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

Twitter will soon let you switch between chronological and ranked feeds

In the meantime, the company says it’s fixing its timeline settings<p>Twitter has made a surprise change to how it shows tweets to its users, following a viral thread earlier today that discussed ways to reverse the platform’s algorithmic timeline. Now, when you uncheck the settings box reading “Show …

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Researchers say Facebook’s anti-fake news efforts might be working

Engagements with fake news could be declining on the site.<p>Since the 2016 US presidential election, social network sites have acknowledged the issue of fake news as well as their roles in spreading it. Companies like Facebook and Twitter have made efforts to address the problem, instituting a number …

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Facebook users are changing their social habits amid privacy concerns

A survey says half of US users adjusted their privacy settings in the last year.<p>The Pew Research Center has released the results of a survey that shows many Facebook users have changed how they interact with the site over the past year. The center polled 4,594 US adults between May 29th and June …

Social Media

Twitter wants to ‘increase the health of public conversation’

Jack Dorsey said there needs to be a proactive approach to removing toxic content.<p>Twitter doesn't only want to be more transparent about the toxic content on its site, it also wants to be more proactive about removing it altogether. Speaking to the House Committee on Energy and Commerce today, as …

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Sweden’s official tweets won’t come from citizens anymore

Bet Denmark's relieved.<p>IKEA, ABBA, Volvo... Sweden has given the world a lot of great things, and back in 2011 it added to the list by becoming the first country to let regular citizens run its official Twitter account. Every week, a new Swede was given free rein to tweet whatever they wanted, in a …

Social Media

Instagram offers parents a guide for children's social safety

If you want to help your kid have a positive experience on Instagram, read on.<p>Using smartphones and other digital devices in a less obsessive, more mindful way has been a hot topic of conversation with consumers and tech companies alike. Instagram, probably one of the most addictive social networks …

Social Media

As The President Tweets Attacks, Melania Trump Speaks Out Against Cyberbullying

<b>Updated at 6:21 p.m. ET</b><p>As her husband lashed out at his political opponents online, calling them names like "thug" and "hack," Melania Trump was calling for more civility and kindness online Monday morning.<p>The first lady addressed an annual cyberbullying prevention summit hosted by the federal …

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Jack Dorsey explains why Twitter is reluctant to fight fake news

The CEO also explained why Twitter didn't tackle Alex Jones right away.<p>Twitter chief Jack Dorsey's media tour has swung past <i>CNN</i>, and he's using this latest opportunity to defend more of the social network's controversial decisions over subjects like fake news. In an interview with <i>Reliable Sources</i> …

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Twitter tries to reassure users amid backlash over third-party apps

Access to key features is no longer available as of today.<p>In April, Twitter announced that it would replace developer access to User and Site streams with new API. Several third-party app developers warned that this would disrupt their ability to work with the service. Today is the day, then, that …

Apps

Facebook’s message to media: “We are not interested in talking to you about your traffic…That is the old world and there is no going back”

The Australian — the Murdoch-owned national paper — has an interesting (and aggressively paywalled) scoop about Facebook today, based on comments Campbell Brown, the company’s global head of news partnerships, allegedly made during a meeting with Australian media executives in Sydney last week.<p>Here …

Facebook requires Page managers to complete authorization process

They'll have to secure their account and confirm their location.<p>Facebook is introducing a new verification process intended to ensure those who run Pages with a significant following are who they say they are. Starting with Pages that have a large US audience, Page managers will have to complete an …

Facebook merges internet projects under 'Connectivity'

Same internet-for-all initiatives, new umbrella organization.<p>Facebook has introduced Connectivity, a new umbrella organization containing the company's various internet-for-all projects. Yes, it still includes Internet.org (rebranded as Free Basics), the social network's stripped-down web service …

New Tools to Manage Your Time on Facebook and Instagram

<i>By Ameet Ranadive, Product Management Director at Instagram, and David Ginsberg, Director of Research at Facebook</i>Today we are announcing new tools to …

Facebook’s Stock Plunge Shatters Faith in Tech Companies’ Invincibility

It had become an article of investor faith on Wall Street and in Silicon Valley: Quarter after quarter, year after year, the world’s biggest technology companies would keep raking in new users and ever-higher revenue. And with that, their share prices would continue to march upward, sloughing off …

