Tag Archives: social media

Facebook Unveils Plan To Launch Its Cryptocurrency

Axios reports: After nearly a year of speculation, Facebook has finally unveiled its plans to create a cryptocurrency, which will be called Libra and debut in 2020. With more than two billion users, Facebook is arguably better positioned to roll out a global digital currency than any other company, government, or organization. That’s also a source of concern over how …

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YouTube CEO Apologizes To LGBTQ Community

Axios reports: YouTube CEO Susan Wojcicki apologized Monday to members of the LGBTQ community who were offended by the company’s response to antigay comments by Steven Crowder aimed at Vox journalist Carlos Maza. At the same time, she defended the company’s handling of the issue. YouTube has been under fire for a variety of issues, including the spread of hate …

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Trump Retweets Cultist Claim That Twitter Is “Fascist”

Axios reports: President Trump on Sunday evening retweeted a claim from user @TheRightMelissa that Big Tech companies like Twitter are “colluding with Democrats” to censor conservative content, which she alleged amounts to “fascism.” Trump has frequently repeated the unsubstantiated claim that politically biased Big Tech companies “shadow ban” conservatives by decreasing the public visibility of their accounts. In May, the …

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Trump Demands That Twitter Allow All Hate Speech

Raw Story reports: President Donald Trump has remained active on his Twitter account this morning by first attacking the press and then, without any sense of irony, attacking Twitter for limiting the freedom of speech rights of conservatives. Just minutes after calling the New York Times and CNN “the Enemy of the People,” Trump lashed out at Twitter because he …

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YouTube Demonetizes Anti-LGBT Channel (For Now)

The Daily Beast reports: YouTube unleashed massive confusion and satisfied apparently no one with its handling of Steven Crowder’s homophobic campaign against a gay journalist on Wednesday. The company will “demonetize” Crowder, a far-right performer, for harassing Vox reporter Carlos Maza. The announcement was a partial reversal from Tuesday, when YouTube said it would not take action against Crowder. After …

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YouTube Bans White Supremacists, 9/11 And Sandy Hook Truthers, Holocaust Deniers, Other Extremists

Vox reports: YouTube is finally banning content that promotes white supremacist views on its video platform. But it will still permit videos it classifies as “borderline,” which isn’t clearly defined, as well as a host of other problematic content. The Google-owned platform said on Wednesday that it’s updating its hate speech policy to prohibit “videos alleging that a group is …

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Russian Trolls Earned Big Ad Bucks With 2016 Meddling

NBC News reports: The effort by a Russian internet deception factory to manipulate American public opinion during the 2016 election was better planned and executed — and also more lucrative — than previously understood, according to a new analysis of nearly 10 million tweets by a leading cybersecurity firm. The operation by the St. Petersburg-based Internet Research Agency amounted to …

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Twitter Researches Allowing White Supremacists To Use Their Platform So That They Can Be “De-Radicalized”

Vice News reports: Twitter is conducting in-house research to better understand how white nationalists and supremacists use the platform. The company is trying to decide, in part, whether white supremacists should be banned from the site or should be allowed to stay on the platform so their views can be debated by others, a Twitter executive told Motherboard. Vijaya Gadde, …

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Trump Camp Scouts New Alt-Right Twitter Rival

Politico reports: They’ve been banned from Facebook, purged from Twitter and blocked from Instagram. Some of them have been barred from setting foot on the continent of Australia. But you can still find them all on the fledgling social media network Parler. Parler has carved out a niche among these banned right-wing influencers — like Gavin McInnes, Laura Loomer and …

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Twitter Bans Anti-Trump Krassenstein Brothers [VIDEO]

The Daily Beast reports: Twitter has permanently banned prominent anti-Trump brothers Brian and Ed Krassenstein, alleging that two of the biggest stars of #Resistance Twitter had broken the site’s rules about operating fake accounts and purchasing fake interactions with their accounts. “The Twitter Rules apply to everyone,” a Twitter spokesperson said in a statement. “Operating multiple fake accounts and purchasing …

