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TweetDeck (for Mac) is dead. Here are some alternatives

As of today, TweetDeck for Mac has shut down. If you need a new social media management app, check out our picks for alternatives to TweetDeck.
4 days ago
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Beyond rainbows: 5 tech companies that did more for Pride in 2022

For this year's Pride Month celebration, these companies went above and beyond simply putting rainbows on their corporate social media profiles
5 days ago
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Twitter Communities: A guide to the Reddit-like world within Twitter

Twitter Communities aren't just a recent feature of the bird app. It's a whole new world within Twitter and it looks kind of like a streamlined Reddit.
June 14, 2022
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Call me a phony, but anti-Instagram app BeReal is too real for me

BeReal, a new social network, promises to show the unfiltered you, unlike other platforms. It's a lofty goal, but it turns out, not one that's easily achieved.
May 26, 2022
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TikTok Live Subscriptions: Everything we know so far

TikTok recently announced its LIVE Subscription program. But what does that mean for you? We'll break down everything we know about it so far.
May 26, 2022
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A look into Texas’ controversial anti-censorship law HB 20

Laws surrounding the first amendment are oftentimes messy as exampled by Texas' controversial internet anti-censorship law, House Bill 20.
May 23, 2022
The Twitter app on the Sony XPeria 5 II.

Popular YouTubers react to Shorts’ new video remix feature

YouTube introduced in 2021, months after its release in India. The feature came as an answer to TikTok, which had already taken the world by storm. While YouTube is still ahead of TikTok in terms of popularity, the company’s Shorts service is nowhere near TikTok. But YouTube is making constant efforts to catch up in […]
May 10, 2022
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‘Man-baby’ or ‘singular solution’: Twitter reacts to Musk buyout

Elon Musk's whirlwind acquisition of Twitter and decision to take the company private have drawn contrasting opinions from experts from both sides of the aisle.
April 26, 2022
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Twitter is at risk of losing what makes it special: You

It's all change at Twitter, but a lack of trust in the new owner's intentions makes me worry the platform is about to lose what makes it special.
April 26, 2022
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Elon Musk’s Twitter takeover: A chronological timeline

Confused about what's going on regarding Elon Musk and Twitter? You're not alone. Let us guide you through this complex story of takeover bids and poison pills.
April 25, 2022
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6 Twitter features I want no matter who’s in charge

Will Elon Musk successfully buy Twitter? Who knows. But no matter who takes charge of the beloved bird app, there are some improvements I want them to make.
April 15, 2022
The Twitter app on the Sony XPeria 5 II.

TikTok has a gun problem, and it’s doing nothing to fix it

Tiktok is huge. Millions of videos are posted to the platform every day, and as a result, problematic firearm-related content often slips through the cracks.
March 8, 2021
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2020 forced Big Social to address its flaws, but it’s too late for an easy fix

Between a global pandemic, social/cultural upheaval, and mounting political problems, 2020 put plenty of pressure on social media giants to face their flaws
December 27, 2020
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Practically every major social app has a Stories function now. This is why

Snapchat popularized the idea of ephemeral social media years ago, but now the feature is is popping up in dozens of other platforms. Here's why.
December 11, 2020
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Conservative, pro-Trump witches are flocking to Facebook

Political polarization has led to a pagan schism
August 19, 2020
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The Reverb Remix community is YouTube’s sensitive, supportive refuge

The caring comments are a far cry from the toxicity found elsewhere online
August 1, 2020
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Volunteers make activism accessible by captioning protest videos

ProtestAccess works to make Black Lives Matter content accessible to the Deaf, visually impaired.
July 18, 2020
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Black creators urge their audiences to sustain social activism for the long term

Viral social media movements don't last forever -- influencers want to change that.
July 13, 2020
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TikTok isn’t paying its biggest stars, but they don’t really care

Creators get so popular on TikTok, they're making dough even without ad sharing
June 4, 2020
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Don’t let the COVID crash fool you. It’s still a great time to be a YouTuber

YouTube creators have more eyes than ever on them now
May 20, 2020
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Avoid Twitter’s swamp of misinformation by following these epidemiology experts

Medical professionals can help you make sense of it all
April 15, 2020
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Fighting through coronavirus isolation: 4 people share their tech habits

Here's how those living alone are dealing with social distancing
April 10, 2020
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Online platforms like Facebook are losing yet another ‘infodemic’ war

Social sites are struggling to stem the tide of coronavirus misinformation
March 7, 2020
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The most peaceful place on the internet? Bird Twitter

In the chaos and bickering of social media, Bird Twitter soars above the scrum
February 29, 2020
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What does it take to make a social media network that doesn’t exploit users?

TikTok is popular but also had some issues. Can social media sites be better while still growing like crazy?
February 19, 2020
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Instagram wants to be both YouTube and TikTok, but it’s succeeding at neither

Instagram's removal of the IGTV button on its main app signals the video platform's troubles with competitors.
January 25, 2020
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Where do emojis come from? How the firecracker exploded onto emoji keyboards

You probably send dozens of emojis during any given day -- but have you ever stopped to wonder where emojis come from, or who designs them? Go behind the scenes of the process of building an emoji with the team that created the firecracker emoji, as well as the red gift envelope and moon cake.
November 13, 2019
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You’re probably seeing more social media propaganda, but don’t blame the bots

A recent study suggests that more countries use social media accounts run by actual people for propaganda than bots.
October 16, 2019
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I turned off Facebook’s ad trackers, and the ads only got more personalized

Facebook offers a few simple toggles to turn off ad tracking settings -- but those settings are only a portion of what Facebook users to deliver ads. So what should privacy-concerned users do about Facebook ad trackers?
September 23, 2019
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Why doesn’t Facebook help after your account gets hacked?

