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Tweets Disappearing on Twitter? Here’s Why.

Twitter’s appeal has long been connected in part to its reputation as a user-controlled firehose, as opposed to a place where an algorithm determines what you see and don’t see. But that’s changed recently, at least incrementally. The company rolled out two abuse filters last spring, to help improve Twitter’s response to harassment on its site: an opt-in, aggressive quality ... Read More »

Why an Instagram Model With a Perfect Life Decided to Sign Off

After years of racking up followers, of posing artfully for the camera phone, of charging $1,400 (roughly Rs. 92,000) a pop for her sought-after sponsored posts, the 19-year-old Instagram model Essena O’Neill came to a startling conclusion: The whole Instagram enterprise is “contrived” and she no longer wants a part of it. Late last week, O’Neill – a bona fide ... Read More »

Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg on Philanthropy: Move Slow and Build Things

After making their fortunes from new software or social networks, some Silicon Valley entrepreneurs have vowed to apply their skills to “hacking” philanthropy and “disrupting” old models for funding charity. Not so Facebook CEO and co-founder Mark Zuckerberg, who isn’t afraid to take a more conventional approach to giving. Local officials will gather in San Francisco this weekend to dedicate ... Read More »

Two-Hat Dorsey Is Key Figure in Silicon Valley

With the market debut of mobile payments startup Square, Jack Dorsey becomes a pivotal figure in Silicon Valley as the chief executive of two major publicly traded tech companies. Dorsey, who last month returned as CEO on a permanent basis at Twitter, will be managing two firms with multi-billion dollar valuations which are both struggling to achieve profitability. Square begins ... Read More »

On Fake Instagram, a Chance to Be Real

For a certain generation, Instagram has become a calling card, a life résumé of sorts: “This is me. This is my life. Jealous?” A scroll through a typical feed is likely to reveal improbable images of just the right artisanal pizza, attractive couples drunk in love and eyebrows “on fleek,” all captured in perfect light and enhanced with various editing ... Read More »

Anonymous Hackers Fight Islamic State, But Reactions Are Mixed

People from various hacking collectives have tried for several months to block social media accounts that spread propaganda and attempt to recruit fighters for the Islamic State, but those campaigns gained a new energy on Twitter after the Paris attacks. Hashtags like #OpParis and #OpISIS have allowed the public to see the inner workings of those efforts, which seem to ... Read More »

From Social to Startup: How EatTreat and BMTFT Turned Facebook Popularity Into Real Businesses

If a startup with a great idea but few takers can raise funding, then why not a Facebook group with over 50,000 members? Facebook group EatTreat raised $350,000 (roughly Rs. 2.32 crore) to become a full-fledged food portal. It’s not the only one either, as other Facebook communities are slowly turning into active businesses. While it may be easy to ... Read More »

Zuckerberg: From Harvard Dropout to Silicon Valley Legend

Mark Zuckerberg has grown from a Harvard dropout who changed what it means to be social into a billionaire philanthropist bent on shaping a better world for his daughter. Zuckerberg and his doctor wife, Priscilla Chan, set the Internet abuzz this week with news of the birth of their first child, a girl named Maxima. Zuckerberg and Chan also pledged ... Read More »

Social Media Companies Step Up Battle Against Militant Propaganda

Facebook, Google and Twitter are stepping up efforts to combat online propaganda and recruiting by Islamic militants, but the Internet companies are doing it quietly to avoid the perception that they are helping the authorities police the Web. On Friday, Facebook Inc said it took down a profile that the company believed belonged to San Bernardino shooter Tashfeen Malik, who ... Read More »

How Facebook and Reddit Users Solved the 20-Year-Old Mystery of a Missing Teenager

Twenty years after the van he was in ran off the road in Northern Virginia, and 10 years after the Internet started trying to close his case, the man known only as “Grateful Doe” finally has a name. On Wednesday, WMBF-TV reports, both the Virginia Medical Examiner’s office and the National Missing and Unidentified Persons System confirmed that Grateful Doe ... Read More »