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11 things you can do to stop being manipulated by your phone, according to the tech experts featured in Netflix's 'The Social Dilemma'

Netflix's "The Social Dilemma." Netflix Netflix's "The Social Dilemma" explores our deeply-entrenched societal addiction to social media and what large tech firms stand to gain from our engagement on the platforms.  The film has been among the most-watched programs since it was released on the service on September 9 and features commentary from top industry figures and critics. The docudrama is sobering to watch, but the credit reel features tips and tricks on how to cut down on phone ...
Tags: Google, Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, Twitter, Social Networks, Youtube, Senate, New York City, US, Trends, Social Media, Tech, Features, Netflix, Innovation, New Orleans


Russia Wants To Ban Social Media Sites Discriminating Against Russian News Outlets

The Russian government is working on a new law to block foreign social media sites inside Russia's territory as repercussions for "discriminating" against Russian news outlets operating abroad. From a report: Sites like Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube are specifically mentioned in "explanatory notes" (Word document) accompanying the new draft bill, submitted last week for debate in the Russian Duma (state parliament). Russian lawmakers say that since April 2020, state authorities had received com...
Tags: Facebook, Twitter, Russia, Tech, Facebook Twitter, Duma, RIA Novosti Crimea


Talking tech’s exodus, Twitter’s labels, and Medium’s next moves with founder Ev Williams

Earlier today, we had the chance to talk with Twitter and Medium cofounder Ev Williams, along with operator-turned investor James Joaquin, who helps oversee the day-to-day of the mission-focused venture firm they separately cofounded six years ago, Obvious Ventures. We collectively discussed lot of venture-y things, some of which we’ll publish next week, so stayed tuned. In the meantime, we spent some time talking specifically with Williams about both Twitter and Medium and some of the day...
Tags: TC, Twitter, Publishing, New York, California, Collaborative Consumption, San Francisco, Tech, Williams, Venture Capital, Manhattan, Donald Trump, Ev Williams, Obvious Ventures, James Joaquin, Medium


Daily Crunch: Twitter will bring back verification

Twitter prepares to hand out more blue checkmarks, YouTube suspends OANN and Discord is raising a big funding round. This is your Daily Crunch for November 24, 2020. The big story: Twitter will bring back verification Twitter paused its blue checkmark verification system in 2017 as it faced controversy over who gets verified — specifically over the decision to verify the organizer of the infamous and deadly white supremacist rally in Charlottesville. Since then, Twitter has done occasional ...
Tags: Apple, Social, Facebook, Twitter, Youtube, India, Tech, General Services Administration, Charlottesville, Udemy, Mudge, One America News Network, Zack Whittaker, OANN, Marie Ekeland, Daily Crunch


Twitter Verification Returns Early Next Year

Twitter announced today that it would relaunch its verification process early next year along with brand-new guidelines for users seeking out that small, blue badge. From a report: Twitter's announcement confirms earlier reporting in June from app researcher Jane Manchun Wong suggesting that the company was creating a new verification system. In Twitter's Tuesday blog post, the company confirmed that this new system would roll out in "early 2021." Twitter is also asking for feedback on a draft p...
Tags: Twitter, Tech, Jane Manchun Wong


Social Media Companies All Starting To Look the Same

Snapchat on Monday launched Spotlight, a video tab within its app that, like TikTok, distributes videos based more on how popular they are than on who created them. Facebook in August launched its TikTok competitor, called Reels. From a report: Snapchat's news comes days after Twitter said it would be adding "Fleets," which are basically Snapchat stories for people who tweet. (Nearly every social media app has launched some version of Stories in the past few years.) Tech platforms used to focus ...
Tags: Facebook, Twitter, Tech, Tiktok


Decrypted: Apple and Facebook’s privacy feud, Twitter hires Mudge, mysterious zero-days

