Facebook manipulated emotions in secret study

Jun 30, 2014

Facebook manipulated emotions in secret study

Facebook secretly manipulated the feelings of 700,000 users to understand “emotional contagion” in a study that prompted anger and forced the social network giant on the defensive. For one week in 2012, Facebook tampered with the algorithm used to place posts into users’ news ...

U.S. suspect's 'handsome' mug shot goes viral

Jun 21, 2014

U.S. suspect's 'handsome' mug shot goes viral

A mug shot of a handsome Californian arrested on felony weapons charges has gone viral on social media, attracting more than 33,000 “likes” and drawing comments praising his chiseled face with high cheek bones and striking blue eyes. Jeremy Meeks, 30, a convicted felon, ...

Jun 7, 2014

Spy agency uncovers sense of humor in debut tweet

For a spy agency that likes to blend into the background, the CIA’s debut on Twitter has revealed a covert sense of humor. In a medium heralded for its snide remarks, the Twittersphere gave high praise Friday for the intelligence agency’s first tweet, under ...

Thailand's junta bans all anti-coup protests

May 30, 2014

Thailand's junta bans all anti-coup protests

More than 1,000 Thai troops and police sealed off one of Bangkok’s busiest intersections Thursday to prevent a planned protest, as authorities said they would no longer allow any demonstrations against last week’s military coup. Truckloads of soldiers blocked all incoming roads to the ...

How Chinese officials 'like' Facebook

May 19, 2014

How Chinese officials 'like' Facebook

by Felicia Sonmez

China’s communist authorities ban their own people from accessing major global social media sites, including Facebook, Twitter and YouTube. But when it comes to self-promotion, they are increasingly keen users themselves. The official Xinhua News Agency, the Communist Party mouthpiece the People’s Daily and ...

Iranian women cautiously snub headscarf rule online

May 14, 2014

Iranian women cautiously snub headscarf rule online

Dozens of women in Iran are flouting state-imposed dress rules with online, often anonymous photographs showing them dropping their headscarf for a moment. In only 10 days, a Facebook page titled “Stealthy Freedoms of Women in Iran” has received more than 100 such photos ...