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City Attorney Dennis Herrera Throws Down: Says “MeetMe.Com” Enables Sexual Predators and Child Stalkers

Monday, February 3rd, 2014

All the deets:

“MeetMe.com enables sexual predators and child stalkers, San Francisco’s lawsuit contendsSocial network’s unlawful publication of minors’ profiles, photos and geolocation data has been used to victimize children as young as 13 years of age — and younger

SAN FRANCISCO (Feb. 3, 2014) — San Francisco City Attorney Dennis Herrera today filed suit against MeetMe, a popular social networking platform that facilitates interactions among strangers, over inadequate privacy protections and unlawful publication of minors’ profiles, photos, and location data, which can enable sexual predators and stalkers to target children as young as 13 years of age.

The civil complaint filed in San Francisco Superior Court this morning alleges that the New Hope, Pa.-based MeetMe, Inc. is violating California’s Unfair Competition Law by relying on legally invalid consent from minors between the ages of 13 and 17 to collect and improperly distribute their real-time geolocation and personal user information.  Approximately 25 percent of MeetMe.com’s user base is under the age of 18, according to social media marketing statistics cited in Herrera’s complaint.  The lawsuit additionally alleges that MeetMe fails to adequately disclose to users how their personal data is distributed.

“MeetMe has become a tool of choice for sexual predators to target underage victims, and the company’s irresponsible privacy policies and practices are to blame for it,” said Herrera.  “MeetMe improperly collects personal information from young teens — including their photos and real-time locations.  It then distributes that information in ways that expose children to very serious safety risks.  Sadly, these risks aren’t hypothetical.  Dozens of children nationwide have already been victimized by predators who used MeetMe to coerce minors into meeting.  Under California law, MeetMe’s reckless business practices are illegal, and we’re asking a court to put an end to them.”

MeetMe has been a key factor in numerous crimes involving sexual assault and illicit sex with minors in California, according to news reports documented in Herrera’s complaint.  In Aug. 2013, a 29-year-old Citrus Heights, Calif. man was charged with multiple counts of sexual acts with a minor and communicating with minors for unlawful purposes.  Police investigators found that MeetMe was among the apps the perpetrator used to send sexually-explicit photos and text messages to underage girls in order to begin a “sexting” relationship that ultimately progressed to sexual contact.  A Fresno, Calif. man was arrested in Oct. 2013 on suspicion of sexually assaulting a minor that he met using MeetMe, according to news reports, and in July 2013 a 21-year-old Fair Oaks, Calif. man was criminally charged after posing as a 16-year-old boy to have sex with two girls — aged 12 and 15 — whom he met using MeetMe.

Dozens of minors nationwide have been similarly victimized in sex crimes by predators who relied on MeetMe to target their underage victims, according to reports cited in the complaint.  In June 2013, a Tewksbury, Mass. man was sentenced to up to 15 years in prison after pleading guilty to more than 50 charges, including rape of a child by force, indecent assault and battery on a child under 14.  The man used multiple aliases on MeetMe to trick teenage girls into sending him nude images.  He then threatened to publish the photos in order to blackmail victims into having sex with him.  A Wilmerding, Penn. man, who was criminally charged in Sept. 2013, used MeetMe to meet and then sexually assault three teenagers.  In Grady County, Okla., a 25-year-old man used MeetMe to meet and rape a 15-year-old girl.  An Albuquerque TV news station, reporting on MeetMe’s role in the case of a 21-year-old man who was arrested for soliciting sex with a 13-year-old girl, noted: “Investigators say it’s the latest site predators are cruising to find new victims, and it’s happening all too often.”

The lawsuit, which was investigated and filed by Herrera’s Consumer Protection Unit, is seeking a court order to enjoin MeetMe from continuing to engage in activities in California that violate state law; civil penalties of up to $2,500 for each violation found to have occurred in the state; and costs of the City Attorney’s lawsuit.

