Social Media

Bill seeks to make social media firms liable for online content

Legislation which will be published on Tuesday would see responsibility for online content shifted back on to tech giants rather that the person who posts the content. Social media companies could face the prospect of unlimited fines if they fail to remove posts which risk prejudicing criminal trials. Legislation which will be published on Tuesday would see responsibility for online ... Read More »

Bots on social media threaten democracy. But we are not helpless

‘It appears that in 2016, bots were deliberately unleashed on social media to sway voter opinion by spreading fake news and deceiving trending algorithms.’ Photograph: PhotoAlto/Alamy Can social bots – pieces of software that perform automated tasks – influence humans on social media platforms? That’s a question congressional investigators are asking social media companies ever since fears emerged that they were deployed ... Read More »

Twitterrific for Mac Rises From the Dead, Now Available via App Store

Twitterrific, our favourite Twitter client on iOS, is back from the dead on macOS, as developer The Iconfactory has announced the availability of Twitterrific 5 via the Mac App Store. The launch delivers on the promise of February’s ‘Project Phoenix’ Kickstarter that touted the return of an updated Twitter client on the Mac, a venture that had found over 2,850 backers and raised over ... Read More »

Oculus Connect 4: Rift Core 2.0, 3D Posts, Venues, Oculus Home and Everything Else Facebook Announced

HIGHLIGHTS Facebook held Oculus Connect 4 event on Wednesday The company announced new Oculus Go headset It also announced a range of software improvements and features At its Oculus Connect 4 developer event in San Jose, Facebook unveiled the new portable VR headset called Oculus Go, an affordable VR headset that the company’s co-founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg wants to bring to a billion ... Read More »

Facebook Says 10 Million US Users Saw Russia-Linked Ads

HIGHLIGHTS Facebook said US people saw ads bought in Russia on president’s elections 44 percent of the ads were seen before the November 2016 election Russia has denied any involvement with the Facebook ads Some 10 million people in the United States saw politically divisive ads on Facebook that the company said were purchased in Russia in the months before and after ... Read More »

Google, Facebook Tax to Be Proposed by EU in 2018: Juncker

The EU will propose a new tax on tech giants such as Google and Facebook next year despite opposition by several states that fear a blow to their economies, European Commission chief Jean-Claude Juncker said Friday. Championed by French President Emmanuel Macron, the new tax on digital multinationals will target revenue generated in an EU country, instead of on profits that are booked in ... Read More »

Las Vegas shooting: Hoaxes spread on social media

Fifty-eight people were killed and more than 500 others sustained injuries after a gunman opened fire on a crowd of concert-goers during a country music festival on the Las Vegas Strip. Gunfire erupted just after 10 p.m. Sunday during the three-day Route 91 Harvest Festival, which was being held across from the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino. Las Vegas shooting witness: “It was ... Read More »

Sue Allen: Big news in social media world

news in the world of social media last week when Twitter announced it was testing doubling the possible length of a tweet to 280 characters to help users “be more expressive”. Thank the Lord. Because I for one can’t wait to hear even more from pop royalty like Katy Perry, Justin Bieber, Taylor Swift and Rihanna – some of the ... Read More »

Delete all the social media apps from your phone right now

Most of the time, I navigate to my social media apps reflexively, as though my finger and the icons are magnets. I don’t even realise I’m doing it until my thumb taps the Instagram icon on my screen. Again. And again. And again. It’s a dirty digital habit, and it doesn’t make me happy. Maybe you can relate. Studies have ... Read More »

Delete all the social media apps from your phone right now

Most of the time, I navigate to my social media apps reflexively, as though my finger and the icons are magnets. I don’t even realise I’m doing it until my thumb taps the Instagram icon on my screen. Again. And again. And again. It’s a dirty digital habit, and it doesn’t make me happy. Maybe you can relate. Studies have ... Read More »