Media App – Link 123 http://link1-2-3.com/ Tue, 15 Nov 2022 22:21:00 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.9.3 https://link1-2-3.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/07/icon-2-150x150.png Media App – Link 123 http://link1-2-3.com/ 32 32 US FBI director says TikTok poses national security concerns https://link1-2-3.com/us-fbi-director-says-tiktok-poses-national-security-concerns/ Tue, 15 Nov 2022 22:21:00 +0000 https://link1-2-3.com/us-fbi-director-says-tiktok-poses-national-security-concerns/ WASHINGTON, Nov 15 (Reuters) – The U.S. operations of Chinese company TikTok raise national security concerns, FBI Director Chris Wray said on Tuesday, flagging the risk that the Chinese government could exploit the video-sharing app to influence users or control their devices. . Risks include “the possibility that the Chinese government could use [TikTok] to […]]]>

WASHINGTON, Nov 15 (Reuters) – The U.S. operations of Chinese company TikTok raise national security concerns, FBI Director Chris Wray said on Tuesday, flagging the risk that the Chinese government could exploit the video-sharing app to influence users or control their devices. .

Risks include “the possibility that the Chinese government could use [TikTok] to control the collection of data on millions of users or control the recommendation algorithm, which could be used for influence operations,” Wray told U.S. lawmakers.

Beijing could also use the popular app, owned by ByteDance, to “control software on millions of devices“, giving it the ability to “technically compromise” those devices, he added.

The US government’s Committee on Foreign Investments in the United States (CFIUS), which reviews US acquisitions by foreign acquirers for potential national security risks, in 2020 ordered ByteDance to divest TikTok over concerns that data from American users from being passed on to the Chinese Communist government. .

CFIUS and TikTok have been in talks for months in a bid to reach a national security agreement to protect the data of more than 100 million TikTok users.

TikTok leader Vanessa Pappas told the U.S. Congress in September that TikTok was moving toward a final agreement with the U.S. government to further protect U.S. user data and fully meet U.S. national security interests.

Asked about the FBI’s role in the CFIUS investigation, Wray said the agency’s foreign investment unit was part of the CFIUS process. “Our input would be factored into any agreement that might be reached to resolve the issue,” he added.

Wray noted that Chinese companies are required to “do whatever the Chinese government wants them to do in terms of sharing information or serving as a tool for the Chinese government. ‘to be extremely concerned’.

A TikTok spokesperson said: “As Director Wray clarified in his remarks, the FBI’s input is considered as part of our ongoing negotiations with the US government. Although we cannot comment details of these confidential discussions, we are confident that we are on track to fully satisfy all reasonable national security concerns of the United States.”

Former President Donald Trump in 2020 attempted to block new users from downloading WeChat and TikTok and ban other transactions that would have effectively blocked app usage in the US, but lost a series of battles court on the measure.

President Joe Biden in June 2021 withdrew a series of executive orders from Trump that sought to ban new downloads of the apps and ordered the Commerce Department to conduct a review of security issues with the apps.

Any security agreement with TikTok should include data security requirements.

Reporting by David Shepardson in Washington Editing by Alexandra Alper and Matthew Lewis

Our standards: The Thomson Reuters Trust Principles.

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Guide to parental controls on social networks https://link1-2-3.com/guide-to-parental-controls-on-social-networks/ Sun, 13 Nov 2022 17:49:00 +0000 https://link1-2-3.com/guide-to-parental-controls-on-social-networks/ CNN Business — Just over a year ago, social media companies were tipped off about how they were protecting or failing to protect their youngest users. In a series of congressional hearings, executives from Facebook (FB), TikTok, Snapchat and Instagram faced tough questions from lawmakers about how their platforms can drive young users to harmful […]]]>



CNN Business

Just over a year ago, social media companies were tipped off about how they were protecting or failing to protect their youngest users.

In a series of congressional hearings, executives from Facebook (FB), TikTok, Snapchat and Instagram faced tough questions from lawmakers about how their platforms can drive young users to harmful content, damaging mental health and body image (particularly among teenage girls), and lacked sufficient parental controls and safeguards to protect teens.

Those hearings, which followed revelations in what became known as whistleblower Frances Haugen’s “Facebook Papers” about Instagram’s impact on teens, prompted companies to pledge to to change. All four social networks have since introduced more parental control tools and options aimed at better protecting younger users. Some have also made changes to their algorithms, such as forcing teens to see less sensitive content and increasing their moderation efforts. But some lawmakers, social media experts and psychologists say new solutions are still limited and there is still a long way to go.

“More than a year after the Facebook Papers dramatically exposed Big Tech abuse, social media companies have taken only small, slow steps to clean up their act,” the senator told CNN Business. Richard Blumenthal, who chairs the Senate Consumer Protection Subcommittee. “Trust in Big Tech is long gone and we need real rules to keep kids safe online.”

Michela Menting, director of digital security at market research firm ABI Research, agreed that social media platforms “offer very little substance to counter the ills their platforms suffer”. Their solutions, she said, require guardians to enable various parental controls, such as those intended to filter, block and restrict access, and more passive options, such as monitoring and surveillance tools that s are running in the background.

Alexandra Hamlet, a New York-based clinical psychologist, recalls being invited to a roundtable about 18 months ago to discuss ways to improve Instagram, especially for younger users. “I don’t see a lot of our ideas implemented,” she said. Social media platforms, she added, must work to “continue to improve parental controls, protect young people from targeted advertising and remove objectively harmful content”.

