Thoughts on Facebook’s 9 plans to curb election interference

 Election meddling is Facebook’s next adversary, and it’s got a plan to attack it just like it did with fake news. Solutions to both these scourges come too late to prevent tampering that may have aided Donald Trump winning the presidency. But at least Facebook is owning up to the problem, working with the government, and starting to self-regulate. Here’s the 9-point plan… Read More

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Facebook and Twitter play bigger role in Congressional election-hacking probe

 As Congressional investigations into Russia’s role in manipulating the election for U.S. president deepens, tech companies are assuming a more central role in the inquiries. Both Twitter and Facebook are stepping up their efforts to cooperate with Congressional investigations into Russian interference with last year’s presidential election. Read More

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Instagram adds face filters to live video

 Instagram is making its face filters available for live video streaming through the app, the company announced today. Instagram had introduced face filters, which add visual effects to detected faces, back in May, but until now it was only available on video and images captured first and then posted to your Instagram Story after the fact. All existing face filters are now available for live… Read More

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Polly’s teen polling app piggybacks on Snapchat

 Snapchat doesn’t technically have a developer platform, but that hasn’t stopped other startups from taking advantage of its new feature for attaching links to your Snaps and Stories. Sarahah was the first, allowing people to ask fellow Snappers for open-ended anonymous feedback. But the problem is that those requests could be met with cyberbullying.
Polly is a new teen sensation… Read More

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21.co announces a token system to get people to join its paid messaging network

 Today at Disrupt, 21.co CEO and co-founder Balaji Srinivasan outlined his company’s unusual evolution and announced the launch of a new system for kickstarting the site’s user base by incentivizing people with tokens for doing things like signing up, getting verified and performing certain tasks. The company opted to move away from the increasingly popular ICO model because… Read More

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Facebook vows to manually review ad targeting after ‘Jew-Haters’ scandal

 Facebook failed to foresee how turning user-written interests and employer information from profiles into ad targeting options could turn offensive. Now Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg has apologized for the situation, and announced that Facebook will now manually review all ad targeting options. Read More

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Tech giants told to remove extremist content much faster

 Tech giants are once again being urged to do more to tackle the spread of online extremism on their platforms. Leaders of the UK, France and Italy are taking time out at a UN summit today to meet with Google, Facebook and Microsoft. This follows an agreement in May for G7 nations to take joint action on online extremism.  Read More

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