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JERUSALEM — An Israeli soldier provoked public outcry after he reportedly posted an Instagram photo that appears to show a Palestinian boy in the crosshairs of a rifle.

A spokesperson for the Israeli Defense Forces told GlobalPost that Mor Ostrovski, 20, an Israeli soldier in a sniper unit, said he did not take the original picture, that he found it on the internet.

GlobalPost Senior Correspondent in Israel, Noga Tarnopolsky, said the Israeli Defense Forces have faced several problems with soldiers posting controversial content to social media sites.

"This is part of the brave new world in which young soldiers who have no memory of a world before social media hold in their hands major responsibility for the lives of people — including their privacy," Tarnopolsky said. "The reaction is significant and the punishment is serious."

Israeli soldier posts photo of child in crosshairs


Would you have a Facebook couples page? 

Facebook has unveiled a new feature: pages for couples. Many people on the internet reacted by complaining that the idea is sickening. Maybe they’re just single and jealous.

The couples page comes a week after Facebook also introduced new Friendship Pages that combine tagged photos and posts of you and your Facebook friends on the same page, ZDNet reported. And now, the link http://facebook.com/us goes a step further, taking you on a virtual tour of your love life, with photos, wall posts and photo comments shared between you and the person you are Facebook official with. 

As ZDNet and others point out, the feature is awesome because it lets you stalk your Facebook friends in a more in-depth way, letting you study your Facebook friends’ friendships with other people and their relationship history.  

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Facebook originally introduced a friendship page two years ago, but quietly introduced the revamped, more stalkerish version of it just last week, PC Magazine reported, creating “a digital scrapbook that you never asked to be created.” There’s also a “Share Friendship” button that lets you brag that you have friends and/or a boyfriend.

Beyond potential privacy concerns though, some people are worried that the couples pages will inspire that annoying Facebook couple you’re friends with (we all have them) to become even more annoying. “I want to vomit,” blogger Jennifer Wright wrote


Just who is Facebook’s oldest user?

Facebook’s oldest user title has been the bone of contention between two centenarians lately.

Florence Detlor, 101, was said to be Facebook’s oldest user by Mark Zuckerberg and was even given a personal tour of the company, yet she may not in fact be the oldest person on Facebook.

Detlor is being challenged for the title by Maria “Mary” Colunia Segura-Metzgar, who just turned 105 this week and has an account with 68 friends, said Yahoo News.

Segura-Metzgar was helped by her grandson Anthony Segura to joining Facebook.

Segura said that when he set up her account he couldn’t enter her age as Facebook dates didn’t go that far back.

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She had to make her 101, instead of 104.

"I tried to sign her up on Facebook a few months ago but it wouldn’t accept her birth date," Segura, 60, told ABC News.

"Then I tried again and just put in 101 and it accepted it for the timeline, even though she was 104. Now on Facebook it says she’s 102 when, in reality, she’s 105," he added.

He said that he contacted Facebook about the issue but they have not returned his calls,reported The Inquisitr.

Segura-Metzgar has been twice widowed and is the mother of four, said Yahoo News.


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Check out GlobalPost’s “A Friday in..” series, where each Friday a different correspondant around the world takes over our Twitter feed. Last week, Erin Conway-Smith took us all on safari. 

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There are many reasons GlobalPost rocks (think: office with a view of the Boston Harbor, brilliant and beautiful employees). But GlobalPost’s hands-down, best asset is our pool of talented correspondents based all over the world.

Starting this Friday, GlobalPost’s Twitter feed will showcase the voices and personal experiences of these correspondents. In a project called “A Friday In …,” a different correspondent based internationally will take over the @GlobalPost account and tweet about his or her travels and daily activities.

This is an opportunity for GlobalPost’s followers to learn more about our correspondents and the countries or regions they cover. We hope it will bring an even more personal, conversational, engaging and global voice to our Twitter feed. We invite you to ask our featured correspondent questions about what’s happening in his or her part of the world, make recommendations for where he or she could go, and give story tips.

The GlobalPost dispatches and blogs will continue to be sent out on our feed as normal. You don’t need to worry about missing out on our other big stories.

The project starts this week with Patrick Winn (@BKKApologist), GlobalPost’s senior correspondent in Southeast Asia. Winn, who is based in Bangkok, will be visiting Klong Toei, a large slum in the city and one of Southeast Asia’s largest wet markets. He will get to Klong Toei by 11 p.m. EST and start tweeting then. His tweets will end with ” - PW” to make them easy to identify.

Reply to @GlobalPost with questions and suggestions for Winn on everything from Thai politics to travel ideas to the teeming Klong Toei market, which supplies much of the ingredients for Bangkok’s famous street food.

Please let us know what you think of this project and how we can expand and improve it.


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Egypt: In their own words

“None of this could have happened even in our wildest dreams. Our maximum objective was to move with 5,000 people around Cairo. We never even thought we would reach Tahrir.”

Rahman Faris, one online organizer of the Egypt protests, speaking to GlobalPost.








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