Bahraini activist sent to prison for Twitter comments

DUBAI – Prominent Bahraini rights activist Nabeel Rajab was sentenced to five years in prison on Wednesday after he was convicted over critical comments he allegedly made on Twitter about the government, his lawyer and activists said. Rajab, a leading figure in pro-democracy protests that swept Bahrain in 2011,

Facebook will mail postcards to verify ads, prevent meddling

MENLO PARK, Calif. — Facebook will soon rely on centuries-old technology to try to prevent foreign meddling in US elections: the post office. Baffled in 2016 by Russian agents who bought ads to sway the US presidential campaign, Facebook’s global politics and government outreach director, Katie Harbath, told a

Florida gunman cut his arms, praised Nazis on social media

Over a year before Nikolas Cruz massacred 17 people in a Florida school, the confessed killer cut his arms on a Snapchat video, said he planned to buy a gun, and showed an affinity for Nazis — yet state officials found him “stable enough” not to hospitalized for

NRA pulls Valentine’s Day gun tweet after Florida school shooting

Hours after the mass killing in Florida, the National Rifle Association on Wednesday evening deleted a retweet encouraging people to buy guns for their loved ones on Valentine’s Day, according to reports. “Give your significant other something they’ll appreciate this Valentine’s Day,” read the tweet, which was accompanied by

Teens are abandoning Facebook in droves

Teens are fleeing Facebook faster than previously anticipated, according to a study released Monday. The analysis from research firm eMarketer shows that in 2018, fewer than half of Americans ages 12 to 17 will use the social network at least once a month. Instead, younger users are flocking toward Snapchat.

Disturbing video shows parents using hot sauce to potty train boy

A sickening cellphone video — titled “potty training 101” — appears to show parents in Oklahoma pouring hot sauce down a child’s pants and onto his face as a form of punishment. The footage surfaced Wednesday night on Facebook after being originally posted to Snapchat. Local police have launched an

Twitter’s first-ever profit came at a hell of a price

As the old saying goes: It doesn’t matter how you get there as long as you get there. Twitter was living proof on Thursday, posting the first-ever profit in its 12-year history — albeit one that was a result of Chief Executive Jack Dorsey swinging the cost-cutting ax

Twitter’s first-ever profit came at a hell of a price

As the old saying goes: It doesn’t matter how you get there as long as you get there. Twitter was living proof on Thursday, posting the first-ever profit in its 12-year history — albeit one that was a result of Chief Executive Jack Dorsey swinging the cost-cutting ax

Boston cops used social media to spy on black, Muslim protesters: ACLU

The Boston Police Department used a social media surveillance system to keep tabs on black and Muslim protesters — gathering thousands of posts about political and social activism, religious issues, and other personal matters “irrelevant to law enforcement concerns,” according to a report released Wednesday by the American

Snap gives investors something to smile about

Snap finally handed Wall Street a treat on Tuesday — and investors immediately gave it back. The embattled tech company reported fourth-quarter revenue and user growth numbers that beat expectations — powering the company’s shares up as much as 25 percent in after-hours trading. It marked the first time the

Plucky nurse’s flu video goes viral

A frustrated Florida nurse is urging people to wash their “stinkin’ hands” and avoid the “cesspool of funky flu at the ER” — unless they have a legitimate emergency. “We are in the middle of something called flu season … It is a really terrible flu season and if

You’re still going to be miserable if you give up Facebook

It’s official: We’re spending less time on Facebook. “In total, we made changes that reduced time spent on Facebook by roughly 50 million hours every day,” CEO Mark Zuckerberg said this week when announcing the social media company’s fourth-quarter 2017 results. This reduction in usage comes after Facebook made

Foot fetishes are a big, sexy business on Instagram

What if we told you it was possible to earn around $72,000 per year and all you need is a smartphone with a decent camera? The catch is you need to be willing to appeal to a booming fetish on Instagram. Don’t worry, you get to keep all of your

Facebook urged to shut down chat platform made for kids

Facebook is learning the hard way that you don’t mess with people’s kids. The social network was urged on Tuesday by a coalition of child health advocates to shut down Messenger Kids — a chat platform targeted at children as young as 6. In an open letter to Mark Zuckerberg,

This is the exact age kids should be allowed on Facebook

Should your child be on Facebook? A coalition of advocacy groups implored Facebook to kill its Messenger service for children in a letter to chief executive Mark Zuckerberg on Tuesday. Child advocates worry children as young as 6-years-old could experience the negative effects of social media from the app. Authored

Clinton thanks ‘activist bitches’ in bizarre video

— Alex Mohajer (@AlexMohajer) January 27, 2018 Hillary Clinton loves you, bitches. The former presidential candidate and secretary of state sent out a video message “directed to activist bitches supporting bitches,” as she put it, via Twitter Friday night. “Hey everyone, I just wanted to say thanks,” Clinton said into a

CEO says company working to stop ‘Tide pod challenge’

NEW YORK — Procter & Gamble says it’s working to stop the “Tide Pod challenge,” a social media-fueled trend in which teenagers eat single-load laundry detergent packets. The American Association of Poison Control Centers warned last week that it had seen a spike in teenagers eating the detergent pods,

Facebook: We can’t promise we won’t destroy democracy

SAN FRANCISCO — Facebook Inc. warned Monday it could offer no assurance that social media was on balance good for democracy, but the company said it was trying what it could to stop alleged meddling in elections by Russia or anyone else. The sharing of false or misleading headlines