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Twitter slaps recent Trump tweet with this behavioral warning

Jak Connor | Jun 24, 2020 at 3:34 am CDT

President Trump is notorious for his tweets, and whether you agree with them or not, anyone can see that sometimes they get a little out of hand, or perhaps are even interpreted incorrectly.

Every social media platform has rules and regulations, and Twitter is no exception to this rule. Above is an example of a tweet violating what Twitter calls "public interest". Here's what President Trump said, "There will never be an 'Autonomous Zone' in Washington, D.C., as long as I'm your President. If they try they will be met with serious force!" According to Twitter, the context of this tweet and the wording used violates the platform's guidelines, and has warranted a "public interest" notice to be slapped on the front of the tweet.

The public interest notice doesn't remove the tweet entirely but instead places a warning over the top of the tweet so it can't be immediately viewed. Here's what the warning says, "This Tweet violated the Twitter Rules about abusive behavior. However, Twitter has determined that it may be in the public's interest for the Tweet to remain accessible." This isn't the first time Twitter has issued a public interest notice on one of Trump's tweets. Last month the platform regulated this tweet from the President, "when the looting starts, the shooting starts".

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You won't believe that this is the most liked post on the internet

Jak Connor | Jun 17, 2020 at 2:32 am CDT

The internet is a strange and wonderful place. Sometimes it can be very brutal as well, but other times it can be a representation of large amounts of the population coming together for one cause.

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All social medias using a 'liking' system one way or another, which begs the question 'what is the most-liked image on the internet?', and perhaps, 'why is it the most-liked image?'. Well, start to take your guesses for what the most-liked image is because you might be shocked when you find out what image has taken first place. Guesses taken? Ok, well, the most-liked image online is a picture of an egg, yes, that's right, a simple stock image of an egg is the most-liked image on the internet.

So how did this happen? According to 'Instagram Egg' Wikipedia page, the 'Instagram Egg' became a global phenomenon within just days of its creation. The @world_record_egg account was created was on January 4th, 2019, and posted the simple photo above with the caption "Let's set a world record together and get the most liked post on Instagram. Beating the current world record held by Kylie Jenner (18 million)! We got this." Within just 10 days, the Instagram Egg smashed 18.4 million likes, taking first place as the most-liked image on Instagram.

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Twitter deleted 170,000 accounts pushing China's coronavirus agenda

Jak Connor | Jun 12, 2020 at 7:32 am CDT

This past Thursday, Twitter announced that it removed more than 170,000 accounts that were linked back to a Chinese influencing operation.

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This influencing operation was designed to push specific ideas on the public, and according to Twitter, 23,750 highly active accounts, as well as a further 150,000 "amplifier" accounts have been removed. The "amplifier" accounts were being used to boost the content the core "highly active" accounts were pushing. The Guardian reports that the large majority (78.5%) of the accounts had no followers, and 95% had fewer than eight followers.

As reported by Reuters, the Beijing-backed influence operation was pushing ideas about the Hong Kong protests, as well as the coronavirus. The accounts were praising China's response to the virus, and also were using the virus to stir up drama in among activists in the United States. Renee DiResta, at the Stanford Internet Observatory, said that the online influencing operation began having increased activity around late January, which is when the coronavirus began to spread beyond China.

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Facebook's new Oversight Board can overrule Mark Zuckerberg

Anthony Garreffa | May 7, 2020 at 8:04 pm CDT

Facebook has just announced the first 20 members of its new Oversight Board, which acts as an independent body that approves Facebook policies, helps out with content moderation, and discusses appeals on existing decisions.

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The new Oversight Board even has the power to overrule Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg, but I think we'll have to wait and see how much they "overrule" Zuckerberg going forward. The Next Web reports that the new Oversight Board can "overrule Facebook's upper management in policy decisions and content moderation".

There are over 40 members in the Oversight Board, that come from all sorts of different backgrounds -- and none of them have any direct connection to Facebook. There will be a independently funded trust with $130 million in its kitty, where the board will take in 5-person panels to make final rulings, explaining that "Facebook must implement our decisions, unless implementation could violate the law".

Facebook removes Qanon pages, Where We Go One, FB Doesn't Go All

Anthony Garreffa | May 6, 2020 at 9:11 pm CDT

If you're into conspiracy theories or anything in the realm of Qanon then you will have already noticed that Q and Qanon content across the internet has been slowly clamped down on. The latest is Facebook.

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The largest social networking site in the world has removed accounted associated with Qanon, with Facebook explaining: "Our investigation linked this activity to individuals associated with the QAnon network known to spread fringe conspiracy theories. We found this activity as part of our internal investigations into suspected coordinated inauthentic behavior ahead of the 2020 election in the US".

