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Your Instagram Photos May Be Able To Tell If You Are Depressed

Your Instagram feed could lend important insight on depression and mental health. This is the finding of a new study that used a computer program to analyze thousands of Instagram photos from 166 users.

Healthy Living/Wellness August 9, 2017

Twitter Has Updated Its Harassment Policies, But Are They Working?

Twitter says it is winning the war against harassment, but some are skeptical. What are Twitter's policies regarding online harassment and have they been effective?

Apps/Software July 21, 2017

Instagram Bug Locks Users Out Of Their Accounts

Many Instagram users have been locked out of the platform, and their accounts seem deleted or disabled both to them and to others. Instagram says it's a bug and it's working to fix it as soon as possible.

Internet July 7, 2017

Facebook Profile Picture Guard And Other Tools Aim To Protect Women In India

Facebook has kicked off a new pilot program in India to give users more control over who can access and use their profile photo. With guarded photos, the social network aims to prevent misuse.

Internet June 22, 2017

Twitter Redesign Makes It Faster, Lighter, Better: What's New?

Twitter has redesigned its app again, adding a number of tweaks to make things easier, cleaner, and more convenient. Here's what's new.

Apps/Software June 15, 2017

Social Media Vetting Is Official: US Visa Applicants May Have To Disclose Their Social Media Names

The State Department has formally approved the Trump administration's proposal for tougher vetting that would cover one's social media presence as well. A new visa application questionnaire requires applicants to submit their social media handles from the past five years.

Business Tech June 2, 2017

Internet Withdrawal: Study Finds Social Media Addiction Can Raise Heart Rate, BP

Internet addiction can cause physical changes once you go offline, which usually include elevated heart rate and blood pressure. Researchers call it internet withdrawal, and it shows most people who spend too much time online are hooked to social media.

Public Health June 1, 2017

Instagram Stories Get Location And Hashtag Stickers With Latest Update: Here's How It Works

Instagram Stories just got another neat update with the latest version of the app, now making stories easier to find. The new Instagram version brings location and hashtag options, so here's how it all works and how to opt out.

Apps/Software May 24, 2017

Instagram Good For Selfies, Not For Mental Health: How To Teach Your Kids To Be Smart About Social Media

Social networking is now a big part of kids’ lives, with tweens and teens turning to social media platforms for validation from their peers but leaving them exposed to the dangers of social media. What can parents do to protect them?

Healthy Living/Wellness May 23, 2017

Social Media May Not Be Good For A Young Person's Mental Health

Social media seems to dominate so much of people's lives today. A recent survey suggests that extensive use of social media may harm the mental and emotional well-being of users, particularly the younger crowd.

Apps/Software May 20, 2017

Instagram Deemed Worst Social Media Platform For Young Users' Mental Health, YouTube Ranked Most Positive: Study

A new study highlights the dangers of social media and the negative impact it can have on young users. Among the popular social media apps, Instagram and Snapchat are the worst for youngsters' mental health, while YouTube is the most positive one.

Internet May 19, 2017

Biz Stone, Co-Founder Of Twitter, Returns To The Company

Back in 2011, Biz Stone left the company he co-founded to see if he could recapture that success in another project. Now, Stone is making his return to Twitter.

Business Tech May 16, 2017

Is Facebook Doing Enough To Remove Hate Speech? Austrian Court Thinks Not, But This Ruling Should Change Things

An Austrian court just ordered Facebook to take down all posts deemed as hate speech, as well as all verbatim reposts. The ruling extends beyond Austrian borders, as it forces Facebook to remove hateful content worldwide.

Internet May 9, 2017

Facebook Denies Targeting Emotionally Insecure And Vulnerable Kids, But Admits To The Research

A recent report sparked serious questions regarding Facebook's ethics, revealing research to target emotionally vulnerable users. Facebook now admits to the research, but says it never targeted users based on their emotional state.

Internet May 2, 2017

Running Is Socially Contagious: Posting About Exercise On Social Media Can Influence Friends

When you run more, chances are high that your friends will run more, too. A new global study revealed that running is socially contagious and can influence your peers in a social network.

