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Swiss Court Finds That Clicking 'Like' to Spread Hateful or Defamatory Content May Be a Crime

Mashing the Facebook share or like buttons on defamatory content as well as anti-Semitic propaganda or other far-right drivel could amount to a crime in Switzerland as a result of a ruling in Swiss Federal Court this week.Read more...
Tags: Facebook, Science, Technology, Social Media, Switzerland, Hate Speech, Free Speech, Swiss Federal Court, Defemation

Exploring a genome's 3D organization through a social network lens

Computational biologists at Carnegie Mellon University have taken an algorithm used to study social networks, such as Facebook communities, and adapted it to identify how DNA and proteins are interconnected into communities within the cell nucleus. The behavior of these communities may prove key to understanding basic cellular processes and disease mechanisms, such as aging and cancer development.
Tags: Facebook, Science, Carnegie Mellon University

The Tech Revolt Finally Comes for Oracle

Oracle isn’t a household name. Its product is software and cloud computing, and its customers are other companies—and so, it’s avoided much of the scrutiny heaped on public-facing firms like Facebook, while making its co-founder Larry Ellison the fifth-richest man in the United States. And amid worker backlash across…Read more...
Tags: Facebook, Science, Labor, United States, Larry Ellison, Donald Trump, Oracle, Techlash

Intense video shows rescue after 22-year-old-man falls into icy Lake Michigan

SWAT officers rescued a young man after he slipped and fell into icy Lake Michigan on Saturday -- and the Chicago Police Department captured a video of their heroic efforts.The individual, who the police department confirmed was a 22-year-old man in an email to AccuWeather, was transported to Northwestern Memorial Hospital in critical condition. The rescue video, which was shared by Chicago Police Department Sunday on Facebook and Twitter, now has over 50,000 views on Facebook, and a shortened v...
Tags: Facebook, Science, Chicago, Accuweather, Paul Walker, Chicago Police Department, Walker, National Weather Service NWS, Lake Michigan, Facebook and Twitter, Lake Shore Drive, Northwestern Memorial Hospital, DirecTV Frontier, Scuba Team Chicago Police Marine

Coronavirus: Japan to trial HIV retroviral drugs on patients – latest news

Campaign comes as UK prepares an evacuation flight for passengers on the Diamond Princess cruise ship. Follow the latest news and updates hereApple warns of iPhone shortages amid factory shutdownUK trying to contact passengers who left MV WesterdamVirus causes mild disease in four out of five patients, says WHOWhat is coronavirus and what should I do if I have symptoms?Share your experiences 7.23am GMT Morning, I’m Aamna Mohdin taking over the liveblog from Martin Farrer. Britons David Abel ...
Tags: Facebook, Business, Japan, UK, Science, China, Economics, Asia Pacific, Infectious Diseases, Global Economy, Shanghai, Sally, Abel, Diamond Princess, Lu Jing, Coronavirus outbreak

Popular 'inland ocean' is approaching record water level heights

Lake Lanier is known as Georgia's inland ocean and that ocean is rising this winter. Heavy rain has swelled the reservoir to its highest levels in over 55 years.On Monday afternoon, the lake was within 1 foot of its all-time record, set in April 1964. To avoid potential damage or injuries, authorities have asked residents to cut electricity to docks and tie them down.CLICK HERE FOR THE FREE ACCUWEATHER APPIn a Facebook comment from Feb. 13, the Lake Lanier Association wrote that they expect ...
Tags: Facebook, Science, Georgia, Gulf Coast, Accuweather, Corps, Army Corps Of Engineers, Lake Lanier, Buford Dam, Lake Lanier Association, Knittle, Jonathan Petramala, DirecTV Frontier, Danielle Knittle, Scott Kanady, Lanier Dock Watch

