IN THE NEWS: MASS SHOOTING SURVIVORS AND SOCIAL MEDIA
UNDATED (AP) — It’s one of the results of having social media — and mass shooting incidents — become such a major part of the American landscape. When a gunman opened fire at a Florida high school last month, social media posts from students huddled inside were picked up — and answered — by some who had survived earlier mass shooting. For example, Britnee Webb saw some of the tweets and took time to tweet back to Florida from Salt Lake City to encourage the student that he’d be ok. In the weeks since the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School attack people like Webb have said responding to the agonized tweets of those in the line of fire was a way to let those people know someone was thinking of them. And for some previous mass shooting survivors, it was a way to provide something they wished they had when they were the ones in harm’s way.
IN THE NEWS: SOCIAL NETWORKING AND HATE GROUPS
NEW YORK (AP) — Social media sites are designed to bring people together. But what if the people who are brought together share the desire to hate others — or even cause them harm? A new report says while Facebook, Twitter and Google have made some strides to keep tabs on terrorist groups and hate groups on their sites — there’s a still a long way to go. The report is from the Simon Wiesenthal Center. Its annual digital terrorism and hate report gave grades to the three main social networking sites. Facebook gets a B-plus, Twitter gets a B-minus and Google, which owns YouTube, a C-plus. The Wiesenthal Center is dedicated to fighting anti-Semitism, hate and terrorism.
ON THE WEB: FORBES 400 LIST
CYBERSPACE (AP) — Who is the richest person in the world? It’s Jeff Bezos, the man who runs Amazon. The annual Forbes rankings of the world’s richest people puts Bezos at the top with $100 billion dollars — highest of anyone to top the list. Meanwhile, the news isn’t as good for President Donald Trump, a frequent critic of Bezos because he owns The Washington Post. Despite the recent stock market surges, Trump’s overall fortune has dropped by about $400 million. His net worth is pegged at $3.1 billion during his first year in office as president, making him “only” the 766th richest person in the world.
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IN STORES: AIRBNB RALLY MARKED BY CRITICISM AGAINST DANNY GLOVER
ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — Danny Glover doesn’t make movies like he used to — and that’s probably a good thing — because his latest appearance has rankled some people who might otherwise be buying tickets to see his projects. Glover yesterday spoke at a rally in Albany, New York yesterday in behalf of the AirBnb industry. He must have had second thoughts the moment he opened his mouth to speak. He was drowned out, heckled and chastised by activists protesting on behalf of a union representing hotel workers. They accused Glover of selling out minority workers whose hotel industry jobs may be threatened by the growing trend of people renting their homes or apartments. Glover left the event early, after realizing he’d was getting nowhere with the heckling.
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by Oscar Wells Gabriel II
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