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Is Paternity Leave A Necessity Or Luxury For Soon-To-Be Father’s?

November 22nd, 2015 - By Ashley Monaé
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Back in July, Facebook founder and chief executive, Mark Zuckerberg, announced that he and his wife Priscilla Chan were expecting their first child.

In addition to their burgeoning bundle of joy, Zuckerberg recently revealed that he would be making a “very personal decision” to take two months of paternity leave once his daughter is born, as reported by The Telegraph.

“Studies show that when working parents take time to be with their newborns, outcomes are better for the children and families,” Mr Zuckerberg wrote in a post on the social network. “At Facebook we offer our US employees up to four months of paid maternity or paternity leave which they can take throughout the year.”

Since Zuckerberg’s announcement, there’s been much of discussion about time off policies, especially in the tech world. According to The New York Daily News, “Tech giants like Amazon, Microsoft and Netflix recently announced extensions for paid paternity leave, ranging from five months to a full year. But such privileges remain rare in any industry: Only 12% of private sector workers even have access to paid family leave, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.”

Interestingly, as the stats clearly show, Mr. Zuckeberg’s personal decision is one that is uncommon among many those in senior ranks of powerhouse tech firms — even for regular Joe’s, too. Whether you’re flipping hamburgers, working a steady 9 to 5, flexing your entrepreneurial skills as a self-made boss, or just as heralded as Zuckerberg, it actually seems like paternity leave isn’t a necessity but a luxury these days. But it should honestly, be the other way: a necessity not a luxury.

The idea of paternity leave is great as both mother and father will be able to fully bond with their new baby and make their new family their top priority, but the sad and honesty truth is not everyone is privy to such an ideal situation — unless you’re ridiculously financially stable because this kind of leave is rarely paid.

For all the women I know that have been pregnant, they’ve all took maternity leave, but none of their significant others took paternity leave. I’m honestly not even sure if their jobs offered it to them. In my own perfect world, when I decide to get pregnant, I’d want to have the option of both myself and my significant other having idle time away from work to focus on building our family.

What about you? Has your significant other ever taken paternity leave during/after a pregnancy? If so, how did it work out for you and your family?


This New Facebook Feature Will Make Breakups Less Painful

November 20th, 2015 - By Jazmine Denise Rogers
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It’s not until you break up that you truly realize how many digital memories you share with your ex—or how frequently he updates his Facebook page. And honestly speaking, when you’re suffering from the post-breakup blues, the last thing you want to be doing is having an emotional breakdown in your job’s cafeteria because you decided to check Facebook during your lunch break. Of course, the obvious solution to this problem would be to unfriend and block your former lover on all social networking outlets, but this brash move isn’t for everyone and can be especially traumatizing to both parties when the split was amicable in nature.

Thankfully for those of us who are still crazy enough to take chances on love, Facebook’s user experience division team is always looking for new ways to improve the social media platform. Thursday, they introduced a new feature that will allow users to limit and manage how they interact with their exes.

According to Facebook Product Manager Kelly Winters, members of the site will be prompted to take advantage of the new “Take A Break” feature once they change their status from “In A Relationship” to “Single.”



How it works:

• Users will “see less of a former partner’s name and profile picture around Facebook without having to unfriend or block them. Their posts won’t show up in News Feed, and their name won’t be suggested when people write a new message or tag friends in photos.”

• There is also an option to “limit the photos, videos or status updates that a former partner will see.”

• Digital memories will no longer be a problem because with the click of a mouse, users can “edit who can see their past posts with a former partner and untag themselves from posts with that person.”

“This work is part of our ongoing effort to develop resources for people who may be going through difficult moments in their lives,” Winters explained. “We hope these tools will help people end relationships on Facebook with greater ease, comfort and sense of control.”

Facebook began testing the new feature in the United States on Facebook Mobile Thursday. After collecting feedback, they expect to roll out the feature in other markets.