The social media companies featured in this article declined to comment or did not respond to a request for comment on criticism that more needs to be done to protect young users.

For now, guardians should learn to use parental controls while keeping in mind that teenagers can often bypass these tools. Here’s a look at what parents can do to keep their kids safe online.

After the fallout from the leaked documents, Meta-owned Instagram suspended its much-criticized plan to release a version of Instagram for kids under 13 and focused on securing its core service for younger users. .

It has since introduced an education hub for parents with resources, tips and expert articles on user safety, and rolled out a tool that allows guardians to see how much time their kids spend on Instagram and fix time limits. Parents can also receive updates on accounts their teen follows and accounts that follow them, and see and be notified if their child updates their privacy and account settings. Parents can also see which accounts their teens have blocked. The company also offers video tutorials on using the new monitoring tools.

Another feature encourages users to take a break from the app, such as suggesting they take a deep breath, write something, check a to-do list, or listen to a song, after a predetermined amount of time. Instagram also said it’s taking a “stricter approach” to the content it recommends for teens and will actively nudge them towards different topics, such as architecture and travel destinations, if they dwell on it. any type of content for too long.

Facebook’s Security Center provides monitoring tools and resources, such as articles and tips from leading experts. “Our vision for Family Center is to ultimately enable parents and guardians to help their teens manage experiences through Meta technologies, all from one place,” said Liza Crenshaw, spokesperson. from Meta, to CNN Business.

The hub also offers a guide to Meta’s VR parental supervision tools from ConnectSafely, a nonprofit aimed at helping kids stay safe online, to help parents discuss VR with their teens. Guardians can see which accounts their teen has blocked and access supervision tools, as well as approve their teen’s download or purchase of a default blocked app based on their rating, or block specific apps that may be inappropriate for their teenager.

In August, Snapchat introduced a parents’ guide and hub aimed at giving guardians more information about how their teens are using the app, including who they’ve talked to over the past week (without disclosing the content of these conversations). To use this feature, parents need to create their own Snapchat account and teens need to sign up and give permission.

Although this is Snapchat’s first official foray into parental controls, there were previously a few safety measures for younger users, such as requiring teenagers to be mutual friends before they could start chatting. communicate with each other and prohibit them from having public profiles. Teenage users have their Snap Map location sharing tool turned off by default, but can also use it to leak their real-time location to a friend or family member even when their app is closed as a safety precaution. Meanwhile, a Friend Check Up tool encourages Snapchat users to review their friend lists and make sure they still want to be in touch with certain people.

Snap has previously said it is working on more features, such as allowing parents to see what new friends their teens have added and allowing them to privately report accounts that may be interacting with their child. He’s also working on a tool to give young users the ability to let their parents know when they report an account or piece of content.

The company told CNN Business that it will continue to build on its safety features and consider feedback from the community, policymakers, safety and mental health advocates and other experts to improve the tools over time.

In July, TikTok announced new ways to filter out mature or “potentially problematic” videos. The new safeguards assigned a “maturity score” to videos detected as potentially containing mature or complex themes. It also rolled out a tool that aims to help people decide how long they want to spend on TikToks. The tool lets users set regular screen breaks and provides a dashboard that details how many times they’ve opened the app, a breakdown of daytime and nighttime usage, and more.

The popular short video app currently offers a Family Pairing hub, which allows parents and teens to customize their security settings. A parent can also link their TikTok account to their teen’s app and set parental controls, including how much time they can spend on the app each day; restrict exposure to certain content; decide whether teens can search for videos, hashtags, or live content; and whether their account is private or public. TikTok also offers its Guardian Guide which explains how parents can best protect their children on the platform.

In addition to parental controls, the app restricts access to certain features for younger users, like live and direct messaging. A pop-up also appears when teens under 16 are ready to post their first video, asking them to choose who can watch the video. Push notifications are blocked after 9 p.m. for account users ages 13-15 and 10 p.m. for users ages 16-17.

The company said it will do more to raise awareness of its parental control features in the days and months ahead.

Discord did not appear before the Senate last year, but the popular messaging platform has been criticized for its difficulty in flagging problematic content and its ability for strangers to connect with younger users.

In response, the company recently updated its Safety Center, where parents can find tips on how to turn on safety settings, FAQs on how Discord works, and advice on how to talk about safety online. online with teenagers. Some existing parental control tools include an option to prohibit a minor from receiving a friend request or direct message from someone they don’t know.

Still, it is possible for minors to connect with strangers on public servers or in private chats if the person was invited by someone else in the room or if the channel link is dropped in a public group that the user has accessed. By default, all users – including users between the ages of 13 and 17 – can receive friend invites from anyone on the same server, which then opens up the ability for them to send private messages.

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Tried to apply, here’s what you need to know https://link1-2-3.com/tried-to-apply-heres-what-you-need-to-know/ Fri, 11 Nov 2022 06:32:46 +0000 https://link1-2-3.com/tried-to-apply-heres-what-you-need-to-know/ Mastodon home page displayed on the screen of a hand-held mobile phone. It has been reported that more than 200,000 new users flocked to the social media app after Elon Musk took over Twitter. David Bonald | Light flare | Getty Images My first thought about Mastodon’s app was that it looks like a nicely […]]]>

Mastodon home page displayed on the screen of a hand-held mobile phone. It has been reported that more than 200,000 new users flocked to the social media app after Elon Musk took over Twitter.

