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Facebook fails to block anti-vaccine misinformation, blocks pro-vaccine information instead

Facebook pledged to block anti-vaccine information. Their algorithm is doing the opposite by failing to block anti-vaccine ads and instead blocking nearly ten different ads promoting vaccination.

Austin Fierro, Online Editor

November 20, 2019

This past March, Facebook pledged to block anti-vaccine misinformation on their site. Now, Facebook’s plan to block ads has been underperforming, and in some cases has even blocked the wrong content. “Leading global health organizations...have publicly identified verifiable vaccine hoaxes. If ...

Political tribalism, violence, effects of having far-right news on social media

Senior Michael Finch views Breitbart News’ Facebook page. In 2018, Wikipedia said Breitbart could only be allowed for opinion supports in their informative articles because of the reporting slant.

Alex Steil, Online Editor-in-Chief

November 20, 2019

Breitbart News, during the heat of the 2016 presidential campaign, was one of the most trafficked news sources on the internet, behind Fox News. It is one of the farthest right news sites in the conservative mainstream. It has been marketed as a news source on Facebook, but is not allowed on Wikipedia...

Three school board members exemplify the bystander effect in private Facebook group

The private page is not easily accessible. In order to gain access one has to know someone in the group, request that they allow them to request to join the group and then get accepted. This makes it incredibly difficult to use the conversations in the group as evidence to the public of maltreatment and malice because it is difficult to ascertain in the first place.

Hannah Sween, Print Editor-in-Chief

April 12, 2019

There is a secret Facebook group called “Support Our Schools - 834 Unites.” It does not show up on the search page, the only way to gain access is by requesting admission from one of its current members. The group boasts 1,600 plus members including three school board members: Sarah Stivland, Liz We...

Prom dress Facebook groups necessary

The Facebook group titled “SAHS Prom Dress 2019” was established Jan. 13 by senior Hannah Sween. The group is open to anyone who plans on attending prom or that would like to sell used dresses.

Taylor Lee, Distributive Reporter

March 7, 2019

Dress Special Teenagers love prom, it is a fact of nature. They love getting their nails and hair done, picking out glitzy shoes, elaborate and very public prom proposals and most of all, they love having their own unique prom dress. Within the last decade, with the rise of social media, teenagers...

Teachers learn about memes, share reactions

Alternative Copy by Hannah Boardman

Fotini Kloos, Announcements Editor

May 22, 2018

Memes have been popular and cultural ideas that have been passed from one individual to another. They have been surfacing not only in Stillwater, but all throughout social media as well. We see memes on Snapchat, Instagram and on television. The majority of modern memes are captioned photos that are intended to be fu...

Ted Hammond dedicates life to finding truth in JFK assassination

Ted Hammond dedicates life to finding truth in JFK assassination

Abby Banks, Print Editor-in-Chief

December 22, 2017

"JFK was shot from the front. And I think that the shooters escaped and after John F. Kennedy was killed, the investigation was covered up," Ted Hammond, local JFK researcher, explained. Ted, father of English teacher Laura Hammond, has been working since his college years to find out what truly happened in ...

Stonebridge kindergartner and mom promote kindness

Photo by A. Matters.		Annie in front of the artwork her and her mother made. “Annie is a beautiful force. She has strong points of view,” Matters says about her daughter.

Emma Lowey, Copy Editor

November 16, 2016

  Kids are taught to be kind to others they meet from a young age, but not always to strangers. Few people, even in their adulthood, think of making a stranger's day better. This is where kindergartner Annie and her mother Alaya Matters stand out from the crowd. They have made it their ...

False internet information permeates the crevices of daily life

Infographic by Cates Eliasen

Cates Eliasen, Online Editor

November 5, 2016

When scrolling through the trending section on YouTube or any other social media site, many of the videos tend to follow a similar outline. Poorly organized videos centered around disrespecting someone, with a follow up video calling out slander. It seems that in today's world of social media, t...

Staff Editorial: teachers should have a unified cell phone policy

Staff Editorial: teachers should have a unified cell phone policy

Pony Express Staff

April 30, 2015

It is no surprise that technology is becoming more prevalent in people’s daily lives. The school encourages people to bring their own electronic devices from home, and most people have their cell phones on them or nearby at all times. With this type of abundant presence of technology in the lives of ma...

Youth Service Bureau explains social media to parents

Kjell Sandstrom, Distribution Reporter

April 29, 2015

  “The Internet is like a swimming pool. We don’t tell kids to not swim in the pool, we teach our kids swim!” explained Youth Services Bureau therapist Lea Thornton. This was the overall message conveyed at the social media awareness presentation held by the Youth Service Bureau April 13 at St...

GOP staffer resigns after insolent comments to Obama’s daughters

Infographic by Lucy Langmack

Emily Lodahl, Team Lead Editor

December 26, 2014

A Republican spokeswoman's comments about President Obama's daughters is causing a commotion online. Elizabeth Lauten,  a Republican aide, made an offensive Facebook post about President Obama’s daughters on Nov. 27. Obama made the annual turkey pardon ceremony at the White House on Nov. 26 and his...

Better connections through social media

Sara Stickler, Online Editor

December 7, 2014

Click here, ring there, tweet here, comment there. There's a reason the 1.79 billion utilized social networking accounts worldwide. Nearly three-quarters of teens are able to access Internet from any sort of technology in the United States. Due to this, social media is arguably the most important means...

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