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

The Difficulties With Facebook’s News Feed Overhaul

Imagine you’re a cookie mogul. You figured out a way to make lots of money by giving away delicious cookies for free, and in less than a decade, you created a global cookie behemoth.<p>But recently your cookie kingdom has begun to crumble. Scientists are worried that people are eating so many of your …

Facebook

Facebook to Overhaul News Feed With More Content From Family and Friends, Less From Publishers

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg this afternoon announced some major changes that are coming to the Facebook News Feed, which will cut down on the content displayed from publishers to instead highlight more content from family and friends.<p>According to Zuckerberg, feedback from Facebook users has …

Facebook

From 'Bae' To 'Submarining,' The Lingo Of Online Dating

When it comes to meeting that special someone, we've gone from IRL to swiping right. Online dating has changed the way people meet and communicate — and as that old saying goes, when you're trying to find bae, communication is key.<p>With new ways to flirt, date and find love come new lingo to …

Relationships

What does Mark Zuckerberg’s pledge of fixing Facebook’s issues mean for the fate of news on the platform?

The question had been raised before: What if Facebook, struggling with the global “fake news” problem, just threw up its Like hands and de-prioritized news altogether? In the dawn of 2018, it doesn’t seem as far fetched anymore.<p>Mark Zuckerberg’s goal for the new year (joining previous annual goals …

Facebook

Cubs save social media flop with hilarious response

It’s no secret that the Cubs’ social media game is strong.<p>The team of Tweeters, Instagrammers and Snapchatters are consistently sharing swag …

Jason Heyward

Twitter says it won't stop world leaders from posting controversial tweets

Social network says blocking or removing their tweets would hide important information that's meant to be debated.<p>Twitter said that it will not block or remove controversial tweets from a elected world leaders.<p>In a blog post Friday, the social network said those actions "would hide important …

Social Media

Germany's hefty hate speech fines for social networks start today

Starting today, Germany will fine social networks up to to €50 million (roughly $58 million) should they fail to remove posts containing hate speech within 24 hours, or seven days for "complex cases". The law, known as the Network Enforcement Act (or NetzDG), went into effect in October, but …

Hate Speech

The world's biggest YouTube stars are seeing a massive slowdown

• <b>YouTube personalities like PewDiePie and Zoella are seeing a massive slowdown in subscriber growth and views, according to social stats analysed by Business Insider.</b>• <b><br>YouTube stars have seen years of growth as vlogging has exploded, but it looks as though the golden days are over and the most</b> …

New Media

KQED

As adults witness the rising tides of teenaged anxiety, it’s tough not to notice a common thread that runs through the epidemic — something that past …

Teens

Inside the Hollywood Home of Social Media’s Stars. (Don’t Be Shy.)

LOS ANGELES — On any given day, something crazy is likely to be happening at 1600 Vine Street, a 550-unit apartment complex in Hollywood.<p>A scary-looking clown might be shimmying across a narrow ledge eight floors above the sidewalk, or a young woman dangling from a balcony while a masked man wields …

Media Industry

Instagram has a new feature that adds 'recommended' posts to your feed

Tech<p>SHANNON CONNELLANDec 28, 2017<p>What are your friends liking on Instagram? Whatever it is, it's about to land in your feed.<p>Instagram is quietly …

Instagram

The Library of Congress will start limiting its Twitter archives in 2018

It doesn't seem odd anymore that governments might want to save Twitter archives for historical purposes, what with all the attention our president gets for his contributions to the platform. The UK has been saving tweets and YouTube videos as historic media since 2014, while our own Library of …

Social Media

Facebook now lets you check to see if you followed Russian propaganda

Facebook rolled out on Friday a tool to let users see whether they liked or followed any Facebook pages or Instagram accounts created by the Internet Research Agency, the troll farm with links to the Kremlin that has sought to spread chaos in U.S. politics.<p>The tool, which Facebook had promised …

Social Media

Instagram Is Now a Dating Platform, Too. Here’s How to Navigate It.

