Tag: Social Media

Facebook Sells Data to Advertisers

In recent weeks, Facebook confronted yet another privacy scandal, in light of leaked court documents suggesting that its staff discussed the idea of selling user data as long ago as 2012. Facebook’s director of developer platforms and programs, Konstantinos Papamiltiadis, responded, “To be clear, Facebook has never sold anyone’s data.” […]

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Google’s Pichai Faces Privacy and Bias Questions in Congress

WASHINGTON — Google’s chief executive, in perhaps the most public display of lawmakers’ unease with his company’s influence, was grilled on Tuesday about everything from search result bias and the data Google collects about its users to plans for a censored service in China. Sundar Pichai, an engineer who rose […]

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How Do You Recover After Millions Have Watched You Overdose?

The first time Kelmae Hemphill watched herself overdose, she sobbed. There she was in a shaky video filmed by her own heroin dealer, sprawled out on a New Jersey road while a stranger pounded on her chest. “Come on girl,” someone pleaded. Ms. Hemphill’s 11-year drug addiction, her criminal record, […]

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5 ways AI can be an ally for human rights over the next decade

Today we celebrate the 70th anniversary of the The Universal Declaration of Human Rights by examining the positive ways artificial intelligence will affect humanity in the next decade. Also, we ate an entire cake by ourselves. There’s very little chance AI will rise up and become sentient any time soon. […]

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Google+ will die 4 months sooner thanks to new bug affecting 52 million users

After announcing in October it would be shuttering Google+, its little-loved social media site, Google today announced that, thanks to yet another security flaw, the end would have to come much sooner than originally expected. The site will now shut down completely in April, rather than August, and access to the […]

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The War on Truth Spreads

A free and unfettered news media has long been anathema to authoritarian rulers, but even George Orwell might not have anticipated that some of the most unscrupulous assaults on press freedoms would one day be perpetrated by democratically elected governments. Witness these recent events: Earlier this week Maria Ressa, founder […]

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In Britain, a Team Effort to Help Local News Survive

LONDON — When Lucy Ashton quit The Sheffield Star in 2009 to have children and work in public relations, she had already seen other reporters steadily leaving the paper as circulation and advertising fell, and figured she’d never see jobs being added again. Now she has returned, as part of […]

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Kevin Hart Steps Down as Oscars Host After Criticism Over Homophobic Tweets

Days after it was announced that Kevin Hart would host the 2019 Academy Awards, backlash over some of his past comments prompted him to respond to his critics on Instagram. Then on Friday, he announced that he was not going to host the event. Mr. Hart was in trouble because […]

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HBO Social Media Series Saluting Alvin Ailey’s 60th Anniversary Kicks Off With Jussie Smollett

Jussie Smollett Screenshot: Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater / HBO (Instagram) Celebrating its historic 60th anniversary, Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater is dancing into the holidays in New York City, with their five-week holiday season, which kicked off November 28 and will conclude on December 30. For those outside of […]

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The Shift: Facebook Emails Show Its Real Mission: Making Money and Crushing Competition

British lawmakers on Wednesday gave a gift to every Facebook critic who has argued that the company, while branding itself as a do-gooder enterprise, has actually been acting much like any other profit-seeking behemoth. That gift was 250 pages’ worth of internal emails, in which Facebook’s executives are shown discussing […]

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Facebook Gave Some Companies Special Access to Users’ Data, Documents Show

LONDON — Emails and other internal Facebook documents released by a British parliamentary committee on Wednesday show how the social media giant gave favored companies like Airbnb, Lyft and Netflix special access to users’ data. The documents shine a light on Facebook’s internal workings from roughly 2012 to 2015, during […]

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How women are pushing guitar giant Fender’s marketing into the 21st century (VB Live)

First-gen marketing methods, including outdoor, TV, direct mail, and more, are still essential parts of your marketing campaign, but traditional doesn’t mean old-school and analog anymore. Learn how to integrate offline and online efforts channels, how martech brings traditional methods into the 21st century, and more in this VB Live […]

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