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Enschede police posts footage of drug-addled man on Facebook, July 2017
Jul 17 '17 11:50

The Enschede police posted a video on Facebook of a man under the influence of drugs having convulsions on the floor. "Luckily we were there on time", the police wrote. While the post received many positive responses, some criticized it as being disrespectful and tasteless, RTL Nieuws reports.

The post was intended as a warning that drugs can be dangerous. The man was taken to hospital by ambulance. 

"It's unnecessary and has a high level of sensation", one commenter criticized. "And that by the police, who should be protecting us."

Dutch police sign
Jul 10 '17 11:30

The Dutch police are finding more and more photos and videos on pedophile networks that were made by the children themselves and posted to social media, Lesley Linder of the police team combating Child Pornography and Sex Tourism said to newspaper AD.

aanhouding-handboeien-2
Jul 10 '17 07:49

A young tourist was inured in Amsterdam on Saturday after getting into an argument with her Airbnb host. A video of the incident shows the young woman being pushed down a flight of stairs by a man. The man, 47-years-old from Amsterdam, was arrested, a police spokesperson confirmed to the Telegraaf.

Sylvana Simons
Jun 28 '17 14:00

A Facebook post by Dutch broadcaster RTL Nieuws about politician Sylvana Simons looking for a new name for her multicultural political party, led to so many "negative and racist responses" that the broadcaster decided to remove the post.

MH17
Jun 28 '17 07:29

The team doing the criminal investigation into the downing of flight MH17 will start spreading videos in the Ukraine in an effort to convince witnesses to come forward. The videos consist of the relatives of MH17 victims talking about their loved ones, how they are missed and their sorrow, ANP reports.

According to the police, these videos' primary intent is to again draw attention to the investigation into the disaster. "As the years pass, people can still have important information", a police spokesperson said, according to the news wire. 

Savannah Dekker, missing in Bunschoten since 1 Jun 2017
Jun 15 '17 10:12

The lawyer of the 16-year-old boy suspected in the death of 14-year-old , is pressing slander charges. The charges involve a photo of the boy appearing on Facebook with the text: "This is Savannah's killer", AD reports.

The photo appeared on social media this weekend, and was removed soon after. According to the lawyer, the police know who posted it. 

Portrait of Barack Obama, by Amsterdam artist Edwin van den Dikkenberg
Jun 13 '17 12:25

Amsterdam portrait artist Edwin van den Dikkenberg gained some international fame this weekend when his painting of former American president Barack Obama went viral online, mistakenly called Obama's official presidential portrait.

The painting was massively discussed on social media, particularly because it depicts Obama wearing a beige suit. In 2014 the president was criticized for this particular clothing choice, because it was considered not to be presidential enough.

KLM boeing 787
Jun 6 '17 14:55

From Tuesday KLM passengers world wide can request and receive their booking confirmation, check-in information, boarding pass and flight status on Twitter and WeChat. From now on all passengers booking a flight through the airline's website, can choose to receive their information via the two social media platforms, the airline announced, according to NU.nl.

The service launches today and will become more and more widely available in the coming weeks.

Crime scene tape
Jun 5 '17 16:20

Savannah Dekker knew the 1 through social media, Bunschoten mayor Melis van de Groep said on Radio 1 Journaal. The police confirmed that both Savannah and Romy Nieuwburg were killed in crimes, though so far the cases seem to be unrelated, according to the news program.

 crime scene tape
May 29 '17 17:05

People on social media identified the man who was killed in a shooting in Rotterdam on Sunday night as screen name Parsa010, AD reports. The police haven't confirmed his identity yet, but there are many posts about his death on Instagram, Facebook and other social media platforms.

Tilburg cop feeds baby at the scene of an accident on the N269, 24 May 2017
May 25 '17 09:15

A Dutch police officer is melting hearts on social media with a photo of him feeding a baby at an accident scene in Tilburg. No one was injured in the accident.

The officer and his colleagues responded to an accident on the N269 near Tilburg on Wednesday - a caravan broke loose and crashed into a tree. Nobody was injured, but the driver faced another problem. She had two hungry babies in the car, and they would be stuck at the scene for a while. 

Gavel (Source: Wikimedia/Brian Turner)
May 5 '17 10:39

Father Mario Haazen was sentenced to 10 months in prison for after finding out he was trying to lure Haazen's 14-year-old daughter into a sexual relationship on social media. The court acquitted Haazen of attempted murder, AD reports.

