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Instagram’s new ‘restrict’ feature will help you block bullies without them knowing. Image: instagram By Karissa Bell2019-07-08 20:12:28 UTC Instagram is once again trying to fight back against bullies.  The company announced two new anti-bullying features: a warning when you post negative comments, and the ability to “restrict” certain people from publicly commenting on your posts.  Instagram previously said it was working on the new warning labels during F8 in

Facebook may know even more abut your personal life than you think.Image: Omar Marques/SOPA Images / LightRocket via Getty Images By Karissa Bell2019-05-20 22:40:36 UTC Facebook may know even more about your personal life than you think. Some advertisers are able to use Facebook-provided data to target ads based on a user’s credit score. This is all according to a new report in The Intercept, which raises fresh questions about

Instagram is taking after its corporate cousin Facebook with fact-checking.Image: Thomas Trutschel / Photothek via Getty Images By Alex Perry2019-05-06 21:03:29 UTC Days after Facebook and Instagram banned a litany of prominent far-right voices, it looks like the latter of the two apps is stepping up its anti-fake news efforts. Instagram will start using a similar fact-checking process as Facebook to demote posts that spread bad information, rather than remove

Sorry, not sorry.Image: Anadolu Agency / getty By Jack Morse2019-03-11 23:40:34 UTC As if you needed another reason to stop posting on Facebook.  The Trump administration is reportedly working in collaboration with the Social Security Administration to develop a plan for combing through social media posts for evidence — whatever that means — that those receiving certain types of government benefits should have those benefits denied. That’s right, your ‘gram-worthy

Mark Zuckerberg thinks Facebook’s critics are a real buzzkill.Image: Zach Gibson / Getty Images By Karissa Bell2019-02-04 23:07:22 UTC Facebook is officially 15 years old and Mark Zuckerberg would really love it if all the haters could just, like, stop being so negative already. The Facebook CEO published a note to commemorate Facebook’s 15th anniversary and, in the words of Facebook’s official Twitter account, reflect “on how the world has

Facebook's election 'war room' is now empty

Facebook’s election ‘war room’ at its Menlo Park headquarters is currently empty.Image: AFP/Getty Images By Karissa Bell2018-11-27 00:40:54 UTC Facebook’s vaunted election “war room” is currently empty, but the social network says that doesn’t mean it’s done fighting election interference.  Bloomberg reported Monday that the so-called war room, the dedicated space at Facebook’s headquarters that served as the company’s ground zero for fighting election interference, had been “disbanded.” Facebook’s war

Mark Zuckerberg will stop at nothing to win a game of Scrabble

Mark Zuckerberg does not like to lose at Scrabble.Image: Getty Images/Chip Somodevilla By Karissa Bell2018-09-11 00:15:36 UTC You can learn a lot about a person from the way they play Scrabble. Do they show off their SAT vocabulary or only know dirty words? Are they rule-sergeants or are they so competitive that they will stop at nothing to beat someone who is half their age? If you’re Mark Zuckerberg, you’re

Milo Yiannopoulos' Facebook rant shows that de-platforming actually works

Milo Yiannopoulos has lost all his friends.Image: Lisa Maree Williams/Getty Images By Rachel Kraus2018-08-27 21:39:05 UTC Wait, Milo Yiannopoulos is still on Facebook? Late Friday night, former Breitbart golden boy and rallying figure for the alt-right, Milo Yiannopoulos, complained in the comments section of a Facebook post about how hard his life had become. “I have lost everything standing up for the truth in America, spent all my savings, destroyed

Facebook finally got around to answering all those senators' questions

Quite the beach read.Image: Chesnot/getty By Jack Morse2018-06-11 23:52:58 UTC Looks like his team finally got back to them.  Almost two full months after Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg dodged senators’ questions about the Cambridge Analytica and user privacy scandals with the vague promise that someone would be in touch, the advertising giant made good on his pledge and provided a host of answers on topics ranging from Russian trolls to

Papua New Guinea's proposed Facebook ban is more about control

People don’t buy Papua New Guinea’s plan to block Facebook.Image: Jaap Arriens/NurPhoto via Getty Images) By Johnny Lieu2018-06-11 23:50:36 UTC Last week, Papua New Guinea made international headlines when its government said it would consider banning Facebook for a month. Announced by the country’s communications minister Sam Basil on Jun. 29, the department and its National Research Institute would be tasked to understand how Papua New Guineans were using Facebook