Video captures dramatic moment a landslide crumbles a Tennessee home

An angry landslide in Tennessee ripped through Hardin County, Tennessee, on Saturday and Sunday, shredding a pair of homes in its path. The two homes were previously in danger of collapsing before heavy rain triggered the landslide that swept the large residences into the Tennessee River.Both homes, located just north of Savannah, were unoccupied at the time of collapse, although one was still being actively lived in prior. According to Hardin County Fire officials, the occupied home was evacuat...
Tags: Facebook, Science, Mississippi, Tennessee, Gulf of Mexico, Savannah, National Weather Service NWS, Tennessee River, Hardin County, Longley, Hardin County Tennessee, Tennessee River Both, Facebook Hardin County Fire Drone, Isaac Longley, Savannah Longley, Facebook Hardin County Fire According

Coronavirus: 99 more cases confirmed on cruise ship - live news

People who flout new order in Xiaogan city in central Hubei face detention for 10 days as global death toll reaches 1,775. Follow live news and latest updatesShare your experiences 10.15am GMT A Russian woman who was on board the Diamond Princess cruise liner docked in Yokohama, Japan, has tested positive for coronavirus , the Russian Embassy to Japan said on Monday.Reuters reports the woman will be taken to a hospital and treated, citing a post by the embassy on Facebook. 9.36am GMT Jap...
Tags: Facebook, Hong Kong, Japan, Science, China, World news, Australia news, Ap, Asia Pacific, Infectious Diseases, Tokyo, Reuters, Hubei, Yokohama Japan, Yokohama, Russian Embassy

Another Tech Event Canceled Over Coronavirus Concerns, This Time in the Bay Area

Facebook will no longer hold its global marketing summit in San Francisco next month, the company announced Friday, in what many are calling the Bay Area’s first reported cancelation attributed to the COVID-19 outbreak. Read more...
Tags: Health, Facebook, Science, San Francisco, Bay Area, Wuhan Virus, Coronavirus, Covid 19

Facebook Stealthily Launched a Pinterest-Esque App Called Hobbi

Facebook’s at it again. While everybody knows the company for its eponymous app, it also regularly plays around with launching new ones on the down-low. Remember Lasso? How about Whale, Bump, or Aux? Well, the latest experimental app from Facebook is a Pinterest-like app called Hobbi.Read more...
Tags: Facebook, Science, Pinterest, Lasso, NPE Team, Hobbi, Pinterest Refuses To Die So Easily, Facebook Stealthily

Hiker's awe-inspring photo of 'angel in the sky' garners worldwide attention

Lee Howdle was out enjoying a hike in the English countryside on Friday, Feb. 7, when he looked to the sky and saw an otherwordly sight.As he trekked up Mam Tor, a 1,696-foot-high hill in the county of Derbyshire, located in the English Midlands, he saw what appeared to be an angellike image shrouded in mist and surrounded by a colorful halo, staring back at him.As it turns out, it wasn't a divine presence appearing in Howdle's path, but rather his own shadow reflected back into the sky,...
Tags: Facebook, Science, Instagram, Germany, Accuweather, Derbyshire, Harz mountains, Cowley, DirecTV Frontier, Lee Howdle, Howdle, Les Cowley, ACCUWEATHER APPThe National Weather Service, Brocken Spectre, Derbyshire Telegraph Howdle

How social media makes breakups that much worse

Even those who use Facebook features like unfriending, unfollowing, blocking and Take a Break still experience troubling encounters with ex-partners online, a new study shows.
Tags: Facebook, Science

Homeless Man Files Civil Rights Suit Against Police Officer Who Monitored Him on Facebook

Not all police are bad, but Facebook is the highway to surveillance hell, and cops are on it. In the latest story to highlight cop’s social media activity, a homeless resident of Los Angeles has filed a civil rights suit against the city and a police officer who is accused of conducting a several-year-long harassment…Read more...
Tags: Facebook, Science, Police, Los Angeles, Police Use Facebook

Britain Appoints Content Cops for Social Media

Social media is a content minefield, and Britain’s had it. Today, the British government announced it will appoint its media watchdog Ofcom as a regulator for social media content in a bid to rein in platforms such as Facebook, YouTube, and TikTok, among others.Read more...
Tags: Facebook, Twitter, UK, Science, Youtube, Social Media, Britain, Ofcom, Facebook YouTube, Content Moderation, Internet Regulation, Tiktok

