Items tagged with social media

Facebook does not have the best track record when it comes to its privacy. However, there are a few things you can do as a user which can help protect your account and personal information from other users. Social media apps have become the hub where people go to connect to both old and new friends alike. Being... Read more...
Elon Musk confirmed his plan to reinstate Donald Trump's Twitter account if the sale of the social media platform goes through. The tech mogul currently has a $44 billion bid to buy Twitter. The potential of Trump's account being reinstated has been the source of ire for some, and jubilation for others. While... Read more...
Twitter may finally be warming up to a couple of long-awaited features users have been clamoring for. Earlier this week Twitter announced its plans to test out an edit button on its Twitter Blue paid plan, and now it is saying it will be letting some web users test out an “unmention” feature as well. Twitter users... Read more...
Elon Musk sent Twitter into a frenzy last month with several tweets that seemed to hint at the billionaire either buying the social media platform or starting his own. What only few knew, however, is that the billionaire had already become the largest shareholder of Twitter already. Musk took to Twitter last month... Read more...
Having trouble getting TikTok to load on your smartphone? It's not just you. The social networking service that turns videos into viral sensations (some more worthy than others) suffered some kind of outage this morning, as panicked users went in search of answers on Twitter. The good news is, it appears to be back online for most people. Looking Read more...
The launch of the Truth Social media platform may be closer than was originally thought. Donald Trump Jr., the son of former president Donald Trump, posted a screenshot of his father’s first post on Truth Social. The post stated, “Get Ready! Your favorite President will see you soon!” Liz Willis, VP of operations... Read more...
Downvotes is a feature many have considered omitted from some social media platforms. However, recently adding support for Web, iOS and Android, Twitter has been testing a downvote feature and it is now rolling that test out globally to testers. While there are probably many who wish to see Twitter add an edit... Read more...
Remember what life was like before the advent of social media? Such a time feels like ancient history, and many people these days juggle multiple social media accounts, such as Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and a host of others. They're all super popular, and so it's no surprise that the Federal Trade Commission (FTC)... Read more...
In a startling announcement, Twitter co-founder and now-former chief executive officer Jack Dorsey is leaving the social media service pretty much in wholesale fashion. He has already handed the reins to Parag Agrawal, who today assumed the role of CEO, and will also depart his spot on the board after his current term... Read more...
A lot of people who say they "don't use social media" still use YouTube, despite its prominence as a social media platform itself. Just like any other social media service, YouTube relies heavily on tracking its users' likes and dislikes so that it can use that information to tailor advertising to viewers. Part of... Read more...
Over 1 billion Facebook users opted in for its Face Recognition system to automatically recognize them in photos, allowing them and other users to easily tag photos on the site. Today Meta, Facebook's new parent company, announced that it is pulling the plug on that system and erasing the faces from its servers on the... Read more...
Facebook recently said it was looking to do a rebrand amidst the scandal that was caused from release of internal company documents. Today, Mark Zuckerberg announced that rebrand and it is simply Meta. Zuckerberg has been talking about moving Facebook as a company into what he calls the "metaverse," So, it is no... Read more...
Internet safety continues to be a concern for parents when it comes to their children. Anyone with internet access can simply do a quick internet search of your child's name and be able to view photos you may have intended only for your Facebook followers. Google is now providing parents with more control over those... Read more...
Facebook's recently announced re-brand may be coming a bit too late as new whistleblower documents continue to emerge this morning. Documents collectively known as "The Facebook Papers" began being published on Friday, October 22nd. Facebook has been experiencing a torrent of backlash since whistleblower Frances... Read more...
What do you do when the world's largest social playground goes down? Maybe look up from your screen and play with the cat, or take a walk? Pfft, who are we kidding? Not in this day and age. Instead, when Facebook went offline for what felt like an eternity for some people, many news publishing sites saw a massive... Read more...
Could a new name be the fresh start that Facebook needs? Facebook will reportedly rebrand the company with a new name later this month. Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg will discuss the name at the Connect Conference on October 28th, 2021, but may divulge it sooner. The name will supposedly reflect Zuckeburg’s desire... Read more...
All of the posts, advertisements, and suggestions presented to users on social media sites like Facebook and Instagram are not happy little accidents. The Facebook platform uses complex algorithms and AI that analyze usage and engagement patterns, which then infer the type of content that the user is most-likely to... Read more...
Frances Haugen, a data scientist and former product manager at Facebook, has revealed herself as the source of a treasure trove of seemingly damning documents alleging that the social network "chooses profit over safety." It does this by "optimizing for content that gets engagement, or reaction," even when that... Read more...
Have you ever wondered what kind of person is on the other end of a internet or social media rant? Usually, these kinds of people come off as brash and rude, but they may be the same way in real life, according to new research. On Thursday, a paper titled “The Psychology of Online Political Hostility: A... Read more...
Wherever you go in this world, there are some idiotic laws on the books. For example, in Georgia, it is illegal to carry an ice cream cone in your back pocket if it is Sunday (seriously, look it up). Not to be outdone, there is a truly baffling law in Malaysia that, if strictly enforced, would require anyone who... Read more...
TikTok has taken the social media scene by storm with short-form videos from everyday users and celebrities alike. It's mostly lighthearted and fun, but there is also an ugly side to social media, and I'm not talking about the aesthetic appeal of users who participate. That is what TikTok is doing, quite literally, in... Read more...
Could YouTube partly be responsible for the increase in “flat earthers”? Researchers have discovered that many flat earthers were persuaded by YouTube videos. Many of these videos had been recommended or promoted by YouTube’s algorithm. A “flat earther” is a person who believes that the earth is a flat plane or... Read more...
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