Is an angry online post a real threat or an exercise of free speech? The Supreme Court will determine whether a man’s violence-filled rants on Facebook about his ex-wife — posts that led to his arrest — are protected by the First Amendment. Jeffrey Brown takes a look at the case with Marcia Coyle of The National Law Journal. Continue reading
The justices will hear arguments Monday in the case of a man who was sentenced to nearly four years in prison for posting graphically violent rap lyrics on Facebook about killing his estranged wife, shooting up a kindergarten class and attacking an FBI agent. Continue reading
The Facebook Data Science team compiled “anonymized, aggregate data” from the status updates of users in the United States — drawing from entries that participated in a status challenge asking friends and families to share what they are most thankful for.
Facebook and Apple are now among the first Silicon Valley tech companies to cover the expense of egg freezing procedures for employees, NBC News reported.
If you think your Facebook NewsFeed or Twitter timeline is becoming an echo chamber of the same material, you’re right. According to a new Pew Research Center report on the role of social media in civil discourse, Facebook might not be the best place to have a lively debate on a difficult topic. Continue reading
Hashtag activism is a term coined to describe the use of viral hashtags on social media to raise awareness and foster discussion about specific issues and causes, but can it affect real change? Continue reading
NewsHour followers share their opinions of Facebook’s controversial emotional experiment. Continue reading
Many Facebook users were upset by news that the social media network manipulated incoming content for hundreds of thousands of people without telling them. The manipulation was conducted for a study — published in a respected scientific journal — measuring how attitudes were affected by either positive or negative posts. Judy Woodruff learns more from Reed Albergotti of The Wall Street Journal. Continue reading