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Facebook and Google condemned over ads for ‘abortion pill reversal’

Adverts promoting ‘dangerous, unproven and unethical’ procedure shown millions of times, study findsFacebook has served “abortion reversal” adverts 18.4m times since January 2020, according to a report from the Center for Countering Digital Hate (CCDH), promoting an “unproven, unethical” and “dangerous” procedure.Google shows the adverts on more than four-fifths of searches related to abortion across a number of US cities, according to the CCDH research, targeted at search terms such as “unwante...
Tags: Health, Google, Facebook, Technology, Media, Social Networking, Women, US, Life and style, Society, World news, Abortion, CCDH, Center for Countering Digital Hate CCDH


Britney Spears ‘taking a break’ from social media after engagement

Singer posts clarifying message on Twitter after fan confusion over why her Instagram account had disappearedBritney Spears has announced she is “taking a break” from social media following her engagement to her boyfriend, Sam Asghari.The singer caused some confusion on Tuesday when fans noticed her Instagram account had disappeared, initially leading some to believe it had been deactivated. But Spears later clarified she had deleted the account herself: Continue reading...
Tags: Music, Instagram, Social Networking, Social Media, Britney Spears, Spears, Sam Asghari


Facebook aware of Instagram’s harmful effect on teenage girls, leak reveals

Social media firm reportedly kept own research secret that suggests app worsens body image issuesFacebook has kept internal research secret for two years that suggests its Instagram app makes body image issues worse for teenage girls, according to a leak from the tech firm.Since at least 2019, staff at the company have been studying the impact of their product on its younger users’ states of mind. Their research has repeatedly found it is harmful for a large proportion, and particularly teenage ...
Tags: Health, Facebook, Technology, Instagram, Social Networking, Children, Society, World news, Mental Health, Body Image, Depression, Young People


Facebook: some high-profile users ‘allowed to break platform’s rules’

XCheck system ‘whitelists’ well-known users who are given special treatment, says Wall Street Journal reportFacebook gives high-profile users special treatment, which includes immunity from its rules for some, and allowed Brazilian footballer Neymar to post nude pictures of a woman who had accused him of rape, according to a report. Related: Facebook encryption could prevent detection of child abuse, NCA says Continue reading...
Tags: Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, Technology, Social Networking, Social Media, Digital Media, NCA, Donald Trump, Neymar


Epic Games to shut down Houseparty in October, including the video chat ‘Fortnite Mode’ feature

Houseparty, the social video chat app acquired by Fortnite maker Epic Games for a reported $35 million back in 2019, is shutting down. The company says Houseparty will be discontinued in October when the app will stop functioning for its existing users; it will be pulled from the app stores today, however. Related to this move, Epic Games’ “Fortnite Mode” feature, which leveraged Houseparty to bring video chat to Fortnite gamers, will also be discontinued. Founded in 2015, Houseparty offered a w...
Tags: Android, Social, Mobile, Gaming, Facebook, Apps, Mark Zuckerberg, Social Networking, Germany, Tech, Software, Computing, App-store, Exit, Epic Games, Online Games


Facebook Stories: social media firm launches Ray-Ban smart glasses

Wayfarer-style specs feature pair of cameras for photos and videos, as well as a microphone and speakerFacebook lives in your pocket, on the web, and, if you’ve bought the company’s Portal video-calling device, even in your kitchen. Now, it wants to find a home on your face.The company has created its first “smart glasses”, with a pair of cameras to take photos and videos, a microphone and speaker to listen to podcasts, and a voice assistant to let you do the whole thing hands-free. Continue rea...
Tags: Gadgets, Facebook, Business, Technology, Media, Social Networking, Internet, Snapchat, Technology sector, Wearable Technology, Ray Ban, Facebook Stories


Facebook announces launch of Ray-Ban Stories smart glasses

Wayfarer-style specs feature pair of cameras for photos and videos, as well as a microphone and speakerFacebook lives in your pocket, on the web, and, if you’ve bought the company’s Portal video-calling device, even in your kitchen. Now, it wants to find a home on your face.The company has created its first “smart glasses”, with a pair of cameras to take photos and videos, a microphone and speaker to listen to podcasts, and a voice assistant to let you do the whole thing hands-free. Continue rea...
Tags: Gadgets, Facebook, Business, Technology, Media, Social Networking, Internet, Snapchat, Technology sector, Wearable Technology


Facebook encryption could prevent detection of child abuse, NCA says

Police claim plans for end-to-end encryption will stop officers being able to access ‘incisive intelligence’Facebook’s plans to allow encrypted messaging across all its platforms could prevent the detection of up to 20m child abuse images every year, a senior investigating officer has claimed.Rob Jones, the director of threat leadership at the National Crime Agency, said the social media company’s goal of rolling out end-to-end encryption will stop officers from accessing “incisive intelligence”...
Tags: Facebook, Technology, Media, Social Networking, Police, UK News, World news, NCA, National Crime Agency, Rob Jones


