The round-up of some of this week’s most noteworthy events and news stories features: the string of incidents at the end of the Netherlands-Russia year-of-friendship, a missing Amersfoort Labour councilor, the impact of heavy rainfall with millions in damages in its wake and Greenpeace' tireless effort to free their crew from a Murmansk prison.
People who use the Internet are getting more choosy on social networks and they also use less news sources. These are the results of a questionnaire of ING among 1515 Internet users.
The outcome of this questionnaire is not in line with what analysts say about the growing number of users for Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn. The investigation of ING shows that an increasing of users of social networks are actually inactive. Only Facebook has been visited more last year.
A video of a beheading, posted on Facebook, is causing commotion. The video shows in close up how a man's throat is cut, while his hands are tied on his back. He then falls into a pit, head first, and profusely bleeding. A Facebook spokesperson in The Netherlands could not comment on this specific post.
A burglar who took a TV from a restaurant in Oudenbosch, returned it after an hour and hung it back up on the wall. He even hooked it back up with the cable he had also stolen.
Over the past six months The Dutch government has requested data 11 times from Facebook from a total of 15 users. A transparency report from this social networking site reveals this information
Much to the satisfaction of the police, many citizens chat via Twitter with local police officers from their neighborhood. "Social media are a very important way for the originally rather closed police to be in contact with citizens," says Janinne van den Berg, Manager of the Social Media Policy of the National Police.
Lelystad expects more than thousand Turks to protest against Dutch youth care policy this Friday. Unrest is growing in Turkey and among Turks living in the Netherlands because of reception of Turkish-Dutch children by gay couples and families with a different religious background.