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Bug may have exposed photos from 7M Facebook users

Dec. 14, 2018 4:25 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — Facebook's privacy controls have broken down yet again, this time through a software flaw affecting nearly 7 million users who had photos exposed to a much wider audience than intended. The bug disclosed Friday gave hundreds of apps unauthorized access to photos that could in theory include...

NOT REAL NEWS: A look at what didn't happen this week

Dec. 14, 2018 2:35 PM EST

A roundup of some of the most popular but completely untrue stories and visuals of the week. None of these is legit, even though they were shared widely on social media. The Associated Press checked these out. Here are the real facts: ___ CLAIM: "The Democrats and President Obama gave Iran 150 Billion Dollars and...

Police arrest wanted man who taunted them on Facebook

Dec. 14, 2018 11:51 AM EST

BURLINGTON, Vt. (AP) — A Vermont man who taunted police on Facebook by comparing his active arrest warrant to a game of hide-and-seek has been arrested. Burlington police announced the arrest of Chris Mitchell on Twitter , sharing his posting and stating "Game over." The Burlington Free Press reports the...

Kanye reignites Drake feud on Twitter, alleges threats

Dec. 14, 2018 9:03 AM EST

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Kanye West is not sending Christmas cheer to Drake. West appeared to reignite a feud with the fellow rapper in a series of tweets on Thursday in which he claimed Drake had called trying to threaten him. West wrote "So drake if anything happens to me or anyone from my family you are the...

Pelosi's triumph: A reminder why she's set to be speaker

Dec. 14, 2018 12:16 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — It has been quite a week for Nancy Pelosi. The televised meeting with President Donald Trump. The deal with restless Democrats to secure their votes to become House speaker. The fashion statement of her burnt-orange winter coat, swooshing out the doors of the White House, going viral in...

Facebook hosts offline privacy 'pop-up' in New York City

Dec. 13, 2018 6:09 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — Wrapping up a year of privacy scandals , congressional hearings and a host of other problems, Facebook hosted a one-day "pop-up" event in New York City's Bryant Park on Thursday, hoping to talk to users about their privacy settings, ad preferences and whatever else may be on their mind....

EU agency: Cocaine dealers' technology use complicates busts

Dec. 13, 2018 12:15 PM EST

LISBON, Portugal (AP) — The European Union agency that monitors drug abuse says cocaine dealers are increasingly using social media and encrypted communications to do business, making it harder for authorities to crack down on the trade. The European Monitoring Center for Drugs and Drug Addiction agency...

Kentucky governor feuds with media ahead of investigation

Dec. 13, 2018 11:58 AM EST

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Kentucky Gov. Matt Bevin is feuding on social media with ProPublica after the independent media nonprofit announced an investigative project with the Courier Journal. The Louisville newspaper reports the Republican governor posted a series of tweets and a video attacking both news...

Tennessee man charged with making, possessing a bomb

Dec. 13, 2018 4:46 AM EST

JACKSON, Tenn. (AP) — A west Tennessee man has been charged with possession of a pipe bomb after he made threats on social media. The U.S. attorney's office in Jackson said Wednesday that 40-year-old Jonathan Edward White gave undercover Tennessee Bureau of Law Enforcement agents a pipe bomb on Aug. 24....

Lawyer: Firing of police sergeant tied to social media posts

Dec. 13, 2018 12:50 AM EST

AVONDALE, Ariz. (AP) — A police sergeant for a Phoenix suburb is out of a job at least in part because of his posts on social media. Susan Segal, an attorney representing the city of Avondale, said Sgt. Sean Maas was fired in part because of racially insensitive Facebook posts. Azfamily.com reports that a...