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Dallas sniper attack thrusts Facebook Live back into the spotlight

July 8th at 7:59 PM

Dallas sniper attack thrusts Facebook Live back into the spotlight

Facebook Live, which lets users broadcast live video across the social network, has been thrust further into the spotlight following Thursday’s sniper attack in Dallas that killed five police officers.

The shooting was streamed live on Facebook by Dallas resident Michael Kevin Bautista. His post, which was widely cited in the media, had been viewed more than 5.2 million times and racked up more than 141,000 shares Friday. More →

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Inmates Escape Cell Save Guard

Inmates broke out of a cell to save the life of a dying prison guard

July 8th at 3:26 PM

Inmates broke out of a cell to save the life of a dying prison guard

Officers were probably preparing for the worst when hearing an increasing amount of noise coming from one of the floors of the Parker County jail on June 23rd. And at first it appeared as though their worst nightmares were coming true — camera footage showed inmates breaking out of a cell, with a security guard lying unconscious on the floor. Of course, things aren’t always as they appear. More →

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Police Shooting Man Car Facebook Live Video

Castile shooting: Facebook did not censor aftermath video, police reportedly did it

July 8th at 7:15 AM

Castile shooting: Facebook did not censor aftermath video, police reportedly did it

Facebook Live is supposed to be a quick way to share fun memorable experiences with friends and family as they happen. But Lavish Reynolds used to stream an event nobody wants to live stream, the aftermath of a brutal police shooting that left her boyfriend, 32-year-old Philando Castile, dead. The video gained plenty of traction online, but it was removed early on Thursday from the social network. Initially, it was believed that Facebook might have censored it due to its graphic content, but that was not the case. The video was reinstated, but numerous media outlets picked it up before it disappeared.

Facebook has since denied reports said that it deleted the video, with Reynolds claiming that it was police who accessed her phone and Facebook account to remove the incriminating evidence. More →

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Philando Castile Police Shooting Video

Woman used Facebook Live to stream video as police killed her boyfriend

July 7th at 10:06 AM

Woman used Facebook Live to stream video as police killed her boyfriend

The following video, as heartbreaking as it may be, shows the power of the modern smartphones and social media. Lavish Reynolds recorded a disturbing video after a police officer shot and killed her unarmed boyfriend as he was pulling out his wallet from his back pocket, even after telling the officer that he was carrying a licensed weapon.

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ISIS Sex Slaves Traffic

ISIS is using encrypted apps for sex slave trade

July 6th at 6:02 PM

ISIS is using encrypted apps for sex slave trade

Much has been written about ISIS using encrypted devices to plan and coordinate highly sophisticated terror attacks in the western world as well as in other countries, many close to what ISIS calls home. The organization may indeed use encrypted programs for communications, though reports detailing the recent incidents in Paris proved that’s not the main way attackers communicated. As it turns out though, they do use these apps for at least one horrific purpose: To communicate about selling sex slaves.

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Trump Assassination Attempt

Someone tried to assassinate Donald Trump

June 21st at 9:02 AM

Someone tried to assassinate Donald Trump

Donald Trump’s campaign has been nothing if not controversial. The republican presidential hopeful knows exactly how to push everyone’s buttons. Among his supporters he can do no wrong and among his critics he can do no right. But whichever side of the fence on which you stand, you have to appreciate the fact that Trump has an uncanny ability to steal the spotlight and evoke strong responses from his supporters and from the opposition.

This past weekend, things came to a head when a 19-year-old British man made an attempt on Trump’s life. More →

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Orlando Shooting 2016

John Oliver’s moving response to the Orlando mass shooting was perfect

June 13th at 9:18 AM

John Oliver’s moving response to the Orlando mass shooting was perfect

Tragedy struck Orlando early Sunday morning as a lone gunman with ties to ISIS entered a gay nightclub and opened fire on those in attendance. When the smoke finally cleared at Pulse nightclub and a hostage situation ended with SWAT personnel shooting the 29-year-old attacker dead, Omar Mateen had taken 50 lives and wounded 53 more.

The nation and the world is now in mourning following the most horrific mass shooting in United States history. The attack was also deadliest such event in the US since 9/11. While some took to social media to express their outrage — and others shamelessly used the massacre as an opportunity to shift focus to them — many banded together offline and selflessly attempted to help those affected by the shooting. They were the focus of John Oliver’s moving response to the Orlando shooting on Sunday night. More →

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Zika Olympics Rio

Long jump champion freezes sperm ahead of Olympics as Zika fears swirl

Long jump champion freezes sperm ahead of Olympics as Zika fears swirl

June 8th at 10:31 AM

News emerged earlier in the week that some journalists are refusing to cover the 2016 Summer Olympics over fears that they might contract Zika, a mosquito-borne virus spreading across Brazil and other regions. Zika is widely known to potentially cause serious birth defects in babies, and the outbreak in and around Brazil has been a topic of heated debate where the Olympics are concerned. But it’s not just journalists who are taking precautions amid fears that infected mosquitos will spread the virus throughout the Summer Games — the Olympians themselves are now also beginning to take steps to protect themselves and their families. More →

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Trump Sanders Debate

Bernie Sanders wants to debate Donald Trump in a football stadium

May 27th at 2:45 PM

Bernie Sanders wants to debate Donald Trump in a football stadium

Bernie Sanders and Donald Trump have been flirting around each other like teens at a high school dance. But thanks to Sanders’ appearance on Kimmel last night, we’re finally getting a look at whether this debate is going to happen, and what Sanders thinks it should look like.

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