Most Users Still Don't Know How Facebook Advertising Works

Most Users Still Don't Know How Facebook Advertising Works

(Eleven percent of respondents reported that they weren’t assigned any categories and told instead “You have no behaviors.”) Pew also asked participants about whether Facebook assigned them a political category, such as “liberal” or “conservative,” and any “multicultural affinity”—which Facebook says are groups of people “whose likes and other activity on Facebook suggest they’re interested in content relating to particular ethnic communities — African American, Hispanic American and Asian American.” There is no affinity classification for whites.

Steam's Platform Dominance Takes an Epic Hit

Steam's Platform Dominance Takes an Epic Hit

Ubisoft This week, we've got four big stories for you, from Steam's weaknesses and challenges to Facebook's weird ad policies and some huge news for Destiny fans.

Cabbies Unite! An App Challenges the Uber and Lyft Overlords

Cabbies Unite! An App Challenges the Uber and Lyft Overlords

Itzhak is the head of HERE Mobility, an 18-month-old unit of the mapping company HERE (jointly owned by BMW, Audi, and Daimler) that today announced the launch of an app called SoMo. That’s for “social mobility,” and it’s what Itzhak calls an “open global neutral mobility marketplace,” which is a wordy way of saying, an effort to pull together pretty much every way of getting around that isn’t a ride-hail service.

Carnival Medallion Cruises Now Overlay Personalized Avatars

Carnival Medallion Cruises Now Overlay Personalized Avatars

Carnival Corporation, owner of the high-end cruise line best known among (and frequented by) the older generation of passengers who remember the brand from the hit '80s TV show The Love Boat , has outfitted the entire Caribbean Princess cruise ship with sensors, 4K touchscreens, and other connected devices to support a new interactive platform called PlayOcean.

2018 Tech in Memoriam: Goodbye to the iPhone SE, Google+, and More

2018 Tech in Memoriam: Goodbye to the iPhone SE, Google+, and More

Off Tumblr, porn bloggers have tried to seek refuge for their content on other, smaller blog sites.Google+, Inbox, URL Shortener, AlloThis year, Google announced that it will be pulling the plug on a number of its services.

Why It's Hard to Escape Amazon's Long Reach

Why It's Hard to Escape Amazon's Long Reach

Two years later it bought independent audiobook producer, Brilliance Audio , and launched its own e-book publisher, Kindle Direct Publishing , concurrently with the first Amazon Kindle e-reader.

YouTube Is a Metaphor for the Great American Dumpster Fire

YouTube Is a Metaphor for the Great American Dumpster Fire

Its problems reflect and contribute to our culture like a big, scandalous, Tide Pod-and-condom-slurping ouroboros.So it’s fitting that YouTube’s most persistent bugaboos this year have been America’s: out-of-control celebrities and our cultural addiction to them, racism and conspiracy theories, and policies that disproportionately impact vulnerable groups like the LGBTQ community.But as much as 2018 was a year beset by scandal and frenzied backpedaling, it was also a year in which YouTube started trying in earnest to reckon with its own problems.

The 'Future Book' Is Here, but It's Not What We Expected

The 'Future Book' Is Here, but It's Not What We Expected

Goodnight Stories didn’t emerge spontaneously, though; they began to test it, six months before launching their now famed Kickstarter campaign, using the simplest of internet technologies: email.Crucial Tech for an Author: EmailIn 2014, The New York Times had 6.5 million subscribers to its email newsletters.

Amnesty Report Finds, Yes, Twitter Is Toxic for Women

Amnesty Report Finds, Yes, Twitter Is Toxic for Women

“We have the data to back up what women have long been telling us—that Twitter is a place where racism, misogyny and homophobia are allowed to flourish basically unchecked.”The study looked at 778 women journalists and politicians in the US and UK, and found that 7.1 percent of tweets sent to them last year were abusive or problematic.

How Instagram Became the Russian IRA's Go-To Social Network

How Instagram Became the Russian IRA's Go-To Social Network

As Facebook and Twitter cracked down on foreign influence campaigns amid media scrutiny, the Kremlin’s Internet Research Agency (IRA) found unprecedented success in shifting its disinformation efforts to the photo-sharing app, according to a new report commissioned by the Senate Intelligence Committee.