Trump’s election denialism saw him retaliate in a way that isn’t just putting the remainder of his presidency in jeopardy, it’s already putting the next administration in harm’s way. In a stunning display of retaliation, Trump fired CISA director Chris Krebs last week after declaring that there was “no evidence that any voting system deleted or lost votes, changed votes or was in any way compromised,” a direct contradiction to the conspiracy-fueled fever dreams of the president who repeatedly...
Tags: Iphone, Apple, Security, Startups, Facebook, Twitter, Privacy, Tech, Malware, Cybercrime, Cyberattack, Silicon Valley, Biden, Cyberwarfare, Computer Security, Cisa


Guide to pareto-prioritizing Twitter #ThreadMill

HOW TO PARETO-PRIORITIZE TWITTER Probably, 20% of the tweets you read deliver 80% of the value of using Twitter. You’d be a fool not to prioritize your feed. Here’s how I do it. (thread, 1/5) 2/ First of all, I set up a Twitter List of the 20 accounts from which I get the most value, and I pin it to my Twitter app. This is my default feed. Because there are few accounts, I can find the time to read all their tweets even on busy days. For the rest… 4/ Then, I set up a second digest w...
Tags: Twitter, Business, Tech, Thethreadmill, Threadmill, Mailbrew


Twitter's Launch of Fleets: Lag, Some Crashes, Bugs, Skepticism and Cat Pics

CNET reports on Twitter's rocky rollout of "fleets" which disappear after 24 hours: In a blog post, Twitter said global tests of the feature indicated the tool helped people feel more comfortable joining public conversations on the service. "Those new to Twitter found Fleets to be an easier way to share what's on their mind," the company said. "Because they disappear from view after a day, Fleets helped people feel more comfortable sharing personal and casual thoughts, opinions and feelings." ...
Tags: Twitter, Tech, Cnet, Don, Instagram Stories


Week in Review: Venture-backed loneliness

Hello everyone and welcome back to Week in Review! Natasha here, subbing in for Lucas while he’s out. This week, we’ll talk about loneliness raising money and how Zoom fatigue is fueling innovation. For everyone celebrating, happy holidays! Keep on the lookout next week for more festive content, including the launch of our annual TechCrunch Gift Guides. If you’re reading this on TechCrunch, you can sign up to get this in your inbox. The big story Over the last month, I spent time working out...
Tags: Apple, Google, Amazon, TC, Facebook, Twitter, Spacex, Mac, White House, Tech, Joe Biden, Intel, Nasa, Week in Review, Pfizer, MacBook Air


This Week in Apps: Apple slashes commissions, Twitter launches Fleets, warnings about Parler

Welcome back to This Week in Apps, the TechCrunch series that recaps the latest OS news, the applications they support and the money that flows through it all. The app industry is as hot as ever, with   204 billion downloads and $120 billion in consumer spending in 2019. People are now spending three hours and 40 minutes per day using apps, rivaling TV. Apps aren’t just a way to pass idle hours — they’re a big business. In 2019, mobile-first companies had a   $544 billion valuation, 6.5x higher ...
Tags: Apple, Google, Amazon, TC, Facebook, Apps, Twitter, Japan, Instagram, Supreme Court, Australia, Washington Post, Youtube, Ipo, Tech, Eu


Twitter says it will hand over the official presidential handle to Joe Biden on Inauguration Day, but Trump will still keep his personal account

Rafael Henrique/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images Twitter will hand over the official @POTUS account to President-elect Joe Biden when he's sworn in on Inauguration Day, the company said on Friday. The social media company plans to do the same for other Twitter handles linked to the presidency, including @FLOTUS, @VP, and @whitehouse accounts. This move won't affect President Trump too much as he's been largely tweeting from his personal account @realDonaldTrump. However, his priva...
Tags: Google, Twitter, Politics, White House, Barack Obama, Trends, Joe Biden, Tech News, News UK, Biden, Jack Dorsey, Nyu, Trump, Elizabeth, Facebook Twitter, National Archives and Records Administration


Twitter says it will hand over the official presidential account to Joe Biden on Inauguration Day

Rafael Henrique/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images Twitter will hand over the official @POTUS account to President-elect Joe Biden when he's sworn in on Inauguration Day, the company said on Friday. The social media company plans to do the same for other Twitter handles linked to the presidency, including @FLOTUS, @VP, and @whitehouse accounts. This move won't affect President Trump too much as he's been largely tweeting from his personal account @realDonaldTrump. However, his priva...
Tags: Google, Twitter, Politics, White House, Barack Obama, Trends, Joe Biden, Tech News, News UK, Biden, Jack Dorsey, Nyu, Trump, Elizabeth, Facebook Twitter, National Archives and Records Administration


SCOTT GALLOWAY: The TV business model is eroding. With the acquisition of an iconic network like CNN, companies like Netflix or Twitter could reshape the future of news.

