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This social media site ranked worst for mental health
Instagram is the most detrimental social media platform to young people's mental health, according to new research out of the U.K.Researchers from the Royal Society for Public Health in conjunction with...
Newly discovered brain network offers clues to social cognition
By studying rhesus monkeys, researchers have identified a brain network dedicated to processing social interactions -- a discovery that offers tantalizing clues to the origins of our ability to understand...
Why do killers livestream their crimes?
Social media lets people broadcast their lives in real time – their kids’ first steps, their weddings… and even their crimes.In April the internet witnessed, on multiple occasions, gruesome crime on full...
Smartphone app allows traders to track Musk, Trump and even the Kardashians
It's bold new world for trading where stocks can plunge instantly from an off-the-cuff tweet from the President or shares can surge because Kim Kardashian appeared on Instagram wearing a certain brand....
Facebook hiring 3,000 staff to police content
The social network's founder published - on his Facebook page - what amounted to a greater commitment to users' safety following several "heartbreaking" instances of people hurting themselves or others...
Beyond 'Fake News:' Facebook Fights 'Information Operations'
Facebook is acknowledging that governments or other malicious non-state actors are using its social network to sway political sentiment, including elections. That's a long way from CEO Mark Zuckerberg's...
Robots taught to work alongside humans by giving high fives
Put it thereTransferring Human Interactions to Human-Robot Interactions Tianmin Shu, Xiaofeng Gao, Michael. S. Ryoo and Song-Chun Zhu IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation (ICRA), 2017By...
Thai woman has no anger toward Facebook after infant’s killing
PHUKET, Thailand — The wife of a Thai man who hanged their 11-month-old daughter on Facebook Live said Wednesday her husband is the only person to blame and she bears no anger toward the social media...
Facebook banks on virtual reality as the future of socialising
Socialising in Facebook Spaces via VRFacebookBy Victoria TurkYou finally managed to get everyone together in one place. Friends you haven’t seen for ages, scattered around the world, smile and talk to...
Baseball players are challenging the idea that Facebook is the only social network that matters
With so many people loyal to massive platforms like Facebook, Snapchat and Twitter, it's hard to convince even die-hard fans to download yet another app. However, the MLBPA is pitching Infield Chatter...
Using Facebook actually makes you feel depressed, research says
If you're wondering why you may feel down in the dumps after you browse Facebook, a new study has evidence that the social network might be to blame. The report, titled "Association of Facebook Use with...
Biologists discover timesharing strategy in bacteria
Biologists have discovered that communities of bacteria have been employing a social timesharing strategy for millions of years. The team found that bacteria faced with limited nutrients will enter an...
Germany Threatens Social Media Companies with Massive ‘Hate Speech’ Fines
Germany has threatened to slap social media companies with huge fines if they do not act quickly enough to remove “hate speech” from their websites. Chancellor Angela Merkel’s cabinet on Wednesday approved...
Grab finds a match in Tinder
But, the regional leader faces fierce competition from U.S. rival Uber, as it aggressively moves in on a ridesharing market that's expected to grow to $13 billion by 2025, according to a study co-authored...
Pope cautions youths about social media’s “false image of reality”
Enlarge / Pope Francis holds his homily during his weekly audience Wednesday in St. Peter's Square in Vatican City, Vatican. reader comments 26 Share this story Pope Francis is warning the world's youth...
Apple's newest iPhone app makes videos for Instagram, Facebook and more
This new Apple exclusive app will allow you to photos and videos on the fly so you can share them straight to your favorite social networks.Clips is designed to share your video and shots to other social...
Google, Facebook, Twitter must amend ToS for EU users or face fines
EnlargeAthif Khan/Contributor via Getty Images reader comments 11 Share this story Fraud, scams, and "unfair" terms and conditions all need to be cleaned up on Facebook, Twitter, and Google+, the European...
A German official wants $53 million fines for social media hate posts
Germany's justice minister is proposing fines of up to 50 million euros ($53 million) for social networking sites that fail to swiftly remove illegal content, such as hate speech or defamatory "fake news."...
Facebook Bars Developers from Using Data for Surveillance
Facebook barred software developers on Monday from using the massive social network's data to create surveillance tools, closing off a process that had been exploited by U.S. police departments to track...
Facebook bars developers from using social network’s data as surveillance tool
SAN FRANCISCO – Facebook Inc barred software developers on Monday from using the massive social network’s data to create surveillance tools, closing off a process that had been exploited by U.S. police...
Facebook wins case over refugee’s selfie with Germany’s Merkel
A Syrian refugee whose image showed up in fake news reports linking him to terrorism lost a closely watched case in Germany on Tuesday that sought to prevent Facebook from allowing users to repost the...
