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Bots, not humans, tweet majority of links to popular websites, research says

Bots account for two-thirds of tweets that link to popular websites, according to a Pew Research Center report, and have a tendency to share for adult content, sports, and news with particular vigor.
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Child advocacy groups ask FTC to fine Google tens of billions of dollars

Child advocacy groups filed a complaint on April 9 with the Federal Trade Commission, arguing that YouTube allows websites to collect personal about children under 13 without permission.
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Another Facebook quiz could have stolen data under the guise of research

Need another reason not to waste time on those Facebook personality quizzes? CubeYou is accused of using Facebook user data for marketing purposes from an app that told users the information would be used for academic research only.

Live-streaming arrives on Vimeo’s subscription service

Creatives using Vimeo's option to monetize through subscriptions can now go live with fans. The change is part of Vimeo's acquisition of Livestream. Vimeo is also launching a new encoder and a Mac version of Livestream Studio.
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Snapchat brings back its popular reverse chronological order for Stories

Snapchat appears to be listening to its users’ grievances, and at least for some folks, is rolling back the redesign and instead showing Snapchat Stories in reverse chronological order once again.

Telegram app is a favorite of Kremlin officials, but Russia wants to block it

Telegram, the encrypted messaging app, is popular with Kremlin politicians because it's a secure method of communications. Russian security, however, wants backdoor access and is threatening to block the app entirely.

New version of YouTube Kids will use humans instead of algorithms

YouTube may soon launch a new version of its child-focused app, YouTube Kids. This new version will rely on humans instead of algorithms to help curate content.
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Could Facebook be broken up over privacy concerns?

Will Congress break apart Facebook? One U.S. senator from Oregon is considering such an action if the company does not take better steps to safeguard its users' private information.

Facebook will soon let everyone unsend messages, just like Zuckerberg

Private messages from Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg are disappearing mysteriously from Facebook Messenger inboxes -- and soon, you're going to be able to do exactly the same thing with your friends.
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9 things you need to know about the Russian social media election ads

Facebook, Twitter, and Google have testified before Congress on multiple occasions about Russian election ads, and formal charges have been filed. So what do social media users need to know about those ads? We break it down.
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Social Feed: Fake tweets, more Facebook Stories, and required hashtags

In this week's social feed news, find out how Twitter is managing (or not managing) hoaxes, why Snapchat is getting sued, why Giphy's back on Snapchat and Instagram, and which network may require hashtags.

Facebook brings AR features to ‘Ready Player One,’ ‘A Wrinkle in Time’ posters

If you're ready to be immersed in one of your favorite films, look no further than the Facebook camera app. The social media giant is bringing augmented reality tracking features to movie posters.