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Worried relatives, generous volunteers, frantic neighbors, even medical providers are turning to social media now that Hurricane Irma wiped out electricity and cell service to communities across Florida, cutting off most contact with remote islands in the Keys.

DIY Assault Reports Create Questions And Closure

Aug 15, 2017

Facebook statuses are now being used as a way to report sexual assault, without involving authorities whom many distrust.  This cynicism follows national cases of sexual assault which share a common ending—the victim is doubted, and the assailant not only walks free, but is typically shown sympathy. WFSU spoke with one young woman who shared the details of her attack through a Facebook call-out post.

As lawmakers return to Washington to debate healthcare, they’ll have new ways of communicating with voters back home, through Facebook. But it’s not yet clear how the social media giant’s new tools could affect the political conversation.

It used to be that if you wanted to watch a surgery, you had to sit in a gallery behind a glass panel. And even then, you usually had to be a medical student. The surgeon performed on the other side, but there was no interaction between the doctor and spectators.

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Facebook is a massive social media heavyweight. Media organizations and Facebook realize the site has a lot of influence in shaping the news people see, react to and share every day.

One particular Facebook feature called "trending topics" is now coming under fire. The technology blog Gizmodo reports that a robotic algorithm isn't responsible for the list you see on the right hand rail of your Facebook homepage.

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The next evolution of Facebook allows media organizations such as the New York Times, The Atlantic and the BBC to publish articles directly to its mobile users.

Facebook says it can deliver the content up to 10 times more quickly than the mobile web.

Kelly McBride from the Poynter Institute’s “Sense-Making Project” helps us understand the impact of access to more-faster media.

 

Making Sense of the Superbowl and Facebook

Jan 31, 2015
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Super Bowl XLIX doesn't just feature The Seattle Seahawks against the New England Patriots.

It also features lots and lots of commercials selling for four-and-a-half million dollars for 30 seconds.

And Facebook wants a piece of the Super Bowl advertising action.

If you post anything on Facebook about the Super Bowl, ads will show in in your feed tailored to your particular interests.

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It is a tale of two social media sites.                                                       

Facebook has been inundated with videos of people taking the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge -- donate $100 to ALS research or take a bucket of ice water over your head.

Making Sense of Facebook Movies

Feb 7, 2014
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Even though it is a huge part of a lot of people's lives these days, Facebook turned just 10 years old this week.

In honor of its 10th birthday, Facebook came up with a program that generates a video from the things you've written and the photos you've posted since you joined the social networking site.

To Facebook users, this is either the greatest thing since sliced bread or evidence that Facebook has jumped the shark and is on its way out.

Abuse Victim Logs Onto Facebook for Help

May 31, 2012

A west Volusia County woman was being abused by her boyfriend and she had no means of calling 9-1-1 herself, so she logged onto Facebook instead.

Rhonda Torres told officials that her boyfriend, Edwin Otero, continued to beat her and she couldn't call 9-1-1 because he tore the phones from the wall and took her cell phone.

That's when she logged onto Facebook and instant messaged a friend for help. The friend then called the police.