The Socials

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

Why TV is Facebook’s next frontier

Facebook has long had a love affair with video. Recently, however, the social network has taken its video ambitions one step further: It's diving into original programming. This involves not just news and sportscasts but also scripted shows. If that sounds an awful lot like television, well, you're …

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Facebook is quietly testing its own group video chat app

Facebook has been working on cloning Snapchat's features for awhile now, but that's not the only service the social media giant is looking to duplicate. <i>The Verge</i> reports that Facebook recently showed a Houseparty-style live group video chat app, called Bonfire, to its employees.<p>Houseparty is …

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Instagram adds photo and video replies to Stories

Instagram's ephemeral Stories feature has been around for less than a year, but it's already beaten Snapchat at its own game. Today, the social network is taking yet another swing at its rival with a new feature that lets you reply to Stories with a photo or video. That's right, in addition to …

Instagram

A Way to Own Your Social-Media Data

The European Union imposed a 2.4 billion euro ($2.7 billion) fine on Google last Tuesday for manipulating its search engine results to favor its own comparison shopping service. It is just the latest institution to recognize the increasing monopolization of the technology industry.<p>Google has about …

Chicago Booth

He thought a book would stop a bullet and make him a YouTube star. Now he’s dead.

Monalisa Perez, 19, was booked into a Minnesota jail after shooting her boyfriend Pedro Ruiz as he held a book to his chest, believing it would stop the bullet on June 26. Perez is charged with second-degree manslaughter. (Amber Ferguson/The Washington Post)<p>Before Monday, before the 911 call and …

Crime

Report details Facebook’s bizarre logic on hate speech

Facebook has more than two billion users, and ensuring that the discussion between them remains civil is an understandably difficult task. But, if evidence found by <i>ProPublica</i> is true, the company's own policy on hate speech may cause unreasonable disparities in how comments are moderated. The …

Censorship

Using social media appears to diversify your news diet, not narrow it

Despite widespread fears that social media and other forms of algorithmically-filtered services (like search) lead to filter bubbles, we know surprisingly little about what effect social media have on people’s news diets.<p>Data from the 2017 Reuters Institute Digital News Report can help address …

Journalism

Marco Rubio opens Twitter 'investigation' into failed Ivanka Trump hug

<b>Washington (CNN) —</b> Sen. Marco Rubio went on a tweetstorm Tuesday afternoon after his greeting with Ivanka Trump on Capitol Hill earlier that day went viral.<p>A picture of the two apparently attempting an embrace surfaced on social media soon after the pair met at the Capitol to discuss tax reform and …

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A Whimsical Wordsmith Charts a Course Beyond Twitter

<b>T</b>here are a few things we should clear up about the Twitter humorist known as “jomny sun.” Although sun’s Twitter bio describes him as an “aliebn confuesed abot humamn lamgauge,” and his avatar is a line drawing of a smiling alien in a T-shirt, he is, in fact, a real person, and that really is his …

Lin-Manuel Miranda

Twitter launches its biggest redesign in years

Ever since Twitter decided it was more of a place to find out what's going on in the world rather than just another social network, it's made quite a few changes. It invested more in live video, opened up its Moments feature to all users, ramped up its safety efforts, removed @names from replies …

Facebook is countering terrorism with AI and human sleuths

With a user base of nearly 2 billion people, Facebook's global influence is nearly unrivaled, making it a potent platform for extremist ideologies. And while the company has long sought to limit the reach of such hateful speech, it hasn't always been forthcoming in how it was going about doing so. …

Facebook's Safety Check now includes status updates and fundraisers

Facebook's Safety Check is a useful feature, but its implementation has experienced some bumps along the way. Now, the company hope to smooth out some of those rough edges with new features it announced today.<p>The most practical feature is the ability to add more personal context to Safety Check. …

Tweets will be official presidential records if the Covfefe Act passes

America's 45th president has a habit of writing and then deleting his social media posts and US Representative Mike Quigley wants him to stop. As such, Quigley on Monday introduced legislation to force the National Archives to include "social media" as part of the Presidential Records Act and he's …

Facebook's new maps will help responders during natural disasters

When natural disasters hit, the role of a site like Facebook switches from a fun social networking platform to a tool that can be used to save lives. Fully aware of the role it plays in natural disasters, Facebook has today announced that it will be using its software to lend emergency services a …

