A revealing cluster of emails leaked to Business Insider offers a glimpse at how Facebook decides what content is objectionable in high profile cases. In this instance, a group of executives at Facebook went hands on in determining if an Alex Jones Instagram post violated the platform’s terms of service or not. As Business Insider […]View More Facebook’s handling of Alex Jones is a microcosm of its content policy problem
This post is part of Hard Refresh, a soothing weekly column where we try to cleanse your brain of whatever terrible thing you just witnessed on Twitter.
When I was in middle school I begged my mom to let me redecorate my room. I wanted light blue walls, realistic-looking clouds painted on the ceiling, and adhesive glow-in-the-dark star decals scattered around so that when I went to sleep at night it would feel like I was looking up at the sky.
My design plans were admittedly a bit ambitious — I only ended up with the blue walls. But I did have a formative conversation with my mom about wallpaper along the way. Read more…View More The small corner of Instagram dedicated to temporary wallpaper is uncommonly magical
An Ode to… is a weekly column where we share the stuff we’re really into in hopes that you’ll be really into it, too.
The internet loves anything to do with cute and cuddly animals, and alpacas are no exception. Not to be confused with llamas, alp…View More Alfie the alpaca goes on the cutest adventures
Perhaps your phone has delivered your weekly Screen Time report and you know, in your heart, that it’s time to take a break from social media. This is good. A little break is nice every now and then.
But you don’t need to embark on a full 30-day scre…
Taylor Lorenz was in high demand this week. As a prolific journalist at The Atlantic and about-to-be member of Harvard’s prestigious Nieman Fellowship for journalism, that’s perhaps not surprising. Nor was this the first time she’s had a bit of a moment: Lorenz has already served as an in-house expert on social media and the […]View More The ethics of internet culture: a conversation with Taylor Lorenz
This post reveals the cost of acquiring a customer on every ad channel my agency has tested.View More What’s the cost of buying users from Facebook and the other ad networks?
Hundreds of millions of Facebook users’ passwords were stored in plain text, completely searchable by Facebook employees for years.
Some users had their passwords stored in plain text as early as 2012, according to a senior Facebook source who spoke to . The source, speaking on condition of anonymity, says that somewhere between 200 million and 600 million Facebook users were affected. More than 20,000 Facebook employees would have had access to these plain text passwords.
Shortly after KrebsOnSecurity published its story, Facebook by its vice president of engineering, security and privacy, Pedro Canahuati. He states that the company first discovered the issue during “a routine security review in January.” Read more…View More Facebook stored passwords in plain text for hundreds of millions of users
Flip the “days since last Facebook security incident” back to zero. Facebook confirmed Thursday in a blog post, prompted by a report by cybersecurity reporter Brian Krebs, that it stored “hundreds of millions” of account passwords in plaintext for years. The discovery was made in January, said Facebook’s Pedro Canahuati, as part of a routine […]View More Facebook admits it stored ‘hundreds of millions’ of account passwords in plaintext
Instagram is about to give its users some time to think over that name change.
An automatic username lock feature has been discovered in the latest alpha version of Instagram’s Android application. The change, which is currently in testing, would give the previous owner of an Instagram handle up to 14 days to revert back to their old username after changing it.
If you’ve spent a decent amount of time on IG you have probably scrolled past an ad that caught your eye. Maybe you even clicked on the ad, only to be taken to the retailer’s site. Now Instagram wants to streamline the process by letting you shop dire…View More Instagram rolls out a new shopping feature
If you’re like me, who isn’t big on social media, you’d think that the image filters that come inside most apps will do the job. But for many others, especially the younger crowd, making their photos stand out is a huge deal. The demand is big enough that PicsArt, a rival to filtering companies VSCO […]View More PicsArt hits 130 million MAUs as Chinese flock to its photo editing app
Game of Thrones star Sophie Turner (also known as Sansa Stark) dabbed then chugged a glass of red wine at a Rangers game Tuesday night. She was holding a Juul at the time. Also, this all happened while she was on the Jumbotron.
Sophie Turner is good.
Turner’s approach, which she displayed at a New York Rangers game on Tuesday night, should be the norm for Jumbotron moments from now on. None of this “waving” or “kiss cam” nonsense — no one wants to see that. People want to see celebrities drinking wine at a rapid pace. That mouth wipe! Read more…View More Sophie Turner chugging wine on a Jumbotron is deeply inspiring