Tag: Twitter

Facebook under fire over ‘creepy’ secret of researching you to use you

Governance, Internet
Facebook has secretly manipulated the feelings of 700,000 users to understand 'emotional contagion' in a study that has prompted anger and forced the social network giant on the defensive. Reports skynews.com.au For one week in 2012, Facebook tampered with the algorithm used to place posts into users' news feeds to study how this affected their mood, all without their explicit consent or knowledge. The researchers wanted to see if the number of positive or negative words in messages the users read determined whether they then posted positive or negative content in their status updates. The study, conducted by researchers affiliated with Facebook, Cornell University and the University of California at San Francisco, appeared in the June 17 edition of the Proceedings of the National A...

Facebook suffers longest outage

Business, Internet, social media
Facebook has suffered an outage affecting all traffic from the internet and apps to the social network. Reports Samuel Gibbs of the Guardian 10.37am BST That's it for the liveblog, thanks for reading. For more information on the biggest Facebook outage in four years, read our article: Facebook unavailable during longest outage in four years 10.18am BST “Earlier this morning, we experienced an issue that prevented people from posting to Facebook for a brief period of time. We resolved the issue quickly, and we are now back to 100%. We're sorry for any inconvenience this may have caused,” said a Facebook spokesperson in a statement sent to the Guardian. The social network failed to explain what the issue was that caused the outage, but it is likely to have been something ma

Twitters’ new look is almost like a Facebook clone

Internet, Mobile, social media
Twitter is rolling out an update to its profile pages that look very similar to Facebook, complete with tweet highlights and large pictures. The update, visible through the web version of Twitter, allows users to customise their profile pages with their favourite tweets, a larger profile photo and wide cover-image, mirroring the design update Facebook made to its profile pages in 2013. “Moment by moment, your Twitter profile shows the world who you are. Starting today, it will be even easier (and, we think, more fun) to express yourself through a new and improved web profile,” said the Twitter designer David Bellona in a blog post. Users will be able to pin tweets to the top of their page, while tweets that have seen more retweets, replies or favourites will appear slightly larger. Vie

Turkey Blocks Access to YouTube days after Twitter ban

Governance, Internet, Mobile, social media
Turkey has blocked access to YouTube, just a week after the country blocked Twitter, and only three days ahead of local elections in the country. Turkish netizens started reporting the block after 10:30 a.m. ET. The ban was ordered on Thursday after leaked recordings of a security meeting were published on YouTube, according to Hurriyet Daily News. Turkey may lift the ban if YouTube agrees to remove the leaked audio recordings, according to a source inside the prime minister office consulted by Reuters. It's unclear at this point if Google will agree to that since the company already refused to remove videos alleging government corruption last week. The video that led to the block was uploaded to YouTube on Thursday by an anonymous user, according to Reuters. The video purported to be an a...

Turkish Twitterers Respond Hilariously To The Government’s Attempt To Block Them

Internet, social media
Turkey has restricted access to Twitter, just hours after Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan threatened to shut down Twitter and other social media platforms. Turkish Twitterers — who can still access the service via SMS — have responded in the best way possible: by mocking Prime Minister Erdoğan's attempts at censorship with an endless stream of memes. Some have taken to using the art style made famous during President Obama's 2008 election: #turkeybannedtwitter this tweet is only possible through vpn apps. pic.twitter.com/6aydNvxPpp — Mali Erdogan (@malierd) March 20, 2014 Others have pointed out the absurdity of taking Twitter so seriously: The country banned from tweeting is also where users enjoy twitter most #twitterisblockedinturkey pic.twitter.com/4cZYa2dSBe — beko (@bekirbas

How Africa tweets

social media
  Communications agency Portland has looked at tweets from Africa to determine what languages are used the most and what issues drive the conversation.   Johannesburg was the most active Twitter city in Africa in the last three months of 2013, according to a new study called "How Africa Tweets". Johannesburg had 344 215 geo-located tweets, followed by Ekurhuleni with 264 172, and the Egyptian capital Cairo with 227 509, communications agency Portland said in a statement on Wednesday. Durban followed with 163 019 tweets and Alexandria, also in Egypt, was closely behind with 159 534 tweets. The study also found that cities in South Africa and Egypt were the most active on Twitter, and activity in Africa peaked on the day former president Nelson Mandela died. "The day of Nelson

Apple’s ‘Gotofail’ Security Mess Extends To Mail, Twitter, iMessage, Facetime And More

Cyber Security, Mobile
First, Apple revealed a critical bug in its implementation of  encryption in iOS, requiring an emergency patch. Then researchers found the same bug is also included in Apple’s desktop OSX operating system, a gaping Web security hole that leaves users of Safari at risk of having their traffic hijacked. Now one researcher has found evidence that the bug extends beyond Apple’s browser to other applications including Mail, Twitter, Facetime, iMessage and even Apple’s software update mechanism. On Sunday, privacy researcher Ashkan Soltani posted a list of  OSX applications on Twitter that he says he’s determined use Apple’s “secure transport” framework, the coding library that developers depend on to build programs that securely communicate online using the common encryption protocols TLS and S

Facebook gaining not waning in Africa

Business, Internet, social media
This week marks the tenth anniversary of the inception of Mark Zuckerberg’s global social network giant Facebook. In October 2013 the Company reported financial results for the third quarter, which ended September 30, confirming its attraction of 728 million daily active users, representing a year-on-year increase of 25%. It has also built up a 1.19 billion-strong monthly active user base. However, global media reports in the beginning of 2014 speak of possible weaknesses in the social network fortress, particularly in terms of appeal to a younger demographic of users – teenagers, to be specific. In a Cnet.com report entitled Why teens are tiring of Facebook author Jennifer Van Grove states that “Facebook has become a social network that’s often too complicated, too risky, and, above all,

Justine Sacco Careless Tweet and the Internet Cycle of Outrage

Internet, social media
At no point in history has it been this easy to destroy your entire life so quickly in such few words. As the saga of InterActiveCorp PR Executive Justine Sacco on Friday showed, if you end up on the wrong side of public opinion on the internet, your reputation will be thoroughly destroyed… and you may not even have a chance to respond until its already over. A type of justice has been served, yet we should not rejoice in what has happened here – we’ve set a dangerous precedent for how people can be treated when we find their predicament to be amusing. For the rest of the world that wasn’t paying attention, what happened is quite simple: a PR executive at a powerful technology company tweeted something incredibly racist and awful before boarding a long flight.  Her comment went ignored un

AOL, Apple, Facebook, Google, LinkedIn, Microsoft, Twitter, Yahoo Propose Principles on Reforming Government Surveillance

Governance
A coalition of Technology companies released their plan for reforming how the government conducts surveillance.  See below for the full press release. WASHINGTON, Dec. 9, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Today AOL, Apple, Facebook, Google, LinkedIn, Microsoft, Twitter and Yahoo joined together to propose principles for reforming government surveillance laws and practices. The companies also urged the President and the United States Congress to take the lead on reform with an open letter that reads: Dear Mr. President and Members of Congress, We understand that governments have a duty to protect their citizens. But this summer's revelations highlighted the urgent need to reform government surveillance practices worldwide. The balance in many countries has tipped too far in favor of the state and awa