Last week the police arrested an 18-year-old man from the Rotterdam region who is suspected of posing as a scout for a modeling agency and convincing underage girls to send him nude pictures. He was arrested on suspicion of fraud, inciting sexual abuse, and collecting child pornography. So far four victims and the modeling agency filed declarations against him, the police said in a statement on Tuesday.
On Monday the court in Utrecht sentenced a man from Lelystad to 40 hours of community service, 20 of which conditionally suspended, for posting discriminatory comments on a Facebook post by activist group Kick Out Zwarte Piet, RTL Nieuws reports.
After the national arrival of Sinterklaas in Meppel in 2015, the man wrote under the Kick Out Zwarte Piet post: "Just let them work as slave again then they can't complain anymore it's what they want to work out lazy sweat nigger that's what you are born for", according to the broadcaster.
Take extra care when buying something on social media marketplaces, the Dutch authority on consumers and markets warns in a campaign launched on Thursday. According to the ACM, people often order items via ads on social media platforms like Facebook and Instagram without making sure that the seller is reliable, and therefore regularly lose money.
A Sinterklaas circus in the Rotterdam neighborhood of Spangen is being broken down only a few days after setting up. According to initiator Wouter Zuidema, he no longer feels safe after receiving threats over the telephone and on social media because his circus uses blackface Zwarte Pieten, he said according to local newspaper Dagblad 010.
The Tweede Kamer is shocked and outraged by reports from Minister Kasja Ollongren of Home Affairs and Kingdom Relations that Russia and other countries are using fake news to try and influence public opinion in the Netherlands. "That fake accounts influence our democracy is life threateningly dangerous", CDA leader Sybrand Buma said to broadcaster NOS. The CDA and D66 are presenting a set of measures in the Tweede Kamer, the lower house of Dutch parliament, on Wednesday to prevent this from happening.
Fake news is a deep concern for the new Netherlands cabinet, and its suppression is a priority in the Dutch cabinet, a new letter sent to parliamentarians shows. Russia deserves much of the blame for a disinformation campaign in the Netherlands, Interior Minister Kajsa Ollongrenhas clearly states in a brief to the Tweede Kamer, the lower house of Dutch parliament.
Pieter an Vollenhoven, husband of Princess Margriet, is facing criticism after posting a controversial tweet about the #metoo discussion on Tuesday night. He has since removed the tweet. The Victim Aid Fund, of which Van Vollenhoven is honorary chairman, called the tweet "absolutely awkward", RTL Nieuws reports.
YouTube decided to remove Geert Wilders' anti-Prophet Mohammed video from the site, Wilders announced on Twitter. "YouTube just censored my Muhammad clip. Twitter already made it impossible to watch from Germany + France. The truth is forbidden", the PVV leader tweeted. He also posted more threats made against him on social media.
On Sunday the police searched the Utrecht town of Baarn for 25-year-old Anne Faber. The Utrecht woman disappeared around 7:00 p.m. on Friday evening while cycling. Shortly before her disappearance, she took a selfie of her in the rain and sent it to her boyfriend. The police traced the location of this selfie to the corner of Amsterdamsestraatweg and Hilversumsestraatweg in Baarn, AD reports.
PVV leader Geert Wilders decided to share some of the threats made against him on social media with the world, by posting them on Twitter. The threats include things like "I'll cut your balls off" and "We will kill you".
Wilders tweeted that he filed ten charges of threats on Wednesday morning, and will file more later. "The rest wasn't ready yet and we will do next week", he wrote. Wilders has been under protection for years.
Some 900 people indicated on Facebook that they will gather in front of former Amsterdam Mayor Eberhard van der Laan's official residence on Wednesday evening, to give the terminally ill mayor a standing ovation. They want to honor Van der Laan for all he did for Amsterdam with thundering applause.
A prisoner in the Alphen aan den Rijn prison was caught recording videos and posting them online with a smartphone that was smuggled into the prison. The prison directors discovered the videos on Instagram this week, a spokesperson for the Ministry of Security and Justice confirmed to NU.nl.
Immediately after the videos were discovered, multiple cells were searched. The prison guards found four cellphones with chargers and a small amount of soft drugs. Only one of the prisoners used a smartphone for vlogging, according to the news site.
A couple from Vught found a plastic bag full of letters dating from World War II at Utrecht Central Station on Monday. Rens and Maartje Zonnenberg would like to find the owner of the letters and posted a call for information on Facebook.
According to Rens, the letters are dated between 1942 and 1944. They are written in Dutch, but the old handwriting make them difficult to read, he said to newspaper AD. The bag was found on a bench on platform 18. "There are more than 100, 150 maybe", he said.
One in four politicians in Gelderland faced aggression over the past year, according to a study I & O Research did on behalf of the Province of Gelderland. Among mayors in Gelderland municipalities, 56 percent were faced with aggression, the Gelderlander reports.
Utrecht couple Scarlet and Joyce are searching for a sperm donor with a YouTube video. They hope to find a donor that fits them well with the video, as earlier attempts to find a donor through more regular channels mostly led to weird reactions, AD reports.
The couple is very active on social media, where they share a lot about their personal lives and the daily challenges they face. Their YouTube channel Ik Vrouw Van Jou has more than 41 thousand subscribers. They therefore decided to share this call with their followers.
The Public Prosecutor demanded 40 hours of community service against a 47-year-old woman who threatened Prime Minister Mark Rutte on Facebook. The Prosecutor also asked the court in The Hague to impose mandatory treatment for the woman's psychological problems, the Telegraaf reports.
In November last year the woman commented on a Facebook post by Rutte about politician Sylvana Simmons. "If we can't hang Sylvana, then we'll hang this bastard. The main cause", she wrote. The woman later stated that she was acting on impulse and that she regrets the comment.
A Dutch-Turkish man was arrested in Turkey on suspicion of insulting president Recep Tayyip Erdogan, a spokesperson for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs confirmed to NU.nl. According to the charge, the man called Erdogan a "thief" and "dictator" on social media and expressed criticism of the political situation in the country.
The Limburg police are working with the French authorities to investigate about a dozen tips about 20-year-old Elle Custers, who went missing in France on Friday, the police said on Facebook.
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."
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.
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.
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.
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.
The lawyer of the 16-year-old boy suspected in the death of 14-year-old Savannah Dekker, 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.