Instagram will let users report ‘false information’

Instagram is, very slowly, ramping up its tools to fight misinformation. The photo-sharing app will now let its users report posts that contain “false information.” Reported posts may be sent to one of Instagram’s fact-checkers and the post could eventually be hidden from Instagram’s Explore page and hashtag pages.  In other words: if you spot […]

Facebook let contractors listen to audio recordings from users

Facebook was listening. Sort of.  It turns out the company that only recently made a performative pivot toward privacy was paying contractors to listen to and transcribe users’ conversations, according to Bloomberg. Notably, the contractors reportedly did not know how Facebook obtained the audio and weren’t informed as to why it needed to be transcribed. […]

46% of social media users are ‘worn out’ by politics on social media

We’re more than a year away from the 2020 presidential election, and some U.S. social media users already want to hit the snooze button on politics. A new survey from the Pew Research Center found that 46 percent of U.S. social media users feel “worn out” by politics on social media. That’s a 9 percent […]

Instagram let a marketing company scrape users’ location data

Speaking at the 2019 F8 developers’ conference, Mark Zuckerberg assured the gathered crowd that “the future is private.” Apparently, he forgot to pass that message along to Facebook-owned Instagram.  According to Business Insider, “lax oversight” at the social media service permitted San Francisco-based marketing company HYP3R to scrape location data on millions of Instagram users […]

Google to let EU users choose their search provider on Android

Google announced on Friday it would introduce a new way for Android users in Europe to choose a search provider in Chrome. Starting in 2020, during device setup, users will be presented with a screen with several search providers, organized randomly.  This follows the $5 billion fine imposed by the  European Commission on Google in […]

The Risks of Sending Email to Inactive Users

When we onboard enterprise customers here at SparkPost, one of the topics we cover is list hygiene: removing inactive users from your mailing list. The definition of “inactive” really varies by email type (marketing, welcome, transactional) and industry (finance, marketing, employment, etc). For example “inactive” in the employment industry could be six months or more, […]