Monday, October 2, 2023
Monday, October 2, 2023

Mark LaFlamme: Longley School vandalized; free parenting advice offered on Facebook

Sign In: Street Talk Posted 2:50 PM Updated 36 mins ago increase font size Street Talk: When news of the latest vandalism spree started to get around, the furor landed in its usual place: on social media. At first it seemed like just another “here we go again” scenario.  The Longley School, a perennial target of vandals and jackanapes, had been trashed one more time.  Desks overturned and thrown about. Bathrooms destroyed in ways that only rampaging youths can manage. School equipment damaged or destroyed, hallways trashed, serving areas hit as though by a tornado.  Nobody needs me to describe the damage in any great detail. We’ve all been here before. Longley was targeted by a similar band of young vandals just a year earlier, after all, and that particular mess stayed in the news cycle a long while.  When news of the latest vandalism spree started to get around, the furor landed in its usual place: on social media,  » Read More

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Meta expanding Facebook and Instagram paid verification to business accounts

Tom Sykes Posted On 26/09/2023 Meta has announced that it is expanding its Meta Verified subscription to business accounts “soon,” which will allow Facebook, Instagram and WhatsApp accounts representing businesses to pay to show a verification badge on their profile.According to Meta, Meta Verified for businesses is currently in testing, and will soon be available to businesses on Instagram, Facebook and WhatsApp for $21.99 USD/month per Facebook page or Instagram account, or $34.99 USD/month for both.In a message to The Apple Post, a Meta spokesperson said “We’ll start with a test in the coming weeks for businesses on Instagram and Facebook in select countries – and will expand to businesses on WhatsApp in the future.”Earlier this year, we introduced Meta Verified for creators, a subscription bundle that allows users to pay to show a blue verification badge on their Facebook or Instagram profile.According to the platform, in addition to showing blue verification badges on profiles,  » Read More

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Police Arrest Facebook User Chioma Egodi Jnr for Review on Erisco Foods' Tomato Paste

For posting her “honest review” of the Nagiko Tomato Mix, a product of Erisco Foods Limited, the police have arrested Chioma Egodi Jnr., a popular Facebook user. On September 17, Egodi Jnr. had made a post on her Facebook page, highlighting the high sugar content in the tomato paste and inviting her followers who might have used the same product to share their opinions. “I went to buy tin tomatoes yesterday that I will use to make stew. I didn’t see Gino and Sonia, so I decided to buy this one (Nagiko). When I opened it omo! I decided to taste it. Sugar is just too much. Haa biko (please) let me know if you have used this tin tomato before because this is an ike gwuru (tiring) situation,” Egodi Jnr. had posted on Facebook. READ ALSO: For Criticising Apostle Suleiman’s Miracle Money, Israel Balogun is in the Police Soup Two days later, Egodi Jnr. insinuated in another Facebook post that a group of people had privately bombarded her with accusations of attempting to harm their brother’s business.  » Read More

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Losing Human Users, Facebook Releasing Chatbots for Lonely to Talk To – Futurism

"Human, please! Share your experiences, thoughts, and emotions!"Lonely IslandMeta-formerly-Facebook, the Mark Zuckerberg-helmed social media company that continues to shout from the rooftops that its platforms are designed to "help people connect" and "bring people closer together," is marching forward with an eyebrow-raising solution for reviving declining user numbers: introducing an array of AI-powered chatbots that users can talk to instead of their fellow humans.According to new reporting from The Wall Street Journal, which obtained internal documents about the bots — which reportedly feature distinct personalities ranging from "sassy" robot to misogynistic douchebag — are specifically geared toward capturing the attention of Meta's younger crowd. Facebook has been struggling to keep up with the likes of TikTok, the favored app of Gez Z, and according to the documents reviewed by the WSJ, these AI-powered correspondents are a ploy to reclaim some of that lucrative youth attention.Fellow KidsThe concepts for the AI characters seem a bit all over the place.  » Read More

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Meta's AI chatbot plan includes a 'sassy robot' for younger users – The Verge

Meta is preparing to announce a generative AI chatbot, called “Gen AI Personas” internally, aimed at younger users, according to The Wall Street Journal. Reportedly set to launch during the company’s Meta Connect event that starts Wednesday, they would come in multiple “personas” geared towards engaging young users with more colorful behavior, following ChatGPT’s rise over the last year as one of the fastest-growing apps ever. Similar, but more generally targeted, Meta chatbot personas have already been reportedly tested on Instagram. According to internal chats the Journal viewed, the company has tested a “sassy robot” persona inspired by Bender from Futurama and an overly curious “Alvin the Alien” that one employee worried could imply the bot was made to gather personal information. A particularly problematic chatbot reportedly told a Meta employee, “When you’re with a girl, it’s all about the experience. And if she’s barfing on you, that’s definitely an experience.” Meta means to create “dozens” of these bots, writes the Journal,  » Read More

