May 14, 2016

U.S. background checks for security clearance to include social media

U.S. investigators can now probe Twitter, Facebook and other social media sites as a part of background checks for security clearances — something that lawmakers said Friday was a classic case of the government playing catch-up with technology. Director of National Intelligence James Clapper ...

May 13, 2016

Data on Chinese tycoons, party officials leaked on Twitter

Personal information on dozens of Chinese Communist Party officials and captains of industry from Jack Ma to Wang Jianlin may have been exposed on Twitter in one of the country’s biggest online leaks of sensitive information. Posts on Twitter from an account under the ...

Trump ex-butler faces probe over Obama threats

May 13, 2016

Trump ex-butler faces probe over Obama threats

The U.S. Secret Service said Thursday it is “aware” that Donald Trump’s former butler had repeatedly posted messages on Facebook about killing President Barack Obama and will conduct an investigation. The threatening posts by 84-year-old Anthony Senecal, who served as the presumptive Republican nominee’s ...

May 12, 2016

French teen's streamed suicide on Periscope leads to inquiry

French authorities have opened an investigation after a teenager allegedly live-streamed video of her suicide on the popular app Periscope. The local prosecutor said Wednesday the young woman threw herself under a commuter train in the suburban Egly station, south of Paris, after claiming ...

May 6, 2016

Facebook loses first round in lawsuit over storing biometric data

Facebook lost the first round in a court fight against some of its users who sued the social networking company, alleging it unlawfully collected and stored users’ biometric data derived from their faces in photographs. The judge presiding over the case in a California ...

Eyewitnesses to Kumamoto quakes on social media

Apr 16, 2016

Eyewitnesses to Kumamoto quakes on social media

The strongest quake in Japan since March 2011, registering 7 on the Japanese seismic scale, shook Kumamoto Prefecture on the evening of April 14 with another major quake striking in the early hours of April 16. Here is a selection of reactions and reports ...

Apr 14, 2016

Minors lured into SNS-assisted crimes set record in 2015

Japan saw a record number of minors fall prey to molestation, prostitution and other crimes via social networking services or online community spaces last year, and nearly all of the victims were female, police said Thursday. The number of victims under 18 rose to ...