Facebook has said that it has removed "5 Pages, 20 Facebook accounts, and 6 Groups that originated in the US and focused domestically".

But things get strange -- as Facebook didn't remove the accounts because of their Q-focused content, instead they removed them because they had "inauthentic behavior". What exactly is "inauthentic behavior" you ask? Facebook defines it as "fake engagement, spam and artificial amplification".

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Facebook announces Messenger Rooms, the next big upgrade in video chat

Anthony Garreffa | Apr 24, 2020 at 8:28 pm CDT

We all are stuck at home right now practicing social distancing and being quarantined over COVID-19 coronavirus, and now Facebook has finally (seriously, why haven't they done it until now) announced Messenger Rooms.

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Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg announced the new Messenger Rooms feature in a livestream today, and in an interview with The Verge, Zuckerberg explained that Facebook's new video features were planned as a larger part of creating more private messaging tools.

Zuckerberg explained: "Video presence isn't a new area for us. But it's an area that we want to go deeper in, and it fits the overall theme, which is that we're shifting more resources in the company to focus on private communication and private social platforms, rather than just the traditional broader ones. So this is a good mix: we're building tools into Facebook and Instagram that are helping people find smaller groups of people to then go have more intimate connections with, and be able to have private sessions with".

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Twitter will remove 5G conspiracy theory tweets over coronavirus

Anthony Garreffa | Apr 22, 2020 at 8:20 pm CDT

Twitter is getting serious with 5G conspiracy theories, with the social networking giant announcing new rules. YouTube recently made a similar move, removing any videos that connect COVID-19 and 5G.

These new rules will see Twitter remove tweets that have "unverified claims that incite people to engage in harmful activity, could lead to the destruction or damage of critical 5G infrastructure".

Twitter won't be removing every single 5G conspiracy theory tweet, and instead will be prioritizing claims that are inciting people to action. You know, like encouraging people across the world to burn down their local 5G towers. With over 50 fires that have targeted "cell towers and other equipment" in the UK in recent weeks, this is a strong move by Twitter.

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Facebook Live gets some new upgrades thanks to COVID-19 coronavirus

Anthony Garreffa | Mar 28, 2020 at 11:44 pm CDT

COVID-19 coronavirus has billions of people sitting inside of the 4 walls of their house, so you would have to be out of your house and living under a rock to not think that social networking use, video streaming and especially livestreaming use would increase.

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Facebook has just provided some great upgrades to its Live service, where soon even people without Facebook accounts will be able to watch Facebook Live streams from smartphones. You could do this on desktop, but not on mobile -- until now, with Android users the first out of the gate with the new Live upgrades, while iOS is support "in the coming weeks".

The social networking giant is also adding in new options for livestreamers to get access to people without a smartphone, or access to stable mobile connectivity. The new option is called Public Switch Telephone Network", something that sees Facebook let people listen to a livestream through a toll free number -- think conference call.

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TikTok influencers can make up to $1 million per post

Anthony Garreffa | Feb 24, 2020 at 11:16 pm CST

If you want to make big money these days, being an influencer can mean you can make many decades of regular income in a single video -- if you're popular enough. TikTok influencers, at least some of them, could be making upwards of $1 million per post.

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Morning Consult's new research suggests that some TikTok influencers have the power to charge $1 milion per post, with many popular "TikTokers" charging $200,000 per post if htey're able to promote and colleborate with the right brands. UK games company Online Casinos reports that TikTok influencers could be (and I'm sure will be, and even some right now are) making $1 million per post by next year.

Right now, the "most marketable TikToker" is 17-year-old singer Loren Gray, who is reportedly making upwards of $200,000 per post. She has over 38 million followers on TikTok, making her one of the most-followed accounts on the Chinese video sharing app. She posts daily videos on TikTok, has over 2 billion likes across her posts, and has secured deals with the likes of Virgin Records and Capital Records.

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Elon Musk tweets #DeleteFacebook, says 'it's lame'

Anthony Garreffa | Feb 9, 2020 at 11:19 pm CST

Elon Musk has come out slamming Facebook (again) in a new tweet, with the SpaceX and Tesla founder replying to actor Sacha Baron Cohen and his tweet condemning the largest social network in the world.

Cohen tweeted: "We don't let 1 person control the water for 2.5 billion people. We don't let 1 person control electricity for 2.5 billion people. Why do we let 1 man control the information seen by 2.5 billion people? Facebook needs to be regulated by governments, not ruled by an emperor!"

Musk replied simply: "#DeleteFacebook It's lame", which has of course made headlines around the world. But, this isn't the first time Musk has said something negative about Facebook. Rewinding the clock back to 2018, where Musk tweeted that he deleted his companies' Facebook pages and that he does not like Facebook, saying that it gave him "the willies".