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New social media challenge encouraging teens to disappear

There was the Tide Pod Challenge followed by the Bird Box Challenge and now the latest challenge circulating on social media has police and parents concerned. It’s called the “48-Hour Missing Challenge,” and it’s just that. Teenagers are encouraging each other to go missing for 48 hours. The goal is to see if a missing post for them shows up ... Read More »

Social media lawyer warns on crime posts

DURBAN – A Durban lawyer who specialises in social media law has cautioned against the public sharing posts identifying alleged offenders before they appear in court. The advice from Verlie Oosthuizen, the head of social media law at Shepstone & Wylie, comes after a Facebook post regarding a 31-year-old Verulam woman who allegedly dumped her newborn baby went viral on ... Read More »

House group to consolidate bills seeking to regulate social media

The panel, chaired by Tarlac Rep. Victor Yap, sought to consolidate House Bills 4093, and 5021, authored by Negros Oriental Rep. Arnolfo Teves Jr. and former Speaker and Davao del Norte Rep. Pantaleon “Bebot” Alvarez, respectively. Teves, author of HB 4093, said his bill calls for a mandatory authentication process for all social media and other similar online accounts. “It ... Read More »

Social Media Is Taking The Store: 3 Surprising Reasons Facebook, Snapchat, Spotify Are Into Retail

AFP/Getty ImagesGetty This is what several social media networks seem to think. Platforms from Snapchat to Facebook have been investing in retail to capture broader consumer interest and, apparently, boost revenue and followers. Here’s what some social platforms are trying, and why it matters to shoppers. The Sound of Brew-sic Starbucks in 2015 integrated the Spotify mobile app with the ... Read More »

Social media etiquette

It seems like only yesterday I was worried one of my children would blurt out something like “You’re old!” to some random granny at the grocery store who sweetly glanced their way, or maybe show the deli lady the booger they just picked. Now, half their peers have Snapchat and still don’t know much better. Let’s dive in. Back in ... Read More »

Microsoft to Buy Fallout New Vegas Developer Obsidian: Report

Microsoft is close to acquiring Obsidian Entertainment according to a recent report. Obsidian is responsible for a string of critically acclaimed games such as Fallout New Vegas, Knights of the Old Republic 2, and Alpha Protocol. This marks yet another game studio purchase for Microsoft following its shopping spree earlier in the year that saw it buy Ninja Theory, Playground Games, Compulsion Games, ... Read More »

Facebook Says It Doesn’t Remove Content ‘Simply for Being False’

Even as the world painfully takes notes of dangers of fake news spread on social media platforms, Facebookhas said that it does not remove content simply for being false. While the social network platform has in place rules against hate speech and takes personal attacks seriously, false content does not face censorship on its platform, Monika Bickert, Facebook’s Head of Global ... Read More »

Facebook Pages Get Publishing Authorisation, New Requirements for Those Who Manage Pages

HIGHLIGHTS Facebook Pages got a few updates on Friday The updates are aimed at improving transparency on the platform They will be rolled out to pages in the US with ‘a large audience’ Social networking giant Facebook on Friday announced new features in an attempt to make Facebook Pages more authentic and transparent. One of the highlights of the updates is Pages publishing authorisation, ... Read More »

Facebook Bots Label US Declaration of Independence as Hate Speech

Facebook has apologised after its content-filtering algorithms flagged the US Declaration of Independence as a hate speech. Parts of the document was flagged as “hate speech” by Facebook bots after a Liberty, Texas-based newspaper, the Liberty County Vindicator, posted on Facebook “small bites” from the Declaration in the lead up to the country’s Independence Day on July 4. Facebook later restored ... Read More »

WhatsApp Starts Testing ‘Suspicious Link Detection’ Feature to Limit Spam Circulation: Report

In another move to put a stop to the circulation of spam on its platform, WhatsApp is working on a Suspicious Link Detection feature. The new feature, which is presently said to be under testing, helps users detect suspicious links available within their WhatsApp messages. It is a part of the WhatsApp beta for Android version 2.18.204 and later, though not available ... Read More »