Keeping track of multiple devices and digital accounts can be exhausting. Every piece of information shared online contributes to a user's growing digital footprint which isn't easily erased and can increase vulnerability to cyber attacks.
Here are 5 simple steps for smart sharing and enhancing cybersecurity, so that your digital footprint is much more organized and difficult to track.
Dennis Bonilla, Executive Dean at the College of Information Systems and Technology for University of Phoenix, helped contribute to this story. Read more...More about Technology, Privacy, Security, Smartphone, and Tablets
Facebook has long been criticised for its role in the Rohingya crisis, an assessment now underscored by comments by United Nations investigators.
Marzuki Darusman, chairman of the UN Independent International Fact-Finding Mission in Myanmar told reporters that social media had a "determining role" in spreading hate speech in the country, according to Reuters.SEE ALSO: Ai Weiwei makes bold statement about the refugee crisis with giant inflatable boat
"It has ... substantively contributed to the level of acrimony and dissension and conflict, if you will, within the public. Hate speech is certainly of course a part of that. As far as the Myanmar situation is concerned, social media is Facebook, and Facebook is social media," Darusman said. Read more...More about Tech, Facebook, United Nations, Social Media, and Myanmar
Friday went poorly for a select group of Twitter users that have earned a reputation for their expertise at gaming the system.
The social media company moved to suspend a number of popular accounts with millions of followers between them, Buzzfeed reports. Their offense? Stealing people's tweets without credit and conspiring as a group to share tweets — their own, and those of paying customers — with the intent of forcing them to go viral.SEE ALSO: Twitter’s murky verification process is helping cryptocurrency scams thrive
Many of the suspended accounts — a list that includes @Dory, @GirlPosts, @SoDamnTrue, @reiatabie, @commonwhitegiri, @teenagernotes, @finah, @holyfag, and @memeprovider — are known as "tweetdeckers." These users are so named because they gather in private Tweetdeck groups to plot out their plans to manufacture virality (a practice that Buzzfeed has documented extensively). Read more...More about Tech, Twitter, Social Media, Tweetdeck, and Twitter Suspension
Rising star Hailey Knox is serving some serious truth with 'Don't Got One' - her song that directly confronts what it is like to grow up in the age of social media
Despite the 19-year-old artist emerging with the help of platforms like YouTube and YouNow, she isn't afraid to speak about the not-so-glossy side of social media. Thanks to her quiet confidence and natural talent, Knox is sure to continue to evolve into a powerhouse. Read more...
President Obama was not injured in a White House explosion in April 2013. The explosion never happened. But according to users on Twitter, it did.
A fake news tweet had been sent out from a hijacked Associated Press account. The news spread rapidly, so much so, that the Dow Jones Industrial Average plummeted by 100 points.
The retweet is powerful. It facilitates the rapid spread of news — whether a story is completely bogus or real. And according to MIT research published Thursday in the journal Science, false news is 70 percent more likely to be retweeted than real news stories.SEE ALSO: No, Brooklyn BBQ is not taking over the world. Just ask Twitter. Read more...More about Twitter, Science, Social Media, Fake News, and Human Behavior
Now you can feel special too: Twitter is looking to open up its verification process to regular folk.
CEO Jack Dorsey revealed in a Periscope stream on Thursday that the company is working to expand its blue verification checkmark to all users.SEE ALSO: Twitter’s murky verification process is helping cryptocurrency scams thrive
"The intention is to open verification to everyone," Dorsey said. "And to do it in a way that’s scalable, where we're not in the way and people can verify more facts about themselves, and we don’t have to be the judge or imply any bias on our part."
It comes after Dorsey admitted verification is "broken" on the platform, and a small team under Twitter product director David Gasca has been tasked to rethink how the verification system works. Read more...More about Twitter, Highlights, Jack Dorsey, Social Media, and Verification
Facebook is reaching beyond marketing gimmicks for International Women's Day.
On March 8, the social media platform is launching practical tools for professional women "who are leading the way in their communities."SEE ALSO: This International Women's Day, remember the importance of self-love
First up, Facebook is finally launching a new Community Finder tool for its #SheMeansBusiness program, which will connect female entrepreneurs and women-owned businesses in 23 countries, including the U.S., Vietnam, Australia, Korea, Turkey, Mexico, and India.
Originally launched in 2016, and supported by Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg's Lean In organization, the program is meant to help professional women share advice and resources in order to develop their businesses. Read more...More about Facebook, Women, Social Good, Social Media, and International Women S Day
In 2014, Tashfeen Malik's family in Pakistan started to worry about her Facebook posts.
It was the religious extremism that concerned them, a family member told the Los Angeles Times. A year later, Malik and her husband, Syed Rizwan Farook, declared their allegiance to ISIS on social media. Then they killed 14 people in San Bernardino using semiautomatic rifles.SEE ALSO: Teachers say #ArmMeWith classroom resources instead of guns
In the aftermath, 26 senators asked the Department of Homeland Security to conduct social media background checks when reviewing visa applications — something President Donald Trump approved last year. Read more...More about Social Media, Gun Control, Algorithms, Mass Shootings, and Parkland Shooting
Now that the Barack and Michelle Obama's official portraits have been unveiled, they hang in the Smithsonian's National Portrait Gallery in Washington, D.C. for all to enjoy.
