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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.

The 7 biggest revelations from the huge trove of Facebook emails

The UK Parliament published a trove of top-secret Facebook executive emails on Wednesday. Read the key takeaways from the documents below.

382 hours on your phone: What else could you do with the time?

New research from entertainment firm PlayUSA has found the top time wasters for the U.S. public, as well as what they could do with the time instead. The biggest time waster, other than TV, is sitting glued to a mobile phone.

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.
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