Father blames social-media trolls for daughter’s suicide

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Hannah SmithA teenage girl committed suicide after being sent abusive messages on a social networking site, claimed her father.

Fourteen-year old Hannah Smith passed away on Friday in Lutterworth, Leicestershire. According to her father—Dave Smith, Hannah committed suicide after being sent brutal messages on the website, a question-and-answer social media site that let its users exchange questions and answers.

Mr. Smith says that the authorities need to shut down and sites that are similar to it.

“On Friday morning my daughter was found hanged,” wrote Dave on a Facebook post. “(I saw) her account and someone had been telling her to die. I have just seen the abuse my daughter got and the fact that these people can be anonymous is wrong.”

A new petition calls for greater measures to handle websites like

Experts say that cyberbullying is becoming a prevalent problem. Affirmative action groups have already began campaigning for schools and governments to come together to address the problem.

Source: The Guardian

Governments continue to ask for data from Twitter

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TwitterGovernments are requesting more user data from Twitter.

In the social media site’s latest transparency report, it was shown that information requests from governments around the world have steadily increased. According to Twitter, these requests are usually in conjunction with criminal investigations.

During the first six months of 2013, the micro-blogging site received 1,157 government information requests. For its part, Twitter wants continued transparency on these requests.

“An important conversation has begun about the extent to which companies should be allowed to publish information regarding national security requests,” wrote Twitter in a blog post. “We have joined forces with industry peers and civil liberty groups to insist that the United States government allow for increased transparency into these secret orders.”

The United States government accounts for the majority of these Twitter information requests, followed by Japan and the United Kingdom.

Twitter recently broke down the 902 information requests posted by the US for 2013: 56 percent were tied to subpoenas, 23 percent for search warrants, 11 percent for court orders, and the remaining 10 percent were for other legal purposes.

Source: CNET

Louisiana bans driving while using social media

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Social media while drivingTexting while driving is already illegal in the State of Louisiana. And, beginning this month, accessing social media sites while driving will also be against the law.

“Distracted driving is a problem that we’ve seen across the state, and it seems to be growing,” said Melissa Matey, a Louisiana State Police Trooper. “Anytime you become distracted, 37 percent of your brain power is taken off the road. Which means you can get into a crash very quickly, you could possibly hit a pedestrian.”

Based on figures from the United States Department of Transportation, over 800,000 vehicles are being driven by someone using a cell phone.

On August 1, Louisiana will be implementing a new law that bans drivers from using social media sites—like Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

“Because of the new technology we had to come up with some laws that address web-based access, posting and reading of wireless communication web-based websites,” said State Rep. Austin Badon for the district of New Orleans. Badon voted in favor of the new law.

Badon says that his next agenda will be to push for a hands-free cell phone law.


Have you ever regretted posting something on Facebook or Twitter?

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internet conceptHave you ever regretted posting something on social media? Well, you’re not the only one.

According to a new survey, many young individuals worry that their posts on Facebook and Twitter can come back to haunt them someday.

The survey, which was backed by, found that nearly 30% of social media users aged 18-34 say they have posted a photo or comment that they wanted to take back.

Participants said that some of those posts could potentially cause them their jobs or disqualify them from other opportunities. Also, 21-percent of the survey takers said that they have taken down a post because they feared consequences from their employers.

While many understand that social media sites have privacy settings, most users are still worrisome about their posts. But is there a basis for worrying about social media posts?

Well, according to Careerbuilder, more than 40-percent of employers refer to social media when reviewing prospective employees. And reports say that more and more companies are following this practice.


College football player creates social media stir with controversial photo

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Dee LinerDee Liner, the American football player, created a social media ruckus after posting a photo of him carrying a significant amount of cash on Instagram.

The 18-year-old defensive lineman’s photo recently enrolled in Alabama after verbally committing to its rival school, Auburn University. This fact probably made the post more intriguing and controversial.

The picture was captioned: “Don’t judge me when u have no clue what I have been through!!!””

As of press time, no official statements and comments have been made about the post. UA officials are currently investigating the incident.

Source: NBC Sports

Feminist suffers threats on Twitter, prompting other users to threaten the social media site with a boycott

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Twitter screenEnraged Twitter users have promised to boycott the social media site after trolls threatened to rape and murder a feminist about the new £10 note.

Caroline Criado-Perez campaigned for a woman to be on the bill. However, when it was officially announced that Jane Austen would replace Charles Darwin in the note in 2017, Criado-Perez was sent abusive messages over the course of the next 48 hours.

Shortly after that, a petition was created for Twitter to add a quick button to report abuse. It has been signed by 40,000 people, including popular celebrities. If the social media site does not act accordingly, a boycott will be instigated on Sunday.

“It’s infuriating that the price you pay for standing up for women is hours of rape threats,” expressed Miss Criado-Perez.

Source: Mirror News

“Miss Richfield 1981: Sweet and Sour Richfield-Made in China!” hits The Music Hall

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Miss Richfield 1981“Sweet & Sour Richfield Made In China!” sees Miss Richfield 1981 tackle the latest trend in the United States: outsourcing.

The comedy production combines vocational challenges with colorful videos, sing-a-longs, and lots of audience interaction.

