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YouTube appears to be down, please don’t call the police

YouTube appears to be down, and the internet doesn’t know what to do. The video platform was inaccessible on Tuesday night, either showing a server error, a blank page, or broken images when people tried to load the website.  The YouTube app also showed the same problems. SEE ALSO: YouTube accounts for 47 percent of...CONTINUE READING
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Facebook reportedly building a device to stream Watch shows on your TV

Facebook wants to push even further into your home. The social media company is building a TV set-top box with a built-in camera, according to a new report in Cheddar.  SEE ALSO: Portal and Portal+ speakers give Facebook a permanent place in your home The device, reportedly referred to internally as “Ripley,” will be optimized...CONTINUE READING
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Everyone is freaking out over this weird Twitter notification

Did someone press the wrong key or something? Phones around the country blew up Tuesday morning with strange push notifications from Twitter showing a seemingly random series of letters and numbers. And yes, even CEO Jack Dorsey appeared to fall victim to the spam. SEE ALSO: European authorities to investigate Twitter over GDPR non-compliance “We’re...CONTINUE READING
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Facebook cracks down on voter suppression ahead of U.S. midterm elections

Facebook is expanding its fight against fake news and tackling the most direct way it affects elections: voter suppression. In a post titled “Expanding Our Policies on Voter Suppression,” Facebook’s public policy manager Jessica Leinwand explains how the social media platform is ramping up its battle against any content that is “designed to deter or...CONTINUE READING
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Former Google+ designer airs his ‘dirty laundry’ in massive tweetstorm

Google+ may soon be coming to an end, but stories from behind the scenes are just beginning to surface. Over the span of a week, Morgan Knutson, a former Google+ UI designer, posted several tweets sharing his version of what it was like work for the search giant’s failed social media project. SEE ALSO: Simple...CONTINUE READING
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European authorities to investigate Twitter over GDPR non-compliance

The GDPR is beginning to bare its teeth. Irish authorities are investigating Twitter for not complying with a user request covered by the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), according to Fortune. A researcher asked Twitter to provide him with more information about the data it collects when users click an auto-shortened link in a tweet....CONTINUE READING
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Here’s how to tell if your Facebook account was one of the 29 million hacked

Twenty-nine million Facebook users had their accounts accessed by hackers.  This, as it sounds, is very bad. And while the larger ramifications of the breach, announced two weeks ago, are as of yet not fully understood, Facebook claims it has a decent grasp on one important detail: Whether or not you are one of the...CONTINUE READING
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Facebook now says 30 million affected by hack, will notify users

Facebook has finally shared an update on the massive hack that affected millions of accounts.  Of the 50 million thought to be “directly affected,” Facebook now says that only 30 million accounts were impacted. More importantly, Facebook says it plans on notifying those affected by the hack in the “coming days,” with a notice that...CONTINUE READING
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Your Facebook activity influences what appears in your Instagram feed

Ever wondered why certain friends’ posts appear at the top of your Instagram feed?  Well, the reason isn’t solely down to the fact that you might have liked their Insta posts a few times. Your Facebook activity also influences whose content is prioritised in your feed.  SEE ALSO: Does the timing of your Instagram post...CONTINUE READING
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