Chances are, when you were young someone told you to watch out for the type of people you associate with, that people are often judged by the company they keep. This may now be truer than ever, because of an unprecedented new trend among consumer lenders to evaluate a person’s credit-worthiness by who they are friends with on Facebook.
While spending all day on Facebook or Twitter can indicate a lack of anything better to do, some companies like LendUp see an “active” social media lifestyle as a sign of stability. However, if seeking a loan from Lenddo, an applicant be denied if they are connected to a person who was late repaying a loan to the company. Many experts believe that it is not long before larger commercial lenders employ this practice.
For some time employers have been researching their potential hires on Facebook. What they are looking for is never clearly defined, but anecdotal stories exist of folks losing job opportunities because of the content of their posts or pictures both sexually suggestive or showing alcohol and drug use. Yet, some would even go so far as to request a potential employee’s user name and password for the social media site. Although, six states passed legislation protecting a person’s right to hold on to their password, mostly because of the private communications therein, anything publicly posted is still fair game.
Critics say that this both violates a person’s privacy and is a discriminatory practice. Still, these companies –mostly online lenders—exist in “a regulatory ‘wild west’” there’s no law requiring them to disclose even if a customer was turned down because of social media. If they are rejected from something on a credit report, it must be disclosed and consumer advocates say that should apply in this situation.
An obese wheelchair-bound Brooklyn woman is suing New York City and an EMT after he posted a photo of her with the caption “Wide Load” on Twitter.
Teena Gamzon, 65, claims fire department EMT Thomas Dluhos, 35, secretly took her photo and then put it on the Internet.
Along with the captioned photo, he posted the following Tweet: “#fatladytweets Look what my husband did to my wheels couch. That bastard.” Gamzon suffers from diabetes.
“'I’m devastated,” Gamzon said. “We're made jokes of as it is.”
Her lawsuit, which was filed in Brooklyn state Supreme Court earlier this week, seeks unspecified damages for mental anguish, ridicule and emotional distress, The Daily Mail reported. Her lawyer, Robert Goldberg blamed Dluhos for “making a mockery out of his job.”
Dluhos has been fired from the FDNY and the Twitter page has been taken down.
Following a shooting on Monday at the Washington Navy Yard that left several people dead and many others injured, a top Russian official apparently felt the need to gloat about the incident on Twitter, BuzzFeed reported.
“A new shootout at Navy headquarters in Washington — a lone gunman and 7 corpses,” wrote Alexey Pushkov, Russia’s parliamentary foreign affairs chief. “Nobody’s even surprised anymore. A clear confirmation of ‘American exceptionalism.’”
He followed that up with another tweet: “The USA should part with the notion of American exceptionalism. It contradicts the principles of equal rights and smells of political racism.”
The exact number of casualties at the Navy Yard is unknown at this time. It has been reported that several people were killed and as many as 10 injured. It is also believed that the shooter has died.
Officials are looking into the possibility of another shooter being involved in the incident.
Pushkov’s tweet is a reference to a line in an Op-Ed published in the Sept. 11 issue of The New York Times written by Russian President Vladimir Putin. In the piece, Putin wrote that U.S. “exceptionalism” is dangerous for the international community.
After becoming the first Indian-American to win the Miss America pageant with her victory on Sunday night, Nina Davuluri had to deal with the issue of race almost immediately. Following her win, users took to Twitter to complain about the Syracuse native’s victory.
“And the Arab wins Miss America. Classic,” one user wrote.
“How the f**k does a foreigner win miss America? She is a Arab! #idiots,” posted another.
“9/11 was 4 days ago and she gets miss America,” a third user tweeted.
During a press conference after her victory, Davuluri offered her response. “I have to rise above that,” she said. “I always viewed myself as first and foremost American. I’m so happy this organization has embraced diversity. I’m thankful there are children watching at home who can finally relate to a new Miss America.” Her platform was actually founded on “celebrating diversity through cultural competency.”
Davuluri, the second consecutive Miss New York to win the Miss America crown, has plans to be a doctor and is applying to medical school. The $50,000 scholarship she won as part of the pageant title will certainly help with that, The Inquisitr reported.
