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Exposure to hate speech on Facebook undermines users’ mental health

| Wednesday, September 3, 2014
A new study from Italy finds that social networking sites like Facebook have a negative impact on individuals’ mental well-being, as well as their levels of social trust, because of their exposure to hate speech and other offensive content. Researchers analyzed a wide representative sample of 50,000 Italian citizens, assessing how much they interacted with social media and how they...

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Study: Your Facebook ‘likes’ reveal much about your personality and behavior

| Tuesday, March 12, 2013
Clicking those friendly blue "like" buttons strewn across the Web may be doing more than marking you as a fan of Coca-Cola or Lady Gaga. It could out you as gay. It might reveal how you vote. It might even suggest that you're an unmarried introvert with a high IQ and a weakness for nicotine.

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Facebook privacy glitch outs LGBT users

By Zack Beauchamp| Think Progress | Monday, October 15, 2012
The outing of University of Texas-Austin students to their parents as a consequence of a little-known Facebook privacy glitch has reignited longstanding concerns over the social network’s treatment of its LGBT users’ private information.

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University researchers track millions of anti-gay slurs on Twitter

| Friday, September 28, 2012
EDMONTON, Alberta, Canada -- The University of Alberta’s Institute for Sexual Minority Studies and Services in Edmonton has created a new Canadian social-media experiment that found millions of anti-gay slurs on Twitter within the past two months.

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Facebook Put My Life Together Again

| Sunday, August 21, 2011
Today I accepted the Facebook friend request of someone I knew in high school. We haven’t spoken in more than thirty years ... and God knows why she wants to befriend the scandalous queer who wore knee-high platform boots to the junior dance in our home town of Bossier City, Louisiana.

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Facebook updates relationships to include ‘civil union,’ ‘domestic partnership’

| Friday, February 18, 2011
Facebook is becoming more LGBT-friendly. This week, the world's largest online social networking website added two new options to its list of relationship statuses: "in a civil union" and "in a domestic partnership."

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