Twitter, Facebook, Periscope, More: Sunday Buzz, July 29, 2018


Fortune: Twitter Shares Plunge as Company Predicts Decline in Users . “Twitter Inc. said monthly users dropped by 1 million in the second quarter, and predicted that number will decline further as the company continues to fight against spam, fake accounts and malicious rhetoric on its social network. The shares plunged as much as 20 percent in early trading.”

Ars Technica: Facebook’s “downvote” system begins rolling out wider in US—here’s how it works. “Facebook’s latest dalliance with a ‘downvote’ button launched this week as a limited test in the United States. The feature began appearing on the service’s mobile app without a formal company announcement—and we only found out about it by browsing on our phones.”

TechCrunch: Twitter will suspend repeat offenders posting abusive comments on Periscope live streams . “As part of Twitter’s attempted crackdown on abusive behavior across its network, the company announced on Friday afternoon a new policy facing those who repeatedly harass, threaten or otherwise make abusive comments during a Periscope broadcaster’s live stream. According to Twitter, the company will begin to more aggressively enforce its Periscope Community Guidelines by reviewing and suspending accounts of habitual offenders.”


MakeUseOf: The 7 Best Gmail CRMs Compared: Which Inbox Manager Is Best?. “Do you send a lot of emails? Manage hundreds of contacts? Have a communication workflow? Then you know what it’s like to be totally overwhelmed by your inbox. CRM tools could be the simple fix you can try. Customer relationship management (CRM) software helps you keep track of your contacts, your interactions with them, and your workflows. Gmail CRMs integrate directly into your inbox and help you supercharge your Gmail experience by making the process easier. So what’s the best Gmail CRM?”

Cognilytica: 50 AI Twitter Influencers to Follow in 2018. “The field of artificial intelligence continues to grow and evolve daily. To keep up-to-date on all the latest developments, news, and more related to AI, Cognilytica has put together a list of 50 AI influencers to follow on twitter (listed alphabetically).” Cognilytica also made a Twitter list. The annotations aren’t extensive here, but it’s a lot of accounts.

San Francisco Chronicle: New California app tells patients when doctors are disciplined. “The Medical Board of California has created an app to alert patients about changes in their doctors’ licenses. Users can select up to 16 doctors, and the app will notify them about address changes, status expiration dates and disciplinary documentation. It will say when a doctor has been put on probation or his or her license has been suspended or revoked.”


PetaPixel: This Instagram Account Shows How Instagram Photos Look the Same. “The account’s bio reads: ‘Déjà Vu Vibes 🌲 Wander. Roam. Replicate.’ Each photo in each collage is tagged with the user that uploaded it.”

Wired: The ‘Guerrilla’ Wikipedia Editors Who Combat Conspiracy Theories. “SUSAN GERBIC SPENT her career photographing babies at a department store in Salinas, California, just 100 miles south of San Francisco. Today, the retired 55-year-old has dedicated her life to something entirely different: Wikipedia.”

New York Times: British Lawmakers Accuse Facebook of Failing to Aid Inquiry Into ‘Fake News’. “A closely watched British parliamentary committee examining Russia’s exploitation of social media to try to influence elections has called for sweeping new regulations on tech companies, and has accused Facebook of providing ‘disingenuous answers’ to some questions while avoiding others ‘to the point of obstruction.'”


Krebs on Security: State Govts. Warned of Malware-Laden CD Sent Via Snail Mail from China. “Here’s a timely reminder that email isn’t the only vector for phishing attacks: Several U.S. state and local government agencies have reported receiving strange letters via snail mail that include malware-laden compact discs (CDs) apparently sent from China, KrebsOnSecurity has learned.”

CNET: Facebook: We’ve removed hundreds of posts under German hate speech law. “Germany kicked off 2018 with a strict law against online hate speech. The law allows for fines against tech companies, such as Facebook, Twitter and YouTube, of up to $58 million (£44 million, AU$79 million) if they don’t remove offending posts within 24 hours of receiving a complaint. The law is also known as NetzDG.”


The Guardian: ‘The discourse is unhinged’: how the media gets AI alarmingly wrong . “Social media has allowed self-proclaimed ‘AI influencers’ who do nothing more than paraphrase Elon Musk to cash in on this hype with low-quality pieces. The result is dangerous” Good morning, Internet…

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