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Viral support for meme victim hitting back at body-shamers

Lizzie Velasquez is a motivational speaker who has given TED talks and has thousands of followers.

She was born with a rare, inherited condition which means her body is unable to store fat.

"I'm writing this post not as someone who is a victim but as someone who is using their voice.

"No matter what we look like or what size we are, at the end of the day we are all human," she wrote on Instagram.

As well as Lizzie, other memes feature plus-size women, older people and those with a disfigurement.

Yahoo flaw allowed hackers to read anyone's emails

Jouko Pynnönen, a Finnish Security researcher from security firm Klikki Oy, reported a DOM based persistent XSS (Cross-Site Scripting) in Yahoo mail, which if exploited, allows an attacker to send emails embedded with malicious code.
In his blog post published today, the researcher demonstrated how a malicious attacker could have sent the victim's inbox to an external site, and created a virus that attached itself to all outgoing emails by secretly adding a malicious script to message signatures.

An American university is sending students acceptance Snapchats

Now, as well as posting an acceptance package, the University of Wisconsinin Green Bay will snap the good news too.

It says it's just keeping up with the times and it means potential students get the message much quicker.

"They'll definitely get their snap before they get their mail pack," says Admissions Officer, Katelyn Santy.

"Students get their snaps pretty immediately because it's a place where they are.

"They spend a lot of time there," she told WCMH-TV news.

Trump's win smashes social media records

Tens of millions of people shared their views on Twitter and Facebook during Election Day, a level of interaction that shattered existing records for political discussion.

Twitter (TWTRTech30) said that more than 75 million tweets related to the election had been sent by 3 am ET on Wednesday, the moment Trump claimed victory.

That's far more than the 31 million messages sent on Election Day in 2012.

Can social media be used to predict election results?

After Hillary Clinton had led throughout most of the campaign, she was also ahead in the BBC poll of polls on Tuesday with 48% of the votes to Donald Trump's 44%.

Number cruncher Nate Silver, of statistical analysis website FiveThirtyEight, wrote that morning that Mrs Clinton had a 71.4% chance of winning.

Five pictures that show how social media can be a minefield

Here five BBC reporters - all women - explain how the photographs below would be perceived in their countries.

Cuddling up

Alma Hassoun (Syria): Pictures of couples cuddling up in public do not usually appear on Facebook. The girl is the one who worries about posting such a photo. This is mainly because if the relationship does not last, photos that indicate a previous relationship with another man might not be socially tolerated. We should remember that family members and neighbours are on the friends' list.

Should children ban their parents from social media?

It might be taken for granted - but no previous generation of children will have had the experience of having their entire childhoods intensively and publicly documented in this way.

In the UK, the average parent with a social media account has posted 1,498 photos of their child online by their fifth birthday, according to a survey by domain name company, Nominet.

This might be a global phenomenon for proud parents - but what about the children, who will have been too young to have any choice in the matter.

Duban concerned at negative social media waged on police

Minister for Petroleum and Energy, Nixon Duban, said this during the police station commanders’ farewell parade at Boroko Police Station last week.

Duban says people do not care about the kind of language they use to destroy the credibility of our country.

“This is your country and you must promote it,” he says.

Potential investors will always make reference to what we write on social media and other networks about our disciplinary forces in the country.

The dos and don'ts of posting about your kid online

It occurs when parents share details about their children's lives online, and there are some benefits to "sharenting." Some say they discuss parenting on social media to feel less alone and others post about their family to stay connected with their loved ones.

However, there are potential harms that come with "sharenting" too, that many parents might not recognize, according to new research.

How can your ‘deleted’ Facebook status get you fired

In his own words–“I wrote an arrogant post on Facebook running the drug dealers, mentally ill, prostitutes, and the homeless people on Market Street in San Francisco.” Later, he realized his mistake and publicly apologized on Facebook.