David Bonald | Light flare | Getty Images

My first thought about Mastodon’s app was that it looks like a nicely designed game.

The second was that it seemed quite overwhelming.

The third was “why is my email confirmation link not going through?”

The last point was quickly explained when, 10 hours later, I got the link and was able to log in. Mastodon was having technical issues, its developers “tweeting” (Mastodon speaks for tweets) early Tuesday.

Hundreds of thousands of users have joined the platform since Elon Musk took over Twitter. His reign so far has been characterized by mass layoffs and a series of changes to content moderation and the vetting process. Reports also emerged that Musk was considering putting all of Twitter behind a paywall.

Mastodon itself is a decentralized open-source network which, according to its website, comes with no algorithm or advertising and does not sell user data. On its website, it describes itself as “radically different social media, back in the hands of the people.”

User reports, however, show that the network is not without problems.

Twoots, servers and fedivers

Twoots isn’t the only complicated part of Mastodon.

To create a Mastodon account, you first need to choose a server – the source of my initial feeling of overwhelm. Some of the questions I had were: What are servers? What do they mean for users? How are you supposed to choose?

Some research helped. Servers, also called “instances”, are actually mini-networks or communities. Their name becomes part of your username (in my case, @sophiekid@mastodonapp.uk), they all have different rules, and some require you to address them. They are centered on topics such as art, living or being from a certain country, musical genres and more.

Anyone can set up a server and then control it – you can moderate the content or even delete it. However, you can communicate with each other. Mastodon calls this configuration “federated”. They are also part of the “fediverse”, or “fedi” for short – which simply means the sum of all servers.

Content across the fedivers can be found on the “federated timeline”, while the two from your home server can be accessed via the “local timeline”. The home page only displays content from people you follow.

Anne Bailey, director of search strategy at cybersecurity analytics firm KuppingerCole, said that made it difficult for the network to gain and retain users.

“Mastodon still looks too technical for the standard user, which will cause adoption issues,” she told CNBC’s Make It.

User experience

The user experience isn’t entirely smooth either. Twoots complaining that images, videos and messages are not loading or are delayed have increased – an issue that Mastodon developers have attributed to increased activity on the platform.

The login button in the app always takes me to the registration server page. When I was able to log in, Mastodon opened in my phone’s browser rather than the app. On my desktop, the website often refuses to accept my username and password, even when they are correct.

Mastodon did not respond to CNBC’s request for comment on this article.

Stronger sense of community and more control

Long-term users praise the app for making it easy to build a community, having open and friendly chats without piling up, and the autonomy it gives to hosts and server members.

User autonomy is particularly tied to the decentralized nature of Mastodon, according to Nishanth Sastry, research director in the Department of Computing at the University of Surrey.

“Decentralization means that users are not beholden to the whims of a platform and its owners (like Twitter/Musk or Facebook/Zuckerberg). They can decide what they are comfortable with – for example, if an instance wants to ban Trump, it can,” he said.

This brings another advantage – user data is not accessible or controlled by a large organization, Sastry added.

Diana Zulli, an assistant professor at Purdue University whose research focuses on media and technology, made the same point.

“Mastodon is a great example of how you can have a thriving social media network while avoiding some of the negative aspects of corporate social media such as monitoring user activity, selling user data and centralized control,” she said.

Some risks

But Mastodon is not without risks – choosing a server can lead to longer-term problems, said Gareth Tyson, a computer science researcher at the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology.

“The person running the server you’ve chosen may be low on money and need to shut down, or they may have very different perspectives on moderation practices than the ones you desire,” he said. .

There are also wider risks associated with the open source nature of Mastodon – anyone can access and replicate the software it runs on, regardless of their intentions. The white supremacist group Gab, for example, uses parts of Mastodon’s software.

Could it really replace Twitter?

Experts are still divided on whether Mastodon will replace Twitter. Tyson says his growth makes him promising.

“It already has a very active user base. Thousands of servers already exist and they are growing day by day. At the very least, I see Mastodon can become a clear competitor in the next 12 months,” said- he declared.

Zulli added that Mastodon would likely benefit from its similarities to Twitter. “Because Mastodon replicates many features of Twitter, it can be (and is) a welcoming haven for those who are dissatisfied with Twitter,” she said.

Others, including Bailey, argue that Mastodon needs to undergo changes before it becomes widely used.

“Being a real alternative to Twitter will take massive momentum,” she said. “Some might find Mastodon still seems a bit technical. Adoption would require an easy-to-use app for the broad masses.”

As for me, I haven’t quite decided how much I will use Mastodon. The development of Twitter could play a role, as well as what my friends and colleagues ultimately do with their social media usage. For now, I’ll continue to get to know the app, but I won’t delete my Twitter account.

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Here are your Twitter alternatives as the Bird app drops https://link1-2-3.com/here-are-your-twitter-alternatives-as-the-bird-app-drops/ Fri, 04 Nov 2022 22:00:05 +0000 https://link1-2-3.com/here-are-your-twitter-alternatives-as-the-bird-app-drops/ If you don’t already know, Twitter is under new ownership. Tesla and SpaceX CEO Elon Musk officially owns the Bird app. Yes, after months of “will he or will he not?” Musk acquired Twitter. Musk made several announcements following the takeover, such as layoffs, plans to charge people $8 a month for Twitter verification as […]]]>

If you don’t already know, Twitter is under new ownership. Tesla and SpaceX CEO Elon Musk officially owns the Bird app. Yes, after months of “will he or will he not?” Musk acquired Twitter. Musk made several announcements following the takeover, such as layoffs, plans to charge people $8 a month for Twitter verification as part of Twitter Blue, and possibly relaunching Vine, among other things.

