Snapchat is being sued for curating sexually explicit material and making it available to minors. The class action lawsuit against Snapchat is over the Snapchat ‘Discover’ service. Snapchat Discover curates content from “top publishers”, such as Vice, Cosmo, Buzzfeed, CNN, and People. It’s the first, Vice, among others, which has lead to this lawsuit, as Vice contains content that is clearly R (some would say X) rated, and so not suitable for children (Snapchat rates itself as being for age 13 and up).
We’ve been telling readers for years that you need to be very careful about what you say and post on social media, whether Facebook, Twitter, Snapchat, Instagram, or other sites. It can be used against you in divorce proceedings, in lawsuits and criminal trials, and, of course, in the court of popular opinion. Now add another place it can be used against you to the list: during the background check for your Federal security clearance. (Full text of directive below.)
New York teenager James Charles has done something that many people twice his age haven’t been able to achieve: established himself as a moving force to be reckoned with in his professional niche of choice. At just 16 years old, James Charles, who goes by @JCharlesBeauty, has built up an online following of over 200,000. To make it even more impressive, his niche of choice is as a makeup artist (MUA).
In case you haven’t heard, social media prenups are a thing now. (What is a social media prenup? It’s a prenuptial agreement spelling out what you can – and more importantly what you can’t – post about the other person on social media, such as Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, etc..)
The United Kingdom has passed a law that recognizes ‘domestic violence over social media’, and makes it a punishable offense. According to the new law, threatening or even monitoring someone via social media counts as domestic violence. So how do they distinguish between the average act of ‘following’ someone on Facebook or Twitter, and monitoring? Good question.
By now you’ve undoubtedly heard of how Martin Shkreli and his Turing Pharmaceuticals acquired the rights to Daraprim, and immediately jacked up the price of Daraprim from $13.50 a pill to $750 a pill. And you may have heard that Shkreli backed down yesterday and said that the price on Daraprim (generic name pyrimethamine) would not go up quite so dramatically (although he hasn’t announced the new price yet). But you may not realize just how much of a role the Internet has played in this story.
Now that they have trained us to fit all of the relevant information into 140 characters, Twitter has announced that they are removing the character limit and lifting the length restrictions on private, direct messages.
There has been a lot of chatter this week about Instagram banning certain hashtags. A list of recently banned Instagram hashtags include #EDM, #goddess, and #curvy (EDM, goddess, and curvy, respectively – “EDM” stands for Electronic Dance Music). But why? Here’s why.
Wondering what is the #TheEmptyChair and the #EmptyChair hashtag all about? You would be forgiven if you were thinking that it was a reference to the prophet Elijah, but it’s not. It’s referring to the women who don’t come forward after being sexually assaulted, and so are faceless, nameless, and uncounted.
If you hang out on Facebook at all, or frequent Instagram or Twitter, you may have seen the hashtag #mcm, and be wondering what it stand for. #mcm stands for “Man Crush Monday” (or “Mancrush Monday”), which can also be expressed as #ManCrushMonday.
If you or your kids are a product of the last three decades, you may have FOMO, and not even realize that it’s a thing. FOMO stands for “Fear of Missing Out”, and today’s teens and 20- and 30-somethings, unlike any other generations before them, have maximum FOMO.
If you’ve been seeing the #hmu4atbh hashtag in your Twitter or newsfeed, and are wondering what it means, we’re here to tell you exactly what #hmu4atbh means. But first, you need to understand a fundamental part of it, as, as you may have imagined, #hmu4atbh stands for a seven-word phrase.
In the past few years the term “dark social” has come into play, but just what is dark social – what does it mean, and why does it matter (if it does matter)? Here’s the low-down on dark social.
While Twitter and LinkedIn continually add features to try to be more like the other guys, they don’t always make it easy to find things (for example Twitter’s group message feature, or how to opt out of LinkedIn sponsored InMail). Here is how to find somebody’s LinkedIn wall, such as that of a friend or contact on LinkedIn, where they post updates to their LinkedIn stream.