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UPDATED: Fri., July 12, 2019, 1:18 p.m.

‘Give me a call’: How Spokane-area politicians deal with uncivil comments on their social media accounts

In the wake of a federal court ruling that President Donald Trump was in violation of the First Amendment when he blocked a critic on Twitter, local politicians said they …


France moves to make companies block hate speech online

French lawmakers have approved a measure that is intended to force search engines and social networks to take hate speech off the internet.


Matt Welch: Banning hate never works out as we expect

We are asking social media companies to do the impossible – impose and enforce editorial standards on an endless global stream of user-generated content.


How to protect your mental health from social media: Tips from an expert

So how can people reap the benefits of social media without letting it harm their mental health?


UPDATED: Fri., June 7, 2019, 5:53 p.m.

FDA targets vaping ‘influencers’ for online promotions

U.S. regulators moved to discipline vaping companies for inappropriately promoting their flavored nicotine formulas through so-called influencers on Facebook, Twitter and other social media sites.


US now seeking social media details from all visa applicants

The State Department is now requiring nearly all applicants for U.S. visas to submit their social media usernames, previous email addresses and phone numbers


White House launches survey looking for tech industry bias

The White House has launched an online form asking people to share their experiences if they think “political bias” has led to their posts being removed from social media sites …


Sri Lanka imposes curfew, blocks social media amid violence

Sri Lanka’s government imposed a nationwide curfew Monday and temporarily blocked social media following a flare-up of communal violence in apparent response to last month’s Easter attacks that killed more …


UPDATED: Thu., May 9, 2019, 2:34 p.m.

Facebook co-founder Chris Hughes: Time to break up company

Facebook co-founder Chris Hughes says it’s time to break up the social media behemoth.


Trump attacks social media companies after Facebook bans

President Donald Trump lashed out at social media companies after Facebook banned a number of extremist figures


UPDATED: Wed., May 1, 2019, 8:54 p.m.

Rogers High School locked down for picture of gun; no threat determined

Rogers High School went into a brief lockdown Wednesday following reports of a social media post showing a student holding a gun.


Capitol Hill hearing on online hate sees it firsthand

YouTube disabled the live chat section of the streaming video about 30 minutes into the hearing because of what it called “hateful comments.”


UPDATED: Tue., April 9, 2019, 4:06 p.m.

Instagram Spokane: Local businesses are picturing profits with social media platform

More and more Spokane businesses and organizations are finding ways to incorporate the visual platform into their marketing strategies.


Social media use can benefit teens – in moderation

In moderation, teens can benefit from social media use, behavioral health professionals tell lawmakers in Olympia.


Egypt tightens restrictions on media, social networks

Egypt’s top media regulator on Tuesday put into effect tighter restrictions that allow the state to block websites and even social media accounts with over 5,000 followers if they are …


UPDATED: Fri., March 8, 2019, 7:09 p.m.

Ryan Lee arrested third time while out on bail for school shooting threats, cyberstalking and harassment

Ryan Lee, the student who threatened to shoot students at Lewis and Clark High School, was arrested for the third time on Friday, according to Spokane Police.


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.