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BackPeddle app limits content sharing with an expiration date

BackPeddle app limits content sharing with an expiration date

A lot of people, especially parents, don’t like the fact that any content they or their kids post on traditional social media sites can be hard to remove if needed. You can delete pics from a Facebook profile you own, but it can be difficult to remove any shares of the photos by other users. A new social media sharing app has launched called BackPeddle that is aimed at people that want control over their content.

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Twitter turnaround on block backlash highlights social shortcomings

Twitter turnaround on block backlash highlights social shortcomings

Twitter's decision to make an abrupt about-face on blocking policy after user outcry has highlighted little-understood shortcomings in how social services handle privacy and bullying, sending the 140-character message service back to the drawing board to refine its procedure. Twitter had thought it was improving the relatively blunt blocking process users were offered when it quietly changed the system on Thursday morning; by the evening, however, the company had been forced to restore the old approach, following criticisms that the amended tools in fact victimized those affected by bullying, rather than the bullies themselves. Meanwhile, the turnaround raises questions around the blocking and privacy tools other popular social networks offer their users.

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Google+ custom vanity URLs available for all this week

Google+ custom vanity URLs available for all this week

If you're an avid user of the Google social network called Google+ you will be excited to hear that starting this week everyone will have access to customized vanity URLs. The idea is that by signing up for your own custom URL you could make your Google+ page a sort of destination website for people wanting to know more about you or your business.

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Facebook decapitation video forces U-turn over graphic violence

Facebook decapitation video forces U-turn over graphic violence

Facebook has removed a graphically violent video that had been circulating around the social network, reviewing its policies on sharing in the process so as to reduce the amount of controversial content that is posted without any warning or consideration of audience. The company prompted raised eyebrows when it surprisingly permitted the sharing of a video showing a graphic decapitation earlier this week, with complaints both from regular users, police forces, and politicians.

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