Stay alert! Government issues advisory against fake ads on social media, highlighting the threat of deepfake technology in perpetrating scams. (unsplash) AI 

Government warns about deepfake and AI scams in fake social media advertisements.

Various sources have reported a rise in fake advertisements on social media platforms. The government is working with intermediaries to address this growing problem. A warning was recently issued to specific citizens, including a member of a well-known technology company, about the spread of fake ads that may use deepfake technology to carry out scams. Be very careful about what you see on social media The government’s communiqué called for vigilance against fraudulent advertisements related to stock market operations, trading and allegedly free tips spread through social media applications. It…

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The new video feed feature allows users to discover bite-sized career insights and engage with professional content in a more accessible format. (unsplash) News 

LinkedIn introduces a video feed similar to TikTok for professionals; Learn more about the new feature

LinkedIn, the professional networking platform, is joining the ranks of popular apps such as Instagram and Snapchat by testing out a short-form video feed similar to TikTok. This new feature, discovered by Austin Null, a strategy director at McKinney, introduces a vertical feed of brief videos that can be accessed through a designated “Video” tab in the app’s navigation bar. Users have the ability to swipe through the videos, interact with them by liking, commenting, or sharing, and discover professional content in a more engaging format. LinkedIn publishes a TikTok-style…

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Donald Trump's social media platform Truth Social launched in the Apple App store in February 2022. (AP) News 

Insights into Truth Social, the social media platform launched by Donald Trump

After being banned from popular social media platforms like Facebook and Twitter in the wake of the Jan. 6 Capitol attack, ex-President Donald Trump introduced his own social media platform, Truth Social, in early 2022. Although he’s since been reinstated to both, he’s mostly stayed out of X, the Elon Musk-owned platform that was once his primary megaphone. Meanwhile, on Facebook, his posts are largely videos and pictures with slogans and messages like “THANK YOU MISSOURI! TOGETHER WE WILL MAKE AMERICA AGAIN!!!” That likely won’t change even after Trump Media…

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With Ozone, Bluesky users can tailor their social media feeds to suit their preferences. (AP) News 

Bluesky’s Ozone tool transforms content moderation, empowering users with unprecedented control

Bluesky, a decentralized social media platform seeking to compete with established giants such as X, which is owned by billionaire Elon Musk, has introduced Ozone, an innovative tool that gives users greater control over content moderation. Ozone allows individuals and groups to work together to review and categorize content on the platform, improving the user experience by offering personalized moderation options. With the introduction of Ozone, Bluesky intends to revolutionize the concept of content moderation by opening the platform to independent moderation services. Users will soon be able to use…

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Threads app revolutionizes user experience with draft-saving and in-app photo capture capabilities, streamlining content sharing. (REUTERS) News 

New features on Instagram’s Threads allow users to save drafts and take photos directly in the app; Here’s what’s changed

Threads, the social media platform similar to Twitter, is enhancing its functionality by adding two long-awaited features – the option to save drafts and take photos directly within the app. Instagram head Adam Mosseri revealed this update, which is designed to improve user experience and simplify the sharing of thoughts and moments. New features in Threads The implementation of these features follows a testing period with a selected group of users and responds to user requests for increased functionality. Mosseri emphasized that these additions are tailored to meet the evolving…

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Research shows that while teens face risks on social media, they also find peer support, particularly through direct messaging. (Pexels) News 

AI could assist in striking the right balance between protection and privacy for teenagers on social media.

On January 9, 2024, Meta revealed its plan to safeguard teenage users by implementing restrictions on Instagram and Facebook. The company aims to prevent them from accessing potentially harmful content, such as material associated with suicide and eating disorders. This decision follows mounting pressure from federal and state authorities, urging social media platforms to prioritize the safety of teenagers. At the same time, teenagers use social media to seek support from their peers, which they cannot get elsewhere. Efforts to protect teenagers can also inadvertently make it harder to get…

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Meta, X, TikTok and other social media CEOs testify on Wednesday on social media's effect on young minds. (AP) News 

CEOs of Meta, X, TikTok, and other social media platforms face intense Senate hearing on child exploitation

Children’s advocates and lawmakers argue that companies are failing to adequately safeguard young people from a range of issues on social media, including sexual predators, addictive features, suicide and eating disorders, unrealistic beauty standards, and bullying. On Wednesday, the CEOs of Meta, TikTok, X and other social media companies went before the Senate Judiciary Committee to testify as lawmakers and parents grow increasingly concerned about the impact of social media on young people’s lives. We are on WhatsApp channels. Click to join. The hearing began with recorded testimonies from children…