Social media giants increase global child safety after UK regulations introduced

TikTok, Twitter and Facebook among companies bringing in new measures worldwide that protect childrenTikTok has turned off notifications for children past bedtime, Instagram has disabled targeted adverts for under-18s entirely and YouTube has turned off autoplay for teen users: moves seemingly triggered by Britain introducing a new set of regulations aimed at protecting children online.On Thursday the UK introduced a new set of regulations aimed at protecting children and at a stroke became a gl...
Tags: Facebook, UK, Technology, Media, Instagram, Social Networking, Youtube, Social Media, UK News, World news, Britain, Digital Media, Silicon Valley, TikTok Twitter


Discord: why Kanye West turned to chat app’s users for help

Rapper asked for opinions on a new song, highlighting site’s popularity among people ‘sick of Twitter’ When Kanye West was putting the finishing touches to his new album Donda, he was not content to trust only the ears of a few close confidants for feedback.The rapper and producer held a series of listening events in stadiums around the US, taking up residence in the locker room of the Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta, Georgia, to finish the album with the producer, Mike Dean, after playing it l...
Tags: Apps, Music, Technology, Media, Social Networking, Internet, US, World news, Kanye West, Culture, Kanye, Mike Dean, Atlanta Georgia, Dean, Mercedes Benz Stadium, Donda


‘The nicest guys’: mother finds men who rescued son from Milton Keynes lake

Family praises brothers who stopped 7-year-old from drowning after using Facebook to track them downA woman has spoken of her gratitude after she managed to track down the two men who saved her son from drowning.When 7-year-old Frankie Creek fell off a jetty at Caldecotte lake in Milton Keynes one evening last month, his mother, Natasha, was too distracted by their barking dogs to hear the splash. Continue reading...
Tags: Facebook, Social Networking, UK News, Milton Keynes, Natasha, Caldecotte, Frankie Creek


Instagram will require users to provide their birthday

Instagram will begin prodding users to share their birthday with the service, if they haven’t already done so. The company today announced it will now start popping up a notification that asks you to add your birthday to “personalize your experience.” But the prompt can only be dismissed a handful of times before becoming a requirement. The move is a part of Instagram’s larger goal to create new safety features aimed at younger users, the company explains. This includes the teen privacy protecti...
Tags: Google, Social, Mobile, Facebook, Apps, Instagram, Teens, Privacy, Social Networking, Social Networks, Children, Social Media, Tech, Regulations, Mobile Apps, Teenagers


Clay debuts a new tool to help people better manage their business and personal relationships

A new startup called Clay, backed by $8 million in seed funding, has built a system designed to help you be more thoughtful with the people in your life, which operates somewhat like a personal CRM. With Clay, you build a collection of the people you meet by connecting your email and calendar with social apps, including Twitter and LinkedIn. Clay then populates each person’s entry with all the relevant information you would need to recall for any future meeting — ranging from their work history ...
Tags: Google, Startups, Mobile, Facebook, Apps, Y Combinator, Networking, Microsoft, Privacy, Social Networking, Relationships, Funding, NFL, Linkedin, Tech, CMO


Flip bags $28M to turn beauty, wellness social commerce on its head

Social commerce startup Flip is mixing live commerce mobile apps with real customer reviews to improve the buying experience and opportunity for the creator economy. Today, the Los Angeles-based company closed on a $28 million Series A led Streamlined Ventures. Nooruldeen “Noor” Agha, a serial e-commerce entrepreneur, founded Flip in 2019 after emigrating to the United States from Iraq. He had previously lived in Dubai, where he built some companies in the e-commerce space. It was while leading ...
Tags: Amazon, Startups, TC, Ecommerce, Apps, Video, Social Networking, Advertising Tech, China, Iraq, Funding, Los Angeles, Social Media, Supply Chain Management, Tech, Unilever


Instagram to ditch swipe-up links and replace them with stickers

Instagram’s swipe-up links in Stories are about to disappear. The app is ditching this format in favor of something new – link stickers. Some users are already seeing the change and using it. However, many have been left without an option to add links to their Stories until the new feature is officially rolled out. […] The post Instagram to ditch swipe-up links and replace them with stickers appeared first on DIY Photography.
Tags: Photography, News, Instagram, Social Networking, Social Media, Stories, Social Network, Instagram Stories


