Pro-Trump social media duo accuses Facebook of anti-conservative censorship

Following up on a recurring thread from Mark Zuckerberg’s congressional appearance earlier this month, the House held a hearing today on perceived bias against conservatives on Facebook and other social platforms. The hearing, ostensibly about “how social media companies filter content on their platforms,” focused on the anecdotal accounts of social media stars Diamond and […]

Mozilla launches Hubs, a social browser-based WebVR experiment

Mozilla is continuing its mission to make the browser a core facet of virtual reality (VR) today with the launch of Hubs, a WebVR experiment from the mixed reality team at Mozilla, which touts this latest app as an “immersive social experience.” You begin by visiting the Hubs portal through any browser, then you choose […]

Can data science save social media?

Bob Ackerman Jr. Contributor Robert Ackerman Jr. is the founder and a managing director of Allegis Capital, an early-stage cybersecurity venture firm, and a founder of DataTribe, a startup “studio” for fledgling cyber startups staffed by former government technology innovators and cybersecurity professionals. More posts by this contributor The Trump team has failed to address […]

Minds aims to decentralize the social network

Decentralization is the buzzword du jour. Everything – from our currencies to our databases – are supposed to exist, immutably, in this strange new world. And Bill Ottman wants to add our social media to the mix. Ottman, an intense young man with a passion to fix the world, is the founder of Minds.com, a […]

Beloved British pub chain quits social media, tells customers to get their news the old-school way

In the era of brands competing for attention and affection on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and Snapchat, one British company has done the unthinkable—it’s quitting social media completely.  SEE ALSO: I’d love to delete Facebook, but I don’t want to give up my Tinder matches JD Wetherspoon—a chain with 900 pubs in the UK and Ireland— […]

Zuckerberg owns or clones most of the “8 social apps” he cites as competition

Mark Zuckerberg’s flimsy defense when congress asked about a lack of competition to Facebook has been to cite that the average American uses eight social apps. But that conveniently glosses over the fact that Facebook owns three of the top 10 U.S. iOS apps: #4 Instagram, #6 Messenger, and #8 Facebook according to App Annie. […]

Starbucks faces social media backlash over tepid apology for alleged racial profiling

Cell phone video captured a bewildered man at Starbucks this week asking Philadelphia police why they were arresting his two black friends.  Onlookers said there didn’t appear to be a reason for the arrest. The men were simply sitting at the coffee shop, waiting for their business associate — the aforementioned bewildered man — to […]

VR social network VTime raises $7.6 million round, preps for AR version

VTime, one of the first ever VR social networks, appears to still be going strong; the team behind the app just raised .6 million in a Series A round of funding. The investment was led by Deepbridge Capital and also included U.K.-based loan and equity provider, MSIF. According to a press release, these funds will […]

Social Media Marketing Benchmarks: What Works & Where to Focus

Social media marketers, how are you feeling? Take a minute to breathe if you need to. The last few months have been a wild ride. Fatigue, vertigo, and even a little nausea are perfectly understandable. As I said before, social media isn’t dying, but it is changing. Marketers are used to quick changes, naturally, but […]

HQ Trivia finally gets social with ‘Friends on HQ’ update

The popular quiz startup HQ Trivia is beginning to roll out the first of many new social features to its app focused on leveraging competition with friends and family during game time. HQ Trivia has managed to bring people together in real life to play the game on their phones, but the startup has done […]