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Social media is used for a lot of good purposes, but also has turned into the perfect outlet for middle and high school students to cyberbully and threaten one another. During a recent study, half of students in the Detroit area admitted to bullying one another, spreading rumors, or demanding sexting-related content from their peers, according to Wayne State University.
Forty six percent of students in "high risk schools" conducted social media misuse, while 54 percent of students in "low risk-schools" admitted to the same behavior.
"It begins with the constant texting or the stalking on Facebook," said Poco Kernsmith, associate professor of social work at Wayne State University, in a statement published by the Detroit Free Press. "'Where are you?' and 'Who are you with?' It becomes 'I don't want you to hang out with your friends,' and 'I don't like the way you dress.' It becomes controlling and isolating."
Fed up with Facebook's breach of rights in regards to things like tracking of data under EU laws and involvement in the NSA's PRISM surveillance, Max Schrems is spearheading a class-action lawsuit against Facebook with 25,000 users rallying behind him.
With the class-action filed against the Irish subsidiary at a civil court in Vienna, News.com.au explains this being a possibility "because under EU law, all member states have to enforce court rulings from any other member state."
Facebook wants to make it easier for parents to keep photos of their kids on the social network, unveiling its new Scrapbooks feature. The new Scrapbooks feature allows you to "opt to co-own the scrapbook with a partner who you're in a relationship with on Facebook" and much more. Here's what it can do:
- You can opt to co-own the scrapbook with a partner who you're in a relationship with on Facebook.
- You choose what you call the tag-it could be your child's name, initials or something fun.
- You and your partner choose which photos to tag.
- Only you and your partner can tag your child in photos.
- We've built in lots of reminders and tips to guide you along the way.
In order to use it, you just go to the "About" section of your profile, click on "Family and Relationships" and then "Add Scrapbook" next to your kid's name (as long as they're already added to your profile, and added as a family member).
The Somerset County Sheriff's Office in Maine were able to arrest a suspect on outstanding warrants with the help of his social media posts.
Christopher Wallace, wanted for burglary, made a post on Snapchat that he was back home, even though he knew local police were looking for him. When Fairfield Police Department officers were in his house trying to locate him, then Wallace reportedly posted on Snapchat that he was hiding in a cabinet - and additional phone tips were called into the police department.
"A search of the kitchen cabinets turned up some food, some pots and pans, and also a pair of feet," a recent Somerset County Sheriff's Office Facebook page boasted. "The pair of feet just so happened to be attached to a person, and that person was Christopher Wallace. He was removed from the cabinet, and placed under arrest."
During Facebook's F8 developer conference, CEO and founder Mark Zuckerberg announced that 360-degree spherical videos will soon be on users' News Feeds.
Zuckerberg showed the audience a demonstration of the new 360-degree video, which was filmed at its Menlo Park-based HQ. The in-house footage was captured with an array of 24 camera working together, which allows a user to look freely within a virtual environment - perfect for that $2 billion acquisition of Oculus VR last year.
The best bit about the new 360-degree videos is that they don't require a VR headset like the Oculus Rift to be played back, as they'll work on normal computers, smartphones and tablets. Facebook does want to see Oculus Rift owners putting their Rift headsets on and watching the content that way, but we don't even know when the CV1 of the Rift will be made available yet. Facebook has, however, been on a .huge hiring spree leading up to the launch of the Oculus Rift CV1
Facebook Messenger surpassed 500 million monthly active users four months ago, and now has more than 600 million monthly active users, CNBC reported.
Even though some users weren't happy when Facebook broke off Messenger on mobile devices, forcing users to download the Messenger app separately, it helped boost usage figures. More social networking users are migrating from PCs to smartphones and tablets, opening the door to expansive Messenger adoption.
Facebook doesn't want Messenger just to be a text and voice communication tool for users - it could embrace the Internet of Things (IoT) and be used as a platform for additional services. Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg is expected to speak more about Messenger during the F8 Developer Conference.
The Islamic State Hacking Division recently created waves when it posted personal information of military personnel online - and called for attacks on the soldiers and Marines.
The ISIS group posted names, photos and addresses of US military personnel, with the list reportedly collected using public databases and social media. The hacker group didn't breach any sensitive networks, according to military sources - leading officers to be careful of social media activities.
"I am sending this message as a reminder regarding vigilance while using social media," said Army Major. General Michael Garrett. "A couple months ago, we reached out to remind you of the reality that we are operating in a 'new norm' in which cyber threats are real and constant; any Centcom teammate or family member could be targeted. To that end, we all should maintain a heightened sense of vigilance whether dealing with work or home computer usage, specifically as it relates to social media."
We've just reported on the Bunnings Warehouse $2,000 voucher scam plaguing unexpected users as new information has come to light on a Qantas Airline scam hitting the tech radar also.
Reportedly over 100,000 people have already fallen victim to this scam, seeing first-class air travel promised to users in return for liking and sharing image on their wall, gathering an additional 80,000 likes on the Facebook page itself.
In reality your reward is absolutely nothing - we've seen these 'like and share' competitions happen quite often in the past, promising prizes ranging from holidays to iPhone's.
Qantas has refuted this competition, claiming "we're aware of this fake Facebook account. It is a scam and has nothing to do with Qantas. Facebook has been advised and are currently investigating," adding that "our campaigns are always run from our authenticated Facebook page (identified by its authorized blue tick) or through the official Qantas website."
We've seen this plenty of times before - excited people looking to cash in on a quick buck through social media promotions and ending up participating in a large scale scam.
Navigating through the Facebook link as seen above will see you fill out an information form in what you think is an exchange for a $2,000 Bunnings hardware store voucher - but what you're actually doing is giving away your precious personal information, your IP address and quite possibly your computers' virus-free integrity.
There is no pot of gold at the end of the rainbow and after you've already shared the event to your friends you come out empty handed and confused.
Bunnings has officially stated that they are not involved with this competition - "Bunnings is in no way associated with any of the above activities and does not use social media for any offers or promotions. Bunnings will also never ask for personal or banking details in unsolicited communications."
We're not quite sure how they didn't see this coming - Palestinian militant group Hamas launched a hashtag campaign on Twitter in order to generate some positive feedback, interaction and support with the wider community.
Their #AskHamas tag quickly backfired on them with people asking hard-hitting questions about human shields, suicide bombings and various rocket attacks. News.com.au found out that this hashtag certainly has generated some global feedback, topping 36,000 tweets in one day - but not in the way that was expected.
One of the questions asked was by Jeffery Goldberg, an American Journalist, who pitched "Why did you murder 30 civilians, including 20 people over the age of 70, at a Passover Seder in Netanya in 2002?"