Tag: Social

Facebook’s ‘independent oversight group’ is destined to fail

If there was any doubt about how big Facebook has gotten, CEO Mark Zuckerberg compared the struggles Facebook faces with deciding what kind of content to allow on its platform to the struggles cities face in mitigating crime. “No one expects crime to be eliminated completely, but you expect things […]

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Facebook to create ‘independent panel’ for appealing content moderation decisions

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg said on a conference call with reporters that the company will be creating an “independent body” that users can appeal content moderation decisions to. Zuckerberg has previously floated the idea of creating a “social media supreme court,” but now the company is taking concrete steps to […]

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Facebook rebuttal claims ‘inaccuracies’ in scathing New York Times investigation

A highly detailed investigation by the New York Times has again raised questions about Facebook’s response to the Russian manipulation, fake news, and hate speech that have become rampant on its platform. Today, the company issued a rebuttal of sorts that address some concerns raised by the story. In the […]

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Early Instagram employee: The app is like ‘a drug that doesn’t get us high anymore’

The day after she learned that Instagram co-founders Kevin Systrom and Mike Krieger were abruptly leaving the company, Bailey Richardson decided the time had come. Like almost 70 percent of Americans who’ve ever ditched or taken a break from social media (according to Pew Research Center data) she’d become disillusioned with Instagram — the posing, […]

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Snap reveals U.S. subpoenas over 2017 IPO disclosures

(Reuters) — The U.S. Justice Department and Securities and Exchange Commission have subpoenaed Snap for information about its March 2017 initial public offering, the social media app maker told Reuters on Tuesday. Snap said in a statement it has responded to the government subpoenas and other requests for information. The […]

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LinkedIn begins testing events tool in New York and San Francisco

LinkedIn is getting into the event business. The professional networking site announced today that it’s starting to test a new events tool with a select group of users in San Francisco and New York City. LinkedIn plans to roll out the feature globally in the next few months. The feature […]

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Vine cofounder announces Byte, a new looping video app launching this spring

There will soon be a new looping video app for Vine fans to take a byte out of. Vine founder Dom Hofmann tweeted today that a new version of the video looping app that he’s been working on, called Byte, will launch in spring 2019. our new looping video app […]

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Facebook claims it deleted 3 million pieces of ISIS and Al Qaeda propaganda in Q3 2018

In congressional hearings over the past year, Facebook executives including CEO Mark Zuckerberg have cited Facebook’s success in using artificial intelligence and machine learning to take down terrorist-related content as an example of how it hopes to use tech to proactively take down other types of content that violate its […]

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Mark Zuckerberg rejects request to appear before U.K. and Canada-led committee

Facebook has declined a request to send CEO Mark Zuckerberg to testify before an “international grand committee” on the topic of fake news and disinformation — though the committee continues to grow. U.K. MP Damian Collins — one of the organizers of the committee, along with Canadian MP Bob Zimmer […]

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Twitter unveils new policy on dehumanizing speech, seeks feedback from users

Twitter’s Dehumanization Policy You may not dehumanize anyone based on membership in an identifiable group, as this speech can lead to offline harm. Definitions: Dehumanization: Language that treats others as less than human. Dehumanization can occur when others are denied of human qualities (animalistic dehumanization) or when others are denied of human nature (mechanistic dehumanization). […]

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Ouch: 44 percent of younger users have deleted Facebook from their phone, Pew study finds

On a day when its chief operating officer was on Capitol Hill this morning getting a grilling from DC lawmakers, Facebook is also the focus of a newly released Pew Research Center study that’s chock-a-block with negative trends for the beleaguered social giant. Among the more attention-grabbing findings: More than 1-in-4 people have deleted the […]

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Facebook, Google, and Twitter dismantle global Iranian propaganda push

(Reuters) — Facebook, Twitter, and Alphabet collectively removed hundreds of accounts tied to Iranian actors that a cybersecurity firm said on Tuesday were promoting Iran’s geopolitical agenda around the world. Through a network of fake news websites and fraudulent social media personas spread across Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Google Plus, and […]

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Social media’s future is live-event AR

Imagine 10,000 people simultaneously engaged with each other, all in the same place at the same time. A mixture of the real and virtual, where anything is possible, right in the middle of the big events like a rock concert or the World Series. That’s the potential of augmented reality […]

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EU to social media companies: Take down terror content in less than 1 hour or pay a fine

European Union regulators keep making headlines for their increased willingness to take big tech companies like Google to task over everything from perceived anti-competitive behavior to not moving fast enough to take down problematic content. It’s a bright line separating the hard-line approach in Europe from the more hands-off, light touch that U.S. regulators bring […]

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Instagram’s CEO on vindication after 2 years of reinventing Stories

“I think the mistake everyone made was to think that Stories was a photography product” says Instagram CEO Kevin Systrom. “If you look at all these interactivity features we’ve added, we’ve really made Stories something else. We’ve really innovated and made it our own.” His version of the ephemeral slideshow format turns two years old […]

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