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Purging long-forgotten online accounts: Worth the trouble?

NEW YORK (AP) — The internet is riddled with long-forgotten accounts on social media, dating apps and various shopping sites used once or twice. Sure, you should delete all those unused logins and passwords. And eat your vegetables. And go to the...

 

Facebook wants people to invite its cameras into their homes

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Facebook is launching the first electronic device to bear its brand, a screen and camera-equipped gadget intended to make video calls easier and more intuitive. But it's unclear if people will open their homes to an...

 

Into the fold? What's next for Instagram as founders leave

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — When Kevin Systrom and Mike Krieger sold Instagram to Facebook in 2012, the photo-sharing startup's fiercely loyal fans worried about what would happen to their beloved app under the social media giant's wings. None of their wo...

 

ACLU: Facebook allows gender-biased job ads on its platform

NEW YORK (AP) — Facebook is allowing job ads on its platform that exclude women, according to the American Civil liberties Union. In a complaint filed Tuesday with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, the ACLU lists 10 employers that it...

 

Twitter, Facebook set to defend polices ahead of midterms

WASHINGTON (AP) — Facebook and Twitter executives plan to defend their companies in two congressional hearings Wednesday, arguing they are aggressively trying to root out foreign actors who want to do the United States harm just weeks before the...

 

Before parental 'screen time' concerns: radio, even novels

NEW YORK (AP) — When Stephen Dennis was raising his two sons in the 1980s, he never heard the phrase "screen time," nor did he worry much about the hours his kids spent with technology. When he bought an Apple II Plus computer, he considered it an...

 

Can tech giants work together against their common enemies?

NEW YORK (AP) — Facebook, Twitter and Google routinely squabble for users, engineers and advertising money. Yet it makes sense for these tech giants to work together on security threats, elections meddling and other common ills. Such cooperation...

 

Twitter muzzles conspiracy theorist Alex Jones for a week

NEW YORK (AP) — Twitter is joining other prominent tech companies in muzzling Alex Jones, the right-wing conspiracy theorist who's used their services to spread false information. Twitter had been resisting the move despite public pressure,...

 

Tech giants still stumbling in the social world they created

NEW YORK (AP) — Who knew connecting the world could get so complicated? Perhaps some of technology's brightest minds should have seen that coming. Social media bans of conspiracy theorist Alex Jones have thrust Facebook, YouTube, Twitter and...

 

Facebook opens up on vote meddling, but is the shift real?

NEW YORK (AP) — For a company bent on making the world more open, Facebook has long been secretive about the details of how it runs its social network — particularly how things go wrong and what it does about them.  Yet on Tuesday, Facebook rush...

 

Major tech companies remove Alex Jones for hate, bullying

NEW YORK (AP) — Major tech companies have begun to ban right-wing conspiracy theorist Alex Jones from their services, reflecting a more aggressive enforcement of policies against hate speech following protests on social media. Facebook has taken...

 

Facebook finds 'sophisticated' efforts to disrupt elections

NEW YORK (AP) — Facebook elevated concerns about election interference Tuesday, announcing that it had uncovered "sophisticated" efforts, possibly linked to Russia, to manipulate U.S. politics and by extension the upcoming midterm elections. The...

 

Facebook cleanup: Hurt the stock, help the world?

NEW YORK (AP) — It's been a rough year for Facebook and its investors. Questions of data privacy, fake news proliferation and user growth have dogged the company. Now, it is investing heavily on fixing those problems. Not everyone is convinced of...

 

Bad week in social media gets worse; Twitter hammered

NEW YORK (AP) — Cracking down on hate, abuse and online trolls is also hurting Twitter's standing with investors. The company's stock plunged Friday after it reported a decline in its monthly users and warned that the number could fall further in...

 

Facebook kills 'trending' topics, tests breaking news label

NEW YORK (AP) — Facebook is shutting down its ill-fated "trending" news section after four years, a company executive told The Associated Press. The company claims the tool is outdated and wasn't popular. But the trending section also proved proble...

 

Facebook to label election-related 'issue ads' in US

NEW YORK (AP) — Facebook is expanding its advertising disclosure requirements to cover all U.S. ads on polarized issues such as gun control and abortion rights, even if they don't endorse a particular candidate. Ads coming from specific candidates...

 

After Amazon Echo misfire, ways to protect your own privacy

NEW YORK (AP) — Revelations that an Amazon Echo smart speaker inadvertently sent a family's private conversation to an acquaintance highlights some unexpected risks of new voice-enabled technologies. According to Amazon, the fault was an...

 

Twitter to add special labels to political candidates in US

NEW YORK (AP) — Twitter says it's adding special labels to tweets from some U.S. political candidates ahead of this year's midterm elections. Twitter says the move is to provide users with "authentic information" and prevent spoofed and fake...

 

Digital Life: Cutting back on a constant smartphone habit

NEW YORK (AP) — Why are we checking Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, then Facebook again when we just wanted to check the weather? Turns out, smartphone addiction is by design. Think of the constant stream of notifications, color schemes in apps and...

 

Zuckerberg pledges to 'keep building' in no-apology address

SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) — With a smile that suggested the hard part of an "intense year" may be behind him, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg addressed developers Tuesday and pledged the company will build its way out of its worst-ever privacy debacle....

 

Love it or not, Facebook launches dating service

NEW YORK (AP) — Facebook doesn't think hookups are meaningful and doesn't want you to date your friends — but it's known for a long time that its vast map of human connections could help people find long-term partners. At least that's the...

 

Sleep mode? Tech giants' kids' 'fixes' amount to baby steps

NEW YORK (AP) — Facebook is adding a "sleep" mode to its Messenger Kids service to let parents limit when their kids can use it. It's the latest concession that tech companies are making as critics question whether they should be targeting kids at...

 

AP-NORC poll: Privacy debacle prompts social-media changes

NEW YORK (AP) — If you've made changes to how you use social media since Facebook's Cambridge Analytica privacy debacle, you're not alone. A new poll from The Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research finds that 7 out of 10 of...

 

For the first time, Facebook spells out what it forbids

NEW YORK (AP) — If you've ever wondered exactly what sorts of things Facebook would like you not to do on its service, you're in luck. For the first time, the social network is publishing detailed guidelines to what does and doesn't belong on its...

 

Audit clears Facebook despite Cambridge Analytica leaks

NEW YORK (AP) — An audit of Facebook's privacy practices for the Federal Trade Commission found no problems even though the company knew at the time that a data-mining firm improperly obtained private data from millions of users — raising...

 

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