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Evan Spiegel / Axios:
Evan Spiegel says social media fueled fake news and Snapchat is “separating the social from the media” in its upcoming redesign   —  The personalized newsfeed revolutionized the way people share and consume content.  But let's be honest: this came at a huge cost to facts, our minds and the entire media industry.
Nov 29, 2017, 7:15 AMIn context
Facebook:
Facebook says 99% of ISIS and Al Qaeda-related terror content is removed via AI before users flag it, and 83% of copies are removed within an hour of upload   —  By Monika Bickert, Head of Global Policy Management, and Brian Fishman, Head of Counterterrorism Policy, Facebook
Nov 28, 2017, 9:00 PMIn context
Mark Di Stefano / BuzzFeed:
Facebook and Twitter say they will respond to UK requests for information about possible Russian meddling in Brexit and UK general election within weeks   —  US social media giants have said they're ready to cooperate with a UK probe into Russian meddling in the 2016 EU referendum.
Nov 28, 2017, 6:05 AMIn context
Romain Dillet / TechCrunch:
Media startup Cheddar launches its streaming TV channel in Europe with French startup Molotov, which won't be charged a licensing fee   —  Business news network Cheddar has been partnering with social media platforms and OTT services in the U.S. And Cheddar is now looking at international markets.
Nov 19, 2017, 9:05 PMIn context
Mike Masnick / Techdirt:
DoD's CENTCOM found hosting at least 1.8B posts of scraped internet content from last 8 years on open AWS server   —  There are two big WTFs in this story.  First, the Defense Departments Central Command (Centcom) was collecting tons of data on social media posts... and then the bigger one …
Nov 17, 2017, 10:10 PMIn context
Josh Constine / TechCrunch:
Facebook rebrands Mentions, which was only available for verified accounts, as Creator app, opens it to all; app available on iOS now, and Android within months   —  Facebook wants to turn mindless, passive video consumption into “time well spent,” and now it's giving social media stars …
Nov 16, 2017, 3:30 PMIn context
Khari Johnson / VentureBeat:
Lyft says it has hired 12 of 15 employees of Kamcord's livestream startup to work on its service; Kamcord says it will sunset its service   —  Lyft today announced that it has hired the majority of employees from Kamcord, a company that plans to sunset its products for livestreaming and social media.
Nov 16, 2017, 12:55 PMIn context
Laura Shin / Forbes:
Square Cash is testing cryptocurrency support by letting a small number of users buy and sell Bitcoin directly in the app   —  Some customers of Square's Cash app have gotten a surprise in the past week.  —  The app, which is used for payments between friends and is a competitor to Venmo …
Nov 15, 2017, 9:05 AMIn context
Paresh Dave / Reuters:
YouTube confirms it has updated its policy on extremist content, broadening it to include videos that do not depict violence or preach hate   —  SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Alphabet Inc's Google in the last few months has begun removing from YouTube extremist videos that do not depict violence or preach hate …
Nov 14, 2017, 12:05 PMIn context
Freedom House:
Report: governments in 30 countries manipulated social media to counter critics, drive specific agendas, more; elections in 18 countries may have been affected   —  Key Findings Online manipulation and disinformation tactics played an important role in elections in at least 18 countries over the past year, including the United States.
Nov 14, 2017, 10:35 AMIn context

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