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Facebook, Google, Twitter are working together to fight Opioid addiction

Facebook, Google, Twitter are working together to fight Opioid addiction

Substance abuse, particularly of opioid, has been around for centuries and has never truly disappeared. It’s a never-ending battle to protect lives, families, and friends, using whatever means available at the time. For our generation, those means include the Internet, one of the most powerful tools in the world today. Fortunately, those who wield and shape that tool, like Facebook and Google, are teaming up to help fight this ongoing epidemic in the best way they can.

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AP, video experts confirm White House’s CNN ‘assault’ video doctored to deceive

AP, video experts confirm White House’s CNN ‘assault’ video doctored to deceive

This week the White House released a video showing CNN reporter Jim Acosta at a press event. In the video documenting the original event, as broadcast on C-SPAN, a White House intern approached Acosta and attempted to remove a microphone from Acosta's hand. The point in question happened during this exchange. In an edited set of video clips shared by the White House, it would appear that Acosta swiftly chopped downward at the arm of the intern to stop her from removing his microphone. The video shared by the White House was doctored to make this action appear violent.

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Twitter will call out rule-breakers

Twitter will call out rule-breakers

For the past year or so, Twitter has focused on updating its rules and policy to beef up safety, but with that comes a need for increased transparency. Today, Twitter announced a couple of new features focused on just that. They're relatively small changes in the grand scheme of things, but they should prove useful to larger Twitter userbase nonetheless.

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Pixel 3 XL’s notch receives some scathing critiques from Samsung

Pixel 3 XL’s notch receives some scathing critiques from Samsung

Google's Pixel 3 reveal event has come and gone, and in the aftermath, a lot of people have been focusing on the Pixel 3 XL's notch. Among them is the person responsible for managing Samsung's Twitter account, as the company has gone on the offensive. As it turns out, Apple isn't the only company Samsung is willing to roast in the public eye.

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Twitter wants to ban dehumanizing speech, asks users what they think

Twitter wants to ban dehumanizing speech, asks users what they think

Twitter has updated its hateful conduct policy with a planned ban on dehumanizing language. This restriction addresses content that may not have violated its previous policies, but that can contribute to a hostile environment for users and groups toward whom such language is directed. The company is asking its users to complete a survey to share their thoughts on the new policy.

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Twitter bug shared Direct Messages for more than a year

Twitter bug shared Direct Messages for more than a year

Twitter has admitted to an embarrassing mistake which could have sent users' Direct Messages to other developers, with the bug remaining undetected for sixteen months. The short-message social network began notifying potentially affected users today, warning them that because of a fault in its platform, tweets they'd thought private or protected could've been shared with other users.

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Twitter just fixed its worst “feature”

Twitter just fixed its worst “feature”

Today Twitter reversed implementation of a "feature" in which users were shown "in case you missed it" and "recommended Tweets" instead of a standard chronological order. In a non-curated world, Twitter would display all the Tweets made by all the accounts one person follows, and it'd do so in reverse chronological order, with the newest Tweets showing up first. That's what Twitter was at the beginning. That's what it (temporarily) is again.

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Apple has a new way to watch its big iPhone event this year

Apple has a new way to watch its big iPhone event this year

If you didn't get a coveted invitation to the big iPhone reveal this week, Apple has you covered with a new way to watch the livestream. The event takes place in Cupertino, CA, on Wednesday, September 12, and though there could be some surprises, the biggest headlines are likely to be around Apple's 2018 iPhone line-up.

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Twitter reveals potential threaded conversation redesign, online status indicator

Twitter reveals potential threaded conversation redesign, online status indicator

While Twitter already has problems like online harassment and accounts that spread mis-information to deal with, the company also seems to be looking for ways to make the social network more enticing and easier to follow for new users. One of the latest examples is potential improvements to how conversations are displayed, as well displaying who's online. These features are still in testing, however, and aren't finalized with a planned rollout date.

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Twitter’s latest recommendations weren’t what you’d expect

Twitter’s latest recommendations weren’t what you’d expect

Engagement is pretty much the cornerstone of any social network, so it isn't any surprise that big sites like Facebook and Twitter try to grow your friends lists by surfacing the profiles of people you might know or asking you to import your contacts from your phone. Twitter, however, has been testing a feature that goes in the completely opposite direction, as it presents a list of people it think you should unfollow.

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Facebook deletes all cross-posted tweets without warning

Facebook deletes all cross-posted tweets without warning

Twitter users who prefer to keep things simple had the option of authenticating Facebook on their account, which would result in tweets being cross-posted to the latter social network. Recent API changes removed that ability, meaning new tweets can't be cross-posted onto Facebook automatically. However, it appears the change has resulted in all past cross-posted tweets disappearing from Facebook timelines, as well.

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EU to force Facebook, Twitter, YouTube to remove terrorist content

EU to force Facebook, Twitter, YouTube to remove terrorist content

The European Union is becoming the champion of digital privacy, safety, and fair play, whether you like it or not. And some companies definitely don’t. After the still controversial GDPR and its high-profile fine of Google for its monopoly over Android, the European Commission, the EU’s legal body, is turning its sights on social networks like Facebook and Twitter. The body may start fining these platforms if they are unable to delete online terrorist propaganda within an hour after they have been flagged.

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