About the S.F. City Attorney’s Consumer Protection Unit
The San Francisco City Attorney’s Office’s Consumer Protection Unit pursues public interest civil cases under California’s Unfair Competition Law, which are funded virtually exclusively by civil recoveries — not taxpayer dollars.  The award-winning program, for which the National Association of Consumer Advocates recognized Dennis Herrera as its 2009 Consumer Attorney of the Year, reflects voter-enacted changes to California law that require civil penalties recovered by public prosecutors to be used exclusively to enforce consumer protection laws.  Since voters passed the amendments as part of Proposition 64 in 2004, Herrera’s Consumer Protection Unit has recovered some $20 million in successful battles against unlawful business practices that include price-fixing, illegal marketing, credit card collections arbitration scams and more.  The unit’s work has helped win equally important industry reforms to help protect consumer privacy, end discriminatory practices in health insurance and media metrics, protect immigrants, halt predatory evictions, and obtain recoveries for victims of wage theft.

The litigation is: People of the State of California ex rel. Dennis Herrera v. MeetMe, Inc. et al. (San Francisco Superior Court Case No. 537126, filed Feb. 3, 2014).  Complete documentation on the case is available at: http://www.sfcityattorney.org/.”

So That’s Where They Keep the Internet: Presenting Your Worldwide Internet Archive, in The Richmond District

Friday, October 21st, 2011

Here it is, your Internet Archive, a digital library of Internet sites and other cultural artifacts in digital form.

As seen at 300 Funston:

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It’s the home of the Wayback Machine, don’t you know…

Craigslist Founder Craig Newmark Releases Infographic Detailing the Use of Social Media by Nonprofits

Thursday, October 13th, 2011

Now, I myself can’t see Craig’s infographic cause I’m not on the Facebook, but you, well go ahead and “like” him and then you’ll be rewarded by getting to see what Craig wants to show you.

A photo from his FB:

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All the deets:

“SAN FRANCISCO, Oct. 13, 2011 — Craig Newmark, founder of craigslist and craigconnects, today released an infographic detailing the use of social media by leading nonprofit organizations. The infographic is available for viewing on Newmark’s Facebook page at http://on.fb.me/r7pm9H

“How the Top 50 Nonprofits Do Social Media” is a fact-filled, comprehensive look at which leading nonprofit organizations are most proactively and effectively using social media channels of communication like Twitter, Facebook, YouTube, Flickr, LinkedIn, and RSS feeds.

Do the highest earning nonprofits use social media the most effectively? Are they the most engaging? How are people responding and interacting? The infographic is intended to help answer those questions.

Findings revealed by the infographic include:

– 92 percent of the top 50 nonprofits have at least one social media
presence on their website homepage.
— PBS is the nonprofit organization with the most followers on Twitter -
840,653.
— The nonprofit following the most people on Twitter is the American
Cancer Society – 200,522.
— The American Red Cross was the first organization on the list to create
a Twitter account.
— Food for the Poor is the most talkative nonprofit on the list on
Facebook, and has posted 220 posts over the course of two months.
— The organization with the highest net income, the YMCA, only posted 19
times to Facebook in two months, but has over 24,000 fans.

Newmark, who often speaks at conferences on the value of social media outreach for nonprofits, said it appears that income does not increase a nonprofit’s visibility and interactions in the social media world. As shown on the infographic, some of the most social media savvy organizations are in the bottom quarter bracket in terms of income, yet they are clearly active on social media.

“The deal is, it’s not about money, it’s about getting people to talk with each other to make people’s lives better,” said Newmark.

