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UK spies using social media data for mass surveillance

Privacy rights group Privacy International says it has obtained evidence for the first time that UK spy agencies are collecting social media information on potentially millions of people. It has also obtained letters it says show the intelligence agencies’ oversight body had not been informed that UK intelligence agencies had shared bulk databases of personal data with foreign governments, law enforcement and industry — raising concerns about effective oversight of the mass surveillance programs. The documents have come out as a result of an ongoing legal challenge Privacy International has brought against UK intelligence…

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Kathy Griffin’s Social Media Accounts May Have Been Hacked

The outspoken comedian appeared to be the victim of a social media hack on Saturday. A little before 2 p.m. Eastern Time, Griffin’s accounts on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter all suddenly showed strange messages announcing that “Kathy Griffin has been hacked” and urging readers to “tune in here 10 AM PST Sunday where she will be exposed.” Griffin’s profile pictures also disappeared.Is this an actual hack? HuffPost has reached out to Griffin’s representatives for comment, though some on Twitter are already skeptical. Earlier this year, the comedian faced a lot of backlash for posing with a…

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Social media responds to Sinead O’Connor’s N.J. video with outpouring of support

After posting a Facebook video on Thursday that went viral, singer Sinead O’Connor’s devastating plea for help drew comments from NJ.com readers and all corners of social media. Many were supportive of the Grammy-winning Irish singer, who has struggled with mental illness over the years and said she was feeling suicidal. Shortly after posting her video, O’Connor, who says she suffers from post-traumatic stress disorder and wants to reunite with her children, shared the street address of a Travelodge motel in South Hackensack where she said she was staying. Comments flooded in on her Facebook page…

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Is Social Media a blessing in disguise?

I don’t know about others but social media has on many occasions engaged me in useful debates, allowed me to catch up with friends, families, and their statuses, through photos, audios, videos, and vice versa. On the other hand, social media usage has also contributed in the derailment of some important ventures that could have positively impacted my life. The purpose of this concise and informative article is to explore the pros and cons of social media usage through the lens of a habitual user. To get things in perspective,…

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Five Social Media Mistakes That Will Hurt Your Job Search

ear Liz, I’ve been “cleaning up” my social media presence lately because I’m about to start a job search. What do I need to do to my social media pages to make sure I’m job-search-ready? Thanks, Leona Shutterstock Dear Leona, Good thinking! I’m sure you know that the majority of employers will check out a candidate’s social media presence before making a job offer. Here are five social media mistakes that could really slow down your job search: Risque or racy content on your social media pages Offensive sentiments or…

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Are Niche Social Media Sites the Beginning of a New Trend?

Major League Baseball (LB) announced a new social media app on April 18, 2017. The app is called Infield Chatter. As is the custom with new social media apps, this one is only available for your Android and iPhone devices. You can download it from the corresponding app store. As of this moment, there are five major social media platforms: Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Snapchat, and Instagram. All of these platforms have one thing in common: you can discuss almost any topic on them. Therefore, people get together and form their…

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