Social Media

Facebook removes massive QAnon group over hate and harassment claims

Omar Marques/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images Facebook just took down one of the larger targets in its crackdown on QAnon conspiracy theories. The social network told Reuters that it had removed Official Q/Qanon, a group with almost 200,000 members, after multiple posts reportedly violated policies against harassment, hate, and potentially harmful misinformation. The shutdown took …

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Hackers defaced dozens of Reddit communities with pro-Trump messages

REUTERS/Robert Galbraith If your favorite Reddit community looked like a political billboard on August 7th, you can blame it on hackers. Both Motherboard and ZDNet report that hackers defaced dozens of subreddits with pro-Trump messages, including major subreddits like r/food and r/space as well as numerous communities devoted to sports and TV shows. The affected …

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Facebook repeatedly overruled fact checkers in favor of conservatives

MANDEL NGAN via Getty Images Facebook has repeatedly overruled its own fact checkers in order to help conservative pages avoid punishment for spreading misinformation. That’s according to leaked documents reported by NBC News, which found evidence that employees regularly intervene in the company’s fact-checking process to avoid the “PR risk” associated with punishing high-profile conservatives. …

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Facebook removes Trump post for ‘harmful COVID misinformation’

OLIVIER DOULIERY via Getty Images Donald Trump finally found a line Facebook is unwilling to allow him to cross: promoting misinformation about the coronavirus. The social network removed a post from Donald Trump’s account Wednesday after the president shared a clip from a Fox News interview in which he falsely claimed that children are “almost …

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Can Social Media Be Redeemed? Feat. Bobby Goodlatte

An early Facebook product designer-turned angel investor discusses how social media has changed and whether it can be changed again for the better. After Social Media with Bobby Goodlatte. Bobby is the founder of Form Capital, a new seed investment firm that focuses on supporting portfolio companies with value-add design.  Bobby was an early employee …

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TikTok owner reportedly agrees to sell US stake to avoid ban

NARINDER NANU/AFP via Getty Images TikTok may drop its ties to China in very short order. Reuters sources claim TikTok’s Chinese owner, ByteDance, has agreed to sell its stake in the social network’s US operations to avert a possible ban. The agreement would have Microsoft protect American user data, according to the report, but Microsoft …

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Social Media Companies Are ‘Too Big to Fail’

Jenny Leung is a blockchain and fintech attorney at Blakemore Fallon PLLC dba Ketsal.  This year, 2020, is the year social media institutions became systemically important.  This term, “systemically important,” typically describes a financial institution whose failure poses a significant threat to the economy and is thus “too big to fail.” Systemically important financial institutions …

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Bitcoin Giveaway Scam Hits Popular Indian Youtuber

Ajey Nagar, a Popular Indian YouTuber with 6.7 million subscribers, is the latest victim of the ongoing BitCoin giveaway scam on Youtube. The hack happened on Nagar’s second Youtube channel- CarryisLive where he streams himself playing video games with YouTubers and celebrities.   Two Bitcoin giveaway scam promotional videos were reportedly posted on the channel. Both …

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TikTok blocks QAnon hashtags amid larger crackdown

Jens Kalaene/picture alliance via Getty Images TikTok is joining Facebook and Twitter in cracking down on QAnon posts, at least to a degree. The social network told BBC News that had blocked multiple hashtags related to the unsupported conspiracy theory, including “QAnon” itself and related items like “Out of Shadows” or “QAnonTruth.” Search for them …

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Snap’s coronavirus bump was short lived

SOPA Images via Getty Images Snapchat continues to grow even as the coronavirus pandemic batters the ad industry. The company reported its second-quarter results Tuesday, marking the first full quarter since the coronavirus pandemic kicked into high gear and upended advertising across the social media industry.  The company made notable gains in both its user …

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