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Social media is becoming increasingly influential on consumers

There have been numerous debates about the actual effectiveness of social media in regards to consumer purchases, but the reality is that Internet users are more likely than ever before to become influenced by things they see on Facebook and Twitter.

ISIS recruiters get 'Catfished' by three women for travel money

Three young women in Chechnya are now under investigation, not for trying to join ISIS, but for swindling them out of money. You read it right, the girls wanted some vacation cash and the ISIS recruiters fell for their pleas, hook, line, and sinker.

New Twitter advert dangerous to those with epilepsy

A new advert by the micro-blogging site Twitter as angered a leading epilepsy charity. Two adverts on Vine that feature a rapid succession of flashing colors.

Americans explode Internet: Social media marketing taking notice

Since 2000, the Pew Research Center has been conducting a study to view how Internet access has impacted on American society. The survey specifically documents how the Internet has evolved to become a fundamental part of living life every day.

Op-Ed: Mayweather-Pacquiao saga continues with mockery outside the ring

Two of the world's richest celebrities continue to dominate the sports and entertainment headlines with their seemingly unstoppable saga as they trade barbs, sneer and poke fun at each other to keep their popularity rating on top of the charts

Viral Video: Kanye West is mashed by the great Freddie Mercury

No one can really predict what will make a video viral beforehand, but when Kanye West destroys a classic hit people are sure to take notice. Freddie Mercury, the late great song master of Queen, makes a video comeback in this viral video hit.

Text messages will alert Swedish blood donors when they've saved lives

Stockholm - The Swedish Blood Alliance has come up with a new way to maintain the loyalty of blood donors: thanking them by text messaging. The new way of communication seems to be working, with Swedes returning to donate at a higher rate.

Award-winning journalist lashes out at media portrayal of Africa Special

Toronto - An African journalist is urging international media covering the continent to bring aboard local African journalists in their reporting.

Op-Ed: More inaccurate news floods minds

Denver - If you believe a widely circulated news report, young people are getting their political news from an unlikely source: Facebook. This is the same site the Supreme Court ruled this week can allow threatening posts be published.

Rise in number of syphilis cases attributed to 'hookup apps'

The sharp rise in syphilis and other sexually transmitted diseases is being attributed to an increasing number of "hookup" apps on social media, making it easier to arrange sexual encounters.

Elephant grabs B.C. man's GoPro, snaps adorable 'elphie'

Vancouver - An enterprising elephant grabbed a Vancouver tourist's GoPro camera and snapped an "elphie" with the student. It was definitely a once-in-a-lifetime photo opportunity for Christian LeBlanc, a University of British Columbia student.

Woman who shamed innocent man over Darth Vader selfie apologizes

Melbourne - A woman who shamed a man on Facebook because she erroneously believed he was photographing her kids when he was just taking a selfie has apologized after receiving death threats.

Dramatic increase in crime on social media sites

There has been a large surge in the number of reported cases of harassment on social media sites including Facebook and Twitter. Police forces have noticed a 20 percent increase in allegations involving these sites with some saying it could be higher.

Op-Ed: Walter Isaacson on U.S. media and public diplomacy

American writer Walter Isaacson, in a Broadcasting Board of Governors conversation about U.S. public diplomacy and news outreach abroad, did not get web and social media coverage from Voice of America.

'The Purge' — Did social media play a part in Baltimore riots?

Baltimore - Fox News claims an analysis of social media accounts has unearthed striking connections between the rioting in Ferguson, Missouri and Baltimore, Maryland last night, according to a leading data mining firm.

App deletes your embarrassing posts on social media

Some people may have old Facebook posts or Tweets that they don't want coming back to haunt them, but they don't have the time to delete them.

Why no one should ever even think about buying Twitter followers

The practice of buying Twitter followers has been around for about as long as Twitter has been in existence. As you’d expect, it continues today.

Review: ‘Unfriended’ is more than just the latest gimmicky horror flick Special

‘Unfriended’ brings social commentary back to the horror genre, while simultaneously offering a unique viewpoint for audiences.

What you need to know about LinkedIn's new app

LinkedIn is one of the most important social media networks for B2B professionals, and on Monday the social company announced its entry into the social media management space with a new app called Elevate.

Social media used to recruit volunteers for medical study

The companies behind the “Genes for Good” Facebook app and the Open Humans Network website plan to recruit large numbers of volunteers for medical studies using social media.

Op-Ed: Privacy is not dead, it is crowd-sourced

Which is the biggest threat to privacy: spying or sharing? Outrage at government programs may miss the real culprit responsible for killing privacy as we once knew it.

Instagram insult leads to teacher firing Special

Longmont - A Colorado visual arts teacher has been fired after insulting a student by posting a picture of a student on the social media website on Instagram.

Feacebook reveals user data to a handful of advertising partners

Facebook has access to a wealth of information about its user base, but until recently only a restricted view of that information has been available to advertisers on Facebook’s platform.

Twitter reports increasing staff to deal with abuse

A recent report indicates that Twitter is now receiving up to five times as many reports of abuse as it did six months ago.

Op-Ed: 5 social media tips for small business

Small business owners are increasingly leveraging social media as a promotion and sales tool. A recent LinkedIn study showed that 81 percent of small to mid-sized businesses are using social media, but how many are using it effectively?

Op-Ed: Who is responsible for celebrity invasion of privacy?

Modern-day celebrities are subject to voicemail hacking, leaked photography of a personal nature and the persistent presence of paparazzi. Who is responsible for this invasion of privacy? Is the power of social media to blame?

A new study reveals why most brands fail on Twitter

Twitter is a powerful social media platform, with more than 284 million monthly active users, and more than 500 million tweets sent every day.

Are social media-driven sites a failing fad? Special

Some computer gurus tell us that social media participation is declining from “participation plateau,” caused by too many demands on time, yet as some sites see numbers reduced, there is more to social media activity than what those numbers show.

Snapchat introduces 'Discover' in new update

Snapchat released a new update Tuesday which included the new Discover feature, which allows content creators to share information through stories on the Snapchat platform.

Social media use does not increase stress, says study

A new study from Washington DC-based think-tank Pew Research Center has concluded that social media use in not associated with higher levels of stress.
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