The first runner-up in the contest was Miss California, Crystal Lee.
A fan of the boy band One Direction allegedly killed her dog after all the members of the group ignored her requests that they follow her on Twitter. @illumivato wrote on August 29: “Follow me or I’ll break my dog’s neck.” Her tweet came with a picture of her holding her dog down on the floor by its neck.
The band receives millions of tweets a day so it is not surprising that the crazed fan’s message slipped through the cracks. Another message that she specifically sent to band member Liam Payne also did not garner a response, The Inquisitr reported. The message stated, “I love you. Follow me. My dog has just died.”
Other fans of the band, “Directioners,” are so outraged by the young woman’s behavior that they have been urging Twitter to cancel her account and even created a Change.org petition. It has currently collected more than 2,500 signatures.
This is a portion of the petition:
“There is a person on twitter by the name of @Illumivato who is posting pictures of her killing her dog by snapping its neck to get more followers. She has pictures of animals in blenders, a dog with guns up to its head, a picture of her strangling (what looks to be her mom), a young boy with duct tape tied around arms on the ground, (and the list continues) basically implying that if she does not get more followers she will kill all of these beings. I need this to be looked at by the police, government, and if nothing else twitter.”
The girl's real name and location are unknown and One Direction yet to comment on the matter.
Should a drug company give an untested drug to a cancer patient if that is the person’s final hope to live?
Andrea Sloan, 45, is the director the Texas Advocacy Project, an anti-domestic violence organization, so she is no stranger to activism.
But now, she is rallying others to her own cause.
Sloan is on the verge of losing a seven-year fight against ovarian cancer and she says an unapproved, experimental treatment from the company BioMarin Pharmaceuticals is her final hope of saving her life.
Sloan, of Austin, Texas, has taken to Twitter, as well as lobbied Texas lawmakers, to persuade the company to let her try the drug, BMN673, under a “compasisonate use” exemption that is supposed to allow companies to give untested drugs to patients for whom all other treatments have failed.
“I’ve had several rounds of traditional chemotherapy,” said Sloan (pictured). “I’ve had two rounds of radiation. I've had five major surgeries. But none of those treatments have stopped the cancer.”
Her oncologist, Dr. Charles Levenback, of MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, says that BMN673 is her last hope to live.
In a statement, BioMarin Pharmaceuticals, which continues to deny Sloan’s requests for the drug, said that it is “too early to know if the experimental therapy is safe or effective, or will even prolong life.”
The company’s chief medical officer, however, has made public statements gushing about the drug.
“BMN 673 appears to have superior potency, selectivity and bioavailability as compared to other products in development,” said Henry Fuchs.
Sloan’s Twitter and Facebook campaign, known as “Andi’s Army,” has rallied celebrities and politicians including Wynona Judd and Newt Gingrich to her cause. Recently, 82 Texas legislators from both parties signed a letter urging that BioMarin give Sloan the drug.
SOURCES: Huffington Post, Andi’s Army Facebook Page, KXAN News, KEYE TV
Business Insider chief-technology officer Pax Dickinson was forced to resign on Tuesday after being called out on a stream of offensive tweets. Public outry began on Momday, and by Tuesday Dickinson was out of a job.
A smattering of Dickinson’s handiwork:
In The Passion Of The Christ 2, Jesus gets raped by a pack of niggers. It's his own fault for dressing like a whore though.
Who has more dedication, ambition, and drive? Kobe only raped one girl, Lebron raped an entire city. +1 for Lebron.
So he's a woman, but he still has Y chromosomes? now who doesn't understand how biology works?
Daddy needs you to show your breasts on TV to protest the patriarchy, baby. You wanna make daddy happy, don’t you?
IMO if gay activists protest the Olympics in Russia it's going to get VERY ugly. They think its just a game but Putin knows the real stakes.
Over the course of his tweets, the aptly named Dickinson managed to offend women, homosexuals, sports fans and even programmers.
The scorned CTO even lashed out against tech writer Anil Dash, inviting him to "come call me an asshole to my face tomorrow."
