Facebook saved my life: Online article helped woman realise she was slowly Dying

Marie Amoureux was reading an article on Facebook about a young Australian woman with deep vein thrombosis – only to realise the symptoms mirrored her own.

However, the 28-year-old wasn’t sick. Not according to the GP she visited three times to complain about a shortness of breath and pain in her left leg.

‘Before I even finished reading I was in tears,’ Ms Amoureux told 9Honey.

She had been on the contraceptive pill since being diagnosed with polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) at age 20 and was using a steroid following complications from a cyst burst.

But none of these things appeared to raise alarms for her doctor, who just referred her to a pain clinic.

‘He didn’t even look at my leg and said the shortness of breath was the steroids,’ she told the publication.

Incredibly Ms Amoureux’s contraceptive pill and the steroid could have killed her.

After reading the online link she walked straight into a different doctor’s office looking for a second opinion – only to be told her leg was filled with clots that had spread to her lungs.

‘The doctors told me I had a massive pulmonary embolism and was dying. It’s crazy to think if I wasn’t on Facebook and read that article I could’ve died from those clots,’ the NSW-based woman said.

She spent a week in hospital and had to endure blood thinning injections for months before her symptoms stopped but that wasn’t the last time she would face seemingly ill equipped medical professionals.

Unfortunately, a hematologist prescribed her a medication that had the ability to cause clots while she was still recovering from her own near-death experience with a blood clot.

She was apologised to and told the ‘busy’ doctor hadn’t realised her medical history, but the case has given Ms Amoureux cause for concern.

The 28-year-old is hoping more medical professionals will spell out the risks involved in prescriptions so other people don’t suffer in the same way.

-Dailymail

Facebook users shocked to discover the firm has been saving videos they thought they’d deleted

The harsh wave of criticism around Facebook‘s controversial data collection practices doesn’t seem to be letting up anytime soon.

The latest, disturbing revelation is that the social media giant has been keeping copies of users’ videos even after they thought they were deleted from the site, according to New York Magazine.

Users discovered this after downloading their archived user data from Facebook.

The social media giant continues to deal with the fallout from its massive data scandal, after it was revealed that 50 million members’ data had been harvested without their knowledge.

Naturally, Facebook doesn’t provide users with a handy guide on how to sift through the mountains of data they’ve collected.

But digging through the files may reveal several surprising nuggets of information, ranging from your personal call records, to text messages, as well as your location each time you log into the site.

It may also surface information you thought you had deleted several years ago, including videos you recorded but never posted.

Facebook has since said it’s investigating the issue.

‘We’ve heard that when accessing their information from our Download Your Information tool, some people are seeing their old videos that do not appear on their profile or Activity Log,’ a Facebook spokesperson told New York Magazine.

‘We are investigating,’ they added.

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Millennials are quitting Facebook, Twitter – Research

Millennials are quitting social media and spending less time on Facebook, according to a new report.

Platforms such as Facebook, TwitterInstagram – and even the popular dating app Tinder – are seeing droves of users switch off permanently.

While many platforms struggle to keep their users, it seems picture-based messaging app Snapchat is still holding the attention of the younger generation.

Most people said they were quitting because they felt it was a waste of time and social media was making them think negatively.

A Boston-based market research company called Origin collected data on 1,000 members of Gen Z — people born in the year 1994 or later.

The report looked at how the ‘social-native’ generation is affected by the virtual world.

As well as finding that 34 per cent of Gen-Z had deleted social media permanently, the study also found 64 per cent are taking a break.

According to the Origin report, people are choosing to quit social media for a variety of reasons.

Forty-one per cent of respondents believe they waste too much time on social media and 35 per cent found there was too much negativity.

Other reasons included not using it very often and no longer being interested in the content.

22 per cent of users said they wanted more privacy and couldn’t cope with the pressure to get attention.

Just under one in five users said social media platforms made them feel bad about themselves.

Whilst the Facebook-owned apps and Twitter have all struggled in retaining users, Snapchat has been less affected by the cull of social media by Gen-Z.

-Dailymail

Arrested terrorist said he got bomb making instructions off Facebook

Following his arrest Munir Mohammed argued it could not be illegal to download bombmaking instructions because they were easy to find on Facebook and YouTube.

