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Zuckerberg Admits Facebook Collects Data on Non-Users

Zuckerberg Admits Facebook Collects Data on Non-Users

News, Security, Social Media
We've already learned quite a bit from Mark Zuckerberg's grilling on Capitol Hill. But Zuckerberg also revealed another fact that is sure to worry anyone who doesn't use Facebook. As many already suspected, Facebook collects data about non-users, too. During Zuckerberg's Wednesday appearance before the House Energy and Commerce Committee, Rep. Ben Lujan asked him whether or not Facebook collected data on users who did not have an account. "In general we collect data on people who are not signed up for Facebook for security purposes," Zuckerberg said. Lujan asked if these are what is known as "shadow profiles," but Zuckerberg said he is "not familiar" with that term. Lujan pointed out that, "You've said everyone controls their data, but you're collecting data on people that are
Snapchat takes leaf from Facebook with group video, mentions

Snapchat takes leaf from Facebook with group video, mentions

Applications, Social Media
Where have we seen this before? Snapchat Snapchat is all set to introduce group video calling and story mentions, a feature it tested last month, parent company Snap announced Tuesday. Up to 16 people can now take part in group video chats on the app, with up to 32 people joining in voice calls. To mention them in a Snapchat story, just type out their username starting with the "@..." and they'll be notified. If those features seem familiar, you only need look to Snapchat's biggest rival to work out where you've seen them before. Facebook introduced group video calling on Messenger back in 2016, and you've long been able to tag other users in stories on Facebook-owned Instagram. Following Snapchat's stratospheric growth in popularity and a reported unsuccessful buy
Reddit holds the secret to fixing Facebook

Reddit holds the secret to fixing Facebook

Social Media
South by Southwest Interactive is a festival that used to have a reputation as the place to create a buzz for a new social network or product. Yet these days, SXSW's focus is less about developing apps, and more about developing society. A society that, thanks to technology which some of these attendees created, feels in need of repair. One of the most interesting products being discussed this year isn't new at all. Reddit somehow seems to fly under the radar for the average person, despite being the sixth most popular website in the world. But while its ugly aesthetic - and often, ugly content - is alienating to many, there is much to admire. In fact, I'd go as far as to say Reddit provides a model for how to create a more interesting, fairer web. A model that doesn't drag...
UN: Facebook has turned into a beast in Myanmar

UN: Facebook has turned into a beast in Myanmar

Social Media
UN investigators have said the use of Facebook played a "determining role" in stirring up hatred against Rohingya Muslims in Myanmar. One of the team probing allegations of genocide in Myanmar said Facebook had "turned into a beast." About 700,000 Rohingya have fled to Bangladesh since Myanmar's military launched an operation in August against "insurgents" in Rakhine state. Facebook has said there is "no place for hate speech" on its platform. "We take this incredibly seriously and have worked with experts in Myanmar for several years to develop safety resources and counter-speech campaigns," a Facebook spokeswoman told the BBC. "This work includes a dedicated Safety Page for Myanmar, a locally illustrated version of our Community Standards, and regular training sessions fo...
Instagram is finally adding a scheduling feature, sort of

Instagram is finally adding a scheduling feature, sort of

Social Media
In a move that will bring unbridled joy to social media managers and influencers everywhere, Instagram is now allowing business profiles to schedule posts, the company announced on its Business blog today. Currently, the feature only works for photos, not videos, and it’s only available through third-party social management tools for now. This means that if you want to get your hands on scheduling features, you have to pay for subscription services like HootSuite, Sprout Social, or any one of the companies working as a Facebook Marketing Partner or Instagram Partner. Post scheduling has never been available until now, despite third-party companies’ best efforts to advertise such features. The only tools around have been ones that let users pre-write post captions and send out push notif
President Mnangagwa Engages User On Facebook Through Video

President Mnangagwa Engages User On Facebook Through Video

Social Media, What's Hot
As times are changing, it’s always good to see people who choose to move with them, especially if it’s people whose choices directly affect you. Some time back, we wrote on how important it was for the government to be on (or at least follow) social media, and they (well, some) took heed of it. And of course we’d love to say the President read that article and decided “yea, why not?” but well… Nevertheless, we’re writing about it again to commend that action; not only to commend the fact that Mr President now has both a Facebook and a verified Twitter account (more of now has some functional accounts since it seems his Twitter account was more of a revived account than a new one, joined in 2011) but the fact those accounts aren’t somewhat ghost accounts. Remember, it’
Ghanaian Prof Recommends WhatsApp Be Banned During Working Hours, you agree?

Ghanaian Prof Recommends WhatsApp Be Banned During Working Hours, you agree?

Social Media, What's Hot
Are you one of those whose new year’s resolutions are “to be more productive by cutting out on social media”? something you’ve been telling yourself you were first introduced to social media. If we were in Ghana, I would be saying no worries right now, but oh well… I’m sure we agree that the most addictive of the social media networks is WhatsApp… or maybe Twitter (once you get the hang of it)… or Facebook if you’re old fashioned like that (no pun intended whatsoever). I just came across an article on how a Ghanaian professor (Pro Vice-Chancellor of the University of Cape Coast) recommended that the government bans WhatsApp during working hours and I thought it would make an interesting light discussion. In as much as the Professor’s suggestion sounds absurd, let’s face it, some
How social media is helping news spread faster than ever

How social media is helping news spread faster than ever

Media, Social Media
News - good or bad, true or false - has always traveled fast, but since the dawn of social media, it travels faster than ever. Here is how social media is helping news spread globally at a rapid pace. How news reaches us today Once upon a time, we had to wait for newspapers and news reports on the TV or radio to get the latest local, national and international news. Today, newsfeeds on social media pages and push notifications sent directly to both Android and iOS mobile phones keep you up-to-date on what's happening around you - with the iPhone 'Amber Alert' feature even being known to jolt their unsuspecting (many iPhone owners first learn about their phones having this feature in this way) owners awake in the middle of the night to bring them the latest news updates. What's ...
Instagram is changing your feed again, this time with ‘recommended’ posts

Instagram is changing your feed again, this time with ‘recommended’ posts

Social Media
Instagram is now rolling out its “recommended for you” feature that shows photos in your feed snapped by people you’re not following. It was spotted in testing earlier this month, but now folks at the photo-sharing service have told TechCrunch they’re rolling it out for all users, albeit gradually and without any official announcement (so far). No, Instagram won’t be throwing in random images from random users. The recommended shots, which are clearly labeled as such, will of course be selected by Instagram’s carefully designed algorithms in the hope that each image will pique your interest and prompt you to follow whoever took it. “These posts are suggested based on posts liked by accounts you follow,” Instagram explains on its support pages, adding that you can choose to hide th
Snap Inc working on a feature called ‘Stories Everywhere’ to allow sharing of content outside of Snapchat

Snap Inc working on a feature called ‘Stories Everywhere’ to allow sharing of content outside of Snapchat

Social Media
Snap Inc has not had such a great year. Ever since Facebook and Instagram started ripping off features from Snapchat, the user engagement numbers for Snapchat have been plateauing. In a move to increase user engagement and get more active users on its platform, it looks like Snap Inc is working on a feature to let you share stories outside of the Snapchat app. 'Stories Everywhere' is the new feature which is reportedly being worked upon. This will let you share stories from Snapchat outside of the platform. So far, the only destination to view Snap stories is the Snapchat app. Of course, you can still export your stories later and upload them separately as a video file. But unlike say a Twitter or a Facebook post, you cannot embed Snap stories elsewhere. The idea is to boost the presenc...
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