Despite the warning on Dickinson’s profile reading "my views on Twitter do not reflect those of my employer," and "Unprofessional opinions not endorsed by anyone respectable," Business Insider CEO Henry Blodget chose to respond swiftly to the insulting tweets, stating, "Pax was speaking for himself, not Business Insider. We obviously don't condone what he said. What happened between Monday evening and Tuesday morning that prompted a forced resignation is unclear.”
Blodget released an official statement on the matter, reading:
A Business Insider executive has made some comments on Twitter that do not reflect our values and have no place at our company. The executive has left the company, effective immediately.
Business Insider's team is composed of more than 100 talented men and women of many backgrounds, and we highly value this diversity.
The FBI announced this week that the Syrian Electronic Army has been added to its wanted criminals list. The SEA, a group of hackers that supports Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, has carried out a string of cyber attacks on various news outlets, government agency websites, and popular Twitter accounts recently.
The most recent attack happened on August 27th, when the SEA hacked and shut down The New York Times website for hours on end. After this incident, the FBI issued a security advisory that warned people of the capabilities and seriousness of this group.
"Over the past several months, the SEA has been highly effective in compromising multiple high-profile media outlets," said the FBI in their advisory. "In addition to Syrian hackers, groups or individuals sympathetic to the SEA may also be observed participating in CNO efforts against US Web sites and networks. Please maintain heightened awareness of your network traffic and take appropriate steps to maintain your network security. If you detect anomalous or malicious traffic or network behavior, please contact your local FBI Cyber Task Force."
The SEA has taken responsibility for cyber attacks on organizations like The Washington Post, The New York Times, The Guardian, E! News, The Associated Press, and more. In addition to hacking websites, the SEA has taken to Twitter accounts to relay a number of messages, including false reports of attacks on government buildings, fabricated stories about President Obama, and more.
In a recent email interview with news website Mashable, members of the SEA made clear that should an attack on Syria by the US actually occur, they will retaliate.
“The moment the US government breaks international law by attacking the sovereign state of Syria,” said the SEA member, ”it has given up any rights to complain about being targeted by us or any other group around the world, as it would have lost all legitimacy. Yes, we will target all of it.”
The SEA has now been added to the FBI’s wanted list, and will consider any supporters of the group as terrorists.
Amanda Catherine Hein was charged in August on one count of criminal homicide after she allegedly gave birth to a son in the bathroom of a sports bar and abandoned the baby to die in the toilet.
As part of her coverage, Nancy Grace is using the hashtag "#ToiletBaby" on her HLN TV show and Twitter page, noted Ad Age.
This week, Grace is also using the hashtag "#BabyInTrash" on her TV show, reports TVNewser. This story is about a premature baby who was found alive stuffed in a bag of trash.
It's no secret that Grace's show has seen a large ratings dip since the George Zimmerman and Jodi Arias trials concluded, so it could be that she is trying to jack up her ratings, which even beat Fox News at one time.
In another possible effort to push up her ratings, Grace was outraged on a recent show that Arias has access to donuts in jail while she is reheating soup (video below).
Television talk show host Dr. Phil McGraw took to Twitter on Tuesday and asked his viewers whether having sex with an intoxicated girl was acceptable, sparking outrage across the social networking website.
McGraw often asks questions about upcoming show topics through Twitter.
“If a person is a misogynist, is it OK to just refer to him as 'Dr. Phil' from now on?” Imran Siddiquee, a Twitter user, wrote.
The tweet became especially notable when Carmen Rios, a former college sexual assault activist, created a Change.org petition encouraging McGraw to host a show on sexual assault prevention.
The petition asks McGraw to admit an error in his judgment, but also to begin a national conversation on the meaning of consent.
Rios noted that victims, not rapists, should be the ones with a national platform in order to discuss solutions to tragedies like Steubenville.
"This tweet was intended to evoke discussion leading into a very serious show topic,” a representative for the Dr. Phil show wrote on Buzzfeed. “It was not intended to be taken lightly.”
The tweet was allegedly based upon a recent news story, which was why the tweet included the #teensaccused label.
The petition currently has 764 supporters, and the tweet has since been deleted.