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Social Media

Anyone could download Cambridge researchers’ 4-million-user Facebook data set for years

A data set of more than 3 million users and a variety of their personal details collected by Cambridge researchers was available for anyone to download for some four years, [IF YOU ARE A STUDENT PLEASE HAVE YOU SUPERVISOR REQUEST ACCESS TO THE DATA FOR YOU.]. It’s likely only one of many places where such huge sets of personal data collected during a period of permissive Facebook access terms have been obtainable. The data were collected as part [...]

Twitter axed 142k spammy apps and 130M ‘low-quality’ Tweets in 1 week of Q1

Twitter is making good on its pledge to fight the persistent problems of spam, bots, harassment, and misinformation that have plagued the social platform for years. Today, in its , the company announced that changes that it has made related to TweetDeck and its API — two of the most common spam vectors on Twitter — in in the past quarter have translated into real numbers that point to overall improvements in quality on the service. Specifically, according to [...]

Australia latest to open probe into Facebook data scandal

Australia’s watchdog has opened an investigation into Facebook in the wake of the Cambridge Analytica data misuse scandal. Yesterday revealed that more users than previously thought could have had their personal information passed to the company back in 2014 — saying could have had their data “improperly shared”, thereby confirming the testimony of ex-Cambridge Analytica employee, Chris Wylie, who last month told a UK parliamentary committee he believed that  Facebook users had had their information swiped. And while [...]

Facebook launches Express Wi-Fi app for its local-operated hotspots

wants you to pay for internet. This week TechCrunch was tipped off that Facebook had quietly launched an Express Wi-Fi Android that lets users buy data packs and find nearby hotspots as part of Facebook’s distributed Wi-Fi network. The company’s is live in five developing countries that see local business owners operating Wi-Fi hotspots where people can pay to access higher-speed bandwidth via local telecoms instead of paying steep prices for slow cellular data connections. Previously, Express [...]

Momo buys Tantan, China’s Tinder, for over $600M as Chinese social networks consolidate

WeChat is far and away the biggest messaging platform in China at the moment, and that is helping to drive a push among the smaller players to get together for better scale. Today, , the Chinese location-based social networking app that has more recently made a and is traded on Nasdaq with a market cap of around $6 billion, announced that it has acquired, China’s top dating app, . It’s not clear how that price compares to Tantan’s [...]

How Facebook stole the news business

Big news outlets stupidly sold their soul to Facebook. Desperate for the referral traffic Facebook dangled, they spent the past few years jumping through its hoops only to be cut out of the equation. Instead of developing an owned audience of homepage visitors and newsletter subscribers, they let Facebook brainwash readers into thinking it was their source of information. Now Facebook is pushing into local news, but publishers should be wary of making the same crooked deal. It [...]

PSA: Google’s art selfie feature is US only for now

Google’s Arts & Culture app has been around for about a year and half. But it’s taken an art selfie feature to generate a bit of viral interest in the app — with a steady stream of delighted/outraged tweets bubbling up over the weekend as users assessed the results of their fine art doppelgänger. Oh what price vanity, etc etc… Special thanks to the google arts & culture app’s doppelgänger feature for keeping me humble. pic.twitter.com/dhTese3mE5 — Susie Meister (@susie_meister) [...]

As tbh popularity wanes, Facebook launches ‘Did You Know’ social questionnaire

Facebook wants you to share a bit more about yourself on your profile, so today it’s launching a new feature to web and mobile users called “Did You Know,” where you can answer questions about yourself to clue friends into your secrets, dreams, goals and feelings. As people back away from statuses and focus more on sharing articles, videos and photos, this feature offers an opportunity for users to answer questions about themselves more directly. So many of Facebook’s [...]