Tuesday, April 9, 2013
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Monday, June 4, 2012
The social-networking site is apparently mulling over the idea.
Facebook is developing technology that would allow those under the age of 13 to use the site under parental supervision, a move that could help bring in a sea of new users for revenue but that could also increase privacy concerns, according to a report in Monday's Wall Street Journal. The technology being tested would allow children's accounts to be tied to their parents' accounts so that parents would decide whom their children could "friend." New kid-friendly features also could allow Facebook and its partners to bill parents for games and other entertainment accessed by their kids. Currently Facebook bans those under the age of 13. But several studies show that many kids use Facebook despite the ban, often with their parents' consent. …
Saturday, May 19, 2012
It became a publicly-traded company this week and is making billions for its shareholders.
From its humble beginnings as an idea in a Harvard dorm room, to a social media site with an estimated 900 million users worldwide - Facebook has become a huge part of our popular culture. Privately held since 2004, Facebook became a publicly-traded company this week. That means all of its shares will be listed on the NASDAQ stock exchange and sold to the public, though some investors criticized that it was hard to get their hands on the stock. Once trading began, Facebook sold 421 million shares at $38 each and raised an estimated $16 billion in one day, setting records for valuation and volume of first-day trading. Friday's trading set a record for the number of shares sold, 567 million.The company's total valuation is now estimated at $…
Friday, May 11, 2012
A state legislative committee approved a bill this week that would bar the practice.
Friday, May 11, 2012
Can an employer force you to reveal your Facebook or other social media password as a condition for getting hired or keeping your job? That issue began to get some attention in March after a statistician in New York reported that during an interview with a potential employer, the woman interviewing him had searched for his Facebook and, upon discovering that it was private, asked him for the password. The statistician, Justin Bassett refused and left the interview, according to the Associated Press. But the story brought to light other instances where employers have sought similar access to social media accounts, and have led several states to consider legislation to ban the practice. California's assembly voted Thursday to approve such …
Monday, March 26, 2012
Some job seekers are now being asked to allow prospective employers to view the content of their social media accounts.
Monday, March 26, 2012
Would you let a prospective employer snoop around in your social media accounts? More and more employers are reportedly asking to do just that. According to Reuters, studies have shown that examining a job seeker's Facebook profile can yield more information than a personality test. However, as social media users become more security-conscious, employers are asking for -- and in some cases getting - access to private information. USA Today reports that a Maryland correctional officer willingly gave his password during an interview because he feared that failure to do so would prevent him from gaining employment. "I needed my job to feed my family. I had to," he recalled, according to the USA Today article. New York statistician Justin …
Wednesday, January 11, 2012
School district hopes to update parents with social media.
The Springfield school district announced this week that Springfield Schools are now on Facebook and Twitter. Parents are encouraged to visit the facebook page and Twitter feeds for district news. Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/springfieldschools Twitter: http://twitter.com/#!/springfieldschs
Thursday, May 19, 2011
Millburn woman loses $2,000 when she wires money to help a "friend" who says he's been mugged in the UK.
A Millburn resident and Facebook user was scammed out of $2,000 when she fell for a Facebook mugging scam on Saturday. If you’ve been on Facebook long enough, chances are you know the one: A Facebook friend messages you (usually in an instant message) and sounds frantic, telling you he (or she) has just been mugged in a foreign country (usually Great Britain) and that you are the only one online he could reach. If you write back, your “friend" will ask you to wire money because after being mugged he is stuck overseas with nothing. Twice I've had hackers posing as friends try this scam on me. Both times, I was able to email my friend outside of Facebook to find out what was going on. My friends had been victims of hackers, and if I hadn’t …
Monday, March 1, 2010
Students accused of making racial comments towards teacher
Several students faced disciplinary action last month for their involvement in a Facebook page targeting a teacher at Jonathan Dayton High School. Students who posted a comment on the page, named "Do you think [teacher's name] looks like Aunt Jemima?" were issued a suspension from school for five days. Students who became a fan of the page on the popular social networking website had a mandatory meeting with the assistant principal and will have follow-up counseling. Springfield Patch has obtained a copy of the letter sent from Asst. Principal Norman Francis to the parents of students whom the district determined to have joined the page deemed inappropriate. No information has been released as to the number of students involved, or whether…
Tuesday, December 1, 2009
Facebook group created on home computer lands students in in-school suspension.
Should schools be allowed to hold students accountable for their actions out of school? It’s a broad question with no clear-cut answer. Most people likely say it depends on what the students did. Last month, several students at Terrill Middle School in Scotch Plains were given in-school suspension for their involvement in a Facebook group making fun of another student. The group, however, was created outside of school on a home computer. Were school officials justified in suspending these students for Facebook comments made from home? Coming from a district in which every student is issued a laptop computer, I’m very familiar with the atmosphere of Facebook and how cyber bullying can arise. I have a Facebook account, as do the …