Twitter hack probe leads to call for cybersecurity rules for social media giants

An investigation into this summer’s Twitter hack by the New York State Department of Financial Services (NYSDFS) has ended with a stinging rebuke for how easily Twitter let itself be duped by a “simple” social engineering technique — and with a wider call for key social media platforms to be regulated on security.

In the report, the NYSDFS points, by way of contrasting example, to how quickly regulated cryptocurrency companies acted to prevent the Twitter hackers scamming even more people — arguing this demonstrates that tech innovation and regulation aren’t mutually exclusive.

Its point is that the biggest social media platforms have huge societal power (with all the associated consumer risk) but no regulated responsibilities to protect users.

The report concludes this is a problem U.S. lawmakers need to get on and tackle stat — recommending that an oversight council be established (to “designate systemically important social media companies”) and

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Teads Launches ‘Teads Conversions’ for Performance Buyers and inRead Stories for Extending Social Campaign Reach

  • ‘Teads Conversions’: the new robust lower-funnel solution, geared to drive traffic and on-site conversions for advertisers

  • ‘inRead Stories’ and ‘inRead Social B2B’: allowing brands to extend the reach of their social campaigns beyond the walled gardens

Today, Teads, The Global Media Platform, unveiled a suite of updates including the expansion of its robust performance offering along with new social products and measurement solutions. The announcements were made during the inaugural ‘Teads Partner Day’, a global virtual event that brought together more than 1,000 brand marketers, agency partners and trade journalists.

Among the main innovations the company announced is ‘Teads Conversions’, a new performance programmatic solution geared towards helping brands deliver on-site conversions such as leads, add to cart, registrations and sales. This solution allows clients to access Teads’ high quality traffic and premium publisher inventory while optimizing towards lower-funnel outcomes via the leading DSPs in the marketplace. The solution

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Apple’s iPhone 12 event absent from Chinese social media platforms

  • Apple’s livestream of its iPhone 12 launch event on Tuesday was not available to watch on top Chinese social media platforms.
  • Tencent Video, iQiyi, Bilibili, and Weibo didn’t stream the event.
  • Bloomberg reported that the platforms canceled coverage without explanation.
  • The event garnered massive interest in China, Apple’s second-largest market by revenue, and the iPhone 12 was the top topic on Weibo.
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Top Chinese social media platforms reportedly pulled their planned coverage of Apple’s iPhone 12 livestream on Tuesday, despite massive interest in the event.

When Apple revealed the iPhone 12, its first 5G phone, video platforms such as Tencent Video, iQiyi, Bilibili, and Weibo didn’t carry the event, despite originally planning to, Bloomberg reported.

The report said the platforms gave no explanation for not showing the event in China, Apple’s second-largest market by revenue.

The iPhone 12 was later ranked the top

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Biden or Trump? Survey Reveals Americans’ Views on Future of Social Security

Just in case it may have somehow slipped your mind amid the barrage of news coverage, ads, and tweets, there’s a political election coming up this November. The differences between the candidates have been well documented, but how are those differences perceived by the voting public?

In the case of how Americans view the candidates’ respective views on Social Security, a new survey by Simplywise, a fintech that provides technology to help people plan and save for retirement, sheds some light. The company’s most recent Retirement Confidence Index, released in September, revealed that 63% of Americans feel confident in the future of Social Security if the Democratic challenger, former Vice president Joe Biden, is elected, while only 44% feel confident if President Donald Trump is reelected. Among people age 60 and over, 59% feel confident in the future of Social Security if Biden wins compared to 43% for Trump.

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What the debate over TikTok means for the future of social media

It has been an eventful few months for TikTok: The social media platform recently won an injunction against a nationwide ban while it negotiates a deal with Oracle and Walmart to satisfy President Trump’s executive orders demanding a sale to a U.S. company. With the November deadline for a deal upcoming, the shifting contours of the transaction and concerns over the app’s security will have important ramifications for future technology policy.

