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By Luke Hokama | Updates/worthy news regarding social media.

How to Use Twitter and Facebook for Emergency Travel Information

You don’t have to like Twitter or Facebook, or even post to them, but when an emergency strikes, the networking sites can be essential travel tools.<p>As Hurricane Maria neared the Caribbean this week, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) used Twitter to disseminate shelter information. And …

Travel

Facebook to Turn Over Russian-Linked Ads to Congress

WASHINGTON — Under growing pressure from Congress and the public to reveal more about the spread of covert Russian propaganda on Facebook, the company said on Thursday that it was turning over more than 3,000 Russia-linked ads to congressional committees investigating the Kremlin’s influence …

Facebook

Facebook tightens safeguards against hate-driven targeted ads

Facebook was caught more than a little off-guard when <i>ProPublica</i> discovered ads targeted at racists, and today it's taking steps to prevent those hate-filled ads from showing up again. The social network's Sheryl Sandberg has announced plans to tighten control of ads, including more human …

Facebook

Facebook Faces a New World as Officials Rein In a Wild Web

On a muggy, late spring evening, Tuan Pham awoke to the police storming his house in Hanoi, Vietnam.<p>They marched him to a police station and made their demand: Hand over your Facebook password. Mr. Tuan, a computer engineer, had recently written a poem on the social network called “Mother’s …

Facebook

Is Social Media a Failure?

They say there’s no such thing as bad publicity, but social media companies might yet prove that old dictum untrue. They’ve made headlines daily …

Social Media Marketing

Twitter also has a problem with ads targeted towards hate speech

<i>ProPublica</i> found that Facebook allows ads to be targeted at users based on antisemitic keywords and <i>BuzzFeed</i> has reported that Google similarly allows ads to be targeted through racist and hateful phrases. So, it probably shouldn't be a surprise at this point that it turns out Twitter is laden with …

Hate Speech

Facebook's 'Crisis Response' provides info during a disaster

Last year, it was reported that Facebook was working on an always-ready crisis hub that would bring together its Safety Check feature with posts and videos relating to an ongoing emergency. Today, it announced that the tool is going live.<p>Crisis Response is a section of Facebook reachable from the …

Facebook

Facebook allowed advertisers to target anti-Semites

As further proof that the Facebook ad network needs a lot of work, <i>ProPublica</i> has discovered that it allowed advertisers to target anti-Semites. When you buy ads on Facebook, the system prompts you to add targeted categories, which are real keywords or phrases people use on their profiles. Well,</i> …

Facebook

Twitter tests a feature that simplifies your tweetstorms

Tweetstorms are a staple of Twitter these days -- it's not uncommon to see someone shout "thread" and point to a mammoth 30-tweet piece of political commentary. Whether or not you feel that's the best use of Twitter, it could soon be much easier to compose those epic-length stories. A user (going …

Social Media

Facebook may spend $1 billion on original video in 2018

We've been aware of Facebook's video ambitions for awhile now. Last month, it replaced the "Video" button with a "Watch" tab, which was designed to be the landing page for Facebook's push into original TV shows. What we didn't know, though, was just how serious they were about it: <i>The Wall Street</i> …

Facebook

Facebook's widening role in electing Trump

Facebook admitted this week that a Russian propaganda mill used the social-media giant's ad service for political operation around the 2016 campaign. This came out when sources revealed to <i>The</i> <i>Washington Post</i> on Wednesday that Facebook was grilled by 2016 Russia-Trump congressional investigators …

Facebook

Facebook’s fact-checkers say the company is withholding useful data

Facebook has been plucking away at its big fake news problem over the last few months. So far, it has cut off fake news sites from ad revenue and blocked advertisements from Pages that spread fake news. It has also deprioritized false reports and posts shared by high-frequency posters. And the …

Facebook

67% of Americans use social media to get some of their news; Twitter and Snapchat for news are getting more popular

Sixty-seven percent of Americans report getting some of their news via social media at some point, according to a Pew Research survey of just under 5,000 U.S. adults conducted last month and published Thursday.<p>That overall percentage is only up slightly from 62 percent in 2016, in the run-up to the …

United States

Facebook says it sold ads to Russian 'troll farm' during 2016 campaign

Facebook told congressional investigators on Wednesday that it sold political ads during the 2016 U.S. presidential election to a so-called Russian troll farm that was looking to target American voters.<p>"In reviewing the ads buys, we have found approximately $100,000 in ad spending from June of 2015 …

