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Former UAB President Charles McCallum Dies

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) – A former president of the University of Alabama at Birmingham who also served as mayor of Vestavia Hills died Saturday. A cause of death for Dr. Charles A. “Scotty” McCallum Jr. was not released. He was 95 years old. News outlets report McCallum’s son, Chris, posted on Facebook about his father’s death, saying “Dad made it…

What the Tech? Why You Should Manage Facebook Friends Lists

Posting something controversial on social media is risky. Whether it’s about protests, conspiracy theories, masks, religion, or college football you can alienate, offend and anger some people you like in real life. According to MentalHelp.net, social media is a breeding ground for conversations that make you and other people angry. You can defriend or block them forever, or keep them…

Mark Zuckerberg Bans Trump from Facebook, Instagram Until Inauguration or Longer

Facebook will bar President Donald Trump from posting on its system at least until the inauguration of President-elect Joe Biden. In a post Thursday morning, Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg said the risk of allowing Trump to use the platform is too great, following his incitement of a mob that later touched off a deadly riot in the U.S. Capitol on…

Tallassee City Schools Facebook Page Hacked, Hacker Makes Inappropriate Posts

The Tallassee City School Facebook page was hacked Monday night. Superintendent Dr. Brock Nolin says a former employee had access to the page and locked out other page administrator before making inappropriate posts. Dr. Nolin says they are working with IT to secure the page. The school system is filing a report with Tallassee Police and plans to press charges.  …

What the Tech? Russia, Facebook and Fake News

Facebook and Twitter have a warning for their billions of users: Russia is at it again trying to interfere in the U.S Presidential Election. Facebook introduced new steps to protect the election and will not accept new political ads the week before the election. Facebook also announced it will place a label on any content shared or posted that seeks…

What the Tech? Facebook Is Getting a New Look

Is it “new and improved”? Or just “new”? Facebook’s brand new look that’s been rolling out as an option to some users will become the norm for everyone over the next several weeks and it is the biggest change to the social network’s appearance in at least four years. Facebook introduced the “New Facebook” at an event in 2019 and…

What the Tech? The Dangers of Accepting Facebook Friend Requests from Strangers

Call it, ‘stranger danger’ Facebook style. We’ve all accepted friend requests from someone we don’t know in real life. Maybe you see that they’re friends of friends or maybe it’s from a pretty girl or maybe you just don’t want to hurt someone’s feelings. The fact is, accepting a friend request from a stranger has the potential to harm you…

What the Tech? Viral Facebook Post Hoax

A viral Facebook post is making the rounds again and cluttering everyone’s newsfeed. The post claims by copying and pasting it onto your own timeline and by commenting, liking or leaving a sticker on the friend’s post, it will trick Facebook’s algorithm into showing you posts of more friends. Here’s one variation of the post: “So I’m doing what everyone…