Apple and Google have told the “free speech” social media app Parler that it must begin moderating its users content, following violence at the US Capitol this week. The app — a Twitter alternative popular among Donald Trump supporters and the far-right — has faced renewed scrutiny for its role in the planning of the attacks.
Most of us are aware that we need to be careful with what we post on social media, but do you know exactly who can see your recent vacation photos and status updates? Here are the privacy controls you need to know about on three of the biggest social networks.
Ku Klux Klan Imperial Wizard Frank Ancona was found dead Saturday under what appear to be mysterious circumstances. The 51-year old self-proclaimed “leader of the invisible empire” reportedly told his wife that his employer called him in to drive across the state to make a delivery Saturday. However, according to a report from local paper the St. Louis Daily Journal, Ancona’s employer denied this account, and the business reported Ancona missing.
Cyber attacks targeting a little known internet infrastructure company, Dyn, disrupted access to dozens of websites on Friday, preventing some users from accessing PayPal, Twitter and Spotify.
With the power of (annoyingly?) revamped DMs compelling them,Twitter is ready to make some big changes. These rumored shakeups, however, have nothing to do with sabotaging character limits and a much-needed edit option. Instead, Twitter is reportedly in discussions with Google and others about a possible takeover.
In late January, Donald Trump did something that would have sunk almost any other presidential campaign: He retweeted an anonymous Nazi sympathizer and white supremacist who goes by the not-so-subtle handle @WhiteGenocideTM. Trump neither explained nor apologized for the retweet and then, three weeks later, he did it again. This subsequent retweet was quickly deleted, but just two days later Trump retweeted a different user named @EustaceFash, whose Twitter header image at the time also included the term “white genocide.”
According to Bloomberg, Snapchat has superseded Twitter in terms of daily users. While Twitter does not disclose its daily usage figures exactly, a recent earnings report does estimate that roughly 44% of the service’s 310 million monthly active users are active each day across the company’s top 20 markets. Calculating with these figures puts Twitter’s daily user count at 136 million. Snapchat use, meanwhile, has ballooned from 110 million daily users in December to recent figures which point upwards of 150 million.