A 22-year old Pittsburgh man has taken a hostage in a high-rise building and is using Facebook to explain why. UPDATE: AP reports that the suspect has surrendered to police.
Not long after Germany reopened its investigation into Facebook’s facial-recognition technology, a German consumer group sent the social network a cease-and-desist letter. The Federation of German Consumer Organizations is ordering Facebook to quit giving third-party applications users’ data without their consent. If the social network doesn’t do this by Sept. 4, the Germans plan to sue.
Memes — photos with funny (and sometimes offensive) captions — often spread through Facebook like wildfire. But Australians aren’t laughing at the Facebook page of Aboriginal Memes, which the social network recently shut down amidst claims of racism. However, a copycat page has already opened and is gaining popularity.
Another giant retailer has turned to Facebook to apologize for a public relations flub, and the apology has received about 12,400 comments and almost 2,500 likes as of this posting.
On August 28 a new law will come into effect that might put the kaboosh on any exclusive or private social media site conversations between students and their teachers in Missouri, and the latter aren’t exactly thrilled about it.