Valuable family heirloom accidentally sold at a King's Day flea market in Hoorn, 27 Apr 2017
May 5 '17 09:56

A family heirloom accidentally sold on a King's Day flea market, has been tracked down. The painting is now back with its original owner, NOS reports. 

An 11-year-old girl from Blokkerwith her father for only 5 euros. She had no idea that the painting was precious to her mother. And the father did not know his ex still wanted it, as had been in his attic for some time. 

King Willem-Alexander and Queen Maxima with their daughters (left to right) Ariane, Alexia and crown princess Amalia
Apr 27 '17 08:13

The Dutch public is more supportive of the monarchy this year. 70 percent of Dutch now say they are behind monarchy, compared to a low point of 65 percent last year, according to NOS' annual King's Day Survey performed by Ipsos. The increased support for the monarchy coincides with a slight increase in trust in King Willem-Alexander, NOS reports.

Stolpersteine in Amsterdam, commemorating the Frank family
Apr 3 '17 10:04

An Amsterdam couple that filed a lawsuit to remove a 'stumbling stone' - a memorial stone placed in memory of specific Jews deported during World War II - from in front of their home, dropped their objections after facing a storm of criticism on social media, the Volkskrant reports.

Geert Wilders shares an article about green activist Anne Fleur Dekker on Facebook, 19 March 2017
Mar 28 '17 08:32

Anne Fleur Dekker (22), an activist and member of the GroenLinks faction in Hilversum, went into hiding because she is being threatened by supporters of PVV leader Geert Wilders and FvD leader Thierry Baudet, she said to Joop.nl. The threats started after she published a column in which she called Baudet a  Wilders in sheep's clothing, and got worse after Wilders shared an article that claims Dekker called for people to throw stones at Wilders, NOS reports.

Twitter account for Geert Wilders' cats
Mar 27 '17 10:55

On Saturday PVV leader Geert Wilders created a Twitter account for his cats. Whether or not this was a news worthy event caused quite a stir in Dutch Media and on social media.

Newspaper AD, like a few other newspapers, decided to write something about it and post it on the newspaper's site. Prominent VVD member and former parliament president Frans Weisglas directed a a tweet to AD editor Hans Nijenhuis, asking whether he could explain the relevance of the story. "Dear Hans Nijenhuis, can you explain the relevance of this story in your serious newspaper?" he tweeted.

Twitter
Mar 24 '17 11:55

Statistics Netherlands teamed up with the Center for Big Data Statistics for a study into how posts on Twitter can be used to measure the mood in society. This research resulted in the first social tension barometer, which can measure quite specifically the tension or unrest in society, Statistics Netherlands announced on Friday.

Gavel (Source: Wikimedia/Brian Turner)
Mar 23 '17 16:45

Two weeks ago the Dutch Public Prosecutor to appear in court today. As the suspects are believed to be in Syria or Iraq, the summons could not be personally delivered. So the Prosecutor found other ways to try and reach the suspects, including social media.

Mar 22 '17 16:45

The Anne Frank House in Amsterdam launched its own Facebook Messenger chatbot. Users can ask the bot for information about the museum, such as opening times and where to buy tickets, or about Anne Frank herself and her history. According to Facebook, the Anne Frank House is one of the first museums to offer an interactive chatbot on Messenger, NU.nl reports.

The chatbot was launched during a Facebook event at the museum. It is already

Social media
Mar 3 '17 10:30

Three Zeeland girls were arrested for distributing nude photos of high school students from different places in the province on social media, the police announced in a statement on Thursday.

The girls posted nude photos and videos, but also Photoshopped images in which they pasted the heads of fellow students on disfigured bodies. They did so using an Instagram account, which the police removed.

Mar 3 '17 09:20

Facebook is teaming up with NU.nl and Leiden University to fight "fake news" shared on the social media site in the Netherlands. NU.nl and Leiden University will work as fact checkers, NU.nl reports.

Editors of the two Dutch institutions will be given access to a special Facebook dashboard on which they can see articles that were marked as "fake news" by users. They will then check the facts in the articles, and if they indeed turn out to be factually incorrect, the article will henceforth be marked as such.

Feb 24 '17 11:30

A 15-year-old girl believed to have posted a nude photo of Enschede teen Onur Cucu online, is now facing an online smear campaign against herself. Onur after discovering the photo. Numerous people is holding the girl responsible for his death, AD reports. 

Candle
Feb 21 '17 09:06

A 15-year-old boy from Enschede committed suicide by jumping off an apartment building on Sunday after finding a nude photo of himself online. It is believed that the photo - a self portrait taken in the mirror - was posted on Instagram by a girl that used to attend the same school, AD reports.

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