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Facebook acquiring tbh, a social network popular with teens     – CNET
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Mark Zuckerberg’s social network once again makes a play to appeal to young users.

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Report Probes Social Media's Threat to Democracy
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Social media platforms like Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and others may pose a threat to American democracy, suggests a new report from The Omidyar Group. The report follows recent disclosures about targeted dark post advertising, fake news and other abuses propagated by Russian troll farms during the 2016 presidential election. Among the questions the report raises […]

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Kudos wants to be a gentle introduction to social media sharing for kids
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 Just as pre-teens in the 1990s were warned away from dialing 1-900 numbers, kids now need to learn how to navigate social media responsibly. Kudos, an app for kids aged eight to 13 with around-the-clock moderation, positions itself as a safe introduction to social media that also teaches its young users, some of whom were […]

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The CEO of Social Finance will step down
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 One month after reports of a sexual harassment and wrongful termination lawsuit against the online lending startup Social Finance came to light, the company has announced that its hard-charging chief executive Michael Cagney will be stepping down at the end of the year. The company said that it has already begun a search for Cagney’s […]

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Court says politicians can't block people on social media
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A federal court in Virginia just handed down a verdict that could affect a lawsuit against the president for blocking users on Twitter. US District Judge James Cacheris has ruled that Phyllis Randall, chairwoman of the Loudoun County Board of Supervi…

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A social app that took viewers to shows, presidential debates is ending     – CNET
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There will be one less venue for hanging out with friends in virtual reality.

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Trent Reznor ponders social media, tech execs as rock stars     – CNET
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Commentary: The Nine Inch Nails frontman and Apple Music heavy weighs in on music stars with vast social media presences.

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The Lemonade insurance social experiment results in $53K donation in year one
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 Lemonade has raised $60 million to date with the thesis that insurance companies can cut costs and automate more of their processes if they can somehow incentivize users to act less selfishly and commit less fraud. Traditionally insurance companies take the spread between premiums and claims as profit, but Lemonade aims to donate unclaimed premiums […]

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Information overload makes social media a swamp of fake news
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Enlarge / Sorry, I’m not home right now. (credit: flickr user: Rosmarie Voegtli) Once upon a time, it wasn’t crazy to think that social media would allow great ideas and high-quality information to float to the top while the dross would be drowned in the noise. After all, when you share something, you presumably do so […]

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