Follow Jazmine on Twitter @JazmineDenise

Prevent Facebook (And Your Ex) From Ruining Your Day With This New Feature

October 16th, 2015 - By Jazmine Denise Rogers
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Facebook’s new “On This Day” feature has the potential to make you laugh or cry, depending on what day it is. Thankfully, a new add-on to the feature will now allow you to prevent the social networking site from reminding you of those memories that you would prefer to forget.

In case you’re unfamiliar, the “On This Day” feature will share old posts and photos from that particular day in your Facebook history to your newsfeed. It can be wonderful if the memory is of that New Year’s Eve you and your best friend spent in Vegas. However, most of us probably don’t want to be reminded of the day we became “Facebook official” with that cheating ex.

Thankfully, Facebook developers read our minds and decided that it was time to make a few adjustments to the feature. To block out the unpleasant memories, all you have to do is head over to and select “Preferences.” From there, you can either select the “Dates” or “People” options, which will allow you to block memories involving specific Facebook users or dates.

You’re welcome!

Why Do People Keep Falling For The Facebook Privacy Hoax?

September 30th, 2015 - By Charing Ball
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Honestly, we should have seen it coming.

First, Facebook went down. And then after an hour, it came back.

We should have known that this sort of disruption in space and time-wasting pendulum would serve as a perfect breeding ground for a privacy hoax.

It started with the Hotep-truther. You know, the folks who post chemtrail conspiracy theory and Dr. Umar Johnson videos all day? You ignored it because, well, they are kind of entertaining. But then the people who are on Facebook every single day (all the more reason you should known better) started posting about it too. And then the lurkers decided to come from behind the virtual bush where they stalk your page from and get in on the mass hysteria too.

Soon our timelines were inundated with badly written, non-legal unbinding agreements, which read in some variation:

“As of September 29, 2015 at 10:50 p.m. Eastern standard time, I do not give Facebook or any entities associated with Facebook permission to use my pictures, information, or posts, both past and future. By this statement, I give notice to Facebook it is strictly forbidden to disclose, copy, distribute, or take any other action against me based on this profile and/or its contents. The content of this profile is private and confidential information. The violation of privacy can be punished by law (UCC 1-308- 1 1 308-103 and the Rome Statute). NOTE: Facebook is now a public entity. All members must post a note like this. If you prefer, you can copy and paste this version. If you do not publish a statement at least once it will be tactically allowing the use of your photos, as well as the information contained in the profile status updates.”

Folks will fall for anything.

And as no surprise, the responses to these legal warnings were hard and swift.

Folks went from gentle reminders that the privacy notices were only hoaxes to straight up clowning people. I’m talking about memes and status updates lampooning the silliness of actually believing that the creator of Facebook would circumvent the privacy settings options within the software’s mainframe, and instead, seek consent through millions of individual status updates.

My personal favorite being:



In some ways, the mocking seems trivial and mean-spirited. It’s not like your Facebook friends are hurting anyone with their well-intentioned but severely misguided privacy notification. And it is not like privacy isn’t a huge concern on social media. But we have been here before. Like three months ago. Remember?

It was the time when they put up a similar notification warning folks that Facebook would soon be charging $5 a month to use its platform, unless they opted out via a status update. Remember then we told people that the warning was a hoax? Remember when we told them that any type of privacy setting, which advises you to cut and paste a notification into your status box like some sort of bootleg mail-in copyright, is not real?

But for some reason, people keep falling for the okie-doke.

Part of it has to do with how these hoaxes feed into feelings people already have about Facebook. We love it, but at the same time, many of us see the rampant narcissism and oversharing as what is wrong with America.

However, I also feel like there is something else more insidious going on here. I am talking about the decline of people who actually pay attention.

I imagine that the folks who keep falling for the Facebook privacy hoaxes are the same people who post articles from satirical sites as if they are legitimate news stories. I wrote about that populace before. I even gave them a nifty list of satirical sites that they could reference to help them better discern between what is a real news story and what are just awful pranks. But they didn’t pay attention.

