From TechCrunch: Facebook and Twitter play bigger role in Congressional election-hacking probe

 As Congressional investigations into Russia’s role in manipulating the election for U.S. president deepens, tech companies are assuming a more central role in the inquiries. Both Twitter and Facebook are stepping up their efforts to cooperate with Congressional investigations into Russian interference with last year’s presidential election. Read More

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From Engadget RSS Feed: Twitter will also be at the Senate’s Russia hearings

Social media played a huge part in determining the outcome of the 2016 election, and there’s a suspicion that the ad-tracking tools those platforms offer could have been hijacked by nefarious forces. Shortly after news broke that Facebook will appear…

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From Engadget RSS Feed: Fox ‘s new TV show ‘Ghosted’ will premiere on Twitter

Twitter is no stranger to TV tie-ins, but it’s kicking things up a notch this week. It’s partnering with Fox on a slew of streaming efforts to boost Fox’s fall show lineup, including premiering a show on Twitter. You can watch the first episode of…

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From Gizmodo: Congress Wants New Rules for Online Political Advertising After Russian Facebook Ads

Democrats in the House and Senate are pushing the Federal Election Commission to develop new rules governing political advertising on social media after Facebook revealed that Russian trolls routinely purchased ads on its platform during the 2016 elect…

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From TechCrunch: Fox will premiere its new show ‘Ghosted’ on Twitter before it airs on TV

 Fox is partnering with Twitter to promote its fall TV shows by airing select episodes and other related content on Twitter’s social network. This includes the new comedy series “Ghosted,” which will air nightly on Twitter for several days in September, before its television debut on October 1st. While TV networks have traditionally turned to social media to promote their… Read More

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From Digital Trends: What’s trending on Twitter? Popular Articles offers a comment-free look

Twitter recently launched a Popular Articles feature on both versions of the mobile app to display the most discussed articles. The feature lives in the explore tab and displays articles based on what your followers are sharing.

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From BetaNews: Theresa May wants tech firms to remove ‘extremist content’ faster… but it’s not quite that simple

UK prime minister Theresa May has called on the likes of Microsoft, Google, Twitter and Facebook to act faster to remove terrorism-related and extremist content. At the moment, it takes an average of 36 hours to remove content shared by the likes of Isis, and May wants this slashed to just two hours. But even this is not enough for the government. It wants technologies to be developed — or refined — that will identify this sort of content and prevent it from getting online in the first place. Facebook agrees — its love of AI is well-known — but… [Continue Reading]

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From Tech: Why deleting terrorist content within 2 hours off social networks isn’t the solution we need

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After denouncing end-to-end encryption, trying to control the online porn you watch and drafting one of the most invasive surveillance laws ever passed in a democracy, the UK prime minister is after big internet companies.

Along with French President Emmanuel Macron and Italian Prime Minister Paolo Gentiloni, Theresa May will meet representatives from Facebook, Microsoft, Twitter, and Google in New York at the UN General Assembly — and rest assured, she’ll be pretty tough in her message. 

While welcoming these companies’ efforts to try and stop the spread of terrorist content, May will urge them to do more, much more.  Read more…

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From The Next Web: Watch Microsoft’s AI suck at captioning gorgeous city landscapes on Twitter


Earlier this year, Microsoft opened up its Custom Vision framework to the public, empowering researchers and enthusiasts to effortlessly build and experiment with AI models; and it seems crafty users are already finding interesting ways to put the technology to use. Recreational AI-ficionado Geoff Boeing, who is currently completing a doctorate degree in urban planning at the University of California, Berkeley, has leveraged Microsoft’s computer vision algorithm to build a bot that captions gorgeous city landscapes. CityDescriber, as Boeing calls his invention, currently resides on Twitter, where you can follow its awkwardly phrased visual descriptions. All images are sourced from Reddit’s…

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From The Next Web: Twitter lurkers will love its new Popular Articles feature


In an effort to make its platform better for new and logged-out users – and presumably, folks who don’t tweet much – Twitter is rolling out a new feature that surfaces articles that people in your feed are talking about. BuzzFeed News first spotted links to stories under a ‘Popular Articles’ header in the Explore tab on Twitter’s mobile app today. In addition to articles that your network is engaging with, you’ll also see stories that are gaining steam among users in your area. Twitter has confirmed that the feature is rolling out to Android and iOS, but it might…

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