Twitter, Facebook Messenger, Fake News, More: Wednesday Afternoon ResearchBuzz, May 15, 2019

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TechCrunch: After year-long lockout, Twitter is finally giving people their accounts back. “Twitter is finally allowing a number of locked users to regain control of their accounts once again. Around a year after Europe’s new privacy laws (GDPR) rolled out, Twitter began booting users out of their accounts if it suspected the account’s owner was underage — that is, younger than 13. But the process also locked out many users who said they were now old enough to use Twitter’s service legally.”

VentureBeat: Twitter opens Developers Labs program to test new API products. “Twitter today announced plans to build ‘the next generation of the Twitter API’ that will provide more flexibility and better serve developers. As a first step, the company is launching Twitter Developer Labs, a program to let developers preview new features and test new API products before they are finalized. Participating developers will be asked to provide feedback on what they like and don’t like ahead of the broad rollout.” What would better serve developers is Twitter not being awful to them.


Business Insider: How to delete all of your Facebook messages at once, using a Google Chrome browser extension. “Facebook’s Messenger app is particularly handy, allowing for instant and private messaging with your contacts and other users you may not yet be connected to. But how do you get rid of all those messages when you’re no longer in need of them?”


New York Times: New Report Shows How a Pro-Iran Group Spread Fake News Online. “Mr. [Ali] Al-Ahmed had encountered what a new report from Citizen Lab, a research group at the University of Toronto, says is a pro-Iranian influence operation that used elaborate look-alike websites and social media to spread bogus articles online and to attack Iran’s adversaries. The operation had another innovative maneuver: When the invented reports were picked up by mainstream news organizations, the operators quickly took down the fabrications to make it harder to track the fraud.”

Sovereign Wealth Fund Institute: Factions on the Left and Right Want Change in the Social Media Industry. “Social media giant Facebook, Inc. is facing angst from the both the Left and Right of the political spectrum in the United States. The U.S. Federal Trade Commission (FTC) is weighing new regulatory action against Facebook and possibly other social media companies. Facebook has around US$ 3 billion saved for anticipation of an FTC fine. Some people argue that social media is akin to a public utility and that some regulation needs to occur.”

UVA Today: Miller Center Announces Barack Obama Oral History Project. “The University of Virginia’s Miller Center of Public Affairs, home to the nation’s longest-running nonpartisan presidential oral history program, announced today that it has begun work on its next major project: a comprehensive oral history of the Barack Obama administration.”

AdAge: How Condé Nast Built A Sound Video Structure On Youtube. “At first glance, Architectural Digest doesn’t seem like it was made for YouTube. After all, it’s an almost a 100-year-old design magazine concerned with luxury homes—no kids making slime or articles featuring K-Pop sensations–but in the past year the Condé Nast-owned publisher quadrupled its audience on YouTube.”


The Register: FCC promises, yet again, to tackle robocalls. Translation: Expect six more months of waiting. “Faced with growing political and legal anger, Ajit Pai, the chairman of America’s communications watchdog, has again promised to do something about robocalls – and again left critics fuming over his foot-dragging antics.”


Forbes: Is Social Media Curating Hate And Scouring The Web For Our Greatest Fears?. “Social media’s great promise was to connect the world. Yet rather than aggregate the world into a single real-time firehose, social platforms have increasingly turned to algorithmic curation to hand-feed us a perfectly personalized filter that appeals to our most intimate and powerful interests, desires and fears.”

The Scotsman: Holyrood advisory group to examine links between body image anxiety and social media. “A new group will advise the Scottish Government on how to promote and achieve a healthy body image to help tackle Scotland’s mental health crisis. The advisory group – whose members have not yet been announced – will look at links between social media use and body image issues.” Good afternoon, Internet…

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