True Crime Online Newsletter - October 21, 2013

I couldn't make this up if I tried. . .French bank apologizes after posting picture of squirrel's testicles

A French bank apologized after posting a photo on Facebook of a squirrel caught hanging upside down by his testicles on a bird feeder.

Caisse d'Epargne shared the photo on Facebook as part of a marketing campaign for a line of insurance. The photo was accompanied by a slogan, "Because accidents don't just happen to others, insurance will also cover you for any temporary injuries." said Friday many of the bank's 24,000 Facebook followers thought the account had been hacked. When the bank realized followers' reaction they apologized and took down the photo.

"We wanted to make use of the social networks but we made a mistake. It was a communication error. We've hurt Facebook followers and potential customers and we regret it," the bank said.

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"Cyberbully" concerns follow Facebook news - 10/21/13
Last week, I hit the streets of our community to speak to folks about Facebook's new policy for young teenage users, and many of you expressed strong concern. “It's a stupid rule, you know, stupid move on their behalf because you want to monitor everything. Too many kids get bullied online and lose their lives. It’s a shame,” said Will Herald, a Perry County resident.

Mom wants Twitter to reveal names of cyber bullies - 10/19/13
Going to court over cyber bullying, a west suburban mom files a petition to force Twitter to reveal the names behind two accounts she says were used to impersonate and harass her young daughter. The court filing says whoever is behind those Twitter accounts used them to bully and harass the victim, violating her privacy by publishing photographs and personal information, including her phone number without permission.

Family's outrage as funeral home use footage from murdered 13-year-old son's service to ADVERTISE their business - 10/19/13
The bereaved mother of a 13-year-old boy who was gunned down in Brooklyn, New York, last year has filed a lawsuit against a funeral home claiming that it had used footage from her son's emotional service in an ad without her permission. Tiffany Orr lost her 13-year-old son, Ronald Wallace, who was shot in the back in Brownsville last August. The boy was laid to rest in a Cypress Hill cemetery following an intense funeral service attended by Ronald's grief-stricken parents, relatives and friends.

Fake Facebook page leads to cyber bully investigation - 10/18/13
Cabarrus County authorities are investigating a case of cyber bullying that targeted a local teen. The teen's family said someone set up a fake Facebook account and posted lewd messages, posing as the girl victim. The 15-year-old girl's family said the ordeal has been a nightmare.

Mother who stole 900 handbags to sell on eBay to fund her lavish lifestyle is jailed for 18 months - 10/18/13
A mother-of-two has been jailed for 18 months after she stole 905 handbags over a three-year period. Jayne Rand, 48, went into department stores across the UK leaving with luxury handbags on her shoulder, a court heard. Her lawyer admitted she had become 'almost addicted to stealing high-value bags' as she was sentenced to 18 months in prison.

ISPs ‘key’ in fight against cyber-harassment - 10/18/13
The Anti-Cyber Harassment Alliance (ACHA) is arguing that internet service providers should intervene quickly in cases of online harassment, but chairman Deborah Schembri stressed that safeguards would be in place to avoid the abuse of such powers. Dr Schembri was speaking at a press conference held outside the Nationalist Party’s headquarters, following a meeting it had with representatives of the party.

Email threat to burn Phil Hogan’s house down - 10/18/13
ENVIRONMENT Minister Phil Hogan has notified gardai after being threatened that his family home would be burned down. Mr Hogan received the threat by email from a businessman who made no attempt to hide his identity, it is understood.

Dothan man accused of sending email threats, physically stalking victim - 10/18/13
Dothan police have charged a man with stalking after he followed the victim and sent electronic threats. Brandon Trawick, 35, of Dothan was arrested Oct. 17 and charged with stalking. His bond was unavailable.

San Bernardino Councilman Robert Jenkins charged in Internet stalking/ID theft case - 10/17/13
San Bernardino Councilman Robert Jenkins was charged Thursday in Riverside County with 30 felony and misdemeanor counts in an alleged Internet stalking case involving his ex-boyfriend and another man. Jenkins allegedly placed several fraudulent advertisements on the online classified ad website Craigslist seeking sex partners.

School, Community Dealing With Cyberbullying - 10/17/13
On Wednesday, the Urbandale Middle School received complaints from students and parents about an Instagram account that targeted and bullied nine students. The account called "UMS8thgrad" posted photos with comments about the appearance, weight and sexuality of the students. One post even made fun of a student because her father had died of cancer.

Florida Is Home to Women Burned by the Internet's Darkest Corners - 10/17/13
Who's at fault when internet celebrities become targets of real-life harassment? Are they victims of their own narcissism? What about when they're under the age of consent? Last week's New Times feature ("Lonely Lolita," Allie Conti, October 10) looked at what happens to a young girl when she achieves pseudo-fame online. Loli-chan, a South Florida woman, courted older male attention in the nascent days of the web and today can barely leave her house out of fear.

2 Girls Charged in Cyberstalking Suicide - 10/16/13
Two Winter Haven girls, one 12 and the other 14, have been arrested in connection with the suicide death of Rebecca Ann Sedwick, also 12, on Sept. 10. The middle-schooler leapt to her death from a silo at an abandoned factory after the other girls allegedly persisted in urging her to kill herself.

Tumblr cyberbully mocked my dad's death: Hull teenager felt sick at vile internet threats - 10/15/13
In the wake of tragic cases such as the death of 14-year-old Hannah Smith, NSPCC figures show 38 per cent of children have been cyberbullied. Here, a Hull teenager tells Faye Preston how "relentless" internet bullying became so bad she would cry herself to sleep. THE sound of yet another message landing in her inbox should make Lucy smile but instead her heart sinks to the bottom of her stomach. The ping of excitement as she writes back to friends she left just minutes ago at the school bus stop is replaced with dry-throat dread as another vile threat pops up on her profile page.


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