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This measure would require social media platforms to terminate the accounts of anyone under 17 years old and use a third-party verification system to screen out the underaged. News 

Why This US State Is Prohibiting Children’s Access to Social Media

Florida’s House of Representatives on Wednesday passed a bill aimed at barring children 16 and younger from accessing social media platforms, following similar measures in several states to limit online risks to young teens. The measure, which passed in a bipartisan vote of 106-13, would require social media platforms to close the accounts of anyone under the age of 17 and use a third-party verification system to screen minors. “We must address the harmful effects that social media platforms are having on the development and well-being of our children,” said…

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The law was part of an Ohio’s law — which requires social media companies to obtain a parent’s permission for children under 16 to sign up for social media and gaming apps. (AFP) News 

Lawsuit Filed by TikTok, Meta, X Group Against US State Over Restrictive Measures on Children’s Social Media Access

A lawsuit has been filed by a trade group consisting of TikTok, Snapchat, Meta, and other prominent tech companies against Ohio regarding a forthcoming law that mandates parental consent for children to use social media apps. The group argues that this law, which is part of Ohio’s broader legislation requiring social media companies to obtain parental permission for children under 16 to join social media and gaming apps, violates free speech rights as it is excessively broad and unclear. Additionally, the law necessitates social media companies to furnish parents with…

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Leading social media apps made over $11 billion from children. (Pexels) News 

Study reveals that Facebook and Instagram, along with other social media companies, earned $11 billion in advertising revenue from minors in the US.

A recent study conducted by the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health revealed that social media companies earned more than $11 billion in advertising revenue from minors in the United States last year. The researchers argue that this highlights the necessity for government intervention in regulating social media, as these companies have not effectively implemented self-regulation measures to protect children. They suggest that implementing regulations and demanding more transparency from tech companies could mitigate the negative impact on youth mental health and prevent harmful advertising practices that specifically target…

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Bluesky update 1.61 brings new features to the platform. The most notable ones include an in-app video and music player for links and a hide post feature. (Bluesky) News 

New features in Bluesky update 1.61: In-app video and music player, as well as ‘Hide post’ feature

In preparation for the upcoming year, the popular decentralized social media platform Bluesky has introduced a fresh update. Following closely after the previous update, which involved a logo redesign featuring a butterfly and making posts accessible to non-account holders, Bluesky now presents update 1.61. This latest update includes the addition of an in-app video and music player for links. Similar to the native player on X (formerly Twitter), users can now watch YouTube videos directly on the platform without having to navigate away. Additionally, Bluesky has introduced a new feature…

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The advisory aims to ensure intermediaries take proactive measures to combat the dissemination of prohibited content, especially those outlined in Rule 3(1)(b) of the IT Rules News 

New Advisory by MeitY Outlines IT Rule Compliance for All Intermediaries to Combat Deepfakes

With growing concerns about false information being spread through artificial intelligence (AI)-generated deep fakes, the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology (MeitY) has issued a comprehensive advisory to all brokers urging them to comply with existing IT rules. The purpose of the advisory is to ensure that intermediaries take proactive measures to prevent the dissemination of prohibited content, in particular to counter the measures described in Rule 3(1)(b) of the IT Rules. The Digital India Dialogues, led by Minister of State for Electronics and IT Rajeev Chandrasekhar with key stakeholders…

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For social media users, 2023 was a year of beginnings and endings, with some soul-searching in between. (REUTERS) AI 

Social media undergoes introspection in the year: Twitter’s decline, emergence of X and Threads, and AI’s personalized touch.

In 2023, social media users experienced a mix of new beginnings and closures, as we bid farewell to Twitter and embraced X. Some of us explored alternatives like Bluesky and Mastodon, while concerns about AI bots and the impact on teenage mental health weighed on our minds. We sought solace in private conversations and continued our endless scrolling, reminiscent of previous years. Overall, it was a year of reflection and contemplation for those immersed in the world of social media. Here’s a look at the biggest social media stories in…

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Bluesky 1.60 update is here and it brings major changes. The company now has a new butterfly logo and the posts are now public, meaning anyone can see them even without logging in. (Bluesky) News 

Bluesky 1.60 update introduces a fresh butterfly logo, enables public posts to be viewed without login, and more.

