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Twitter’s latest test lets you follow topics

Sponsored Links Omar Marques/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images Twitter isn’t relenting in its eagerness to test new features. The social site has begun testing an option to follow topics in addition to people. You’ll have to pick from a list of topics curated by Twitter, starting with sports, but it should expand to include celebrities, …

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Instagram removes ad partner that tracked millions of users’ locations

Sponsored Links SOPA Images via Getty Images Facebook’s privacy woes aren’t over in the wake of its FTC fine. The company has pulled the marketing company Hyp3r from Instagram’s ad platform after Business Insider learned that the agency had been collecting massive amounts of data in violation of the social network’s rules. Hyp3r reportedly exploited …

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Facebook will fight misinformation linked to the 2020 US census

Sponsored Links AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite Facebook isn’t just limiting its anti-interference efforts to elections. The social network has published a second updated on its civil rights audit, and with it news that the company plans to treat the 2020 US census as if it were a vote. It will have a team dedicated to …

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An In-Depth Look at Iris, a New Decentralized Social Network

<header class=”article__header”> </header> <strong>Cryptocurrency advocates have been discussing a new social media platform designed by one of Bitcoin’s earliest developers Martti Malmi, otherwise known as Sirius. The project he designed, called Iris, is a social networking application that stores and indexes everything on the user’s devices and connects directly with peers rather than using centralized …

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Many of the Brexit Party’s Twitter followers appear to be bots

Sponsored Links AP Photo/Rui Vieira It’s not shocking to see Twitter bots latch on to a political campaign, but it’s not often they do so soon after a campaign starts — let alone on a large scale. That appears to be the case with the UK’s Brexit Party, however. The no-deal EU withdrawal party is …

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Kamala Harris sees Facebook as a ‘utility’ that might need breaking up

Sponsored Links AP Photo/Paul Sancya Senator Elizabeth Warren isn’t the only major presidential candidate eyeing the possibility of breaking up Facebook. Fellow Senator Kamala Harris stated in a CNN interview that she believed the US should “seriously take a look” at splitting the social network. It’s effectively an unregulated “utility,” she argued — when “very …

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Twitter’s bans ahead of Israeli election include an odd religious sect

AP Photo/Matt Rourke Twitter has been cracking down on suspicious accounts ahead of Israel’s election on April 9th, but there’s been plenty of mystery surrounding how it has taken action. A BuzzFeed News source claims that Twitter has suspended about 600 accounts engaging in unusually coordinated behavior. Most of those were reportedly spreading misinformation that …

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Third-party errors left over 540 million Facebook records exposed

Johannes Berg/Bloomberg via Getty Images Facebook is embroiled in another privacy scandal, although this time it’s not of the company’s direct making. UpGuard researchers have discovered over 540 million Facebook interaction records left exposed by third parties using Amazon’s cloud services. Nearly all of them come from Mexican media company Cultura Colectiva, which recorded account …

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Facebook says it accidentally deleted some of Mark Zuckerberg’s posts

AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez Don’t read Mark Zuckerberg’s posts if you’re trying to revisit Facebook’s biggest moments. The social network told Business Insider that it “mistakenly deleted” some of Zuckerberg’s posts a few years ago “due to technical errors,” including every post he wrote between 2007 and 2008. It didn’t try to bring them back …

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Facebook sues two Ukranians over data-stealing browser add-ons

David Paul Morris/Bloomberg via Getty Images Facebook is all too aware of how developers can make off with private data, and it’s willing to go to court to fight that behavior. The Verge has learned that the social network sued two Ukranian men, Andrey Gorbachov and Gleb Sluchevsky, for allegedly swiping private user data through …

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