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Facebook’s ‘Maximum Penalty’ for Cambridge Analytica is Pocket Change

Facebook, the social media giant that recently clocked in at a total valuation of nearly $600 billion, is facing the maximum penalties UK authorities have available to punish the company for its role in the Cambridge Analytica data-sharing scandal. And – drumroll, please – it’s £500,000. Read More >>

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Woman Arrested in Iran for Posting Videos of Herself Dancing on Instagram

Authorities in Iran arrested four women last week for posting videos of themselves dancing on Instagram. Only one of the women, 17-year-old gymnast Maedeh Hojabri, has been identified. State TV in Iran aired her “confession” on Friday. Read More >>

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Twitter is Suspending More Than One Million Accounts Per Day in Latest Purge

Apparently sick of being criticised by everyone from US Congress to Seth Rogan for not doing enough to purge its platform of bots, trolls, and malicious foreign actors, Twitter has started liberally dropping the ban hammer on suspicious accounts, suspending more than 70 million users over the course of May and June. Read More >>

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Facebook Stock Hits All-Time Record High Despite Ongoing Screw-Ups

Facebook’s Cambridge Analytica scandal, in which the social media giant gave access to the data of up to 87 million users to an app partnered with an ultra-sketchy election data firm, still isn’t totally resolved, with news breaking this week investigators from four agencies are looking into Facebook’s conduct. But all the negative attention the site has received this year has apparently failed to blunt its momentum. Read More >>

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Facebook Called Itself a ‘Publisher’ in Court After Repeatedly Rejecting the Label in Public

For years, Facebook has insisted that it isn’t a publisher or media company but rather is just a platform. That position appears to have changed in a recent court appearance. The Guardian pointed out the social media giant’s legal defence referred to it as a publisher to bolster its case in a lawsuit. Read More >>

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Uganda Goes Through With Social Media Tax and People Are Pissed

The Ugandan government has implemented a law forcing mobile users to pay taxes to use mobile money and social media apps like Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, WhatsApp, and Skype. Read More >>

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Facebook Scraps Plans to Build Its Own Massive Internet Drones for Its Aquila Project

Facebook has abandoned a key portion of its Aquila project, an effort to build solar-powered, passenger jet-sized drones that would wirelessly connect parts of the developing world to the internet, Business Insider reported on Tuesday. Read More >>

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Fake Influencer Babe Showered With Offers of Freebies

A fake social media account populated with stock photography of food, beaches, legs looking like sausages and a blonde woman staring at foreign trees while thinking about if her phone's going to get a data connection here or not, has been racking up offers of free stuff despite being a known scam and its followers consisting mostly of bought-in bots. Read More >>

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Hezbollah Reportedly Claims Facebook, Twitter Have Disabled Their Main Accounts

Lebanese militia and State Department-designated terrorist group Hezbollah said on Saturday that Facebook and Twitter had terminated its main accounts, according to the Times of Israel. Read More >>

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Facebook Is Testing If You’ll Pay Actual Money for Your Favorite Groups’ Premium Content

As Facebook continues to look for ways to wring every last dollar out of its platform, the company announced today that it is rolling out a pilot program that allows Facebook group administrators the ability to offer paid monthly subscriptions. Read More >>

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Snapchat is Still a Mess

Earlier this year, Snapchat owner Snap Inc. saw its stock plummet after a brutal first-quarter report that saw it come in over $13 million short of $244 million earnings expectations. Spoiler alert: The pain is not stopping. Read More >>

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Guy Who Gave Cambridge Analytica All That Facebook Data: Actually, My Data Sucked

Cambridge University psychologist Aleksandr Kogan, the scientist whose app “thisisyourdigitallife” harvested tens of millions of Facebook profiles for disgraced and now-shuttered election data firm Cambridge Analytica, wants everyone to know that his data set is not responsible for the way the 2016 US elections went down. Read More >>

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What to Do When You Get Locked Out of Your Social Media Accounts

There you are just wanting to get on with some casual Facebooking but all of a sudden you can’t get into your account—and what you thought were your username and password aren’t working any longer. If you find yourself locked out of one of your social media accounts, take a deep breath, and follow these steps. Read More >>

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How Many Social Media Users Are Real People?

Most social media users know that bot accounts are among us, whether as fake voters with loud opinions or obsessive re-tweeters of a single corporation’s content. When it comes to telling many ‘fake’ accounts from real ones, however—or just knowing how many non-individuals are active online—even savvy users are mostly in the dark. Read More >>

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Instagram Is Reportedly Pivoting to Hour-Long Video

Facebook subsidiary Instagram has long been very good at making users feel bad about themselves. Now, per the Wall Street Journal, it’s planning a new effort to annoy the hell out of them with longer, YouTube-style video content as well. Read More >>