In preparation for the Christmas weekend, the popular decentralized social media platform Bluesky has introduced a new update. The Bluesky 1.60 update includes significant additions and redesigns. Notably, the platform has unveiled a new logo, replacing its previous blue sky with white clouds with a butterfly. The company explained that this logo change was prompted by users naturally using the butterfly emoji to represent their Bluesky handles. Additionally, the platform now allows posts to be public by default (unless users choose otherwise), enabling anyone to view and search for posts…

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An X outage has frustrated the netizens as they find empty timelines with no posts visible today, December 21, morning. This year, we have seen many such major outages occurring. Check the 5 major outages that have occurred in 2023. (AFP) News 

Twitter experiences outage, joining the list of 5 significant social media outages in 2023

Many users of X (formerly Twitter) were surprised and disappointed this morning when they discovered that their home feed was empty, indicating yet another outage on the Elon Musk-owned social media platform. This ongoing situation has affected thousands of users, but it is not the first time a social media platform has experienced such an issue. Throughout the year, there have been several incidents of outages on various platforms, and we will now examine the top 5 social media outages of 2023. 5 Big Social Media Outages in 2023 1.…

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Britain could look at further measures to protect young teenagers from the risks of social media in the new year following the introduction of new online safety laws focused on children and the removal of illegal content. News 

Britain to strengthen control over social media platforms in order to protect teenagers

Britain could consider further measures to protect young people from social media risks in the New Year after introducing new online safety laws targeting children and cracking down on illegal content, a minister said. The online safety law, which became law in October, requires platforms such as Meta’s Instagram and Alphabet’s YouTube to strengthen enforcement of illegal content and age verification measures. Major platforms such as Instagram, YouTube and Snapchat require users to be at least 13 years old. According to a Bloomberg report, the British government is looking into…

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The minister highlighted the magnitude of government interventions aimed at ensuring national security, safeguarding public order, and maintaining sovereignty and integrity News 

Chandrasekhar reveals that Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter received numerous content directives under IT Act in the last 5 years.

Minister of State for Electronics and Information Technology Rajeev Chandrasekhar revealed during the ongoing session of Parliament the startling figures of government directives to major social media platforms to remove, edit or block content under the Information Technology Act, 2000. Released by Chandrasekhar in the last five years, it highlighted the extent of the government’s efforts to ensure national security, safeguard public order and preserve sovereignty and integrity. The statistics revealed by the minister outlined a significant number of guidelines that are specifically targeted at platforms such as Facebook, Instagram,…

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Check out everything new coming to you with the new update to the Discord mobile app. From dedicated tabs for messages and notifications to improved navigation and media-sharing features, know them all. (Discord) News 

Discord Mobile App Update Introduces Dedicated Tabs and Enhanced Features – Here’s How to Use Them

Starting from December 5, the Discord mobile app has undergone a significant overhaul, with the new design already being made available to users. This widely-used messaging and social media platform, primarily catering to the gaming community, is introducing substantial enhancements to specific features, as well as an overall revamp for others. Users have long expressed concerns about the app’s disorganized interface, where various functions were scattered without a convenient means of locating or accessing them promptly. Discord has now tackled this problem with the latest update, and we will delve…

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Our study of more than 8,000 ads served more than 20,000 times in people’s Facebook feeds found many green claims are vague, meaningless or unsubstantiated and consumers are potentially being deceived. (Pexels) News 

Are ‘Green’ Social Media Ads Too Good to be True?

Many advertisements on social platforms promote products labeled as “green”. Power companies claim to be “carbon neutral”, electronics are marketed as being “for the planet”, clothing is advertised as “circular”, and travel is promoted as “sustainable”. However, our research, which analyzed over 8,000 ads displayed over 20,000 times on Facebook, reveals that numerous green claims are ambiguous, lack substance, or are unsupported, potentially leading consumers to be misled. This costs consumers, as products claimed to be greener are often more expensive. And it’s costing the planet because false and exaggerated…

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New safety tools have been introduced by Bluesky to better moderate and manage the content that is posted on the platform. Know all about them. (AP) News 

Unlock the Secrets to Safer Content with Bluesky’s New Tools!

Bluesky, the decentralized social media platform and competitor of X (previously known as Twitter), has recently implemented additional safety measures to enhance content moderation. Additionally, it has incorporated new functionalities that allow users to control the visibility of their posts and manage interactions. These tools were introduced in response to criticism faced by Bluesky for its failure to ban a user who issued death threats and members who used racial slurs in their usernames. Notably, the platform remains in private beta testing and is not yet available to the general…

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