Teenagers in California will now have a chance to reset their public persona before applying to jobs or colleges. Governor Jerry Brown signed in to law Senate Bill 568 on Monday. The new law, called the “eraser button” law by some, requires social media sites to allow users under 18 years of age to delete posts and photos that may damage their reputation, according to a Fox News story.
"Kids and teens frequently self-reveal before they self-reflect,” the CEO of Common Sense Media, Jim Steyer, told the Huffington Post. "In today's digital age, mistakes can stay with and haunt kids for their entire life. This bill is a big step forward for privacy rights, especially since California has more tech companies than any other state.”
While popular sites like Facebook and Twitter already allow any user to delete posts or tweets, the law will make it a requirement for all websites to extend the privilege to underage California users. Such a broad law will burden sites, who will now have to determine which users are based in California, opponents say. Many proponents concede the point but hope that the law will spread to the other states.
"This is a good business practice that should filter through the industry,” said Rhys Williams, spokesman for the bill’s author, Sen. Darrell Steinberg, Democrat. "These companies are keen to avoid bad press just as parents are keen to avoid bad attention toward their children.”
A similar bill was proposed in the U.S. House of Representatives in 2011. Titled the Do Not Track Kids Act, it was introduced by Rep. Ed Markey, D-Mass., and Rep. Joe Barton, R-Texas. The bill never made it out of committee.
The law is part of a larger package of laws that will also prohibit youth-oriented social media sites from advertising products that are illegal for minors like alcohol, guns and tobacco. The new rules go into effect Jan. 1, 2015.
The record for most re-tweeted tweet was broken last night after Ellen DeGeneres posed with a group of A-listers for a selfie.
During a comic bit, DeGeneres asked Bradley Cooper to take a picture with her when several other celebrities decided to join in. Meryl Streep, Jennifer Lawrence, Kevin Spacey, Angelina Jolie, Brad Pitt and a host of others were captured in the shot.
“If only Bradley’s arm was longer,” DeGeneres tweeted. “Best photo ever.”
The photo received 2 million retweets long before midnight on Sunday, beating the record set by President Barack Obama’s picture with Michelle Obama after his re-election.
Twitter apologized for the nearly 20 minutes of disrupted service after 10 p.m. caused by the unusually high volume of activity.
A mysterious Twitter user posted photos of the alleged iPhone 6 casing, which displayed a wider screen and a curved design.
The new set of photos is one in a series claiming to be the actual iPhone 6 design.
The user, mornray866, has not revealed the source of the images or explained why many of the phones are shown in plastic bags.
Apple has refused to comment on the details of the upcoming phone, though there are plenty of rumors to supplement its silence.
Some speculate that there will be three different models of the iPhone 6. The first will be a 4 inch 1136x640 (326 ppi) display for the cheapest iPhone. The second will be a 4.7 inch 1920x1080 (440ppi) display called the iPhone Air. The third will be a 5.5 inch 2272x1280 (510 ppi) display called the iPhone Pro.
The new iPhone will allegedly include a new camera module from Sony to improve the quality of pictures taken from its front facing camera.
The new phones are expected to be revealed at Apple’s annual developer conference in June, where the firm typically makes new product announcements.
If announced, the iPhone 6 is expected to go on sale within weeks of the conference.
A star wrestler at Kent State University has been suspended indefinitely after tweeting homophobic comments towards Michael Sam, the NFL hopeful who came out as gay this past weekend.
Sam Wheeler took to Twitter to go on a homophobic rant against Michael Sam and his supporters.
"I can't even watch Sports Center today cause all they are talking about is Marcus Smart or that fag from Mizzou,” wrote Wheeler in his initial tweet. He followed that one up by responding to other people, calling them derogatory words, and sarcastically saying, “O geez I got all these fag boys mad at me now."
Following the 20-year-old’s rant and the controversy it started, all of the tweets were deleted, followed shortly thereafter by the deletion of his entire Twitter account.
"On behalf of Kent State University, we consider these comments to be ignorant and not indicative of the beliefs held by our university community as a whole," said Joel Nielsen, athletic director for Kent State University. "This is an educational opportunity for all of our student-athletes."
Wheeler’s actions not only came with a ton of backlash and media attention, but he was also suspended for what he wrote online.
