As young gunmen turn toward new social networks, old safeguards fail
Before two 18-year old gunmen collectively killed 31 people in two separate shootings in Buffalo, New York and Uvalde, Texas over the last two weeks they turned to a series of up-and-coming social media apps to share troubling messages.washingtonpost.com
Police allege man sent nude SnapChat to girl
A 42-year-old Brownsville man has been arrested by police who allege he sent a nude picture of himself to a 13-year-old girl. Luis Manuel De La Rosa reportedly sent the photo through SnapChat, a social media app, in hopes that it would be immediately deleted, said Investigator Martin Sandoval, spokesman for the Brownsville Police Department. De La Rosa is charged with one count of distribution of harmful material to a minor. He had been detained at the bridge because of the pending warrant, Sandoval said. De La Rosa was arraigned Monday, and his bond was set at $5,000.myrgv.com
These are 14 apps Harris County law enforcement agency says parents should be aware of
There are some apps parents may need to be aware about. 4 Mark Herman posted on their Facebook and Twitter feeds a list of 14 apps parents should be concerned about, as kids and teens may have those installed on their smartphones. HOLLA - An “addicting” video message app that brings kids and teens to meet strangers from all over the world. Burn Book - An app that allows users to post anonymous audio messages, texts and photos. What other apps should parents be aware of that are not on this list?
Twitter without Trump tumbles along with other tech shares
FILE - This April 26, 2017, file photo shows the Twitter app icon on a mobile phone in Philadelphia. Twitter is launching tweets that disappear in 24 hours called Fleets globally, echoing social media sites like Snapchat, Facebook and Instagram that already have disappearing posts. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke, File)Shares of social media and other tech companies slid Monday, hit by fallout from the siege on the U.S. Capitol by supporter of President Donald Trump. Trump supporters have argued that the actions of the technology companies is a violation of free speech and Trump has long tried to repeal Section 230. Though Trump's tenure ends in nine days, power in the Senate has flipped to the Democrats who have long begrudged the oversized influence of social media.
Twitter launches disappearing tweets that vanish in a day
Twitter is launching tweets that disappear in 24 hours called “Fleets” globally, echoing social media sites like Snapchat, Facebook and Instagram that already have disappearing posts. Twitter tested the feature in Brazil, Italy, India, and South Korea, before rolling it out globally. Fleets are a “lower pressure” way to communicate “fleeting thoughts” as opposed to permanent tweets, Twitter executives Joshua Harris, design director, and Sam Haveson, product manager, said in a blog post. The news comes the same day Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey and Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg faced questions from a Senate Judiciary Committee about how they handled disinformation surrounding the presidential election. Such features are increasingly popular with social media users looking for smaller groups and and more private chats.
Have you seen her? Galveston police searching for missing 14-year-old
While the family is still searching for the 14-year-old teen, she is considered a runaway, not missing. ORIGINAL: Galveston police are searching for a teenager reported missing. Helpenstill, 14, was last seen Saturday in Galveston, according to Texas EquuSearch. Helpenstill was last seen wearing a black t-shirt, a black and white Adidas jacket, pajama bottoms with a unicorn and rainbows pattern, and red, white & blue Nike slides. Anyone with information on her whereabouts is urged to contact the Galveston Police Department at (409) 765-3702 or Texas EquuSearch at (281) 309-9500.
Parents, are you doing enough to keep your kids safe online?
Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, YouTube, Snapchat … it can be tough to keep all the social media channels straight. And then you throw in texting, e-mail, the Cloud -- phew. It’s one thing to maintain a personal Facebook account. But when you try to stay on top of all the apps on your child’s or teenager’s phone? It can feel like a full-time job.