The comedic storyteller is gaining more and more fans with each theater stop.

“Sweet & Sour Richfield Made In China!” will be featured in The Music Hall Loft in August 25, 2013. Tickets start at $35 and can be purchased online, via phone, or in the booth.

Participating sponsors of the event include: News Radio 96.7, Chase Construction, Kennebunk Savings, and WHEB.

For more information, please visit The Music Hall.

Teenagers teach seniors the basics of social media

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Social MediaIn Washington, teenagers are turning the table on the older counterparts. They’re teaching senior citizens all about social media!

Prior to this arrangement, 95-year old Anne Novak never used a computer. But, now, she is video-chatting with her daughter in Montana on a regular basis.

Teenagers are teaching seniors in Spiritwood Skyper’s Club all about social media. Most of the lessons focus on Skype and Facebook. The end goal of the exercise is to give the seniors something to engage in and keep them connected to their families.

Some of the seniors were initially apprehensive about the idea of using a computer. But the teenager teachers do a good job of introducing them to the idea.


Complimentary Social Media and Digital Marketing Webinars Available for All New Jersey Small Businesses

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Social MediaThe Women’s Center for Entrepreneurship Corporation (WCEC), continues its “We’re Storming Back” Hurricane Sandy Disaster Relief Program with a social media and digital webinar series throughout the month of August.

[PRWeb press release] — The Women’s Center for Entrepreneurship Corporation (WCEC), continues its “We’re Storming Back” Hurricane Sandy Disaster Relief Program with a social media and digital webinar series throughout the month of August. The free webinars are available for all New Jersey business owners and will provide them with the resources and tools to engage customers online and increase awareness of their businesses among a larger target audience. Business owners can register online at

Funded by a grant from the U.S. Small Business Administration, the WCEC’s We’re Storming Back program is offering three online courses to help New Jersey businesses enhance their online presence and attract new and existing customers. The course topics are:

August 20, 2013 1 PM – 2:30 PM

o    Social Media BS: Business Strategies That Work- Discover the secret to make your business a social media superstar and actually generate leads for your business. Social media has effectively changed the landscape of how owners market their business. Gone are the days when businesses could rely on just having a website. Companies everyday are finding themselves lost when it comes to having a competent strategy to build their brand, market, create sales opportunities to build their business online. Access information will be sent to registrants prior to the class date.

August 21. 2013 1 PM – 2:30 PM

o    Panda and Penguin Panic: The New Rules of Google and Search Engine Optimization- Still one of the best ways to grow a business is to show up in the right place at the right time with the right message. Search engines give business owners that opportunity, yet thousands of them struggle with getting it right. Participants will learn the ins and outs of search engine optimization without the technical jargon. The instructor lays out a plan for business owners to get to the top the right way so Google’s next update doesn’t crush their business. Access information will be sent to registrants prior to the class date.

August 27, 2013 1PM – 2:30 PM

o    The Money is in the List: Email Marketing Tips and Tricks- Email is NOT Dead! While most of the attention is on Social Media and Search Engine Updates, business owners are neglecting one of the most valuable resources they have, their email list! Participants will learn to start and grow an effective email list, create relevant emails to connect with their audience, succeed in acquiring new customers and so much more. Access information will be sent to registrants prior to the class date.

“Local businesses are still recovering from Hurricane Sandy, after tearing our state apart more than nine months ago,” said Penni Nafus, Executive Director of the WCEC. “Social media platforms are cost-effective tools that can efficiently change the landscape of how owners market their business. This complimentary webinar series conveniently allows business owners to tune in and learn how to successfully use social media and digital marketing tools for long-term business success beyond the summer season.”

The WCEC’s “We’re Storming Back” Hurricane Sandy Disaster Relief Program provides complimentary workshops, training, and resources to New Jersey businesses affected by Hurricane Sandy to help them to recover and thrive in this all-important summer season. The WCEC is helping small businesses storm back from Sandy through webinars and three key training programs: Customer Service Training, Planning for Future Storms, and One-on-One Business Consultations. For more information, please visit or contact Penni Nafus at (973) 507-9700 or at pnafus(at)wcecnj(dot)org.

About The WCEC

The WCEC, a 501 (c) 3 nonprofit corporation, is a U. S. Small Business Administration’s Women’s Business Center. The WCEC provides the tools for individuals to successfully own, operate and grow their small businesses, thereby investing financially, intellectually and emotionally in their communities. The WCEC provides more than 150 classes, seminars and individual consulting sessions each year for more than 5,000 participants. For more information please visit

Sylvania Police uses social media to catch suspected criminals

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Social Media PoliceThe City of Sylvania Police Division is contacting local media outlets to strengthen its social media presence to help capture suspects.

Last week, a Facebook user posted a photo of a suspect at the division’s page. The picture, which was taken the night before, showed the suspect talking on a phone in a local grocery.

The tip was posted after two local media outlets shared photos of wanted suspects on their websites.

Based on figures, unique visitors for the police page increased by 400% just minutes after the suspect photo was posted. It was shared and re-shared by many Facebook users.

Sylvania Police said that it is currently coordinating with seven major media outlets to assist in capturing suspects. And this will be done by information sharing and photo posting of suspects.

Source: The Blade