Just like the folks who only read headlines aren’t paying attention. You know who I am talking about. The people who rarely click the link to actually find out what’s behind the title they feel so strongly against or in favor of. You see them in comment sections on blogs and news articles all across the Internet. They are disagreeing on a point the writer never made (but felt was implied by the headline). Or they disagree with the writer while making all the points the writer made in the piece that they did not read.

Let’s face it people: We have a huge problem in this country with folks not paying attention. And it is not just on the Internet. We have a lot of people out here believing President Obama is a Muslim and other crazy rumors all because they refuse to verify the information they are given.

And while we are just talking about a silly Facebook hoax, for those who are sick and tired of folks not paying attention, this hoax was the final straw. Hence the savage dragging.

So for the same of humanity, could we all wake up and pay attention?

The Problems With This Single Mother Meme Floating Around Facebook

September 9th, 2015 - By Veronica Wells
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Source: Facebook

Source: Facebook

I love my hometown, Indianapolis. Very much so. But there are times, particularly when I’m on Facebook, that I realize the place can be so judgmental and close-minded. I often stumble across statuses, discussions and memes that are completely backward and mean-spirited. And, as much as I miss home sometimes, I’m increasingly more appreciative of the fact that I live in a more open-minded, liberal area.

I was reminded of this yesterday when I stumbled across the meme above on the page of a boy with whom I went to high school.

I frowned and then sighed. Sad.

Sad to find yet another example of the ways in which people who reside in the place I call home are so intolerant. There are several problems with this meme. First, the assumptions. We don’t know that these children were birthed by this woman. She could be their older sibling. That might be a stretch for some of you but the point is, it doesn’t matter. These children look healthy, well-fed and well groomed. We don’t know the circumstances of their births but why do we need to? Is it really any of our business or reason to make a meme? I find it shocking that people haven’t learned their lesson about using real children just to get a cheap laugh. No matter how these children came into the world, it wasn’t by their design or choosing. And as such, they shouldn’t become the butt of a cruel joke when they are not responsible. They’re just children, some of them old enough to suffer the consequences of a social media post gone viral.

And then there’s the comparison aspect of the meme. This woman’s body is compared to a car…a used one.

It harkens to R Kelly’s “You remind me of my jeep.” I used to sing that song back in the ’90’s before I knew any better. But now that I do, it’s amazing that the song was so readily accepted. A woman likened to a car, a piece of property that depreciates in value as time passes? That song and this meme prove that society’s consideration of women has not progressed nearly as far as it should have. It’s absolutely tragic that a woman’s worth as a person is reduced down to her vagina.

While the meme may seem innocuous, it only serves to perpetuate some of the more cliche and detrimental ideologies about women. Like the notion that your value is based on how well you can please a man. And according to this post, a woman with four children has nothing to offer in a relationship.

It’s disgustingly untrue.

Thankfully, some other people in Indianapolis, shared an alternative to this degrading meme.

Source: Facebook

Source: Facebook


People say a picture is worth a thousand words, but if those words are going to be hurtful, rude and full of assumptions that only promote misogyny and ignorance, then perhaps they’re best kept to yourself.

Busted! Cheaters Caught And Put On Blast On Social Media

August 3rd, 2015 - By Meg Butler
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Image Source: Tumblr

Did you read about this woman who got caught sexting her side piece by a stranger at a baseball game? It’s getting harder and harder to get away with dirt, and these cheaters caught in the act found that out the hard way. Whatever happened to keeping your business out of the streets?

Your Relationship Status, Your Self-Esteem Level And More Things Facebook Can Tell You About Yourself

July 30th, 2015 - By Meg Butler
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Facebook knows a lot more about you than you think the social media site does. These studies just might shock you with how much social media knows about your business–probably because you share so much of it. Do these ring true for you? Or do these Facebook scientists need to go back to the drawing board?

