Zoom Announces Security Council to Improve Data Collection and Sharing Processes

Zoom Announces Security Council to Improve Data Collection and Sharing Processes

Zoom, the multi-participant video meeting app that has seen massive growth amid the COVID-19 lockdowns, has this week announced the formation of its new information security officer council, and the appointment of former Facebook Chief Security Officer Alex Stamos as an advisor, as it seeks to address concerns with its data collection and sharing systems. Zoom, which facilitates video meetings of up to 100 participants​, for free (for up to 40 minutes), has proven to be a great solution to address a sudden need for social connection in the market. That’s lead to explosive growth – the app went from 10 million users in December, to 200 million in March. But […]

Twitter Updates Data Sharing Policy, Which Will See More User Data Provided for Advertising Purposes

Twitter Updates Data Sharing Policy, Which Will See More User Data Provided for Advertising Purposes

If you’ve logged into Twitter recently, you may have been confronted with a message like this: That seems a little concerning, right? “Your ability to control mobile app advertising measurements has been removed.” In more recent times, social apps have been working to give users more control over their data, but in this instance, Twitter says that its taking control away. What’s the deal with that? The specific detail data that Twitter’s looking to utilize here is information like the ads that you’ve seen in the app, and the unique ID of your device. Twitter provides this data to other ad platforms in order to help optimize ad performance. As per […]

Instagram Launches New ‘I Stay Home For’ Sticker to Promote COVID-19 Containment Efforts

Instagram Launches New ‘I Stay Home For’ Sticker to Promote COVID-19 Containment Efforts

With the rising popularity of Instagram Stories, and the propensity for people to add stickers and effects to their Stories frames, Instagram’s cause-based stickers must be having some impact. This week, Instagram has launched a new cause sticker for Stories which aims to highlight the importance of social distancing, and staying home to limit the spread of COVID-19. As you can see here, the new ‘#IStayHomeFor’ sticker gives users the opportunity to boost awareness by highlighting people that they know who may be at higher risk of contracting a more serious dose of the virus. As per Instagram: “Add the Stay Home sticker to your story, tap it and you’ll see […]

New Study Shows Celebrities Are Key Distributors of COVID-19 Misinformation on Social Media

New Study Shows Celebrities Are Key Distributors of COVID-19 Misinformation on Social Media

In a discovery that’s both unsurprising, yet informative in the same way, a new report from Reuters Institute has found that celebrities and politicians have played a key role in spreading COVID-19 misinformation on social media, even though their relative share in the discussion is very small, compared to overall conversation. The Reuters team studied 225 social media posts that were published between January and March​, and have been rated as either ‘false’ or ‘misleading’ by fact-checkers. Based on this dataset, the researchers sought to discover how misinformation is spreading on social, what types of misinformation are being shared, and how the platforms themselves are responding. Here’s what the data shows: First off, the […]

Instagram is Partnering With Netflix on a New Self Care Series for Young Adults

Instagram is Partnering With Netflix on a New Self Care Series for Young Adults

Among the wide-ranging consequences of the COVID-19 lockdowns, one element that will become more significant as time goes on is the mental health impact, and in particular, how young people in their formative years are being restricted and/or limited by the lack of social contact. Of course, social contact is important for everyone, but young adults are at a stage where they’re learning who they are, and the social connections and experiences that they have are a big part of that. And while they can replicate some level of connection via video apps, it’s not the same. And it’s something that could lead to bigger problems, and will need to […]

Facebook Tests Moving the Top Function Bar on Android

Facebook Tests Moving the Top Function Bar on Android

This could be an interesting development for Android users. According to Android Central, Facebook has been conducting tests where the top function bar in the app is moved to the bottom of the screen, the same as it is on iOS. Android Central suggests that the change is aimed at improving one-handed navigation – with device screens getting larger and longer, the re-alignment could help users better engage with the app. Here’s a look at the current Android format versus this proposed redesign: As noted, the function bar is already along the bottom of the screen in iOS, so the change would also bring both apps into line, and could […]

Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey Allocates $1 billion in Equity to COVID-19 Relief Efforts

Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey Allocates $1 billion in Equity to COVID-19 Relief Efforts

Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey is allocating $1 billion in his personal share equity to a new fund that will initially aim to assist in COVID-19 relief efforts. I’m moving $1B of my Square equity (~28% of my wealth) to #startsmall LLC to fund global COVID-19 relief. After we disarm this pandemic, the focus will shift to girl’s health and education, and UBI. It will operate transparently, all flows tracked here: https://t.co/hVkUczDQmz — jack (@jack) April 7, 2020 In a tweet thread, Dorsey explained that he has allocated more than $40 million to various causes and organizations over the years, though mostly anonymously. Now, Dorsey says, any donations and grants will […]

Facebook Adds New Tools for Groups to Help Ensure Members Are Getting Accurate COVID-19 Information

Facebook Adds New Tools for Groups to Help Ensure Members Are Getting Accurate COVID-19 Information

Facebook has announced a new set of tools for groups related to COVID-19, which aim to provide links to accurate, timely information about the pandemic, and help to ensure that members are aware of the latest updates and changes. First off, Facebook’s adding a new educational pop-up for COVID-19 related groups which will direct members to Facebook’s COVID-19 information centre, where it highlights official updates from relevant organizations. Facebook says the pop-up is similar to what users see when they conduct a search for COVID-19 related terms on the platform. Facebook will also now prompt the admins of COVID-19 related groups as to when official health authorities are going live […]

Facebook Is Providing Portal Devices to Aged Care Homes in the UK as Part of a New Pilot Program

Facebook Is Providing Portal Devices to Aged Care Homes in the UK as Part of a New Pilot Program

Facebook is reportedly partnering with the NHS in the UK on a new program which will provide its Portal smart camera devices to thousands of aged care residents as a means to keep them connected to family and friends amid the COVID-19 pandemic. As reported by Wired: “The NHS is about to launch a pilot in which 2,000 Portal devices will be handed to care homes in Surrey and in a still-to-be-decided northern city – possibly Leeds, Manchester, or Newcastle. Following the pilot, the sources say, the scheme might be rolled out across England, and could involve the allocation of up to 100,000 Portal devices – which according to the […]

LinkedIn Publishes Special ‘Top Voices’ Listing of Health Professionals Leading the Way on COVID-19

LinkedIn Publishes Special ‘Top Voices’ Listing of Health Professionals Leading the Way on COVID-19

LinkedIn has announced a special edition of its ‘Top Voices’ listings, this time focused highlighting the health experts who are sharing their knowledge and experiences amid the COVID-19 pandemic. As explained by LinkedIn Editor in Chief Daniel Roth: “Each year, our Top Voices list surfaces the professionals whose posts, videos, articles and comments spark quality conversations in their industries. This special edition list features the health care experts that are lighting up LinkedIn right now to cover COVID-19 – sharing what they’ re seeing, what’s coming next and offering insights on what all of us can and must do.” The list has also been released to coincide with the World Health […]