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#MeToo, #TakeAKnee and #Covfefe: Hashtags that dominated in 2017

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In 2017, Twitter also increased its character length for tweets from 140 to 280, giving the platform's 300,000 active users an opportunity to express their opinions in even more detail. From #MeToo to #TakeAKnee vie #Covfefe here are some of the hashtags that have emerged in 2017. #MeToo One of the most prominent hashtags of 2017 inspired a global movement of men and women to share their stories of sexual abuse and harassment. In 2007, the US activist Tarana Burke started the Me Too movement that would be rekindled in 2017 by the hashtag ... Read More »

Obama warns against ‘irresponsible’ social media use

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He warned that such actions were distorting people's understanding of complex issues, and spreading misinformation. His successor Donald Trump is a prolific user of Twitter, but Mr Obama did not mention him by name. Mr Obama was quizzed by Prince Harry on BBC Radio 4's Today programme. The ex-president said those in positions of power should be careful when posting messages, warning that social media is distorting civil discourse. He expressed concern about a future where facts are discarded and people only read and listen to things that reinfo... Read More »

News Feed FYI: New Signals to Show You More Authentic and Timely Stories


New Signals to Identify Authentic Content One of our News Feed values is authentic communication. We’ve heard from our community that authentic stories are the ones that resonate most — those that people consider genuine and not misleading, sensational or spammy. When ranking News Feed we look at many signals personal to you, such as how close you are to the person or Page posting, as well as more universal signals like the overall engagement (likes, comments, shares) that a post has. With this update, we’re adding new universal signal... Read More »

Facebook’s Social Good Forum: Introducing Community Help and Donations in Live


Community Help, a new feature that lets you ask for or offer help, including shelter, food and supplies after a natural disaster Safety Check, a simple way to let friends and family know you’re okay during a crisis, will now be triggered entirely by our community, not Facebook Expanding Fundraisers so people can raise money for more than 750,000 nonprofits and add a donate button to Live videos and posts Nonprofit partnerships with Movember this month and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation on Giving Tuesday We’re inspired by how m... Read More »

Getting Things Done With the Help of Your Friends


Get Recommendations Whether traveling to a new place, looking for a hair salon, or searching for the perfect place to eat, people already turn to their friends, family, and local Groups on Facebook for advice. We’re rolling out a new tool that makes it easier to get and organize all those recommendations in one place. When you write a Facebook post looking for advice on local places or services, you’ll have the option to turn on Recommendations for that post. If you turn on the feature, your friends can comment on your post with suggestions... Read More »

News Feed FYI: Further Reducing Clickbait in Feed


One of our News Feed values is to have authentic communication on our platform. People have told us they like seeing authentic stories the most. That’s why we work hard to understand what type of stories and posts people consider genuine, so we can show more of them in News Feed. We also work to understand what kinds of stories people find misleading and spammy to help make sure people see those less. We’ve heard from people that they specifically want to see fewer stories with clickbait headlines or link titles. These are headlines that int... Read More »

Mark Zuckerberg to Connect with Space Station Astronauts via Facebook Live


During the 20-minute Facebook Live video call with NASA astronauts Tim Kopra and Jeff Williams, and ESA’s (European Space Agency’s) Tim Peake, Zuckerberg will ask questions submitted on NASA’s Facebook page. To ask a question and watch the call, visit NASA’s Facebook page at:   The International Space Station serves as the world's leading laboratory for conducting cutting-edge microgravity research, and is the primary platform for technology development and testing in space to enable human and ro... Read More »

Halifax: Digital convert surge sparks social media exodus among young


52% of over-55s now have a smartphone and 49% own a tablet Younger generation spend three hours a day using smartphones Digital converts spend £2,226 each on gadgets vs £1,976 for digital natives The third annual Halifax Insurance Digital Home Index revealed that while 85% of the UK’s digital natives (those aged 16-34 who have grown up with modern technology) now have a smartphone and 59% have a tablet device, the older generation is catching up as around half now own a smartphone (52%) and tablet (49%). This is a significant step forwar... Read More »

DilemmaMatch: a new Social App to find your Soulmates


The Bright Side of Life today released new versions of their free social app for iOS and Android mobiles. The latest releases are identical on both platforms, offering up/down voting on comments, badges, featured Dilemmas, Dilemma of the Day – and the chance to see how you match with your Facebook friends. DilemmaMatch is a social app! It compares your interests and responses to Dilemmas with other users throughout the world. Our unique matching algorithm will find people who think like you and share your interests. Designed to entertain you... Read More »

Barclays launches new ‘Community Banking’ service in UK first


The ground-breaking technology will give Barclays colleagues secure access to services traditionally only available through the confines of a bricks and mortar branch. Alongside Barclays’ extensive ATM network, the increasing popularity of mobile cheque imaging, as well as the rapid adoption of digital banking services, customers will now have the choice to carry out the majority of transactions at a time and place that suits them best. Currently being trialled with 50 Community Bankers and specialists, including Mortgage, Premier and Busine... Read More »

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