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

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 …

Fake News

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 …

Facebook

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 …

Facebook

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 …

Snapchat

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 …

Journalism

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 …

Social Media

Mastodon - like Twitter, without Nazis

Sarah Jeong of Motherboard says Mastodon is a "kinder, nicer, decentralized open source version of Twitter." I hope she's right! (I'm frauenfelder at …

Net Neutrality

Facebook helps you prevent the spread of revenge porn

Revenge porn is difficult to fight. Even if you successfully get the photos pulled, it's all too easy for someone with local copies to upload them again. Facebook thinks it can help. The social network is launching tools designed to keep revenge porn offline and prevent an already bad situation …

Facebook

Facebook Loses Appeal to Block Bulk Search Warrants

New York State’s highest court dealt a blow to Facebook and other social media companies seeking to expand privacy protections on Tuesday, ruling that Facebook had no right to appeal bulk search warrants ordering the company to hand over information from hundreds of accounts in a disability fraud …

Big Brother

Facebook Testing 'Rocket Ship' Mobile Feed With Recommended, Local Content

Signs of Facebook's silent testing of new features for its mobile app appear to be continuing apace, after some users noticed a rocket ship-shaped icon appearing at the bottom of their news feed.<p>The icon has been appearing from time to time at the bottom of the iOS app's main news feed icon and …

Facebook

The White House is saving all of Trump's deleted tweets

Five days after Trump's inauguration, news leaked that his staff was continuing to use email linked to a private server. While that's not illegal (though hypocritical, given Hillary's election pillorying), it requires those using non-government emails to disclose them. If that doesn't happen -- if …

Government

Raising The Snapchat And Instagram Generation

Adolescent life is already complicated, and social media can make it more so.<p>I was walking near the creek behind my house with my 14-year-old daughter and her friend. Walking ahead of me they suddenly huddled together so I couldn’t hear what they were saying. Giggling, they pointed to the trees, …

Instagram

Here's the deal with those colorful status updates on Facebook

If your Facebook News Feed is looking a bit more colorful recently, there's good reason: The company is thirsty for your precious personal content.<p>Facebook has been rolling out a new way to post status updates since the end of last year. Write something in the "What's on your mind?" box and you'll …

Facebook

Facebook opens up donations for personal needs

Last year, Facebook announced a tool to help you create fundraisers for 501c3 nonprofits verified by the company. The social network even extended those donations to live videos. Today, Facebook is giving you the chance to raise money for causes that hit a little closer to home. With what it's …

Facebook

Snapchat is the Donald Trump of UI Design

A few days ago, I enjoyed reading Carmel DeAmicis’ article on Medium, Did Snapchat succeed because of its controversial UI? If you haven’t read that …

Snapchat

Facebook adds nearly everything Snapchat does to its main app

Facebook's quest to mimic Snapchat is undeniable at this point. In just the last few months, Instagram, Whatsapp and Messenger have all integrated some form of Stories -- a disappearing slideshow format that Snapchat is famous for -- while Facebook Live dabbled in Snapchat-esque selfie filters. …

Snapchat

How the Depressed Find Solace on Yik Yak, Believe It or Not

DELAWARE, Ohio — The dispatches from my small Ohio college town ask for the name of the easiest math professor, if any girl is available to “cuddle,” what’s for dinner in the cafeteria (lasagna, but like contraband the crushed red pepper is kept behind the counter) and what one should do when one …

App Store

48 new emojis are coming to your phone this summer

Near the end of last year, we got word that new emojis were on the way. With that announcement came a list of 51 proposed emojis that would come with the upcoming release of Unicode 10.0. That lineup has been pared down to 48, and as Emojipedia notes, they'll be available to use beginning on June …

Hijab

Twitter remembers it owns Tweetdeck

It’s been six years since Twitter acquired TweetDeck, but the company might finally bring new features to the client.<p>In a survey sent to some power users today, Twitter asked which features they would most like to see added to an “advanced” version of TweetDeck. After that, respondents were asked …

Twitter

Dozens watched a Facebook Live stream of sexual assault (updated)

It's no secret that Facebook has its hands full dealing with graphic and violent content being streamed live on the site. Last summer, Antonio Perkins was streaming an otherwise normal evening when he was shot. There have been other cases of graphic footage being streamed on Facebook Live as well. …

Facebook

Facebook Live makes the overdue jump to desktop

Facebook users have been able to broadcast live videos for over a year now. It's been mobile-exclusive since it was introduced, but Facebook has been working on bringing the feature to other platforms. Last year, the company revealed that it was rolling out live video to select desktop users. Now, …

Facebook

Instagram will start blurring 'sensitive' photos in your feed

In recent months, Instagram has taken some long-overdue steps to reduce abuse on its platform and generally make the experience better and safer for all users. Today, the company has announced another change in line with those goals. When you're browsing pictures or a user profile, you might start …

Text Messaging

Facebook adds more familiar features to Messenger chats

Facebook has a habit of copping features from other apps and dropping them into Messenger, so the addition of message reactions and @-mentions in the social network's marquee messaging app was probably inevitable as the company slowly merges features across it's products. Like iMessage, Slack and …

Facebook

Get ready to see more Twitter live streams

Twitter seriously wants to give Facebook a run for its money in its bid to transform into one of the largest online destination for live videos. According to <i>The Information</i>, the social network plans to announce next week that it's opening up its live streaming API to media firms. It will also …