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Op-Ed: The ridiculous attack on Deborah Drever

Calgary - There’s legitimate political controversy, and there are non-issues that cause political careers to be unnecessarily put in peril. The latter is on full display as newly elected MLA Deborah Drever continues to be jumped on before she's been sworn in.

Ukraine accuses Facebook of pro-Russia bias

Kiev - A senior aide to Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko on Thursday accused Facebook of political bias, ahead of a question-and-answer session with co-founder Mark Zuckerberg.

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.

IBM launches huge partnership with Facebook

IBM is reeling in partnerships with major tech companies like a champion bass fisherman on a stocked pond. On Wednesday, IBM announced its latest partner: Facebook.

Silicon Valley executive Dave Goldberg dies suddenly

Famed Silicon Valley executive Dave Goldberg has died suddenly at the age of 47. Described by Mark Zuckerberg as "an amazing person," Goldberg was married to Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg and has long been a key player in Silicon Valley.

Prosecutor's hard lesson: Careful what you post online

Detroit - Wayne County, Michigan Assistant Prosecutor Teana Walsh resigned on Friday after writing a post on her personal Facebook account saying violent protesters in Baltimore should be shot, according to several news reports.

Facebook unveils video calls for Messenger app

In the midst of increasing competition from rival apps, Facebook announces the introduction of video calls to its Messenger service.

Man sees Amber Alert, finds out he's babysitting abducted child

Renton - A couple in Washington accidentally wound up as part of a kidnapping investigation this week after they found out that the toddler they were babysitting had been kidnapped and was the subject of an Amber Alert asking for his safe return.

Op-Ed: How Erdogan spins the news and Turkey out of control Special

Islamist Ak Party President Erdogan is spinning the news and Turkey out of control as he grants police more powers; limits freedom of speech, protests, and the press; and arrests those who oppose him.

Facebook Messenger gets its own standalone website

Facebook has created a new standalone website for its Messenger service which can be used independently of the main Facebook site. The move follows the removal of messaging support from the core Facebook app on iOS and Android last year.

Op-Ed: Can Facebook find app success with video-sharing platform Riff?

Facebook's innovation centre,Facebook Labs, has struggled with developing truly innovative products over the years, but can its most recent attempt Riff gain traction in the rapidly growing video sharing market?

Facebook launches new guides to understanding privacy settings

In a bid to help users that may be confused by the options, Facebook has published a series of new guides that aim to help people understand what the various privacy and security settings associated with their accounts do.

Oculus chief scientist: 'Our experience of the world is illusion'

Michael Abrash, chief scientist at Facebook’s virtual reality company Oculus, gave a presentation at the annual F8 Conference in California on optical illusions, implications to the future of VR technology and our understanding of physical reality.

Muslims leaders partner with tech companies to counter militants

Los Angeles - Fearing that social media and other online recruitment activities are being used to lure young Americans into the ranks of Islamic State fighters, US Muslim leaders are teaming up with leading tech companies in a bid to fight extremism.

Facebook plans to allow third-party apps onto Messenger

Facebook is planning to open up the Facebook Messenger app to third-party apps and services that will run on top of the service, continuing the large-scale expansion of Messenger that the company has started in the past year.

Private photos could be available to hackers with Facebook flaw

A security researcher has uncovered a flaw in Facebook that allowed apps to access and store photos that were meant to remain private, The Register reports.

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.

Facebook removes 'feeling fat' emoji

On Tuesday, Facebook removed the "feeling fat" emoji from the list of statuses you can choose to use. This comes after a petition called for it to be removed.

Facebook aims to give free web access to 100 countries this year

Social network giant Facebook has announced an aggressive expansion of its internet.org program that aims to connect more people to the web. It means that 100 developing countries could get free net access this year.

Myanmar journalist arrested for satirical Facebook post

Yangon - A journalist in Myanmar was detained by police Friday after he posted a satirical image on Facebook that depicted renewed hostilities between government forces and an ethnic rebel group in the country's northeastern Shan State, reports say.

Girl, 14, killed in fight that started on Facebook

Birmingham - A 14-year-old Alabama girl's life was cut short Friday when she was shot and killed in an argument that started on the Facebook social media site.

No charges over Dane's 'Je suis' gunman comment

Copenhage - A Danish man whose Facebook comments appeared to back the gunman behind the deadly Copenhagen attacks will not face charges of condoning terrorism, a prosecutor said Thursday.

Facebook up to 2 million advertisers, mostly small businesses

Small to medium-sized business owners know how difficult and expensive it can be to advertise. However, with social media giants such as Facebook, this super platform can be the most viable and popular way for most to reach their targeted audience.

CIA plans to increase spying on Facebook, Twitter

Washington - The Central Intelligence Agency is seeking to expand its cyber espionage capabilities so it can increase surveillance of social media sites including Facebook and Twitter.

Op-Ed: Hoax – Priest who never existed claims he died, saw female God

Boston - So lately, tongues have been wagging due to a recent story of an elderly priest who died and had a conversation with God, and a female God at that. The story has been dancing around on Facebook, Twitter, and Reddit.

Facebook to improve advertising with relevance scores

Paid advertising on Facebook has grown a great deal over the past several years, to the point where it’s becoming a major rival to pay-per-click Google ads.

Op-Ed: Problems with ISIL? Just Nuke 'em says Republican Senator

Bigelow - Arkansas Senator Jason Rapert has the solution for putting ISIL in its place: Nuke the jihad out of them! Rapert fired off this salvo on his Facebook page by trotting out the idea that "God is love."

S. Carolina inmate gets 37 years in solitary for Facebook updates

The South Carolina Department of Corrections (SCDC) is punishing inmates with decades of solitary confinement—a recognized form of psychological torture—for Facebook posts.

Facebook name policy is discriminating against Native Americans

Facebook's policy of only allowing accounts with "authentic" names is resulting in Native American users being blocked from using their real names.
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