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10 super easy, totally free ways to help support your favorite independent publishers + keep that content free for you!

It’s hard out there for an independent publisher. But here we are, like we have been for the past 13 (whoa!) years, putting out out stories, offering tips, and uncovering cool finds that we really hope our readers enjoy — all while making sure it remains free for you. That’s important to us. Even though […]
Tags: Doing Good, Tips + Tricks, Charity + Causes, Cool Websites, Facebook, Instagram, Media, Social Media, Twitter


Facebook urged to disable 'like' feature for child users

Proposed rules for child safety on social media include limits on data collectionFacebook and other social media firms should alert children if their parent or carer is monitoring their online activity, under proposed guidelines to improve child internet safety in the UK.Turning off the “like” function, and limiting data collection and geolocation tools on popular platforms, such as Instagram and Facebook, are among a 16-point list of recommendations for age-appropriate design released by the In...
Tags: Facebook, UK, Technology, Media, Instagram, Social Networking, Children, Social Media, Society, UK News, Snapchat, Digital Media, Internet Safety, Information Commissioner 's Office Continue


Facebook restores services after users report outages

Thousands had difficulty accessing social networks including Instagram and messaging service WhatsApp, says tracking siteFacebook has said it has restored services on Sunday after some users were unable to access its social networking site, photo-sharing network Instagram and messaging app WhatsApp. However, Facebook did not specify the cause or scope of the outages. Related: Facebook to use AI to stop telling users to say hi to dead friends Continue reading...
Tags: Facebook, Technology, Media, Instagram, Social Networking, Internet, Social Media, World news, Whatsapp, Digital Media


Facebook, Instagram and WhatsApp users report outages

Thousands having difficulty accessing social networks, says tracking siteFacebook was inaccessible to some users on Sunday, according to Downdetector, a website that monitors outages.The site showed there had been more than 7,700 incidents of people reporting issues with Facebook at its peak. Continue reading...
Tags: Facebook, Technology, Media, Instagram, Social Networking, Internet, Social Media, Whatsapp, Digital Media, Facebook Instagram, Downdetector


Facebook, WhatsApp and Instagram users report outages

Thousands having difficulty accessing social networks, says tracking siteFacebook was inaccessible to some users on Sunday, according to Downdetector, a website that monitors outages.The site showed there had been more than 9,000 reports of problems accessing Facebook. Its live outage map showed the issues had mainly cropped up in Europe. Continue reading...
Tags: Facebook, Technology, Media, Instagram, Social Networking, Internet, Social Media, Whatsapp, Digital Media, Europe Continue, Downdetector


Facebook suffers outage in Europe

Thousands are reporting issues accessing the social media network, says tracking siteFacebook is inaccessible to some users across the world, according to Downdetector, a website which monitors outages.The outage-tracking website showed that there are more than 9,000 incidents of people reporting issues with Facebook. Continue reading...
Tags: Facebook, Europe, Technology, Media, Instagram, Social Networking, Social Media, Whatsapp, Digital Media, Facebook Continue


Prince Harry is partnering with Oprah Winfrey on Apple TV+ series about mental health

Prince Harry is the latest big name attached to Apple’s upcoming streaming service, Apple TV+, which was formally introduced last month. According to an announcement published to Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s official Instagram account, Prince Harry and Oprah Winfrey are co-creators and executive producers on an Apple TV+ docuseries focused on mental health. “I truly believe that good mental health – mental fitness – is the key to powerful leadership, productive communities and a purpose-driv...
Tags: Apple, TV, Television, Media, Instagram, Tech, Apple TV, Mental Health, Streaming, Cbs, Prince Harry, Harry, Oprah Winfrey, Oprah, Streaming Service, Streaming Tv


The future of news is conversation in small groups with trusted voices

Chikai Ohazama Contributor Share on Twitter Chikai Ohazama is the founder and CEO of Muxgram, which offers messaging products like the upcoming Sunday Beagle. He previously co-founded Keyhole (Google Earth/Maps) and held leadership roles at Google for 11 years. When I first came out to California, one of my favorite places to go for sushi was in downtown Mountain View. They had these little boats that would float around the ba...
Tags: Google, Facebook, Column, Mark Zuckerberg, Media, Instagram, California, Washington Post, Steve Jobs, India, San Francisco, Tech, New York Times, Google Docs, Brad Feld, Michelin


‘It’s genuine, you know?’: why the online influencer industry is going ‘authentic’