He told detectives:

“If it is not allowed for people to read it, Facebook have to delete it or stop it.’ Mohammed said he had found a link to a video of how to make explosives on YouTube. This is in YouTube, everybody can see these things, it’s not banned. I know myself I did nothing and if you need to blame me, why I see this or why I saw that, blame the people who share it. I’m not the one that you have to blame. I see it because I find it in front of me. I read it, yeah, I read it out of curiosity, you know that. It’s not wrong to get knowledge or to see something.”

Another document, which promised to increase the destructive power of a bomb threefold, was also on Facebook, he said. He told the Old Bailey you could find Islamic State execution videos on the social networking site: “You find everything there.”

– Daily Mail

I’m In Love With This Man I Stalk On Facebook. How Do I Tell Him? Confesses City Woman

Do you currently stalk or have you ever followed your crush online, spying on their feed just to know what they are upto? I know alot of us do, but won’t confess.

Alot of relationships have been established on social media, and others have been destroyed by it. But this hasn’t deterred one city woman from proudly declaring that she has been eyeing someone on Facebook.

A lady took to social media to narrate  how she is confused about what to do after crushing on a guy on Facebook.

She has been crushing on him for sometime now, about five months and has been stalking him on Instagram and Facebook.

She says she has about 20 screenshots of him on her phone after checking out his profile, but she does not know how to go about it. She wonders if she should tell the guy or not.

Her confession is that she had sent him a “hi” message before but he did not reply and that left her feeling very bad and she is confused not knowing whether the guy will feel like she is a gold digger or maybe that’s how she goes crushing on different guys online.

“I have never felt this way before. I don’t even understand it”. She said

Here is her message:

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Dear Classic 105 fam, what would you advice her to do?

Facebook launches money transfer through messenger

Money transfer company TransferWise has launched a new service that allows users to send money internationally through Facebook’s chat application, as competition in the digital payments landscape intensifies according to Reuters.

Through the Facebook Messenger “chatbot”,the company says users can  communicate with businesses and carry out tasks such as online purchases.

The platform enables customers in  the United States, Britain, Canada, Australia and Europe, through Facebook messenger to send and receive money from friends and family.

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Facebook already allows its users to send money domestically in the United States via its Messenger app, but has not yet launched similar services internationally.

TransferWise said its service will be the first to enable international money transfers entirely within Messenger.

 

 

Is Your Ex All Over Your Facebook Feed? Here’s How To Deal With It

One of the most confusing side effects of ending a relationship is navigating social media etiquette.

Facebook recently created a tool that will help exes limit how much interaction they have on the networking platform – without forcing either party to make any rash decisions involving un-friending or blocking.

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According to this upgrade by Facebook, users will be given the opt-in to use its new features as soon as their relationship status involving another Facebook user has changed. Here’s what you’ll be able to do:

1. Limit how much news you see about the other person. “See less of a former partner’s name and profile picture around Facebook without having to un-friend or block them.

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Their posts won’t show up in News Feed, and their name won’t be suggested when people write a new message or tag friends in photos.”

2. Limit what the other person can see about you. “Limit the photos, videos or status updates that a former partner will see.”

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3. Disentangle your social media past. “Edit who can see their past posts with a former partner and un-tag themselves from posts with that person.”

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These Facebook tools were created to help people end relationships on Facebook with greater ease, comfort and sense of control.

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Facebook should have ‘acquaintance’ category: study

People cannot have 1,000 real friends on Facebook. Nor 500. In fact, anything over 200 starts seeming unlikely, an unusual study asserted on Wednesday.

Limitations on brain capacity and free time meant that humans can nurture no more than about 150 true friendships on social media, just as in real life, said a paper in the journal Royal Society Open Science.

The rest are acquaintances, or people recognised on sight. A theoretical limit of 150 friends has become known as “Dunbar’s Number” after British evolutionary psychologist Robin Dunbar, who coined the concept.

He also authored the new study, and concluded the same limits applied online.

“There is some flexibility, perhaps, but not very much, and it mostly depends on how weak or strong you want your friendships to be,” Dunbar told AFP.

“It is as though we each have a limited amount of social capital and we can choose to invest it thinly in more people, or thickly in fewer people. But you can’t exceed these limits.”

Dunbar believes human relationships are layered in ever larger circles from closest to furthest.