Visit Newmark’s Facebook page for the infographic, which includes an explanation of the methodology and sources used in its development.

craigconnects is Newmark’s personal, Web-based initiative aimed at helping people work together for the common good using the Internet. The initiative spotlights organizations and agencies working in the areas of veterans and military families, public diplomacy, open government, back-to-basics journalism, consumer protection, and the use of technology for the common good. For more information, visit http://www.craigconnects.org

Oh, and here’s Craig’s sked, if you want to keep up with him:

10/29 OR Net Impact
11/2 SF Innovation Uncensored
11/9 NY IAVA Gala
11/17-18 NY Next Gen Charity

Google, You’re So Adorable: Art Clokey’s 90th Birthday – Google Doodle Honors Gumby, Pokey, Others

Wednesday, October 12th, 2011

Now maybe it’s the four-figure check direct from Mountain View, CA what’s sitting in my wallet that’s influencing me here, but I don’t think so. I’ll just say it: Gaia Bless Google. And here’s why.

These days, the Online Axis of Evil is composed of Facebook, the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) what’s currently running the People’s Republic of China, and [INSERT YOUR CHOICE HERE,] right? Well, Google’s fighting all of them, tempering them, making them behave better, all the time. Hurray! Hurray for Google.

So sure, maybe they sent a multi-hued car to your street to packet-sniff your cellie ‘n stuff like that. But they didn’t mean it or nothing.

So Google, keep on keeping on, that’s the Message of the Day.

Speaking of which, it’s Art Clokey’s 90th, so be sure to check out today’s Google Doodle:

See? Adorable!

Congratulations to Scott Beale of Laughing Squid Web Hosting: 10,000 Posts and Still Going Strong

Thursday, September 29th, 2011

[UPDATE: Oh, here it is: #10,000.]

Or rather, just 9,999 posts as of right now for Scott Beale of Laughing Squid, but #10,000 is just around the corner.

See?

“There are 9999 blog posts on Laughing Squid written by .

Subscribe via RSSEmailTwitterGoogle+Facebook & Tumblr.”

Hurray!

Bon Courage, Scott Beale.

Famous Frank Chu at OpBART 5, Market Street, USA:

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Stupid Ashton Kutcher’s Stupid “Airbnb” Business Gets Pwned by NMA-TV: Animated Video Shows Downside of Apartment Share

Thursday, July 28th, 2011

[What, exactly, makes dreamy Ashton Kutchertech-savvy,” anyway?]

Ouch. Airbnb (formerly Air Bed & Breakfast or something) is a San Francisco company associated with a famous incident what just happened to a San Francisco woman, so a Taiwan television outfit has seen fit to, once again, make a mockery of the 415.

Like this.

See? Airbnb is supposed to be better than craigslist if you want to rent out your apartment to a stranger for a few days and I suppose in some cases it is better than using CL.

Anyway, this is NMA-TV’s impression of craigslist:

And here’s the story, per NMA-TV:

Airbnb guests trash, burglarize apartment.

Web start-up Airbnb has benefited from the recent tech boom.It just raised $112 million US dollars from investors.It is now valued at $1 billion.

Although Craigslist allows those wishing to rent out their homes to travelers,it has a sketchy reputation. Airbnb is user friendly with a shiny interface.

However, a San Francisco woman recently rented out her apartment through Airbnb. She left her keys for her guests before going on a trip.

The guests ransacked her apartment,stole her stuff and left a huge mess. It took the woman 14 hours to get through to an Airbnb employee.”

And here’s the whole story from EJ, the San Francisco woman who rented out her apartment to the wrong people.

I don’t know how Airbnb can fix this kind of situation…

craigslist and craigconnects Founder Craig Newmark Announce Campaign to Support Veterans and Military Families

Tuesday, June 28th, 2011

Do you know about craigconnects from craigslist Founder Craig Newmark? It’s his:

“…personal, Web-based initiative aimed at helping people work together for the common good using the Internet. In addition to veterans’ organizations, the initiative spotlights many other organizations and agencies working in the areas of community building, connectivity, journalism integrity, open government, service and volunteering, and technology for social good.”

OK then.

Here’s the latest, he’s promoting these groups:

In craig’s words:Appears as if Eddie Money and NASCAR CEO Brian France will be involved as well. All the deets:

“craigslist and craigconnects Founder Craig Newmark Announce Campaign to Support Veterans and Military Families

SAN FRANCISCO, June 28, 2011 — craigslist and craigconnects founder Craig Newmark today launched a month-long campaign to support non-profit and government organizations that successfully work with veterans and military families. The campaign is part of his craigconnects initiative launched in March, and includes a $100,000 grant challenge for four highly respected non-profit veterans’ organizations, as well as extensive social media outreach by Newmark and the organizations involved.

