Social Media

WeChat Removes US “Sugar Daddy” Dating Website

WeChat Removes US “Sugar Daddy” Dating Website

WeChat dropped from its platform this week a US-founded “sugar daddy” website called SeekingArrangement which caught the attention of state media due to its rapidly rising popularity. The dating platform is often used by young women and rich older men to connect in a money-for-love arrangement. However, Chinese authorities began investigating it as a possible avenue of prostitution after it became the top most downloaded free social networking app for iOS users in China. The move, which highlights the mounting censorship and regulatory pressure on social media websites in China, is expected to cut off SeekingArrangement user-acquisition channel to WeChat’s […]

Russian Watchdog to Check Facebook, WhatsApp’s Compliance

Russian Watchdog to Check Facebook, WhatsApp’s Compliance

It was reported last Thursday that Russian state telecommunications regulator Roskomnadzor will be checking by December whether Facebook and Whatsapp are complying with the country’s laws. Rokomnadzor head Alexander Zharov says that they can move to block Facebook unless it follows laws that require websites and tech companies to store the personal data of Russian citizens on Russian servers. Zharov says that they will make a decision only after the getting the results of the checks. Source: Reuters

Socially Conscious Firms Sell, Rethink Facebook Holdings

Socially Conscious Firms Sell, Rethink Facebook Holdings

A number of socially conscious investment firms are reportedly dumping or rethinking their Facebook holdings, prompted by the social network company’s unsatisfactory response to the privacy and data protection issues it had recently been involved in. On its plan to sell 111,000 Facebook shares, Domini Fund’s Adam Kanzer said that the tech giant’s problems were founded on a lack of sufficient attention to consumer privacy and data security, compounded by inadequate governance. Meanwhile, Emma Doner from April Eaton Vance Corp unit Calvert Research and Management said that Facebook’s lax controls meant that  the company had clearly violated users’ fundamental right […]

EU to Live Stream Zuckerberg Hearing

EU to Live Stream Zuckerberg Hearing

It was announced in a European Parliament meeting last Monday that the hearing with Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg will be broadcasted via a live web stream. Parliament President Antonio Tajani said in a tweet that it was “great news” that Zuckerberg had agreed to publicly stream the discussion. In response, a Facebook spokesperson said that they were looking forward to doing the live-streamed meeting. Zuckerberg will be meeting with Tajani and European Parliament leaders in Brussels from 6:15 p.m. (12.15 p.m. ET/1615 GMT) on Tuesday. Source: Reuters

FTC Pressured by Advocacy Group to Break Up Facebook

FTC Pressured by Advocacy Group to Break Up Facebook

A campaign called Freedom from Facebook was recently formed by eight groups which are calling on the Federal Trade Commission to break up the tech giant into smaller companies. Groups including Demand Progress, Citizens Against Monopoly, Content Creators Coalition, Jewish Voice for Peace, MoveOn, Mpower Change, Open Markets Institute, and SumOfUs implored the agency to separate Messenger, Instagram, and WhatsApp from its parent company. Reports say the group has launched a six-figure ad campaign on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter to promote their website.   Source: Bleeping Computer

Facebook Stresses Effectivity of AI Tools on New Community Standards Report

Facebook Stresses Effectivity of AI Tools on New Community Standards Report

Facebook recently released a new report on how the company combats spam and fake accounts on its platform. It is said that the report is an attempt to show the effectiveness of Facebook’s artificial intelligence (AI) in flagging content before it impacts users and enforcing the service’s Community Standards. Facebook said in its report that its AI was able to take down 837 million pieces of spam in the quarter and nearly all of it was found prior to user reports. It also disabled 583 million fake accounts within minutes of registration in the first three months of 2018. In […]

Twitter Launches New Strategy Against “Trolls”

Twitter Launches New Strategy Against “Trolls”

Twitter announced Tuesday that it will be using a new strategy involving the use of behavioral signals to identify internet “trolls” and limit the visibility of their tweets. CEO Jack Dorsey revealed that behavior such as the frequency of tweets from users about accounts that do not follow them, or users that have not confirmed their email address will determine where and how their tweets will appear on the service, even if the tweets themselves are not violating any rules. Dorsey said that this should take some of the burden off people who report abusive tweets, citing that past efforts […]

Facebook Launches YouthPortal Data Guidance Center for Teens

Facebook Launches YouthPortal Data Guidance Center for Teens

Facebook releases this week its YouthPortal resource page which according to the company seeks to inform teens how they can stay safe on the platform. YouthPortal is said to be a part of the company’s effort to address the lack of attention being paid to ensuring that kids and teens feel safe online and use the internet responsibly. Topics such as navigating Facebook’s service, staying secure online, and how personal information is used by the company are discussed in an easy to understand format designed to help Gen Z users start their internet usage off on the right foot. The […]

Facebook Introduces Tools for Reporting Messenger Conversations

Facebook Introduces Tools for Reporting Messenger Conversations

In response to criticisms of its Messenger app, Facebook unveiled new tools which will allow users to report conversations that are in violation of its Community Standards. Users can now flag messages that may fall under categories such as harassment, hate speech, or suicide which will be escalated to the Facebook review team. It is said that the new reporting tools had been prompted by complaints from Myanmar that Facebook was not doing enough to address hate speech. It was reported that chain messages threatening attacks on opposing Buddhist and Muslim sides had significantly raised tensions in the country and […]

Twitter, Instagram Slammed for Failing to Take Down Xanax Ads

Twitter, Instagram Slammed for Failing to Take Down Xanax Ads

Labour MP for Enfield Southgate in London Bambos Charalambous brought to the attention of the parliament this week several accounts and ads on Twitter and Instagram for anti-anxiety medication Xanax. The MP revealed that the social media sites had not taken action despite reports that were sent to them. According to the BBC, Twitter had failed to take down 16 of such posts and pages, while Instagram took down 7 out of 10 within two weeks.    The drug’s manufacturer, Pfizer, said that the Xanax being advertised were likely to be fake. Source: BBC