We have on average five intimate friends, 15 best friends, 50 good friends, 150 friends, 500 acquaintances and 1,500 people we recognise on site.

“The 150-layer is the important one: this defines the people you have real reciprocated relationships with, those where you feel obligations and would willingly do favours,” the scientist explained.

“People can (and sometimes do) have 500 or even 1,000 friends on Facebook, but all they are doing is including people who we would normally call acquaintances or people we just recognise by sight but don’t know very well.”

Facebook didn’t distinguish between types of friendship, Dunbar pointed out.

Psychologists like Dunbar believe friendship limits are determined by two things: the ability of our brain to process multiple relationships, and time limitations.

There has long been speculation that social media may allow us to pierce through some of these barriers, partly by allowing us to communicate with more people at a time — so stretching limited available social time.

For the new study, Dunbar used data from a two polls targeting more than 3,300 people in total in the United Kingdom.

The first group had 155 Facebook friends on average, and the second about 183.

When asked how many of their Facebook friends they could turn to for support in a crisis, people responded four.

Asked how many they could go to for sympathy, the answer was 14 — echoing the pattern of real-life friendship layers.

Dunbar said there are some people with more than 300 friends, of course, “enough to confirm the urban myth”.

“They are the exceptions and not the rule, and we have to ask how well they really know these friends after the fist 200 or so,” he said.

“We should also be careful not to include professional users such as Justin Bieber in here: journalists, congressmen, writers, singers etc use Facebook as a kind of free fan club — it doesn’t matter to them whether they really know these people or not.”

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Woman Sends A Rather Odd Birthday Wish To Her Husband

A woman from Sierra Leone took to Facebook to wish her husband a happy birthday, but unlike what would be expected the message wasn’t sweet or encouraging, in fact it was quite the opposite.

Florence Campbell, wished her husband nothing but pain and suffering and also prayed that the wrath of God befalls him for the pain he has put her through.

She then proceeded to post photos of herself with injuries inflicted on her, allegedly by her husband who she says will soon be her ex as she has filed for divorce with the case starting today.

Happy birthday my husband and would be ex-husband James Alphonso Campbell the most wicked and voilent man I have ever…

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Friends, family, sympathisers and Co – victims.I thank you and appreciate all your support you’ve given to me but you…

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Facebook ramps paid leave time for new dads

With Facebook co-founder Mark Zuckerberg about to become a dad, the social network boosted the amount of time fathers can take off to bond with their new babies.

Beginning with the new year, dads working full-time for Facebook anywhere in the world will have the option of taking four months’ paid leave.

All new dads working for Facebook outside the US currently get a minimum of four weeks’ paternity leave, with more time offered in locations where required by local law, according to Facebook.

Same-sex partners who are not primary caregivers for babies get the same paid leave time as dads, the social network said.

The change, effective January 1, essentially raises parental leave time for dads and non-custodial same-sex partners from four weeks to four months.

The change puts paternity leave outside the US on par with maternity leave at Facebook workplaces around the world, and extends the benefit to same-sex couples.

“In reviewing our parental leave policies, we have decided to make this change because it’s the right thing to do for our people and their families,” human resources boss Lori Matloff Goler said in a post on her Facebook page.

“This expanded benefit primarily affects new fathers and people in same-sex relationships outside the US.”

The paid time off can be taken any time during the year after a baby is born and includes adopted babies.

Maternity leave offered to Facebook employees around the world is already four months, and the benefit was available to both moms and dads in the United States.

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Facebook also gives a $4,000 bonus for parents to help meet the needs of new babies.

Zuckerberg, who heads the company, announced last week that he will take two months’ paternity leave after his wife gives birth to their first child.

“This is a very personal decision, and I’ve decided to take two months of paternity leave when our daughter arrives,” Zuckerberg said in a post on his Facebook page.

“Studies show that when working parents take time to be with their newborns, outcomes are better for the children and families.”

California-based Facebook gives US employees the option of taking as long as four months paid maternity or paternity leave, letting them divide the time as they wish over the course of a year.

Zuckerberg and his doctor wife, Priscilla, revealed in July that they were expecting their first child, a girl, after a series of miscarriages.

Leading streaming music service Spotify last week announced that all full-time employees will have the option to take as long as six months’ parental leave at full pay during the first three years after having children.