Woman Legally Changes Name To “Jemmaroid Von Laalaa” In Order To Save Facebook Account

July 14th, 2015 - By Lauren R.D. Fox
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Many of us have friends on Facebook who have interesting pseudonyms in order to steer clear of employers, coworkers or pesky church associates. Because of the influx of fake names, Facebook decided its users must use their legal name in order to create a more “authentic” and safe community. In their Help Center, Facebook states: “Facebook is a community where people use their authentic identities. We require people to provide the name they use in real life; that way, you always know who you’re connecting with. This helps keep our community safe.”

Despite this, many people still sought to keep the pseudonyms as their names and were locked out of their account by Facebook. A similar incident happened to a British woman and she decided to legally change her name to one she creatively thought up for her Facebook persona. Initially, Jemma Rogers changed her Facebook name is Jemmaroid Von Laalaa so she can avoid unwanted friend requests. However, when Facebook changed their names/identification policy, their admins sent her a message asking for proof that Jemmaroid was her real name.

Rogers tried Photoshopping one of her ATM cards but her efforts didn’t work and Rogers was locked out of her account. In order to get back into her account, Rogers legally changed her name to Jemmaroid Von Laalaa. Unfortunately, she is still locked out her account, even after sending in her legal documents. Facebook sent her a computerized message stating they will look into the matter. Since then, the new Ms. Von Laalaa had to order bank cards and a driving license.

She told The Telegraph, “It’s hard to speak to a human being as well, all I get is computerised messages back, it’s so frustrating. It’s ludicrous and I am embarrassed to tell people what has happened. What if a victim of abuse wants to have Facebook but doesn’t want people to find her, so sets it up with a pseudonym? Facebook have too much power and it’s actually quite scary.”

Facebook responded to this story via Cosmopolitan, stating:

“Facebook asks people to use their authentic names, as we believe this makes people more accountable for what they say. In this instance, we made a mistake, but we reactivated the account last week. We apologize for any inconvenience that this caused.”

Facebook May Soon Offer A Digital Assistant Named MoneyPenny

July 14th, 2015 - By Chelcee Johns
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via YouTube

via YouTube

Facebook could be readying a new virtual assistant named “MoneyPenny” for global use. The new addition, which is still being tested internally, will allow users to ask real people for help researching and buying products or services.

MoneyPenny is set apart from its competitors – Apple’s Siri, Microsoft Cortana and Google Now — because it will connect you to a real human and is based on helping you research and buy instead of helping you find the closest Starbucks.

According to a report from news site The Information, the launch date for the added service is still unknown. Facebook is working to finish the building and testing mode.

However, we do know that Facebook Messenger taking cues from former PayPal CEO David Marcus, possibly setting up the new app much like a shopping tool.

MoneyPenny may be similar to the likes of Operator and Magic, where you can text a person what you need and they work out the details. The two startups make a profit by charging a service fee as well as delivery fee for the goods ordered.

Facebook has not yet publicized how it plans to charge its 700 million users for MoneyPenny. The service will be the first that Facebook charges it users for.

If it proves helpful, would you be interested in paying for a digital assistant? How much would be too much?

New App Shares Who Unfriended You On Facebook, Also Allows You To Stalk Your Friends

July 7th, 2015 - By Lauren R.D. Fox
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Who Deleted Me

Who Deleted Me

This week an app, Who Deleted Me, gained popularity as many downloaded it to find out who unfriended them on Facebook.

Once you download the app to your phone or as an extension on your web browser, it will keep track of who are your “ride or die” social media friends or those who were tired of your online antics and said, “Bye, Bye!”

The app only keeps track of the friends you have on Facebook once you’ve downloaded it. As an added bonus, you can also stalk your current friends to see the last time your friends logged onto Facebook was.

Although you may be wondering: “Who would download such an app?” approximately 330,000 of its 500,000 users just signed up this month leaving the app with several outages. A spokesperson for Who Deleted Me told Buzzfeed, they are ironing out the kinks as their membership grows.

Are you planning to find out who deleted you after posting your latest opinion on Bill Cosby?