"As an alum of Kent State University and as Sam's head coach, I was surprised and offended by what I read on Twitter," said coach Jim Andrassy. "I have spoken to Sam personally, and while he is remorseful, he will be suspended indefinitely while we determine the best course of action moving forward."
It’s not been yet been determined when or even if Wheeler will return to wrestle at Kent State, but it’s safe to say that the sophomore never anticipated these consequences when he took his rant to Twitter.
A South Carolina high school student has been suspended for five days for “favoriting” several tweets on a Twitter page called HSConfessionsSC.
Demi Grant, a senior at Hartsville High School, said she clicked the “favorite” button on the tweets, not because they were true, but, as she explained, “because I thought they were funny.”
Allegedly, one of the tweets in question makes a reference to a Hartsville student, who was killed in a 2012 car crash; it was her liking this particular tweet that apparently enraged school officials.
Ironically, Grant has previous expressed frustration over someone creating a false social media account in the name of the girl who died in the 2012 crash.
According to Audrey Childers, a spokeswoman for the Darlington County school district, the tweets on the HSConfessionsSC page were “distasteful and untrue.”
The school has punished some 30 students for visiting the HSConfessionsSC Twitter account, referring to their support of the page as “cyber-bullying.” Grant, however, is the only one who has been suspended.
Grant said that when Principal Charlie Burry, Jr. called the students in to his office, he “looked at all of us and he said that we made him sick.”
Grant’s mother, Stephanie Grant, has expressed thorough disappointment with the high school administration.
“Five days suspension for favoriting a tweet? Wasn’t her words. It was no name in the tweet. She was bullying according to the school district, but I don’t know who she bullied,” the enraged mother stated.
It is unclear if Grant favorited the offensive tweets during school or on school property.
“There’s nothing really your children can do at school or outside of school that the district can’t punish them for,” the suspended girl’s mother added.
Demi and Stephanie tried to appeal the suspension, but apparently were met with no success; they have expressed concern that missing four days of school will “eventually catch up to Demi academically.”
Childers has suggested that the school district’s detectives “are actively investigating the situation and have asked for law enforcement’s help.”
Although both mother and daughter might have protested that the punishment seemed overly harsh and that it singled Demi out from a large group of students, both have admitted that they have come away from it with a lesson.
“If I see something like that, just leave alone because in the long run it could come back and get involved with the school and then this will happen again. It’s just not worth it,” Demi said.
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MSNBC has come forward and apologized for a tweet taunting conservatives about an upcoming Cheerios ad featuring a biracial family.
The commercial will feature the same family seen in the company’s May 2013 ad. That ad, which you can see here, received so many racist comments on YouTube that Cheerios was forced to deactivate the comment section of the page.
After it was announced that Cheerios would bring the family back for the 2014 Super Bowl commercial, here’s what MSNBC had to say:
The tweet has since been removed. MSNBC.com Executive Editor Richard Wolffe sent out a tweet apologizing for the gaffe.
“The Cheerios tweet from @msnbc was dumb, offensive and we’ve taken it down,” Wolffe wrote. “That’s not who we are at msnbc.”
That apologetic tweet comes weeks after MSNBC personality Melissa Harris-Perry had to apologize to Mitt Romney for mocking his adopted black grandson on her show.
After seeing MSNBC’s tweet, conservative voice Michelle Malkin encouraged conservatives in biracial families to post pictures of their families with the hashtag #MyRightWingBiracialFamily. The idea took off and was trending on Twitter Wednesday night.
Malkin then sent MSNBC a tweet of her own.
“You’ve been served, MSNBC,” she wrote. “Take notice all the rest of you left-wing race card players. Your smears WILL be crushed.”
A 9-year-old Seahawks fan touched hearts across the U.S. after she wrote a letter to deaf running back Derrick Coleman, calling him an inspiration.
Riley Kovalcik wrote the note after she and her sister watched a Duracell ad featuring Coleman and his journey to become the first legally deaf offensive player in the NFL. Kovalcik, who is also legally deaf, felt a connection to Coleman.
“I where (sic) two hearing aids. I love sports. Other things are I'm a identical twin and my twin where's (sic) one hearing aid too!”
The girls’ father, Jake, tweeted a picture of the letter to Coleman. When the Seahawks got a hold of it, Mr. Kovalcik’s phone was flooded with messages and return tweets.
