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Inside Facebook (May 12th, 2017)

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The purple Mother's Day flower is back on Facebook. The flower allows users to respond to posts with a "thankful," rather than a "like." It's one of several features planned for Mother’s Day this weekend here in the U.S., and throughout the month where the day is celebrated in other parts of the world. In addition to flower, Facebook is adding Mother’s Day-themed masks and frames to its Facebook Camera, available when people swipe right on the News Feed. These features will go live on Mother’s Day, Sunday May 14th. – TECH CRUNCH

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Facebook group administrators can now require potential members to answer questions before they are allowed to join a group. Group administrators can create up to three questions that allows them to screen potential members to ensure they’re the right fit for the group, and prevent a troll from joining the group. “Screening new membership requests requires time and legwork for admins – particularly for groups built around focused passions or purpose," a Facebook spokesperson told TechCrunch. "For these groups, admins typically have specific criteria they require before admitting new members. Establishing these open-ended questions enables them to more quickly review and approve member requests." – TECH CRUNCH

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A women's health group that promoted "drug use" in the form of an abortion pill has had its group page deleted by Facebook. Women on Web describes itself as a “digital community of women who have had abortions, medical doctors, researchers, and individuals and organizations that support abortion rights.” The page by the Dutch women’s group was unpublished on Thursday. Facebook issued a statement: “It looks like content posted on your Page doesn’t follow the Facebook Terms and Community Standards, so your page was unpublished. These Terms and Standards help ensure Facebook remains a welcoming, respectful environment.” – NEWSWEEK

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Facebook this week temporarily shut down the group pages of the Atheist Republic and the Ex-Muslims of North America. The groups claim they were unfairly flagged and targeted by fundamentalists who wanted the pages removed. Ex-Muslim and atheist groups claim that Facebook is blocking their pages unfairly and without investigating the substance of the complaints. Former Muslims have written an open letter to the social media giant, calling on it to 'to stop exercising intellectual persecution' against atheist and ex-Muslim organizations. The Atheist Republic has more than 1.6 million followers and the Ex-Muslims group has been liked almost 25,000 times. – DAILY MAIL

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Let's take a moment to look at the lighter side of Facebook . . .

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A Facebook post by a New York school board member has resulted in controversy. Philip McTigue, a Wayne Central School District Board of Education member, apparently criticized fat people on his personal Facebook page. While visiting Nashville, Tennessee, McTigue posted that "we are all Americans, which means most us have 10 to 20 pounds to lose." He then advised people to stop "stuffing ur fat (expletive) with cake at Ruby Tuesday. "Furthermore," his rant continues, "don't sit next to me on the plane." He later apologized “It has recently been brought to my attention that one of my personal facebook (sic) posts has been shared with the general public. I understand that this post comes across as offensive and insensitive. This was by no means my intent. – USA TODAY

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A teenage girl's Facebook post resulted in the arrest of her alleged sexual abuser. The girl posted on Facebook that she was having sex with 53-year-old Carlos do Rosario, who now faces deportation to Portugal. A judge said he had caused psychological damage to the girl, who has a history of self harming. The two engaged in two sexual encounters at his home in England before the girl wrote a Facebook message to a schoolmate that revealed the alleged abuse. Her friend contacted a helpline that evening and the police were called in. – DEVON LIVE

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A couple who lost nearly 600 pounds combined, and chronicled their weight struggles on Facebook, are getting married. Ronnie Brower once weighed 675 pounds, but then lost 458 pounds over four years. His battle to lose weight earned him the affection of a woman at his gym; she was also trying to lose weight. “I was just really inspired by him and I thought he was super cute,” said Andrea Masella, 24. “We started talking at the gym and I hate to sound cliche but it was love at first sight.” The man's personal trainer Nick Murphy, will serve as the best man. He called the wedding it “a match made in heaven, a storybook movie." – NEW YORK DAILY NEWS

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