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Jack Dorsey: Twitter CEO says it will END political ads on Twitter

By: Anthony Garreffa | Social Networking | Posted: 1 week, 4 days ago

Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey announced on Twitter not too long ago that the social networking giant was going to stop all political advertising outside of non-partisan exceptions.

The company will have its finished policy ready by November 15 and will enforce its new political advertising ban starting November 22. Dorsey said the decision was made from both principles and practical realities, saying that a tweet about politics should reach its desired audience without being "compromised by money".

As for the business side of things, Twitter reportedly only made less than $3 million in political advertising spend during the 2018 US midterms. But I'd dare say that things are much different now leading into the 2020 elections in the US, especially when one of the most powerful people on Twitter just so happens to the the President of the United States.

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Public Instagram account stalking stopped, forced 'log-in' activated

By: Jak Connor | Social Networking | Posted: Oct 24, 2019 @ 4:32 CDT

Stalking on public Instagram accounts is no doubt a massive thing that people without Instagram accounts do. Now its almost impossible with this very small but extremely impact-full change.

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In early October, Instagram decided to remove the 'Following' tab from its app in an effort to keep Instagram users' activity private. Now the company is moving towards not letting people browse public Instagram profiles without having an Instagram account.

Originally, normal people could search up a persons Instagram profile that they knew was under 'public' and browse through all of their photos and videos. Now, after a certain amount of videos, most likely one or two scrolls, Instagram will force pop-up a request to log-in or create an account. This pop-up cannot be navigated away from, essentially stopping any further Instagram stalking from happening until the user joins Instagram.

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Mark Zuckerberg will stream an 'unfiltered' free expression speech

By: Jak Connor | Social Networking | Posted: Oct 17, 2019 @ 1:02 CDT

A new announcement has come out from Facebook CEO, Mark Zuckerberg regarding his views on freedom of speech. He says he will be addressing the public via a livestream tomorrow.

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Facebook CEO, Mark Zuckerberg has taken to his official Facebook page to post a status update that says he has been writing a new speech about his views on voice and free expression. Zuckerberg says that this speech is the "the most comprehensive take I've written about my views, why I believe voice is important, how giving people voice and bringing people together go hand in hand, how we might address the challenges that more voice and the internet introduce, and the major threats to free expression around the world."

Zuckerberg continues in his post to say that this speech will contain much of what he has learned over years by focusing on these subjects. The CEO also says that this speech has taken him a lot of time to form and that its an "unfiltered take" on how he thinks about these extremely serious questions. For those interested in tuning into the livestream, Zuckerberg says that he will be going live on Facebook at 10am PT / 1pm ET.

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Jennifer Aniston joins Instagram, first picture is of Friends cast

By: Jak Connor | Social Networking | Posted: Oct 16, 2019 @ 5:02 CDT

Jennifer Aniston has taken the leap and officially joined Instagram, and the first photo that she has posted is of the famous Friends cast!

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Friends star Jennifer Aniston that played Rachael in the massively popular TV show has joined Instagram, and upon her arrival the actress has already amassed more than 3 million followers in just eight hours. At the time of writing this Aniston has hit 4.7 million followers, and the first picture that has been posted is of Friends cast - Lisa Kudrow, Courteney Cox, Matt LeBlanc, David Schwimmer and Matthew Perry.

Aniston's first image has been captioned "And now we're Instagram FRIENDS too. HI INSTAGRAM". It seems this image is the most recent photo of the Friends cast being together, and comment support for the decision of Aniston joining Instagram has come in droves from fellow celebrities. Ellen DeGeneres said "I'm so glad they're still there for you." Kate Hudson also wrote, "Whoa girl!!!! Here we go!" If you want to follow Jennifer Aniston on Instagram, a link can be found here.

Facebook locking out users who report scammers and fake profiles

By: Shannon Robb | Social Networking | Posted: Oct 15, 2019 @ 15:26 CDT

Facebook users have dealt with multitudes of scams and fake profiles over the years.

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Some of these things users have dealt with are messages from friends who had already been compromised. Most of these end up direct messaging you a link to compromise you as well To all together scam or fake profiles. Fake profiles can range from a loved one who had passed to even someone you are already friends with. As it turns out, there is a new bug (or feature?) on Facebook where users are reporting a scam or fake profile and being locked out of their accounts.

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This was brought up by several news reporting sites but most notable is to simply follow the hashtag #FacebookLockout and see for yourself.

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Reddit posts can now be directly shared to Snapchat stories & friends

By: Jak Connor | Social Networking | Posted: Oct 15, 2019 @ 5:12 CDT

Snapchat want users to be able to easily share Reddit content with their user-base, as their new update to the sharing options on Reddit will allow users to distribute content to their snap-followers with a couple of button presses.

