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Facebook Moves Against Bullying With Keyword Blocking

Under pressure for some time already to combat the growing problems of bullying and harassment on Facebook, the platform has announced that they will begin to allow users to block comments from their posts by selecting keywords which they don't want to see. Instagram and Twitter have both offered keyword blocking since 2016, in response [...]

By | October 29th, 2018|Categories: Social Media|Tags: , , |

50 Million Facebook Accounts Hacked

At the beginning of this month, Facebook announced that as many as 50 million user accounts had been compromised by hackers who took advantage of a vulnerability in the "View As" functionality (which lets you see how your profile would look to somebody else), to steal Facebook access tokens allowing them to take over other [...]

By | October 29th, 2018|Categories: News, Social Media|Tags: , |

Technology For Fake Video Improving Rapidly

So-called fake news has been one of the hottest topics for the last year, and platforms like Facebook, Twitter and YouTube have working on addressing threats posed by disinformation. At Facebook's developer conference earlier this year, Mark Zuckerberg said that the platform would "never be unprepared again" for things like the interference of Russian trolls [...]

By | August 30th, 2018|Categories: News, Social Media|Tags: , , |

Facebook Shares Drop On Q2 Growth

Facebook has just released its earnings report for the 2nd quarter of 2018, and slowed growth for the social media platform is causing some concern regarding its future potential. Although Facebook added another 22 million daily active users to its rolls during the second quarter, with 1.47 billion people (or 19.3% of the population of [...]

By | July 30th, 2018|Categories: Social Media|Tags: , , |

Facebook Reveals What Data It Collects

Following on from Mark Zuckerberg's appearance before the US Congress in the wake of the Cambridge Analytica scandal, and as part of his testimony, Facebook has revealed all (or most) of the many ways that it collects data on its users. While some of the data it collects about you, (like how much time you [...]

By | June 28th, 2018|Categories: Social Media|Tags: , , |

Download Your Facebook Data

Unless you've been living under a social media rock for the past couple of months, you've probably noticed that Facebook has been in the news a lot, and has been embroiled in some recent controversies. Privacy issues have always been a concern when it comes to Facebook, and the recent news of the Cambridge Analytica [...]

By | March 28th, 2018|Categories: Social Media|Tags: |

Facebook AI Training To Prevent Suicides

Over the last year and more, there has been a disturbing trend of people live-streaming their suicides on Facebook, and considerable outcry against the social media platform for not doing anything to prevent it. Now, I'm not much of a Facebook fan, I'll be the first to admit. That said however, it seems unreasonable to [...]

By | November 29th, 2017|Categories: Social Media|Tags: |

Posting Smart On Facebook: Socially Responsible Advertising

Social media comes with many privileges, and just like any other medium, these privileges come with responsibilities. Finding the balance between freedom of expression and social responsibility can be hard, particularly, from an individual perspective. The rules of engagement are somewhat different for individuals compared to businesses. Many businesses enlist the assistance of marketers to [...]

By | October 30th, 2017|Categories: Social Media|Tags: , |

Facebook Addresses Hate Speech By Removing Targeting Options

In what is supposed to be a temporary measure, Facebook has announced that they will be removing some popular self-reported targeting options for advertisers, in order to prevent people from taking advantage of them to target hate groups. The fields that are being removed include education, field of study, job title and employment. Facebook explained [...]

By | September 21st, 2017|Categories: Social Media|Tags: , , |

Will Social Advertising Destroy Social Media?

It is no secret that social media marketing is a huge business. I can't think of a single thriving company that you cannot find, engage with, or even purchase from, online. Everybody Is Competing Online As more and more companies flood the online marketplace, they pour more and more money into their online spend to [...]

By | July 27th, 2017|Categories: Social Media|Tags: , , |