Social Media

Everything you need to know about using Instagram's archive feature

Instagram released its Archive feature in June, but you might not know what it's for or how to use it.<p>Archive lets you hide photos and videos from …

Instagram

Facebook will block ads from Pages that spread fake news

In its latest attempt to fix its fake news problem, Facebook will now block Pages that spread fake news from advertising on the site. "If Pages repeatedly share stories marked as false, these repeat offenders will no longer be allowed to advertise on Facebook," it said in a statement.<p>Earlier this …

Facebook

Celebrities are vanishing from social media to make a statement

Platforms like Instagram and Twitter have taken the relationship between celebrities and fans to new heights. Those who follow famous people on social media feel closer to them than ever before, since these networks act as a window into the lavish personal lives of individuals they admire. Celebs …

Social Media

Twitter hashtags are 10 years old and they wouldn't have happened without old-school texting

Yes, it's really been 10 years.<p>Twitter's most iconic feature is celebrating a big birthday today. Exactly 10 years ago, before there were iPhones, …

Biz Stone

Facebook's mobile apps now take 360-degree photos

Standalone cameras and apps that can take 360-degree photos and videos are a must if they're essential to your job or if they fit your lifestyle. But if you find yourself taking spherical images merely once in a blue moon, you may not need them at all. Facebook's iOS and Android apps can now …

Mobile

Snapchat will feature original scripted shows by end of year

Snapchat has jumped into television in a big way, with NBC's twice-daily news show, CNN's newscast, a CBS-led James Corden variety show and even MTV's <i>Cribs</i>crowding in to connect with Snapchat users. Now the photo messaging app is set to move into to scripted content by the end of this year, …

James Corden

Your Tweets Know You’re Sick Before You Do

New research predicts outbreaks of the flu just by the emotions inside your tweets. Next up? Predicting absolutely everything else.<p>What if Twitter knew you’d get sick before the first sneeze? New research demonstrates that it’s possible. Researchers at the Department of Energy’s Pacific Northwest …

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Facebook makes Safety Check a permanent feature

Facebook is acting on its promise to make Safety Check a permanent feature. The social network is rolling out a dedicated Safety Check hub that helps you find any ongoing crisis without first being prompted to declare yourself as safe. It's not exactly a prominent feature (you'll have to dig into …

Facebook

Inside, the collection of industry newsletters, continues to bet on email, the “largest social network”

Email, not Facebook, is the largest social network.<p>That’s the view held by the team behind Inside, a company focused entirely on growing and monetizing its motley collection of newsletters. Closing in on a year, the company founded by serial entrepreneur and investor Jason Calcanis — known for …

Digital Media

Your Instagram Posts May Hold Clues to Your Mental Health

The photos you share online speak volumes. They can serve as a form of self-expression or a record of travel. They can reflect your style and your quirks. But they might convey even more than you realize: The photos you share may hold clues to your mental health, new research suggests.<p>From the …

Depression

Facebook adds a link to Trending News in the app's main menu

The redesigned Trending Topics section of Facebook is now called Trending News and the updates to this feature -- which were announced in May -- are now available to most US users on both iOS and Android devices. For iPhone users, Trending News also has its own direct link in the Facebook app's …

Facebook

Facebook knew about Snap's struggles months before the public

You may have only recently discovered that Snap isn't having much luck attracting new users, but Facebook knew months before -- and there's a chance you helped it find out. The <i>Wall Street Journal</i> has learned just how Facebook has been using app usage data from Onavo Protect, the VPN-based security …

Facebook

Snapchat video of alleged sexual assault leads to quick arrest

A man in Ohio is being held on a $1 million bond today after being charged with an alleged rape that was recorded and uploaded onto Snapchat by his victim. There aren't a lot of details about the situation as of now, but reports say that police were called to a residence for a welfare check early …

Crime

Facebook 'Watch' section launches as a platform for TV shows

Get ready for a new tab in Facebook on the web, mobile and TV apps, as the social network has announced it's replacing the video button with "Watch." Watch is "a new platform for shows on Facebook," and why that doesn't yet explain why we'd want one, but given Silicon Valley's obsession with the …

Facebook

Facebook is paying its fact-checking partners now (and giving them a lot more work to do)

<b>Facebook is paying its factcheckers now (and giving them more work).</b> Facebook rolled out an update this week that will surround popular articles in the News Feed with related articles — “part of Facebook’s strategy to limit the damage of false news without censoring those posts,” reports The Wall …