FTC Digging Into Big Tech’s Past for Possible Anticompetitive Mergers and Acquisitions

Adding to the already-considerable interest in antitrust enforcement against major US tech companies, the Federal Trade Commission today announced a Special Order demanding information from Apple, Alphabet/Google, Amazon, Microsoft and Facebook about their mergers and acquisitions over a ten year period. Read more...
Tags: Apple, Google, Amazon, Facebook, Science, Microsoft, US, Antitrust, Federal Trade Commission, Ftc, Apple Alphabet Google Amazon Microsoft

Facebook and Twitter Refuse to Take Down Donald Trump’s Edited Nancy Pelosi Speech Ripping Video

Facebook and Twitter declined to take down a modified video posted to President Donald Trump’s accounts on both platforms that creates a questionable mash-up of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s viral speech-ripping moment during the State of the Union address. The dispute with the social networks was made public by Drew…Read more...
Tags: Facebook, Twitter, Science, House, Nancy Pelosi, Donald Trump, Misinformation

Apple Co-Hosting Tonight's Democratic Debate and Soliciting Questions Via Apple News

Apple is co-hosting tonight’s Democratic presidential debate in New Hampshire and even soliciting questions from the public through Apple News. It’s the first time that Apple has hosted a debate, joining the ranks of previous co-hosts like Facebook in an effort to become established as a serious player in the digital…Read more...
Tags: Apple, Facebook, Science, Elizabeth Warren, Joe Biden, Ap, Democrats, New Hampshire, Amy Klobuchar, Associated Press, Donald Trump, Bernie Sanders, Cordcutters, Democratic Debate, Tom Steyer, Apple Co

Facebook's Anti-Vaxxer Problem Under Fire Following 4-Year-Old's Death From Flu

Facebook—a company notorious for its bizarre defense of allowing rampant misinformation to spread like wildfire on its platform—has found itself under fire again after a mother whose 4-year-old son reportedly died of the flu this week turned to an anti-vaxxer group on the site for treatment recommendations for her…Read more...
Tags: Facebook, Science, Influenza, Vaccines, Anti Vaxxer

Facebook's Twitter Account Just Got Hijacked (For Like 2 Seconds)

Facebook’s twitter account was temporarily taken over Friday night by a group of hackers that, mostly according to rumor, may be Saudi teens.Read more...
Tags: Security, Facebook, Twitter, Science, Account Takeovers

Instagram's Made it Easier To Ditch Those Accounts You Don't Know Why You Follow

Cleaning up your feed just became a little less daunting thanks to a new Instagram update that singles out accounts you forgot you ever followed in the first place. Read more...
Tags: Facebook, Science, Instagram, Social Media, Smartphones, Stories

Two Women Allegedly Made Over $81,000 Running Raffle Racket on Facebook

Two women with a very solid plan to make money and perhaps a shaky grasp of Pennsylvania gambling law were foiled last month in a glorious but short-lived Facebook raffle scheme. Recently-filed criminal complaints estimate that admins Brittany Winings, 32, of Northern Cambria and Tiffany Dupas, 26, of Patton, made a…Read more...
Tags: Facebook, Science, Gambling, Pennsylvania, Patton, Bid Win Save, Brittany Winings, Northern Cambria, Tiffany Dupas

Why Twitch Fans Donate Money To Wealthy Streamers

Early last year, then-Twitch streamer Jeremy “Disguised Toast” Wang received an email from a fan who’d donated $200 to him in 2018. “Hey, I donated money to you a year ago,” read the email according to Wang, who spoke to Kotaku over the phone. “I’m having hard times right now. Do you think you could return that…Read more...
Tags: Facebook, Science, Youtube, Streaming, Jeremy, Twitch, Kotaku, Wang, Mixer, Disguised Toast, King Gothalion

Instagram brought in more money than YouTube in 2019

There's little doubt that Instagram is important to Facebook's bottom line, but how big is it, really? It might be larger than you think. Bloomberg sources say Instagram racked up $20 billion in ad revenue in 2019, handily eclipsing YouTube's $15.1 billion -- yes, the most popular video site on the planet wasn't as lucrative as a photo-focused social network. Instagram unsurprisingly played an important role in Facebook's finances, accounting for more than a quarter of the...
Tags: Facebook, Science, Instagram, Bloomberg

Would Facebook Save Your Life If It Could?

