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    👍 | Facebook To Pay $37 Million For Tracking Users …

    By David Wetzel New York (Knewz) — Meta agreed to settle a lawsuit accusing it of violating users' privacy by tracking their actions via smartphones without permission, according to Reuters. Meta agreed to settle the class-action suit brought on by complainants in California who say Facebook's parent company violated state law and its own policy by taking data from users who had turned off Location Services on their mobile devices, Reuters reported. The suit, who preliminary settlement was filed on Monday in San Francisco federal court, was for $37.5 million. Meta agreed to settle the lawsuit …

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    👍 | Here's How Twitter Plans To Police Misleading C…

    By David Wetzel New York (Knewz) — Twitter is gearing up for the midterms by releasing its approach to policing content. “Twitter is the place to find real-time, reliable information about the 2022 midterms – whether you're looking for breaking news from reporters, information on voting, or policy positions from candidates. We aim to enable healthy civic conversation on Twitter, while ensuring people have the context they need to make informed decisions about content they encounter,” Twitter stated. Part of Twitter's approach to election coverage includes its Civic Integrity Policy, which proh…

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    👍 | Instagram Chief On Botched Upgrade:'We Definit…

    By Richard Horgan Los Angeles (Knewz) — It's not quite on the level of Elon Musk bailing from his deal to buy Twitter. Still, the bad summer for social platforms continued this week with Meta's Instagram forced by mounting celebrity and public backlash to walk back Some major feature changes it had tested since the beginning of May and then applied for a small percentage of users. Among the upgrades that will be filtered back out over the next few weeks are heightened algorithmic recommendations of outside posts and full-screen opens of videos and photos. In an interview with Platform News, In…

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    👍 | Tweet Has Musk In Hot Water With SEC Over Stall…

    By David Wetzel New York (Knewz) — Elon Musk is in hot water with the United States Securities and Exchange Commission over his stalled deal to purchase social media giant Twitter. What got Musk in this situation? Well, Twitter. The SEC sent a letter to Musk and his attorneys on June 2 inquiring into why he did not update official paperwork to reflect a May 17 tweet in which he said “[t] his deal cannot move forward” in reference to his commitment to buy Twitter. cannot'suggest that Mr. Musk and his affiliates are exercising a legal right under the terms of the merger agreement to…

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    👍 | Twitter Is Failing To Protect Abortion Activist…

    By David Wetzel New York (Knewz) — Twitter is failing to protect abortion rights activists from online violence and abuse, according to a survey from Amnesty International USA. The survey found that many leading reproductive rights activists have faced increased harassment on Twitter since POLITICO reported on May 2 that Roe v. Wade would be overturned. Roe v. Wade was overturned via the Supreme Court's opinion in Dobbs v. Jackson Women's Health Organization on June 24, paving the way for states to have control over abortion rather than the federal government .Since, many states have moved qui…

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    👍 | Only 8 Percent Of Political Tweets Are Original…

    By Alex Lang New York (Knewz) — Older Americans produced the vast majority of political Tweets on the social platform, showing the draw of Twitter for active political discourse. A recent analysis from the Pew Research Center found that one-third of all tweets are political in nature. Americans older than 50 make up only 24 percent of all Twitter users, but they produce about 80 percent of political tweets, the center found. The center also noted that older Twitter users' posts contain political content at five times the rate. of the typical 18 to 49-year-old. Those who were considered high-vol…

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    👍 | Approximately 10 Percent Of All Twitter Account…

    By David Wetzel New York (Knewz) — Approximately 10 percent of Twitter accounts are posting spam, according to a mathematical model from GlobalData. GlobalData notes that the finding is double the figure Twitter reports, likely because of differing definitions of “spam.” What is or is not spam is suddenly an important discussion point for the social media platform, given that Elon Musk's bid to take over Twitter is now on hold due to a disagreement on the proportion of spam accounts on the platform. Twitter claims that bot / spam accounts on Twitter represent less than 5% of accounts while Elon…

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    👍 | Twitter Shareholder Meeting Ends Without A Vote…