Healthy Living/Wellness April 20, 2017

Facebook Cracks Down On Spam With Improved Tools Against Fake Accounts, But It's An Ongoing Struggle

Facebook has announced new changes to clean up its network and crack down on fake accounts. The company already killed 30,000 spam profiles in France ahead of the elections, but it's a never-ending struggle.

Internet April 16, 2017

11-Year-Old Hangs Himself As A Result Of A Social Media Prank, A Dark Mark On Potential Dangers Of Social Media

An investigation is now underway after a social media prank that resulted in the suicide and death of an 11-year-old boy. Tysen Benz’s death leaves a dark mark on social media companies' suicide prevention efforts.

Internet April 9, 2017

Facebook Strengthens Efforts To Combat False News By Teaching Users How To Spot It

Facebook announces a new educational tool teaching users how to spot false news and help stop the spread of misinformation. Here are 10 tips from the popular social media platform.

Internet April 7, 2017

Twitter Lite Rolls Out: A Lighter And Faster Version Of Twitter

Twitter has introduced a faster and lighter version of its service. It can be accessed via mobile web browsers even with slow networks.

Apps/Software April 6, 2017

Anonymous No More: Facebook Stories Shows Who’s Reading

Facebook rolled out its new Snapchat-like feature Stories on March 28. Anonymous snoopers better be careful because this feature displays the people who viewed posts.

Internet April 3, 2017

Twitter Paid Subscription Service For Public Figures And Business May Soon Launch

Twitter is reportedly considering a paid subscription service for an improved Tweetdeck, targeting power users. The premium tool, as described in a released survey, will make it easier for public figures and companies to manage their accounts.

Business Tech March 24, 2017

Find Out Why Americans Are Having Less Sex Than Before

People in the United States have been engaging in less sex than a quarter century ago, according to a new study. What could be possible factors affecting the frequency of sex among Americans?

Healthy Living/Wellness March 8, 2017

Twitch Introduces ‘Pulse,’ Its Own Version Of Facebook, But For The Gaming-Obsessed Crowd

Twitch has now officially unveiled Pulse, its own social platform for the gaming bunch. It will work much like social media sites today, and it’s scheduled for a full rollout in the coming weeks.

Video Games March 7, 2017

Facebook, Twitter Push For Healthy Social Media Use: What This Means For Users' Well Being

Facebook and Twitter announced the adoption of bold moves to foster a healthier social media experience. What could this mean for their users' well being?

Healthy Living/Wellness March 5, 2017

Take A Digital Detox: Constantly Checking Social Media Can Drive You Insane

Social media is more stressful than people think. A recent survey shows that social media addiction and mental health issues are connected and affect most Americans.

Healthy Living/Wellness February 24, 2017

How To Upload Instagram’s New Album Posts And View The 10 Photo Or Video Carousels

Instagram users can now post up to10 photos or videos at once. Here’s how to use and view the new album-like feature.

Apps/Software February 22, 2017

Taken Mate Is A New App For Singles That Will Do All The Social Media Stalking For You

Taken Mate is a new app that serves as a private investigator for users to make sure other are honest.

Apps/Software February 22, 2017

App Study Finds Millennials Would Chose Fame Over Falling In Love

The talent discovery app Clapit found that 7 percent of millennials are willing to breakup to be single and famous.

Life & Style February 14, 2017

Meet Peanut, The Parenting App For Like-Minded Moms

A new app dubbed Peanut has been developed exclusively for mothers. Peanut is a social networking app that uses machine learning and looks to connect moms sharing similar interests and thoughts.

Apps/Software February 10, 2017

Twitter Safety Update: Safe Search, Hiding Abusive Tweets And More

Twitter announced a new update on safety, designed to further crack down on online abuse. Three new changes are in tow, aiming to stop the creation of new abusive accounts, collapse abusive or low-quality tweets, and put forward safer search results.

Internet February 8, 2017

How Much You Use Online Media Is Influenced By Your Genes

Recent research says our genes have something to do with how much we spend time on the internet, whether on social media platforms, chat forums, or gaming sites.

Healthy Living/Wellness January 24, 2017

How Mark Zuckerberg's Facebook Profile Stays Squeaky Clean: It's All Thanks To His PR Team

Mark Zuckerberg is committed to changing his image from an intense hoodie-wearing billionaire to a more mature and charismatic titan of industry -- all with the help of his Facebook PR team, of course.