How WhatsApp Fuels Fake News and Violence in India

How WhatsApp Fuels Fake News and Violence in India

New research shows that WhatsApp usage can exacerbate groupthink, sometimes mobilizing groups into acts of violence.Starting last spring, the platform began being linked to incidents of mob killings, most of which fit a similar pattern: People deemed to be “outsiders” were targeted by large mobs accusing them of being child kidnappers after rumors to be on the lookout circulated on WhatsApp. Some of these false rumors appeared in the form of highly convincing doctored bulletins from local police; others used the photos from Syria and manipulated videos.Killings occurred in May and June, but the high death toll in the Dhule incident marked a tipping point for the government.

While You Were Offline: Maybe All Social Media Was a Bad Idea

While You Were Offline: Maybe All Social Media Was a Bad Idea

Come with us and we'll uncover it all together.(Not) Tumbling Towards EcstasyWhat Happened: Tumblr announced a new policy limiting adult content, to which the internet responded, "Wait, isn't that why most people are on Tumblr?"What Really Happened: If there's one social media platform that rarely gets a mention here, it's Tumblr.

UK Documents Suggest Facebook Traded User Privacy For Growth

UK Documents Suggest Facebook Traded User Privacy For Growth

Facebook's UK Document Dump Suggests User Privacy Was Sacrificed for GrowthJack Taylor/Getty ImagesIn an unprecedented move Wednesday, British lawmakers published hundreds of pages of internal Facebook emails and other documents that previously had been ordered sealed as part of an ongoing legal case between and a now-defunct app developer called Six4Three.The documents, which date back to 2012, provide a rare window into CEO Mark Zuckerberg's thoughts on how to expand his social media juggernaut as users made the transition from desktop to mobile phones.

How Software Code Could Help You Grapple With the Legal Code

How Software Code Could Help You Grapple With the Legal Code

What you need, in other words, is your local zoning code, the body of all the laws and regulations related to land use in your area.Codification services like American Legal Publishing or Municode typically post legal codes online, but Glassmeyer says they're sometimes not searchable, making it harder for people to find what they're looking for.

TikTok Is a Short-Form Monetized Musical Meme Machine

TikTok Is a Short-Form Monetized Musical Meme Machine

TikTok isn’t offering a new service and then scrambling to monetize it, it’s cashing in on a culture other platforms frown upon.Lip syncing and dancing along to popular music is fan behavior with longevity.

Instagram Now Lets You Share Pics With Just 'Close Friends'

Instagram Now Lets You Share Pics With Just 'Close Friends'

Instagram Now Lets You Share Pics With Just 'Close Friends'The photo-sharing platform now offers the ability to post photos and stories that are only visible to a tight circle of followers of your choosing.HotlittlepotatoThere was a time when social media was just for sharing things with your friends.

Spotify's Year-End Ads Highlight the Weird and Wonderful

Spotify's Year-End Ads Highlight the Weird and Wonderful

In particular this year we’ve made sure to tell universal stories that aggregate data, versus highlighting individuals,” says June Sauvaget, Spotify’s global head of consumer marketing.To further allay privacy concerns, all of the data used in Wrapped comes from public playlists, already discoverable on the platform.

Facebook Moves to Limit Hate Speech as ‘Times’ Scandal Swirls

Facebook Moves to Limit Hate Speech as ‘Times’ Scandal Swirls

Facebook Moves to Limit Toxic Content as Scandal SwirlsTOM BRENNER/The New York Times/ReduxMark Zuckerberg would like you to know that despite a scathing report in The New York Times, which depicts Facebook as a ruthless and selfish corporate behemoth, things are getting better—at least, the way he sees it.In a lengthy call with reporters Thursday, and an equally lengthy "note" published on Facebook, the company's CEO laid out a litany of changes Facebook is making, designed to curb toxic content on the platform and provide more transparency into the decisions on content.

Welcome to the Age of the Hour-Long YouTube Video

Welcome to the Age of the Hour-Long YouTube Video

It is now entirely standard to have pre-, post-, and multiple mid-roll ads in long-form videos, which puts more dollars in YouTube’s (and its creators’) pockets and is only as annoying as commercial breaks on television.But that strategy shake-up requires YouTubers—already at the mercy of the internet’s ever-changing yens—to upend their format, their aesthetic, and the norms of their industry.

How can Bangladesh increase its resilience to disasters through data sharing?

How can Bangladesh increase its resilience to disasters through data sharing?

By using the GeoDASH platform - a geospatial data sharing platform - the Directorate of Primary Education of Bangladesh has assessed 35,000 schools with respect to the type of infrastructure, water and sanitation facilities, access to roads, and overall capacity during natural disasters.