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  1. Google is bringing back human moderators to oversee YouTube content, taking over from automated systems that were given more responsibilities at the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic. YouTube revealed in late August that in the three months prior, 11.4 million videos have been removed from the platform for violating its Community Guidelines. This is the highest number of videos taken down from YouTube over a three-month period since the service was launched in 2005, and it was attributed to the higher reliance on A.I. as the pandemic prevented human reviewers from going t
  2. Hey guys, I just wanna share something with you to see if someone can help me because I am frustrated. My facebook and instagram account were hacked for the 4th time this month. When it first happened, I created a new hotmail account and linked it with both my facebook and instagram profiles because my original hotmail was also hacked. 2 step verification was enabled for both social media accounts but still didn't protect me. After the second and the third time, I became convinced that someone had access to my phone or laptop so I resetted both of them. After each hack I recover my accounts us
  3. The year 2018 will go down in history as the one where social networking platforms made country-specific changes and agreed to store user data belonging to Indians within the country. With great power comes great responsibility. The quote made popular by the iconic comic series 'Spider-Man' sums up the challenges that social media platforms like WhatsApp and Facebook are facing in India. They have been accused of being a carrier of hate messages and fake news that incited mob violence. And, now they stare at the prospects of stricter government rules, greater account
  4. Republicans, Democrats, and Independents may not be able to agree taxes, foreign policy, or immigration. But they increasingly agree that social media do more to hurt free speech and democracy than help, according to a new poll out from Axios. The survey of 3,622 adults was conducted by SurveyMonkey earlier this month. It showed that over the last year, the adults who thought that social media helped went from 53% to 40%. The ranks of those who said the platforms hurt jumped from 43% to 57%. Although people with different political party allegiances differed
  5. Conservative apps deliver curated partisan news feeds on what are effectively private social media platforms, the New York Times reports. They're "creating a safe space for people who share a viewpoint, who feel like the open social networks are not fun," says the developer of such apps. Republicans who feel Silicon Valley harbors a bias against conservative views are developing their own online networks, according to a Saturday report in The New York Times. The Times highlighted a
  6. Facebook and Twitter are declining as news and media referral sources on mobile, according to a report from traffic analytics company Chartbeat, which finds that users are increasingly using search for news as well as migrating to publisher and news aggregation apps. Why it matters: The increase of social media distribution on smartphones meant that more people generally had access to more news and information than ever before, but a lot of it was unvetted, one-sided or outright false. Between the lines: Three market forces are pushing news traffic to come from p
  7. More Americans get their news from social media than from newspapers, a Pew Research study has found, a tip of the balance in that direction for the first time. As recently as last year, the sides were roughly equal – news via social media was about the same portion as news via print newspapers. According to the report posted on the Pew Research Center website, 20% of U.S. adults say they “often get news via social media,” a slightly higher figure than the 16% who favor newspapers. Pew notes that social media’s recent gain over print follows year
  8. Company, Devumi, already filed for bankruptcy in mid-2018. Today, a company that sold social media 'likes' and 'followers,' settled its legal case with the New York's Attorney General Office in the first-ever criminal investigation of its kind. The company, Devumi LLC, operated the now-defunct devumi.com website, where it sold likes and views on YouTube, Vimeo, and SoundCloud, endorsements on LinkedIn, pins on Pinterest, and likes, retweets, and Twitter followers. While social media influencers and celebrities knew about the site for many years,
  9. The AchieVer

    Peach isn’t dead yet

    Peach isn’t dead yet It’s a 1.0 app in a web 2.0 world Social media is increasingly the internet: Facebook was founded in 2004, and it ate the web as we knew it then — a collection of microsites and curiosities run by so many individual proprietors, individually. It used to be that personalization was what you did to your site; now it’s found in the ads you’re served. Peach — the microblogging platform— was seemingly designed against those circumscribed possibilities, as an antidote to the weird world-eating dominion of the Twitters
  10. NEW DELHI (Reuters) - Global social media and technology giants are gearing up to fight sweeping new rules proposed by the Indian government that would require them to actively regulate content in one of the world’s biggest Internet markets, sources close to the matter told Reuters. The rules, proposed by the Information Technology ministry on Christmas Eve, would compel platforms such as Facebook, its messaging service WhatsApp and Twitter to remove unlawful content, such as anything that affected the “sovereignty and integrity of India”. This had to be done within 24 hours,
  11. Taking part in risky stunts — whether or not in front of a camera — is a practice that can occasionally end in disaster for those involved. YouTube certainly wants no part of such shenanigans and updated its guidelines to ram home the point. In a Q&A section posted on Tuesday, January 15, introducing its revamped guidelines, YouTube acknowledged that the video-streaming site is “home to many beloved viral challenges and pranks, like Jimmy Kimmel’s Terrible Christmas Presents prank or the water bottle flip challenge,” but said it had to make sure that “what’s funny doesn’t cr
  12. Social media companies like Facebook and Google have been slammed in the wake of the Christchurch massacre for failing to stop the spread of violent footage posted by the shooter. Pressure is mounting on them to do more after the terrorist’s video quickly spread across the internet on Friday but former tech employees say it’s not going to get any better. Yesterday, Facebook said it removed 1.5 million videos of the New Zealand shootingsincluding 1.2 million that were blocked from being posted. That implies 300,000 versions of the video were available to watch
