Facebook just banned Chechen leader Ramzan Kadyrov in compliance with U.S. sanctions

By Wednesday, December 27, 2017 0 Permalink 0

Facebook obeys U.S. sanctions. This rule was made abundantly clear after a Russian internet watchdog demanded an explanation for why Chechen leader Ramzan Kadyrov’s Facebook and Instagram accounts had been blocked. ;

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The controversial leader said his accounts were blocked without an explanation on Saturday, according to The Guardian. The decision from Facebook, which owns Instagram, came after the U.S. imposed travel and financial sanctions against Kadyrov last week.

“We became aware and have now confirmed that the accounts appear to be maintained by or on behalf of parties who appear on the U.S. Specially Designated Nationals List and thus, subject to U.S. trade sanctions. For this reason, Facebook has a legal obligation to disable these accounts,” a Facebook spokesperson wrote in an email to Mashable. ; Read more…

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Facebook tool lets you see if you followed the Russians

By Friday, December 22, 2017 0 Permalink 0

Facebook released a previously promised tool that lets you see if you’ve followed any of the fake pages meant to help Russia influence the 2016 presidential election. ;

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The tool, which you can check here, shows if you’ve followed Facebook or Instagram accounts associated with the Internet Research Agency, the Russian organization that’s been wreaking havoc for years, as outlined in this New York Times feature from June 2015 (published two weeks before Donald Trump entered the 2016 race).

If you’re like me and are a Smart News Consumer™, you’ll see this: Read more…

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What Cardi B’s mega success tells us about the power of social media in 2017

By Thursday, December 21, 2017 0 Permalink 0

The way we receive content has obviously changed over the last few years, and Cardi B has benefited from it.

Previously, we’d watch TV and read magazines and newspapers to find out what is going on in the world. Today, we have the world in the palm of our hands. That’s the consumer’s end of the spectrum, but for the producer, it’s a different story.


Car B is someone whose career has sky rocketed this year thanks to all of that social media consumption. Whether you’re a fan or not, you’ve either heard of her name, seen her face, or have heard her hit song “Bodak Yellow.” Read more…

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Facebook signs first-ever music deal with a record label

By Thursday, December 21, 2017 0 Permalink 0

Facebook is getting more musical. In what’s been quite the long-time coming for the social network, Facebook has signed its first-ever deal for music rights with a record label. ;

Universal Music Group and Facebook agreed on a multi-year deal that lets Facebook host content with the label’s licensed music across its network, including the main app, Instagram, and Oculus. That could include Facebook and Instagram videos made by users with the music in the background. ;

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Bloomberg was the first to report the news. The companies announced the news in a joint press release on Thursday. ; Read more…

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Facebook abandons an attempt to curb fake news. Here’s why

By Thursday, December 21, 2017 0 Permalink 0

Facebook is throwing away “disputed flags,” one of its several attempts to curb the spread of fake news across the social network. ;

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About a year ago, Facebook launched the feature, where red flag icons were put next to articles that were identified to be false by a team of independent fact-checking organizations. ;

But according to Facebook’s research, the effort didn’t help much. Facebook’s team identified four reasons that disputed flags were not an ideal strategy, as shared in a blog post on Medium. ;

  1. Buried critical information a.k.a. required too many clicks ;

  2. Could sometimes backfire because strong language or visuals can reinforce ideas ;

  3. Required at least two fact-checkers so was a slow process to be applied

  4. Only worked for false ratings so stories that were partly false or unproven were not marked ; Read more…

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Grammarly finds all those annoying grammatical errors so you don’t have to

By Thursday, December 21, 2017 0 Permalink 0

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Whether you’re sending out a work email or writing a blog post, grammar errors can make you seem unprofessional or, worse, incompetent. Even if you write for a living, like we do, the truth is that mistakes happen. ;

Sure, you know the difference between “your” and “you’re” as well as “their,” “there,” and “they’re”… right?

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Grammarly Premium ;is a virtual personal editor that can help clean up your emails, reports, and just about anything else you compose on a computer. Once you download Grammarly, it’ll work across services like Gmail, Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, and practically anywhere else you’d write on the web, without opening up an additional program. The Premium version of the app detects everything from punctuation mistakes and contextual errors, to weak vocabulary and potential plagiarism. ; Read more…

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Facebook defends targeted ads that only show job openings to young people

By Thursday, December 21, 2017 0 Permalink 0

Over 36 years old and looking for a job? Sorry, grandpa! ;

A new report from ProPublica and the New York Times found that dozens of large corporations — including Verizon, Amazon, Target, Goldman Sachs, and Facebook itself — were using Facebook’s targeted ads to only show job opportunities to younger people.

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For those over a certain age, it’s like the ads didn’t even exist. ;

Verizon, according to the report, was looking to hire people in financial planning and analysis. So it took out an ad on Facebook — and targeted people between the ages of 25 and 36 years old. Read more…

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The 7 types of people who still use Facebook

By Wednesday, December 20, 2017 0 Permalink 0

Back in the ’00s, Facebook was the place to be — if you liked the idea of having friends but also didn’t want to leave your house. ;

That has since changed, as has been evident by Facebook’s desperate attempts to re-engage the fellow kids crowdA report from e-Marketer over the summer predicted that Facebook would lose users in the coveted 12-17 demographic, the first time it ever projected a loss for the platform. More and more younger users are reportedly migrating to technically hipper, I guess, platforms like Instagram and Snapchat.

All of which begs the question — who the hell is using Facebook anymore? Read more…

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Facebook has a giant, Europe-sized legal problem

By Wednesday, December 20, 2017 0 Permalink 0

Europe continues to be a giant pain in Facebook’s app. ;

Germany and France this week both hammered Facebook for its data practices, though in different ways. ;

Germany’s competition regulator declared on Monday that Facebook is using its dominance in the personal data market to squelch competition and took issue with Facebook’s tracking of users outside of its social network.

On Tuesday, France’s privacy regulator took issue with an entirely different part of Facebook — messaging service WhatsAppFrance threatened to fine Facebook for taking user data from WhatsApp without user consent.

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