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  • YouTubers fight back as LGBTQ+ content is blocked

    YouTube is blocking LGBTQ+ content in its restricted mode, and content creators aren't pleased. According to the platform, the mode is used to "screen out potentially objectionable content that you may prefer not to see or don't want others in your family to see on YouTube." "We use community flagging, age-restrictions, and other signals to identify and filter out potentially inappropriate content," it writes. Tyler Oakley -- one of YouTube's most popular creators with over eight million subscribers -- was one of the first to pick up on the censorship. until we hear back from @youtube, please actively check on all LGBTQ+ creators you're subscribed...

  • YouTube is killing annotations, and the community isn’t well pleased

    Thanks to internet users' gradual but constant move to mobile, YouTube is killing its video annotations editing tool. The tool, which launched in 2008, allowed users to "layer text, links, and hotspots over your video. They help you enrich the video experience by adding information, interactivity and engagement," YouTube writes in its Help section. But the company feels there just isn't any place for the tool in 2017, with more than 60% of the company's watchtime residing on mobile devices. "Effective starting May 2, you'll no longer be able to add new or edit existing annotations, only delete them. Existing annotations will...

  • Facebook struggling to get live TV you’d want to watch

    Facebook has been working very hard to establish itself as an inevitable competitor in the TV industry. Last month, the company hired former MTV executive Mina Lefevre as Head of Development. Before that, the company made it clear they were placing a greater emphasis on longer videos, and has even paid media outlets like Buzzfeed and The New York Times to use the live feature. But, unlike YouTube TV, Facebook have not managed to acquire access to what people actually care about: popular content. So far, the company has cracked streaming deals with US Major League Soccer and World Surf League -- hardly anything the...

  • WhatsApp flaw lets hackers take over accounts in seconds

    WhatsApp and Telegram's online platforms had a bug that allowed hackers to take full control of anyone's account by sending a simple image to a user. Check Point Software researchers revealed in a blog post yesterday that if hackers had exploited the hack, they would have been in control of all the victims' conversations, photos, files and contact lists. "This means that attackers could potentially download your photos and or post them online, send messages on your behalf, demand ransom, and even take over your friends’ accounts," the blog reads. According to Check Point, the source of the issue was the end-to-end encryption...

  • Verified Twitter accounts post swastikas in Turkish hack

    Last week, the Netherlands barred two Turkish ministers from speaking to expatriates ahead of a national memorandum. On 16 April, Turkey will be voting whether or not to allow Turkish President Erdogan to stay in power until 2029. And the president did not take the slight well: according to Fortune.com, Turkey warned that it would retaliate in the "harshest ways." Apparently these ways include Twitter hacks. Last night, Turkish hackers targeted verified accounts to spew Erdogan propaganda across the platform. Rough translation: “#NaziGermany👌#NaziNetherlands, a little👋#OTTOMAN SLAP for you, see you on #April16th. Can’t read it🇹🇷LEARN Turkish #RT” — Alex Hern (@alexhern) March 15, 2017 Hundreds of accounts were...

  • Lancewood cheeses Facebook Messenger bots to bring you novel recipes

    Humans have been sending other humans emoji for thousands of years now, so it's only right that the system should be used by brands. Speaking of which, South African cheese brand Lancewood has announced a nifty little marketing campaign relating to its Ultimate Braai Master partnership. Dubbed Lancewood Emoji Meals, the company's using a Facebook Messenger bot and your choice of emoji to receive related recipes featuring one of the company's products. "By sending a food Emoji to LANCEWOOD®’s Facebook page via private message, the Bot instantly responds with a recipe or tip related to the Emoji. As an example, Clarissa...

  • 15% of Twitter users are actually bots, study claims

    It's common knowledge that Twitter is home to more than a few bot accounts, be it for spam, promotions or political purposes. Now, a new study (via CBS) has found that up to 15% of Twitter accounts are actually bots. If one of the more recent Twitter statistics of 319 million active users is taken into account, then that means that over 47-million users are bots. The study, by researchers from Indiana University and the University of Southern California, saw a framework for bot detection being created. The result? "Our models yield high accuracy and agreement with each other and can detect bots of...

