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What the hell is going on with Matthew Lillard’s Instagram account?: An investigation

13/04/2019 Instagram, Social Media Companies, Tech

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Even Hollywood’s brightest stars are vulnerable to the pain and suffering of Instagram’s broken customer support system. Good Girls actor Matthew Lillard — also known for starring in cult classics such as SLC Punk!, Scream, and Hackers — learned this the hard way when he recently discovered he was locked out of his Instagram account.  Lillard suspects he was hacked, but — celebrities are just like us! — his attempts to reach

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

Social media companies which fail to remove violent content face fines or jail time in Australia

Australia has announced tougher penalties on social media platforms to ensure they act on violent content. The laws threaten executives of social media companies with jail, and fines placed on these companies if they fail to remove “abhorrent violent material” from their platforms.  SEE ALSO: Facebook makes vague noises about ‘restrictions’ on live video after tragedy The amendment, only just announced by the country’s prime minister on Saturday, was passed

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

Slack removes more than two dozen accounts tied to hate groups

Slack is giving the boot to users with ties to hate groups. On Thursday, the messaging company announced that it had removed more than two dozen users that were affiliated with hate groups. In all, Slack banned 28 accounts. “The use of Slack by hate groups runs counter to everything we believe in at Slack and is not welcome on our platform,” the company said in a statement. Last week,

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 —

Facebook faces criminal investigation over controversial data sharing deals

14/03/2019 Facebook, Social Media Companies, Tech

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As if today couldn’t get any worse for Facebook, the company is now facing a criminal investigation as the result of its controversial data sharing practices. Federal investigators are scrutinizing partnerships that allowed other companies to access users’ data without their consent, according to a new report in the New York Times.  SEE ALSO: Why we should all be skeptical of Mark Zuckerberg’s new commitment to privacy The investigation reportedly