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Google recently revealed how many publishers of fake news it removed from its site.

Google And Facebook Fight Back Against Fake News

By now, you’ve likely heard U.S. President Donald Trump warn us of the perils of “fake news.” Perhaps you’ve even fallen victim to fake news, too. Social media makes it easier than ever to be lured in by a scintillating headline, only to find its ensuing report to be inaccurate. In the aftermath of Trump’s victory, many discovered that “fake news” — or deliberately spreading falsehoods presented under the guise of news — was a lucrative enterprise. Some publishers even reported making thousands of dollars off of advertisements that…

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Amnesty Calls Out Lack Of Privacy In Instant Messaging

In today’s digital age, more and more people jump on the social media bandwagon without giving it too much thought. We often quickly set up accounts on  popular platforms without understanding how they can infringe on our privacy. Sure, we may know at this point to be careful about the kinds of photos we share on Facebook in case they get back to an employer. But many assume that social media services automatically conceal what we share via instant messaging from the eyes of an unwanted third party.…

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Facebook Messenger Rooms Evokes Chat Rooms Of The Past

Those who have grown up in the Internet age may have fond memories of chat rooms, and the close-knit, niche online communities that they fostered. But for those who thought that chat rooms were a relic of the past, think again. This week, Facebook is set to introduce Messenger Rooms in Australia and Canada. This new feature lets Facebook users set up a unique space — or “chat room” — to discuss a particular topic, theme or event. Right now, only 250 users can join a Room,…

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Facebook Releases Workplace To Connect Employees Everywhere

{{unknown}}By 2016, it’s clear that Facebook is ever-present — it’s becoming more and more rare to find someone who doesn’t have an account set up on the social media platform. Yet despite how inescapable Facebook is and its undeniable impact on our culture today, it’s still considered unprofessional and embarrassing  to be caught surfing Facebook in many workplaces. While many companies have used Facebook to their advantage — using the platform to market their products and services to millions of users — not every industry has…

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Instagram Introduces New Comment Filters

For all the good that social media does — connecting friends around the globe, raising awareness of important social issues, among much more — there remain persistent drawbacks associated with each platform that affect some users more than others. More often than not, high-profile users of Instagram and Twitter, will find themselves on the receiving end of spam and flat-out hate speech from Internet trolls at some point. You may recall when the comedian Leslie Jones, who recently starred in the reboot of Ghostbusters, briefly quit Twitter this summer…

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Google To Introduce New Video Chat App

Gone are the days when email was the newest and most exciting form of quick communication. Today, many consider video chat to be the easiest way to get in touch with  someone quickly, with the added bonus of a personalized, face-to-face component. Now, Google will be capitalizing on this trend with the introduction of their new video chat, Duo. Duo will work with any mobile device that uses Google’s Android operating system, as well as iOS. It will rely on both Wi-Fi and cellular networks, and like other…

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Facebook’s Notify Aims to Keep Users in the Loop

For many people, Facebook represents not only their most popular form of social media, but one of their most oft-visited sites. Today, Facebook is more than just a place to craft and showcase your personal identity — all sorts of organizations are realizing the importance of developing their own social media presence too. What first began as a place to check in with friends and share updates about your own life has evolved into a global networking phenomenon. This is why it comes as no surprise that Facebook has introduced…

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Facebook Has A New Legacy Contact Feature

When people write out their wills, I doubt there’s much thought given to who’s going to deal with your social media accounts. I’d assume they just become inactive and gradually fade away into the vast ether of the Internet. Facebook’s policy was to freeze the deceased’s account (or “memorialize” as they put it) upon valid reports from friends of that person. Now they’ve opened things up a bit, based on pleas from people who have lost love ones and want to be able to access…

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India Could Be The Answer in Diversifying Facebook’s Revenue

With over 100 million users and 900,000 small and medium businesses on Facebook in India, it’s only obvious that Sheryl Sandberg, Facebook’s Chief Operating Officer, would make monetizing it top of her agenda. India is Facebook’s second largest user base after the US. While Facebook’s mission is to “give people the power to share and make the world more open and connected,” it is by no means a charity.  The service can only remain free if there are enough advertisers. However, India’s contribution of just 0.23% of…

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Facebook Acquires WhatsApp

Facebook’s $19 Billion Bet On WhatsApp

By now, everyone has heard of Facebook’s acquisition of WhatsApp for $19 billion. It was the largest internet deal since Time Warner merged with AOL in 2001. Was it worth it? The number of messages sent with mobile devices over the internet surpassed 10 trillion in 2013 and is expected to go beyond an astonishing 35 trillion by 2018. With 430 million active users and 18 billion messages sent per day WhatsApp holds 45% share of that market. With Facebook dominating the online social sphere…

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