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Social Media Dating Concerns Cited In Death Of Virginia Teen

The arrest of two Virginia Tech students in the abduction and murder of a 13-year-old girl who posted on a Facebook group called Teen Dating and Flirting has set off new concerns about the dangers to young people who seek liaisons on social media, the New York Times reports. Students David Eisenhauer, 18, of Columbia, Md., and Natalie Keepers, 19, of Laurel, Md., both aspiring engineers,are being held without bond. They are charged in the death of Nicole Madison Lovell […]

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Facebook Banning Private Gun Sales On Its Main Site, Instagram

Facebook is banning private sales of guns on its flagship social network and its Instagram photo-sharing service, a move meant to clamp down on unlicensed gun transactions, the New York Times reports. Facebook already prohibits people from offering marijuana, pharmaceuticals and illegal drugs for sale, and the company is updating its policy to include guns. The ban applies to private, person-to-person sales of guns. Licensed gun dealers and gun clubs can still maintain Facebook pages and post on Instagram. Although […]

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How New York Times Erred On CA Terrorist’s Social Media Messages

The New York Times wrongly reported that Tashfeen Malik, who with her husband killed 14 people in San Bernardino, Ca., “talked openly on social media about her views on violent jihad.” Times public editor Margaret Sullivan quotes Executive Editor Dean Baquet as saying that the Times’ sources “apparently did not know the difference between public and private messages on social-media platforms.” In other words, Malik made her statements in private emails that would not have been accessible to U.S. investigators […]

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TX Officer Suspended For Facebook Post About Killing People

A San Antonio Police Department officer was suspended for 30 days without pay for a social media post, reports the San Antonio Express-News. “I love my job!!! They said you want kill people and not go to jail?? I said “F— ya, Who don't?… They said you afraid of the jungle?? I said “I ain't scared of sh–… I've been wanting go jungle since watched that Predator movie…I love my job!!!!!! Lol,” said the post by Daryl Carle on Facebook. […]

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Critics Say Social Media Firms Could Do More To Thwart Terrorists

After 14 people were killed in last week’s massacre in San Bernardino, Ca., a familiar voice celebrated the attacks on Twitter: “California, we have already arrived with our soldiers. Decide how to be your end, with knife or bomb.” The New York Times says the comment was posted from the 335th Twitter account of a pro-Islamic State group that calls itself Asawitiri Media. Twitter has repeatedly tried to cut off the authors of the account. As soon as Twitter suspends […]

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Terrorists Use Social Media, Companies Can’t Really Prevent It

Tashfeen Malik, the woman shooter in San Bernadino, is the latest in a growing line of extremists and disturbed killers who have used social media to punctuate their horrific violence, the Associated Press reports. A Facebook official said Malik, using an alias, praised the Islamic State in a Facebook post shortly before or during the attack. Malik’s posting echoes similar bids for attention by violent perpetrators, including a disgruntled Virginia broadcaster who recorded himself shooting two co-workers and then posted […]

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Gang Members Use Social Media For Threats; Researchers Try To Decode Them

Facebook, YouTube and Twitter increasingly provide the way rival gang members threaten each other, reports NPR. The practice is called “cyber banging,” and it’s often led to fights and even death. There still is rancor in some Chicago neighborhoods over a long-running feud on Twitter between Chicago rappers Chief Keef and Lil JoJo, both associated with rival gangs. Three years ago, shortly after Lil JoJo issued a taunt along with his location, he was killed. This year, police say cyber […]