“A lot of people do a lot of good work to help military families and vets, and I’d like to bring attention to them and to provide some direct support,” said Newmark.

The non-profit organizations selected for the campaign are Blue Star Families, the Bob Woodruff Foundation, the Intrepid Foundation, and Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America. The four will participate in a grant challenge to raise funds from their existing and new supporters.

“These guys really get the job done, effectively providing services and advocacy where they’re needed,” said Newmark.

Newmark said he will donate a total of $100,000 to the four organizations based on the number of donations they receive during the challenge, rather than the amount of money they raise. “What I want to do with craigconnects is help build involvement, not just raise money. All non-profits need money, but what they really need are supporters who will be there long-term. I hope everybody will come to our site, check out these groups, and decide which they want to support.”

He added that he is also using social and traditional media to support government agencies like the Department of Veterans Affairs and local VA medical centers. “They’re starting to use social media to provide better customer service and outreach to our veterans,” he said. “I want people to know about the good stuff they’re getting done.”

Additionally, the non-profit organizations will participate in craigconnects’ extensive social media effort through Twitter, Facebook, and the craigconnects website. Guest authors on the site will include several individuals prominent in the field of veterans support, including NASCAR CEO Brian France and entertainer Eddie Money. Newmark said guest authors will write about the organizations and issues they support.

craigconnects is Newmark’s personal, Web-based initiative aimed at helping people work together for the common good using the Internet. In addition to veterans’ organizations, the initiative spotlights many other organizations and agencies working in the areas of community building, connectivity, journalism integrity, open government, service and volunteering, and technology for social good.

To find out more or participate, visit http://www.craigconnects.org.”

Bon courage, craigconnects!

The Winklevii Surrender: But the Way Things are Going with Facebook, the Winklevoss Twins Might Be Better Off

Thursday, June 23rd, 2011

‘Cause you know, Cameron and Tyler Winklevoss got an early cash out, more or less, from the Facebook, right? So, now that they’ve just given up on their lawsuit against Mark Elliot Zuckerberg, they don’t need to worry about FB (our current Flavor of the Month) going the way of AOL (the Internet’s former Flavor of the Month).

Hurray!

OMG, “SanFranciscoMayor.Com” is Available and For Sale – Hurray! Oh, Wait a Minute…

Thursday, May 19th, 2011

Feel free to pay too much money for SanFranciscoMayor.Com. See?

“Purchasing sanfranciscomayor.com can help you become the market leader. If you are interested please visit: http://www.bigcountrydomains.com/sales/06H6Mv2hj47R

But, I don’t know, if I owned this domain name, I’d feel obligated to not make people think that I was the real mayor, Mayor Edwin Lee, San Francisco, 2011- 2020.

You know?

Just saying…

SoMA NIMBY Jeanmarie Guenot vs. Teh Internets: Did the Amoeba Music Blog Pull a Post About Noise and Nightclubs?

Thursday, March 31st, 2011

Appears as if the blog at Amoeba Music, the AMOEBLOG, pulled a recent post over fear of a defamation lawsuit. But, as always, You Make The Call.

Here’s the story straight, straight from the MSM’s Brent Begin. Now, here’s the back-and-forth between somebody, some random or somebody’s proxy and Kevin Montgomery at the Uptown Almanac. And here’s the cache of a post at AMOEBLOG:

Could it be that Amoeba is ascared of getting sued?

Yes.

Should Amoeba have been scared?

Can’t tell. Not sure what’s wrong with the post they put up.

Oh well.

Anyway, that’s something to ponder as you listen to Song A Day #815: Jeanmarie Guenot and Her Quest To Kill SF Nightlife from Jonathan Mann