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Brief absence from social media leads to withdrawal symptoms

Psychologists have been examining patterns of social media use and the effects on people who suddenly stop using on-line platforms. The research has revealed addiction-like behavior after time away from social media.

James Woods turns Twitter feed into 'bulletin board' for fire aid

The unprecedented ferocity of California's wildfires has resulted in the loss of hundreds of thousands of acres, thousands of structures and the loss of many lives. Despite all this, the flame of human kindness is alive with the help of social media.

Decreasing social media use reduces feelings of loneliness

The use of social media is a mixed-bag. It can bring people together and creating a sense of community. It can also enhance a sense of loneliness and be a trigger for depression. A new study recommends limitations on social media use.

WikiTribune fires journalists as part of new direction

Wikipedia founder Jimmy Wales has laid off all of the journalists working on his new media website WikiTribune. This is partly to address public disquiet over big media and 'fake news'.

Snap admits major redesign was 'rushed'

The reason behind Snapchat's poorly received redesign has been revealed by the company's CEO Evan Spiegel, via an internal memo posted by Cheddar and it's a surprising admission by a major firm.

Firefox's new tools seek to prevent Facebook tracking

Apple and Firefox have both announced plans to thwart the tracking of an individual's data by social media firms like Facebook. This is to prevent targeted adverts.

Op-Ed: Dictators using Facebook against citizens? You don’t say?

Sydney - The dribbling madness of U.S. politics isn’t the only thing that happens on social media. Social media sufferers may not be too surprised that some governments and various other official criminals are using Facebook to kill their own people.

Alibaba defies market predictions and shows big growth

Leading social media sites saw unimpressive results during August 2018. These wobbles did not impact on Chinese firm Alibaba. Defying market forecasts, the ecommerce firm recorded 61 percent annual revenue growth.

Number of mobile phone calls drops in UK

London - A new report from the U.K. technology regulator Ofcom reveals a decline in the number of calls to mobile phones since records began. The survey reveals other interesting online habits.

WhatsApp introduces charges for business use

The social media service WhatsApp, which is proving more popular than Facebook's messenger service, is to start charging business users who wish to communicate with their customers.

Queen of Pop Madonna launches birthday fundraiser on social media

The "Queen of Pop" Madonna has launched a birthday fundraiser with the global payments company Ripple, to help Malawian orphans.

Twitter undertakes audit to purge itself of 'toxicity'

Twitter, in an attempt to clean-up its services of fake accounts, bullying and spam, has enlisted experts from universities to conduct an audit of across its platform.

Twitter sees user levels dip among mixed social media news

Twitter has lost 1 million monthly users in the second quarter of 2018, primarily as a result of cleaning out 'fake accounts'. The social media company's revenue, however, has grown to $711 million.

Facebook sees shares tumble, but does the future look bright? Special

This week saw Facebook shares tumbled by more around 20 percent. Despite a rise in profits, the social media network's revenue and new user growth were short of investor expectations. However, the future looks strong, according to a leading analyst.

Facebook error unblocked blocked users

Facebook have admitted that a system bug unblocked unwanted users. Between May 29 and June 5, 800,000 people who had been blocked were suddenly unblocked, for core Facebook and the Messenger app.

Q&A: Time for brands to drop celebs and to use real people Special

According to Sprout Social's new Index report There is a marked revolution happening, driven by a plea from consumers for brands to scrap the photoshopped models from their ads in exchange for more authentic, people. Rachael Samuels explains more.

America takes to social media to #ThankCanada after Trump remarks

With diplomatic tensions between the U.S. and Canada escalating after President Trump's Twitter tirade against Canada's Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, Americans have taken to social media to #Thankcanada for all they have given the world.

Facebook gave user data to 60 companies including Apple, Amazon

Facebook has had data-sharing agreements with at least 60 device makers, including Apple, Amazon, Samsung, and Microsoft, many of which still exist.

Facebook is killing the controversial 'Trending' news section

Facebook has announced plans to discontinue its Trending news module next week. The feature, located at the top-right portion of the News Feed, provided links to news stories that people were sharing and commenting about on Facebook.

Nearly half of U.S. teens are online 'almost constantly'

Any doubts that the future is digital should be dispelled based on a new survey looking at on-line use among U.S. teenagers. Research suggests that the typical teen spends more time on-line than any other activity.

Facebook losing ground to other platforms among teenagers

Facebook, once dominant across all generations, is losing ground to other social media platforms among teenagers. A U.S. based survey shows how the younger generation are turning to alternate channels.

Advertising's digital transformation journey

The shift from print to online by many advertisers has been well-recognized. What's happening now is that advertising is becoming more sophisticated, making use of automation and algorithms.

Users of social media are unaware of how their data is used

Various aspects of research use social media data. This ranges from advertising to social studies that look at how communities react to major news events. Whatever the merits of the research, most social media users are unaware.

Op-Ed: Doug Ford's Ontario campaign looking a lot like Trump's 2016 run

Ontario PC Leader Doug Ford is serious about his bid to unseat the province's Premier, Kathleen Wynne on June 7 — so much so that his every move is now covered with his very own camera crew and reporter.

Mark Zuckerberg revealed one of his 'great regrets'

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg said he regrets not having a bigger impact on "the way that mobile platforms developed" in the last decade.

Social media, health and STI rates

London - As research findings go, the question ‘Are Facebook and Twitter to blame for increasing STI rates?’, is certain to spark interest. Data from Chelsea and Westminster NHS Foundation Trust, suggests a connection.

The future of brands in digital age: Interview Special

Brands continue to be important as more advertising moves digital, but new strategies are required in order to improve brand presence. To understand what a 21st century digital marketing strategy looks like, Kevin Kelly provides advice.

Cambridge Analytica and Facebook are part of a bigger problem

From helping to successfully sway the Brexit vote in the UK, to aiding President Donald Trump's election campaign by the use of false statements and anti-Muslim messages to spread fear and hatred, Cambridge Analytica has changed how we view social media.

Why social media is banning cryptocurrency ads: Interview Special

Following the footsteps of both Google and Facebook, Twitter will now also ban advertisements related to cryptocurrencies. Why is this and what do they fear? Joe McCann, Founder and CEO of NodeSource explains.

Facebook adds new features to help creators grow businesses

Facebook has announced a set of new tools aimed at content creators. The company is trying to present its platform as a alternative to services such as YouTube, aiming to make Facebook a place to "build a business." The features include a Patreon clone.
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