Cable subscriptions for TV news have steadily decreased in recent years. Scott Olson/Getty Images Scott Galloway is a bestselling author and professor of marketing at NYU Stern. The following is his recent blog post, republished with permission. It originally ran on his blog, "No Mercy / No Malice." As TV news and cable viewerships decline, Galloway says platforms like CNN have a chance to bridge the digital divide and avoid depending solely on advertising revenue. He says CNN could work w...
Tags: Apple, Google, Amazon, Facebook, Twitter, Hbo, News, Media, Time Warner, Cable, Youtube, Opinion, John Oliver, Disney, NFL, America


Social media platform Parler wins over millions as some raise red flags about the site

Ann-Cherie Harden opened an account on Parler a year ago, long before the social media platform became a big hit, particularly among conservatives and supporters of President Donald Trump. “I did that then so I would have a means of communication if Facebook and Twitter decide to monitor or censor private posts and try to control what I can share,” the Whittier woman said, adding that she now sees many others have joined her on the platform billing itself as “the world’s town square.” Harden is ...
Tags: Apple, Facebook, Twitter, Politics, News, Senate, White House, Los Angeles, Sport, Social-media, Soccer, United States, Ted Cruz, Fox News, Republican, Biden


Google, Facebook and Twitter threaten to leave Pakistan over censorship law

Global internet companies Facebook, Google and Twitter and others have banded together and threatened to leave Pakistan after the South Asian nation granted blanket powers to local regulators to censor digital content. Earlier this week, Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan granted the Pakistan Telecommunication Authority the power to remove and block digital content that pose “harms, intimidates or excites disaffection” toward the government or in other ways hurt the “integrity, security, a...
Tags: Google, Social, Facebook, Apps, Asia, Twitter, India, Tech, Policy, Pakistan, Imran Khan, Silicon Valley, Khan, Google Facebook, Pakistan Telecommunication Authority, Facebook Google


Tech giants join with governments to fight Covid misinformation

Facebook, Twitter and Google part of working group targeting false claims about vaccinesCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageFacebook, Twitter and Google are working with a coalition of governments including the UK and Canada to fight misinformation and conspiracy theories around Covid vaccinations.Formed by the British fact-checking charity Full Fact, the new working group will aim to set cross-platform standards for tackling misinformation – as well as how to hold organi...
Tags: Google, Facebook, Twitter, UK, Technology, Social Networking, Internet, Canada, Digital Media, Vaccines and immunisation, Facebook Twitter, Coronavirus


Facebook, Twitter, and Google are uniting to stop vaccine misinformation from spreading online

A clinical trial volunteer participates in Johnson & Johnson's study to test a coronavirus vaccine. Janssen Facebook, Twitter, and Google are all teaming up, in partnership with Canada and the UK, to stop misinformation about the coronavirus vaccine from spreading online.  British fact checking charity Full Fact convened the group, and plans to launch an initial framework in January 2021. According to polls, some Americans are skeptic about getting a coronavirus vaccine.  Dr. Anthony F...
Tags: Google, Facebook, Twitter, Europe, Elon Musk, UK, News, US, Trends, Spain, Canada, Healthcare, Food And Drug Administration, Associated Press, Pfizer, Conspiracy Theories


