Facebook may have laid some of the early groundwork for a potential entry into China, but the U.S. social network’s chances of making a dent in the world’s most populous country are remote. Read More
Apptopia, a startup that began its life as a marketplace for reselling apps before morphing into the app intelligence provider that’s now used by Google, Facebook, Pinterest, NBCU, and others, has closed on a second seed round of $2.7 million. The round, which was led by Ashton Kutcher and Guy Oseary’s Sound Ventures, brings Apptopia’s total raise to date to $5 million.… Read More
November 2016: the month that Facebook ‘killed’ its CEO Mark Zuckerberg (and a bunch of other users) and Twitter suspended its CEO and co-founder Jack Dorsey. Read More
Facebook wants to be unbanned in China, so it’s built a censorship tool that could hide posts about prohibited topics from people in China, according to The New York Times‘ Mike Isaac. Rather than censor posts itself, Facebook would potentially provide the tool to a third-party in China such as a local partner company that could use it to prevent users in China from seeing content… Read More
The Smithsonian works to preserve the most iconic aspects of history, and thus, it’s acquiring a soon-to-be-historical artifact: the original ice bucket from the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge . Yes ladies and gentleman, with any luck, years from now your children and quite possibly your children’s children will be able to marvel at the first bucket that led the world into the Ice Bucket Challenge craze of 2014. SEE ALSO: Why Is Everyone in Your Facebook Feed Dousing Themselves in Ice Water? In case you’ve somehow managed to avoid being “challenged” or had no internet access in 2014, here’s a recap. The “Ice Bucket Challenge” involved bashfully announcing you had been challenged to partake in the Ice Bucket Challenge, dumping a bucket filled with ice and freezing cold water on your head, and then frigidly challenging others to do the same in order to raise awareness for ALS, also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease. Read more…
He’d been dismissive about the reach of misinformation on Facebook, saying that false news accounted for less than one percent of all the posts on the social media network. But a slew of media reports this week have demonstrated that, although fake posts may not make up the bulk of the content on Facebook, they spread like wildfire — and Facebook has a responsibility to address… Read More
Facebook’s fake news frenzy continued as the company came under scrutiny for its debated influence on the U.S. election, LinkedIn was blocked in Russia and a human CRISPR-ed for the first time. Also, the human species has about 1,000 years left according to Stephen Hawking. But do we deserve survival? The existence of Coca-Cola’s selfie bottle points toward no.
We all can learn a lot from Alex, the 6-year-old who melted hearts when he opened his home to a child war victim, said President Barack Obama as he met the boy at the White House. Alex’s letter to Obama was shared over and over again online in September and inspired the president to quote the young New Yorker during a speech at the Leaders Summit on Refugees later that month. Last week, Alex put on a new suit and visited Obama in Washington. The White House released an Instagram video of the meeting Thursday encouraging viewers to support refugee causes. “You being so nice, and kind, hopefully makes other people think the same way. So I was very proud of you.” Remember Alex, the six-year-old boy who wrote to President Obama to ask how he could help kids his age in Syria? Last week, the President had a chance to meet Alex and his family at the White House. Watch their visit and learn how you can support refugees at home and abroad at the link in the bio
Rough week? Help is here. And by “help” we mean a little koala. The embodiment of pure relaxation, one peek of this furry guy blissing out will make you grin from ear to chilled-out ear. The unidentified resident of Symbio Wildlife Park , Australia, is the perfect role model for stressed-out human counterparts this weekend. Notice its adorable fuzzy chin, and the way its chest hair looks like a baby’s bib. You are getting very sleepy. Keep the video on mute and play some meditation music instead, for extra effect. Musician blasts racism in speech, after receiving ‘brown people’ award News anchor attempts to draw a cannon, draws something NSFW instead Signs your friend just bought a GoPro Elderly man gets a kick out of pretending to have a flu shot phobia Read more..
The problem of fake news on social media platforms like Facebook misinforming Americans was seriously addressed by none other than President Barack Obama Thursday. Speaking during a joint press conference with German Chancellor Angela Merkel, he said that if people “can’t discriminate between serious arguments and propaganda, then we have problems.” SEE ALSO: Did a fake news writer hand Trump the White House? The president briefly dived into the controversy of fake news sites during the session, articulating the very real threat they pose to basic functions of democracy. Explaining the need to protect civil liberties like free speech, Obama said this is more challenging in the digital age, when “there’s so much active misinformation, and it’s packaged very well, and it looks the same when you see it on a Facebook page or you turn on your television .” Read more… More about Facebook , Angela Merkel , President , Donald Trump , and President Barack Obama