Social Media News, Week of 2/4: Data Privacy Day, Manti Te’o, Another Teacher Busted, and a Basketball Dad’s Threatening Words

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The fact that anyone can unknowingly be Manti Te’o’s fake girlfriend, “weed and jailbait” tweeting teacher busted for oversharing, Data Privacy Day, the 10 that failed and why, and a very angry basketball dad are all features in our Top 5 stories this week. Read on to find articles and summaries of each!

1. Your Online Privacy Is Even More Important Today, 1/28/13

Data Privacy Day was last week and to celebrate the made up holiday, Business Insider shared a number of recommendations to help maintain your online privacy, and of course, using Sgrouples was one of those suggestions.

2. Basketball dad calls for school shooting after altercation at son’s game, 1/28/13

Last week, a lot of drama ensued after one Oregon parent took his rage to Facebook and posted “Camas fans!!!!! Worst in the league!!!!! I hope someone shoots up their school real soon!!!!!!!!”

Threatening Words

“Naturally, that post sent shivers up the spine of anyone connected with Camas High, particularly in the aftermath of the horrendous events in Newtown, Conn. in December. Though the man later added a second message intended to dispel concern about his initial post, Camas police quickly launched an investigation into the comment

No charges have been filed against the parent as of yet, but he has already been handed a no-trespass warning by the Camas School District, effectively banning him from stepping foot on any school property in the area again.”

This could have been avoid, if he vented on a private social network.

3. High School Math Teacher in Trouble for Tweeting Nude Photos, Calling Students ‘Jailbait’, 1/29/13

In another classic, should have used Sgrouples story, Colorado high school math teacher Carly McKinney is in trouble with school officials for oversharing semi-nude selfies and inappropriate jokes like, “Just got called Ms. McCutie. Points for being clever, however you are still jailbait,” and “Watching a drug bust go down in the parking lot. It’s funny cuz I have weed in my car in the staff parking lot” via Twitter.

“McKinney was busted by a viewer tip to local NBC affiliate 9News, and subsequently deleted her account, CarlyCrunkBear. But not before the news station managed to gather up several examples of McKinney’s more “provocative” tweets. McKinney, who was apparently fond of making references to drug use, suggested in one tweet that she was grading papers while stoned.”

4. 10 social media sites that failed, 1/29/13

The website, e27, takes a look at the 10 social media networks that failed and how they failed and includes a nifty infographic to explain this nicely. Of course Sgrouples intends to not repeat these mistakes.

5. Stolen identities: Manti Te’o, Facebook and Internet Privacy, 1/30/13

Identity Stolen: Diane O'MearaJillian York, director for International Freedom of Expression at the Electronic Frontier Foundation in San Francisco, wrote up an insightful reminder on the forgotten victim in the Manti Te’o catfishing scandal, Diane O’Meara, who’s face and identity was used to trick Manti into thinking that the girl pictured was his online girlfriend.

In addition to Diane O’Meara, Jillian also cites the “Gay Girl in Damascus” story where Jelena Lecic’s face and identity was also used without her consent. In a piece in the L.A. Times, O’Meara expresses, “I thought I was aware of the dangers and had done everything I could to protect myself. I now understand that the large corporations that control social media will never provide adequate protection by themselves. Users must take extraordinary steps to protect themselves.” You can see our take on the story here.


Images from: http://sports.yahoo.com/blogs/highschool-prep-rally/basketball-dad-calls-school-shooting-altercation-son-game-110722656.html, http://www.stuff.co.nz/world/americas/8213786/Fake-girlfriend-claims-identity-theft