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Pro-pot comment earns Facebook user a personalized arrest threat from South Carolina police chief

A South Carolina police chief threatened a resident with possible arrest Thursday for making pro-legalization comments about marijuana in a Facebook post about a drug suspect’s arrest. Interim Police Chief Ruben Santiago announced on the Facebook page for the Columbia Police Department that officers had seized about $40,000 in marijuana…

Minnesota GOP official: ‘I’m not going to condemn’ group’s Facebook post on slavery

A Minnesota Republican official says he doesn’t see anything wrong with a post about slavery on a county GOP Facebook page. The Chisago County Republican Party drew national attention Wednesday after posting an illustration of a slave auction with the caption, “Pro Choice: Against Slavery? Don’t buy one.” The illustration…

Facebook wants to track where you’re hovering your cursor, right now, and for how long

Facebook wants to know even more about you. The social networking giant is testing technology that would allow it to collect data on where users hover their cursors on the screen, and for how long, and see whether a user’s newsfeed is visible at any given moment on their mobile…

Ohio teacher suspended after using racial slurs to complain about trick-or-treaters in Facebook post

A northeast Ohio music teacher has been suspended after posting a Facebook rant over the weekend to complain about trick-or-treaters. Akron Firestone High School teacher David Spondike described some trick-or-treaters he said came from the “ghetto” by using the N-word twice and said they’d urinated on a telephone pole in…

U.S. spying in Europe: Will it backfire on Google and Facebook?

US spying in Europe: Will it backfire on Google and Facebook? (via The Christian Science Monitor) German Chancellor Angela Merkel (r.) and French President François Hollande attend a European Union leaders summit in Brussels Thursday. German and French accusations that the United States has run spying operations in their countries…

Beheading videos are cool with Facebook, but topless ladies are not

Beheading videos are cool with Facebook, within reason (via The Inquirer) SOCIAL NETWORK Facebook has announced that it will not remove videos or images of people being beheaded as long as they are uploaded with good intentions. The firm said that there are controversial acts that happen in the world…

Cory Booker names Facebook executive chief of staff in Senate office

Booker names Facebook executive chief of staff in Senate office (via NJ.com) NEWARK — A Facebook executive has been named soon-to-be U.S. Senator Cory Booker’s chief of staff, the outgoing Newark mayor announced today. Louisa Terrell has been director of public policy at Facebook since late 2011. Prior to joining…

‘Likely service disruption’ on Facebook prevents users from updating their status

A “likely service disruption” struck Facebook on Monday, preventing its 1.15 billion members from updating their status on the social media website. Users trying to do so were met with an error message that stated: “There was a problem updating your status. Please try again in a few minutes.” “Facebook…

Watch: Mother in Florida cyberbullying case punched several children in separate incident

Video of woman – whose daughter was charged after girl’s death – punching children was posted to Facebook An outspoken Florida sheriff who arrested a 14-year-old girl for cyber-bullying after a younger schoolmate killed herself has filed child abuse charges against her mother, over an unrelated incident. Polk County sheriff…

Veterans group angry that tea party activists hijacked their memorial protest

Organizers of a veterans march on Washington, D.C., distanced themselves from right-wing political figures who tried to take over the demonstration. Tea party activists and Republican lawmakers led a protest Sunday to tear down barriers set up at the World War II Memorial during the House Republican-engineered shutdown of the…

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