Calamities such as Fyre Festival have tarnished the booming business of YouTube and Instagram stars. Now the industry’s top tastemakers have a new plan: keeping it real. By Sophie ElmhirstIn a central London hair salon last December, the fashion influencer Victoria Magrath (@inthefrow) mingled among a few of her 849,000 Instagram followers. Magrath – tall, with signature silver hair – was celebrating the launch of her book, The New Fashion Rules, at an event organised by her talent agency, Gleam...
Tags: Fashion, Technology, London, Makeup, Media, Instagram, Youtube, Advertising, Social Media, Life and style, Digital Media, Marketing & PR, Notting Hill, Armani, St Lucian, Instagram YouTube Twitter


Annie Leibovitz on the shots that made her

She captured America’s most tumultuous moments and its biggest stars. The great photographer relives her Rolling Stone years – and the time she set fire to Patti SmithAnnie Leibovitz is standing by a photograph she took of Pont Neuf in Paris. It’s a swirling panoramic shot of the famous bridge, taken when she was a student and would roam the city’s streets camera in hand. One day, with a thrill, she realised she was standing where her idol, Henri Cartier-Bresson, once stood to take his own ghost...
Tags: Art, Photography, Music, Media, Celebrity, America, Life and style, Society, World news, Newspapers & magazines, US news, Culture, US politics, Art and design, Magazines, The Rolling Stones


Broadly’s Gender-Inclusive Stock Photos

After a 2015 Broadly article about tucking inappropriately featured a photo of a cisgender man, the author, Diana Tourjée (now a staff member at the publication and the driving force behind this project) explained why it could be harmful to the trans community. While the choice of image was questionable, it also brought up the larger issue of inclusivity in stock photos—and the fact that …
Tags: Photography, Design, Media, Transgender, Culture, Lgbtq, Stock Photos, Linkaboutit, Transgender Community, Representation, Inclusivity, Diana Tourjee, Broadly, LGBTQ Community, Non Binary


The danger of “I already pay for Apple News+”

Apple doesn’t care about news, it cares about recurring revenue. That’s why publishers are crazy to jump into bed with Apple News+. They’re rendering their own subscription options unnecessary in exchange for a sliver of what Apple pays out from the mere $10 per month it charges for unlimited reading. The unfathomable platform risk here makes Facebook’s exploitative Instant Articles program seem toothless in comparison. On Facebook, publishers became generic providers of dumb content for t...
Tags: Apple, TC, Mobile, Facebook, Ecommerce, Apps, News, Media, Instagram, Opinion, Tech, Bloomberg, Snapchat, EC, Vox, Wall-street-journal


MEPs approve sweeping changes to copyright law

European copyright directive passed despite campaigning led by Google and internet freedom activistsA controversial directive introducing sweeping changes to copyright enforcement across Europe has been approved by the European parliament, despite ferocious campaigning led by Google and internet freedom activists.The European copyright directive, voted in by 348 MEPs to 274 against, is best known for two provisions it contains: articles 11 and 13, referred to as the “link tax” and “upload filter...
Tags: Google, Europe, Technology, Media, Instagram, Internet, Youtube, European Union, Digital Media


The ethics of internet culture: a conversation with Taylor Lorenz

Taylor Lorenz was in high demand this week. As a prolific journalist at The Atlantic and about-to-be member of Harvard’s prestigious Nieman Fellowship for journalism, that’s perhaps not surprising. Nor was this the first time she’s had a bit of a moment: Lorenz has already served as an in-house expert on social media and the internet for several major companies, while having written and edited for publications as diverse as The Daily Beast, The Hill, People, The Daily Mail, and Business Insider,...
Tags: Google, Social, TC, Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, Twitter, Media, Instagram, Entertainment, Youtube, Tech, Mit, Harvard, Atlantic, New Zealand, Community


Instagram users will be able to buy from brands on platform

‘Checkout on Instagram’ is new e-commerce service available to US customersFacebook is moving into retail, as the company partners with more than 20 brands to allow Instagram users to buy clothes, accessories and makeup on the social network without leaving the app.“Checkout on Instagram” is a step up from previous shopping features on the service, which ultimately pushed buyers to a brand’s web page to complete transactions. Users were then required to enter payment and shipping details, and of...
Tags: Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, Technology, Money, Media, Instagram, Social Networking, Internet, US, World news, Consumer affairs, E-commerce, US news, Online Shopping