The father of three laughed as he recalled the two girls watching over his phone, in awe that the letter had gone viral.
Mr. Kovalcik added that all he wanted was to show Coleman how much he had impacted his girls, and noted that Coleman is important to every child with a disability.
“He's showing all kids that if you work hard and you dedicate yourself whatever deficiencies you have, you can be great,” Mr. Kovalcik said of Coleman. “I wanted to thank him.”
A court in Saudi Arabia has sentenced a man to three months in prison and 80 lashes for taking to Twitter to publicly accuse a Kuwaiti singer of adultery.
The Saudi man is reportedly a fan of a rival UAE singer named Ahlam, so in an effort to start rumors about singer Shams, he went on Twitter and accused the entertainer of committing adultery without providing any proof.
Shams filed a lawsuit against the Twitter user for making up the accusations, as well as posting fake pictures of her in compromising situations. Shams won the lawsuit, and now, the Twitter user, who claims he is “the lawyer of Queen Ahlam,” will face the consequences.
Under Sharia Law, anybody who accuses another person of committing adultery without proof will face lashes. Now that the Twitter user has been found guilty, he has been sentenced to 80 public lashes, three months in jail, and a fine of nearly $3,000.
11Georgia Police Launch Investigation After Twitter Users Post Pictures of Passed Out Woman, Joke About Raping Her
Police are investigating the case of a Twitter user posting a picture of a woman passed out on the floor with the caption, “Somebody put something in her drink, anyways, me and my brother bout to rape this b**ch.”
The tweet was posted just after 1 a.m. on New Year’s Day, and it quickly spread all over the Internet. The user, @RichloneyJuan, continued to tweet about the passed out girl all night, and even after he insisted it was a joke, police are not taking the situation lightly.
In the tweets that followed the initial posting, the user continued to make light of the incident, even tweeting that the woman had stopped breathing and didn’t have a pulse.
At one point, another Twitter user, TaBarius, posted a picture that appeared to be the same girl, but in this picture, she was dressed and cleaned up, although still passed out on the floor. The user went on to keep tweeting, saying that he had the girl locked up in the trunk of his car and asked his followers whether or not he should kill her.
People all over social media were outraged that the users would make jokes about rape and murder, and now, the police are involved. Dana Pierce, an officer in Cobb County, Georgia, said that they don’t have the names of the two men yet, but plan to begin a thorough investigation.
“How are we going to find them?” asked Pierce in a statement to Buzzfeed. “We could find their IP addresses, but we’re not going to do that on New Years Day… They [detectives] will probably really sink their teeth into the case tomorrow. “
Police say that someone claiming that none of what was posted was truthful contacted them, but the investigation will still go on despite the claims.
“The alleged incident that has gone viral is not a crime,” said Pierce. “We need a lot more evidence to prove that this happened.”
Both Twitter users are from the same area in Georgia, according to their accounts, which is why Cobb County police are heading the investigation.
Air Canada has been skewered on Twitter for requiring family members, including husbands and wives, to have the last name, which many spouses in 2013 choose not to do.
According to the Calgary Herald, the controversy started last night when Chris Turner, a writer in Calgary, tweeted about an Air Canada employee who told him on the phone that he couldn't transfer an airline voucher to his wife because she didn't share his last name.
Jalopnik.com reports that Turner tweeted:
Hey @AirCanada -- your (very helpful) phone rep tells me I can't transfer a voucher to my wife pre-flight BECAUSE SHE KEPT HER NAME. Really?
Air Canada then responded:
@theturner Hi Chris, vouchers can only be transferred to another family member before travel if they have the same family name. /cc
Chris Turner hit back:
@AirCanada Yup, got it. Maybe let your bosses know that those of us who are not married to June Cleaver find this deeply insulting.
Turner’s wife added:
@AirCanada Sooooo… Turner can transfer the voucher to our NEIGHBOUR Kelly who has the same last name, but not his WIFE. Gotcha.
The tweets were retweeted hundreds of times, and included various people slamming Air Canada, which claims their policy is supposed to prevent fraud, but other Canadian and American airlines do allow passengers to transfer vouchers to whomever they want.
Sources: Calgary Herald, Jalopnik.com, Twitter