When your Facebook account gets hacked, the company offers little in the way of customer service reps to help you out. Users and consumer advocates say Facebook's customer support system unacceptably bad, and users whose accounts have been compromised get little help -- or none at all.
July 29, 2019
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Facebook says the future is private, but what does that mean?

At Facebook's F8 developer conference, the company emphasized its desire to take a more hands-on approach to privacy over the future. But what, exactly, will a more privacy-focused Facebook end up looking like?
April 30, 2019
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The top 10 most-Instagrammed locations are bound to give you the travel itch

Looking for inspiration for your next destination? Here are the top 50 destinations in the Americas, according to Instagram hashtags anyways. From Disney to Yosemite, these are some of the most Instagrammed locations to visit.
August 21, 2018
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It’s over: Tinder won the dating wars. Swipe or stay home

From OKCupid to Bumble, a variety of online dating apps still elbow for superiority, but look at the numbers and the verdict is clear: Tinder wins by a mile. Here’s why the swiping model can’t be beat.
August 2, 2018
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Emojis could change the way you use maps on your phone

Bored? Hungry? A new app called WYD may be able to help. WYD encourages users to explore places to eat or things to do using emojis. Users can also create a map of favorite locations or share them with friends.
June 6, 2018
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Social (Net)Work: Fake news spreads faster than truth, but bots aren’t to blame

A recent MIT study suggests that fake news spreads farther, faster and deeper than the real thing. But before you go pointing fingers, the study eliminated bots and influencers, suggesting instead that the root of the problem may be human nature.
April 29, 2018
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Facebook faces Senate, potential government regulation — and big changes

In a 5-hour Senate hearing, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg addressed privacy concerns in the wake of Cambridge Analytica. Lawmakers have already introduced the first bill in response -- so is Facebook on the edge of another big change?
April 11, 2018
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Social (Net)Work: How does social media influence democracy?

Social media creates a platform for speaking up and sharing information, but that same platform makes possible fake news, spam bots, and “information cocoons.” We asked three experts to weigh in on how social media influences democracy.
March 21, 2018
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Governments are stepping in to regulate social media, but there may be a better way

Whose responsibility is it to keep fake news and terrorism off social media? An NYU Stern study suggests social networks, not the government, should be responsible for moderation, but not liable.
February 19, 2018
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Social (Net)Work: What can A.I. catch — and where does it fail miserably?

In social media moderation, what tasks can artificial intelligence handle, and which ones are best left up to humans? We talked to a few AI experts to find out the strengths and weaknesses of A.I. moderation.
February 3, 2018
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Chicken nuggets, Trump, and natural disasters among Twitter’s top 2017 trends

So what were the most popular posts on Twitter this year? The list of the platform's top tweets is in. A plea for free chicken nuggets was the most re-tweeted while Trump topics took half the top activism hashtags.
December 9, 2017
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Japan’s king of cute wants to develop a lovable A.I. you can’t live without

In 2011, messaging app Line capitalized on the increasing popularity of smartphones to become a massive hit. Now, it wants to do the same with artificial intelligence, and it’s going about it in a unique way.
December 7, 2017
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International Women’s Day is Facebook’s most-discussed topic in 2017

Facebook is looking back at 2017 with the most-discussed posts and the biggest ways users reached out after natural disasters, from the Women's March on Washington D.C. to the Las Vegas shootings.
December 6, 2017
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FrontRow is a wearable camera that lets you live in the moment, and capture it

Instead of staring through a smartphone screen when recording your kids' recital, you can use FrontRow, a wearable camera that lets you go hands-free. It packs a handful of live-streaming apps, such as Facebook Live and YouTube Live.
August 15, 2017
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Fishbrain is a social network for fishermen

There's a social network for everything, these days -- even fishermen. Enter Fishbrain, an internet community for like-minded anglers to brag about their biggest catches, get fishing condition forecasts, and more.
February 5, 2017
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Raftr is a new social network that puts stories, not people, front and center

Raftr, a news-centric social network founded by former Yahoo president Sue Decker, aims to foster communities around ongoing stories. It's exiting beta after a six-month incubation period.
January 26, 2017
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Facebook adds group video calling to Messenger

One of Facebook Messenger's most highly requested features -- group video calling -- is finally rolling out now via an update to the app. Up to six people can video call at the same time.
December 19, 2016
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Forget Facebook and Google, burst your own filter bubble

With Facebook, Google, and other sites covertly curating content to our liking, we don't spend enough time listening to other people's viewpoints, and when you throw fake news into the mix, that becomes a real problem.
December 6, 2016
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Ford taps Snapchat maestro DJ Khaled to spread message on new EcoSport

Digital Trends spoke to DJ Khaled, the "King of Snapchat," about celebrities over-sharing on social media in the wake Kim Kardashian being robbed, his feelings on Donald Trump's presidency, and more.
November 15, 2016
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Don’t ‘get’ Snapchat? Its weirdest, most innovative creators may change your mind

Snapchat, to anyone not already on the social network, looks confusing, weird, and almost impenetrable. It turns out that beneath the surface is a creative, entertaining community that may just be worth the effort to join.
September 28, 2016
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10 comedians you should be watching live-stream on Facebook

Facebook Live is a global live-streaming phenomenon, and no one is using it to interact with fans quite like comedians. This list brings together the most frequent (and funniest) live-streamers on Facebook that are sure to make you laugh.
August 5, 2016
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