U.S. to Now Require Social Media Histories from Visa Applicants

The U.S. will now require all persons applying for visitors’ visas to provide social media usernames, previous email addresses as well as phone numbers for additional inspection. It’s a significant expansion of the United States’ vetting process for potential visitors. “National security is our top priority when adjudicating visa applications, and every prospective traveler and […]

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Social Media FOMO Causes You to Spend More, Survey Finds

More than a third of Americans say their spending habits are influenced by the spending habits of their social media connections. They say “fear of missing out” on experiences shared by friends on social media causes them to spend more than they can afford. The findings were published by financial services firm Charles Schwab in […]

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Singapore Looks to Get Tough on Fake News

Updated 4/3/19 at 5:48 p.m. Singapore may be the first nation to hold social media platforms responsible for allowing fake news to go unchecked on their platforms with a new law being proposed. The law, submitted in its parliament yesterday, would require social media platforms to carry disclaimers on postings the governments deems to be […]

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YouTube Plans Changes to Curb Conspiracy, “Clickbaity” Videos

Video portal YouTube has announced changes that will make it harder for videos espousing conspiracy theories and other subjects meant to fool viewers into clicking on them, to be found the company announced last month. “When recommendations are at their best, they help users find a new song to fall in love with, discover their […]

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Facebook and Twitter Announce Stricter Rules for Political Ads

Facebook and Twitter have announced new measures aimed at combating efforts by foreign sources to interfere in U.S. elections. The moves target the kind of efforts used by Russian-linked agents in the 2016 presidential election and largely aim to increase transparency around political ads and the people that pay for them. All political and issue […]

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YouTube’s Recommendations Seem to Favor Fringe Content

It starts with an innocent search of the day’s headlines on YouTube. While things seem normal at first, the site eventually pulls you further and further away from mainstream content and more towards fringe content designed, above all, to keep you watching. Before you know it, you have fallen down a rabbit hole full of […]

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Spending on Digital Video Advertising to Skyrocket

Two-thirds of media buyers plan to shift some portion of their budget from TV ad buys to digital video this year, according to the Interactive Advertising Bureau, an industry group that tracks digital advertising. More than 50% of buyers plan to increase digital and mobile video spending in the next twelve months, according to the […]

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U.S. to Begin Collecting Social Media Usernames, Passwords from Visa Applicants

The Trump administration announced today that it will begin collecting social media information on individuals applying for visas to the United States. The new policy is expected to affect roughly 14 million visitors per year. Visitors will be asked to provide social media user names used on popular platforms during the five years preceding the […]

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Facebook Helped Trump Win the Election – But it Wasn’t Just Because of the Russians

The effects of the efforts of Russian operatives sitting at computer terminals half a world away on the 2016 presidential election are still being discovered nearly sixteen months after Election Day.  What’s receiving much less attention though are the legal tools the Trump campaign used to gain exposure, engagement and by extension, momentum, heading into […]

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