The TikTok app has consistently topped worldwide download charts and recently celebrated the best quarter of downloads in app history. Yet this very popularity fueled concerns about data security and potential foreign espionage from China, where TikTok’s current parent company ByteDance is located. Though some TikTok users have speculated that the executive orders have been in retaliation to the platform’s role in organizing opposition to Trump’s reelection campaign, the app has been under national security review since 2019 due

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Researcher to measure middle schoolers’ data science knowledge in context of social issues

Golnaz Arastoopour Irgens

Golnaz Arastoopour Irgens, assistant professor in Clemson’s education and human development department.
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A Clemson University faculty member will use an award from the National Science Foundation (NSF) to examine middle school students’ data science knowledge and practices through the lens of social issues and gauge students’ sense of empowerment to positively change communities through data science.

Golnaz Arastoopour Irgens, assistant professor of learning sciences in the Clemson University College of Education, said it is a common misconception that data is neutral or free from the influence of social issues or that data has no effect on social issues. She said it is often the case that technology informed by data science, such as search engines or facial recognition software, has been shown to either reinforce discrimination or mischaracterize minority groups.

Because humans design these forms of technology and many more make decisions based on them,

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Smartphone for social media-savvy users

Electronics and mobile communications company Oppo has launched the Oppo A93, a smartphone that allows users to express themselves easily on social media, thanks to a host of powerful camera functionalities.

Designed from the ground-up for social media-savvy users, the A93 is ideal for individuals like actress and singer Ayda Jebat, who has partnered with the company to introduce it in a TikTok challenge and a music video that will feature some lucky fans.

“I am thrilled to be a part of this launch because I find the A93 to be an amazing device that helps me level up the content that I post on social media, ” said Ayda.

“Often, I would edit the brightness and contrast of the pictures that I upload to social media, but with the A93, the AI system takes superb pictures that can be uploaded without any edits.

“Furthermore, this phone is sleek, so

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Become a one-person social media team with SocialyHub

Social media might have started as a way for people to connect with one another, but it is increasingly a place where people can also connect with the brands they love. Studies have shown that most people prefer for companies to connect with them on social media, and are more likely to engage with and buy from brands that have a robust social media presence.

While big businesses might have entire marketing teams dedicated to selling their product and service on their platform, startups and solopreneurs are all on their own. That is, unless they have SoicalyHub. This powerful social media management platform can turn anyone into a marketing pro on social media. You can get this all-in-one social media management solution on sale for just $79.99!

Using SocialyHub is like cracking open social media and getting a look at the Matrix. This powerful social media management tool offers a

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Priscilla Chan on social media and how husband Mark Zuckerberg handles Facebook criticism

Priscilla Chan believes “a gradual release of responsibility” is an important factor when it comes to parents monitoring their children on social media, which has only heightened during the pandemic.

The philanthropist, doctor and wife of Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg spoke with Sheinelle Jones about social media safeguards parents need for their children and what gives her hope during a difficult time in an exclusive interview on the 3rd hour of TODAY Friday, one day ahead of World Mental Health Day.

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With many more kids at home due to remote learning and use of social media apps increasing during the pandemic, health experts are concerned about the adverse affect on the mental health of children.

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Inside The South By Southwest (SXSW) Interactive Festival (Callaghan O’Hare / Bloomberg via Getty Images)

“With everything, where there

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American-Made Disinformation Strains Social Media’s Safeguards

(Bloomberg) — Facebook Inc.’s announcement Thursday that it had shut down a network of phony accounts attempting to influence the November elections reinforced fears that people are working to use social media to undermine U.S. democracy. But unlike 2016, when most attention focused on campaigns associated with the Russian government, this year’s wave of disinformation is coming largely from President Donald Trump and his American supporters, a growing body of research shows, raising new challenges for social media companies. 



a close up of a sign: American flags are displayed on privacy screens at a polling station in Louisville, Kentucky, U.S., on Tuesday, May 22, 2018. The fall election comes into better focus today, when Arkansas, Georgia, and Kentucky choose major-party nominees and runoffs will end months of uncertainty about which House candidates will be on the ballot in Texas.


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American flags are displayed on privacy screens at a polling station in Louisville, Kentucky, U.S., on Tuesday, May 22, 2018. The fall election comes into better focus today, when Arkansas, Georgia, and Kentucky choose major-party nominees and runoffs will end months of uncertainty about which House candidates will be on the ballot in Texas.

Facebook tied the campaign it exposed Thursday to Rally Forge, a U.S. marketing firm hired

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