Many users have complained about Musk’s acquisition of Twitter and plan to leave rather than stay on the Bird app and see what happens, with some users already leaving after Musk took over the app of social media. If you don’t want to stay on Twitter and are looking for an alternative, you’re probably wondering what your options are. Apart from Discord, Facebook, Instagram, Parler, TikTok, and Truth Social, there are a few other places to consider that could fill your void when you exit the bird app.

Mastodon most closely resembles Twitter. It also has an IOS app, unlike Cohost. | Image credit: Taylor Lyles

Mastodon

A self-hosted social networking site originally launched in 2016, Mastodon is one of the closest alternatives with a similar concept to what you might be familiar with if you’re an avid user of Twitter (and similar apps like TruthSocial).

It’s important to note with Mastodon that you’ll have to join a specific server, much like Discord in a sense, where servers are run by one or more people (or even an organization) with moderation controlled by those running the server. And like Discord, there’s no limit to the number of servers you can join. Mastodon also includes microblogging features like Twitter, where you can see people sharing updates on a feed in the server you’ve joined.

Cohost includes features like a virtual tip jar, but it doesn't yet have an iOS app.  |  Image credit: Kat Bailey

Cohost includes features like a virtual tip jar, but it doesn’t yet have an iOS app. | Image credit: Kat Bailey

Cohost

Cohost is a new social media network that is not in full release but still in beta. You can register with no invite code or anything required. But the catch is that you have to wait at least a day before you can post there. Creating an account will allow you to review the site and what it offers, but you will not be able to post at this time after verifying your account.

Cohost! is similar to Twitter with the ability to see what people you follow are posting. The Cohost website also notes future features coming, including a virtual tip-jar and a subscription-style feature where you can share messages exclusively with those who follow you (much like Patreon).

Reddit is a modern take on the classic message board.  |  Image credit: Taylor Lyles

Reddit is a modern take on the classic message board. | Image credit: Taylor Lyles

Reddit

Most people reading this are probably familiar with Reddit. Although its functionality is nothing close to Twitter, Reddit is a popular website for those who want to interact with people on a specific interest or topic. With subreddits for various things, from hobbies to fandoms and more. Like Mastodon, moderation is done by moderators. Each subreddit has its own rules that you must follow or risk being kicked out of the subreddit.

Tumblr is still around after all these years.  |  Image credit: Taylor Lyles

Tumblr is still around after all these years. | Image credit: Taylor Lyles

tumblr

Part microblogging and part social media site, Tumblr was launched in 2007. Although it’s more of a blog and somewhat similar in concept to MySpace (to some extent), Tumblr offers a feed which lets you see recent posts from people you follow. You can even add messages by inserting your own text or adding a multimedia element like a photo or a GIF.

Clubhouse fills a role similar to Twitter Space.  |  Image credit: Taylor Lyles

Clubhouse fills a role similar to Twitter Space. | Image credit: Taylor Lyles

clubhouse

Clubhouse is a bit more interesting than the others mentioned because this app is mostly audio-centric and only available on smartphones and tablets. Released during the height of COVID-19, the concept of Clubhouse is similar to that of the Twitter Spaces feature.

Clubhouse’s great feature is “Rooms”, where someone can create a virtual room to discuss one or more topics. Rooms also offer varying degrees of privacy: “Open” means anyone on Clubhouse can join, “Social Rooms” are for moderators only, and “Closed” are invite-only, where app users must be invited by a moderator in the room.

Clubhouse also has three sections – those who speak are on the “stage”, while “followed by speakers” displays a group of users who can be followed by one or more people currently speaking in the room. While the “others in the room” are individuals who do not follow anyone into the room but stop to listen.

Events and a Backchannel are also featured and available on the app. Events allow someone to schedule an upcoming chat/room so people can mark it on their calendars. Whereas Backchannel is a messaging feature that allows you to send a message to a person or a group chat.

Apart from the virtual rooms, you can register according to your hobbies and interests. There is also a “Clubs” feature which allows you to join a club based on one or more topics. Some clubs are open to everyone, while others require an invitation only or you must “apply” to be accepted.

Blue sky

So, it is not an alternative that you can use at the moment. But it’s important to keep a close eye on Bluesky. Not only is it created by Twitter co-founder and former CEO Jack Dorsey, but Dorsey launched the project in 2019 as a way to decentralize the bird application. It’s also important to note that Twitter is funding the project; whether or not Musk continues to fund it is up in the air. But if you’re curious to see what Bluesky might be, you can sign up and join the waitlist for a chance to test out a beta version of the app.

Taylor is the Associate Technical Writer at IGN. You can follow her on Twitter @TayNixster.

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Snapchat integrates with BigCommerce to facilitate more in-app shopping options https://link1-2-3.com/snapchat-integrates-with-bigcommerce-to-facilitate-more-in-app-shopping-options/ Wed, 02 Nov 2022 00:24:25 +0000 https://link1-2-3.com/snapchat-integrates-with-bigcommerce-to-facilitate-more-in-app-shopping-options/ Snapchat has announced the next step in its drive to integrate seamless shopping elements, via a new integration with BigCommerce that will allow BigCommerce merchants to display their products in Snaps. As you can see in this example, BigCommerce merchants will now be able to integrate their product views into Snap, providing direct connection and […]]]>

Snapchat has announced the next step in its drive to integrate seamless shopping elements, via a new integration with BigCommerce that will allow BigCommerce merchants to display their products in Snaps.

