Items tagged with social-networking

WhatsApp is a very popular communications app with millions of users that is owned by Meta, formerly known as Facebook. Now there is evidence that the app may be adding a new feature soon aimed at improving its communities experience. Facebook has been receiving a lot of negative attention as of late due to the... Read more...
TikTok is one of the most popular apps in the United States right now after it effectively replaced Vine for quick content and entertainment. However, their track record has been mired by lapses in user privacy and contention with the U.S Government. Now, it seems some of those early accusations and concerns were... Read more...
Facebook catches flack frequently for poor privacy practices and questionable decisions, like not allowing people to opt out of phone number searches. The privacy violations could mean a massive fine in the billions of dollars for the social network. Despite all its criticisms, when the service goes down, people lose... Read more...
Google is ready to throw in the towel on its languid and long-abandoned Google+ social networking service. Google+ was created to counter the growing social media (and advertising) threat of Facebook, but has failed miserably in just about every measurable way. We’re now learning that Google+ was compromised by... Read more...
Social media provides a lot of value to the world, but a new study suggests that we should start taking it in smaller doses - ideally no more than 30 minutes per day. The experimental study was conducted by Melissa G. Hunt and others at the University of Pennsylvania, and indications so far show that modest use of... Read more...
Facebook can’t seem to get out of its own way when it comes to security. The biggest security issue for the social network was the Cambridge Analytica fiasco that gave the company access to information on 87 million users. In June, Facebook had another security failure when private posts of 14 million users were... Read more...
Many people are angry that details about their likes and dislikes are used to focus ads at them to sell things on Facebook. People are even angrier that such data is at times abused by advertisers and other companies for their own gain, which was the case in the Facebook Cambridge Analytica debacle. To address these... Read more...
One of the most controversial things that Snapchat has done in its history was to move from the traditional reverse chronological order to a feed that was sorted using an algorithm. Many hated this change because they wanted to see the newest posts from friends at the top, not what Snapchat thought was most important... Read more...
Facebook has been facing significant user backlash over the last few months mostly due to the Cambridge Analytica fiasco that saw data on millions of Facebook users stolen. That issue will see Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg testifying in front of Congress. More recently, Facebook is facing another backlash after it... Read more...
Facebook users have been asking for a way to downvote things they don't like on the social network for years now and it finally looks like the social network is taking steps to allow that to happen. The new feature is a downvote button that lives right underneath comments made on posts on the network that falls in... Read more...
Facebook is under constant scrutiny from various parties due to its sheer dominance of the social networking spaces. The company has been making some interesting decisions of late with the most recent change being an announcement this morning that the social network would begin favoring local news content over... Read more...
Facebook and its CEO Mark Zuckerberg have been working hard to make some big changes to the way the social network operates. Facebook has promised to rethink the news feed users see and prioritize interactions with friends and family over news. Facebook has also made changes that will allow users to choose what news... Read more...
Snapchat isn’t having any of it, when it comes to employees leaking confidential data. The parent company of the popular app, Snap Inc., has laid down the law with a new company-wide memo that tells employees that it could seek jail time against them and that they could be personally financially liable if they leak... Read more...
Facebook made an announcement about a week ago noting it was ready to make some big changes in how it handles the News Feed. These changes were welcome by most users, but the social network isn't stopping there. Facebook is now calling on users to help it ensure that the news you see in your feed is from quality... Read more...
Facebook has rolled out a new tool that allows you to see if you liked any information that was linked to the Russian accounts accused of having been influential during the 2016 U.S. Presidential election. According to U.S. intelligence agencies, the Russian government exploited social media, particularly targeting... Read more...
Facebook is always making tweaks and introducing new features to lure in the handful of people out there who aren't already on the social network, and to keep those who frequently use Facebook happily posting pictures of food, dogs and kids. The social giant recently announced that it was bringing a new streaming video service to the network Read more...
Your Tinder profile may be getting some unwelcome attention, since a machine learning platform recently uploaded facial data from roughly 40,000 Tinder profiles. The data is available on GitHub and has been uploaded under a CC0: Public Domain License. The data set “People of Tinder” was released with six... Read more...
For some folks, Facebook's Messenger mobile app has felt like a stick in the mud. Prior to a couple of years ago, messaging people through Facebook was very easy - you could either load up the Facebook app, the Facebook website in a browser, or, if you were so inclined, use the dedicated Facebook Messenger app. Today... Read more...
You may have hundreds or even thousands of Facebook friends, but chances are that the vast majority of them would turn their backs on you in a flash if you were truly in need, or at least that's what a recent study suggests. Research from Oxford University’s Robin Dunbar, a professor of evolutionary psychology, found... Read more...
Although--or actually because--LinkedIn is a professional social network, the inability to block other users was problematic, allowing stalkers, bullies, and toxic former coworkers or bosses to keep tabs on you. LinkedIn has now added a Member Blocking features that allows you to block anyone on the site. In a blog... Read more...
Facebook’s new Trending feature is rolling out, and it’s pretty much exactly what you think it is--a sidebar in your NewsFeed that shows you the hottest topics trending on Facebook, with the ones Facebook’s algorithms think you’d be interested in featured most prominently. If you want to know more about a given headline,... Read more...
A study from the Polytechnic Institute of New York University examining the factors that cause people to be more susceptible to phishing attacks found strong correlations between gender, certain personality traits, and openness orientation to social networking and being more vulnerable to such an attack. The three... Read more...
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