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For this new feature to work, users must have both the Snapchat and Reddit app installed on their iOS or Android device. Reddit users will then be able to select the "share" button on a Reddit post and then find Snapchat. If Snapchat is selected, Snapchat's camera will be pulled up and here is where users will be able to decide whether or not to share the Reddit story with a select amount of users or add it to the Snapchat story.

According to Vaibhav Sahgal, Reddit's head of growth product, "Snapchat is the first platform partner with whom we're testing a content sharing integration, and we're excited to see how the feature will shape the sharing habits and experiences among our users." At the moment, the sharing option on Reddit is limited to 'safe-for-work' subedits and is only available on iOS. The feature should be rolled out to Android devices at a later date.

DOJ suspends Facebook's plans to implement end-to-end encryption

By: Jak Connor | Social Networking | Posted: Oct 3, 2019 @ 21:04 CDT

Back in March, Facebook announced plans to bring more privacy to not only their main platform but all their other services as well. This new privacy would come in the form of encryption for messages.

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The Department of Justice (DOJ) is now set to make an announcement regarding Facebook's encryption plans, and according to a signed draft that BuzzFeed News and the New York Times obtained before publication, the DOJ will be halting the encryption process. Attorney General William Barr is said to make the request in an open letter to Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg on Friday. The draft also shows signatures from Acting Homeland Security Secretary Kevin McAleenan, UK Home Secretary Priti Patel and Australian Minister for Home Affairs Peter Dutton.

The main concern by the DOJ and others who have signed the letter is that if Facebook roll out its end-to-end encryption across all of its messaging platforms (WhatsApp, Instagram and Messenger), that law enforcement will be hindered in tracking illegal activity on the platforms. Which directly connects into this recent report about child sex abuse being rampant on Facebook Messenger. The DOJ letter argues that Facebook should be providing law enforcement agencies "lawful access to content in a readable and usable format". In other words, law enforcement agencies want back-door access to the messaging apps content even if the messages are 'encrypted'.

Facebook has sunk the ENTIRE Pirate Bay, blocking all website links

By: Jak Connor | Social Networking | Posted: Oct 1, 2019 @ 5:08 CDT

With The Pirate Bay being the home to many illegal torrents and file sharing methods, Facebook has lodged an all out war against any links directed to the website.

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According to TorrentFreak who noticed the update to Facebook, Pirate Bay related links were blocked from being sent from one Facebook account to another. But now in an effort from social media companies to crack down on the distribution of copyrighted content, Facebook has blocked the sharing of any links that are directed to the Pirate Bay in timeline posts or in chat messages.

This newly released blockade carries over to Facebook Messenger as well, and if a link is attempted to be shared among users this message will come up in the chat: "You can't share this link. Your post couldn't be shared, because this link goes against our Community Standards." This isn't the first time The Pirate Bay has been blocked by Facebook, ten years ago the site only prevented people from linking to torrent pages, but now users can't even link to its landing home page.

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Reports link online child sex abuse directly to Facebook Messenger

By: Jak Connor | Social Networking | Posted: Sep 30, 2019 @ 1:03 CDT

A new report out of The New York Times has connected the use of Facebook Messenger to the reports of child sex abuse online.

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According to "people familiar with the reports" out of the 18.4 million worldwide reports of child sex abuse online, an immense 12 million of those source back to Facebook Messenger. Back in March, Facebook announced its new initiative to make their platform more secure, and while this effort would benefit majority of the user-base, throughout its execution nefarious users would also become more secure.

Encrypting messengers on their own platform would make it much more difficult for the company to track abusers and sexual predators, which would greatly influence the fact that Facebook is the majority holder when it comes to reports on their platform. Zuckerberg said back in March, "Encryption is a powerful tool for privacy, but that includes the privacy of people doing bad things. When billions of people use a service to connect, some of them are going to misuse it for truly terrible things like child exploitation, terrorism, and extortion."

Facebook is now hiding Likes so it doesn't trigger people

By: Anthony Garreffa | Social Networking | Posted: Sep 26, 2019 @ 20:11 CDT

There are people out there that get triggered (no, really) when their social media posts don't get as many likes as they wanted, or less likes than someone else. Facebook has a solution -- remove all Likes.

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Starting tomorrow in Australia, Facebook will hide Like counts on posts. We knew Facebook was working on this a little while ago, but now we'ere here and while the Likes will be hidden from the public the author can still see how many people Liked their posts.

Instagram is also testing something similar by hiding its Likes, and remember Instagram is owned by Facebook so we're seeing similar internal changes being made across both platforms. The end goal here from Facebook is they want you to not feel like you can't express yourself, and not have people judge posts by the stories you share, or the amount of Likes there are.

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