Social Media

Facebook and Instagram services restored after major global disruption

Facebook, which acquired Instagram for $1bn in 2012, has not provided an official reason for the outage. Photograph: Tom Dymond/Rex Features Facebook and Instagram were offline to many users on Wednesday afternoon in what appeared to be a global connection problem. The website Down Detector suggested users of both social media sites began reporting problems at about 4pm, with Europe and North America seemingly ... Read More »

Are CMOs Overlooking Google Plus?

Shutterstock “Google+ is still a thing?” This sentiment is common among both casual and frequent social media users. However, despite having the reputation of being the butt of the joke in the social media world, most Google+ (or Google Plus) users would argue that it is actually extremely useful for businesses. While Google+ might not be the most frequented social ... Read More »

Black lawmakers call on Facebook and Twitter to purge racist ads

Phil Roeder, Flickr Facebook and Twitter are facing renewed calls from US lawmakers to ensure ads on their respective platforms aren’t used to spread hate. The two firms are currently cooperating with Congressional investigators looking into Russian meddling in the 2016 election. And now, black Congress members are urging them to probe new ads, and make leadership changes. In a letter obtained by Recode, Reps. Robin ... Read More »

Google has reportedly found Russia-linked ads on YouTube, Gmail, and search

Google has found evidence that a Russian government campaign used the company’s platforms to spread propaganda, according to a new report from The Washington Post. The report follows investigations from Facebook and Twitter that uncovered similar ads, apparently designed to influence Americans around the time of the 2016 election. GOOGLE’S INVESTIGATION IS STILL IN ITS EARLY STAGES Google’s investigation is still in ... Read More »

Twitter’s most powerful female engineer heads to Outcome Health

Twitter’s former vice president of engineering, Nandini Ramani, has joined Outcome Health as its chief engineering officer. Ramani, who was ranked one of the world’s most powerful female engineers, joined Outcome Health earlier this month. “I love the mission-driven aspects of health care and also the re-energizing of an industry,” she told CNBC. Chicago-based Outcome makes technology for doctor’s offices, which ... Read More »

Search in Google+ on the web updated with faster lookup, tabs, and filters

The search experience for Google+ on the web is getting a welcome boost thanks to an update that is widely rolling out today. Most significant is how searching is now less disruptive, while it is easier to categorize results. In the past, simply clicking on the search bar would annoyingly first take users to the Explore page. Search is now completely in-line ... Read More »

Snapchat Plans Move Into Scripted Content by the End of the Year

HIGHLIGHTS Snapchat is likely to move into scripted content through its shows Snapchat is relying on its partners to finance video content Snap and Time Warner announced to produce shows in June Photo-sharing platform Snapchat is likely to move into scripted content through its shows by the end of year. A report in the Variety on Wednesday quoted Snapchat’s head of content ... Read More »

Facebook Messenger Plagued With Malicious Links Spreading Malware: Kaspersky

HIGHLIGHTS This malicious links are sent by unknown cybercriminals They are sent from your friends account, making them look genuine This link leads you to fake websites and tracking your browser activity The latest social chat service to become a victim of malicious malware and adware links is Facebook Messenger. According to Kaspersky Labs, cybercriminals are sending malicious links to Facebook ... Read More »

How Facebook prioritizes privacy when you die

Should your parents be able to read your Facebook messages if you die? Facebook explained why it won’t let them in a post in its Hard Questions series today about social networking after death. Facebook admits it doesn’t have all the answers, but it has come up with some decent solutions to some issues with what it calls Memorialized Profiles and a “Legacy ... Read More »

WhatsApp, Facebook Messenger May Still Put User Information at Risk, Claims Study

HIGHLIGHTS Apps like Messenger, Whatsapp are leaving themselves exposed to hacking Users are unaware of security options like authentication ceremony Important to identify message recipient before sending out sensitive info Do you know that despite the end-to-end encryption provided by popular messaging platforms like Facebook Messenger, WhatsApp, and Viber, your sensitive information is vulnerable to hacking? A research report has highlighted the importance ... Read More »