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Sunday, April 23, 2017
  

Goodbye, Twitter eggs! Default profile picture changes

Twitter is literally cracking all of its eggs in an effort to encourage more users to upload pictures of themselves and be more civil online. When people join the social media site,...

Report: FBI director’s social media handles uncovered

FBI Director James Comey is on Twitter and Instagram. A Gizmodo reporter things she’s figured out his handles. At a dinner for the intelligence community earlier this week, Comey mentioned in passing...

Trolls, fake news, bad actors loom over internet: poll

Trolls, fake news, anonymous posts, bad actors and other negative influences loom over the internet, according to a new poll by the Pew Research Center. The key question from Pew Research Center and...

Hot new Twitter account burns Trump’s tweets — literally

Burned Your Tweet, a hot new Twitter account, does exactly what it says it does: It burns your tweet. And by “your,” it means Donald Trump. In fact, its Twitter bio reads: “Giving...

Facebook imitates Snapchat again with new camera filters and Stories

Oh snap! Facebook took aim at Snapchat again on Tuesday by releasing camera filters and an ephemeral sharing feature that mirror what its rival offers. “We want to make it fast, fun...

Facebook Messenger releases new location-sharing feature

Locating your Facebook friends in real time just got easier. The Menlo Park tech firm said Monday that it’s adding a new feature to its messaging app that allows users to share...

Twitter gauges interest in premium subscription for TweetDeck

Twitter is exploring whether celebrities, journalists and other professionals would pay a monthly subscription fee for a premium version of TweetDeck, a social media dashboard that helps users manage multiple accounts...

Trump is our ‘lord and savior’? ABC News and GMA’s Twitter accounts hit by...

Hackers took over the Twitter accounts of ABC News and Good Morning America Thursday morning, sending out tweets filled with profanity, fake news and praise for President Donald Trump. “Trump is our...

Sexual assault on Facebook Live: Girl, 15, allegedly attacked while 40 watched video

An apparent gang rape of a 15-year-old girl was broadcast on Facebook Live over the weekend — and no one reported it to the police. The video reportedly showed five or six...

Twitter suspends hundreds of thousands of terrorist-related accounts

Twitter suspended 636,248 accounts from August 2015 to December 2016 for promoting terrorism, a sign that the tech firm has continued to increase its efforts to combat violent extremism. The company reported Tuesday...

Twitter beef: McDonald’s goes after Trump, then says it was hacked

Donald Trump loves fast food, but does it love him back? McDonald’s Twitter account went after the president of the United States Thursday morning with a tweet that read: “@realDonaldTrump You are...

Twitter hack: high-profile accounts start tweeting swastikas and Nazi hashtags

Several high-profile Twitter accounts, including Duke University, Forbes and Amnesty International, started tweeting out the same Turkish message filled with swastikas and Nazi hashtags after they were hacked early Wednesday morning. Even...

Mark Zuckerberg defends Peter Thiel and ‘ideological diversity’ again

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg has again defended having Peter Thiel on the company’s board, saying calls to kick the social network’s first big investor off the board are “crazy.” Speaking at North Carolina...

Facebook says its data shouldn’t be used for surveillance

Facebook wants people to know that it doesn’t want its data used for surveillance. The world’s largest social network updated its developer policies Monday to make it clear that its data should not...

Facebook Messenger takes on Snapchat with new feature

The competition between Facebook and Snapchat keeps heating up. On Thursday, Facebook released a new feature for its messaging app that lets users add visual effects, frames and art to photos and...

Pinterest acquires Jelly, a Q&A startup created by Twitter co-founder Biz Stone

Pinterest said Wednesday that it is acquiring Jelly, a search engine that lets users ask questions and crowdsource answers. The San Francisco tech firm declined to disclose the price of the acquisition...

You might use Tinder, but are you elite enough for Tinder Select?

The VIP section at the club. The “black” American Express card. The private jet. All are symbols of being one of the elites, if you will, in the world. You can...

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg to give Harvard commencement speech

Facebook CEO and Harvard dropout Mark Zuckerberg is headed back to the university on May 25 to deliver the commencement speech to this year’s graduating class. Zuckerberg co-founded Facebook in a Harvard...

Facebook calls cops on BBC journalists investigating company’s handling of child porn

In a move being called “extraordinary,” Facebook called the cops on BBC journalists who provided examples of child porn they found on the social network. The BBC, which wrote an article with...

Snap shares plummet, marking first selling wave since IPO

Shares of Snap nose-dived on Monday,  losing more than 12 percent in a single trading day, marking the first setback for the fledgling owner of the popular Snapchat social networking app. The shares...