Check out a new SFGATE mobile feature: Quote stories and share
Photo: SFGATE Image 1of/5 CaptionClose Image 1 of 5 SFGATE will now allow users to quote text from articles and share directly on their own social media networks. SFGATE will now allow users to quote...
Amnesty International uncovers phishing campaign against human rights activists
Enlarge / A phishing e-mail aimed at worker rights activists in Qatar and Nepal crafted to fool targets into giving up their credentials.Amnesty International reader comments 2 Share this story Over the...
Monkey fights help explain tipping points in animal societies
Previous studies of flocks, swarms, and schools suggest that animal societies may verge on a "critical" point -- in other words, they are extremely sensitive and can be easily tipped into a new social...
Synchronised swimming seems to make dolphins more optimistic
Hanging with your mates may put a positive spin on lifeJose Maria Cuellar/GettyBy Ramin SkibbaBottlenose dolphins that engage in synchronised swimming with their peers tend to see the glass as being half...
Generation X more addicted to social media than millennials, report finds
We all know the stereotype: Silly millennials, tethered to their phones, unable to accomplish the simplest tasks without scrolling their Instagram feeds, snapping their friends and/or tweeting inanely....
The watch that buzzes if you're boring
Scientists from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) have created a device worn on the wrist that uses artificial intelligence to read the tone of conversations.The wristband of the device...
Uber wants to mine social networks to introduce your carpool passengers
UberPool, Uber's carpooling feature, may help save riders a few bucks (and the environment) by sharing a car with others going the same way, but sitting next to a stranger can be an awkward experience.Uber's...
Social environment has sizable impact on health of mice
For the first time, research in mice shows that the genetic makeup of an individual's social partners contributes to their state of health. Unexpectedly, the genetics of social partners were found to affect...
Welcome to the world of trolling in virtual reality
Enlarge / Ahhh! I'm being attacked by an avatar who is REALLY, REALLY FRIENDLY.Rec Room reader comments 28 Share this story The future of VR systems may be uncertain, but as consumer-grade devices come...
Trump news conference sets worldwide social media afire
NEW YORK (Reuters) - In his first news conference since the Nov. 8 election, President-elect Donald Trump set social media ablaze on Wednesday with remarks including harsh criticism of the press and a...
Carpenters sue over royalties; Streep and Trump; dogs get social
Grammy winner Richard Carpenter sued Universal Music Group on Wednesday for millions in royalties he contends are owed from licensing Carpenters songs for online services such as iTunes. Many lawsuits...
Kapor Center hires former Reddit CEO Ellen Pao
Diversity advocate Ellen Pao, who became a household name in Silicon Valley when she sued her former employer, the venture-capital firm Kleiner Perkins, for gender discrimination, has been named chief...
Booze is good now says science, as long as you're not drinking alone
Scientists trying to justify how much weight they put on over Christmas have come up with a winning hypothesis, revealing that they now think drinking alcohol can have a positive effect on people -- as...
Why social media can be good for you
Justin Bieber is back on Instagram!. Kinda. There is a new Instagram account on the block and its none other than the boy wonder himself JB. If you thought Justin would never be back on the social media...
A social reboot for illegal downloaders
Unauthorized downloading of digital goods, including copyright music, videos, computer games, and images has become an increasing problem for content providers and those who hold the copyright on such...
Junk food cravings are triggered by the mere thought of being low class
EnlargeGetty | Cate Gillon reader comments 5 Share this story It’s well established that people with low economic status are the hardest hit by the current obesity pandemic, as well as related health...
Researchers at US University Devise Tool to Show How Fake News Spreads
Researchers at Indiana University have developed a new tool that shows how fake news and unverified stories spread through social media. The search engine, dubbed Hoaxy, is the latest effort to combat...
Oculus social parties come to Samsung Gear VR
From the outside, virtual reality (VR) might look like one of the most singular activities around, but headset creators insist it can be social. Oculus has just launched two new social-based offerings...
‘Baby Boomers will take the earth with them’
Forget the baby boomers, move aside Gen Y: the next generation is here and ready to make a difference. Tao Meirelles says Baby Boomers can have it all, but he’s fighting hard for his own piece of the pie....
Biggest security threats of 2017
Cybercriminals who programmed bank ATMs to spew out cash in Taiwan and Thailand this summer could soon target the U.S., warned the Federal Bureau of Investigation. WSJ's Lee Hawkins explains. Snapchat...
New Social Network Aims to Limit Spread of 'Fake News'
Amid a flurry of reporting on what some are calling a flood of “fake news” on social media, a new social network was being unveiled Thursday, with its backers saying it might slow the spread of inaccurate...
Jeremy Hunt's magical plan to block sexting is no help for teens
Teen sexting: tech can’t fix itMartin-dm/GettyBy Frank SwainUK HEALTH secretary Jeremy Hunt has called on social media giants to do more to tackle sexting among the nation’s teens, which he blames for...
