Thursday 28 August 2014
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Social Media News, Week of 12/10: The Neilson Numbers, Netflix's Potential Legal Troubles, A Thai Flight Attendant Facebook Scandal, and A Racist Sorority Picture

Stay tuned to the Sgrouples blog every Monday for your weekly social media news!

This week saw a continuation of some important themes from weeks past: Social media is booming, and parents are worried about their children’s involvement. Additionally, the things that people post to Facebook are continuing to come back to bite them – a Thai flight attendant and a posted threat, a sorority and a racist picture…not even the CEO of Netflix is safe. All are highlighted in this week’s social media news. Read on to find articles and summaries of each!

1. 2012 Social Media Report: Users Spending 58% More Time On Social, 12/2/12

The 2012 Nielson Report on Social Media came out last week and revealed numbers on just how rapid the mobile usage of social media is becoming. In addition to those numbers the report also revealed Pinterest had 1047% growth over last year’s number when it comes to unique visitors per month and for a little humor…how much time young people spend on social media in the restroom.

2. SEC May Charge Netflix Over CEO Post, 12/6/12

Reed Hastings, the chief executive of Netflix, congratulated his team for a job well done in early July. On his public Facebook page, he posted about the one billion hours of video that subscribers watched the previous month. But on Thursday, Netflix disclosed that the Securities and Exchange Commission was considering taking action against the company and Mr. Hastings for its Facebook communication. The S.E.C. is concerned that the post violated the Regulation Fair Disclosure rule, commonly known as Reg FD, which requires a company to announce information that is material to its business to all investors at the same time.

3. Thai Flight Attendant Fired over Threat to Throw Coffee on Passenger, 12/3/12

Another Facebook-induced firing! A flight attendant in Thailand was fired from Cathay Pacific after she expressed her urge to throw coffee on the daughter of divisive political figure Thaksin Shinawatra on Facebook. The post, which is no longer public, spread fast and soon put the flight attendant on newspaper front pages across the Southeast Asia. “I immediately told my flight manager that I could not work knowing that the daughter of my enemy was on board,” the flight attendant, identified on the news site Asia Sentinel as Honey Lochanachai, wrote on her Facebook page. “I also called my personal advisor asking if it would be all right to throw coffee at [her], but was told that this could breach Hong Kong’s law.”

4. Racist Party Picture Lands Penn State Chi Omega Sorority In Hot Water, 12/4/12

A Penn State sorority is facing an investigation after posting an offensive picture to social media, Onward State reports. The photo, that surfaced Monday, depicts a “Mexican-themed” Chi Omega party – a group of girls wearing sombreros, ponchos, and fake mustaches. They are also holding signs that say “will mow lawn for weed + beer” and “I don’t cut grass, I smoke it.” The girl’s identities were discovered because they were tagged on Facebook, Onward State reports.

5. Parents Want More Online Protections for Kids, Privacy Groups Say, 12/6/12

More evidence of parent’s concerns over social media…Common Sense Media and the Center for Digital Democracy released the survey of 2,000 adults on Thursday, saying it showed strong support for proposed changes in Federal Trade Commission regulations. Such changes would tighten enforcement of the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act, or COPPA. And this is all despite overwhelming opposition from technology and media giants. 9 out of 10 adults support the proposal’s requirement that website and online service operators get permission from parents before collecting information from children under 13. 8 out of 10 adults said they opposed letting advertisers collect and use information about a child’s online activities, even if the advertisers do not know the name and address of the child.

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