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UPDATED: Wed., Feb. 20, 2019, 12:20 p.m.

Social media extortion could become felony crime in Washington

Demanding money to remove false information posted about a person or a business on social media could become a felony in Washington.


UPDATED: Wed., Jan. 30, 2019, 10:50 p.m.

Police arrest suspect a second time for suspicion of new LC social media threats

Former Lewis and Clark High School student Ryan B. Lee, who is facing charges for threatening to shoot up the school last year, was arrested Wednesday afternoon on suspicion that …


Elected officials cannot silence critics on social media, appeals court rules

An elected official in Virginia violated the First Amendment when she temporarily blocked a constituent on Facebook, a federal appeals court ruled Monday, in a novel case with implications for …


Megan McArdle: What’s wrong with modern politics? The internet is the best answer

In the two years since Donald Trump’s unexpected victory, everyone seems to have developed a strong theory about what’s wrong with modern politics.


UPDATED: Tue., Dec. 18, 2018, 6:40 p.m.

Start an online post and then delete it? Many websites save it anyway.

Many websites start sharing or saving the text, photos or other information before users commit with a click of “Post,” “Enter” or “Submit,” and sometimes even after we choose to …


Social media and misinformation: It’s a game of whack-a-mole

Social media companies are fighting an expensive and increasingly complex battle against Russian trolls who are using catchy memes, bots and fake accounts to influence elections and sow discord in …


UPDATED: Mon., Dec. 17, 2018, 11 a.m.

Senate report: Russia social media influence efforts ongoing

A report compiled by private researchers and expected to be released Monday by the Senate intelligence committee says that “active and ongoing” Russian interference operations still exist on social media …


UPDATED: Thu., Nov. 8, 2018, 6:27 p.m.

Social media threat against Lewis and Clark High School targeted two female students, one who would be ‘first victim to go,’ court documents say

The latest round of social media threats against Lewis and Clark High School specifically mentioned two underage female students, one who would be the “first victim to go.”


UPDATED: Mon., Nov. 5, 2018, 8:33 p.m.

Police presence greets Lewis and Clark High School students after Instagram threat

Spokane police continue to investigate a threat to Lewis and Clark High School student posted on Instagram


As white nationalist movement faltered in U.S. over the last year, Gab remained one of its safe harbors

Scrutiny is already falling on Gab, a social-media service that has served as a safe harbor for white nationalists at a time when the movement has faltered under intense internal …


UPDATED: Wed., Oct. 24, 2018, 10:38 p.m.

As social media’s influence grows, teachers, administrators search for a response

For educators in Spokane, the perils of social media are everywhere.


Idaho GOP takes down social media posts mocking Democrat Paulette Jordan

The Idaho Republican Party has removed social media posts that added a mocking laugh track aimed at a Democratic candidate.


Sheriff takes heat for post on his Facebook page

Nez Perce County Sheriff Joe Rodriguez apologized Saturday for a meme his wife posted to his Facebook page that mocked women who don’t immediately report sexual assault.


UPDATED: Wed., Sept. 5, 2018, 8:34 p.m.

McMorris Rodgers to Twitter CEO: Get a better system for removing threatening tweets

Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers urges Twitter to do a better job of removing offensive tweets to restore the public’s trust.


UPDATED: Wed., Sept. 5, 2018, 8:32 p.m.

Facebook, Twitter pledge to defend against foreign intrusion

Facebook and Twitter executives assured Congress on Wednesday that they are aggressively working to root out foreign attempts to sow discord in America, and they pledged to better protect their …


Trump says he ‘won’t let’ social media target conservatives

President Donald Trump is accusing social media companies of “totally discriminating against Republican/Conservative voices” and says “we won’t let that happen.”


UPDATED: Fri., Aug. 10, 2018, 2:05 p.m.

Tech giants still stumbling in the social world they created

Social media bans of conspiracy theorist Alex Jones have thrust Facebook, YouTube, Twitter and others into a role they never wanted – as gatekeepers of discourse on their platforms, deciding …


UPDATED: Mon., July 23, 2018, 9:51 a.m.

Facing pressure, Washington state lawmaker unblocks constituents from his Facebook page

At least four Washington state lawmakers have blocked constituents or reporters from their public Facebook or Twitter pages. The ACLU has warned lawmakers that blocking someone because of an opposing …


UPDATED: Fri., June 29, 2018, 2:09 p.m.

Idaho GOP lawmaker criticized over social media post

An Idaho state representative is being criticized for what critics say was a threatening social media message directed at young students protesting the state GOP convention.


Role of social media in mountaineering mishaps growing

From the slopes of Mount Adams and across much of the West, there’s growing concern that social media may be playing a role in the increasing number of mountaineering accidents.


UPDATED: Fri., June 8, 2018, 10:49 p.m.

Shooting threats prompt schools to weigh risks, notifications and lockdowns

Spokane Public Schools officials take every social media shooting threat seriously. But serious enough to close school or order a lockdown? That’s a tougher call.


UPDATED: Wed., June 6, 2018, 1:19 p.m.

Selfie inflicted damage? Social media’s growing role in mountaineering mishaps

From the slopes of Mount Adams and across much of the West, there’s growing concern that social media may be playing a role in the increasing number of mountaineering accidents.


UPDATED: Fri., May 25, 2018, 10:07 a.m.

Local government officials may be barred from blocking Twitter critics

A federal court ruling in a case involving President Donald Trump and his Twitter account could affect state and local officials throughout the country, said legal experts who study cases …


UPDATED: Thu., May 24, 2018, 7:27 p.m.

Netflix and don’t chill: Obama deal sparks conservative boycott

Now showing on a social media screen near you, a conservative backlash against Netflix over the production deal with the Obamas it announced this week.


UPDATED: Tue., April 24, 2018, 7:20 p.m.

Poll: Privacy debacle prompts social-media changes

A new poll from the Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research finds that 7 in 10 online adults who’ve heard of the scandal – revelations that a data mining …


UPDATED: Wed., April 18, 2018, 3:56 p.m.

Student in Liberty School District accused of posting threatening video on Snapchat

For the second time in about a week, a minor was arrested and charged with a felony after threatening classmates over social media.


UPDATED: Wed., April 11, 2018, 7:09 a.m.

Paul Turner: Don’t blame me, I’m only on Twitter

Those of us who have never been on Facebook are feeling pretty smug these days.


Faith & Values: Distracted by phones and social media, our spiritual health is in free fall

“Be still!” All these years later, I still can hear my grandmother’s urgent plea: “Stevie, be still!”


Sri Lanka blocks social media as anti-Muslim rioting flares

Religious violence flared anew in the hills of central Sri Lanka on Wednesday despite a state of emergency, with Buddhist mobs sweeping through towns and villages, burning Muslim homes and …


Oregon man accused of threatening Trump will have mental exams

An Oregon man charged with making online threats to kill President Trump will undergo a mental competency evaluation before he returns to U.S. District Court in Eugene.