Dear internet, Emma Watson needs your help

By Thursday, July 20, 2017 0 Permalink 0

The former Harry Potter star lost 3 silver rings after taking then off during a visit at The Spa at Mandarin Oriental in London. One of the rings is particularly sentimental, as it was a gift from her mother purchased the day after Watson was born.

If you have any tips, email Good luck, Emma. Read more…

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What Facebook’s most ‘meaningful’ Groups tell us about Zuckerberg’s grand vision

By Thursday, July 20, 2017 0 Permalink 0

Facebook’s newest priority isn’t a shiny new technology or a funky new predictive algorithm. It’s Groups, one of the earliest features on ;

These aren’t your sophomore year of college Groups though. Facebook is pointing to a series of highly-engaged collectives that highlight why they believe that Groups will play an important part in the future of Facebook—and fulfill CEO Mark Zuckerberg’s goal to “bring the world closer together.”

It comes down to a particular word: “meaningful.”

Facebook’s representatives keep coming back to this word when discussing Groups. Maybe that’s because the feature initially lent it self to jokes like “Bring Back The Jello Bears,” which I championed back in 2007. ; Read more…

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Almost 100,000 people were watching a fake Facebook Live of a tornado GIF

By Thursday, July 20, 2017 0 Permalink 0

Facebook Live was conceived to put viewers in the middle of a scene. ;

SEE ALSO: Those Facebook Lives from space are fake AF

But what happens when that scene is fake? A Facebook page called “Newsfeed” took a heavily manipulated weather GIF, turned it into a video, added a standard thundering storm sound loop, and streamed it live for four hours. ;

Image: newsfeed/facebook/screengrab

Guess what? It went absolutely nuts.
At one point, more than 90,000 people were watching it at the same time. The video got more than 14 million views, 360,000 shares, 256,000 comments, and 900,000 reactions. ;

Naturally, people pointed out in the comments and on Twitter that the video was fake, but that didn’t stop users from watching and sharing it: ; Read more…

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Facebook is no longer the worst social network for online bullying

By Wednesday, July 19, 2017 0 Permalink 0

Instagram is the most commonly used network for online bullying, a new major survey has revealed. ;

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More than 10,000 young people aged between 12 and 20 participated in the UK survey, published Wednesday by anti-bullying charity Ditch The Label, which looked at issues including cyberbullying, abuse, online behaviours, online personas, and social media addiction.

The report found that nearly half (42 percent) of all young people bullied online have been targeted on Instagram, while 37 percent report being bullied on Facebook, and 31 percent on Snapchat. Read more…

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Whatsapp users in China report issues sending pictures and video, fearing censorship

By Wednesday, July 19, 2017 0 Permalink 0

Chinese Whatsapp users are fearing that the app is being blocked in the country.

On Tuesday, users found they weren’t able to send pictures or videos across. It only worked when they used a VPN server instead, possibly indicating that the issue wasn’t with Whatsapp, but with the government’s notorious firewall.

If true, the high-profile messaging app would be the latest casualty in China’s latest efforts to police online content.

SEE ALSO: China censors ‘RIP’ and the candle emoji as people mourn Nobel Peace Prize winner

Users took to Twitter to confirm the peculiar outage:

Has #China blocked #whatsapp, or is it just a glitch? Can only access thru vpn since yesterday

— Jeremy Koh (@JeremyKohCNA) July 18, 2017 Read more…

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A security researcher just revealed a huge Myspace security flaw. (And yes you should care.)

By Tuesday, July 18, 2017 0 Permalink 0

Tom, u up? MySpace — ;you know that game-changing social media platform that you created and sold — appears to have some serious security issues, dude. ;

Security researcher Leigh-Anne Galloway shared a blog post on Monday detailing a huge security flaw she spotted on Myspace’s account recovery page back in April. ;

SEE ALSO: In honor of Trump’s birthday, we dug up his completely real MySpace profile

“In April this year whilst roaming the plains of the wild world web, I stumbled across an old Myspace account of mine,” Galloway explains in the post. “Attempting to gain access and delete the account I discovered a business process so flawed it deserves its own place in history.” Read more…

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Facebook celebrates World Emoji Day by releasing some pretty impressive facts

By Monday, July 17, 2017 0 Permalink 0

Internet lovers everywhere are honoring their favorite emoticons by celebrating World Emoji Day, and still trying to find a reason to use that file folder emoji.

Facebook observed the big day by releasing some impressive emoji usage facts, including that 60 million emoji are sent on Facebook everyday. But that’s nothing compared to the average of 5 billion emoji sent every day through Messenger. ;

Image: facebook

SEE ALSO: The Empire State Building will light up ’emoji yellow’ for World Emoji Day

Messenger users seem to be filled with laughter and love these days because of those 5 billion emoji used everyday, in the last 30 days, the Face With Tears of Joy, ;followed by ;Face Throwing a Kiss ;and ;Smiling Face With Heart-Shaped Eyes have been used the most. ; Read more…

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Mom proves she’s mastered Facebook by trolling her friends with an expensive ‘painting’

By Monday, July 17, 2017 0 Permalink 0

We were all embarrassed when our moms got on Facebook, but slowly by surely, they seem to be getting better at it than us. Well, at least one is.

On Twitter, user Eleanor Davis posted screenshots of her mother pranking her friends, and captioned the post “My mom is extremely good at Facebook.”

SEE ALSO: Mom’s dog identification fail may be the funniest tweet of 2017

Davis’ mother posted a picture of an oil painting she said she bought that had a famous artist’s signature hidden under the frame.

“It could be worth millions,” she wrote.



My mom is extremely good at Facebook

— Eleanor Davis (@squinkyelo) July 15, 2017 Read more…

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Facebook is dangerous for Democracy—here’s why

By Monday, July 17, 2017 0 Permalink 0

Digital technology has revolutionized the modern world but as tech becomes more intelligent, its dangers on society become more transparent. From Trump’s tweet depicting himself wrestling ‘CNN’ to the ground to the detailed Facebook targeting used to win the Brexit vote, social media is proving to have a profound effect on humanity—and let’s not fool ourselves, this is dangerous. ;

Global leaders are taking advantage of social platforms to bypass the media and speak directly to the people, and walled gardens like Facebook are not only proponents of this behavior but are also directly contributing to keeping our population in divided silos. Truth be told, the reality of social tech’s impact is beginning to feel a lot like an episode of “Black Mirror.” Read more…

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