Snapchat still rules among teens
Despite Snapchat’s recent struggles, which include stagnant finances and a dwindling stock, investment firm RBC Capital Markets found in one of its regular surveys that Snapchat remains more popular among teens than any other social media app.
About 79 percent of the 13-18-year-olds surveyed said they have a Snapchat account, compared to 73 percent who said they have a Instagram account and 57 percent who said they have a Facebook account.
While Facebook still rules in popularity among all age groups, the survey results show Snapchat is leading in a key demographic, though it is facing heavy competition from Instagram, an app that is owned by Facebook and has added Snapchat-like features (e.g. Instagram stories) to eat away at Snapchat’s market share.
Facebook says it will begin demoting posts that ask for likes or shares
The move is the latest in the evolution of Facebook’s news-feed algorithms.
Facebook says spam-type posts that ask for likes or shares have been able to take advantage of its algorithms in the past, but after reviewing hundreds of thousands of posts, the social media giant decided changes needed to be made. This is what the company said about the changes:
We want to reduce the spread of content that is spammy, sensational, or misleading in order to promote more meaningful and authentic conversations on Facebook.
An ex-Uber employee said the company illegally spied on rivals
Richard Jacobs, a former employee on Uber’s security team, alleged in a 37-page letter made public in federal court on Friday that the ride-hailing company in 2016 used multiple illegal tactics to try to gather trade secrets from rival companies.
The actions, Jacobs claims, included having employees impersonate drivers to gain entrance into online chat rooms, illegally recording phone calls and wiretapping executives from other ride-hailing firms.
The allegations mark another bad moment for Uber, which has experienced more than a year of scandals that include federal lawsuits, driver outrage, the ousting of its former CEO Travis Kalanick and questions into the company’s workplace culture.
What will happen after the Federal Communications Commission voted to dismantle net neutrality rules last week?
The rules, created in 2015 under the Obama administration, were meant to control broadband providers. Barring any setback, the rules will be wined down in the next few weeks. Here is a video from The Wall Street Journal explaining how the web might look once the rules are officially dismantled:
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