social media

Can Zuckerberg really make a privacy-friendly Facebook?

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — After building a social network that turned into a surveillance system, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg says he’s shifting his company’s focus to messaging services designed to serve as fortresses of privacy. Instead of just being the network that connects everyone, Facebook wants to encourage small numbers of individuals to carry on … Continue reading Can Zuckerberg really make a privacy-friendly Facebook?

Zuckerberg promises a privacy-friendly Facebook, sort of

SAN FRANCISCO  (AP) — Mark Zuckerberg said Facebook will start to emphasize new privacy-shielding messaging services, a shift apparently intended to blunt both criticism of the company’s data handling and potential antitrust action. In effect, the Facebook co-founder and CEO promised to transform a service known for devouring the personal information shared by its users. Going … Continue reading Zuckerberg promises a privacy-friendly Facebook, sort of

GOP congressman taunts Michael Cohen ahead of public hearing

WASHINGTON (AP) — A House Republican taunted former Trump lawyer Michael Cohen ahead of a congressional hearing, suggesting in a tweet that the public appearance will expose damaging personal information about Cohen. Rep. Matt Gaetz, R-Fla., tweeted on Tuesday without offering any evidence that the world is “about to learn a lot” about President Donald … Continue reading GOP congressman taunts Michael Cohen ahead of public hearing

Legal experts: Musk conduct unlikely to bring harsh penalty

DETROIT / FEBRUARY 26, 2019 (STL.News) For about four months, Elon Musk behaved, adhering to the terms of a court settlement that required his prolific posts on Twitter to be approved by a lawyer if there were a chance they could mislead investors. Then came 13 words on Feb. 19 saying that Tesla would produce … Continue reading Legal experts: Musk conduct unlikely to bring harsh penalty

WASHINGTON | Teens successfully tweet Trump for support of archives bill

WASHINGTON (AP) — All the bill needed to become law was President Donald Trump’s signature. It would create a national archive of documents from civil rights cold cases. Students had been working on the project for years, families waiting on it for decades. But time was running out. Legislation dies in the transition from one … Continue reading WASHINGTON | Teens successfully tweet Trump for support of archives bill

‘Empire’ star Terrence Howard’s supports Smollett with post

Actor Terrence Howard, who plays the father of Jussie Smollett‘s character on “Empire,” has expressed support for his fellow cast member amid allegations that Smollett staged a racist, anti-gay attack on himself. Howard, who plays music mogul Lucious Lyon on the Fox television series, took to Instagram and posted a video of Smollett holding a … Continue reading ‘Empire’ star Terrence Howard’s supports Smollett with post

WASHINGTON | Teens tweet Trump, find Senate ally, score civil rights win

WASHINGTON (AP) — All the bill needed to become law was President Donald Trump‘s signature. It would create a national archive of documents from civil rights cold cases. Students had been working on the project for years, families waiting on it for decades. But time was running out. Legislation dies in the transition from one … Continue reading WASHINGTON | Teens tweet Trump, find Senate ally, score civil rights win

CHICAGO | Prosecutors: Smollett paid brothers $3,500 for staged attack

CHICAGO (AP) — Two brothers who told police that Jussie Smollett paid them $3,500 to help stage an attack on himself were linked to the actor through the “Empire” television series, and court documents filed Thursday allege one of the men provided Smollett with designer drugs. Smollett appeared in court for a bond hearing one … Continue reading CHICAGO | Prosecutors: Smollett paid brothers $3,500 for staged attack

WASHINGTON | The Latest: Judge imposes gag order on Trump confidant Stone

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on Roger Stone (all times local): 4:05 p.m. A judge has imposed a full gag order on Trump confidant Roger Stone after he posted a photo on Instagram of the judge with what appeared to be crosshairs of a gun. U.S. District Judge Amy Berman Jackson said Thursday she believes … Continue reading WASHINGTON | The Latest: Judge imposes gag order on Trump confidant Stone

WASHINGTON | Trump ally Stone gets gag order after ‘crosshairs’ post

WASHINGTON (AP) — A federal judge issued a broad gag order forbidding Roger Stone to discuss his criminal case with anyone and gave him a stinging reprimand Thursday over the longtime Trump confidant’s posting of a photo of the judge with what appeared to be crosshairs of a gun. She promised to throw him behind … Continue reading WASHINGTON | Trump ally Stone gets gag order after ‘crosshairs’ post

