The Socials

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

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 …

Facebook

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. …

Social Media

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 …

Emoji

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 …

Facebook

‘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 …

Evan Williams

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 …

European Free Trade Association

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 …

Wall Street

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 …

Netflix

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

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 …

Facebook

Twitter's own 24-hour news channel will be made by Bloomberg

Twitter's evolution into a broadcast platform is getting more notable with the news that it is teaming up with Bloomberg. The <i>Wall Street Journal</i> is reporting that the financial outfit will build a rolling, 24-hour news channel exclusively for Twitter. The product will be officially unveiled by Jack …

Social Media

Facebook report admits foreign governments are influencing discourse

On the same day Facebook released its report on global government requests for the second half of 2016, its Threat Intelligence team announced new steps the social giant is taking to combat so-called "Information Operations." The report is tacit acknowledgment that foreign governments are …

Facebook

Facebook Tests Related Articles Fact-Checking Update in Ongoing Quest to Combat Fake News

Facebook product manager Sara Su today shared a blog post that highlights a test launching on the company's iOS and Android apps, consisting of an update to the "Related Articles" feature found beneath posts shared by your friends and family.<p>For users included in the update, Related Articles will …

Facebook

Twitter Working on 24/7 Live Streaming Network of TV Shows to Rival Current News Outlets

Twitter is gearing up to launch an always-on, live-streaming video section of its apps and desktop site, which would run 24/7 and is ostensibly referred to as "Twitter TV" (via <i>BuzzFeed News</i>). The news comes from Twitter COO and CFO Anthony Noto, who said the 24/7 video update would be an expansion …

Twitter

700 million people are using Instagram

Instagram's Stories feature beating out all of Snapchat in terms of users is <i>so</i> two weeks ago. Now the photo-minded social network is crowing about hitting 700 million users in rapid fashion. Specifically, 100 million folks flocked to the app within the last four months alone. The last time …

Instagram

YouTube will fight fake news by offering workshops to teens

Google is already flagging fake news, but it knows that isn't always enough. People need to recognize what fake news <i>is</i>, too. To that end, its YouTube wing just launched an Internet Citizens program that will teach UK teens to spot fake news through workshops. The day-long gatherings will encourage …

Censorship

Murders, suicides and rapes: Facebook's major video problem

A nationwide manhunt for Steve Stephens, the 37-year-old from Cleveland who uploaded a video to Facebook of himself shooting an elderly stranger in the head, came to an end today. Stephens committed suicide after a brief car chase with state police in Erie, Pennsylvania. His crime, which took place …

Facebook

Watch Facebook's F8 keynote in under 10 minutes

If there was still any question why Facebook paid all of that money for Oculus, today's F8 keynote provided some extra explanation. From AR to social VR and more, the company laid out its plan for the immediate future that involves blending the virtual world with real life. If you missed the …

Virtual World

YouTube opens up mobile livestreams to more users

It hasn't been that long since YouTube rolled out livestreaming for those who want to broadcast directly from their phones. The caveat was that you had to have at least 10,000 subscribers to enable the feature. Today, however, the video service has made live video available to YouTubers with a …

You Tube

A Murder Posted on Facebook Prompts Outrage and Questions Over Responsibility

SAN FRANCISCO — On Easter, Steve Stephens drove around downtown Cleveland on what he said was a mission to commit murder — and soon he had an audience of millions for his shooting of Robert Godwin Sr., 74, which he recorded and posted on Facebook, the police in Cleveland said.<p>On Monday, the …

Facebook

Facebook busts up international spam operation

While Facebook has spent significant time fighting fake news on its network, it continues to battle another plague to its social platform: Fake accounts. These are often used to spread low-quality content, so the internet titan has been ramping up its crackdowns. Hot on the heels of banning 30,000 …

Facebook

A New, More Rigorous Study Confirms: The More You Use Facebook, the Worse You Feel

The average Facebook user spends almost an hour on the site every day, according to data provided by the company last year. A Deloitte survey found that for many smartphone users, checking social media apps are the first thing they do in the morning – often before even getting out of bed. Of …

Psychology

Instagram Stories now used by 200 million people daily, gets new creative tools

Instagram is seeing continued growth in the number of people using its Snapchat Stories-like feature. Five months after launching, the company revealed that 150 million people were using Instagram Stories daily. And four months later, that number has grown to 200 million.<p>Although Instagram said …

Instagram

With its new, “no-bullshit” tone on social, ProPublica is meeting @realDonaldTrump where he lives

By the time White House press secretary Sean Spicer called ProPublica a “left-wing blog” in an attempt to delegitimize its reporting on changes to Trump’s trust, ProPublica was ready.<p>“Since we’re in the actually in the biz of facts, we figured we’d respond w/ a few…” ProPublica began on Twitter on …

Twitter Sues Trump Administration For Attempts To Unmask Anti-Trump Account

<b>Twitter</b> has sued <b>Donald Trump</b>‘s administration after the U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officials allegedly tried to get the social media …

Twitter sues to stop Trump's team from unmasking whoever runs this anti-Trump account

Twitter is the social media outlet President Trump favors to spread his message, but it's also home to a host of critical accounts claiming to be written by dissenting federal employees. Purporting to be rogue insiders at agencies including the FBI and the National Parks Service, they have amassed …