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Tuesday, May 23, 2017
  

Twitter executive faces criticism after suggesting Trump do Q&As on Twitter

Even Twitter executives have to be careful about what they say in 140-characters. On Friday, President Donald Trump criticized the media coverage about him, suggesting in a tweet that perhaps the “the...

Facebook apologizes after pulling down abortion group’s page

Facebook pulled down a page for a nonprofit that refers women to doctors who can provide them with abortion pills, but restored it after more than a day, saying it had...

Twitter strikes new deal with NFL for live content

Twitter is still in the game when it comes to live football content. In April, the National Football League announced it would broadcast 10 Thursday night game on Amazon Prime for a...

Nonprofits urge Facebook to release research targeting ‘insecure’ teens

Concerned that advertisers could take advantage of emotionally vulnerable teens, more than two dozen nonprofits urged Facebook Wednesday to publicly release the research the tech firm did on teens who feel “worthless”...

Facebook cracking down on spammy websites in your News Feed

Facebook is doing some spring cleaning — of your News Feed. The social network on Wednesday announced a crackdown on links to low-quality websites, saying it knows that people don’t really want to...

Nevada teen’s tweet about Wendy’s chicken nuggets breaks world record

A Nevada teen on the hunt for a year of free chicken nuggets got his Twitter wish fulfilled on Tuesday after he broke the world record for the most retweeted tweet. In...

Pinterest names its first CTO and releases new visual search features

Pinterest on Tuesday named its first chief technology officer and said it’s releasing new features for its visual search tool Lens, another milestone for the San Francisco tech firm that is...

Facebook’s Oculus to close its virtual reality film studio

Facebook-owned Oculus is shutting down its award-winning virtual reality film studio and will focus on content produced by filmmakers outside of the tech firm. Story Studio was launched two years ago and...

Facebook adding 3,000 reviewers in wake of violent videos

Amid the rash of violence that’s been broadcast on Facebook recently, Mark Zuckerberg said Wednesday that the company is adding 3,000 people to help review videos on the platform. “Over the last few weeks,...

Facebook research targeting ‘insecure’ teens sparks privacy concerns

Facebook shared research with at least one advertiser that outlined how the tech firm can target teens who feel “worthless” or “insecure,” raising privacy concerns about the data it’s gathering on...

Alabama man streams suicide live on Facebook

An Alabama man who was in the middle of a breakup with his girlfriend shot himself in the head with a rifle on Facebook Live Tuesday, the latest in a string...

Instagram reaches 700 million users

Instagram on Wednesday said that it has 700 million monthly active users, another milestone for the Facebook-owned social media site. The company added 100 million monthly active users in just four months....

Thai man kills 11-month-old daughter on Facebook Live

A man in Thailand hanged his 11-month-old daughter from the rooftop of a deserted building, streaming the killing live on Facebook Monday night before taking his own life. “You can hear the...

FTC to sports stars, celebrities: Label sponsored Instagram posts

Celebrities who push products on Instagram without disclosing that they got paid to do so got a friendly letter from the FTC this week. The Federal Trade Commission asked the “influencers” to more...

Facebook says it needs to ‘do better’ after Cleveland killing

Facebook, feeling the heat amid a nationwide manhunt for the Cleveland man who uploaded a video of a killing to the social network, says it needs to do better. The social network...

Did Snapchat CEO say it’s ‘only for rich people’? Backlash from India, elsewhere follows...

Snap is denying that CEO Evan Spiegel once said the popular Snapchat app is “only for rich people,” and that he didn’t want to expand to “poor countries like India and Spain.” Spiegel...

A longtime Twitter board member is leaving

Venture capitalist Peter Fenton, who joined Twitter’s board of directors in 2009, is leaving the board after his term expires in May, according to a U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission filing...

Fighting fake news: Google ‘Fact Check’ label expanded to search, Google News worldwide

Google is continuing its attempt to fight fake news by making its “Fact Check” label available for search results. The company also is expanding the label in Google News worldwide after introducing the feature in...

Amazon scores NFL deal to stream Thursday night games

Football fans looking to catch a Thursday night game will have another option this season: Amazon Prime. The e-commerce giant reached an agreement with the National Football League to broadcast 10 Thursday...

Facebook to fight revenge porn with photo-matching

Facebook has stepped up its fight against revenge porn by making it easier for users to report such images and promising to prevent them from being shared again. Revenge porn is the...