As you can see in this example, BigCommerce merchants will now be able to integrate their product views into Snap, providing direct connection and potential exposure to Snap’s audience of 363 million mostly younger users.

According to BigCommerce:

BigCommerce merchants of all sizes in the US can now directly integrate their store as a one-stop-shop to sync product catalogs and create immersive Snapchat ad campaigns to expand customer reach, open up new revenue streams, and ultimately make take their business to the next level.

The integration will also allow BigCommerce merchants to track and measure the performance of Snap campaigns through the use of Snap Pixel, providing direct response data on Snapchat channel insights.

Like all social platforms, Snapchat has been working to incorporate more direct commerce elements, to drive new user behaviors and create new revenue streams. Snap has also been working on creating digital clothing options for its Bitmoji characters, in a bid to make trading avatars a bigger thing.

In combination, the ultimate goal is to have both digital and real-life versions of every item available in the app, giving users the ability to replicate their real-life fashion preferences in virtual form.

And if the metaverse becomes a bigger thing, and we do indeed interact more often through avatars, that could form a key bridge in connecting people to their characters in real life.

BigCommerce users in the US can now automatically sync their BigCommerce product catalog with Snapchat through the BigCommerce dashboard. The option will be expanded more markets next year.

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From its creation in 2006 to the takeover of Musk https://link1-2-3.com/from-its-creation-in-2006-to-the-takeover-of-musk/ Sat, 29 Oct 2022 12:00:01 +0000 https://link1-2-3.com/from-its-creation-in-2006-to-the-takeover-of-musk/ In this photo illustration, former US President Donald Trump’s archived Twitter account is displayed on a phone screen with the Twitter logo in the background. Sheldon Cooper | Light flare | Getty Images A decade ago, from Twitter the future looked bright. The company was enjoying a flood of funding in the social media space, […]]]>

In this photo illustration, former US President Donald Trump’s archived Twitter account is displayed on a phone screen with the Twitter logo in the background.

Sheldon Cooper | Light flare | Getty Images

A decade ago, from Twitter the future looked bright. The company was enjoying a flood of funding in the social media space, eventually leading to an IPO in 2013 that raised $1.8 billion.

Today, the company is back in private hands. And they happen to be in the hands of Elon Musk, the richest person in the world and one of the app’s most prominent provocateurs.

It’s a huge moment. Twitter has become a key place where people can debate, joke, and pontificate in their own political, sports, tech, and financial circles. It also serves as a platform that gives voice to the voiceless, helping protesters organize and speak out in repressed regimes around the world.

In recent years, however, Twitter and rival social networks like Facebook have been at the center of controversies over the spread of fake news and misinformation, sometimes leading to intimidation and violence.

Investors worried about Twitter as a business. Business was generally unprofitable, struggled to keep pace Google and Facebook, and have often killed popular products without real explanation.

What follows is a brief history of Twitter, which, despite its many flaws, is one of the most iconic companies to emerge from Silicon Valley in the past 20 years.

2006

In March, Jack Dorsey, Noah Glass, Biz Stone and Evan Williams created Twitter, which was originally a side project spun off from podcasting tool Odeo. That month, Dorsey sent the first Tweet that said, “just setting up my twttr”.

2007

In July, Twitter received a $100,000 Series A funding round led by Union Square Ventures. The app’s popularity began to explode after it was heavily promoted by the tech community at the annual South by Southwest conference.

2008

Dorsey stepped down as CEO in October and was replaced by Williams. According to journalist Nick Bilton’s book “Hatching Twitter,” Twitter’s board fired Dorsey over concerns about the executive’s management style and public bragging.

2009

Twitter’s popularity continued to soar, leading to a high-profile appearance by Williams on Oprah Winfrey’s talk show alongside celebrity Ashton Kutcher. Kutcher will also write about Williams and Stone as part of Time Magazine Time number 100. Twitter was now a mainstream phenomenon.

2010

Twitter has reached space, with NASA astronaut Timothy Creamer sending the first Tweeter live from the outer orbit. Behind the scenes, however, management issues continued with the resignation of Williams as CEO, replaced by Chief Operating Officer Dick Costolo.

2011

Twitter became an essential social media tool used during the Arab Spring, the wave of anti-government protests across Egypt, Libya and Tunisia. Protesters have used the site to post reports and organize. As noted by the Pew Research Center, Twitter’s role in “spreading breaking news” was not “limited to Arab uprisings – the death of Whitney Houston, for example, was announced on Twitter 55 minutes before until the AP confirms the story.”

2012

Twitter’s reach has grown to 200 million active users. Barack Obama used the “platform to publicly declare his victory in the 2012 U.S. presidential election, with a Tweet that was viewed approximately 25 million times on our platform and widely distributed offline in print and broadcast media. “, according to documents filed by the company.

2013

Twitter went public in November. The combined wealth of Williams, Dorsey and Costolo reached approximately $4 billion.