Social media addiction should be seen as a disease, MPs say

Report suggests sites such as Facebook and Instagram could be harming mental healthSocial media addiction should be considered a disease, MPs have said, in a sign of the pressures facing technology companies and the growing concern over the impact social networks are having on users’ mental health.The politicians called for further research on the effects of social media but said a report suggested there was good reason to believe sites such as Facebook, Instagram and Twitter – which are constan...
Tags: Health, Facebook, Twitter, Politics, Technology, Media, Instagram, Social Networking, Internet, Social Media, Society, UK News, Mental Health, Digital Media, Young People, Facebook Instagram


How Instagram became the politicians’ playground

Free from viral abuse, Instagram has become our MPs’ preferred platform to show off their human sideTom Watson is spiralising courgettes with a gadget bought in a supermarket sale. Caroline Flint looks thrilled with the mini trampoline she got for Christmas, though arguably not as thrilled as Tory leadership contender Liz Truss is to be posing with Larry the Downing Street cat on her knee. And Gavin Williamson, the defence secretary, wants you to know he’s been doing some DIY.Welcome to the soot...
Tags: Facebook, Twitter, Politics, Technology, Media, Instagram, Social Networking, Culture, Labour, Tony Blair, Watson, Emily Thornberry, Caroline Flint, Sadiq Khan, Liz Truss, Larry


Instagram prototypes video co-watching

The next phase of social media is about hanging out together while apart. Rather than performing on a live stream or engaging with a video chat, Instagram may allow you to chill and watch videos together with a friend. Facebook already has Watch Party for group co-viewing and in November we broke the news that Facebook Messenger’s code contains an unreleased “Watch Videos Together” feature. Now Instagram’s code reveals a “co-watch content” feature hidden inside Instagram Direct Messaging. It’...
Tags: Social, Startups, Mobile, Facebook, Apps, Mark Zuckerberg, Media, Instagram, Entertainment, Facebook Messenger, Kevin Systrom, Mike Krieger, Instagram Direct, Sxsw, Insta, Josh Constine


Facebook takes down fake account network used to spread hate in UK

More than 100 false accounts posed as far-right and leftwing activists to sow division, says companyFacebook has removed a network of more than 100 accounts and pages for “coordinated inauthentic behaviour” on its social networks – the first time it has done so for UK-based operations seeking to influence British citizens.The operation was spread over Facebook and Instagram and used a network of fake accounts to pose as both far-right activists and their opponents. It ran pages and groups whose ...
Tags: Facebook, UK, Technology, Media, Instagram, Social Networking, UK News, World news, US news, Silicon Valley, The far right


Podcasts, smart speakers soar as social media stalls, based on new survey

The 2019 edition of a popular annual survey shows usage of social media by Americans is stalling while ownership of smart speakers and tablets has soared over the last year, as has consumer engagement with podcasts. The results are promising for Amazon and Spotify in particular. Earlier today, Edison Research and Triton Digital presented their Infinite Dial report with findings from a phone survey of 1,500 Americans (age 12+) during January and February. Since 1998, the report has tracked the ad...
Tags: Travel, Apple, Amazon, Social, TC, Mobile, Facebook, Spotify, Hollywood, Media, Instagram, Podcasts, Apple Music, Alexa, Amazon Music, Triton


‘Momo’ videos on YouTube cannot be monetized…but that’s not a new policy

Be warned, YouTube creators: making videos about the latest viral hoax, the “Momo challenge,” will not make you money. Over the past couple of days, the Momo challenge has gone viral once again, leading to a sharp increase news coverage and the number of YouTube videos discussing the topic of the creepy character and the supposed “challenge” that encourages kids to commit acts of self-harm. The Momo challenge itself isn’t real , to be clear. As meticulously documented by Taylor Lorenz at ...
Tags: Videos, TC, Kim Kardashian, Media, Instagram, Youtube, Tech, Atlantic, Reddit, Hoax, Tokyo, Advertisers, Facebook Instagram, Lorenz, Momo, Taylor Lorenz


Tommy Robinson banned from Facebook and Instagram

Far-right founder of English Defence League repeatedly breached hate speech rulesTommy Robinson, the far-right founder of the English Defence League, has been permanently banned from Facebook and Instagram for repeatedly breaking the sites’ policies on hate speech, Facebook said.The company said Robinson, whose real name is Stephen Yaxley-Lennon, broke rules that ban public calls for violence against people based on protected characteristics; rules that ban supporting or appearing with organised...
Tags: Facebook, Technology, Media, Instagram, Social Networking, UK News, The far right, English Defence League, Robinson, Tommy Robinson, Stephen Yaxley Lennon


