Facebook is testing a secret photo sharing app in China, report says

August 12, 2017

Image: Schiefelbein/AP/REX/Shutterstock Facebook is even more desperate to have a presence in China than we thought. The social network has been secretly testing a photo sharing app in the country, according to a new report in The New York Times. SEE ALSO: Facebook is dangerous for Democracyhere’s why The app, reportedly called “Colorful Balloons” is apparently a Chinese version of Facebook’s photo-sharing app, Moments. The app, first released in the…


What do when you’re being harassed on Twitter

August 7, 2017

Image: vicky leta/mashable If Twitter has one major headache that never seems to go away, it’s trolls. But things might now be starting to look up. The company, once content to do almost nothing to address harassment on its platform, has taken a new approach in recent months with a string of updates meant to crack down on abuse and hate. SEE ALSO: Twitter is testing a subscription service but…


College offers courses in becoming a bona fide social media influencer

June 21, 2017

Image: AFP/ Getty Images Wanna become an Instagram star? Now, you can get a formal education for that. A university in China is offering trends that are meant to equip students with the skills they need for online fame. SEE ALSO: Instagram influencers are utter sillines, and Fyre Fest proves it From make-up world-class, catwalk rule to dance recitals, the Yiwu Industrial and Commercial College( YWICC) near Shanghai says it…


Facebook valiantly tries but fails to moderate hate speech in Myanmar

May 30, 2017

A young woman looks at her Facebook wall while she travels on a bus in Yangon.Image: AFP/Getty Images Efforts by Facebook to moderate content in one of its fastest-growing countries has evidently not been easy. Like what it’s doing in many other markets, the social media giant is trying to stem content deemed hateful in Myanmar. SEE ALSO: This gripping app lets you ‘walk a mile’ in a 16-year-old refugee…


Elon Musk’s Twitter feed is the one you need to pay attention to

May 20, 2017

Image: Vicky Leta/Mashable When you hear about Twitter these days, chances are it’s because of the latest dispatches from our bombastic, erratic Tweeter-in-Chief, Donald J. Trump. The President’s use of the platform is unprecedented, and he might even be the driving force in its sudden growth spurt last quarter. But his tweets for all the @replies, news stories, and perhaps investigations they’ve inspired are really just the sideshow. There’s another…


How to remove Facebook from your life and never miss a social beat

May 15, 2017

It's easy.Image: Getty So you’ve decided to dump Facebook. But you’re worried. Worried about missing out, struggling to stay connected, or getting left behind by the almost 2 billion users on Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg’s platform. Don’t be. SEE ALSO: The time has come to remove Facebook from your life It has never before been easier to completely remove Facebook from your life not missing a single social beat in…


Bjrk would really like Bill Gates to clean the oceans. Can you do that, Bill?

May 11, 2017

Image: Carlos Tischler/REX/Shutterstock If Bjrk sings in the forest and no one’s there to Instagram it, well, everything’s going great. The legendary musician outlined a pretty simple tweak she’d like see in human behavior to Pitchfork and suggested occasionally taking a breather to check out some trees and “do shit” instead of scrolling through Facebook. “Maybe there are a lot of kids now who dont know how to walk in…


How to protect yourself when live video shows a suicide

May 1, 2017

Image: Shutterstock / Pressmaster The thrill of social media is often the possibility of surprise. It’s fun to log on and see which viral videos, political rants, news stories, and baby pictures your friends and family have shared. SEE ALSO: ’13 Reasons Why’ proves that good intentions aren’t enough when it comes to portraying suicide What we don’t expect is to see someone die. Watching a suicide attempt (or murder)…