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Mark Zuckerberg, the high-profile creator and CEO of social media website Facebook, is being asked a lot of tough questions by the US government.
US Senators were asking him how Facebook uses the personal information it collects on people who use the popular social media website.
When people join Facebook and use it, they provide lots of information on themselves. Companies pay to use that information when they post advertisements.
If they have information about a person — for instance, whether they have kids, or where they like to go on holiday — they can do a better job targetting ads at them. That makes the person more likely to buy the product that’s being advertised.
That’s only one way companies use people’s personal information. Other people, who may be less honest, can sometimes use personal information to try to take advantage of people.
There is a lot of “fake news” on the Internet. A new study shows that many young people in the United States have a hard time telling “real” from “fake” news.
Fake news is exactly what it sounds like. It’s an article that may look just like any other news article–except that it’s not true. Unfortunately, many people can’t tell the difference.
Ahmed Mohamed is a bright, well-spoken and creative grade 9 student in Texas. One of his favourite things to do is invent and build things. He once built himself an extra long-life battery charger for his cell phone. Recently, he built a clock.
Toronto police officer Mark Borsboom is a bit amused by social media — he doesn’t quite understand what all the fuss is about.
And his opinion hasn’t changed, now that a photo of him has gone viral.
The photo captures the officer doing a simple, good deed—tying an elderly man’s shoelace for him.
Borsboom was on a paid-duty assignment, helping cars leave a parking garage, when he was approached by the man, who asked for his help.
Mark Zuckerberg, the founder of Facebook, recently told the Mobile World Congress Conference that he wants to give five billion more people around the world access to the Internet.
Lots of people wear glasses to make their vision better, or even just for fashion.
But when Noah, 4, found out he needed glasses, he wasn’t happy about it.
In fact, he was downright sad.
His mother asked him why he was so sad about having to wear glasses.
Noah told her he was worried that everyone would laugh at him.
Noah’s mother started a Facebook page to show Noah that wearing glasses is cool.
She asked people to post pictures of themselves and their kids wearing glasses.
“Selfie” has been named the word of the year.
Oxford Dictionaries chose the word because its usage increased by 17,000 per cent over last year.
A “selfie” is a photo that a person takes of himself, usually with his smart phone.
Have you ever seen a picture of a person that he took by holding his phone out in front of him? That’s a selfie.
A selfie can also be taken in a mirror or with a webcam.
Another term for selfie is “self portrait.”
The term was first used in 2002, in an online chat in Australia.
Normally, some cheerleaders going down a street cheering before a big football game wouldn’t be a problem.
Unfortunately for the squad, they were cheering in an area where police were cracking down on excess noise.
Several dozen cheerleaders were cheering for their team, the University of Western Ontario Mustangs, in London, Ont.
They were chanting “Go ‘Stangs, Go” and throwing one cheerleader up into the air.
It was right before a big homecoming football game against the Queen’s University Golden Gaels.
Police in London, Ont. have a “liquor enforcement and reduction of noise” program called “Project LEARN.”
Canadian astronaut Commander Chris Hadfield will soon be simply, “Mr. Hadfield.”
That’s because he has announced that he is resigning.
In this case, “resigning” means stopping his job as an astronaut.
Hadfield has been an astronaut for 35 years.
Recently, he gained wide popularity after sending photos and videos to Earth from the International Space Station.
Many people around the world enjoyed his tweets and Facebook posts from space.