Jeremy Hunt’s magical plan to block sexting is no help for teens
Text restrictions aren’t the answer to teenage problems David Harrigan/gettyBy Frank SwainThe UK health secretary has called on social media giants to do more to tackle sexting among the nation’s teens,...
Facebook Denies Check Point's Claim About Malware-Tainted Images
Researchers at Check Point Software Technologies allegedly find images spreading ransomware on social media sites, but Facebook calls their research "incorrect." Researchers at security firm Check Point...
Ant Financial CEO apologizes following backlash over explicit social network groups
BEIJING (Reuters) - The CEO of Ant Financial Services Group, the payment affiliate of Alibaba Holdings Ltd, apologized on Tuesday following backlash from Chinese netizens over a social feature in the company's...
Locky ransomware uses decoy image files to ambush Facebook, LinkedIn accounts
Aurich Lawson reader comments 8 Share this story A low-tech but cunning malware program is worrying security researchers after it started spreading rapidly in the past week through a new attack vector:...
Being popular is good for health – in monkeys, at least
Lauren Brent/AAASBy New Scientist staff and Press AssociationLife at the bottom of the social ladder can be damaging to health – even for monkeys. A study of rhesus monkeys has revealed the stress of...
Facebook creates censorship tool to get into China
The Menlo Park company has quietly developed software to suppress posts from appearing in people’s news feeds in specific geographic areas, according to three current and former Facebook employees, who...
Awkward: Twitter kicks out CEO
Someone at Twitter has some explaining to do after CEO Jack Dorsey’s account was suspended today. Picture: Drew Angerer/Getty Images/AFP SOCIAL media doesn’t get much more awkward than this. Twitter suspended...
How can Facebook and its users burst the ‘filter bubble’?
Bubble trouble: we need to break outAminart/gettyBy Sally AdeeIn the wake of the US election, concerns are surfacing over the filter bubbles that mediate the information people see in their social media...
Twitter suspends 'alt-right' Trump backers
Richard Spencer, director of a white nationalist think tank, accused the social media site of "corporate Stalinism" after his personal account was terminated, along with those associated with his magazine...
Mathematical algorithms calculate social behavior
For a long time, mathematical modelling of social systems and dynamics was considered in the realm of science fiction. But predicting, and at once influencing human behavior is well on its way to becoming...
Facebook sorry for killing off users
Someone even captured a memorial page for Mark Zuckerberg, Facebook’s founder and chief executive. Picture: AFP. FACEBOOK has been forced to apologise to its 1.7 billion users after the social media giant...
Social media is a gold mine for detectives busting scams
An equestrian suing for worker’s compensation in Baltimore thought she had everyone fooled. The woman said in her claim she was injured and couldn’t ride horses anymore, and in the courtroom, she had a...
Live long and… Facebook?
Is social media good for you, or bad? Well, it’s complicated. A study of 12 million Facebook users suggests that using Facebook is associated with living longer – when it serves to maintain and enhance...
Study makes surprising discovery about Facebook users
Does social media make us happier or more depressed? More connected or just more addicted? The impact on our relationships and overall well-being has been debated for years.Now, a new study of 12 million...
After natural disasters, elderly survivors show cognitive decline
Enlarge / Road through KamanaishiNOAA/NGDC, Patrick Fuller, IFRC. reader comments 8 Share this story Recovery from a life-disrupting disaster presents challenges to everyone. But the elderly may struggle...
What your Facebook posts reveal
Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg's Twitter and Pinterest accounts were hacked, becoming the latest example of the dangers of using the same password for multiple sites. WSJ's Robert McMillan joins Tanya Rivero....
Twitter kills off Vine, and social media mourns
At least it lasted longer than six seconds.The popular micro-video platform that Twitter scooped up in 2012 is headed for an abrupt ending. Vine announced Thursday the app will soon be shutting down.Vine...
Google makes it easier to share photos, notes and more with family members
Because constantly swapping passwords and usernames can be a pain, (if not also a security risk) Google is adding new ways for families to share with each other while still staying logged-on to their...
DeepMind’s AI beats world’s best Go player in latest face-off
Ke Jie deep in concentration during the first matchWU HONG/EPA/REX/ShutterstockBy Matt ReynoldsAlphaGo is at it again. Google DeepMind’s Go-playing AI has defeated Ke Jie, the world’s number one player,...
Google's AlphaGo A.I. beats world's number one in ancient game of Go
This week's games between AlphaGo and Ke are being live streamed by Google online, but Chinese censors already block access to Google and its services, such as Gmail and YouTube, in the country. Chinese...
All 38 major Google IO announcements ranked
Google IO is the company’s chance to express its bragging rights, and it did that at the start of its keynote by telling one and all that Android is now up to 2 billion active users.What’s more, seven...
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