Sean Moore Says NJ Child Welfare Agency Overreacted To Facebook Photo Of Son Josh Holding Rifle (What Do You Think???)
The ruddy-cheeked, camouflage-clad boy in the photo smiles out from behind a pair of glasses, proudly holding a gun his father gave him as a present for his upcoming 11th birthday.
The weapon in the photo, posted by his dad on Facebook, resembles a military-style assault rifle but, his father says, is actually just a .22-caliber copy. And that, the family believes, is why child welfare case workers and police officers visited the home in Carneys Point last Friday and asked to see his guns.
I live in Los Angeles. I was born and raised here and for as long as I can remember the Los Angeles Police Department has had a reputation for corruption and wrongdoing. From my vivid memories of the Rodney King riots to my friend’s gut-reaching stories of being a rookie cop, I can recall numerous stories of reported police brutally that have fallen by the waste side.
Now, there’s the story of Chris Dorner, the ex-police officer turned fugitive who is seeking revenge against the LAPD for, what he calls, a wrongful termination. He posted an online manifesto declaring a war on the police and identifying his targets. He is already wanted in connection to a double homicide and shooting of three police officers in the Los Angeles area. Authorities have coined his search as “largest manhunt in Southern California history.”
Put simply, some of the world’s biggest computing systems just got a little cheaper, and a lot easier to configure. As a consequence, the companies that supply the hardware to these systems may have to scramble to remain as profitable. The reason is a Facebook-led open source project.
Facebook used to be a source of amusement and happiness — why else would 483 million people check in daily? But if you find your news feed to be more of a bummer with each passing day, you’re not alone.
In a study presented at the recent Society for Personality and Social Psychology meeting, researchers asked a sample group of Facebook users between the ages of 18 and 65 to read some of their friends’ status updates. Afterward, those Facebook users rated their lives as much less satisfying than people who didn’t check their news feed first.
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Among the group who read updates, the study revealed that having 354 Facebook friends seemed to be the tipping point after which people were increasingly less happy with their lives.
The reason: Much of how we judge our success in life is based on how we stack up against our peers. “The problem is that Facebook gives us a limited view of our friends’ lives, and that view tends to be unrealistically positive,” says study author Dilney Goncalves, Ph.D., a marketing professor at IE Business School in Madrid. The more friends you have, he adds, the more likely you are to spend your day enviously reading about someone’s paradise vacation, new girlfriend, or job promotion. (Do you update your statuses at least twice a day? Then you might be a narcissist.)
Goncalves recommends unsubscribing from your most prolific braggarts and fine-tuning your news feed. You can choose to read all updates from a friend, downgrade to a smaller portion of their updates, or view only what Mark Zuckerberg’s voodoo determines to be their “most important” posts.
It didn’t take Facebook long to backtrack over controversial policy changes it intended to make regarding its photo-sharing app Instagram.
A public backlash was ignited by Instagram stating that had it the perpetual right to sell users’ photographs without payment or notification. Under the new policy, Facebook claimed the right to license all public Instagram photos to companies or any other organization, including for advertising purposes, which would effectively transform the Web site into the world’s largest stock photo agency.
“Instagram is now the new iStockPhoto, except they won’t have to pay you anything to use your images,” one user quipped on Twitter.
Instagram soon apologized to its users, saying it would “remove” language from its legal terms that would have let it sell users’ photos or use them in advertisements. In a blog post, Chief Executive Kevin Systrom said it’s “our mistake that this language is confusing” and that the company is “working on updated language.”
A day later, Instagram officially backpedaled on the changes, with Systrom announcing that the terms will revert to the version in place since the service launched in 2010. Systrom also denied that the company ever intended to sell users’ images.
“I want to be really clear: Instagram has no intention of selling your photos, and we never did. We don’t own your photos — you do,” he said.
“EMPIRE” takes you on a journey from the streets of Marcy Housing in Brooklyn to the hotspots of the rich and famous: from hustler, to entrepreneur, to business mogul. But, don’t forget friends and family, or your karma will suffer. Make the right choices and you can have it all: cash, bling, fame, street cred, and good karma.