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White House Launches Website To Report “Freedom Of Speech Censorship” By Social Media Platforms

Politico reports: The Trump administration is asking social media users to report directly to the White House if they believe companies like Facebook and Twitter have punished them for their political views. In an online form shared with the White House’s 18.5 million Twitter followers, the administration asks people to “share your story” of political bias directly with the president. …

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Instagram Expands Blocking Anti-Vaccination Hashtags

New Scientist reports: Instagram is cracking down on misinformation about vaccinations by blocking hashtags that include verifiably false information about the subject. Phase one of the crackdown involved removing hashtags promoting overt medical misinformation about vaccines — such as #VaccinesCauseAutism or #VaccinesCauseAIDS, both of which have been debunked by leading public health organizations. Now, Instagram says it is looking to …

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Facebook Co-Founder: It’s Time To Break Up Facebook

Facebook co-founder Chris Hughes writes in a NYT op-ed: Mark’s influence is staggering, far beyond that of anyone else in the private sector or in government. He controls three core communications platforms — Facebook, Instagram and WhatsApp — that billions of people use every day. Facebook’s board works more like an advisory committee than an overseer, because Mark controls around …

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Pornhub “Extremely Interested” In Acquiring Tumblr

Buzzfeed News reports: Pornhub Vice President Corey Price said in an email to BuzzFeed News that the porn-streaming giant is extremely interested in buying Tumblr, the once uniquely horny hub for young women and queer people that banned adult content last December to the disappointment of many of its users. Price said that restoring Tumblr’s NSFW edge would be central …

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Verizon Seek Buyer For Tumblr After Ruining It

The Verge reports: Verizon is seeking a buyer for Tumblr, the blogging platform it acquired along with other Yahoo assets in 2017. The Wall Street Journal reports that Verizon has approached other companies in recent weeks that could be potential new homes for Tumblr. The platform hosts 465.4 million blogs and 172 billion posts, according to its about page. The …

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Facebook Unveils Major Redesign, Focuses On Groups

The New York Times reports: Mark Zuckerberg declared last month that he planned to shift Facebook away from being a public town square and to private communications. Now the chief executive is rolling out the first in a series of changes to achieve that. On Tuesday at its annual developer conference, Facebook unveiled a redesign of its mobile app and …

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Facebook Expects Record FTC Fine Up To $5B Over Their Dealings With Data-Mining Cambridge Analytica

CBS News reports: Facebook said it could face a fine of up to $5 billion as the result of an investigation by the Federal Trade Commission. The agency has been investigating Facebook for possible privacy violations, but has not announced any findings yet. The company set aside $3 billion in its quarterly earnings report Wednesday as a contingency against the …

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Twitter Adds Option To Report Election Misinformation

Mashable reports: Twitter is stepping up its fight against misinformation and voter manipulation. In a blog post, Twitter announced a new reporting feature for tweets that attempt to spread false information about the electoral process. The new feature appears as a default option when a user elects to report a tweet. When reporting a tweet, a user can simply select …

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Trump Boasts Of “Great Meeting” With Twitter CEO Hours After Whining About “Discriminatory” Treatment

CNBC reports: President Donald Trump met with Twitter CEO and co-founder Jack Dorsey at the White House on Tuesday, press secretary Sarah Sanders confirmed after the meeting had ended. Shortly thereafter, Trump tweeted, “Lots of subjects discussed regarding their platform, and the world of social media in general. Look forward to keeping an open dialogue!” The upbeat tone of Trump’s …

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AOC Quits Facebook, Calls Social Media “Health Risk”

The Washington Post reports: Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, whose mastery of social media has helped drive the national conversation and shed light on the inner workings of congressional power, has given up on the most popular social network in the world. In an interview Sunday with the Yahoo News podcast “Skullduggery,” the New York Democrat said she stopped using her Facebook …

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