Syrian Refugee Labelled Terrorist After Selfie with German Chancellor

Anas Modamni fled Syria in 2015. He took a selfie with German Chancellor Angela Merkel. The picture was misused by fake news websites in reports linking him to terrorism.

He is now suing Facebook to stop it from allowing users to repost that image or any images similar to it.

The image has been used with posts about the attacks in Brussels last year and on a Christmas market in Berlin. Recently, someone posted Mr. Modamani’s photograph on Facebook and said that he had been involved in a December attack in which a homeless man in Berlin was set on fire.

Mr. Modamani’s lawyer argued that his client would continue to be a victim of libel until Facebook used its algorithms to prevent the image from being reproduced.

“I want peace in my life,” the teenager told reporters after the hearing. “Not everyone believes that. Many people hate me, but all I did was take a selfie with Ms. Merkel.”

Read more about it at the New York Times.

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Locked out of Your Facebook Account? Do NOT Call This Number.

We’ve all been locked out of our online accounts before. But if this happens to you on Facebook, beware of a scam that’s going around.

Apparently, if you search for “Facebook customer service” on Google, you will find a phone number to call. You will speak with a “live” person, but the problem is that it’s not Facebook you’re contacting.

A call center operator named “Steven”… says: “Thanks for calling Facebook.” He is pretending to be a Facebook employee.

[The caller] plays along and explains he is locked out of his Facebook account. He needs help getting reactivated.

“Steven” gives him very unusual advice: Go to a Wal-Mart or a Target.

“Just walk up over there and tell them to provide you an iTunes card. OK? And on the backside of that iTunes card there would be a 16-digit security code.”

…Steven continues: “You need to call us back on this same number and provide me that 16-digit security code so that I can activate that access and we’ll be giving you the password for your new — for your old account.”

This is a scam. The top Google search result for “Facebook customer service” led to a person asking for codes on iTunes gift cards. This is a well-known method of stealing from innocent people online.

Read more about it at NPR.

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Secret Service Agent May Face Disciplinary Action for Facebook Comments

Kelly O’Grady said “I am with [Hillary Clinton],” and that she would not “take a bullet” for a President Donald Trump in October 2016.

O’Grady’s comments were made in October, during the height of the presidential campaign and shortly after an audio tape of Trump making lewd comments about women was released. But they only came to light this week (in January 2017).

The matter was referred initially to the Office of the Inspector General but it referred the case back to the U.S. Secret Service for possible disciplinary action.

Read more about it at the Denver Post.

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