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Alleged sex assault near Ohio campus filmed by passerby and posted on social media

Police in southeast Ohio are investigating a rape that was apparently filmed by passersby and posted on social media. An Ohio University student told police Sunday that she’d been sexually assaulted after she had been drinking the previous night sometime between 1 a.m. and 6 a.m. She filed the complaint…

Women use social media more, but men are gaining: Pew

According to a new study from Pew, women have been on average about 10 percent more likely to use social media sites than men, though the most recent reports from May show that men are now only 4 percent behind. The study also breaks…  …

First papal ‘selfie’ goes viral on social media

Pope Francis has broken protocol once again, appearing with a puzzled look on his face in a “selfie” photo taken with a group of teenagers visiting the Vatican. The picture appeared on the Facebook page of one of the youngsters, who used it as his profile picture, and was going…

Data analytics firm Spotter launches social media ‘sarcasm detector’

French tech firm Spotter has apparently devised an analytics platform capable of identifying sarcastic comments, according to the BBC. Spotter’s platform scans social media and other sources to create reputation reports for clients such as the EU…   [Finger caught with a mousetrap on a white background via Shutterstock.com.]…

New mobile devices spur greater news reading

Roy Greenslade, guardian.co.uk A mounting body of evidence finds that the spread of mobile technology is adding to news consumption in the United States. Its effects, however, are mixed. While it enhances the appeal of traditional news brands, and even boosts the reading of long-form journalism, it also shows that…

Social media used to sell pharma drugs to youth, report says

VIENNA (Reuters) – Illegal “Internet pharmacies” are using social media to market drugs to young people, an international report said on Tuesday. The International Narcotics Control Board (INCB), which monitors the implementation of U.N. drug control conventions, said illicit drugs as well as prescription medicines were being ordered online from…

Secret documents reveal DHS lied about tracking Americans on social media

One of the nation’s leading electronic privacy groups claimed this week that the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) misled members of Congress during a recent hearing on whether the Department is paying a defense contractor $11.4 million to keep tabs on protected free speech and dissent against government policies on…

Twitter users stage blackout to protest censorship policy

Users of the microblogging platform Twitter staged a worldwide blackout Friday to protest the company’s new rulings regarding censorship and international law. According to an ABC News report, the so-called “Twitterati” are sending an angry message to the company about its decision to allow the governments of certain countries to…

FBI seeking social media monitoring tool

WASHINGTON — The US Federal Bureau of Investigation is looking for a tool to mine social media for intelligence tips. The US domestic law enforcement agency is asking information technology contractors about the feasibility of building a tool that would “enhance its techniques for collecting and sharing ‘open source’ actionable…

Social media makes anti-Putin protests ‘snowball’

MOSCOW (Reuters) - Artyom Kolpakov used to shrug when he came across occasional appeals on social media sites to protest against Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin and his government. “I didn’t see the point really,” he said. But something changed when, clicking through amateur videos and online testimonies documenting cases of ballot-stuffing and repeat voting, he…

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