Business Tech January 21, 2017

LinkedIn Redesigns Desktop Website: Chatbots, Search And Messaging Improvements, And More Added

LinkedIn launched its new website with the goal of simplifying user experience and encouraging users to share ideas and engage in conversations. The company stated that everything has been built from the ground up.

Internet January 20, 2017

1 In 5 Young People Regularly Loses Sleep Over Social Media: Study

New research suggests that one in five children aged 12 to 15 wake up during the night to check social media, which makes them more prone to feeling constantly tired. A case of fear of missing out?

Healthy Living/Wellness January 18, 2017

1 In 5 Young People Regularly Loses Sleep Over Social Media: Study

New research suggests that one in five children aged 12 to 15 wake up during the night to check social media, which makes them more prone to feeling constantly tired. A case of fear of missing out?

Healthy Living/Wellness January 18, 2017

Next CIA Director May Keep Closer Watch On Your Facebook Account: Here's Why

Republican Congressman Mike Pompeo, Trump's pick as CIA Director, attended his confirmation hearing and defended his views on privacy rights and the use of social media during intelligence investigations.

Security January 13, 2017

Feeling Down? Taking A Break From Facebook Might Help, Says Study

New research shows that taking breaks from Facebook could positively influence people's well-being. The study found a deterministic causality between not spending time on the social networking website for an entire week and feeling better, both affectively and cognitively.

Healthy Living/Wellness December 25, 2016

Biggest TV Shows Of 2016 On Social Media: ‘Pretty Little Liars,’ ‘Walking Dead,’ ‘Teen Wolf,’ ‘Shadowhunters’ And More

The most popular TV shows on social media for 2016 have been announced. The winners include ‘Pretty Little Liars,’ ‘Walking Dead,’ ‘Teen Wolf,’ and new show ‘Shadowhunters.’

Phones/Tablets/Mobile Tech December 21, 2016

Conservatives Aren't Happy About Facebook's Plan To Fight Fake News: Here's Why

Facebook is going to roll out new features that will help weed out fake news with the help of third-party news agencies. Conservatives, however, are worried that the news outlets that have been tapped to help will be biased.

Internet December 17, 2016

Instagram User Base Grows To 600 Million: Snapchat-Like Features To Thank?

Instagram announced that from last June's 500 million users, the number jumped to 600 million this month or only in a span of six months. Some say copying Snapchat features like video sharing helped the social media platform gain more clients this year.

Apps/Software December 16, 2016

Twitter Adds Direct Reply Count And Ranked Conversations On Mobile

Twitter finally extended the ranked conversations system to its iOS and Android mobile apps as well, as it promised last year. Moreover, the microblogging platform has also added Direct Message Counts to see the total number of replies at a glance.

Internet November 30, 2016

Facebook Reportedly Aims To Re-Enter China With New Censorship Tool, But Would It Work?

Facebook has reportedly been working on a censorship tool to seep through the Great Firewall of China. The purported tool would hide any Facebook posts that could violate China's censorship rules, but would that be a viable solution?

Internet November 23, 2016

Many Students Can 'Easily Be Duped' By Fake News Online, Stanford Study Says

Stanford researchers found that most students are unable to spot fake news in the internet. Their report revealed an inability to verify legitimate sources driving the failure to identify the differences between hoax, misleading content, sponsored ads and factual content.

Internet November 22, 2016

Want To Extend Your Android Phone's Battery Life? Uninstalling Facebook May Save Up To 20 Percent

Real-world tests appear to show that removing Facebook and Facebook Messenger will give the battery of Android devices a significant boost. There is no word yet addressing the cause of this issue.

Apps/Software November 21, 2016

Twitter Crackdown On Online Abuse Suspends Multiple Alt-Right Accounts: 'This Is Corporate Stalinism,' Richard Spencer Complains

Twitter has been cracking down on racist trolls and online abuse, and as a result, a number of alt-right accounts are suspended. Prominent alt-right leader Richard Spencer, whom Twitter also blocked, calls it "corporate Stalinism" with "execution squads across the alt-right."

Internet November 17, 2016

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