Facebook now lists in one place all the companies that you’ve given access to your profile info. This makes deleting this access a snap, right from your iPhone or iPad. You may have taken a silly Facebook quiz to find out which droid from Star Wars you most resemble. Just by doing so, you allowed […]
Another week draws to a close, which means that it’s time for one more round of app sales. March is rapidly coming to its end, and 2018 continues on, but you didn’t come here for that. Today’s list is about the same as Wednesday’s, so it’s a quick one.
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Kick off the weekend with 36 temporarily free and 22 on-sale apps was written by the awesome team at Android Police.
It’s official: Apple’s annual Worldwide Developers Conference will kick off in San Jose, California on June 4, the company announced today. The event, which will take place at the McEnery Convention Center, will last from June 4 through June 8. WWDC is a conference that lets thousands of developers from across the globe congregate, network […]
A Social (Media) Issue
Most website traffic comes not from humans, but from bots — software programs designed to do automated tasks on the internet like refresh Facebook feeds or sort Google search results. But oftentimes bots are used for not-so-nice purposes, like harvesting email addresses or impersonating internet users.
When it comes to bots pretending to be real people, and say, participating in politics, social media platforms like Facebook and Twitter have a serious problem — it turns out that 20 percent of tweets about the heated 2016 U.S. Presidential election came from bots.
The problem of so many bots flooding these sites is that they are powerful enough to sway discourse through the sheer number of (non-human) opinions they churn out. Twitter has been trying to figure out a better way to handle the multitude of bots that tweet on a regular basis. The company has also started cracking down on users with multiple accounts, according to a recent announcement.
These efforts might not be enough, according to some lawmakers. Speaking at NBC’s “Meet the Press” earlier this week, senator Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.) suggested that Congress slap social media giants like Facebook and Twitter with fines if the companies fail to root out their bot problems.
“I think that would be a great idea,” said Klobuchar, and it’s one that we don’t hear lawmakers consider often enough. “But then you need Congress to act. There are too many people that are afraid of doing something about this because we know these sites are popular.”
Automated bots are designed to interact with human users as if they themselves were actually human, so tracing which tweets are penned by bots and which profiles represent people who aren’t real is challenging. Levying fines, would perhaps be a catalyst to start the crack-down, but it would still be up to Facebook and Twitter to root out fake accounts and users.
One solution would be to implement protocols that require approval for new applications, as well as those that force bots to identify themselves and adhere to clear-cut bot policies. Considering how these social media companies are among the biggest names in tech, handling the bot problem shouldn’t be that difficult. Right?
“These are the most sophisticated companies in America,” Klobuchar pointed out. “They have brilliant people working there. They’ve got to put more resources — maybe it means making less profits off of ads and other things — but they’ve got to put the resources into Facebook and Twitter to stop these bots from dominating the accounts.”
The post To Kick Bots off Social Media, Congress Might Have to Get Involved appeared first on Futurism.
Hello, and welcome to the final round of app sales for the week. February has just begun, which means that MWC is right around the corner. Before that chaos begins, let’s sit back and enjoy the calm. Today’s list, in contrast to Wednesday’s, has quite a bit going on – there are even a couple of good ones – so have at it.
- ET Music Player Pro $ 0.99 -> Free; 8 hours
- Gym Trainer Pro $ 0.99 -> Free; 1 day
- Motorbike Organizer 2 $ 0.99 -> Free; 2 days
- Road-Lynx $ 9.99 -> Free; 3 days
- Calc Fast $ 0.99 -> Free; 5 days
- Custom Pig Latin $ 0.99 -> Free; 5 days
- Fella for Facebook $ 0.99 -> Free; 7 days
- blipto $ 1.99 -> Free; 1 day
- 3D Bowling Arena Champion Game PREMIUM $ 0.99 -> Free; 3 days
- Classic Sudoku PRO(No Ads) $ 1.99 -> Free; 3 days
- Cubes $ 0.99 -> Free; 3 days
- Dots puzzle $ 0.99 -> Free; 4 days
- Everybody’s RPG $ 0.99 -> Free; 5 days
- Aliensome: 1 2 3 Find It!
Kick off the weekend with 37 temporarily free and 45 on-sale apps was written by the awesome team at Android Police.