“I think we have a huge set of thoughts and strategies to increase the slope of the growth curve,” Costolo told CNBC at the time. “I would view some of them as tactics, some of them as broader strategies, in service of what I’ve called bridging the gap between massive Twitter awareness and deep platform engagement. -form.”

2014

Slowing user growth has led to several stock declines and analyst downgrades. Twitter also called 2014 the year of the “selfie”.

2015

Compared to rivals like Google, Facebook and even LinkedIn, Twitter was starting to look like the runt of the internet litter. Twitter was still not profitable as its advertising business struggled heavily against its biggest competitors. Dorsey would also return as the company’s CEO, while retaining the top job at his other company, Square (now To block).

2016

Rumors began circulating that Twitter was looking for an acquisition, with Salesforce as a potential suitor. Meanwhile, Twitter and Facebook have come under fire for their roles in allowing prominent users like Donald Trump, who would win the US presidential election that year, to spread misleading information without consequence.

“Having the president-elect on our service using him as a direct line of communication lets everyone see what they’re thinking right now,” Dorsey said at the time. “We’re definitely entering a new world where everything is on the surface and we can all see it in real time and we can have conversations about it.”

2017

For a while, Twitter seemed to be on the rise. Its stock eventually tended to rise as the company’s finances improved. Meanwhile, Trump as president has continued to use Twitter as a megaphone. According to Twitter’s own data, “Trump was the most-tweeted global leader in the world and the United States” that year, CNBC reported.

2018

Dorsey and Sheryl Sandberg, then Facebook’s chief operating officer, testified before the Senate Intelligence Committee about alleged interference by Russian-linked actors in the 2016 election. Trump and his fellow Republicans have increasingly more vocal about alleged political biases on Twitter and other social media sites.

“In fact, from a simple business perspective and to serve the public conversation, Twitter has an incentive to keep all voices on the platform,” Dorsey said at the time.

2019

Analysts have found correlations between President Trump’s voracious use of Twitter and various markets, including gold, underscoring Twitter’s cultural power. Trump met with Dorsey – a Twitter spokesperson said ‘Jack had a constructive meeting with the President of the United States today at the President’s invitation’.

“They discussed Twitter’s commitment to protecting the health of public conversation ahead of the 2020 U.S. election and ongoing efforts to respond to the opioid crisis,” the spokesperson said.

2020

As Covid-19 spread across the world, the spread of misinformation dominated the conversation online. And Twitter continued to struggle to grow its business. The service was also hacked that year, and criminals gained access to more than a dozen high profile accounts, including those controlled by Joe Biden, Jeff Bezos and Musk.

2021

Twitter has permanently banned Trump for the president’s inflammatory comments during the US Capitol riots in January that the company said could lead to “further incitement to violence.” Trump allegedly claims that Twitter employees “coordinated with Democrats and the radical left to remove my account from their platform, to silence me.” Later, Dorsey suddenly resigned as CEO and was replaced by Parag Agrawal, the company’s Chief Technology Officer.

2022

Musk took over Twitter after a long legal row that reportedly culminated in a lawsuit this week in the Delaware Court of Chancery. The You’re here The CEO agreed in April to pay $44 billion for Twitter, but then tried to walk away from the deal. He changed course and chose to continue, walking into the company’s San Francisco offices on Wednesday with what appeared to be a porcelain sink in his hands.

“Enter the Twitter headquarters – let him in!” he tweetedwith a video of his entrance.

Musk immediately began making changes, firing Agrawal, chief financial officer Ned Segal and director of legal policy Vijaya Gadde.

LOOK: Billionaire Elon Musk walks into Twitter HQ, sink in hand

Billionaire Elon Musk walks into Twitter headquarters, sink in hand

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Thai media mogul buys Miss Universe Organization for $20 million https://link1-2-3.com/thai-media-mogul-buys-miss-universe-organization-for-20-million/ Wed, 26 Oct 2022 12:05:04 +0000 https://link1-2-3.com/thai-media-mogul-buys-miss-universe-organization-for-20-million/ Thai media mogul buys Miss Universe Organization for $20 million Written by Aishwarya Ragupati October 26, 2022, 5:35 p.m. 2 minute read Miss Universe Organization was previously co-owned by Donald Trump In an unexpected development, famed Thai media mogul and transgender rights advocate Jakapong “Anne” Jakrajutatip has purchased the Miss Universe organization for $20 million. […]]]>


Thai media mogul buys Miss Universe Organization for $20 million

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Aishwarya Ragupati

October 26, 2022, 5:35 p.m.
2 minute read

Miss Universe Organization was previously co-owned by Donald Trump

In an unexpected development, famed Thai media mogul and transgender rights advocate Jakapong “Anne” Jakrajutatip has purchased the Miss Universe organization for $20 million.

Jakrajutatip is the first female owner of the beauty pageant organization, her company, JKN Global Group Pcl, said Wednesday, formalizing the deal.

At 71, Miss Universe is one of the oldest competitions in the world.

Why is this story important?

  • His company, JKN, produces its own shows and distributes the content across Thailand.
  • The company also brings foreign content including documentaries and Bollywood dramas.
  • Just after news of the company’s acquisition of the Miss Universe Organization broke online on Wednesday, its shares jumped nearly 10% in early trading. So it looks like the deal is turning out to be a profitable venture.

Jakrajutatip shared the news on Instagram

Jakrajutatip took to Instagram and shared a photo of the universe, captioning it, “Bring into the positive Harmony of the UNIVERSE and allow 100% good energy into your life from now on.”

