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Pakistani authorities have asked Facebook to help investigate the posting of "blasphemous content" on the social networking site. Insulting the Prophet Muhammad carries a judicial death sentence and at least 68 people have been killed in connection with blasphemy allegations since 1990, according to Al Jazeera. Facebook plans to send a representative to visit Pakistan to discuss the matter. Facebook said it viewed government requests with care keeping in mind "the goal of protecting the privacy and rights of our users." Pakistan made a similar request of Twitter. – AL JAZEERA

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Facebook dominates the social media market, according to Quintly. Of the 167,000 social media profiles examined, 47 percent use video in their Facebook campaigns, including video from any source and Facebook Live video. Of those, 90 percent use Facebook’s native video tools, 30 percent preferred YouTube and 9 percent used Vimeo or other sources. Nearly 85 percent of posts on Facebook use the social network’s native video, while users watched YouTube videos 10 percent of the time and Vimeo the other 5 percent. – ADWEEK

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Fake Facebook accounts have been set up in the names of 13 members of the Singapore Parliament. People’s Action Party Members of Parliament Executive Director Alex Yam discovered the "spate of spoof social media accounts" and they have since been taken down. The accounts, masked as belonging to the public figures, sent messages and friend requests to individuals phishing for information. Minister of State for Health and for Communications and Information Chee Hong Tat was one of the victims. “There has been a fake account pretending to be me, and sending Facebook friend requests and messages. Please take note that it is not my genuine account,” he said in a post on his page. – CHANNEL NEWS ASIA

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Facebook video ads are the best way to reach your potential customers, according to VaynerMedia, a digital marketing company. VaynerMedia founder Gary Vaynerchuk said Facebook video right now is where Google AdWords was in the early 2000s; a great deal. "We are paying $6 to $13 CPM [cost per thousand impressions] on Facebook right now that are going to be $50 to $80 in 36 and 48 months and everybody is going to be sad that they didn't jump on it." He said Facebook ads can be run by zip code which helps target a very specific audience, he said. VaynerMedia works with Fortune 500 companies like General Electric, Budweiser, Toyota, Revlon and Unilever. – CNBC

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Utah is the latest state to allow family members of deceased individuals to gain access to their email and Facebook accounts. Utah Gov. Gary Herbert signed off on the bill, which would allow residents to pass down their social media and email accounts to relatives as easily as they do their other treasured belongings. The law approved Friday allows a person to give their heir or trustee power to oversee their digital accounts if they are incapacitated or if they die. Republican Rep. Lowry Snow, the bill's sponsor said digital property should be protected just like physical property. Google and Facebook support the law, he said. At least 12 other states have enacted similar proposals. – US NEWS

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A Georgia mom's video rant about the sanitary conditions of a school bathroom has gone viral after she expressed her concerns on Facebook Live. Ashonti Dixon and her 16-year-old son were visiting his former music teacher at alma mater Lithonia Middle School. While there, Dixon used the restroom, but found no tissue, no soap dispensers, no doors, and toilets covered with trash bags. She turned to Facebook Live. "Y'all see that. That's no soap. Look at this door. I don't know who did this. It's a shabby job. I know DeKalb County Schools can do better than that.” Only one stall had toilet paper and the roll was set on the floor. “Who wants to use tissue that’s been on the floor? Nobody. Because our vaginas matter, they really do.” – US MAGAZINE

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Now let's look at the role Facebook played in some recent crime events: 

Authorities allege that a mom watched her daughter commit suicide on Facebook Live. Naika Venant, 14, hanged herself in the bathroom of her foster home in front of hundreds of viewers on January 22 after years of living in foster homes, where she was allegedly sexually abused. The state’s Department of Children and Families alleged in a 20-page report this week that her mom Gina Caze watched her daughter died on Facebook Live. The reported stated that Case wrote on a comment: “#ADHD games played u sad little DCF custody jit that’s what u where u at for this dumb sh– n more u keep crying wolf u dead u will get buried life goes on after a jit that doesn’t listen to there parents trying to be grown seeking boys and girls attention instead of her books.” Caze's attorney denied the allegations, saying she did not watch the video and that "the statement that is contributed to Naika’s mother was made after Naika was already deceased.” “Jit” is a slang expression that can mean a young gangster. –PEOPLE

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A man shot and killed by police officers in Tennessee on Thursday was recording himself live on Facebook before, during and after the shooting. Rodney James Hess stopped his SUV on a street, blocking oncoming traffic. Officers fired at Hess when he allegedly attempted to hit them with his vehicle. Hess was refusing to respond to the officers' commands and making erratic statements, authorities said. In the Facebook Live Video, Hess said "I would like the high in command. I would like the high in command to show up." – WBIR

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