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Instagram cracks down on ‘inappropriate’ content

Instagram is taking new steps to limit the reach of content it deems “inappropriate.” The app will no longer recommend content that’s “inappropriate,” in its app, even if it doesn’t explicitly break Instagram’s rules, the company announced Wednesday. The changes come amid a series of updates from Facebook to “manage problematic content across the Facebook family of apps.” For Instagram, this means the company is taking new steps to limit

The Facebook scandals didn’t stop anyone from using Facebook

It turns out that social media is the bad boyfriend we refuse to dump for good. Despite a year of social media scandals and public skepticism, U.S. adults are still using Facebook and other social networking sites at the same rates that they were one year ago, a new Pew Research Center survey has found. That’s in contrast to what Pew found in mid-2018: that people were taking measures to

Facebook will give you more info about why certain posts show up in your News Feed

01/04/2019 Facebook, News Feed, Privacy, Tech, Transparency

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Facebook is adding a feature to its News Feed in an effort to be more transparent. The social media giant is introducing a tool to help you understand why posts from friends, pages, and groups appear in its News Feed — and to some extent, control their regularity. The tool will appear as a clickable question, reading “Why am I seeing this post?” It’s similar to the “Why am I

How Zuckerberg thinks Facebook should be regulated: A brief guide

01/04/2019 Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, Tech

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Government regulation is coming for Facebook — and Mark Zuckerberg has some ideas about how it should all go down. Over the weekend, the Facebook CEO published an op-ed in the Washington Post outlining the kinds of regulation he thinks Facebook and other tech giants should face, likely with the hope it could guide lawmakers who are calling for new rules.  What he’s proposing Zuck’s suggestions, which aren’t all that

Twitter and Google now under scrutiny for housing discrimination

29/03/2019 Facebook, Google, Hud, Tech, Twitter

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It appears that, just like misery, an investigation into possible discriminatory ad practices facilitated by a tech giant loves company.  Following the March 28 revelation that the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) has filed charges against Facebook for allegedly violating the Fair Housing Act, the Washington Post now reports that Google and Twitter are under investigation by the same agency. And for more or less the same

Pinterest throws subtle shade at Facebook in IPO filing

Pinterest is not happy with Facebook.  The forgotten middle child of the social media family filed for an IPO on March 22, and in doing so the San Francisco-based company made a very public argument that its future is bright. That is, if Facebook doesn’t screw things up for it first.  Buried deep in the pages and pages of IPO-related disclosures resides a friendly little section called “RISK FACTORS.” The

Facebook belatedly makes it harder to run some discriminatory ads

Nothing like finally doing the right thing after being sued and browbeaten into it. Sort of.  Scandal-plagued Facebook announced March 19 that it would take steps to address one of its many structural flaws. Namely, the company will no longer allow advertisers to discriminate when it comes to housing, jobs, or credit advertisements that run on the social media platform.  SEE ALSO: Facebook defends targeted ads that only show job

Facebook has removed 1.5 million videos of the New Zealand shooting, but questions remain

We already knew that Facebook moved quickly on Thursday to stop videos of the New Zealand mass shooting from spreading, but now we have some actual numbers. In a public statement and identical series of tweets dispensed by Facebook Newsroom, the company confirms that 1.5 million videos were removed in the first 24 hours following the terror attack on two New Zealand mosques that left 50 dead and 50 injured

Facebook’s News Feed changes were supposed to make us feel good. It’s not working.

More than a year after Facebook changed its News Feed algorithm to make us feel better, new data suggests we’re still sharing the same old garbage as before.  NewsWhip, an analytics company that tracks how content spreads across Facebook, put out a new report looking at how last year’s News Feed changes have affected what’s being shared on Facebook. Unsurprisingly, its findings aren’t very encouraging. SEE ALSO: Facebook announces a

Facebook loses two important executives amid new privacy push

15/03/2019 Facebook, Social Media Companies, Tech

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Two of Facebook’s most important executives are leaving the company amid its decision to refocus its platform around encryption and privacy. Chris Cox, Facebook’s Chief Product Officer, and Chris Daniels, who has lead WhatsApp since the departure of founder Jan Koum, are both leaving the company. Both men are long-serving Facebook veterans — Cox was one of Facebook’s earliest employees, and Daniels has been with the company since 2011 —