New Campaign by DAVID Madrid Helps 'Twitter Dads' Everywhere

Twitter has announced the ‘Twitter Dad’ campaign starring ‘BBC Dad’ Robert Kelly. Created with official Creative Partner DAVID Madrid, the campaign plays on the  memefied  2017 incident, where the professor’s children interrupted his live interview on BBC, to showcase the usefulness of Twitter’s new Conversation Settings.  The short video featuring his family playfully nods to Kelly’s viral BBC interview. Kelly explains the benefits of the latest functionality, that allows brands to ...
Tags: Twitter, UK, Technology, Advertising, Bbc, Madrid, Kelly, Robert Kelly, Brian McDonald, Gloria J, David Madrid, Creative Partner DAVID Madrid, Sylvia Panico, Saulo Rocha André Toledo, Fred Bosch Copywriter, Pedro Sattin Francesc Enrich


Twitter slows the rollout of its disappearing message feature, Fleets, amid tech issues and privacy concerns

Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey REUTERS/Anushree Fadnav Twitter on Wednesday said its launch of Fleets, a disappearing-message feature, was having performance and stability problems. Many users won't get Fleets "for a few more days," the company said. Users have raised privacy concerns, saying the feature encouraged harassment. Some Twitter users were able to send Fleets to people whose direct messages were closed. A Twitter spokeswoman told Bloomberg on Thursday that the company was working to fi...
Tags: Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Trends, Social Media, Tech, Bloomberg, Bbc, Snapchat, Jack Dorsey, Instagram Facebook, Tech Insider, Anushree Fadnav Twitter, Kevin Shalvey


Virtual HQs race to win over a remote-work-fatigued market

In retrospect, 2019 feels like the working world’s last dance with spontaneity. The pre-pandemic past is rife with conferences, running into co-workers and post-work happy hours. Now, as companies such as Microsoft and Twitter declare remote work as the future, the very existence of physical offices is unclear for the long-term. Yet, to a growing number of entrepreneurs in the Valley, when one physical door closes, a virtual one opens. With the goal of making remote work more spontaneous, there ...
Tags: Apple, Startups, TC, Uber, Twitter, Microsoft, Future Of Work, Tech, Remote Work, Minecraft, Gumroad, Branch, Josh Elman, Travis Scott, Dayton, Valley


Jack Dorsey and Mark Zuckerberg are caught in the Congressional time warp again — but where's Parler?

Hello, and welcome to this Wednesday's edition of the Insider Tech newsletter, where we break down the biggest news in tech. Did someone forward this newsletter to you? Get Insider Tech straight in your inbox by subscribing here. Soundtrack: for maximum enjoyment of this newsletter, we recommend listening to "Time Warp," from "The Rocky Horror Picture Show" while you read. This week: The time warp, featuring Jack Dorsey and Mark Zuckerberg ... again Paramount Pictures and Metro-Goldwyn-May...
Tags: Apple, Amazon, Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, Twitter, Politics, Texas, Congress, White House, Ipo, Softbank, America, Trends, Joe Biden, United States, Connecticut


Trump will lose protected Twitter status after his presidency

Twitter has at various times acknowledged that Donald Trump isn’t bound by the same rules that govern the rest of us. This executive privilege has allowed him to continue posting comments that could have long ago gotten any normal person banned from the platform. More recently, the service has sought to balance misinformation/disinformation with warning labels that alternately sit below or obscure the text. Twitter was adding these at a frenetic pace in the lead-up to the November 3 election....
Tags: Social, Facebook, Apps, Twitter, Instagram, Supreme Court, US, Tech, Policy, Pennsylvania, Republican Party, Jack Dorsey, Donald Trump, Dorsey, Trump, Congressional


Parler: What Brands Need to Know About the Latest Social Media Network

After topping both Google and Apple download charts this past week, you are probably wondering “What is Parler?” What is Parler? Parler is a twitter-style social media platform that was launched by John Matze and Jared Thomson in 2018. Their biggest differentiator is their concept which is to provide a social media network that is free of judgement, where people can freely express their own thoughts and opinions. The social media network name is derived from the French word “...
Tags: Apple, Google, Facebook, Twitter, Social Networks, Seo, Social Media Marketing, United States, Facebook Twitter, New Social Media Network, Parler, New Social Media Networks, John Matze, New Networks, Parler Marketing, Parler Social Media