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Jayhawks Head to California for the Molly Invitational – Kansas Jayhawks – Kansas Athletics

Tournament: The Molly Invitational Course: Bayonet Golf Course Par/Yards: 72/6,147 When: Sept. 25-26 Participating Teams: Cal, CSU Monterey Bay, Delaware, Georgia Southern, Kansas, Maryland, Oregon, Oregon State, Rutgers, San Jose State, UC Irvine and Washington State Live Stats: Golfstat LAWRENCE, Kan. – The Kansas Women’s Golf team is set to head to Bayonet Golf Course in Monterey, California to compete at the Molly Invitational beginning on Monday, Sept. 25. The Jayhawks are set to tee it up in their second event of the fall, following up a second-place finish at the Branch Law Firm/Dick McGuire Invitational that included a Kansas team 18-hole record and an 18-hole freshman record by Lyla Louderbaugh. The Molly Invitational is slated for a 12-team field, co-hosted by Cal and Oregon State, in addition to CSU Monterey Bay (Individual), Delaware, Georgia Southern, Maryland, Oregon, Rutgers, San Jose State, UC Irvine and Washington State. “We are excited to go out west to compete against a lot of Pac-12 teams this week,” said third-year head coach Lindsay Kuhle.  » Read More

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Rumford Police takes to Facebook to answer criticisms – The Maine Monitor

Disappointed by the judicial outcomes of his department’s criminal cases, Rumford Police Chief Tony Milligan turned to social media last month to provide a window into the frustrations he and his officers faced.  Cases were getting dismissed, and questions from residents mounted.  They asked why Milligan’s department wasn’t doing more to stymie increases in crime and the burgeoning effects of the opioid epidemic.  Milligan said Thursday he empathized with the concerns and wanted to improve transparency in his department.  So he began a string of Facebook posts with case-by-case reports of charges that were dismissed or deferred in court, calling attention to a pattern in the judicial system that Milligan said has been frustrating.  As of Friday he’s posted two reports, reviewing 42 charges. “There was some kind of misconception that, ‘Hey, the cops are letting this guy out,’ or ‘How come they’re letting this guy out on bail and cases are (getting) dismissed,’” Milligan said. “And people … mistakenly thought that this was the doings of the police,  » Read More

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Norfolk County Council anniversary Facebook post blunder – Eastern Daily Press

An accidental anniversary message was posted on the Norfolk County Council Facebook page (Image: Norfolk County Council) The Norfolk County Council was seen to be getting rather personal this morning as one worker accidentally posted her anniversary message on the wrong Facebook account. The post read: "Happy Anniversary to Mr B! 17 years today. Had a fabulous kid-free night away. It was soooo lovely. "You know you've been together a long time when you choose the same anniversary card. Love my boy." Attached to the post was a selfie of the happy couple and a photograph of the two identical cards. The accidental post on the Norfolk County Council Facebook page (Image: Norfolk County Council Facebook) They swiftly realised their mistake and the post was quickly taken down - but not before some eagle-eyed followers spotted it. One person commented: "I'd hazard a guess that this was meant to go out of a personal account,  » Read More

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'It lacked empathy': School's ice cream party Facebook post criticized – Fox 8

LEBANON, Ohio (WXIX/Gray News) - An Ohio school district apologized after a social media post about Ice Cream Friday received backlash.Donovan Elementary on Thursday posted to Facebook about the ice cream social planned for third and fourth graders.The social media post explained that not all students would be allowed to get ice cream, which angered many.“A student must have money on their account to purchase an ice cream,” Thursday’s post stated. “If a student has a negative balance, they will not be able to purchase an ice cream even if they bring their $1 for ice cream. “Students are only allowed to purchase one ice cream and are not permitted to buy an ice cream for a friend.”The post was shared more than 645 times.“I checked the page out myself so that I could read all the comments and was just shocked at what I read and how many people were outraged,” said Julie, a parent of a third-grade student.  » Read More

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Nebraska Mom in Abortion-Pill Case Gets Two Years in Prison – The Cut

life after roe Updated 3:05 P.M. Nebraska Mom Gets Prison Time for Giving Daughter Abortion Pills By Andrea González-Ramírez, a senior writer for the Cut who covers systems of power.  She specializes in gender issues and abortion rights, which she has been covering for seven years. Her work has also appeared in The Lily, Insider, Cosmopolitan, GEN by Medium, and Refinery29, among other outlets. Photo: Jamie Grill/Getty Images/Tetra images RF A Nebraska mother who faced criminal charges after helping her teen daughter self-manage her abortion with pills last year was sentenced on Friday to two years in prison. Jessica Burgess, 42, took a plea deal in July and admitted to charges of false reporting, providing an abortion after 20 weeks of gestation, and concealing, removing, or abandoning a dead body. Her sentencing went forward despite the fact that a judge had canceled Burgess’s court-ordered psychological evaluation last week owing to a lack of funding. Her daughter,  » Read More

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