Facebook won’t operate in China until there is ‘free expression’

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In a letter to Congress, Facebook says it won't do business in China.Image: Justin Sullivan/Getty Images That’s a thumbs down on China. In a letter to Congress, Facebook said that it would only provide service in China if it was free from government censorship. In other words, as Xi Jinping’s power over the country intensifies, […]

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Far-right group Proud Boys and Gavin McInnes have been kicked off Facebook

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Facebook takes a stand on the Proud Boys and Gavin McInnes.Image: Getty Images Far-right group Proud Boys and its founder Gavin McInnes have been banned from Facebook and Instagram. The thinly-veiled white nationalist group used Facebook as a recruiting tool, with numerous groups and pages to organise and attract members. SEE ALSO: Milo Yiannopoulos’ Facebook […]

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Twitter will update its rules to prohibit ‘dehumanizing language’

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We happen to know a certain Twitter user who really enjoys using dehumanizing language.Image: NurPhoto via Getty Images Call it the Alex Jones effect. Twitter announced on Tuesday that it will update its rules to prohibit “dehumanizing language” on the platform. While it is still finalizing what this policy will look like through user feedback […]

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Instagram is rolling out anti-bullying features

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Instagram is rolling out anti-bullying features.Image: LightRocket via Getty Images Instagram is taking further steps to tackle bullying on its platform. The social network is employing machine learning to help proactively detect bullying in photos, which will then be reviewed by a human moderator. SEE ALSO: Ignore the backlash — HUJI is still good An […]

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Instagram enables support for third party authenticator security apps

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Multiple ways to authenticate.Image: LightRocket via Getty Images About time, Instagram. On Tuesday, Instagram announced several changes intended to improve security for its 1 billion users. Among the changes is the ability to use third party authenticator apps to log in to Instagram, including DUO Mobile and Google Authenticator. Instagram did not previously support this […]

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Burger King just showed how valuable Instagram stories are for brands

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More burgers, more money, more grams.Image: lola & Sarah There are two plausible reactions to a new Instagram campaign from Burger King. The first: Dope, burgers!  The second: Dang, brands are about to clog up my Stories feed. SEE ALSO: Don’t forget: Instagram is creepy, too Spanish Burger King used Instagram Stories’ polling feature to […]

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Facebook is more dangerous than ever. You can make it stop

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Cambridge Analytica's chief executive officer Alexander Nix. His firm recently found itself in the spotlight for misrepresenting itself and harvesting data from millions of Facebook users to aid the Trump campaign / AFP PHOTO / PATRICIA DE MELO MOREIRAImage: AFP/Getty Images Remember the Marlboro Man? He was a sexy vision of the American west, created […]

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Imagine Facebook and Instagram without the Like button

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Off with their thumbs!Image: bob al-greene/mashable The Like button must die.  More than any other feature, the thumbs-up on Facebook — along with its cousins, the Instagram and Twitter hearts — encapsulate everything that’s wrong with social media. It’s time to start visualizing a world where it doesn’t exist. The Like has become the currency […]

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Facebook is overhauling its News Feed so users feel better again

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Facebook is re-tweaking its News Feed again.  This time it wants to bring it back to friends and family instead of viral videos and media posts, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg announced in a post Thursday.  SEE ALSO: Stop reading what Facebook tells you to read “I’m changing the goal I give our product teams from […]

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