They identified the types of killer as: reactor, informer, antagonist, fantasist, predator and imposter.
Surprisingly, the authors backed away from demonizing Facebook:
Yardley added that there was nothing inherently bad about social media. “Facebook is no more to blame for these homicides than a knife is to blame for a stabbing. It’s the intentions of the people using these tools that we need to focus upon.”
Nonetheless, people may well pick up on this story as another way to try viewing Facebook as a terrifying place.
ISIS and younger Islamic radicals can use the internet even more than their predecessors, claims a Financial Times article. Robert Hannigan goes beyond the old "e-Qaeda" meme, mixing in the digital native concept to argue for even greater surveillance.
Police have issued a statement on their national website entitled “Evil Clown Phenomenon”
Not only have les flics just given away a terrific band name, but they also demonstrate just how far this pitre meme has gone. Even other civil authorities have taken a hand:
On Thursday, the village of Vendargues, population 6,000, near Montpellier issued a decree warning that “individuals or groups of people aged 13 or more” are banned from dressing up as clowns on streets and in public spaces on October 31st and November 1st.
Some of the cops even have a taste for cinema:
This followed a warning last week from Pas-de-Calais police in northern France that “clowns inspired by Texas Chainsaw Massacre are not welcome outside schools.”
While others are minding anti-evil-clown vigilantes on social media (yes):
Police have warned would-be anti-clown vigilantes, who have also created Facebook pages, not to take the law into their own hands.
When will French nationalists denounce the Evil Clown Phenomenon as another vile American import?
despite it being obvious the manufacturer has taken efforts to make the robot look more human and less assembly line machinery, they still gave him clamps instead of fingers and a weird clamp-mounted spotlight – the better to hunt down human flesh bags who refuse to tip their robot barista.
Some residents of a New York City neighborhood oppose a new dining establishment. What's interesting is how they see it in terms of cyber-anxiety:
Local residents want to pull the plug on a wine bar's bid to serve booze in its outdoor seating area because it will expose children to seedy "Internet people" flocking there for dates after meeting online, they claimed at a recent community board meeting.
Resident Al Salsano griped that the wine bar has a limited food menu and attracts people who use it as a place for dates after meeting online.
"I have seen people say, ‘I met you on the Internet,’ and you’re putting that on the sidewalk?" he said incredulously. "I don’t want children walking near 'Internet people' meeting."
"Have you ever gone to any of the sidewalk cafes in this neighborhood? Do you find them all rowdy and people staggering out of them all the time?" asked board member George Zeppenfeldt-Cestero.
Resident Chris Horwitz retorted that he wouldn't know because, "I don’t go out to meet people I found on the Internet."
It's fascinating to see this disdain and fear appear in the heart of a very internet-focused city.
Does anyone know more about the neighborhood, which might shed light on the story?