  13. JAKARTA: Indonesia will meet social media companies to discuss its plans to impose fines of up to around US$36,000 (RM148,914) if they allow pornography, violence or other "negative" content on their platforms, a communications ministry official said. The South-East Asian country aims to push firms to better monitor and delete content the authorities deem obscene, Semuel Abrijani Pangerapan, the ministry's director of information applications, said late Nov 5. He told Reuters the ministry would issue a regulation governing the mechanism for fines following discussions wi
  14. "SOCIAL MEDIA PLATFORMS should advance FREEDOM OF SPEECH," White House says. Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Donald Trump has long accused social media platforms like Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube of political bias. On Wednesday, his White House launched a new online form that allows members of the public to report political bias in their content moderation decisions. "SOCIAL MEDIA PLATFORMS should advance FREEDOM OF SPEECH," the form says (capitali
  15. The Problem With Verification Travis Hawley was scrolling through the comments sections of LeBron James’s Instagram posts recently when he noticed some postings from other athletes. “Dm me to buy verification badge,” wrote Dmitry Orlov, a player for the Washington Capitals. “Dm me to buy verification badge! Paypal, Zelle, Cashapp,” Malcolm Grant, an American professional basketball player in Lithuania, commented repeatedly. Other athletes joined in. The Cleveland Browns defensive tackle Sheldon Richardson, the Cincinnati Re
  16. LONDON (Reuters) - Sixteen of the world’s biggest advertisers have joined together to push platforms such as Facebook, Twitter and Google’s YouTube to do more to tackle dangerous and fake content online. The Global Alliance for Responsible Media will also include media buying agencies from the major ad groups - WPP, IPG, Publicis, Omnicom and Dentsu - as well as the platform owners, the group said on Tuesday at the ad industry’s annual gathering in Cannes, France. Luis Di Como, executive vice president of global media at Unilever, said it was the fi
  17. Next up for Firefox's Tracking Protection: Social Media tracker blocking Mozilla plans to extend the functionality of Firefox's Tracking Protection feature soon by adding Social Media tracker blocking to the list of protections. Social Media tracker blocking is not an entirely new feature but Mozilla wants to move it into its own Tracking Protection category and improve it at the same time. Tracking Protection is a built-in feature of the Firefox web browser that has been designed specifically to mitigate tracking on the Internet. Mozilla enabled Trac
  18. A lack of security training for interns, and their obsession with sharing content on social media, could lead to a perfect storm for hackers looking to collect social engineering data. Researchers are warning of a new security Achilles’ heel for enterprises, and it may not be what they expect. That threat is interns. According to researchers, interns are unwittingly posting confidential and valuable company insights via social media that pose a security risk to the companies that hire them. While insider threats are nothing new and have often bee
  19. Multiple vaping companies were sent letters by federal regulators this week over posts by social media influencers that did not include necessary warnings about the vape products. The warning letters—which were sent to Artist Liquids Laboratories, Humble Juice Co., Hype City Vapors, and Solace Technologies—stated that the posts in question were reviewed by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) and found to lack the required warning statement that the product both contains nicotine and that nicotine is an addictive chemical.
  20. More than 4.7 million counterfeit products seized, over 16 400 social media accounts suspended and 3 300 websites closed in the EU-wide operation Aphrodite II against trafficking of counterfeit goods. A joint investigation carried out by law enforcement authorities from 18 countries and supported by Europol, resulted in the seizure of 4.7 million counterfeit products. During the operation, 16 470 social media accounts and 3 400 websites selling counterfeit products were closed. The online fake goods marketers were sellin
  21. Social media companies are deliberately addicting users to their products for financial gain, Silicon Valley insiders have told the BBC's Panorama programme. "It's as if they're taking behavioural cocaine and just sprinkling it all over your interface and that's the thing that keeps you like coming back and back and back", said former Mozilla and Jawbone employee Aza Raskin. "Behind every screen on your phone, there are generally like literally a thousand engineers that have worked on this thing to try to make it maximally addicting" he added. In 2006 Mr Raskin, a
  22. HANOI: Tens of thousands of Vietnamese social media users are flocking to a self-professed free speech platform to avoid tough internet controls in a new cybersecurity law, activists told AFP. The draconian law requires internet companies to scrub critical content and hand over user data if Vietnam’s Communist government demands it. The bill, which is due to take effect from January 1, sparked an outcry from activists, who say it is a chokehold on free speech in a country where there is no independent press and where Facebook is a crucial lifeline for blogge
  23. HOW TO DISCONNECT FROM SOCIAL MEDIA BUT STAY CONNECTED TO THE WORLD Social media is terrible, and social media is amazing. It inundates us with panic-inducing news and rage-inducing hot takes; it also keeps us connected to our friends, professional circles, and news from around the world. But if you try to drink straight from the fire hose, you’re going to drown—or get your head blasted pretty hard. The key is figuring out what social media is good for—for you—and then getting other things that you need from somewhere else. I personally
  24. WASHINGTON (Reuters) - California will join other states planning to participate in a meeting organized by the U.S. Justice Department to discuss concerns about conservative voices being stifled on social media, the state’s attorney general said on Thursday. The Justice Department said it had invited a bipartisan group of 24 state attorneys general to attend the Sept. 25 meeting. Attorney General Jeff Sessions called the meeting after President Donald Trump criticized social media outlets for what he said was unfair treatment of conservatives. La
  25. Heavy GDPR-like fines proposed for firms that fail to tackle abuse The culture secretary has pledged new laws to regulate social media firms after being snubbed by 10 out of 14 companies invited to consult on regulation. Speaking on the Andrew Marr Show yesterday, Matt Hancock, secretary of state for culture, digital, media and sport, said the government does not have adequate power to regulate social media firms, and that self-policing to this point has not worked. He revealed that being ignored by several major players in the industry - who wer
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