How Instagram has changed restaurant design — and the way we eat

Before opening his first restaurant in Paris, chef Simon Horwitz spent months sourcing tables from Burgundy, light fixtures from Germany and …

Restaurants

The Secret Social Media Lives of Teenagers

Earlier this week, Harvard University revealed that it had rescinded admissions offers to at least 10 students who shared offensive images within what they thought was a private Facebook group chat. The students posted memes and images that mocked minority groups, child abuse, sexual assault and …

Teens

Facebook reportedly has a teen-friendly chat app in the works

As Snapchat continues to rule among the teen set, Facebook continues to take a more active role in encouraging younger folks to use its own communication apps. According to a report at <i>The Information</i><i>,</i> code inside the main Facebook app points to a new, unreleased app called Talk. The code alludes to …

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Anyone in the US can use Facebook for personal fundraising

You no longer have to be part of a privileged few to try out Facebook's personal fundraising. The social network has just made its do-it-yourself donation campaigns available to every adult in the US. If you'd like help with a medical bill and don't mind Facebook taking a cut (6.9 percent plus 30 …

EU approves plans forcing Facebook and YouTube to act on hate speech

The European Union has just approved a proposal to implement Europe's very first mandatory social media restrictions. In a bid to clamp down on hate speech across Facebook, YouTube and Twitter, the EU is proposing a law that allows them to block videos which incite hatred or promote terrorism. …

Twitter adds all 69 new emoji to its arsenal

Twitter has stepped up its emoji game in a big way. The social network is one of the first platforms to make all 69 Emoji 5.0 icons available to its users, and they include a few new flags, a woman with headscarf, persons with gray hair, the starstruck and the mind blown smiley. Before you fire up …

Facebook's latest journalism fix connects users with local news

Earlier this year, Mark Zuckerberg and company announced the Facebook Journalism Project -- an initiative to repair the social network's reputation …

Facebook is dealing with a massive revenge porn problem

If it wasn't already apparent that Facebook faces a lot of challenges when grappling with sensitive material, it is now. As part of a slow but steady file leak, the <i>Guardian</i> has revealed that Facebook has faced at least one recent surge in revenge porn and sexual extortion cases -- 54,000 potential …

‘The Internet Is Broken’: @ev Is Trying to Salvage It

SAN FRANCISCO — Evan Williams is the guy who opened up Pandora’s box. Until he came along, people had few places to go with their overflowing emotions and wild opinions, other than writing a letter to the newspaper or haranguing the neighbors.<p>Mr. Williams — a Twitter founder, a co-creator of …

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What’s Happening with Me

I worked at Twitter for about six years. In that time, the service grew from zero people to hundreds of millions of people. Jack was the original CEO …

Twitter gives you more control over how it uses your data

Ever seen Twitter ads that were a little too relevant to your personal tastes? You now have better tools for dealing with them. Twitter has expanded both the control you have over your data inside its mobile apps as well as the amount of insight into how the social network uses that data. Venture …

Snap’s $2.2 Billion Loss Caps Bumpy First Months as a Public Company

SAN FRANCISCO — When Snap listed its shares on the New York Stock Exchange in March, the floor of the exchange was festooned in the company’s signature yellow. Family members of Snap executives posed for photographs; some wore the company’s video-recording Spectacles. And as Snap’s two 20-something …

Social Media

Facebook could launch two dozen 'TV-like' original shows in June

Facebook might be getting ready to make its video dreams a reality: According to <i>Business Insider</i>, the social network plans to launch two dozen original shows in June. Its no secret that the company has been looking for partners that can create unique programming since 2016 and even tapped …

Facebook will hire 3,000 moderators to tackle livestreamed violence

Following a spate of suicides and murders that were streamed or hosted on Facebook for hours before they were taken down, Mark Zuckerberg has announced that the company will be hiring an additional 3,000 people to its global community operations team over the next year. That will bring the total …

Facebook is closing in on 2 billion users

Facebook has had quite a rollercoaster ride so far in 2017. Sure, it managed to go head-to-head with Snapchat and rolled out lots of new features, but it's also faced plenty of scrutiny over fake news and the rise of graphic violence on its live video platform. Still, Facebook continues to be the …