YouTube: What If We Just Inserted a Link to Wikipedia Under Some of the Conspiracy Videos

On Tuesday at tech festival SXSW, streaming site and Google subsidiary YouTube’s CEO Susan Wojcicki proposed one solution to the conspiracy screeds and “false flag” hoax videos that are slowly but surely taking over the site by gaming its algorithms. Read More >>

Sri Lanka Blocked Facebook This Week for Allegedly Spreading Hate Speech and Violence

The government of Sri Lanka ordered internet and mobile service providers to temporarily block Facebook and its subsidiaries WhatsApp and Instagram, as well as separate messaging service Viber, this week as part of a crackdown on what officials said was rampant online hate speech fuelling real-life violence. Read More >>

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You Can and Should Hide Your Facebook and Twitter Likes

Its okay to fall out of love with social media, especially as it seems like it’s a painful reassessment of your own self-worth every time you post something. Every like, retweet, new follower or friend can feel like they’re contributing to a metric of your personal value. But with a the right add-ons you can turn off likes, retweets, friend counts, and everything else that’s telling you whether your online social media existence is a hit or a miss. Read More >>

We Regret to Inform You That Vero Is Bad

Vero was supposed to be the better Instagram. It was supposed to save social media. It was supposed to do loads of things that other blip-on-the-radar social networks like Ello and Peach promised. Turns out Vero doesn’t do very much of anything, and its CEO is genuinely awful. Read More >>

Facebook Pulls Oculus Rift Shooter Bullet Train From Conference Amid Gun Violence Controversy

Facebook has pulled a demo of Oculus Rift’s VR shooter “Bullet Train” from the Conservative Political Action Conference in Maryland amid concerns over gun violence, Variety reported Saturday morning. Read More >>

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Social Media Is Corrupting the Youth Slightly Less Than We Feared

Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram might not be destroying the minds of The Youth™ as much as we thought, according to a recent review published in Educational Psychology. In some cases, social media could even be helping them do better at school. Read More >>

Rupert Murdoch’s MySpace Apparently Still Haunts Mark Zuckerberg

On Monday, Wired published an inside look at Facebook’s struggles with fake news over the last two years. It should come as no surprise that Mark Zuckerberg still doesn’t think of Facebook as a media company, but an eye-opening story from 2007 reveals that in MySpace’s heyday, Rupert Murdoch managed to intimidate the CEO in a way that only an old-school media mogul could. Read More >>

Twitter Says It Will Crack Down on Posts Encouraging Others to Harm Themselves

Twitter, the social media website best known for ignoring its abuse problem until it metastasized into a full-blown presidency, has as of late been trying to change its image. It’s stripped some far-right and white supremacist users of their verified badges and banned others, as well as rolled out what it says is harsher enforcement of rules against abuse, sexual and racial harassment, and threats of violence. Read More >>

Tea Bag Kingpin Threatens Facebook and Google With Billion-Pound Boycott

Unilever, manufacturer of three-quarters of the things in your cupboards, fridge and large intestine, is joining the battle for online trust, and has warned the tech giants that it could pull its internet advertising unless drastic steps are taken to protect kids from fakers and weirdos. Read More >>

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How to Find a Job Using Social Media

Your social networks aren’t just there for arguing politics with your uncle or looking at your neighbour's lunch—they’re also good for the serious business of finding your next place of employment. Here’s how to perfect your searching on each of the major networks to maximise your chances of landing your dream job, or something close to it. Read More >>

Jack Dorsey Wants You to Know He Was Right About 280-Character Tweets

When Twitter announced last November it was finally doubling the 140-character limit of tweets, after months of speculation and handwringing, some vocal users tweeted out their snark and certainty that this development was a death knell for the medium. Read More >>

Poundland’s Sexist Christmas Elf Ads Get Retrospective Ban

The Advertising Standards Authority has been exposed as a toothless advisory body with zero power to save us from the evils of marketing, as it's finally taken action on Poundland's bizarre rampant sexist Christmas elf social media campaign -- in February. Read More >>

Apparently Drowsy Samsung Files Trademark for Social Network Called ‘Uhssup’

While Samsung is dominant in the chip and Android smartphone game, it’s lagged behind in the social networking world. But based on a trademark application filed in the EU, it looks like Samsung could be working on some sort of location-focused messaging app—called “Uhssup.” Read More >>

Here Is Your Warning That Fake Twitter Followers Are Now a Thing With Consequences

This weekend, the New York Times published an in-depth report on the online market in social media identity theft and fraud, including a list of precisely which celebrities are (stunner!) inflating their online followings with overpriced bots. Film critic Richard Roeper—once co-host of At the Movies with Roger Ebert—happened to be one of a long list of names in the piece, alongside people like actor John Leguizamo, former Ravens linebacker Ray Lewis, and even Twitter board member Martha Lane Fox. Read More >>

Shocking Report Suggests Celebrities and Social Influencers May Be Buying Social Media Followers

Please brace yourself. According to a Saturday expose in the New York Times, some of your favourite social media influencers may not really be influencers at all. Read More >>