Emerging Media

Twitter Updates Safety Features, Bans ‘Hateful’ Display Names

Twitter Updates Safety Features, Bans ‘Hateful’ Display Names

Earlier this week, Twitter revealed that it will be rolling out several enhancements to its Safety features which will be implemented by January next year. The social media giant also said that it will be banning “hateful display names” to prevent “nameflaming”, which is the act of changing one’s username to an insult in order to gain more visibility to the followers of the one being insulted. Twitter will also look into user relationship when evaluating harassment reports to prevent concerted trolling efforts, and ban groups that promote violence, or use hate symbols as avatars or profile headers. A calendar […]

New Cryptocurrency to “Tokenize” Influencer Market

Influencer platform IndaHash will soon roll out a cryptocurrency which can be used to pay social media movers instead of cash. With around 300,000 users around the world, the company’s co-founder Barbara Soltysinska said that they want to create a revolution by “tokenizing” the influencer marketing world. She added that the use of digital currency will solve a wide range of issues influencers, brands, and fan bases face, such as 30 to 60 day payment terms. IndaHash is set to launch the IndaHash Coin this week, and will be running a pre-ICO for a week starting on November 8. Source: […]

Scams on Social Media Double from Last Year, Now at 400,000

Scams on Social Media Double from Last Year, Now at 400,000

Last Thursday, researchers from cybersecurity firm ZeroFox reported that there are now 437,165 financial scams operating on various social media platforms at present.    They also revealed that only 18,175 operators are behind these campaigns which mostly use social engineering to hoodwink users. In one model, scammers pretend to be from a legitimate FinServ institution. They then target financially eligible customers who already follow the brand and engage them via direct message until the transaction is converted. In another model, the scammers target specific organizations, then pre-selects victims which they do reconnaissance on, before conning them for financial data. The […]

Facebook Rolls Out “i” Button in Effort to Fight Fake News

In its effort to combat fake news, Facebook recently rolled out another feature called the “i” button which shows up on News feed links to provide more context for the users using Wikipedia entries and other related articles. The company’s product manager Sara Su says people had been asking them for ways to get more information on what they are reading. The new feature should help users verify if a particular article and its publisher is credible or trustworthy. Using the “i” button will show Wikipedia entries on the publisher and other related articles, as well as info from the […]

Russian Facebook Ads Targeted Michigan and Wisconsin

Russian Facebook Ads Targeted Michigan and Wisconsin

According to four insiders, two states which were critical to Trump’s presidential victory last November had previously been targeted by Russian-bought ads. The said ads employed sophisticated targeting of key demographic groups in pivotal areas in Michigan and Wisconsin. It appeared that the ads were intended to disrupt the clutter of online campaign ads by using politically divisive messages, some of which were anti-Muslim.   An investigation by the congressional committees and special counsel Robert Mueller are currently trying to determine whether the Russians received any help from Trump associates. Meanwhile, the White House did not give a comment on […]

Viewers of Terrorist Content May Get 15 Year Sentence

Viewers of Terrorist Content May Get 15 Year Sentence

In a tweet made last Tuesday, the British government announced that it is planning to change legislation to dispense tougher sentences on individuals who repeatedly view terrorist content. The proposed law change was confirmed by a Home Office spokesman who did not reveal a time frame for the plan. It is said that the recent attacks in the UK had prompted the government to address gaps in the law governing the viewing of said material. The move is intended to support Section 58 of the Terrorism Act of 2000, which considers the possession of information useful to a terrorist to […]

Facebook to Add 1000 More People to Review Ads

Facebook to Add 1000 More People to Review Ads

Reports have revealed that the recent issue on Russian ad purchases has prompted Facebook to hire around 1000 more people to help review ads on its platform. The company recently disclosed that a Russian group had bought around 3000 politically disruptive ads for last year’s US election. A Facebook spokesperson said that over the next year it will be investing in new software and increasing its manpower for its ads service, saying that it will pay more attention to signals such as ad purchase context and intended audience. Source: Reuters

Facebook Takes Down Page of Exiled Chinese Billionaire

Facebook Takes Down Page of Exiled Chinese Billionaire

The Facebook page of Chinese tycoon Guo Wengui was pulled last weekend for violation of community standards, according to a spokesperson of the company. His account has also been temporarily restricted from posting. Guo is considered to be the highest profile fugitive in China. Currently living in New York, the billionaire uses social media to broadcast claims of corruption in the higher levels of the Chinese government. It is said that he had launched a campaign which was critically timed to make maximum impact on this month’s Communist Party congress, which is only held every 5 years. Facebook did not […]

Facebook to Show Russian Election Disruption Ads to Congress

Facebook to Show Russian Election Disruption Ads to Congress

Information on around 3000 Russian-bought ads will be turned over by Facebook to congressional investigators for review this week. It was revealed that the ads, amounting to around $100,000, were bought by a group called “Internet Research Agency” for the purpose of interfering with the 2016 US elections. A spokesperson from Facebook said that the company believes the investigators are in a good position to evaluate and make a determination from the ads, given their access to classified information. Twitter has also pledged to provide data which includes 201 accounts used for misinformation campaigns and $274,100 worth of ads bought […]

Twitter to Increase Character Limit to 280

Twitter to Increase Character Limit to 280

Last Tuesday, Twitter announced that some users will be able to tweet more than 140 characters as part of a test. The microblogging giant says that it will still put emphasis on brevity, which it has been known for. In a post however, the company’s project manager and senior software engineer said that they know how difficult it is to cram one’s thoughts in a tweet, which is why they are testing if 280 characters would be better for users to express themselves.  The company also said that the idea was inspired by how Chinese, Japanese, and Korean users are […]

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