While many may have assumed there would be nothing more powerful than seeing the portraits themselves, it turns out seeing a child gaze up at the works of art is even more fulfilling.
On Thursday, Facebook user Ben Hines shared a stunning photograph he took of a young black girl staring up at Michelle Obama's official portrait with her mouth open in awe.
"Donna Hines and I made a pilgrimage today and we were delighted to wait in line behind this fellow art lover and hopeful patriot," he captioned the powerful image. Read more...More about Kids, Women, Social Media, Michelle Obama, and Culture
From humble beginnings as a blog for a pet food venture, in four years LittleThings accrued millions of followers and views on its social platforms through feel-good content.
But the publisher announced that it would be no more on Tuesday, putting the blame largely on Facebook's algorithm changes in an email to all staff, published by Business Insider.SEE ALSO: How to turn off Facebook's new face recognition features Business, Facebook, Media, Publishing, and Facebook Algorithm
Vero is a three-year-old app that's suddenly become a popular alternative to established social media platforms. It has a platform that promises to show you what your friends and network are posting, in chronological order — and with no ads.
It does sound alluring. Tons of users signed up for the Instagram-wannabe before anyone read the fine print and noticed the small detail that your account linked with your name and phone number is difficult to delete.
But the Vero micro-scandal serves as a useful reminder: It's always a good time to go through your social media app settings on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, and all the rest to check how your data is being used. This is especially necessary when it's your content getting exploited for the benefit a company, usually for targeted advertising. Read more...More about Facebook, Twitter, Google, Instagram, and Highlights
Geoffroy de Reynal is an engineer who designed waterproof shelters, which are made of polyethylene foam and aluminum foil.
His invention intends to tackle the high rates of homelessness in urban centers like Paris and help those who are most vulnerable when temperatures drop drastically. Read more...More about Technology, Design, Mashable Video, France, and Paris
On Twitter, a like is a like — unless it's not.
Over the years the "like" button has come to embody several distinct uses on the social media platform: a way to designate appreciation for a tweet, show agreement, or, confusingly, to essentially bookmark the tweet in question for later reading. Thankfully, with Twitter's unveiling of an official new bookmark feature today, that ambiguity will go the way of the star (although, to be fair, we miss the star).SEE ALSO: Twitter totally solves all of its problems with new profile photos
That's right, no more "liking" a super weird tweet with a linked article — intending to revisit it later in the day when you have a free moment — only to have that same bizarre thing live forever in your "likes" tab. Read more...More about Twitter, Social Media, Bookmarks, Tech, and Social Media Companies
Patrisse Cullors has had a major influence on the Black Lives Matter movement ever since it began in the wake of the Trayvon Martin shooting. Here she explains what many people get wrong when it comes to how they think about Black History Month and where the focus should be. Read more...More about Mashable Video, Gender, Social Good, Black Lives Matter, and Black History Month
So you jumped on the bandwagon, and now you're desperately trying to figure out how to get off.
Welcome to the world of Vero, the Instagram-challenger currently taking social media by storm. The app has seen a surge in downloads over the past week, with people excited about chronological timelines and a promised absence of ads. What they're less excited about? The questionable history of the company's CEO.
And now many new users want out, but there's just one problem: Deleting your account isn't exactly a straightforward process.SEE ALSO: Meet Vero: Why a billionaire's Instagram alternative is suddenly so popular Read more...More about Apps, Social Media, Vero, Tech, and Social Media Companies
This is the story of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, but in the world of social media and fake news.
Have you met every single friend you have on Facebook in real life? We all know the basic rules about keeping photos and posts private and carefully vetting friend requests.
But things can get complicated. And dangerous.
I met the real Alexandre Martinez on Facebook over the summer. He lives in France and has short dark hair and chiseled features.
Those features are now highly recognizable in Bulgaria, where Alexandre, better known as Alexander Nikolov, became an unwitting celebrity.SEE ALSO: Why Twitter banned the bot that unmasked neo-Nazis. (Hint: Neo-Nazis) Read more...More about Privacy, Linkedin, Surveillance, Social Media, and Air France
In the wake of yet another tragic school shooting, teachers have started an eye-opening movement on social media to let the world know what preventative measures really need to be taken seriously to protect students.
In response to the recent mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, President Trump suggested that some teachers receive gun training so they can be armed in their classrooms. But rather than adding more guns to educational environments, teachers are using the hashtag #ArmMeWith to share far more peaceful resources they wish to be armed with, such as school supplies, mental health resources and funding, impactful changes in curriculum, and stronger gun control legislation. Read more...More about Parkland, Social Good, Teachers, Social Media, and School
Twitter is stepping in to deal with the "targeted abuse and harassment" facing many of the survivors of the Parkland shooting.
Since the teens have emerged as powerful voices on social media following last week's shooting, they've had to face what many other high profile Twitter users before them have dealt with: abuse and harassment.SEE ALSO: Twitter updates its developer rules to crack down on bots
This time, the social media platform is wasting no time in addressing the issue which "goes against everything we stand for at Twitter." The company says it's "actively working on" responding to reports of abuse and harassment. Read more...More about Tech, Twitter, Social Media, Twitter Abuse, and Parkland Shooting