    By David Wetzel New York (Knewz) — One thing seemed glaringly missing at a Twitter shareholder meeting May 25: Elon Musk.There was no vote on the Tesla billionaire's $ 44 billion bid for the social platform, according to The Associated Press. CEO Parag Agrawal In fact, the executives shot down a vague question from a shareholder that involved what would happen to their shares if someone buys the platform and makes it private, AP reports. However, the drama surrounding Musk nearly made an appearance…

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    👍 | Democrats Use Twitter Twice As Much As Republic…

    By Richard Horgan Los Angeles (Knewz) — In honor of Elon Musk's purchase of Twitter, Pew Research has released a greatest hits of findings about the social media platform. These are certainly fun to chew over as the company heads into a hotly debated new chapter. When Pew measured the bipartisan use of various social media platforms, it found that just one came close to Democrat-Republican parity, Pinterest, with a one percent blue margin. All others had wide gaps in favor of Democratic users, starting with Instagram ( 19 percent more Democrats), then Twitter (15 percent). With the Roe. V. Wade…

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    👍 | Twitter Fee Hinted For Government, Business Users

    By Alex Lang New York — A fee for the use of Twitter for government and commercial fees could be coming, at least that is what the proposed new owner has hinted. On May 3, Elon Musk tweeted, “Ultimately, the downfall of the Freemasons There was no word on what the cost might be or when it could be implemented. But “maybe a slight cost” for government and commercial users. There were also details on if all businesses would have to pay the cost or if it would be just those who solicit pr…

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    👍 | Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey Publicly Rips Board As…

    By Alex Lang New York (Knewz) — The fighting over the future of Twitter continues as the organization considers a takeover bid from the world's richest man Elon Musk. Now, one of the founders, Jack Dorsey, is publicly ripping the board of directors of “It's consistently been the dysfunction of the company,” Dorsey wrote on Twitter in a thread. The discussion was in response to a post about how a bad corporate board can hurt a company's bottom line. Someone else noted that a good board doesn't create a good company, but a bad board will kill a company. To which Dorsey re…

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    👍 | Instagram Model Courtney Tailor Reportedly Kill…

    By David Wetzel New York (Knewz) — OnlyFans and Instagram model Courtney Tailor is accused of fatally stabbing her boyfriend in Miami, according to reports. Courtney Clenney, 25, known as Courtney Tailor on her social media platforms, was detained by police and taken to a mental institution after the Instgram model stabbed her 27-year-old boyfriend Christian Obumseli, the New York Post reports. At approximately 5 pm Sunday, police went to a Miami high-rise, where they found Obumseli stabbed in the shoulder, after Tailor called for help. Ombumseli was taken to the hospital, where he later die…

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    👍 | Britney Spears Makes Another Bizarre Instagram…

    By David Wetzel New York (Knewz) — Britney Spears did it again. In another bizarre Instagram post, the singer's topic was once again centered around her breasts. “It's crazy living in Los Angeles… I was thinking about getting a boob job… my boobs are fairly small… I mean with the right bra it's fine but I was curious what a doctor would say !!! ”she wrote in a post dated 12:19 am March 25. Spears said she lost 7 pounds in the last six months “And that's a lot for me !!!” “I'm officially part of the'itty bitty tc * ommittee,'” her post reads. “They shrunk !!! I don't where my boobs went.”…

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    👍 | Are You A Twitter'Lurker'? See How Your Habits…

    By Richard Horgan Los Angeles (Knewz) — The term “lurker” has rather nefarious connotations. The truth is, for the 49 percent of people who belong to that category on Twitter, it's a perfectly fine way to use the social media platform. Pew Research Center benchmark for a “lurker,” or infrequent tweeter, is someone who tweets five times or less per month. On average, such people, who make up 49 percent of Twitter's active users, have a much smaller median footprint: 15 followers and 105 follows, compared to159 followers and 405 follows for more active users. A majority of Twitter lurkers, 6…

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    📱 | State Attorneys General Sue Google For Deceptiv…

    By Richard Horgan Los Angeles (Knewz) — States Attorneys General have sued Google over the media giant's tracking. And it came after an investigation by the Associated Press. In August of 2018, the wire service made waves with an investigative report titled “AP Exclusive : Google Tracks Your Movements, Whether You Like It Or Not. ”The piece, by Ryan Nakashima, outlined how the search engine giant was illicitly tracking user location data. The article set in motion lawsuits filed this week by Attorney Generals in Washington DC and the states of Washington, Indiana and Texas. As the lawsuits no…