WASHINGTON | Judge imposes gag order on Trump confidant Stone after post

WASHINGTON (AP) — A federal judge ordered Roger Stone not to discuss his criminal case with anyone and issued a stinging reprimand Thursday over the longtime Trump confidant’s decision to post a photo on Instagram of the judge with what appeared to be the crosshairs of a gun. U.S. District Judge Amy Berman Jackson said … Continue reading WASHINGTON | Judge imposes gag order on Trump confidant Stone after post

NOT REAL NEWS: A look at what didn’t happen this week

—Jan 18, 2019— A roundup of some of the most popular but completely untrue stories and visuals of the week. None of these is legit, even though they were shared widely on social media. The Associated Press checked these out. Here are the real facts: CLAIM: Side-by-side photos circulating widely online as part of the … Continue reading NOT REAL NEWS: A look at what didn’t happen this week

PHILADELPHIA | Announcer apologizes for remark; team, league vow discipline

PHILADELPHIA —Jan 13, 2019—An announcer has apologized for a remark about a Native American player during a lacrosse game that he and the team called “insensitive,” with both team and league vowing disciplinary action. Georgia Swarm forward Lyle Thompson said on social media that Philadelphia Wings announcer Shawny Hill said “Let’s snip the pony tail” … Continue reading PHILADELPHIA | Announcer apologizes for remark; team, league vow discipline

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates | Q&A: The hurdles and obstacles Saudi women runaways face

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates — Jan 07, 2019—Rahaf Mohammed Alqunun is the latest young Saudi woman to attempt to flee her family and seek asylum abroad. Her calls for help on Twitter have grabbed international attention and prompted Thai authorities to say they will not deport her back to her family. With Saudi women runaways … Continue reading DUBAI, United Arab Emirates | Q&A: The hurdles and obstacles Saudi women runaways face

MOSCOW | Kremlin denies roiling US politics through social media

MOSCOW  — The Kremlin has rejected as baseless reports about a Russian political disinformation campaign on U.S. social media. Reports released by the Senate intelligence committee Monday suggested that Moscow’s efforts to help Donald Trump in his 2016 presidential campaign through social media were more far-reaching than originally thought, with troll farms working to discourage … Continue reading MOSCOW | Kremlin denies roiling US politics through social media

WASHINGTON | Senate report: Russia social media influence efforts ongoing

WASHINGTON — A report compiled by private researchers and expected to be released Monday by the Senate intelligence committee says “active and ongoing” Russian interference operations still exist on social media platforms. It says the Russian operation discovered after the 2016 presidential election was much broader than once thought. The report was compiled with data … Continue reading WASHINGTON | Senate report: Russia social media influence efforts ongoing

BEIJING | Chinese welcome Huawei executive’s release in Canada

BEIJING — China’s Foreign Ministry on Wednesday denied knowledge of the detention of a former Canadian diplomat, as Chinese citizens rejoiced over a Canadian court’s decision to release a top Huawei Technologies executive on bail. The release of Huawei Technologies’ chief financial officer, Meng Wanzhou, prompted an outpouring of support on social media for her … Continue reading BEIJING | Chinese welcome Huawei executive’s release in Canada

TUALATIN, Ore. | Christmas tree farmers aim to boost sales via social media

TUALATIN, Ore. — Rosa Villarreal’s three young sons jumped and ran around the field of Christmas trees like jackrabbits, their excitement palpable as they raced from evergreen to evergreen. The boys, ages 2, 4 and 6, were picking out a real tree this year — a new tradition their young parents hope will create lasting … Continue reading TUALATIN, Ore. | Christmas tree farmers aim to boost sales via social media

DELRAY BEACH, Fla | Rat found in vending machine at Florida high school

DELRAY BEACH, Fla. — Students at a Florida high school found an unwelcome surprise in a vending machine: a rat climbing the rows of packaged snacks and drinks. Video of the rat shot by an 11th-grader quickly spread on social media among students at Atlantic Community High school in Delray Beach. In the video aired … Continue reading DELRAY BEACH, Fla | Rat found in vending machine at Florida high school

LOS ANGELES | Hart’s fallout raises questions about Oscars, social media

LOS ANGELES  — The dust is still settling from the fallout of comedian Kevin Hart’s short stint as host of the 91st Academy Awards. Hart announced on Thursday night that he was bowing out of the gig after public outrage over old anti-gay tweets reached a tipping point. Faced with declining ratings and a critical … Continue reading LOS ANGELES | Hart’s fallout raises questions about Oscars, social media

