Social media

A state lawmaker is proposing a change to New York's gun laws to allow authorities to search social media for potential red flags before approving a handgun license.

Michael Mroziak, WBFO

Buffalo Police are crediting the use of social media - and the public's cooperation sharing information through it - with helping them bring several recent cases to quick and safe conclusions.


Online social media platforms including Facebook and Twitter have become a primary source of communication for many, from private citizens to the President of the United States. With that, arises legal questions, some of which are being examined by students at the University at Buffalo School of Law.

 

National Public Radio

Facebook founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg was praised by Rep. Chris Collins Wednesday during committee hearings looking at the social network's privacy issues and operations.

Updated at 7:35 p.m. ET

Mark Zuckerberg faced dozens of senators — and the American television audience — to take "hard questions" on how Facebook has handled user data and faced efforts to subvert democracy.

"We didn't take a broad enough view of our responsibility, and that was a big mistake. It was my mistake, and I'm sorry," the co-founder and CEO of Facebook, uncharacteristically wearing a suit, said in his opening remarks. "I started Facebook, I run it, and I'm responsible for what happens here."

The hashtag is 10! Yes, the symbol that started out as the lowly "number sign" or "pound" on the telephone keypad and later morphed into something entirely different is 10 years old today. And it has accomplished quite a lot. In fact, it's hard to imagine modern communication without it.

And you might think it was all by design. That the folks running Twitter needed a catchy little tool to help their new platform catch fire, and the hashtag is what they came up with.

But that's not the way it happened.

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Almost since the beginning of American history, there have been debates about the media and the nation's leader. Even America's first president, George Washington, faced attacks from the press. In a historic site named for a president of a century ago, a local political scientist Tuesday talked of a current president and his different take on the media.

Canandaigua Schools

There will be additional police officers in Canandaigua schools this week because of information discovered on social media over the weekend.

Jacobs pushes for ride hailing in Buffalo

Mar 19, 2017
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Senator Chris Jacobs is calling on the State Assembly to include ride hailing in the state budget by the of the month.

WBFO News photo by Jonny Moran

Teenage life is filled with challenges. They often work to balance academics and sports while navigating through social media. WBFO's Senior Reporter Eileen Buckley continues her installment of Cafeteria Chats with students at Niagara Falls High School. 

WBFO's Mike Desmond

Social media isn't always the best place for political conversations, but Sunday afternoon hundreds showed up at Niagara Square in unity because of it.

Local members of the technology and tourism industry learned how to use technology to boost their business during an event in downtown Buffalo yesterday.


Students helping shape cyber policy in Eden schools

Jul 6, 2016
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Students in the Eden Central School District are taking an active role in helping shape a social media policy. The district is working to improve technology access and while some schools are trying to minimize online access during the school day, the Eden district is using the issue as an educational tool.


Congressman Brian Higgins is raising doubts about a Washington plan to start asking visitors to this country about their social media accounts.


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US Senator Charles Schumer is supporting new legislation that will reward individuals who help to thwart a terror attack by sharing information through social media.

Andrew Beiter

Messages of hate have plagued society for many centuries, but they’ve never spread more rapidly than in today’s Internet society.

Schumer backs new social media legislation

Dec 20, 2015
WBFO News photo by Eileen Buckley

Senator Charles Schumer is pushing for a new legislation that will fight terrorists use of social media to recruit, raise money and inspire attacks.