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Zuckerberg's 'Twitter Killer,' Threads, Goes Live

Meta boss announces launch with a dig at the competition

(Newser) - Threads, Meta's text-based messaging app that looks a lot like Twitter and is intended to challenge that platform, went live Wednesday. Mark Zuckerberg made the announcment in a post to his Threads account, including a shot at Twitter. He said his intention is for Threads to remain "friendly...

New Utah Law Restricts Minors' Use of Social Media

First-in-the-nation law gives parents access to accounts of children, teens

(Newser) - A new Utah law that tightly restricts how minors can use social media apps like TikTok and Instagram is the first of its kind in the nation—and while its supporters say it's all about "protecting our children," campaigners including civil liberties groups hope other states don'...

Musk Hits Out at the Twitter Alternative Snagging His Users

Mastodon has drawn nearly 500K users since Musk's Twitter takeover

(Newser) - Elon Musk has a new problem on his hands: Under his leadership, some users are fleeing Twitter for a lesser-known, non-profit social media site called Mastodon, which Musk has insulted in a number of deleted tweets. What you need to know:
  • The basics: Mastodon, founded in 2016 by software developer

Facebook Employees Raised Alarms About Far-Right Sites

And more on the controversial social network

(Newser) - In the latest edition of its ongoing "Facebook Files" series, the Wall Street Journal takes a look at a trove of internal message-board conversations that reveal strife at the social media company over its treatment of Breitbart and other conservative news sites. Employees regularly questioned Breitbart's inclusion on...

Donald Trump's Social Media Platform Is Coming
Donald Trump's
Social Media Platform

Introducing Donald Trump's Social Media Platform

TRUTH Social is coming next month

(Newser) - Former President Trump's long-promised social media platform will be here soon. Trump announced the forthcoming launch of TRUTH Social in a press release Wednesday, saying the site's parent company, the newly created Trump Media & Technology Group, aims to "create a rival to the liberal media consortium...

Trump Has Some Thoughts on Nigeria's Twitter Ban

Former president says more countries should do the same: 'Perhaps I should have done it'

(Newser) - Donald Trump is praising Nigeria for banning Twitter after it blocked a tweet from the country's president—which is apparently how the former president wishes things went down when social networks cracked down on him. China, North Korea, and Iran already ban social networks. But "more COUNTRIES should...

Trump's Next Move in Twitter War: Executive Order

Though it's not clear how much authority POTUS has to regulate social media

(Newser) - President Trump's feud with Twitter continues. The latest: White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany told reporters Wednesday night that the POTUS will soon sign an executive order aimed at social media companies, the AP reports. White House strategic communications director Alyssa Farah said the move would come Thursday, but...

The Longer You Can Do This, the More Friends You May Have

The connection between friends and pain tolerance is explored

(Newser) - Having a healthy network of friends can do you a lot of good , but can it also save you from a lot of pain? Researchers reporting in the journal Scientific Reports seem to think so. They say that one's ability to tolerate pain can actually predict the size of...

Guess What the New Twitter Redesign Looks Like?

If you said 'Facebook,' you win

(Newser) - Starting today, Twitter is rolling out a redesigned profile that will eventually hit all users—and basically every report on the redesign is noting the similarity between the new profile pages and Facebook's profile pages. Among the changes: There's now a full header photo (think Facebook's cover...

Your Friends Change —But Not How Many You Have
Your Friends Change—but Not How Many You Have
study says

Your Friends Change—but Not How Many You Have

Study finds we have finite capacity for close relationships

(Newser) - A new study offers a rather stark picture of how long-term friendships work: While we might not stay friends with the same people throughout our lives, we do tend to maintain the same number of friends, researchers say. In other words, "our capacity for maintaining emotionally close relationships is...

Facebook Private Messages Aren't So Private: Suit

Network scans them to boost its ad sales, a California lawsuit claims

(Newser) - An alarming claim has popped up in a California class action lawsuit: Facebook is accused of violating privacy boundaries by reading your private messages whenever it fancies. The suit claims the social network scans private messages, looking for websites users send to each other, for "purposes including but not...

5 Stars Who Shun Social Media

Don't bother searching for these guys on Twitter, Facebook

(Newser) - Kim Kardashian may earn up to $10,000 per tweet , but even the money-making prospect hasn't convinced these nine celebrities rounded up by PopSugar to get on social media. Click through the gallery for a sampling, or check out the full list here , including one star who's not...

NSA's New Spying Tool: Social Networks

NYT: Agency looks at Americans' connections to create 'sophisticated' profiles

(Newser) - Thanks to Edward Snowden, we already knew that the NSA was gathering all kinds of data—or "metadata," as the agency prefers—about Americans' phone calls and emails. But just how does it assess all that information? By creating a social network of sorts—but one that nobody...

Indiana Dumps Facebook Ban on Sex Offenders

Law found to be too broad by appeals court

(Newser) - An Indiana law that bans registered sex offenders from accessing Facebook and other social networking sites that can be accessed by children is unconstitutional, a federal appeals court ruled today. The 7th US Circuit of Appeals in Chicago overturned a federal judge's decision upholding the law, saying the "...

IPO Rumors Chirp for Twitter
 IPO Rumors Chirp for Twitter 

IPO Rumors Chirp for Twitter

Recent moves have analysts looking to public offering in 2014

(Newser) - Twitter could finally be going public. Well, in 2014, according to a new report by IPO-watchers Greencrest Capital. With an estimated valuation of more than $11 billion and a recent spate of high profile management hires and reshuffles, "you can begin to see Twitter’s potential flightpath," writes...

Zuckerberg Hangs With Medvedev in Moscow

He hopes to boost Facebook's presence in Russia

(Newser) - Mark Zuckerberg is in Moscow today, but it's hardly a vacation: He's meeting with Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev to talk about cooperation in start-ups and IT technology, AFP reports. Zuckerbeg clearly hopes to boost Facebook's presence in Russia, where Russian-language social network VKontakte reigns supreme. Russian firms...

Birthday Reminders Coming to Google Homepage

Company boosts its social appeal

(Newser) - Google put an ad on its minimalistic front page for the first time yesterday, and soon it will start giving away more of that desirable real estate … for birthday reminders. Yep, within the next few days, any Google+ member performing a search on in English will see...

Facebook Flags Chats of Alleged Sex Predator

Suspect arrested in Canada after conversations with girl, 13

(Newser) - Employees at Facebook helped nab an accused sexual predator after his computer chats raised red flags. The suspect, a 25-year-old male, was engaging in explicit chats with a 13-year-old girl, which caught the attention of Facebook staffers who alerted Winnipeg police. Authorities arrested the man, though not until after he...

Apple Considers Big Investment in Twitter

New York Times: Company is trying to catch up in social media

(Newser) - Google has Google Plus, Microsoft has a stake in Facebook, and Apple has ... Ping? OK, Ping has been mostly a disaster , which is why Apple is on the hunt for a new social network partner and it looks like Twitter might be its best bet, reports the New York Times...

Users Like Google+ Better Than Facebook
 Users Like Google+ 
 Better Than Facebook 
survey says

Users Like Google+ Better Than Facebook

But Facebook still has more users—way more users

(Newser) - Finally, some good news for Google+. The most recent American Customer Satisfaction Index (ACSI) finds that users are much happier with the Google social network than they are with Facebook. Facebook scored 61 out of 100 in customer satisfaction (down from 66 last year), while Google+ scored 78. Of course,...

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