Zuckerberg deflects questions about vaccine disinformation on Facebook

CEO says problem is primarily one of ‘vaccine hesitancy’ among the US public, touting platform’s vaccine literacy toolFacebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg skirted a question on Thursday about coronavirus vaccine disinformation on the social network, choosing to phrase the problem instead as primarily one of “vaccine hesitancy” among the US public.In an interview with CBS, which was released on Thursday morning, TV anchor Gayle King pressed Zuckerberg to release information on how many people have viewed...
Tags: Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, Technology, Media, Social Networking, US, US news, Cbs, Vaccines and immunisation, Zuckerberg, Gayle King, Coronavirus


Facebook pledges to become ‘water positive’ by 2030

The tech firm aims to restore more water than it consumes, as it competes to meet green goalsFacebook has announced plans to become “water positive” by 2030, restoring more water than the company consumes globally.The firm is leaning further into a virtuous skirmish between the world’s largest technology players, as they all compete to be the first to achieve carbon neutrality, commit to offsetting the emissions created by their customers as well as their own operations, and even plan to elimina...
Tags: Facebook, Technology, Social Networking, Environment, Water, World news


Facebook no, Twitter yes: which tech firms let the Taliban post?

Analysis: Twitter has faced criticism for allowing members to post, while Facebook has taken harder lineAfghanistan live news: latest updatesAs Kabul fell to Taliban forces over the weekend, social networks struggled to cope with the renewed attention brought to the organisation – and its presence on their platforms.In the US, Republicans expressed outrage that Twitter, which had permanently banned Donald Trump from its platform in January, seemed content to allow named Taliban members access to...
Tags: Facebook, Twitter, Technology, Media, Social Networking, Internet, US, Social Media, World news, US news, Whatsapp, Afghanistan, Taliban, South and Central Asia, Digital Media, Kabul


How artist Ben Grosser is cutting Mark Zuckerberg down to size

The artist and social media critic on his work subverting the manipulative practices of Facebook, Instagram and TwitterWhen the history of the first decades of this century comes to be written, there will be few more telling artworks than Ben Grosser’s film Order of Magnitude. In the 47 minute video, Grosser, a digital artist and professor of new media at the University of Illinois, has spliced together every public instance in which Mark Zuckerberg has talked of “more” and “bigger”. The resulti...
Tags: Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, Twitter, Technology, London, Media, Social Networking, Internet, Social Media, Digital Media, Silicon Valley, Zuckerberg, University Of Illinois, Facebook Instagram, Urbana, Ben Grosser


Techies think we’re on the cusp of a virtual world called ‘the metaverse’. I’m skeptical | Sean Monahan

Silicon Valley has been anticipating virtual reality for more than three decades, and keeps running into the same problem: people mostly like actual realityMaybe this will be my Paul Krugman moment. The Nobel Prize-winning economist and New York Times columnist was famously the winner of a study to establish which op-ed commentator was most consistently correct. In 1998, he also famously claimed, “By 2005 or so, it will become clear that the Internet’s impact on the economy has been no greater t...
Tags: Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, Technology, Media, Microsoft, Social Networking, New York Times, Bill Gates, Computing, Silicon Valley, Paul Krugman, Krugman, Sean Monahan, Science fiction books


Facebook shuts accounts in anti-vaccine influencer campaign

Russia-based marketing firm sought to pay social media influencers to smear Covid vaccinesCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageFacebook has removed hundreds of accounts linked to a mysterious advertising agency operating from Russia that sought to pay social media influencers to smear Covid-19 vaccines made by Pfizer and AstraZeneca.A network of 65 Facebook accounts and 243 Instagram accounts was traced back to Fazze, an advertising and marketing firm working on behalf of ...
Tags: Facebook, Technology, Social Networking, Russia, US, Social Media, World news, Infectious Diseases, Digital Media, Astrazeneca, Pfizer, Instagram Continue, India Latin America, Coronavirus, Fazze


At best, we’re on Earth for around 4,000 weeks – so why do we lose so much time to online distraction?

Silicon Valley makes billions by stealing your attention. No wonder it’s so hard to focus…One Friday in April 2016, as that year’s polarising US presidential race intensified, and more than 30 armed conflicts raged around the globe, approximately 3 million people spent part of their day watching two reporters from BuzzFeed wrap rubber bands around a watermelon. Gradually, over the course of 43 agonising minutes, the pressure ramped up – the psychological kind and the physical force on the waterm...
Tags: Psychology, Health, Facebook, Books, Technology, Social Networking, US, Social Media, Life and style, Society, Smartphones, Earth, Culture, Time Management, Silicon Valley, Philosophy books


Match Group to add audio and video chat, including group live video, to its dating app portfolio

Dating app maker and Tinder parent, Match Group, said during its Q2 earnings it will bring audio and video chat, including group live video, and other livestreaming technologies to several of the company’s brands over the next 12 to 24 months. The developments will be powered by innovations from Hyperconnect, the social networking company that this year became Match’s biggest acquisition to date, when it bought the Korean app maker for a sizable $1.73 billion.  Since then, Match Group has been r...
Tags: Apple, Social, Mobile, Apps, Video, Social Networking, Tinder, Tech, Match, Livestreaming, Match Group, Social Software, Live Video, Asia Pacific region, Azar, Dubey


