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Social media makes people jealous and upset: Research

Social media sites such as Facebook make people feeling negative, according to a new research which shows that users get jealous when they see the seemingly happier lives of their online friends. The hunt for likes plays a central role in this, with the majority of people feeling down or upset when they do not get as many likes as …

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Golden Globe Awards 2017: Facebook, Instagram to ‘make appearance’ on red carpet

For the first time, social media giant Facebook and its photo-sharing service Instagram will showcase videos and photos from the red carpet as well as from backstage during the 74th Golden Globe Awards 2017. In a partnership with the Hollywood Foreign Press Association (HFPA), Facebook will let fans watch full 360-degree videos of celebrities’ red-carpet experience while Instagram is teaming …

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US starts asking ‘select’ foreign travellers to share Facebook, Twitter details

NEW YORK: In a move designed to spot potential terror threats, the US government quietly began requesting select foreign visitors to provide their Facebook, Twitter and other social media accounts upon arriving in the country, according to a media report. Since Tuesday, foreign travelers arriving in the United States on the visa waiver programme have been presented with an “optional” …

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Hype Video Broadcast App Has Niche Potential

The folks who brought Vine into the world last month introduced a new video broadcasting app called “Hype.” Available for free from Intermedia Labs in Apple’s iTunes App Store, Hype not only allows users to broadcast live to the Internet, but also lets followers interact with their broadcasts in real time. Some of the other things users can do with …

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Conspiracy Theories in the Information Age, Part 2

In the past, heightened rhetoric and propaganda were the tools of choice for those looking to convince an electorate to vote them into office, and conspiracy theories were their bane. This election season has seen the rise of a new form of persuasion, one that’s unique to the Information Age. For months, WikiLeaks creator Julian Assange had promised to rain …

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Post-Election Backlash Spurs Fake News Crackdown

Facebook and Google have amended their internal policies regarding advertising on fake news posts in response to increasing pressure from users and a growing controversy within the company. Facebook, for good or ill, has become the primary news source for an increasing number of users. There are mounting concerns that the U.S. presidential election may have been influenced by unvetted …

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Twitter Cracks Down on Cyber Hate

Twitter on Tuesday suspended the account of Richard Spencer, one of the leading voices of the alt-right movement, amid a wider crackdown on hate speech and cyber bullying. It also expanded the use of several existing tools and changed policies to make it easier for users to fight back against abuse and harassment. Twitter suspended the accounts of Spencer, president …

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