Facebook has a rainbow Pride reaction, but not everyone gets to use it

By Wednesday, June 21, 2017 0 Permalink 0

It’s June again, which means it’s that time of year when Facebook sticks a rainbow on several of its features in celebration of Pride. This year, to the delight of many, the company went so far as to create a rainbow Pride reaction to join in with the hahas, wows, and other well-known digital icons.

Slightly less delightful was the realization that the rainbow reaction is suspiciously absent from the profiles of some users who just so happen to live in countries that oppress members of the LGBTQ community. ;

SEE ALSO: Facebook’s new Pride Month features celebrate the LGBTQ community with style Read more…

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Pipeline problem? This tech company says ‘No excuses’ with a transparent diversity report

By Tuesday, June 20, 2017 0 Permalink 0

Silicon Valley is known for being white and male. ;

Square isn’t different. It is, however, different in how it’s talking about addressing that issue. ;

The payments company, led by Twitter cofounder Jack Dorsey, released its first-ever diversity report Tuesday that justified the same-old narrative, with numbers. Overall, 63.3 percent of the company is male and 57.3 percent is white. ;

The company isn’t letting that go or justifying the dismay with excuses. ;

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“We believe ongoing improvements to sourcing and hiring processes are driving some of this progress. We don’t subscribe to a ‘pipeline’ excuse; we’ve been able to draw from the current pipeline, in particular for new college grads,” Square wrote in its diversity report. ; Read more…

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Here’s how to watch OnePlus 5 unveiling live

By Tuesday, June 20, 2017 0 Permalink 0

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Admire the beauty that is Instagram’s art gallery at Cannes

By Monday, June 19, 2017 0 Permalink 0

All your favorite — and least favorite — tech giants are in Cannes this week, trying to impress the world’s wealthiest advertisers with good conversation, great wine, and outlandish displays at Cannes Lions, an international festival of creativity for the creative communications industry.

Instagram, the Facebook-owned app known for supporting photographers and models, is at Cannes this year and to celebrate, the platform built an art gallery, titled #WanderandWonder.

SEE ALSO: I can’t be basic on Instagram anymore and it’s all because of Stories

The exhibit has inspired social sharing across Twitter, Facebook, and, of course, Instagram. ; Read more…

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Snapchat is adding more big-name TV channels, including HBO

By Monday, June 19, 2017 0 Permalink 0

Snapchat has many more shows, created by some of the top TV channels, coming over the next two years.

SEE ALSO: TV networks: Television is still the best, but here’s our exclusive Snapchat Shows

Time Warner — which owns HBO, Turner’s cable channels, and Warner Bros. — signed a two-year deal, worth $100 million, with the disappearing messaging app, the companies announced Monday. The media conglomerate will create around 10 original shows for Snapchat, including scripted dramas and comedy, and also has committed to advertising. ;

The partnership is a big vote of confidence for Snapchat, which is facing an onslaught from Facebook copying its core Stories feature across its app network: Facebook, Instagram, Messenger, and WhatsApp. Snapchat’s user growth and downloads have been down over the last year, placing fear in investors and analysts who have watched the stock fall to and hover around its original price on the New York Stock Exchange. ; Read more…

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Facebook and Google are destroying bad online ads, which is great until they own the world

By Sunday, June 18, 2017 0 Permalink 0

The world of online advertising remains split: there’s the Wild West and then there’s the corporate dystopia.

In the wild west, dozens of shadowy firms churn out annoying two-bit ads for a quick buck; fake news sites feed off ad exchanges not entirely unlike those that serve the country’s paper of record; Russian cybercriminals routinely bilk the world’s biggest brands out of millions through ad fraud.

SEE ALSO: Can Google’s ad blocker save the online ad industry from itself?

Then there’s the corporate dystopia, in which the vast majority of online ad dollars are vacuumed up by two companies: Google and Facebook. Read more…

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A Facebook glitch unmasked moderators to the terror groups they shut down

By Friday, June 16, 2017 0 Permalink 0

A glitch in Facebook’s content moderation tools exposed its moderators’ personal profiles to members suspected of having ties to radicalism and terror, potentially putting the moderators at risk and causing one to upend his life in fear of retaliation. ;

The security flaw was discovered in Nov. 2016, according to a report by The Guardian, after Facebook moderators started getting friend requests from profiles affiliated with the radical groups they were suppressing. The personal profiles of content moderators were visible to group admins within the activity logs of Facebook groups after other administrators were banned for posting inappropriate material, like explicitly sexual or violent images. If a group had multiple admins, they would then be able to view a log about the changes and see exactly who edited the content. ; Read more…

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Facebook invented the perfect stalking tool — but it won’t let you have it

By Friday, June 16, 2017 0 Permalink 0

Facebook is testing a simultaneously useful and creepy feature for profiles. ;

I opened my Facebook profile Friday morning and discovered a tiny new box at the top, below my profile picture—a search bar.

SEE ALSO: In search of Facebook’s conscience

But doesn’t Facebook already have a search bar? Yes, they do, but this one apparently is limited to searching within my own profile. The search bar also appears on every one of my friend’s profiles for searching within theirs. ;

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It’s not a new test, and unfortunately, or perhaps fortunately for all of us, it’s going to be discontinued, according to Facebook spokesperson. ; Read more…

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The 13 most annoying Facebook notifications, ranked

By Friday, June 16, 2017 0 Permalink 0

Facebook has a notifications problem.

For whatever reason (maybe to help fix that pesky engagement problem), Facebook has really amped up the notifications spam lately. And it sucks. ;

Call me old fashioned, but I remember when a Facebook notification meant that one of your friends was intentionally interacting with you in some way. Wild, right?

SEE ALSO: Here’s how to remove Facebook from your life and never miss a beat

But now, I get more notifications than ever and almost all of them are completely unnecessary and irrelevant. ;

These are the worst offenders.

13. About those memories… ;

you only get one memory today, don’t screw this up pic.twitter.com/amLXnznlHH

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