Social Media

Twitter updates its ‘Hacked Materials’ policy after NY Post controversy

Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey addresses students during a town hall at the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) in New Delhi, India, November 12, 2018. Anushree Fadnavis / Reuters In response to a New York Post article this week about Hunter Biden that used emails of dubious sourcing, Twitter blocked links to it, eventually citing the …

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Facebook has banned QAnon

Rick Loomis via Getty Images The QAnon conspiracy theory is no longer welcome on any of Facebook’s apps. The social network is banning QAnon entirely even if the accounts in question aren’t explicitly discussing violence, Facebook now says. “Starting today, we will remove any Facebook Pages, Groups and Instagram accounts representing QAnon, even if they …

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A decade in, Instagram is bigger than ever. So are its problems.

When Instagram first launched a decade ago, it was nothing like Facebook. The app, which began as a Foursquare-like check-in network, had one purpose: to make photo sharing easy (and make those pictures prettier in the process).  It’s easy to forget now, but that was a relatively novel concept in 2010. The iPhone was only …

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Instagram starts labeling ‘state-controlled media’ accounts and posts

Wachiwit via Getty Images Over the last week, Instagram has started labeling state-backed media, following through on a policy the company’s parent Facebook announced last October and started implementing on its own social media network this past June.  The labels were first spotted by journalist Casey Michel. Users in the US will see them appear …

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Facebook leak hints at its defense against a government-ordered breakup

Christoph Dernbach/picture alliance via Getty Images Facebook is under intense regulatory pressure, and it appears to be bracing itself for the worst. The Wall Street Journal says it has obtained a document outlining Facebook’s defense if the government orders a breakup that would unload Instagram and WhatsApp. The social media giant would reportedly argue that …

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The Digital Archipelago: How to Build an Internet Where Communities Thrive

The internet of today isn’t the independent territory it was originally imagined to be. For ordinary people “the internet” is just a bunch of apps made by giant companies. These companies do whatever they want with your data, disappear when the journey is over, spy on you and show you ads. I’m honestly not sure …

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Twitter is working on a fix for its automated image cropping

OLIVIER DOULIERY via Getty Images Twitter will change its automated image cropping feature after users complained that it was biased.  The company says it’s working to “decrease our reliance” on automatic cropping so users can ultimately control how their images appear in a tweet. “We hope that giving people more choices for image cropping and …

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Even LinkedIn has Stories now

LinkedIn LinkedIn is the latest platform to embrace the disappearing Stories format. The professional networking site unveiled its latest redesign that makes the company’s months-long experiment with LinkedIn Stories official. Beginning today, the company is rolling out the feature to all its users in the US and Canada, with plans to push it out to …

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Twitter follows up voice tweets by testing voice DMs

picture alliance via Getty Images It turns out audio tweets were only the beginning of Twitter’s newfound interest in letting users communicate with more than just the written word. On Wednesday, the company told The Verge it’s testing a new feature, starting in Brazil, that will allow users to send voice messages directly to one another.  “We …

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DoJ asks Congress to limit protections for social media companies

Elijah Nouvelage / reuters The Department of Justice (DoJ) is asking Congress to adopt a new law that would make Facebook, Google and Twitter liable for the way they moderate content, The Washington Post reports. The legislation would alter the controversial Section 230 so that tech companies would be accountable when they “unlawfully censor speech …

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