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Facebook Is Testing If You’ll Pay Actual Money for Your Favorite Groups’ Premium Content

As Facebook continues to look for ways to wring every last dollar out of its platform, the company announced today that it is rolling out a pilot program that allows Facebook group administrators the ability to offer paid monthly subscriptions. Read More >>

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Snapchat is Still a Mess

Earlier this year, Snapchat owner Snap Inc. saw its stock plummet after a brutal first-quarter report that saw it come in over $13 million short of $244 million earnings expectations. Spoiler alert: The pain is not stopping. Read More >>

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Guy Who Gave Cambridge Analytica All That Facebook Data: Actually, My Data Sucked

Cambridge University psychologist Aleksandr Kogan, the scientist whose app “thisisyourdigitallife” harvested tens of millions of Facebook profiles for disgraced and now-shuttered election data firm Cambridge Analytica, wants everyone to know that his data set is not responsible for the way the 2016 US elections went down. Read More >>

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What to Do When You Get Locked Out of Your Social Media Accounts

There you are just wanting to get on with some casual Facebooking but all of a sudden you can’t get into your account—and what you thought were your username and password aren’t working any longer. If you find yourself locked out of one of your social media accounts, take a deep breath, and follow these steps. Read More >>

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How Many Social Media Users Are Real People?

Most social media users know that bot accounts are among us, whether as fake voters with loud opinions or obsessive re-tweeters of a single corporation’s content. When it comes to telling many ‘fake’ accounts from real ones, however—or just knowing how many non-individuals are active online—even savvy users are mostly in the dark. Read More >>

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Instagram Is Reportedly Pivoting to Hour-Long Video

Facebook subsidiary Instagram has long been very good at making users feel bad about themselves. Now, per the Wall Street Journal, it’s planning a new effort to annoy the hell out of them with longer, YouTube-style video content as well. Read More >>

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Alt-Right Platform Gab’s Management Is Now Blaming a Leftist Conspiracy for Their Nazi Problem

Twitter knockoff Gab became one of the premiere destinations for members of the extremist “alt-right” banned or just looking to branch out from other social media sites like Twitter. Now, it’s devolving into a sludgy mess of paranoia and conspiracy theories. Read More >>

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Drunk YouTuber’s Fake Shooter ‘Experiment’ Sent Disney Resort Into Lockdown, Police Say

YouTube has spawned a lot of egregiously dumb shit: everything from a high-profile scandal over a video gawking at a suicide victim in a Japanese forest to a vlogger wearing a Nazi armband at a Donald Trump rally as part of a “social experiment.” But an incident where an 22-year-old man allegedly ran around a Disney resort in Florida warning of an active shooter so he could film peoples’ reactions really takes the cake. Read More >>

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Instagram Now Lets You Mute Posts, a Gift to Frenemies Everywhere

They’re a bit late to the party, but Instagram has finally answered our prayers by adding a mute feature to its main feed. According to an announcement made by the company this morning, users will be able to hide posts in their feed from accounts that they still want to follow but don’t want to see any content from—like, for instance, that friend who posts Far Too Much and decided to date your ex. It’s not like you can unfollow her (you are “friends” after all) but come on! Read More >>

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Twitter Says it Will Start Hiding Tweets That ‘Negatively Impact’ the Service

Twitter in 2018 remains a cesspool of narcissists, scammers, and trolls — I’m not just talking about Kanye West’s mentions — and on Tuesday the service announced its latest attempt to solve that problem. In the coming weeks, Twitter will begin hiding tweets that are “detracting from the conversation.” Read More >>

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Snapchat’s Unskippable Six-Second Ads Have, Sadly, Arrived

Things have been rocky for Snapchat. After going public in March 2017, Snap Inc. has seen its stock price drop by more than 50 percent in a little more than a year, while taking a $40 million loss on unsold Spectacles and more or less cancelling a redesign that had users complaining in protest. So in an attempt to generate more revenue, Snapchat is inserting new unskippable ads into its still relatively popular social media app. Read More >>

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If You’re Tweeting During a Disaster, You’re Probably Spreading Fake News

The old adage about a lie travelling halfway around the world before the truth can get its boots on has been made true thanks to Twitter. According to a new study, the vast majority of people using the platform during disasters and breaking news events spread false information without ever getting it a second thought. Read More >>

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Report: Facebook is Considering Creating Its Own Cryptocurrency 

Life comes at you fast. On Tuesday, news broke that Facebook formed a blockchain division. Now there is word that the company is looking into creating its own cryptocurrency. Read More >>

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Klout’s Score Drops to Zero as It Announces Plans to Close Down

You probably haven’t experienced the crippling anxiety of thinking about increasing your Klout score in quite some time. As of May 25, you won’t have ever have to do it again. Read More >>

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Searching is a Thriller Told Completely From the Computer’s Point of View

In Searching, a teenager goes missing and her father searches for her by digging deep into her computer. Simultaneously, it’s every parent and every teenager’s worst nightmare: a missing child, and your Dad looking at your emails. Read More >>