Internet giants ramping leave time for parents could put pressure on other firms to do the same to attract talent in a competitive industry.

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If You Do This, Then You Are Annoying On Facebook

We all have friends on Facebook who annoy us so much, but there is no way to tell them because after all it’s their profile and they can do as they wish. If you notice people don’t like your photos or comment on your status, here’s why:

1. You invite people to play games.

2. You share pictures that say ‘share if you love your children/sister/brother’ etc.

3. You share inspirational quotes .

4. You write posts that are obviously aimed at someone who has hurt you and you say things like ‘funny how one minute you mean something to someone and the next minute they just disappear’.

5. You over exclaim!!!!!

6. You Write Your Statuses Like This or SoMeTiMeS LiKe ThIs.

7. You change your profile picture every day.

8. You post too many pictures of your baby .

9. You post countdowns to your wedding day that nobody really cares about.

10. You write statuses like ‘want to wish my gorgeous boyfriend a happy birthday. Don’t know where I’d be without you babe. I love you so much. Can’t wait for our day together’. Like, isn’t he right next to you? Just say it out loud. 

11. You invite people to ‘events’ which are online shopping events where you try to sell rubbish overpriced ‘wonder products’.

12. You share ‘1 like = 1 prayer’ statuses thinking Facebook will actually donate a pound for each one. 

13. You add people to mass messages.

14. You upload at least two selfies a week. 

15. You upload pictures of yourself with inspirational quote captions.

16. You post pictures and statuses that we all know are for the sole purpose of making your ex jealous. 

17. You share bullsh*t like ‘Let’s Make Britain Ours Again!’ with union flags all over it.

18. You post statuses talking about how all you need is your BFF and you’re ‘for ever single’ until obviously one of you gets a boyfriend.

19. You post a status that doesn’t make any sense and put ‘personal joke’ and tag your friend. If it’s a personal joke why are you broadcasting it on a public forum. Idiot

-Metro

Facebook activates safety feature after Nigeria bombing

Facebook has activated its “Safety Check” feature for the first time in Nigeria, after a bombing likely carried out by Boko Haram killed more than 30 late on Tuesday.

“We’ve activated Safety Check again after the bombing in Nigeria this evening,” co-founder and chief executive Mark Zuckerberg said in a post on the site.

The social network had come under criticism from those caught up in last Thursday’s blasts in Beirut that they were not offered the service but those in Friday’s Paris attacks were.

The tool allows users to check whether friends are safe after attacks or natural disasters such as earthquakes. Zuckerberg said at the weekend the feature would be used more widely in the future.

Tuesday night’s bombing at a crowded lorry park in Yola, northeast Nigeria, was the first attack this month and left at least 32 dead and some 80 others injured.

The explosion bore the hallmarks of Boko Haram Islamists, who have repeatedly hit civilian “soft targets” in their six-year insurgency.

At least 17,000 people have been killed and more than 2.6 million made homeless by the violence in that period, with suicide and bomb attacks an almost daily occurrence in the northeast.

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For a happier life, give up Facebook: study

Always envious? Got a non-existent social life and struggle to concentrate? All this might be down to Facebook if you believe a study showing those who go a week without using the social network feel happier than others.

Carried out by the Happiness Research Institute, the study involved a sample of 1,095 people in Denmark who were divided into two groups, half of whom continued using Facebook while the others stopped.

“We focused on Facebook because it is the social media that most people use across age groups,” Meik Wiking, HRI’s chief executive told AFP Tuesday in Copenhagen, the Danish capital.

After a week, those people who hadn’t been on Facebook said they were more satisfied with their lives, with 88 percent of them describing themselves as “happy” compared with 81 percent from the second group.

Some 84 percent said they appreciated their lives compared with 75 percent in the other group, and only 12 percent described themselves as dissatisfied, compared with 20 percent among those who continued using Facebook.

At the end of the experiment, the abstainers reported having a richer social life and fewer difficulties in concentrating, while the others reported no such change.

“Instead of focusing on what we actually need, we have an unfortunate tendency to focus on what other people have,” the authors of the study wrote.

In other words, Facebook users are 39 percent more likely to feel less happy than non-users.

