Anick Jesdanun and Ryan Nakashima Associated Press Published 11:51 p.m. UTC Jun 11, 2018 New York – If technology giants like Facebook, Google and Amazon face a common threat to their dominance, it probably lies in a single word: trust. In some respects, these companies are riding high. They have woven themselves into the fabric of our daily lives, making their services indispensable for daily tasks like keeping in touch with family and friends, watching TV and buying cat food. Revenues are up and profits are soaring. But they’ve also drawn the attention of regulators in Europe and the U.S. thanks to carelessness with consumer data and other problems. Facebook’s leaky data controls, for instance, let Cambridge Analytica mine the profiles of up to 87 million people in an attempt to swing elections. The social network has also had to beef up manual oversight to clamp down on the spread of fake news. Google’s YouTube has likewise been implicated in the … [Read more...] about Lack of trust doesn’t keep us off social media
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More and more followers of fashion appear to be "under the influence" of a new breed of opinion-maker, and big fashion houses are taking note. Alina Cho is charting the trend: At this year's Oscar De La Renta fashion show, actress Dakota Fanning sat front row. So did Anna Wintour, Vogue magazine's indomitable editor in chief. But sitting just across the runway from Wintour was Tina Craig, part of a growing army of social media stars known as "influencers." "What I do is, I basically am just your friend next door. I'm your girlfriend. But I have this access that you want," Craig said. It's access she's earned by amassing a huge online following, where she's known as Bag Snob. What makes Craig front-row fashion royalty are her candid, make-or-break handbag reviews. "If I love something, I love it. If I don't, I tell you exactly why," she said. "I think they don't call 'em influencers for nothing," said Alex Bolen, the chief executive of Oscar De La Renta. "It would not be an … [Read more...] about The rise of social media influencers
World Iran Ayatollah Ali Khamenei Facebook Social Media Twitter Telegram Iran's supreme leader has issued an Islamic ruling condemning social media sites for their alleged misuse of users' private information. As Facebook founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg prepared to testify in Washington over claims that he mishandled the privacy of millions of users, Iranian Islamic Republic founder and top religious authority Ayatollah Ali Khamenei met Monday with government officials to discuss his stance on the recent controversy. Khamenei announced a fatwa, a non-binding opinion from an expert in Islam, declaring that the "invasion of privacy is absolutely forbidden according to Islamic jurisprudence." Related: U.S., Saudi Arabia and France Talk Military Action in Syria as Russia, China and Iran Warn Against It "The officials must safeguard the people's and the country’s security and privacy. Invading the privacy and security of the people is religiously forbidden, and against … [Read more...] about Will Facebook Survive? Iran Declares Fatwa Against Social Media Over Privacy Invasion Claims
Democracy Dies in Darkness Sections Home Subscribe Try 1 month for $1 Username Sign In Account Profile Newsletters & Alerts Gift Subscriptions Contact Us Help Desk Subscribe Account Profile Newsletters & Alerts Gift Subscriptions Contact Us Help Desk Accessibility for screenreader Technology Facebook chief Mark Zuckerberg appears at a hearing before the House Energy and Commerce Committee on Wednesday in Washington. (Matt McClain/The Washington Post) by Craig Timberg, Tony Romm and Elizabeth Dwoskin by Craig Timberg, Tony Romm and Elizabeth Dwoskin Email the author April 11 at 7:40 PM Email the author Two days of sharp questioning of Facebook chief executive Mark Zuckerberg underscored how the risks posed by social media have become areas of broad political concern, bringing together House and Senate, Democrat and Republican, even rural and urban lawmakers. The uncommonly bipartisan flavor of … [Read more...] about Lawmakers agree social media needs regulation, but say prompt federal action is unlikely
By Ethan Baron | [email protected] | Bay Area News Group PUBLISHED: April 8, 2018 at 7:30 am | UPDATED: April 9, 2018 at 4:55 am People are angry at Facebook. People are angry at YouTube. People are angry at Twitter. With Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg set to testify before Congress less than a week after an enraged YouTube user wounded three people before killing herself at the company’s headquarters, the growing debate over what Silicon Valley’s social media giants do with the content and information we give them has hit a new pitch. “We’re reaching a boiling point,” said Frances Zelazny, chief of strategy at cybersecurity firm BioCatch. “Nobody even knows where their information is and how it’s going to be used.” Facebook, YouTube and Twitter have grown into massive global platforms, attracting everyone from travelers who share vacation photos and political junkies to agitators, trolls and nation-state operatives … [Read more...] about Rage against the social media machine: How did it get to this?