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Instagram Tests Hiding Like Counts, Receives Backlash from Marketing Experts

Instagram recently started testing “private like counts” – a feature that hides the number of likes a post has on users’ news feeds. The social media giant is currently running this test in seven countries, including Australia, Brazil, Canada, Ireland, Italy, Japan, and our very own New Zealand.

We’re currently …

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FaceApp: Is the Viral App a Threat to Your Online Privacy?

Have you participated in the FaceApp Challenge yet? The
viral social media phenomenon, in which people post selfies filtered through
new photo app FaceApp to make them appear 50 years older, has been buoyed by
the participation of waves of celebrities and star athletes.

But, like all things seemingly harmless and fun in the …

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Google’s Third-Party Cookie Policy is Changing

The time has finally come for Google to give in to its users – over the next few months, we’re going to start seeing an increase in the amount of control we have over the kinds of cookies that can follow us around the web. This announcement from the giant …

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Is Google Biased Against Certain Political Perspectives? A Look at the Evidence

Is Google biased against websites with certain political leanings? This was just one of the central questions put to Karan Bhatia, Google Vice President for Government Affairs & Public Policy, when he testified before the United States senate on July 16.

Bhatia spent much of his time responding to accusations that …

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YouTube and Hate Speech: Is the Media Platform Taking Responsibility?

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Note: this article contains discussions of homophobia, racism and other forms of bigotry and hate speech.

Ladies,
gentlemen, and variations thereupon, the 22nd century …

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