Father Mario Haazen was sentenced to 10 months in prison for assaulting a 47-year-old former psychiatric patient 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.
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 Blokker sold the painting at a Hoorn flea market with 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Two weeks ago the Dutch Public Prosecutor issued a summons for 10 suspected Dutch jihadists 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.
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 online.
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.
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.
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 committed suicide on Sunday after discovering the photo. Numerous people is holding the girl responsible for his death, AD reports.
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.
Amsterdam is taking on the internet in the fight against radicalization, the municipality announced on Wednesday. The municipality plans to use multiple online tools in this fight. Starting with using social media to try to find and contain radicalizing posts, Het Parool reports.
According to the municipality, social media plays an increasingly important role in polarization and radicalization. "With this approach we as municipality want to better respond to this development", a spokesperson said to the newspaper.
The social media profiles used to extort 34 underage girls, including Canadian teen Amanda Todd, and five adult men can not be linked to prime suspect Aydin C., his lawyers Robert Malewicz and Chana Crijsen said in the court in Amsterdam on Monday, ANP reports.
A sex tape featuring Dutch celebrity Patricia Paay was posted on Twitter earlier this week. According to her lawyer Johan Langelaar, Paay did not know she was being filmed and will be pressing charges on Friday, he said to RTL Late Night on Thursday.
"She says: I did not know that a film was made of me", Langelaar said to on the show. "I really believe her. Why would she not tell the truth to me." According to the lawyer, Paay is not 100 percent certain that it's her in the video. Langelaar plans to investigate the possibility that her face was Photoshopped into the images.
D66 leader Alexander Pechtold thinks that PVV leader Geert Wilders crossed a line by spreading a Photoshopped image of Pechtold protesting with what Wilders calls "Hamas terrorists".
The Almelo police call on residents to stop sharing photos and videos on social media of a fatal accident in the city on Monday. A 16-year-old boy was killed after being hit by a car.
The accident happened on Vincent van Goghplein, right in front of a crowded shopping center. Multiple people saw it happen, and several people took photos and videos. According to AD, the 16-year-old boy was cycling when he was hit by a car. He died at the scene.
Snapchat recently announced that it putting stricter measures in place against misleading or incorrect news articles on Snapchat Discover, the app's news section. This is good news for the nearly 1.9 million Dutch who have Snapchat - one of the fastest growing social media platforms in the Nethrlands - installed on their phones.
The platform grew from around 500 thousand daily users in 2015 to 960 thousand last year, according to iPhoned.nl. Only Instagram is doing better, with its daily users increasing from 992 thousand to 1.5 million in the same period.
An incident caused by two men eating a sandwich on a Tilburg bus on Wednesday ended in a 25-year-old man being detained in an arrest involving 13 police officers. Several videos of the arrest on Conservatoriumlaan were shared on social media.
According to Yoni Klarenbeek, a fellow passenger on the bus who posted a video of the arrest on Facebook, the trouble revolved around a sandwich. "The guy did not want to discard the sandwich when the bus driver asked him to, except for eating on the bus he was doing nothing wrong. No swearing, no threats."
Social media companies like Twitter, Yahoo and Apple are increasingly denying requests for information from the Dutch Public Prosecutor, the Financieele Dagblad reports based on its own an analysis of the various technology companies' transparency reports.
Yahoo and Twitter did not agree to a single request last year. Apple is also agreeing to fewer and fewer requests for information. Facebook on the other hand, is quite generous in providing information.
The Heerlen police arranged extra protection for the Grotius College and its school grounds. The College's director, teachers and students received threats in response to the suicide of 15-year-old student Tharukshan Selvam on Sunday, AD reports.
The Public Prosecutor is paying extra attention to discrimination on social media with the elections coming up on March 15th, chief prosecutor Theo Hofstee said in an interview with AT5. He wants quick action if someone is insulted or discriminated against.
A judge in Overijssel was reprimanded and had her Twitter account suspended after she responded to EenVandaag naming PVV leader Geert Wilders politician of the year with the word: "Knettergek", which loosely translates to "madness" in English.