  • 15+ everyday South Africans doing beautiful things on Instagram [Digital All Stars]

    Digital All Stars is a series of articles which aims to celebrate the best of South African digital. The articles, which will appear on Memeburn and Ventureburn, recognise and celebrate South Africa’s best digital entrepreneurs, business people, advertisers, and media professionals among others. Forget the influencers for a moment, or accounts with millions of followers. Think about the first few months Instagram hit South Africa. The platform was laced with pretty images of landscapes, buildings, people and cats, taken by those either just starting their careers in photography or trying out a new platform. While corporate use has largely become a...

  • Facebook brings Snapchat Story clone to Messenger

    Another day, another clone. Facebook has launched Messenger Day for it messaging app, a month after it gave WhatsApp the unnecessary and underused WhatsApp Status. The feature allows you to add pictures to your "Day", where your friends can view what you've been up to in the past 24 hours. Messenger users in Poland and Australia have been the guinea pigs for the product since late last year, but  the feature has been rolling out globally as of yesterday. Messenger Day boasts more than 5 000 frames, stickers and effects, as well as the ability to monitor who can see what you post. "You’re always in control of who...

  • WhatsApp testing a direct business-to-customer messaging system

    According to a new report by Reuters, Facebook-owned WhatsApp is trialing a service that will allow businesses to talk directly to users on the service. The project was "seen" by Reuters, and is believed to be used by a "handful of companies" from the Y Combinator startup incubator. While the nature of the service isn't yet fully understood, the report believes that this will allow Facebook to finally use WhatsApp as a revenue tool. Be it advertising revenue by allowing companies to send select users messages, or simply provide ads within content rolls like Status -- much like what Facebook's Instagram...

  • Immersive Facebook 360 app hits the Samsung Gear VR

    Facebook has released an app that makes finding 360 degree  photos and videos that much easier on Gear VR, the company announced yesterday. Facebook 360, which can be downloaded from the Oculus app, is a "one-stop shop" for all the 360 content that Facebook provides. The app allows users to view saved content, content from those they follow, their own timeline, and an "explore" feed that will feature the most popular 360 degree content on Facebook. The app also provides the ability to share, save and react to the 360 degree content as users see fit. According to Facebook, more than 25-million 360 photos...

  • Facebook cleared in fake news defamation case

    Last month, Syrian refugee Anas Modamani filed a lawsuit against Facebook after a barrage of fake news linked an image of him and German chancellor Angela Merkel to terrorism. The photo, taken in August 2015, was used by many right-wing fake news sites last year. Modamani's selfie was linked to attacks like the ones in Berlin and Brussels last year. Modamani requested that Facebook take the articles down, but it refused -- forcing the 19-year-old to take the issue to court. The Syrian's lawyer, Chan-jo Jun, argued that he was a victim of libel and that Facebook needed to do more...

  • How to use Pinterest to search for products from images online

    Have you ever seen a celebrity wearing a T-shirt you were dying to get your hands on, but had no idea where to find it? Or perhaps you were window shopping on sites like Nordstrom or Marc Jacobs and wished you could find cheaper alternatives? You're in luck! Pinterest updated its Chrome extension yesterday, and it has included a feature that will let you search for a product without having to leave the original website. The extension is by no means perfect -- it doesn't let you filter your results at all yet -- but it's in its early stages and is sure...

  • Tinder Select is a secret level for people hotter than you

    If you were planning on travelling to Los Angeles in the hopes of finding a Hollywood actress on Tinder to make your wife, I'm afraid you'll be wasting your time. TechCrunch has reported that Tinder has a members-only tier of the app that includes CEOs, supermodels and people who get hit up way too often on average-looking Tinder. It started with Tinder nominating people for the new platform six months ago -- probably kicking off with celebrities who use the app. More members are added when super special members use their ability to nominate others to the club. The platform, cringily named Tinder Select, doesn't require another...

  • Instagram Stories debuts ‘Geostickers’ for NYC and Jakarta

    Instagram Stories just became slightly more convenient for jet-setters and travel bloggers. Instagram has this week announced the introduction of Geostickers, which is awfully similar to Snapchat's Geofilters. These contextual, geographically-relevant stickers are only available for New York City and Jakarta at present, but this is likely a simple trial for more cities to come. But how does it work? Well, similarly to the service's traditional stickers with a few added perks. "When you take a photo or video and tap the sticker icon, you’ll see geostickers at the top," Instagram explains. "No matter where you are in New York City or Jakarta,...