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Study warns social media bans drive users to more extreme platforms

Study warns social media bans drive users to more extreme platforms

Users who violate a social media platform's rules may get a warning, a temporary suspension, or, depending on the issue, a permanent ban from the platform. These bans are made in an effort to reduce the amount of problematic content on the platforms, but a new study warns that banning these users doesn't ultimately fix the problem...and is likely to drive them to even greater levels of extremism and toxicity.

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Mastodon has finally released an official app for iPhone

Mastodon has finally released an official app for iPhone

Mastodon, the open source social media platform alternative to bigger platforms like Twitter, has finally launched an official app, but only for the iPhone (for now). Mastodon is very similar in appearance to Twitter, though it also allows users to create their own communities in the same way they can on Reddit.

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Twitter bounty challenge offers cash for finding algorithmic bias

Twitter bounty challenge offers cash for finding algorithmic bias

Twitter has announced intentions to launch its first algorithmic bias challenge, one that offers cash rewards for individuals who help uncover "potential harms" caused by the company's saliency algorithm. This new competition builds upon the bias identification approach Twitter detailed back in May. The challenge will take place as part of DEF CON AI Village this year.

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Analysis of 100 million tweets finds sources behind early pandemic fake news

Analysis of 100 million tweets finds sources behind early pandemic fake news

An analysis of more than 100 million tweets published in the early months of the pandemic reveals the sources of misinformation and disinformation that have since plagued society and driven mistrust in the COVID-19 vaccines. Misguided medical professionals, conspiracy theorists, and fact-checking the wrong people were all cited as contributing factors.

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Snapchat Snap Map gets “My Places” to track you better

Snapchat Snap Map gets “My Places” to track you better

Supposing you wanted Snapchat to do a better job of telling you where you've been and tracking where you're going, you're in luck! There's a feature coming to iOS first (and probably Android second) called Places. You'll find it appearing in Snapchat with the name "My Places", ready to roll with the map system already appearing inside the app: Snap Map.

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Twitter test makes it loud and clear when you’ve made a mistake

Twitter test makes it loud and clear when you’ve made a mistake

Twitter has revealed yet another test, this one that makes it very easy to tell when you've done something that has jeopardized your account. Those who are part of this test may see a new banner above their account's feed if they've had their account locked or suspended, as well as what the penalty means and how the user can proceed in light of it.

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Instagram Limits lets users lock down their accounts when bullies flood in

Instagram Limits lets users lock down their accounts when bullies flood in

Instagram's Adam Mosseri has published a new video addressing the presence of hate speech, including racism, on its platform, as well as some of the tools it offers users who want better control over what is said on their posts. In addition to those existing tools, Mosseri confirmed that Instagram is also working on a new feature called Limits that'll allow users to temporarily lock down their accounts.

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Twitter lets users downvote tweets, but not to encourage negativity

Twitter lets users downvote tweets, but not to encourage negativity

Twitter is now testing upvote and downvote buttons on tweets, though they're only visible to users who access the platform through the company's iOS app at this time. The idea of upvote and downvote buttons are nothing new -- they're a core aspect of Reddit, for example, and many people have asked for them on platforms like Facebook. They're also a potential problem for social media sites.

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Clubhouse open to public on iOS and Android

Clubhouse open to public on iOS and Android

Starting today, after just under a year in development and invite-only testing, Clubhouse is open to the public. The waitlist system is now done away with, and anyone with a device compatible with the Clubhouse app can tap in to the system. The app Clubhouse is a portal to the Clubhouse chat system, a place where individuals can join rooms to talk, in real time, with their voice.

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Snapchat’s Bitmoji avatars get 3D upgrade rolling out now in US

Snapchat’s Bitmoji avatars get 3D upgrade rolling out now in US

Starting today, Snapchat users can enable 3D Bitmoji avatars on their profile, giving them a more polished and dynamic version of the 2D avatars many people use on the platform. The 3D version of Bitmoji supports the same wide range of clothing, expressions, and more that you can access on the 2D version, but with the benefit of new body poses and a more modern appearance.

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Biden gives brief statement: platforms like Facebook are ‘killing people’

Biden gives brief statement: platforms like Facebook are ‘killing people’

During a recent brief interview, a reporter asked President Biden to give a message to social media platforms like Facebook. Biden had only a brief response given the moment during which the question was asked, but it cut right to the core of the pandemic and how it is playing out, with the President stating simply that they're "killing people."

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Facebook Messenger adds Soundmoji, a type of emoji with sound effects

Facebook Messenger adds Soundmoji, a type of emoji with sound effects

Facebook has rolled out a new library of emojis for its messaging app that adds a new layer of expression to the commonly-used images: sound effects. Facebook calls these Soundmoji, explaining that when selected, the recipient will not only see the emoji but also hear a related sound, including everything from clapping and chirping crickets to sound bites from TV shows.

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