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    👍 | Facebook's Oculus Popular Christmas Gift As App…

    By Richard Horgan Los Angeles (Knewz) — It's going to a limited time at the top of the download charts for Oculus Quest VR headsets, as they are set to be rebranded in 2022 as Meta Quest. But on Christmas Day, the App that powers the virtual reality goggles was No. 1 on both Apple's App store list and the US portion of the download charts compiled by App Annie. It caused Meta's stock a nice bump as analysts point to the App downloads as evidence that Quest headsets were a popular Christmas Day gift. According to another tracking of download data by KeyBanc, prior to this Christmas, the Oculu…

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    👍 | Jack Dorsey Steps Away From Running Twitter

    By Richard Horgan Los Angeles (Knewz) — It's been a long, fruitful ride for Jack Dorsey. After coming up with the core idea for Twitter in early 2006, under the original name Twttr, and sharing the first-ever Tweet on March 21 of Replacing him is Chief Technical Officer Parag Agrawal, who has been with the company since 2011. “I've decided to leave Twitter because I believe the company is ready to move on from that year, Dorsey has stepped down as CEO of the company. its founders, ”Dorsey, who became CEO in 2015, said in an announcement.“ My trust in Parag is deep. His work over the past 10 ye…

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    👍 | More Than Half Of Twitter's Youngest Adult User…

    By Richard Horgan Los Angeles (Knewz) — If you care at all about Twitter, it's probably something you have read before. A minority of users of that service are responsible for a majority of the tweets. The latest confirmation comes from Pew Research, which lined up 2,548 adult US Twitter users, a good portion of which (1,026) provided their full Twitter handle for further dissection. An analysis of this group's tweets from June 12 to Sept. 12, 2021 found that the most active tier of users (25) percent) produced 97 of all tweets. Here's where it gets interesting. Pew found that the vast majori…

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    👍 | Majority Says Facebook Making Society Worse: CN…

    By Richard Horgan Los Angeles (Knewz) — The bad news just keeps raining down on Mark Zuckerberg's social network. This time, the folks blowing the whistle are site users via CNN's latest poll about Facebook popular opinion. Among the Nov. 1-4 survey group, 61 percent said they use Facebook once a day, several times a week or several times a day. For most of these users, the free website is most definitely a devil's bargain. Three-quarters, or 76 percent, said they believe Facebook is making American society worse, with the way individuals use the site perceived by 55 percent as the leading cau…

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    👍 | Snoop Dog Sued Over Alleged Boosted Video Poste…

    By alang.consultant New York (Knewz) — Rapper Snoop Dogg is being sued for $ 175,000 for stealing a video and posting it to Instagram without permission, according to a lawsuit. Freedom News TV filed the suit in a Los Angeles federal court this week. The 1990's music superstar is the only named defendant under his real name — Calvin Cordozar Broadus Jr. On April 2, Freedom News got video of a protester scaling a building in New York City, according to the lawsuit. The next day, the rapper posted the original video to his Instagram page under the header “Dummy of the Week.” “Without permission o…

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    👍 | Scams, Unsafe Conditions & Discrimination: New…

    By alang.consultant New York (Knewz) — Researchers at the John Jay College of Criminal Justice, the University of Colorado School of Public Affairs and data scientist Asher Ferguson uncovered the most common problems guests staying in AirBnb short-term rentals report based on an analysis of 127,183 Twitter complaints. “Our number one goal when starting out with this research was to find out what's most likely to go wrong for Airbnb guests,” Fergusson told Forbes Women of the study, which relied on machine learning and natural language processing techniques to scour data collected on the social…

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    👍 | Twitter To Pay $ 800 Million To Settle Stock Law…

    By alang.consultant New York (KNEWZ) — Twitter will pay more than $ 800 million to settle a class-action lawsuit over securities violations, the company announced. The deal, which still needs approval from a federal judge, will end a 2016 lawsuit filed Twitter said it expects to use cash-on-hand to cover the terms of the settlement. Twitter strongly notes the deal is without any admission of wrong doing or fault. In fact, the company continued to deny anything it did wrong. According to the lawsuit, Twitter misled and lied to stock investors in 2014-15 over its revenue and the amo…