Social Media

Facebook Bans Gun Accessories Ads from Children

Facebook Bans Gun Accessories Ads from Children

Facebook announced last Friday that it will stop showing weapon accessory advertisements to users below 18 years old. While guns and gun modification ads are already prohibited on the social network, Facebook says that accessories like holsters, belt accessories, as well as any products mounted on guns for the purposes of illuminating, magnifying or focusing will only be shown to users 18 and above starting June 21. The move is said to be line with discussions in the US on gun violence and school shootings. Source: Business Insider

Genetic Testing Websites May Become New Social Networks

Genetic Testing Websites May Become New Social Networks

Recent statistics suggest that DNA testing sites such as 23andMe may soon become the new social networks. According to AncestryDNA, companies that provide self-performed genetic testing has already gained millions of customers within the past few years.    By matching willing participants in their large databases with others who share their DNA, the companies are able to help reunite long-lost relatives in a more layered version of Facebook when it was first launched. It is said that the websites’ internal messaging systems are integral in connecting users with relatives they do not know of. Source: CNBC

Reuters Study Says Younger Users Now Prefer WhatsApp to Facebook

Reuters Study Says Younger Users Now Prefer WhatsApp to Facebook

According to data gathered by the Reuters Institute, younger audiences now prefer messaging apps such as WhatsApp over Facebook to get news. In a survey of 74,000 consumers in 37 markets, Reuters found that Facebook usage by youngsters went down as much as 20 points. Research associate Nic Newman says that usage is now going down after years of continued growth. This may be attributed to preference of consumers for more private and less confrontational spaces to communicate.   The research is said to show the volatility of consumer tastes as traditional media struggles to cope with the impact of […]

Parents Complain to ASA After Kids See Horror Ad on YouTube

Parents Complain to ASA After Kids See Horror Ad on YouTube

Three parents filed complaints against YouTube after their children had inadvertently watched an ad for a horror movie called Insidious: The Last Key, which is rated 15 in the UK. It is said that the ad was shown before videos of songs from Frozen, a Lego fire station instructional, and a clip from PJ Masks. The parents said that the kids witnessed scenes where a young woman was seen “lying on a floor immobile, bloodied and distressed while a humanoid creature crept towards her and then probed at her with claw-like fingers and pierced her skin”. YouTube clarified that the […]

Facebook Users Now Allowed to Review Business Advertisers

Facebook Users Now Allowed to Review Business Advertisers

Facebook announced this week that users will now be allowed to review businesses that advertise on the social network and possibly ban those that receive the most negative feedback. Facebook’s latest move seeks to crack down on businesses that mislead users into buying low quality goods or services, or those that fail to deliver products in their stated shipping time. Businesses that receive the most negative feedback may be put at risk of getting banned. Advertisers however, will be given a chance to improve before being banned. This might include a reduction in the amount of ads that the business […]

Megaupload Founder Calls for Facebook, Twitter Replacement

Megaupload Founder Calls for Facebook, Twitter Replacement

Megaupload founder Kim Dotcom tweeted this week that he wants to build a social network that would replace Twitter and Facebook. Dotcom also called on whistleblower Edward Snowden, Julian Assange of WikiLeaks, and Germany’s Chaos Computer Club to join him in making an alternative that provides real privacy and zero censorship from a trusted source. Cyber-security expert Alan Woodward meanwhile said that the issue revolved around trust, and Facebook and Twitter may have learned new lessons after their recent privacy problems. He also remarked that users may prefer the devil they know than the devil they don’t. Source: BBC

Top Wealth Fund Supports Activist Proposals at Facebook Meeting

Top Wealth Fund Supports Activist Proposals at Facebook Meeting

Norges Bank Investment Management, considered as the world’s largest sovereign wealth fund, had reportedly backed six activist shareholder proposals at Facebook’s annual meeting at Menlo Park last Thursday. Some of the measures backed by Norges Bank included a mandatory report by Facebook on fake news, addressing gender pay gaps, responsible tax principles, the establishment of a board committee on risk management and two measures requiring Facebook to adopt simple majority voting at shareholder meetings. Facebook said that each of the six measures had been voted down. The Norwegian fund owns 1.4% of Facebook’s globally listed shares and held a 0.71% […]

Uganda Moves to Impose Gossip Tax on Facebook, WhatsApp

Uganda Moves to Impose Gossip Tax on Facebook, WhatsApp

The Ugandan parliament recently passed a law that imposes a controversial tax on the usage of messaging apps such as WhatsApp, Viber, and Twitter. The law, which was supported by President Yoweri Museveni, seeks to discourage the use of social media as it encourages the spread of gossip according to the government. The law, which will take effect on July 1, will impose 200 shilling or $0.05 a day on app users. However, many doubt that the government will be able to implement it effectively. The president, who pushed for the law, nevertheless said that internet data should not be […]

Papua New Guinea bans Facebook for One Month

Papua New Guinea bans Facebook for One Month

Papua New Guinea’s communication minister Sam Basil revealed this week that it will be blocking Facebook for up to a month while it tries to identify accounts posting pornography and fake news. The government says that the month-long ban will be spent analyzing how Facebook is being used to  breach the country’s 2016 cyber-crime law. Basil even said that the country could develop its own social network as an alternative to Facebook by gathering local developers to make a site that is more conducive for the social networking needs of Papua New Guineans.   Source: BBC

Tencent Drops Investment in Content Startup After Criticisms

Tencent Drops Investment in Content Startup After Criticisms

Chinese tech giant Tencent Holdings recently withdrew its investment of 30 million yuan from a content startup named Chaping which had been slammed for plagiarism and copyright issues. Tencent said that Chaping had already agreed to return the investment voluntarily after it was found that the companies did not match values. Chaping said that it will seek to grow independently and learn from its mistakes, as well as take on more responsibility in the field of copyright and protection of original content. Tencent likewise vowed to continue to respect and protect original content by putting enhanced measures in place.   […]