If you were on trial for a murder you didn’t commit, it’s possible that Facebook has evidence that could set you free. But it is extraordinarily unlikely that Facebook would hand it over. Facebook would not only refuse to help you, but it will pay exorbitant legal fees to fight your subpoenas through appeals courts as…Read more...
Tags: Facebook, Twitter, Science, Privacy, SCA, Stored Communications Act, Omar Ameen, Facebook Save Your Life

How Twitch Encourages Fans To Obsess Over Streamers' Viewership Numbers

Sit in any sizable streamer’s Twitch chat for long enough, and the topic of numbers is bound to come up. Why isn’t viewership what it used to be? Why has the streamer plateaued? Why aren’t they as big as [insert bigger streamer here]? After a while, it starts to wear on some streamers.Read more...
Tags: Facebook, Science, Youtube, Streaming, Twitch, Mixer

Hundreds trapped at resort after widespread flooding washes away road

Widespread flooding, power outages and bridge washouts have shut down large portions of British Columbia, leaving tens of thousands of Canadians crying for help and hundreds of visitors at Sasquatch Mountain Resort trapped.Around 500 people were staying at Sasquatch Mountain Resort in Fraser Valley when a weekend landslide wiped out the only connecting road down the mountain. As drone footage showed, immense damage from heavy flooding rendered the Hemlock Valley Road pass unusable.To retrieve vi...
Tags: Facebook, Science, Accuweather, British Columbia, Lim, Chilliwack, Vancouver Island, Fraser Valley, Vancouver Sun, Ministry of Transportation, Guest Services, Trans Canada Highway, Global News, Vancouver Island University, Harrison Hot Springs, Cowichan Valley

House plants do not purify the air, study shows

A new meta-analysis at Drexel University shows that house plants are not effective for purifying the air of toxins. A 1989 NASA report that claimed indoor plants are purifying was not conducted in realistic living conditions. Indoor plants have positive effects on our mental health, just not in regards to air quality. There are a lot of strange ideas floating around, especially when it comes to purification. The hope that we can be as clean as possible has been with us for millennia. Religions...
Tags: Garden, Facebook, Science, Environment, Nasa, Pollution, Innovation, Plants, Biodiversity, Derek, Drexel University, Cummings, VOCs, Environmental Engineering, Waring, Bryan E Cummings

Amazon Horrors, Buttholes on Facebook and the Truth About Face Masks: Best Gizmodo Stories of the Week

Happy Super Bowl Sunday, everyone! I hope that the fans out there have a nice time today. I imagine Roku owners will be especially pleased, given that recently announced Roku and Fox deal.Read more...
Tags: Amazon, Facebook, Science, Doctor Who, Fox, Aliens, Roku, Birds Of Prey, Emojis, Bernie Sanders, The Witcher, Best Of Gizmodo, Coronavirus, Amazon Horrors Buttholes

How Online Platforms Are Tackling Coronavirus Misinformation

As the deadly coronavirus continues to wreak havoc in China and around the world, several social media kingpins are fighting the outbreak on a different front: By curbing the spread of misinformation and fake claims online amid a public health emergency.Read more...
Tags: Facebook, Twitter, Science, China, Social Media, Snapchat, Reddit, Who, World Health Organization, Snap, Coronavirus

'The First Thing That Comes Up on Google': The Nightmare of Facebook Listing Your Butthole as a Place

Samantha Rae Anna Jespersen never expected to be asked for articles of incorporation for her butthole. But that’s the kind of cold-stupid question she would come to expect over the years in a nightmarish search for a human being in the gears and cogs of the Facebook Support apparatus.Read more...
Tags: Facebook, Harassment, Science, Samantha Rae Anna Jespersen

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