She said “the acquisition is a solid and strategic addition to our portfolio”, adding that Miss Universe, with all the business opportunities, plans to expand into Asia.

Here is his Instagram post

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Everything you need to know about Jakrajutatip

Jakrajutatip is the CEO and largest shareholder of JKN Global Group Pcl.

She has also acted in the Thai version of reality shows Project track and shark tank.

Jakrajutatip has never been shy about speaking out about her experience as a transgender woman.

To support the rights and dignity of transgender people, she also created an organization called Life Inspired For Thailand Foundation.

Donald Trump was previously co-owner of the organization

The Miss Universe organization organizes beauty pageants every year.

It was previously owned by former US President and real estate magnate Donald Trump between 1996 and 1992.

The contest debates are popular with participants from all over the world every year.

It is broadcast in no less than 165 countries and has been operating for over seven decades.

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Social media app Gas dethrones TikTok in the App Store https://link1-2-3.com/social-media-app-gas-dethrones-tiktok-in-the-app-store/ Thu, 20 Oct 2022 19:42:00 +0000 https://link1-2-3.com/social-media-app-gas-dethrones-tiktok-in-the-app-store/ A new app for high school students is currently ranked #1 in the App Store, beating BeReal and TikTok. The “Gas” app allows users to send anonymous compliments to their friends and classmates through surveys. The creators are trying to dispel a human trafficking hoax that they believe is causing users to delete their accounts. […]]]>
  • A new app for high school students is currently ranked #1 in the App Store, beating BeReal and TikTok.
  • The “Gas” app allows users to send anonymous compliments to their friends and classmates through surveys.
  • The creators are trying to dispel a human trafficking hoax that they believe is causing users to delete their accounts.

An anonymous app for high school students is currently ranked #1 in the App Store – and it’s surprisingly non-toxic.

The social network exploding in popularity among teens is called “Gas,” after Gen Z lingo for “gassing someone.” For older readers, this means paying someone a compliment.

Here’s how it works: After syncing your location and contacts with the app, users vote anonymously for their friends in a series of polls that refresh every hour. The guests range from friendly superlatives to flirtatious confessions. If you win a survey, a “flame” is sent to your inbox.

The app was created by Nikita Bier (the founder of an almost identical “tbh” app that Facebook acquired in 2017 only to shut down months later), Isaiah Turner and former Facebook engineer Dave Schatz. Right now, it’s only available in 12 states, but is expected to go nationwide soon, according to the Wall Street Journal.

Gas app screenshots

Screenshots of the “Gas” application.

Gas app screenshots



Anonymous social media apps for teens have a habit of getting on fire. Yik Yak, an equally anonymous location-based app, was shut down in 2017 following a series of cyberbullying controversies. Then there’s Ask.fm, an anonymous question-and-answer app, which has been linked to several teenage suicides.

But unlike Yik Yak or Ask.fm, Gas users can only vote on pre-written compliments, and there’s no direct messaging.

The company says the app is intentionally designed this way to “create a place that makes us feel better about ourselves” and to show users that “there are people out there who love and look up to you.” .

Gas application

Unlike Yik Yak and Ask.fm, Gas users can only vote on pre-written compliments, and there are no direct messaging features.

Screenshots of the “Gas” application



Currently, the app is battling another kind of controversy: a rumor spreading across TikTok and Snapchat that it’s involved in human trafficking. The hoax caused 3% of users to delete their accounts in one day, according to Bier. Currently, “is gas a sex trafficking app” is one of the top Google search queries related to the app.

“This human trafficking hoax about the Gas app took on a life of its own,” the app co-founder tweeted last week. “I just received a message from a user asking why a van showed up outside his house after installation.”

According to Bier, Gas has 1 million daily active users and acquires 30,000 users per hour. After a Twitter user asked the co-founder how he knew Gas wouldn’t be a one-hit wonder like tbh, Bier replied: “To be honest, I don’t care”, adding that the “best part” is receiving messages from teenagers who say the app has helped their mental health and self-esteem.

Are you an active user of the Gas app and want to share your experience? Email digital culture reporter Mara Leighton at mleighton@insider.com

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UPMC tests digital health app for surgery patients https://link1-2-3.com/upmc-tests-digital-health-app-for-surgery-patients/ Thu, 20 Oct 2022 16:01:53 +0000 https://link1-2-3.com/upmc-tests-digital-health-app-for-surgery-patients/ The Pip Care app, developed by a company spun off from the Pittsburgh-based health system, improves care management for patients before and after surgery. Three UPMC hospitals will test a new digital health application intended to improve the care of at-risk patients before and after surgery. The app was designed by Pip Care, a new […]]]>

The Pip Care app, developed by a company spun off from the Pittsburgh-based health system, improves care management for patients before and after surgery.

Three UPMC hospitals will test a new digital health application intended to improve the care of at-risk patients before and after surgery.

The app was designed by Pip Care, a new company born out of the partnership between UPMC Enterprises, the innovation arm of the Pittsburgh-based healthcare system, and Redesign Health. It uses what are called Enhanced Recovery After Surgery (ERAS) processes, workflows and protocols to help patients prepare for surgery and manage their recovery at home after the procedure.

“Surgery can be incredibly difficult on a patient’s body; in some cases, it can have the same toll as running a marathon,” said Aman Mahajan, MD, chair of anesthesiology and perioperative medicine at the University of Pittsburgh and executive director of perioperative services at UPMC, in A press release. “If we can help patients make healthier decisions – like losing weight or quitting smoking – before they have their surgery, we can reduce their hospital stay and speed up their recovery.”