Billionaire Mike Novogratz says Bitcoin will hit $65,000 — and tells 'Game of Thrones' star Maisie Williams to buy the world's most popular cryptocurrency

Mike Novogratz/Bloomberg Mike Novogratz says he expects the price of Bitcoin to hit $65,000 and told the "Game of Thrones" star Maisie Williams to buy the digital token.Williams conducted a Twitter poll Monday about whether she should buy Bitcoin. It caught the attention of several prominent names including Novogratz, Elon Musk, and the major cryptocurrency investor Barry Silbert.Bitcoin climbed as much as 4.8% to $18,480 on Wednesday, to a fresh three-year high, before tumbling by $1,000 ...
Tags: Apple, Twitter, Finance, US, Trends, Markets, Paypal, Bitcoin, Williams, Crypto, Berkshire Hathaway, Warren Buffett, Costco, Maisie Williams, Cryptocurrency, Billionaire


Twitter and Facebook’s diverging philosophies were on display in the latest tech hearing

The latest tech hearing was a study in contrasts. Contrasts between lawmakers who made an effort to stay on topic in a hearing ostensibly about social media and the 2020 election and those who… just talked about whatever was on their minds. Also contrasts between then and now. Social media companies previously treated any attempt at Section 230 reform as radioactive; now, they’ve now come around to cooperating so they’re not cut out of the conversation altogether. But most of all it was a study ...
Tags: TC, Facebook, Twitter, Congress, Government, US, Tech, Dorsey, Zuckerberg, Senate Judiciary Committee, Sen Lindsey Graham, Trump Facebook, Sen Amy Klobuchar


Twitter’s new Stories feature ‘Fleets’ is struggling under the load

Twitter’s new Stories feature, “Fleets,” appears to be struggling under the load. Launched this morning to Twitter’s global user base, Fleets appear at the top of the Twitter app, allowing users to post ephemeral content that disappears in 24 hours as well as view stories posted by others. But user demand and curiosity about the new addition seems to be impacting the product’s performance. Many Twitter users are reporting Fleets are lagging and moving slowly. Some even say the feature is cras...
Tags: Social, Apps, Twitter, Tech, Stories, App Store, Twitter app Twitter, Fleets


Twitter and Facebook CEOs testify on alleged anti-conservative bias

Jack Dorsey and Mark Zuckerberg were subpoenaed to the Senate hearing to ‘review the companies’ handling of the 2020 election’The chief executive officers of Twitter and Facebook took the stand on Tuesday to testify, again, about allegations of anti-conservative bias on their platforms.Mark Zuckerberg and Jack Dorsey were subpoenaed in October to appear at Tuesday’s hearing with the Senate judiciary committee in order to “review the companies’ handling of the 2020 election”. Continue reading...
Tags: Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, Twitter, Technology, Republicans, Senate, US news, US politics, US Senate, Jack Dorsey


Twitter Debuts Coward Mode

Great news for chickens: It’s now easier than ever to pretend you never posted that cringe to Twitter, which is rolling out a new, Instagram Stories-like type of post that auto-deletes after 24 hours. These are called Fleets, which is slightly confusing until you realize it’s a bad pun.Read more...
Tags: Apps, Twitter, Science, Technology, News, Instagram, Social Media, Snapchat, Tweeting, Jack Dorsey, Fleets


Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg and Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey are about to appear in front of Congress for a hearing on content moderation — here's how to watch

Phillip Faraone/Getty Images for WIRED25; Francois Mori/AP Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg and Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey are scheduled to appear before Congress on Tuesday in a virtual hearing on how the companies moderate content. The hearing was scheduled after Twitter and Facebook banned or limited the reach of a dubious New York Post story about Joe Biden's son, a move that fueled Republicans' belief that the tech industry is biased against conservatives. Republican lawmakers will likel...
Tags: Google, Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, Twitter, Post, New York Post, Politics, Congress, Senate, Trends, Joe Biden, Republican, Jack Dorsey, Donald Trump, Sundar Pichai, Cnet



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