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Social media storm: Man loses top job over racist Facebook selfie

A man at a top Atlanta marketing firm lost his job after posing with a colleague’s 3-year-old black son and entertaining racially charged comments on the Facebook post from his friends.

The selfie uploaded by Roth under the pseudonym Geris Hilton with the boy identified as Cayden Hayce went viral according to the screenshots of the Sept. 16 post. The post has since been deleted.

A string of Roth’s friends joined in the racially charged post calling the little boy a slave, starving and with him calling the boy a Feral. Screenshots of the post below

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Roth’s boss at Polaris Marketing Group, Michael Da Graca Pinto, took to Facebook last week and confirmed that Roth had been fired for the photo and the comments.

‘This morning I was disgusted to learn that one of my employees made several racially charged comments on his personal Facebook page. Even worse, the comments were directed towards the son of another employee,’ the statement said.

Read the full statement below

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The boy’s mother Sydney Shelton decided to speak out against the same posting several photos of Cayden to show that her son wasn’t Feral

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Facebook working on long-sought ‘dislike’ button

Facebook, pressed for years by users to add a “dislike” button, says it is working on the feature and will be testing it soon.

“We’ve finally heard you,” CEO and founder Mark Zuckerberg told a public town hall meeting in Facebook’s hometown of Menlo Park, California.

A question submitted online by a user asked the oft-repeated question of why there were no buttons along the lines of “I’m sorry”, “interesting” or “dislike” in addition to the classic thumbs-up “like” button, through which users show their support for posts by friends, stars and brands on the social network.

“Probably hundreds of people have asked about this, and today is a special day because today is the day where I actually get to say we are working on it and are very close to shipping a test of it,” Zuckerberg said.

“It took us a while to get here… because we don’t want to turn Facebook into a forum where people are voting up or down on people’s posts. That doesn’t seem like the kind of community that we want to create.”

He said he understood that it was awkward to click “like” on a post about events such as a death in the family or the current refugee crisis and that there should be a better way for users to “express that they understand and that they relate to you.”

“We’ve been working on this for a while, actually. It’s surprisingly complicated to make,” Zuckerberg added.

“But we have an idea that we think we’re getting ready to test soon, and depending on how that goes, we’ll roll it out more broadly.”

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Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg And Wife to Get A Baby After Several Miscarriages

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg posted on Facebook  that he and his wife, Priscilla Chan, are expecting their first child together.

Zuckerberg and Chan who are college sweethearts tied the knot on May 19, 2012, one day after Facebook’s IPO.

They have been trying to have a child but Pricillah has had three miscarriages, a situation she termed very lonely.

They said that they are sharing their story just so that they can encourage someone going through the same problem.

The couple met in line for the bathroom at a frat party 11 years ago. Now Chan has been dubbed the “first lady” of Facebook, and the pair has been extremely generous with their fortune.

-Businessdaily

Facebook Setting Allows You To Leave A “Will”

According to the Metro,Facebook is rolling out a new setting which will let someone else take over your account when you die.

The new ‘Legacy Contact’ lets users choose a friend or family member to manage the page instead of it floating in social media limbo.

The person who takes control of your account won’t have access to private messages or other sensitive information.

But they will have the power to change your profile picture, accept friend requests and take down the page if they want.

Facebook management said they wanted to give people a chance to grieve and show them support, by allowing access to the departed’s account.

Facebook is ruining marriages: Study

A study by Slater and Gordon Lawyers found that social networking site Facebook was considered the “most dangerous” place for ruining relationships.”Five years ago, Facebook was rarely mentioned in the context of a marriage ending but now it has become commonplace for clients to cite social media use or something they discovered on social media, as a reason for divorce,” Andrew Newbury, head of family law at Slater and Gordon, said in an online statement.

According to the findings, while almost half of people secretly check their partner’s Facebook account, one in five also indulge in brawls related to Facebook with their partner.

Nearly 25 percent of married couples said they “had at least one argument a week” because of social media use. Nearly 17 percent said they fight daily over something they find online about their partner, GeekWire.com reported.

Over 58 percent of the people know their partner’s log-in details. The most common reasons for checking their partner’s social media accounts was to find out who their partner was talking to and find out if they were telling the truth about their social life.

According to Newbury, pictures and posts on Facebook are now being routinely raised in the course of divorce proceedings.

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