The app will be tested at UPMC’s three Perioperative Care Centers (PCCs), located at UPMC Shadyside and UPMC Presbyterian in Pittsburgh and UPMC Horizon in Greenville. The CDC, which uses multidisciplinary teams to help high-risk patients, such as those with chronic conditions, improve their health and well-being before surgery, accounts for about 10% of inpatient surgeries in the health care system.

The digital health platform could be a model for most pre- and post-operative care plans, as it helps patients access resources, communicate and share health data with their care teams, while enabling those care teams to better monitor patients after discharge from hospital.

“It’s a service that all patients could benefit from, not just those at higher risk of complications,” Mahajan said.

“While patients understand that planned surgery can reduce pain, improve mobility and alter their quality of life, questions and fears about surgeries can lead to delays or even no-shows,” added Kathy Kaluhiokalani. , Founder and CEO of Pip Care. “Having a personal health coach to guide you every step of the way is key to ensuring patients complete surgery confidently and recover smoothly.”

Eric Wicklund is the innovation and technology editor for HealthLeaders.

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QPLAY launches co-marketing initiative with InPlay Cricket app and CricketNews.com website https://link1-2-3.com/qplay-launches-co-marketing-initiative-with-inplay-cricket-app-and-cricketnews-com-website/ Mon, 17 Oct 2022 12:06:03 +0000 https://link1-2-3.com/qplay-launches-co-marketing-initiative-with-inplay-cricket-app-and-cricketnews-com-website/ Predictive cricket app “InPlay Cricket” and website “CricketNews.Com” will be co-promoted with QPLAY during the Men’s T20 World Cup tournament October 16 to November 13, 2022 TORONTO and Mumbai, India, October 17, 2022 /PRNewswire/ – QYOU Media Inc. (TSXV: QYOU) (OTCQB: QYOUF) announced today that The Q India, through its recently announced QPLAY app, has […]]]>

Predictive cricket app “InPlay Cricket” and website “CricketNews.Com” will be co-promoted with QPLAY during the Men’s T20 World Cup tournament October 16 to November 13, 2022

TORONTO and Mumbai, India, October 17, 2022 /PRNewswire/ – QYOU Media Inc. (TSXV: QYOU) (OTCQB: QYOUF) announced today that The Q India, through its recently announced QPLAY app, has entered into a co-marketing agreement with Cricket Predictive App “InPlay Cricket” and its affiliate website CricketNews.com. The co-marketing effort was launched at the Men’s T20 World Cup, one of cricket’s biggest and most popular competitions of the year. The co-marketing effort will see QPlay advertised and marketed on the InPlay Cricket app and on CricketNews.com. In return, both cricket products will be advertised equally across all five QPLAY channels, with a particular focus on the recently launched QGameX. The parties will share all revenues generated from co-marketing efforts on an affiliate basis.

Cricket is by far the most popular sport among india population of 1.4 billion people and is often referred to as a “religion” in the country due to its extraordinary level of interest. The InPlay Cricket Predictive app allows users to predict match results with prizes offered for correct guesses. CricketNews.com is a comprehensive cricket news site and will feature daily stories and updates on this year’s T20 World Cup, which is taking place in the host country of Australia.

Q PLAY currently wearing The Q (flagship mass entertainment channel in Hindi), The Q Maratha (regional content), Q Kahaniyan (animated content), Q Comedistaan ​​(comedy-focused) and the latest QGameX launched (live game). All channels feature content based on The Qs unique programming approach, which showcases the best content from social media creators and digital media stars. The free app will be offered from the Google Play store and App store and directly on Smart TVs and mobile devices.

Commenting on the co-marketing agreement, CEO and co-founder of QYOU Media Court Marvissaid: “One cannot underestimate how much the country of India relates to cricket. It seems to capture the attention and passion of the whole nation. We couldn’t think of a better category to start bringing attention to QPLAY and our brand than by tapping into this world with an app and website specially designed for cricket fans, especially during the T20 tournament. We believe that a channel like QGameX as well as all of our channels featuring content from digital and social stars will resonate with these massive audiences. We look forward to driving downloads, traffic and revenue along the way as we begin our transition to the Direct to Consumer market by India.”

About QYOU Media

QYOU Media, one of the fastest growing creative media companies, operates in India and United States produce, distribute and monetize content created by social media influencers and digital content stars. In Indiaunder our flagship brand, The Q, we curate, produce and distribute premium content across TV networks, VOD and OTT platforms, mobile phones, smart TVs and app-based platforms. We now have 5 emerging content destinations engaging over 125 million Indian households every week – The Q (mass entertainment), Q Marathi (regional content), Q Kahaniyan (animated content), Q Comedistaan ​​(comedy-focused) and our latest Q-GameX (live game). Our influencer marketing company, Chtrboxwas a pioneer in india the creator economy, leveraging data to connect brands with the right social media influencers. In United States, we help major movie studios, game publishers and brands create content and market through creators and influencers. Founded and created by industry veterans from Lionsgate, MTV, Disney and Sony, QYOU Media’s millennial and Gen Z-focused content reaches over 1 billion consumers worldwide every month. Discover our work at www.qyoumedia.com, www.theq.tv and www.theqyou.com and www.chtrbox.com.

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