An online subculture celebrating the Charleston church shooter appears to be inspiring copycat plots

In June 2015, Dylann Roof opened fire in a black church in Charleston, South Carolina, killing nine people, with the explicit intent of sparking a “race war” between America’s white and minority population. In February 2019, a group of online right-wingers is working to turn Roof’s dark vision into reality, building a cult of personality around the Charleston killer and encouraging others to carry out similar attacks.

Facebook knowingly let kids rack up huge gaming bills on their parents’ credit cards

Court documents detailing how Facebook allowed and encouraged mobile games on its platform to take advantage of children will be made public, a federal judge ruled this month. The more than 135 pages of documents pertain to a A small group of Facebook employees came up with a way to reduce the problem — by having users re-input the first six digits of their credit card to make in-game purchases — but the company quashed it. (To maximize revenue.)

An internal analysis of purchases from October 2010 to January 2011 found that children spent $3.6 million on games. But more than 9 percent of that revenue had to be pulled back by the credit card companies after Facebook denied direct refunds. (The Reveal report notes that a 1 percent chargeback rate is considered high by most standards, and that the FTC has referred to a 2 percent chargeback rate as a “red flag” for a “deceptive business.”) Even knowing all this, Facebook suggested to game developers that refund requests be met with free virtual goods instead of money.