Tag Archives: social media

Twitter Unveils New Policy On “Dehumanizing Speech”

Wired reports: Twitter on Tuesday announced a new policy addressing “dehumanizing speech,” which will take effect later this year, and for the first time the public will be able to formally provide the company with feedback on the proposed rule. The policy will prohibit “content that dehumanizes others based on their membership in an identifiable group, even when the material ...

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Instagram Co-Founders Resign Without Explanation

The Associated Press reports: The co-founders of Instagram are resigning their positions with the social media company without explanation. Chief Executive Kevin Systrom said in a statement late Monday that he and Mike Krieger, Instagram’s chief technical officer, plan to leave the company in the next few weeks and take time off “to explore our curiosity and creativity again.” “Mike ...

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Facebook Ends On-Site Help To Political Campaigns

Reuters reports: Facebook Inc said on Thursday that it would no longer dispatch employees to the offices of political campaigns to offer support ahead of elections, as it did with U.S. President Donald Trump in the 2016 race. The company and other major online ad sellers including Alphabet Inc’s Google and Twitter Inc have long offered free dedicated assistance to ...

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Survey: 74% Have Curtailed Facebook Use In 2018

Pew Research reports: Significant shares of Facebook users have taken steps in the past year to reframe their relationship with the social media platform. 42% of Facebook users have taken a break from the site in the past year. Just over half of Facebook users ages 18 and older (54%) say they have adjusted their privacy settings in the past ...

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LIVE VIDEO: Social Media Heads Testify Before House

Already underway. The Washington Post reports: Facebook’s Sheryl Sandberg and Twitter’s Jack Dorsey tried to convince skeptical lawmakers Wednesday they are better prepared to combat foreign interference on their platforms than during the 2016 election. Sandberg and Dorsey delivered their message at a congressional hearing about countries such as Russia that seek to spread divisive political messages online using inauthentic ...

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Trump Unblocks More Twitter Users After Court Ruling

Reuters reports: U.S. President Donald Trump on Tuesday unblocked some additional Twitter users after a federal judge in May said preventing people from following him violated individuals constitutional rights. U.S. District Judge Naomi Reice Buchwald in Manhattan ruled on May 23 that comments on the president’s account, and those of other government officials, were public forums and that blocking Twitter ...

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Marketing Company Dupes Dozens Of NYC Men Into Showing Up For “Tinder Date” With Model [VIDEO]

The Guardian reports: Natasha Aponte is a New York-based model who isn’t afraid of some drama on a first date. Over the past month, she’s been using Tinder to arrange for hundreds of guys to meet her at the same place, at the same time, unbeknown to each other. At 6pm on Sunday, hundreds of men arrived at Union Square ...

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Former Trump Strategist Laments Bans For Alex Jones: Which Of The “Patriotic Voices” Will Be Next? [VIDEO]

“I think the real question here is who’s going to be next? Because at least in Alex Jones’ case, the language that they used was ‘hate speech’ and that’s a very broad term and it’s not really clear on any given day what that means to these tech companies. It’s important to remember that personnel is policy, and stacked from ...

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BREAKING: Facebook Identifies “Sophisticated Attempt” To Influence Midterms Via Fake Accounts And Pages

The New York Times reports: Facebook announced on Tuesday that it has identified a coordinated political influence campaign, with dozens of inauthentic accounts and pages that are believed to be engaging in political activity ahead of November’s midterm elections, according to three people briefed on the matter. In a series of briefings on Capitol Hill this week, the company told ...

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Facebook Finally Bans Alex Jones (But Just For 30 Days)

Mashable reports: A mere matter of days after InfoWars founder Alex Jones received yet another YouTube strike — but wasn’t banned — he’s been hit with a 30-day block on Facebook. Jones received another strike on YouTube this week for violating community guidelines in four videos, which have since been taken down. A Facebook spokesperson confirmed in an email that ...

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Facebook Loses $120 Billion In Value, Largest One-Day Loss For Any Company In US Stock Market History

CBS News reports: Facebook lost about $120 billion of its value on Thursday, marking the biggest one-day loss in U.S. market history. The company’s shares plunged $41.24, or almost 19 percent, to $176.26 a day after the social media giant reported disappointing results. The slide is the largest decline market capitalization in history, exceeding Intel’s $91 billion single-day loss in ...

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Terrorized By Extremists, Sandy Hook Parents Accuse Facebook CEO Of “Providing A Safe Haven For Hate”

The New York Daily News reports: The parents of a Sandy Hook shooting victim accused Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg of “providing a safe haven for hate” and implored him to take action against the conspiracy theorists who continue to hound them six years after their child’s death. Leonard Pozner and Veronique De La Rosa’s 6-year-old son Noah was killed at ...

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Trump Threatens “Shadow Ban” Probe Of Twitter

Bloomberg reports: Twitter stock extended losses, declining 4 percent in pre-market trading as U.S. President Donald Trump criticized the social network for “shadow banning” Republicans. Trump’s tweet came the morning after a Vice News report that said Twitter was limiting the visibility of prominent Republicans in search results. The report said Republican Party chair Ronna McDaniel, as well as some ...

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Twitter Is Deleting One Million Fake Accounts A Day

The Washington Post reports: Twitter has sharply escalated its battle against fake and suspicious accounts, suspending more than one million accounts a day in recent months, a major shift to lessen the flow of disinformation on the platform, according to data obtained by The Washington Post. The rate of account suspensions, which Twitter confirmed to the Post, has more than ...

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DOJ Appeals Ruling On Trump’s Twitter Blocking

Politico reports: President Donald Trump and one of his top aides on Monday night appealed a federal court ruling that said the president was violating the constitutional rights of individuals he has blocked from viewing his personal Twitter feed. Three Justice Department officials filed notice of their appeal to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit on behalf ...

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Federal Court: Trump Can’t Block Twitter Users

CNBC reports: President Donald Trump cannot block users on his Twitter feed, a New York federal judge ruled Wednesday. The judge, Naomi Reice Buchwald, ruled that Trump is violating the U.S. Constitution by preventing Americans from viewing his tweets. The suit was filed in July 2017 by the Knight First Amendment Institute at Columbia University. “This case requires us to ...

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Facebook Suspends 200 Apps For “Misusing Data”

From Facebook’s corporate blog: The investigation process is in full swing, and it has two phases. First, a comprehensive review to identify every app that had access to this amount of Facebook data. And second, where we have concerns, we will conduct interviews, make requests for information (RFI) — which ask a series of detailed questions about the app and ...

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Twitter Warns Users: Change Your Password Right Now

TechCrunch reports: Yes, it’s that time again — password changing time. On Thursday, Twitter revealed that a bug caused the platform to store user passwords in unmasked form. Normally, sensitive personal data like passwords would be stored in hashed form using a mix of letters and numbers to protect the content of the password itself. In this instance, it sounds ...

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Zuckerberg: Facebook Will Launch A Dating Service

Reuters reports: Facebook Inc is entering the dating game, Chief Executive Mark Zuckerberg said on Tuesday, planning a dating service to matchmake millions of people on the world’s largest online social network and nudge them into spending more time there. The service, which Facebook had considered offering for over a decade and will launch soon, could help rebuild its popularity ...

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POLL: Fewer Say Internet Is “Good For Society”

CNET reports: According to a Pew Research Center survey published on Monday, the majority of US adults surveyed in January said the internet is mostly a good thing for them personally and for society as a whole. But the number has declined since the Center started asking the questions in early 2014. An overwhelming majority of US adults still said ...

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