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UPDATED: Mon., Feb. 24, 2020

‘Taking over’: Spokane experts say social media and gaming is causing anxiety in teens

Back when she lived in Pennsylvania, Lisa Silvestri was jogging through a memorial park when she saw a woman on her cellphone standing before a tombstone.

UPDATED: Thu., Feb. 6, 2020

West Valley school deputy arrests 13-year-old girl suspected of making social media threats on a dare

A West Valley School District resource deputy arrested a 13-year-old girl suspected of making social media threats on a dare Thursday morning.

Eric Zorn: 3 easy ways to preserve your serenity during the toxic political year ahead

Here’s my three-word prescription, adapted from my own New Year’s resolution to reduce the number of hours I spend on fruitless online wrangles to zero.

Russia passes bill targeting bloggers and journalists

Russia’s lower house of parliament has passed a bill that gives the government the right to register bloggers, journalists and social media users as foreign agents.

Jason Rezaian: Can Twitter get back on the right side of history?

The Justice Department has just charged two former employees of Twitter with spying for Saudi Arabia. The two appear to have infiltrated the social media giant in an effort to …

Group says misinformation on the rise on Facebook

An advocacy group tracking misinformation says it has found an increase in fake political news shared on Facebook ahead of the 2020 presidential elections.

Leonard Pitts Jr.: Social media platforms and the fate of truth

While Facebook surely deserves the scorn it has received, one wonders whether Twitter’s absolute ban is not overkill.

Zuckerberg appears in Congress as Facebook faces scrutiny

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg faced bipartisan, hostile questions in a congressional hearing Wednesday focused on the social media company’s plans to launch its own cryptocurrency known as Libra.

UPDATED: Sat., Oct. 12, 2019

Hoping to eliminate distractions, Mike Leach introduces social media ban for Washington State players

Washington State football players, usually avid social media users, have been noticeably quiet on Twitter and Instagram since their 38-13 loss to Utah two weeks ago.

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UPDATED: Mon., Aug. 19, 2019

UK to pressure social media companies to fight anti-vax info

Britain’s government plans to call a summit of social media companies to discuss what more they can do to fight online misinformation about vaccines following a spike in measles cases.

UPDATED: Wed., Aug. 14, 2019

Privacy questions as humans reviewed user audio at Facebook

Facebook says it paid contractors to transcribe audio clips from users of its Messenger service.

Verizon sells early social-media darling Tumblr

Verizon is selling Tumblr, a posting site with a devoted fan base dating back to the early days of social media, to Automattic, the parent company of blogging platform WordPress.

UPDATED: Fri., July 12, 2019

‘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

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

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

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

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

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

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.