Making an influencer: Chips with Everything podcast

Jordan Erica Webber reports on the people who work behind the scenes to elevate an individual to the role of true Instagram influencerThese days, the influencer industry is so big that you can’t just spend a lot of time on Instagram and hope to gain enough of a following to be acknowledged as a true influencer.Most people need help. This week, Jordan chats to the Instagram Husband, Jordan Joseph Ramirez, influencer manager Leona McCaul and filmmaker Mun Yi Cheng, about just a few of the people w...
Tags: Technology, Media, Instagram, Internet, Social Media, Digital Media, Jordan, Marketing & PR, Jordan Erica Webber, Jordan Joseph Ramirez, Leona McCaul, Mun Yi Cheng


SoundCloud adds a music distribution service to its premium subscriptions

Last year, Spotify in music distribution service DistroKid. Apple acquired Platoon. And today, SoundCloud announced it’s adding its own music distribution tools to its premium accounts aimed at artists, SoundCloud Pro and SoundCloud Pro Unlimited. With SoundCloud Premier distribution, artists can upload their tracks to all major music services, including Amazon Music, Apple Music, Spotify, Tencent, YouTube Music and even Instagram, directly from SoundCloud. The service, which is now launchi...
Tags: Apple, Spotify, Music, Media, Instagram, Tech, Artists, Music Services, IAC, Subscriptions, Soundcloud, Songs, Artist, Distribution, TuneCore, SoundCloud Premier


Elizabeth Warren launches 2020 presidential campaign – in pictures

The Democrat officially announces campaign to be next American president at a rally in Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren officially launches 2020 presidential campaign Continue reading...
Tags: Photography, Media, Massachusetts, Elizabeth Warren, World news, US news, US politics, News photography, US elections 2020


Instagram urged to crack down on eating disorder images

Social media platform advised to follow self-harm picture ban with focus on anorexiaImages promoting potentially life-threatening eating disorders are thriving on Instagram and need to be cracked down on in the same way as graphic self-harm images, leading charities and experts have said.The social media giant’s focus on removing graphic images of self-harm did not go far enough, they said, and young people also faced being confronted with pro-anorexia images due to little policing on the site. ...
Tags: Health, Technology, Media, Instagram, Social Media, Society, Mental Health, Eating Disorders, Anorexia, Digital Media, Bulimia


Instagram heads off regulations with ban on self-harm images | analysis

Tackling non-graphic related content, however, presents harder challenge than graphicInstagram has bowed to public pressure and introduced a series of policies aimed at protecting vulnerable young people who use the site.Adam Mosseri, the head of Instagram, has committed to tightening up a number of policies relating to self-harm and suicide on the photo-sharing platform after weeks of pressure spearheaded by the father of Molly Russell, a 14-year-old who took her life in 2017. Ian Russell beli...
Tags: Technology, Media, Instagram, Children, Social Media, Society, Digital Media, Adam Mosseri, Ian Russell, Molly Russell


Instagram bans 'graphic' self-harm images after Molly Russell's death

Social media site announces action following criticism from British teenager’s fatherInstagram has announced it will ban all graphic self-harm images from its platform after the father of British teenager Molly Russell said it was partly to blame for her death.Adam Mosseri, the head of Instagram, said “no graphic self-harm image” would in future be allowed on the platform. Continue reading...
Tags: Technology, Media, Instagram, Children, Social Media, Society, UK News, Digital Media, Adam Mosseri, Molly Russell


Why the UK is taking on social networks over child safety

Worries are growing about the destructive effects of algorithms on the youngSocial networks are facing a new legislative crackdown as worries about child safety online mount.While all sides agree that protecting children online is of paramount importance, the calls have led to a tense conflict between larger social networks, who argue that they cannot be held to an expectation of perfection, and the government, which is increasingly threatening to redefine the roles of internet companies if they...
Tags: Facebook, UK, Technology, Media, Pinterest, Instagram, Social Networking, Children, Internet, Society, Child protection, Internet Safety


YouTube expands test of its Instagram-like Explore tab to more devices

YouTube is expanding the test of its “Explore” feature, a new discovery tool it first introduced as an experiment within its iPhone app last year. Similar to Instagram’s Explore page, the new YouTube feature aims to introduce users to a diverse set of personalized recommendations so they can more easily find something new to watch. The test is now available across devices, and has been updated to also suggest smaller, up-and-coming YouTube creators, the company says. The changes to Explore we...
Tags: Social, Mobile, Apps, Media, Instagram, Youtube, Tech, Algorithms, Recommendations, Suggestions, Gaming Movies Music Originals



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