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Judge finds woman guilty of libel stemming from her Facebook posts

Be careful what you post on social media.

This as Justice Frank Seepersad has delivered a landmark judgment in the San Fernando Court in relation to social media posts.

A woman who published defamation claims about a family on Facebook, will now have to compensate her victims.

This morning Justice Seepersad ruled that Jenelle Burke made a series of unsubstantiated libellous statements that caused the family to suffering “shame and embarrassment” since those statements were false and may have been seen by thousands

Volney takes to Facebook to represent CEPEP workers

Former Justice Minister Herbert Volney has taken to his personal Facebook page to represent CEPEP workers in his community.

Volney, who was a High Court judge before becoming a minister, compares the salaries of the CEPEP workers to that of a judge.

Volney posted the following on Facebook:

"Hey friends. It's the end of another week and today I wear the CEPEP colours as I've been very close to this group of workers in the constituency of St Joseph. 

Today is Friday at the end of our fortnight.

Technology: Facebook's profit soars, closing in on 2 billion monthly users

Facebook on Wednesday reported that its quarterly profit surged as its ranks of monthly users closed in on two billion, but warned of rising expenses and slowing revenue growth.

The leading social network said it made a profit of $3.06 billion on $8.03 billion in revenue in the first three months of this year, posting increases of 76 percent and 49 percent, respectively, compared to the same period last year.

Meanwhile, the number of people using Facebook monthly increased 17 percent to 1.94 billion, according to the earnings report.

Technology: Facebook to hire 3,000 people around the world to monitor posts for violence

Facebook Inc. will hire 3,000 people around the world to monitor videos and posts for violent or criminal acts, and potentially prevent tragedies from occurring.

The social-media site has faced calls to do more, and respond faster, after a murder and a suicide were recently shown live. The new employees, who will be added over the next year, will join 4,500 people already on Facebook’s content moderation force.

International: "Facebook killer" commits suicide in Pennsylvania

The man who police said posted a video of himself on Facebook killing an elderly man shot and killed himself after a "brief pursuit" by Pennsylvania State Police officers on Tuesday, police said.

Steve Stephens was accused of shooting Robert Godwin Sr., 74, on a Cleveland sidewalk on Sunday before fleeing in a car and uploading a video of the murder to Facebook, becoming the subject of a nationwide manhunt.

Technology: Facebook to launch $14 million news literacy project to fight 'fake news'

A global alliance of tech industry and academic organisations unveiled plans on Monday to work together to combat the spread of "fake news" and improve public understanding of journalism.

The News Integrity Initiative will launch with $14 million from Facebook, the Ford Foundation, Mozilla and others, based at the City University of New York's journalism school, which will coordinate research, projects and events.

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