Instagram to remove self-harm images

Instagram boss Adam Mosseri says he hopes new technology will help to flag all graphic images of self-harm  and will be removed from Instagram. Father of Molly Russell, 14-year-old who took her own life in 2017, said Instagram had “helped kill” his daughter. Molly’s family found she had been viewing graphic images of self-harm on…

Battle of the tech titans: Apple and Facebook over data privacy

Facebook is shutting down an app that paid $20 a month to people aged between 13 and 35 for allowing it to collect data on their iPhones, which according to Apple breached its privacy policies. The “ Facebook Research” app enabled the social network to monitor a user’s web and phone activity, including how they…

There was time when you searched Google, but now Google searches you

In Zuboff ‘s view Google’s original aim of making all the world’s information accessible mutated into a ruthless domineering to make money by exploiting and modifying human behaviour, by serving up ads to users just when they are most susceptible to persuasion and generating wants they did not know they had. Google is following a…

Facebook shares tumble by 20 per cent

Facebook shares fell by more than 20 per cent on Wednesday after the social media network’s revenue and user growth fell short of investor expectations. The firm had 2.3 billion monthly active users at the end of June 2018, which was 11 per cent up from June 2017, the slowest growth in more than two…

Instagram rolling out live video

Instagram is rolling out live video in its photo app, and hopes to lure users away from traditionally televised events. “Live is really exciting for us. I think it can enhance what we’re doing,” Kevin Systrom CEO of Instagram said.  “ To strengthen relationships with someone I love,  those streaming video to me live would…

Instagram now half a billion active users

Instagram has more than 300 million people using it at least once a day. The service was bought by Facebook in 2012 for about £677m ($1bn) and has not stopped growing ever since. According to Facebook, an average of 95million photos and videos are posted each day and Co-founder Kevin Systrom said its success was…

Teenagers find social media “likes” better than chocolates

Researchers from the University of California – Los Angeles, revealed after a study observed activation in the brain’s reward regions when teenagers saw their photos with a large number of likes. The same brain circuits that are activated by eating chocolate and winning money are activated when teenagers see large numbers of “likes” on their…

Facebook and Instagram are banning sale of firearms

Facebook and Instagram has announced that it is banning the users from advertising and selling privately firearms on its social network. The rule targeting people trading guns to one another on both social network following concerns that they were being used as a way to get around background checks. The latest development follows a string…