Category: Social media

Social media

Zuckerberg Defends Company in Friday Meeting with Employees

SAN FRANCISCO — Mark Zuckerberg fiercely defended Facebook in a question-and-answer session with employees on Friday afternoon, pushing back against criticism of the company in the wake of a New York Times investigation into how it reacted to Russian influence operations. In an hourlong videoconference broadcast to Facebook offices around […]

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Facebook Fallout Ruptures Democrats’ Longtime Alliance With Silicon Valley

The alliance between Democrats and Silicon Valley has buckled and bent this year amid revelations that platforms like Facebook and Twitter allowed hateful speech, Russian propaganda and conservative-leaning “fake news” to flourish. But those tensions burst into open warfare this past week after revelations that Facebook executives had withheld evidence […]

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This is why women’s panties are trending on social media

A women-led protest that began in Ireland has gone global. After a rape trial ended last week in a controversial acquittal, women took to the streets in a protest that’s now going viral with the hashtag #ThisIsNotConsent, and images of women’s underwear. Trigger warning: please be advised the following article contains frank […]

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How to Find Out What Facebook Knew

“Facebook cannot be trusted to regulate itself,” tweeted Rhode Island Representative David Cicilline on Wednesday night. Mr. Cicilline, who is likely to chair the House of Representative’s Judiciary subcommittee that focuses on antitrust law, was responding to a Times investigation, one that painted a damning picture of how Facebook had […]

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Even British royals are now criticizing tech giants like Facebook for dodgy practices

Britain’s Duke of Cambridge has launched a full-throated attack on US tech giants like Facebook, Twitter and Google in a speech at the BBC, an outgrowth of his leadership of a task force aimed at fighting back against cyberbullying. In his speech, Prince William lamented that over-attention to profits and business concerns is outweighing meaningful […]

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I Followed Teen Instagrammers’ Advice for a Week

This article originally appeared on VICE Canada. We’ve all been told that millennials and Gen-Zers are completely different. Millennials, roughly born between 1981 and 1996, and Gen-Zers, obviously born after that, are constantly analyzed for their apparent differences because of factors like technology, social media, and world events. And as […]

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‘I Don’t Really Want to Work for Facebook.’ So Say Some Computer Science Students.

BERKELEY, Calif. — A job at Facebook sounds pretty plum. The interns make around $8,000 a month and an entry-level software engineer makes about $140,000 a year. The food is free. There’s a walking trail with indigenous plants and a juice bar. But the tone among highly sought-after computer scientists […]

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Facebook Said to Cut Ties With Definers Public Affairs

SAN FRANCISCO — Facebook has ended its relationship with a Washington-based consulting firm, Definers Public Affairs, which spread disparaging information about the social network’s critics and competitors, according to a person familiar with the decision. The move followed a New York Times article on Wednesday that described the kind of […]

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Harpo, Who Dis Doll? An $1,100 Idris Elba Doll Fail Debuts—and Hilarity Ensues

Idris Elba poses at the ‘Yardie’ photo call during the 68th Berlinale International Film Festival Berlinon February 22, 2018 in Berlin, Germany.Photo: Alexander Koerner (Getty Images) Stringer Bell did not die for this. In an obscene case of “WTF were they thinking?” a British doll manufacturer thought they would capitalize […]

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Behind a Saudi Prince’s Rise, Two Loyal Enforcers

BEIRUT, Lebanon — When Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman of Saudi Arabia convened an outdoor banquet this spring for his fellow Arab rulers, seated among the kings, princes and presidents were two friends with few qualifications other than their closeness to the young prince himself: a poet who has become […]

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Juul Will Stop Selling Most E-Cigarette Flavors in Stores and Halt Social Media Promotions

WASHINGTON — Facing mounting government pressure and a public backlash over the epidemic of teenage vaping, Juul Labs announced on Tuesday that it would stop selling most of its flavored e-cigarette pods in retail stores and would discontinue its social media promotions. The decision by the San Francisco-based company, which […]

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The Instagrammers Next Door, Plugging Brands for Peanuts (or Shampoo)

By now you have probably heard of influencers, that group of internet-famous people who have more than a million social media followers and can make big money by plugging various brands. And you may have even heard of microinfluencers, who do the same thing for a still sizable but somewhat […]

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Byte is the new video looping app from the founder of Vine

As you may remember, Vine was a simple app with short looping videos. It gained immense popularity and was acquired by Twitter in 2013 but was unceremoniously discontinued late in 2016 amid strong competition from Snapchat and Instagram. If you’re still mourning its loss, you’ll be pleased to hear that the Vine founder is making […]

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White House pushes ridiculous ‘assault’ video to defend reporter ban

Sarah Huckabee Sanders yesterday accused CNN’s Jim Acosta of “inappropriate behavior” towards a White House intern, citing this as the reason his press pass was revoked. The Press Secretary did this in a 194-word screed posted from an official White House account on Twitter. She then punctuated her point by […]

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