90% of Active Twitter Users Retweet Or Like ‘Fake News’

Of the many harms that affect the political, economic, and social well-being, the most out-of-line practice is that of spreading false news. Littered with fake news, how exactly social media’s active users plug away at the potential fake news? According to a new study from the University of Buffalo, nearly 90% of ‘active’ Twitter users spread misinformation, especially during public emergencies or disasters....

Facebook Suspends 200 Apps Over Data Misuse Investigation

Facebook Inc has so far suspended around 200 apps in the first stage of its review into apps that had access to large quantities of user data, in a response to a scandal around political consultancy Cambridge Analytica. The apps were suspended pending a thorough investigation into whether they misused any data, said Ime Archibong, Facebook’s vice president of product...

In The UK: Social Media is Glamorizing Gang Violence

Social media is perpetuating the myths of violence, but the factors FUELING the increase are far wider Just hours after Rhyhiem Ainsworth Barton, 17, was shot dead in south London, his friends posted a tribute on social media. The slickly made music video on YouTube lamented the young rapper's death, but was accompanied by numerous posts apportioning blame for his murder and...

How To Stop People Using Your Face For Porn (or other scarier things)

If a picture’s worth a thousand words, then a video’s worth a thousand pictures. For as long as videos have existed, we’ve trusted them as a reliable form of evidence. Nothing is as impactful as seeing something happen on video (e.g. the Kennedy assassination) or seeing someone say something on video, especially if it’s recorded in an inconspicuous manner...

Former Facebook Moderator Reveals She Took Down Be-headings, Child Pornography, Animal Abuse EveryDay— But Was ‘treated like nothing’

A former Facebook moderator described disturbing imagery she says she would have to remove from the site. In an interview with the BBC, the unnamed woman said she had to make quick decisions about taking down photos and videos containing things like beheadings, animal abuse, and child pornography. She said the work gave her nightmares, and she accused...

How Slick Is That? To Beat Porch Thieves, Amazon Slips Your Packages In Car Trunks

Not content to stop at slipping packages inside customers’ front doors, Amazon.com Inc  on Tuesday started a new program to deliver packages to its members’ parked cars. The world's largest online retailer is rolling the program out in 37 U.S. cities for customers with newer compatible vehicles and plans to expand the service. All that is required to have packages...

Two Men Arrested At Philly Starbucks Say They Feared For Their Lives

Rashon Nelson initially brushed it off when the Starbucks manager told him he couldn’t use the restroom because he wasn’t a paying customer. He thought nothing of it when he and his business partner, Donte Robinson, were approached at their table and were asked if they needed help. The 23-year-old entrepreneurs declined, explaining they were just waiting for a...

FCC Just Handed Out A $40 Million Fine To T-Mobile For Faking Ringtones & Failing Calls in Rural Areas

The FCC has fined T-Mobile $40 million for faking connections to rural customers in Wisconsin, according to a release. It also inserted fake ring tones into those calls to make it seem like they were connecting and failing, even though no one was on the other end of the call to pick up. The FCC's Enforcement Bureau opened an investigation following...

Facebook Has The Power To Track You Even If You Delete Your Account

Facebook has shed more light on how it tracks people around the web, and confirmed once and for all that it does indeed keep tabs on people who don’t even use the social network. Calls for Facebook users to delete their account have intensified over recent weeks, but the company’s admission suggests that ditching the social network altogether won’t keep...

FBI’s Big Data Reveals Some of the Most Violent Cities In Mostly Every State

The FBI recently released crime statistics that the agency compiled from US cities with a population over 100,000 between January 2017 to June 2017. Among the data was the number of violent crimes committed in these cities, including murder, rape, robbery, and aggravated assault. We then took these violent crime rates per 10,000 people to rank the most violent city in each...