Social Media

Montgomery Police: “aware of multiple social media posts regarding attempted abductions”

Several alarming social media posts regarding attempted abductions, or possible human-trafficking attempts in Montgomery have caught the attention of the Montgomery Police Department. In the weeks after the tragedy of 3-year-old Kamille “Cupcake” Mckinney, and in the midst of the search for 19-year-old Aniah Blanchett,  these types of posts have seemingly multiplied on social media. Alabama News Network reached out…

Sen. Doug Jones Denies Knowledge of Russian-Style Online Effort

Alabama Sen. Doug Jones says he was unaware of an experiment run by outside researchers during his campaign seeking to emulate Russian tactics to influence elections. The Washington Post and New York Times have both reported that a social media researcher acknowledged testing misleading online tactics during Jones’ campaign against Republican Roy Moore last year. The effort was modeled on…

Despite Social Media Reports, Nobody was Shot at Carver-Jeff Davis Game

One girl was injured when she fell.

Montgomery police say despite social media reports of shots being fired near the ASU stadium during last night’s Carver-Jeff Davis game, nobody was hit by gunfire. They say one girl was injured. The MPD Reports:   “The Montgomery Police Department responded last night to the Carver-JD football game at ASU’s stadium to provide assistance to the ASU Police Department after…

Local Law Enforcement Cracking Down On Social Media Threats

Elmore County, Autauga County and Prattville law enforcement and officials say they are taking a stand against social media threats to schools. The stern message comes after days after Prattville Police arrested two 12 -year-olds for separate school threat incidents; one of them threatened to “shoot-up” two Autauga County Schools. Local authorities say they have investigated around 20 incidents related to…

Twitter Unveils New Look, Which Users Quickly Mock

Twitter has unveiled a new look, and much like some previous changes the company has made to its short-messaging service, it’s not going over so well with the Twitterati. The San Francisco company says the new design emphasizes simplicity, making it faster and easier to use, with bolder headlines and more intuitive icons. It also changed users’ profile images from…

Montgomery Woman Charged with Making up Crime on Social Media

A Montgomery woman is in custody after admitting to fasley reported the death of a 12 year old boy on social media. 20 year old Bailey Simmons has been charged with falsely reporting an incident.  Police say Simmons made a Facebook post saying she heard gunshots across the street.  The post goes on to say she discovered a 12 year…

Alabama National Fair gets social

The Alabama National Fair is employing social media to draw in a younger crowd. The Alabama National Fair is steeped in tradition. Even in its 63rd year, the fair still holds livestock judging competitions that date back to its beginning, plus the traditional fair food and rides. The fair is organized by the Montgomery Kiwanis Club. While they do enjoy…

Facebook Makes Changes to ‘Trending Topics’ After Review

Facebook says it is dropping its reliance on news outlets to help determine what gets posted as a “trending topic” on the giant social network following a backlash over a report saying it suppressed conservative views. Facebook’s General Counsel Colin Stretch outlined this and other reforms in a 12-page letter sent Monday to Republican Sen. John Thune, chairman of the…

Social Media Helps Catch Butler County Suspects

Butler County Sheriff Kenny Harden is asking for help finding some stolen guns. Harden says 18 guns were stolen from a Butler County home while the residents were on vacation, during what he believes were multiple burglaries. “We’ve arrested four people for the burglaries. Two adults and two juveniles,” Harden says. The two adults are Kendorius McCoy and Joshua Searight, both 18. Searight…

Twitter Signals More Distress as User Growth Flatlines

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) – Twitter set out to build a virtual town square bustling with billions of people. But it’s starting to look more like a novelty stand as social-media users flock to other services that strike a more personal chord. The company’s reported no user growth at all in the fourth quarter, the clearest signal yet that the one-time…