CBS VP Fired After Comment on Vegas Victims

CBS Corp. fired a vice president in business affairs Monday for comments she made on social media regarding the mass shooting at a country music festival in Las Vegas.

Hayley Geftman-Gold, wrote on her Facebook page that she was not sympathetic to victims of the shooting because, she claimed, most country music fans are Republican.

Geftman-Gold also wrote: “If they wouldn’t do anything when children were murdered I have no hope that Repugs will ever do the right thing. I’m actually not even sympathetic bc country music fans often are Republican gun toters.”

The comments were deleted but not before they were picked up on a number of right-wing blogs and websites. A petition was posted online that called for her firing.

A CBS spokesperson confirmed that Geftman-Gold was dismissed because of her comments.

Read more about it at the LA Times here.

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County Official Facebook Ban of Citizen Ruled Unconstitutional

A county official in Virginia banned a local on her Facebook page after the latter accused the official of nepotism.

The ban was ruled unconstitutional on the basis of the First Amendment:

Phyllis Randall, chair of the Loudon County, Virginia, Board of Supervisors, banned Brian Davison from her Facebook page for just 12 hours. But according to a federal judge in Alexandria, that brief banishment in February 2016 was enough to violate Davison’s First Amendment rights…

… [U.S. District Judge James] Cacheris rejected Randall’s contention that her Facebook page “is merely a personal website that she may do with as she pleases.” He notes that she and her chief of staff created it shortly before she took office, that it it lists her official position and contact information, and that she uses it primarily for official purposes such as describing the supervisors’ work, implementing their policies, documenting her appearances as a representative of the county government, and communicating with her constituents.

Read more about it on Reason.

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Man Jailed for Dangling Baby on 15th Floor to Get Facebook Likes

A man was sentenced to two years’ jail by an Algerian court on Monday (June 19) for dangling a child from the 15th floor to get Facebook ‘likes’.

The unnamed man posted a photo of himself holding the child out of a window from a high-rise building with the caption: “1,000 likes or I drop him”, BBC reported.

He was arrested on Sunday and charged with endangering the baby’s safety, police said.

Read more about it at the Straits Times.

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