Instagram’s ‘huge booty’ problem keeps getting worse

By bot, bots, Business, Comments, engadget, entertainment, facebook, game of thrones, gear, instagram, Internet, scam, scams, Security, services, Social, social media, spam, trolls

There isn’t a day when I don’t come across comments from bots on Instagram. They’re all over the place. But there’s nothing they love more than to spam high-profile pages with millions of followers. Whether it’s LeBron James, Kim Kardashian, ESPN or…

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Instagram’s anti-bullying tool lets you ‘restrict’ problematic followers

By Adam Mosseri, AI, bullying, Comments, engadget, facebook, gear, instagram, Internet, Mobile, offensive, restricted, Security, tool, tools, warning

Today, Instagram announced two new tools meant to combat bullying. The first will use AI to warn users if a comment they’re about to post may be considered offensive. In theory, it will give users a chance to rethink their comments. The second will a…

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Bots have invaded Instagram comments

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The last thing I expected to find on Instagram was someone telling me not to look at their Story if I didn’t want to masturbate. But that comment, which I can only assume was intended reverse psychology, wasn’t just directed at me. It was left on a p…

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Justice Department investigates fake net neutrality comments

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The scrutiny over fake net neutrality comments appears to be intensifying. Sources talking to BuzzFeed News said the Justice Department is investigating whether or not there were crimes when people posted millions of bogus comments on the FCC’s net n…

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NYT lawsuit accuses FCC of withholding evidence of Russian meddling

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Are you frustrated that the FCC has been reluctant to cooperate with investigations into fake anti-net neutrality comments? So is the New York Times. The newspaper has sued the FCC after the regulator repeatedly refused to provide server logs …

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Why are people pretending to be dead on Instagram?

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Ahmed Simrin, 15, is one of the millions of teenagers who uses Instagram. He doesn’t post pictures on his page every day (there are two total), yet somehow he’s managed to get nearly 3,000 people to follow it. That doesn’t make him a social media inf…

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Instagram moves beyond its all-or-nothing approach to comments

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Instagram already has tools to filter your comments, but sometimes that’s just not enough. What if you’re tired of comment spam, or just don’t like that creep who tries to flirt with you on every post? You can finally do something about it outside of…

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Google’s comment ranking system will be a hit with the alt-right

By alphabet, badpassword, Comments, editorial, engadget, gear, google, Jigsaw, perspective, politics, toxic, trolls, vermont

A recent, sprawling Wired feature outlined the results of its analysis on toxicity in online commenters across the United States. Unsurprisingly, it was like catnip for everyone who’s ever heard the phrase “don’t read the comments.” According to The…

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All opinions are equal in BuzzFeed’s new comment system

By bensmith, bloomberg, buzzfeed, Comments, Culture, donaldtrump, engadget, ethics, facebook, Internet, journalism, outsideyourbubble, politics, reddit, Twitter, wallstreetjournal

President Donald Trump’s election win was shocking to many, which seems to say that Americans understand each other less than ever. Part of this disconnect may be a lack of exposure to opposing viewpoints. That’s what Buzzfeed seems to think, and it’…

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