Social Media

How to turn social media engagement into real sales

(Illustration by Sam Island) Pictures of organic onesies and teeny-tiny Chuck Taylors draw plenty of “likes” on Instagram, Alyssa Kerbel has found. But the CEO of Toronto-based clothing retailer Mini Mioche (2017 PROFIT 500: No. 92) notes the social media platform is useful for more than collecting adoration. When customers post their own pics featuring their cute kids wearing her brand, sales surge. ... Read More »

Western social media firms under fire as Iranians hint at dialogue over censorship

An woman checks her mobile phone as she walks past graffiti of a tree in central Tehran in this file photo from 31 December 2014 Getty Several social media companies in the West have been criticised for a perceived lack of transparency in alleged talks with the Iranian authorities on censoring content to the approval of the country’s strict religious authorities. Instagram, currently ... Read More »

Facebook Camera Now Lets You Capture 360-Degree Photos

HIGHLIGHTS Facebook has rolled out an update letting users capture 360-degree photos The update has been rolled out in both iOS and Android Users can also select their preferred starting view within the photo Making 360-degree photos more of a common experience, Facebook has rolled out an update letting users capture 360-degree photos using its in-app camera. The update has been rolled ... Read More »

Public servants warned against liking anti-government social media posts

Public servants are being warned that liking and sharing social media posts could put them in breach of their code of conduct and they may even be required to police anti-government messages posted by their friends. The Community and Public Sector Union has argued that the new guidance, released by the Australian Public Service Commission (APSC) on Monday, represents an absurd ... Read More »

Drowning case teaches lesson about social media’s impact on society

MELBOURNE, Fla. — The cellphone video taken by a group of teens while they watched a man drowning in a Cocoa pond — and not only did nothing to help him, but laughed at him — has shocked many here and beyond. And it raised questions about how to compel people to do the right thing and punish them if they ... Read More »

WeChat Go SIM Card Launched by KPN, Lets Users Chat on the Go in Europe

Chinese tourists can now use the popular WeChatmessaging app while soaking up the sights in Europe this summer thanks to Dutch telecom provider KPN. KPN said Thursday it has teamed up with Chinese technology giant Tencent as well as Internet video operator Sunway Culture Media “to launch the WeChat Go SIM card for Chinese tourists travelling to Europe.” WeChat, known as Weixin in ... Read More »

Facebook Fights US Gag Order That It Says Threatens Free Speech

HIGHLIGHTS Facebook said it wants to notify three users about the search warrants It said gag order poses a threat to freedom of speech The precise nature of the government’s investigation is not known Facebook is challenging a gag order from a US court that is preventing the company from talking about three government search warrants that it said pose ... Read More »

Facebook Hate Speech Rules Protect ‘White Men’ but Not ‘Black Children’: Report

HIGHLIGHTS Facebook is reported to be censoring posts in favour of ‘White men’ But it allowed hate postings against ‘Black kids’ on its platform Facebook recently pledged to nearly double its army of censors to 7,000 Facebook’s censorship rules that are meant to prevent hate speech and fake news might be protecting ‘White men’ over ‘Black children’, a media report said. Facebook ... Read More »

WhatsApp Support for Android 2.3 Gingerbread Extended till 2020

HIGHLIGHTS Android 2.3.7 Gingerbread will support WhatsApp until 2020 WhatsApp will also continue working on Windows 8 and later Nokia S60 platform will stop supporting WhatsApp after June WhatsApp clearly does not want to reduce its user base too early. With over 1.2 billion monthly active users in February, WhatsApp is available on a multitude of platforms, including ageing mobile ... Read More »

Facebook’s New Maps to Help Humanitarian Organisations Tackle Natural Disasters

Facebook has introduced disaster maps to help organisations address critical gap in information they often face while responding to natural disasters. Based on the aggregated location information users have chosen to share with Facebook, three types of maps – location density maps, movement maps and safety check maps – are to be provided during disaster response efforts. “We can help ... Read More »