NEW YORK | Judge: Cardi B must not contact strip club melee victims

NEW YORK  — Cardi B must not contact, in person or through social media, the victims of a melee she was involved in at a New York strip club, a judge ordered Friday. The platinum rapper appeared in court in New York City after a summons was issued Oct. 1 for misdemeanor reckless endangerment and … Continue reading NEW YORK | Judge: Cardi B must not contact strip club melee victims

KABUL, Afghanistan | Young Afghan Messi fan threatened by criminals, Taliban

KABUL, Afghanistan— A young Afghan soccer fan who shot to fame after he was photographed in a Messi shirt made from a plastic bag has fled with his family to the capital after criminal gangs and the Taliban threatened to kill or kidnap him. Shafiqa Ahmedi said Friday that criminals threatened to kidnap her now-7-year-old … Continue reading KABUL, Afghanistan | Young Afghan Messi fan threatened by criminals, Taliban

TOKYO | SoftBank cell functions down for several hours in Japan

TOKYO— Some users of SoftBank cellphones had problems calling and text messaging for several hours in Japan. SoftBank Corp. spokesman Naomasa Suzuki said the problems started early Thursday afternoon and were gradually being fixed. He said they were caused by a mechanical problem in the 4G telecommunications systems. In some cases, the 3G network services … Continue reading TOKYO | SoftBank cell functions down for several hours in Japan

NEW YORK | Nick Jonas, Priyanka Chopra post wedding on social media

NEW YORK — Nick Jonas and Priyanka Chopra posted photos of their wedding celebration Saturday amid reports that the couple had wed after a four-month courtship. While the couple didn’t say they were officially married — Indian weddings are typically dayslong affairs — they both posted festive pictures of themselves on social media and talked … Continue reading NEW YORK | Nick Jonas, Priyanka Chopra post wedding on social media

TEHRAN, Iran | Report: Iran sentences female pro-reform journalist to jail

TEHRAN, Iran— Iranian semi-official ISNA news agency is reporting that a revolutionary court has sentenced a female pro-reform journalist to a nearly 13-year prison term over security charges. The Saturday report said that Hengameh Shahidi can still appeal the verdict that sentenced her to 12 years and 9 months in jail. It did not elaborate. … Continue reading TEHRAN, Iran | Report: Iran sentences female pro-reform journalist to jail

NOT REAL NEWS: A look at what didn’t happen this week

A roundup of some of the most popular but completely untrue stories and visuals of the week. None of these is legit, even though they were shared widely on social media. The Associated Press checked these out. Here are the real facts: THE CLAIM: As part of this year’s “Christmas Traditions” display at the White … Continue reading NOT REAL NEWS: A look at what didn’t happen this week

THOUSAND OAKS, Calif | California bar shooter had enough ammo to kill many more

THOUSAND OAKS, Calif.— The gunman who killed 12 people in a crowded Southern California bar had more than 150 bullets left to fire but stopped shooting to ambush arriving officers, killing one of them, police said Tuesday. Investigators said they still don’t know why 28-year-old Ian David Long attacked staff and customers at the Borderline … Continue reading THOUSAND OAKS, Calif | California bar shooter had enough ammo to kill many more

LOS ANGELES | Investigators to update timeline of California mass shooting

LOS ANGELES— Investigators on Tuesday plan to release a more detailed timeline of a mass shooting at a Southern California bar that killed 12 people in the first news conference since the week of the Nov. 7 attack. Investigators haven’t said what they believe motivated 28-year-old Ian David Long to open fire at the Borderline … Continue reading LOS ANGELES | Investigators to update timeline of California mass shooting

JACKSON, Miss | 7 nooses found by Mississippi Capitol before Senate runoff

JACKSON, Miss. — State and federal investigators are trying to find out who hung seven nooses in trees outside the Mississippi Capitol early Monday, a day before a U.S. Senate runoff that has focused attention on the state’s history of racist violence. The Mississippi Department of Public Safety says the nooses were accompanied by handwritten … Continue reading JACKSON, Miss | 7 nooses found by Mississippi Capitol before Senate runoff

BEIJING | Dolce&Gabbana fiasco shows importance, risks of China market

BEIJING — Don’t mess with China and its growing cadre of powerful luxury consumers. Dolce&Gabbana learned that lesson the hard way when it faced a boycott after Chinese expressed outrage over what were seen as culturally insensitive videos promoting a major runway show in Shanghai and subsequent posts of insulting comments in a private Instagram … Continue reading BEIJING | Dolce&Gabbana fiasco shows importance, risks of China market