social media

Russian trolls have new election-meddling strategy for 2020

Russian online trolls have shifted their strategy to disrupt the U.S. presidential election in 2020, according to a Bloomberg report. Instead of creating propaganda, trolls are signing up for social media accounts using fake personas, then using those accounts to amplify the divisive...

Sunday, March 10, 2019 - 4:30pm

Circuit court: politicians can't block critics on official social media accounts

Politicians can no longer block critics on social media as it now constitutes a violation of the First Amendment, a federal appeals court ruled on Monday in a case known as Brian Davison v. Phyllis Randall. If you've been blocked on Twitter or other platforms by an elected official because of...

Tuesday, January 8, 2019 - 4:41pm

Twitter reacts after Cyntoia Brown is granted clemency

Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam granted full clemency to Cyntoia Brown on Monday, making her eligible for release from prison this year in August. Brown released a full statement to her attorneys Monday after learning Governor Haslam granted her clemency.   Cyntoia Brown official...

Monday, January 7, 2019 - 5:32pm

Twitter reacts to Governor Cuomo canceling L train shutdown

On Thursday, Gov. Andrew Cuomo held a press conference to announce he is halting the L train shutdown that was planned to start in April 2019  Of course, Twitter had a lot to say about the important announcement that approximately 250,000 daily commuters. As soon as Gov. Cuomo made the...

Thursday, January 3, 2019 - 3:51pm

Tumblr is banning adult content. Here's how to download all your posts now

Here's how to download all your Tumblr posts ahead of its adult content ban that is starting this month.  Tumblr announced it will ban sexually explicit content on Monday, December 17, 2018 and if you or someone you know has relied on the popular blogging site to view and post NSFW...

Tuesday, December 11, 2018 - 5:10pm

Instagram rolls out new features for people with visual impairments

There are two new Instagram features to help make its popular photo and video sharing app more accessible to people with visual impairments. According to Instagram, there are more than 285 million people in the world with visual impairments and the social media app wants to improve the user...

Thursday, November 29, 2018 - 2:42pm

New study suggests that taking selfies is bad for your relationship

Whether your go-to is a side profile shot, you love the traditional head-on approach or you prefer spicing it up with some definitely-not-staged candids, taking selfies is part of social media culture.  Though self-love is undoubtedly important, studies have shown that there are negative...

Monday, August 27, 2018 - 9:21pm

SheKnows: Why blogging still matters in the Instagram age

What does it take to be successful online today? If you haven’t settled on an Instagram aesthetic and curated the heck out of your Pinterest boards, then there’s your homework. But the successful creators who have built a truly holistic personal brand, not to mention a loyal following,...

Tuesday, August 7, 2018 - 5:47pm

Wine company starts online campaign for white wine emoji

A wine company is adding to the list of proposals and submissions for new emojis by putting in a request to add a white wine emoji to the library. Wine company Kendall-Jackson has launched an online campaign urging Unicode to add a white wine emoji. On the white wine emoji campaign site, Kendal-...

Monday, July 30, 2018 - 12:41pm

Solving your Grumbles: Social Media Fatigue

In yesterday's print edition of the Grumble, I posted this question to our readers to see if they could give me some meaningful advice on how to cut down on the use of social media:  My Grumble on social media fatigue [Photo Credit: iStock] How do people do it? How do you switch off...

Thursday, July 19, 2018 - 4:27pm

Gamergate forum 'infested with racism and sexism' back up after shutdown

Reddit's primary hangout for Gamergaters was briefly shut down Friday by its creator, who called it a "cancerous growth" and said it had become "infested with racism and sexism." (Don't know what Gamergate is? We'll get to that.) The subreddit /r/kotakuinaction went...

Tuesday, July 17, 2018 - 11:47am

Hilarious responses to British politician 'pocket tweeting'

If you have a cellphone (let’s be real, you definitely do, which is probably how you’re reading this) you’re familiar with the concept of butt dialing. Otherwise known as pocket dialing, it happens to the best of us (looking at you, grandpa) — and over the weekend, British...

Monday, July 16, 2018 - 12:34pm

Can you find out who deleted you on Facebook?

Can you find out who deleted you on Facebook? With so many Facebook privacy updates and changes to what users see in their news feed along with Facebook’s promise to be more transparent with its users, you might be wondering if there’s a way to find out who deleted you on Facebook....

Friday, July 6, 2018 - 1:03pm

This new Facebook feature could help prevent you from seeing spoilers

Tired of seeing spoilers for the new episode of The Walking Dead or the newest season of Orange is the New Black? Facebook's got your back. The social media giant is testing a new feature that allows users to temporarily filter out specific keywords. The new Facebook snooze feature allows...

Thursday, June 28, 2018 - 11:57am

Is Slack down? People take to Twitter to express feelings about outage

Is Slack down? That’s a question thousands of people were asking Wednesday morning, as they were unable to send messages (or GIFS) to colleagues and team members on Slack. According to Slack, they are experiencing connectivity issues “affecting all workspaces” According to the...

Wednesday, June 27, 2018 - 12:03pm

Gatsbying: The new dating trend you're probably already doing

In the age of social media, dating can seem simple — connecting to people online is as quick as the click of a button (or a swipe right). But connecting with someone can be a different story, and the barrier of screens provides an easy out. You’re likely to get ghosted. Then, the person...

Tuesday, June 26, 2018 - 12:20pm

Easy ways you can download YouTube videos for free

There may come a time when you want to download YouTube videos to your computer or mobile device to watch offline and if ever wondered how to download a YouTube video or if it’s legal, we’re here to help and walk you through the process. Some people want to download YouTube videos to...

Monday, June 18, 2018 - 4:24pm

New emojis for 2019 may include a sloth, underwear, waffles and more

There could more than 100 new emojis coming in 2019, all of which include a sloth, a kneeling person, yawning face, skunk and a pair of underwear. According to the Unicode Consortium, there were 104 new emoji proposals submitted this year which include everything ranging from new food and...

Monday, May 21, 2018 - 3:00pm

Facebook removes more than 500 million fake accounts

More than 500 million fake Facebook accounts have been removed, according to a new Facebook Community Standards Enforcement report released on Tuesday. Facebook has approximately 2.2 billion monthly active users and according to the report, 583 million fake Facebook accounts were disabled in the...

Wednesday, May 16, 2018 - 1:58pm

Here are the best new features coming to Instagram

There are plenty of new Instagram features that will be coming soon in the next few weeks. During Facebook’s F8 conference, Mark Zuckerberg announced several updates that are coming soon to Facebook including a downvote button and a dating function that will let users find love on Facebook...

Wednesday, May 2, 2018 - 6:19pm