A ‘safe space for racists’: antisemitism report criticises social media giants

Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Youtube and TikTok failing to act on most reported anti-Jewish posts, says studyThere has been a serious and systemic failure to tackle antisemitism across the five biggest social media platforms, resulting in a “safe space for racists”, according to a new report.Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, YouTube and TikTok failed to act on 84% of posts spreading anti-Jewish hatred and propaganda reported via the platforms’ official complaints system. Continue reading...
Tags: Facebook, Twitter, Technology, Media, Instagram, Social Networking, Internet, Youtube, Race, Social Media, World news, Digital Media, Holocaust, Facebook Twitter Instagram YouTube, Antisemitism, Tiktok


Facebook reports fastest quarterly growth in five years

Social media company beats forecasts and hits $29bn revenueNetwork condemned for allowing vaccine misinformationFacebook saw its fastest growth this quarter since 2016, the company revealed in its earnings report on Wednesday, despite regulatory concerns and criticisms surrounding misinformation on the platform. Related: Remington offers $33m to settle lawsuit by families of Sandy Hook massacre Continue reading...
Tags: Facebook, Business, Technology, Media, Social Networking, World news, US news, Sandy Hook, Biden Administration


Google, Apple and Microsoft report record-breaking profits

‘Perfect positive storm’ for big tech as pandemic fuels huge quarterly sales and stock market gainsGoogle, Apple and Microsoft reported record-breaking quarterly sales and profits on Tuesday night as the firms continue to benefit from a pandemic that has created a “perfect positive storm” for big tech.Apple made a $21.7bn (£15.6bn) profit for the three-month period that ended in June, its best fiscal third quarter in its 45-year history, boosted by strong sales of the iPhone 12 and growth in its...
Tags: Apple, Google, Amazon, Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, Business, Elon Musk, Technology, Media, Microsoft, Social Networking, Cloud Computing, Advertising, World news, E-commerce, US news


Google, Apple and Microsoft tipped to report record-breaking profits

‘Perfect positive storm’ for big tech as pandemic fuels huge quarterly sales and stock market gainsGoogle, Apple and Microsoft are expected to report record-breaking quarterly sales and profits on Tuesday night as the firms continue to benefit from a pandemic that has created a “perfect positive storm” for big tech.Alphabet, Google’s parent company, is expected to report second-quarter revenue of $56bn (£41bn). That would be a 46% increase on the same period a year earlier, and mean that the com...
Tags: Apple, Google, Amazon, Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, Business, Elon Musk, Technology, Media, Microsoft, Social Networking, Cloud Computing, Advertising, World news, E-commerce, US news


Zebra raises $1.1M in a pre-seed round for messaging that pairs photos with voice chat

A new voice-based social app that cites Clubhouse as its biggest inspiration offers a playful new way to stay in touch with close friends and family. Zebra leaves video out of the equation altogether, inviting users to snap on-the-fly photos and send them off paired with casual voice updates. Zebra focuses on asynchronous sharing, but it also lets users call one another if they’re both already hanging out on the app. The result is a fun and casual way to stay in touch for anyone who doesn’t feel...
Tags: Social, Startups, TC, Instagram, Social Networking, Berlin, Social Media, Tech, Snapchat, Instant Messaging, Software, Reddit, Alexis Ohanian, Line, Messaging Apps, Clubhouse


Telegram founder listed in leaked Pegasus project data

Pavel Durov, who built reputation on creating unhackable app, selected by NSO client governmentAmid the varied cast of people whose numbers appear on a list of individuals selected by NSO Group’s client governments, one name stands out as particularly ironic. Pavel Durov, the enigmatic Russian-born tech billionaire who has built his reputation on creating an unhackable messaging app, finds his own number on the list.Durov, 36, is the founder of Telegram, which claims to have more than half a bil...
Tags: Social Networking, Russia, Encryption, United Arab Emirates, Pavel Durov, NSO, NSO Group


‘A systemic failure’: vaccine misinformation remains rampant on Facebook, experts say

Misinformation ‘superspreader’ accounts found still active even as vaccination rates flag and cases rise in USFacebook is under fire once again over the proliferation of vaccine misinformation on its platform, after Joe Biden said tech giants such as Facebook are “killing people” for failing to tackle the problem.The White House has also zeroed in on the “disinformation dozen”: accounts that have been shown to be responsible for the bulk of anti-vaccine misinformation on social media platforms. ...
Tags: Facebook, Social Networking, White House, Joe Biden, US news, Vaccines and immunisation, USFacebook