Category: Media

Amid protests, Chinese Communist Party wrestles with social media

As large parts of the Chinese population protest against China’s strict zero-COVID policies, the government has found itself struggling to keep up its notorious firewall.

Today, reports stated that Chinese people are being stopped in the streets and at train stations, with the local cops searching phones for any sign of banned social media apps such as Twitter, Instagram, and the encrypted messaging platform Telegram.

“The move to forcefully check people’s phones is determined randomly,” tweeted William Yang, the East Asia correspondent at the German outlet DW News. “Anyone can be stopped and have their phones checked by police, and

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More than 1.6 million social media accounts are owned by underage children

More than 1.6 million social media accounts owned by children are falsely registered with an adult age, a survey by the advertising regulator suggests.

Some 93% of young people aged 11 to 17 say they have an account with Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat, TikTok, Twitch, Twitter or YouTube, with a quarter (24%) misreporting their age when doing so, the Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) found.

At least 11% of the accounts are registered by children falsely claiming they are 18 or over, the poll suggests.

This mean more than 3.6 million social media accounts owned by young people carried false ages, the

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Scammers heading to social media to catch their targets

As of November 2022, online shopping scam reports to the BBB Scam Tracker remain just under all-time highs reached in 2021.

DALLAS — With the holiday season finally here, that also means scammers are out there trying to take advantage of shoppers. And one of their main places to go? Social media.

Since the pandemic, shoppers remain increasingly susceptible to online retail fraud that entices shoppers with hard-to-find items, promises of low prices and easy delivery, according to reports by consumers to the Better Business Bureau (BBB).  

As of November 2022, online shopping scam reports to the BBB Scam Tracker

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What Is The Hive Social Media Platform?

As Twitter users begin abandoning ship and fleeing to other platforms due to the Elon Musk of it all, there have been a handful of other social media apps popping up. Some are heading to Mastodon, while others are going back to relive their teens on Tumblr. Somehow, MySpace still hasn’t capitalized on this, though they should!

But if you don’t want to learn all about how Mastodon works (servers are confusing!) and if you have decided to leave 2011 behind and not sign up for Tumblr, you might want to check out one of the newer, less complex social

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Why grocers are adding shoppable videos to their own websites and apps

TikTok and other social media apps are widely popular ways to reach users, especially younger ones, and tap into their desires for entertainment and virtual connectedness. 

But video commerce technology company Firework says those social media apps shouldn’t be the focus of companies’ shoppable video strategies.

“[The] biggest problem for TikTok and Instagram is shopping intent isn’t happening there,” Firework co-founder and CEO Vincent Yang said in an interview. 

That’s why Firework has built its business around powering shoppable livestreams and short videos on retailers’ websites, email and social media accounts. Founded in 2017, the company boasts a client base

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What Is Hive Social? Twitter Alternative Celebrates 1 Million Users

It has now been over three weeks since Elon Musk took control of the social networking site Twitter in a $44 billion deal.

As the Tesla CEO continues to make changes including firing staff, announcing blue ticks for a fee, and reinstating previously banned ex-President Donald Trump, his takeover has not been well received by all users.

For days the hashtag #RIPTwitter has been trending on the site as people announce they are leaving the platform as a result of its new ownership and direction and Musk himself began sharing memes hinting at the death of the platform. Despite that,

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