Facebook deal with Washington ends ad filtering for ethnicity

Facebook made significant changes to its ad-targeting platform in April.<p>Washington Attorney General Bob Ferguson announced today that Facebook has signed an agreement that will prevent advertisers promoting housing, credit, employment, insurance or businesses open to the public from excluding …

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Like, Comment, Subscribe, Weep

Remember “Wayne’s World”? I think a lot about this one scene: Wayne and Garth, having sold their public access show to the enterprising capitalist yuppie Benjamin, arrive at the set of their newly slick, ad-supported program. They’re in a control booth peering down over a perfect replica of Wayne’s …

The Linguistics of 'YouTube Voice'

The attention-grabbing tricks that keep an audience watching, even when people are just talking at a camera<p>Hey guys! What’s up? It’s Julie. And today I want to talk about YouTube voice.<p>So the other day, I was watching this YouTube video from the PBS Idea Channel about whether Ron Weasley from <i>Harry</i> …

Understanding the emoji of solidarity

When disaster or tragedy strikes, people far away are touched and want to help – but really can’t do much. Often the first thing distant observers do …

Sex, Beer, and Coding: Inside Facebook’s Wild Early Days

Everyone who has seen <i>The Social Network</i> knows the story of Facebook’s founding. It was at Harvard in the spring semester of 2004. What people tend to …

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Mental health and the relentless YouTuber life

Jacques Slade was spending a week at the beach recently, away from the internet and his responsibilities as a full-time YouTube creator, where he's about to reach 1 million subscribers. It was supposed to be a time to relax and enjoy life. But being stress free, even on vacation, doesn't come …

Twitter is removing locked accounts from your follower count

It's an attempt to make those numbers more accurate.<p>Your Twitter follower count might soon shrink. The microblogging service announced today that it will begin purging locked accounts from your follower count starting this week. "Most people will see a change of four followers or fewer; others with …

Facebook releases massive data set for election research

In partnership with independently-funded Social Science One.<p>Last April, Facebook announced its intention to research social media's influence on elections. Now the company has revealed how it will do so. In conjunction with Harvard's Social Science One, the new project will give researchers and …

Social Media

Pandora users can share music to their Snapchat stories

Your friends won't need a Pandora account to listen, either.<p>Last month, Snap opened up its AR camera, Bitmoji and more for use within third-party apps. Pandora was one of the first to announce its partnership, and now the music streaming service is all set for its users to start sharing in Snapchat …

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Oprah, Is That You? On Social Media, the Answer Is Often No.

SAN FRANCISCO — Kip Moore, a country music singer-songwriter with hits like “Beer Money” and “Hey Pretty Girl,” has had some disturbing experiences with fans lately.<p>At some shows, women have approached him demanding to know why he stopped chatting with them on Instagram or Facebook. Some said they …

Twitter’s efforts to suspend fake accounts have doubled since last year

Bots, your days of tweeting politically divisive nonsense might be numbered. The Washington Post reported Friday that in the last few months Twitter has aggressively suspended accounts in an effort to stem the spread of disinformation running rampant on its platform.<p>The Washington Post reports that …

Facebook is showing users all the ads a Page could serve

It's the latest effort to bring more transparency to its social network.<p>A day after it was reported that Facebook was getting ready to launch new ad transparency tools globally, the company is now making a major change to Pages. Starting today, people will be able to see any active ads running on a …

Social Media

Twitter's Ad Transparency Center shows you who pays for ads

Search for any user on Twitter to find out what ads they've run in the past week.<p>Twitter just announced a new Ads Transparency Center (ATC), a new way to help you identify who is advertising on the social media service. Similar to Facebook's View Ads, set to launch this week (as well as a new …

Social Media

Instagram Gains Group Video Chat, Redesigned Explore Tab and New Camera Effects

Instagram today implemented several new features that were first previewed and announced at Facebook's F8 developer conference in May, including a redesigned Explore tab, new camera effects, and a group video chatting feature.<p>Instagram's new video chat option, which is a feature that's designed to …

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Facebook's Keyword Snooze will help you avoid spoilers in News Feed

And all the other garbage you don't want to see.<p>Last year, Facebook introduced a "Snooze" option that allows you to mute a friend for 30 days on your News Feed. Now it's extending that feature to keywords. According to Facebook, "Keyword Snooze" allows you to automatically hide any post that …

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