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Are we reducing our obsession with social media validation? Special

Instagram has started hiding ‘likes’ in response to concerns for mental health. But what does this mean for the people that have made a living out of their visible Instagram popularity? Expert Fahad AlSaud provides some ideas.

Facebook's clear history setting doesn't actually clear anything

For those keen to maintain their privacy Facebook's planned roll-out of its new 'clear history' function sounds good. The issue is that the cleared data doesn't really go anywhere, you just won't be able to see it.

Survey: Job seekers are attempting to 'hide' online activities

Job candidates will go to great lengths to keep their social media private from employers and coworkers. The extent to which job seekers are enabling privacy settings and augmenting their digital footprint, has been captured in a new study.

Inventor of Twitter's retweet says it was a terrible idea

Chris Wetherell, the software designer who built Twitter’s “retweet” function, wishes he hadn’t done so. He says that no-one at Twitter had anticipated how this function would alter the way people used the platform.

Bombshell antitrust investigation to focus on core of Facebook

Facebook announced Wednesday that it's the subject of a Federal Trade Commission antitrust investigation. An anonymous source told Bloomberg the probe will center on Facebook's core business — social media.

Steve Wozniak: 'Figure out a way to get off Facebook'

Apple cofounder Steve Wozniak advised that most people "find a way to get off Facebook" when speaking with TMZ. He said he quit the site last year.

Q&A: Why marketers need to utilize social media Special

Given that 45 percent of people have increased their social media usage over the past year, this highlights the power social holds for both consumers in everyday society and the opportunities for marketers in obtaining data and driving business results.

Op-Ed: The latest disinformation threat online? Old news stories

Unless you read the caption under the picture below the headline, you would assume this is an image of a large fish kill. And that is my point - Legitimate news stories are playing a role in the spread of disinformation online.

Seeking a visa to the U.S.? You'll have to show your social media

The U.S. government has put in place a new policy whereby any person seeking a visa to enter the U.S. must provide details of their social media accounts and accept that these may be scrutinized by officials and used to determine visa suitability.

Op-Ed: Facebook and disinformation: Pelosi video to remain

Facebook has had a rocky period over data privacy, fake accounts, and accusations of allowing posts that seek to interfere with democratic elections. It seems no lessons have been learned with Facebook's refusal to remove a doctored video of Nancy Pelosi.

Facebook bans 2.2 billion fake accounts

Facebook has taken steps in recent months to ban a series of fake accounts. With this act of housekeeping, Facebook discovered there were as many fake accounts as there were 'real' users.

Instagram runs Canadian experiment where 'likes' become private

Instagram is running a pilot version of its platform in Canada that is more heavily focused on images and less on 'like' counts, in relation to photographs posted by private users. This is an attempt to shift the ethos towards a more private network.

Facebook error leads to 1.5 million user details being uploaded

Another month and, it seems, another data privacy issue affecting the world's biggest social media site - Facebook. The company has admitted it has 'unintentionally' uploaded contact lists of users onto the Facebook site.

Is it time to ban social media 'likes' for children?

London - Due to the prevalence of cyberbullying and concerns over data privacy, campaigners have proposed blocking young people from 'liking' or 'disliking' posts on social media. This has been picked up by the U.K. government, which is proposing new restrictions.

Google+ lives on in enterprise form

Google's failed attempt to take on other social media giants - Google+ may have disappeared (along with all of the content) for everyday users, the platform lives on in the enterprise form.

Mosque killing video shows the dark-side of social media

The Christchurch terrorist attack was made for social media and social media duly, for a period of time, showcased the horrific attack in New Zealand. This has opened a discussion about violent videos and their accessibility on social media.

Op-Ed: Serious challenges facing scientists in the online world

Social media has brought many benefits, not least the opportunity for the scope and reach of many topics to be extended. On the reverse side, however, it is easy to shoot down a reasoned message. This is part of the challenge faced by scientists.

Millions are deserting Facebook, new analysis reveals

Rocked by recent scandals and no longer the trendy platform it once was, Facebook's user base is in decline according to new analysis, with the biggest declines being among teenagers and Millennials.

Review: Zucked — The story of Facebook's rise and fall Special

How far has Facebook drifted from its original concept, of bringing people together? How did morph into the epitome of techno-capitalism? These are some if the questions that Roger McNamee grapples with in his new book, titled 'Zucked'.

New study explores the benefits of giving up Facebook

Many people are avid users of social media (and some addicts). To explore what happens psychologically to those who give up Facebook for just four weeks, a research team ran a study with interesting results.

Cows need love too — Farmers set up 'Tudder' dating app for cows

"Tudder," a Tinder-inspired app is helping farmers match up potential partners for their cattle. Launched just in time for Valentine's Day, Tudder's creators believe it is the first ever matchmaking app for livestock.

Facebook was clobbered by a landmark EU ruling

Facebook has been clobbered with a landmark ruling in Germany that could mean huge changes to the way it collects data for 32 million users in the country.

Facebook turns 15, but it's not such a happy day

February 4 marks Facebook's fifteenth anniversary. While the giant of social media continues to show strong global growth, the past year has been marked by controversy.

Time to take notice of social media app TikTok

The social media app — TikTok — from China has become increasingly popular. The platform is a short-from video app, developed by the company ByteDance, and it has attracted 20 million new users in one month.

Tech experts: Facebook is to democracy what smoking is to health

At the World Economic Forum's Annual Meeting, some tech experts are embracing Salesforce CEO Marc Benioff's comparison of Facebook to smoking.

Wendy Shepherd talks Studio Matrix, proud moments and technology Special

Esteemed entertainment publicist and social media coordinator Wendy Shepherd chatted with Digital Journal about Studio Matrix. She also discussed the digital transformation of the entertainment industry.

Facebook cleared political ads for a far-right group it banned

Facebook allowed political ads for far-right British political group Britain First to run on its platform in December, despite the fact the group is banned from the social network.

Drop Facebook for a year? Yes, for $1000

Could you live without Facebook? Many people might answer 'no' to this question. How about a financial incentive? It seems that $1000 is the amount required to incentivize people to switch off from the service.

Facebook could be building a cryptocurrency for WhatsApp

Facebook is trying to build a cryptocurrency that would power money transfers on WhatsApp, according to a new report from Bloomberg.

Social media can be used to predict retail failures

It’s a tough time to be in retail, especially in terms of running a physical store where the e-commerce world is increasingly dominant. Some retail failures are anticipated, some come as a surprise. Social media can help to decide.
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