social media

  • Remember when WhatsApp didn’t want to make money?

    Remember when WhatsApp didn’t want to make money?

    WhatsApp is preparing to make money by facilitating conversations between business and consumers. It’s a great move. Messaging is huge, and there is vast scope for bringing brands and businesses on board. It’s a process that’s been happening for years, predominantly with Asia-based chat apps that let users follow official accounts, but enterprising business people in… Read More

  • Facebook faces another moderation scandal over migrant torture videos

    Facebook faces another moderation scandal over migrant torture videos

    Facebook is faced with yet another content-related scandal, after The Times newspaper reported that people traffickers and slave traders are using its platform to broadcast videos of migrants being tortured to try to extort money from their families.  Read More

  • Amazon’s social media ‘Influencers’ program opens up to YouTube stars

    Amazon’s social media ‘Influencers’ program opens up to YouTube stars

    Amazon’s Influencer Program, a service that allows social media personalities to earn commissions on the Amazon products they promote, is now accepting sign-ups from YouTube influencers who want to participate. Last Thursday, Amazon quietly enabled a self-service tool for YouTube stars that lets them request to join the highly-vetted program, which had first launched into beta in… Read More

  • Teens favoring Snapchat and Instagram over Facebook, says eMarketer

    Teens favoring Snapchat and Instagram over Facebook, says eMarketer

    Facebook is losing appeal among teens and young adults which is contributing to generally slowing growth for the platform, according to the latest projections from research firm eMarketer. Read More

  • Run to the rock

    Run to the rock

    The past week has been a tough one for lovers of freedom. Slippery slopes have been slid down and a side of the human mind that once remained in shadow has reared its head. Charlottesville is just the first step down a dark road. In real life, on the public square, our support of freedom of speech and public assembly – a freedom that has long helped hater and lover alike – is… Read More

  • More political headbanging on encryption threatens privacy

    More political headbanging on encryption threatens privacy

    The UK’s Home Secretary has yet again cranked up the pressure on messaging giants over use of end-to-end encryption to secure communications sent via popular services like WhatsApp — implying she would prefer tech companies voluntarily re-engineer their security systems so that decrypted data can be handed over to terror-fighting intelligence agencies on demand.  Read More

  • Facebook said to be working on dedicated video chat device

    Facebook said to be working on dedicated video chat device

    Facebook is reportedly working on dedicated video chat hardware, per a new report by Bloomberg. The device is said to be the inaugural major product from Facebook’s hardware-focused Building 8 product development lab, and will include a notebook-sized display. It’s intended to make video chat participants separated geographically feel like they’re together in the same space… Read More