video camera apparently set up on a tripod..

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Wednesday, February 8, 2012

If you delete a friend from your Facebook, you may be shot to death

A father who was upset after a Tennessee couple deleted his adult daughter as a friend on Facebook has been charged in the shooting deaths of the couple, authorities said Wednesday.

The victims had complained to police that Marvin Potter's daughter was harassing them after they deleted her as a friend on the social networking site, Johnson County Sheriff Mike Reece said Wednesday.

Potter, 60, has been charged with two counts of first-degree murder in last week's slayings of Billy Payne Jr. and his girlfriend, Billie Jean Hayworth. The couple was shot to death in their Mountain City home in the far northeast corner of the state. Their 8-month-old baby was found unharmed in Hayworth's arms.

Friday, February 3, 2012

People who use Facebook to make new friends just end up MORE lonely

Loners who use Facebook in a bid to make new friends only end up annoying the few pals they already have, new research claims.

Findings reveal that people suffering low self-esteem who sign up to Facebook often end up over-sharing personal information and moaning.

This presents a negative image of them which irritates existing friends and puts new ones off from getting close to them.

Canadian researchers say that despite Facebook being seen by many as an easy and fun way of making new friends, posting too many negative or self-pitying status updates can actually annoy online ‘friends.’

Facebook is ruthlessly selling your soul

The announcement that Facebook, the social media giant, is planning a $5bn float on the stock market – valuing the company at $100bn – has led to a frenzy of speculation about the fortunes its young founders will rake in. There will be hundreds of new millionaires, we hear, and several new billionaires, too.

But in all this hysteria about the vast sums involved, has anyone thought to question what exactly Facebook is selling? The answer is both obvious and sinister: You.

Terrifyingly, the social networking site turns you into a product. It makes your friendships, marriages and children into a product.

Facebook tells its users: ‘It’s free and always will be.’ Now consider this bit of wisdom: ‘If you’re not paying, you’re not the customer; you’re the product.’

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Monday, January 30, 2012

You post negative comments on my Facebook, my friends and I will hack you with an axe

Northern Territory Police say a group of youths armed themselves with an axe, iron bar and knife to seek retribution for comments made on the social networking website Facebook.

Three people went to a caravan in Girraween in Darwin's rural area at about 3pm yesterday..

Police say they attacked a 19-year-old man.

The man suffered a cut to his arm but managed to fight off his attackers who ran off.

SOURCE: ABC.NET.AU

Husband wanted wife's Facebook friend dead

A paranoid Brisbane husband tried to hire a hit man to kill one of his wife's Facebook friends because he thought she was going to leave him and move to Sydney, a court has heard.

Silvanus Satya Naidu, 51, of Rocklea, pleaded guilty to attempting to procure the murder between October 28, 2010, and February 20 last year after the "hit man" was revealed to be a police covert operator, the Courier Mail reports.

The Brisbane Supreme Court heard Naidu had become jealous after his wife of 28 years began communicating by Facebook and telephone with an old university friend, James Asher Kumar.

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Saturday, January 28, 2012

How not to destroy your professional reputation on Facebook

Today our lives tell a story — a story that’s often played out IRL (In Real Life) and on the wall — our Facebook wall.

Because our Facebook friends are often a combination of personal and professional, our Facebook posts toe a tricky line. The story we tell is critical to our brand. Take a stroll through your wall posts and pictures (your last 10 should be sufficient) and read the story you’ve been telling. Do your pictures tell a story of intellect or reveal that you’re a serial party girl?

To make sure your professional brand stays intact, and your wall doesn’t come crumbling down, here are The Gracious Girl’s three Facebook Ps: Pictures, Posts and Privacy.

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Friday, January 20, 2012

Smoking is better than Facebook, so is sex

Facebook addict Lim said her life now revolves around the social networking website.

Lim, who is in her 50s, admitted to a psychologist that she no longer had normal conversations with her family as most of her free time was spent in front of the computer.

She said she was addicted to Facebook games “Farmville” and “Baking Life” and would plan her daily activities around the website.

Lim said she would start her virtual “crop planting” or “baking” in the morning before work to make sure that it was completed in time for her to resume the game during lunch break.

“I have not had a good night's sleep in a long time as I can't log off until the wee hours of the morning,” she said.

Another addict, who wanted to be known only as Satish, said he logged on to Facebook every half hour.

“If I can't go on Facebook for some reason, I feel uneasy and can't concentrate on my work,” said the 30-year-old engineer.

His addiction became worse after he bought a smartphone - The Star

If you just murdered somebody, don't boast about it on Facebook

Police investigating three murders arrested 43 feuding New York gang members on Thursday based on evidence collected from monitoring what the gang members were saying about the cases on Twitter and Facebook, authorities said.

The 25 accused members of the Wave Gang and 18 accused members of rival Hoodstarz have been terrorizing streets in Brooklyn with shootouts that led to the killing of three people and wounding of several others, New York Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly said.

The gang members, ages 15 to 21, bragged about the shootings on the social media sites Twitter, Facebook and YouTube, he said.

"By linking their postings and boastings to active cases and other crimes, these officers were able to build their case," Kelly said.

Brooklyn District Attorney Charles Hynes said authorities will next be going after gangs in other Brooklyn neighborhoods.

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Holy coconut! Now they even have Facebook nightclub

With upwards of 800 million users, the driving spirit of Facebook is that it's a safe place for strangers to get to know each other and share their lives online. Now an ambitious party promoter in South America has taken that ethos to the highest level of interactivity—with an actual Facebook nightclub.

The Facebook-branded club was spotted a few weeks ago by a Brazilian blogger who posted a photo of the new club and openly questioned its legality. The story was soon picked up by The Guardian, which managed to interview the would-be real world Facebook club owner, Humbert Eduardo Camacho.

"The Facebook concept is about sharing ideas, adventures, friendships, parties and photos with your friends… what we wanted to do was to build a nightclub with this concept, where people could come and share things with their friends, spend a cool night, sharing pictures, experiences and have fun," Camacho said.

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Elton John's husband is a Madonna hater

David Furnish is a civil partner of Elton John - in simple language, his husband


More reasons to delete your Facebook account

Feeling down about your life? One quick way to cheer yourself up may be to delete your Facebook account.

New research indicates that the more people use the hugely popular social networking website, the more they will believe that others are much happier.

The study by Utah Valley University found that the carefully-chosen pictures of smiling, cheerful faces which Facebook users tend to plaster over their pages cumulatively convey a debilitating message to others.

Sociologists Hui-Tzu Grace Chou and Nicholas Edge interviewed 425 undergraduate students about their happiness and that of their friends.

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After allowing for gender, religiosity and whether people were single or attached, the study found that 'the more hours people spent on Facebook, the stronger was their agreement that others were happier'.

This was particularly true of Facebook users who stockpiled 'friends' they did not actually know.