Last April, Roberto Forgione noticed that someone who had ghosted him was looking at his Instagram Stories — the brief, casual updates that hang around for 24 hours at the top of the app’s screen and include lists of the people who have seen them.<p>“After a couple, I was like, ‘He’s back,’” Mr. …

Social Media

Facebook introduces new tools to fight online harassment

Facebook has been rightfully criticized for how it has handled (or not handled) harassment and abuse in the past. But today, the company announced a couple of new tools aimed at fighting online harassment and giving users more control over who can interact with them.<p>First, when someone blocks an …

Facebook

Facebook will let you turn off facial recognition with one switch

Facebook is letting you decide whether or not you want your face to be recognized.<p>On Tuesday, Facebook released a new setting that lets users easily …

Facebook

Twitter’s new rules could result in a major purge of alt-right accounts

Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images The new rules start tomorrow. Twitter will begin enforcing new rules tomorrow that will suspend accounts …

Facebook's 'snooze' button mutes a friend for 30 days

A sad truth of Facebook: many of us follow people who annoy us pretty frequently. Rather than going through the social pain of un-friending someone, however, Facebook has offered the option to stay friends with someone but mute all of their posts in your News Feed. Today, Facebook is rolling out a …

Facebook tests option to bypass profiles and only post to News Feed

Facebook appears to be testing different options for how users share posts. <i>The Next Web's</i> Matt Navarra tweeted tests of two new ways to post content that let you bypass posting to your profile.<p>In one image shared by Navarra, a status update asks if you want it to show on your profile. If you don't …

Facebook tackles the question of whether social media is bad for us

As part of its "Hard Questions" series, Facebook took on the question of whether social media is good or bad for us. Citing a handful of academic studies, some done by Facebook researchers, Facebook Director of Research David Ginsberg and research scientist Moira Burke say that it can be both and …

Twitter adds thread tools to help you craft epic tweetstorms

Multi-part tweetstorms are a staple of Twitter, for better or worse, and the social network wants them to be as easy to write as possible. After months of testing, it's adding a thread feature that simplifies creating and posting a series of tweets. The composer now includes a "plus" button that …

Hard Questions: So Your Kids Are Online, But Will They Be Alright?

<b>Raising the Next Generation: What Are Parents Thinking and How Can Facebook Help?</b><p><i>By Antigone Davis, Public Policy Director, Global Head of …

Parenting
Derive

Nobody knows if Snapchat shows are actually successful

Snapchat hasn't been coy about its obsession with making original video content. Snap Inc., its parent company, sees TV-like programming as the holy grail and key to its long-term success. The quick, raw, disappearing videos that made Snapchat popular with teens are no longer enough to keep users …

Instagram Now Lets You Highlight Your Favorite Stories Permanently on Your Profile

Instagram today introduced two new tools that it says will help you revisit your favorite Instagram Stories, as well as showcase these moments to everyone who visits your profile.<p>To start, a new Stories Archive feature will automatically save your 24-hour-long stories into a private section of the …

Change, tragedy and chicken nuggets ruled Twitter in 2017

It's been one heck of a year, and nowhere has that been more visible than Twitter. The platform became a bigger stage than ever given Trump's preference to introduce policy through tweets, turning the social network into even more of a political battleground. Today, Twitter released its …

Facebook has a Messenger app for kids | Engadget Today

Instagram warns you if posts show harm to animals or nature

Protecting wildlife and sensitive natural areas is hard enough as it is, and it's not helping that every brain-dead tourist wants to post a selfie with a koala bear or dolphin. Starting today, Instagram is making it harder to find such content. If you search hashtags associated with images that …

Instagram is testing a lot of new features, including a repost button

The Next Web reports today that Instagram is testing a slew of new features, many of which could be quite welcome among users. Maybe the most …