Government Advising Americans to Draft ‘Social Media Will’
Have you ever thought about what would happen to your Facebook page or Twitter account or the rest of your social media presence if you were to die? The federal government is advising Americans to consider it and is suggesting that everyone create a “social media will” containing their wishes. Like a traditional will, a social media would have someone appointed as an “online executor,” who’d be legally empowered to carry out the deceased person’s wishes and close out their accounts. Currently, sites like Facebook and Twitter let a friend or relative remove a dead person’s account if they provide a death certificate. Loved ones can also turn the page into an online memorial. But not all sites guarantee or allow that kind of access to friends and family out of respect for the deceased person’s privacy rights.
Judge Rules Workers’ Firing for Facebook ‘Like’ of Political Candidate Okay
A judge has ruled that the firing of six Virginia workers for “Liking” a political candidate didn’t violate their First Amendment rights. Federal District Court Judge Raymond Jackson wrote, “Simply liking a Facebook page is insufficient. It it not the kind of substantive statement that has previously warranted constitutional protection.” The six people were fired by their boss, Sheriff B. J. Roberts, for liking the Facebook page of Jim Adams, the man who was running against Roberts for sheriff. The accusation was that the workers, quote, “hindered the harmony and efficiency of the office.” Jackson’s ruling will likely be appealed.
Bullied Teen Expelled After He Pulls Stun Gun His Mother Gave Him
A bullied Indianapolis 17-year-old has been expelled from high school after pulling a stun gun that his mother had given him to protect himself. Openly gay junior Darnell Young was relentlessly bullied for months, including taunting and physical violence, and his mother said that the school did little, beyond the principal suggesting her son stop dressing flamboyantly, even though she complained more than 10 times. Chelisa Grimes told CNN, “I do not promote violence — not at all — but what is a parent to do?” On April 16th, Young fired the gun in the air at Arsenal Tech High School after being surrounded by six students. Police were called and he was arrested, and the school has now expelled him for a year.
Teen Throwing A Porn Prom Party
A high school student in Oakdale, Minnesota — who was banned from bringing porn stars to his prom — has annouced a “Porn Prom” party at his house on Saturday night (May 12th) — the same night as Tartan High School’s prom. Back in March, the school told 18-year-old Mike Stone that even though a porn star agreed to go to his prom, he would not be allowed to bring the non-students to the school event. Stone said that two of the porn stars who agreed to go to prom with him will be at his “Porn Prom” house party. Expect to see an interview with the student on “The Daily Show with Jon Stewart” tomorrow (May 10th). (UPI)
Teen Tries To use Bouncer’s Own ID To Get Into A Bar
A 19-year-old University of Iowa student who was trying to get into a bar was caught using an ID that coincidentally belonged to the bar’s bouncer. Steven J. Fiorella didn’t just have the bouncer’s license — he also had his debit card and AAA membership card. Fiorella told police that he bought the items at a party for $20. He was charged with fifth-degree theft and unlawful use of another person’s identification. (ABC News)