TWITTER explores subscription-based option…
SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – Twitter Inc is considering whether to build a premium version of its popular Tweetdeck interface aimed at professionals, the company said on Thursday, raising the possibility that it could collect subscription fees from some users for the first time.
Like most other social media companies, Twitter since its founding 11 years ago has focused on building a huge user base for a free service supported by advertising. Last month it reported it had 319 million users worldwide.
But unlike the much-larger Facebook Inc , Twitter has failed to attract enough in advertising revenue to turn a profit even as its popularity with U.S. President Donald Trump and other celebrities makes the network a constant centre of attention.
Subscription fees could come from a version of Tweetdeck, an existing interface that helps users navigate Twitter.
INSTAGRAM Will Start Blurring ‘Offensive’ Photos…
Instagram is the latest internet company to step up efforts to hide content from users, implementing an automatic blur feature for images it deems “offensive”.
Instagram said the filter will first be used to obscure photos of shocking events of “humanitarian crises” like war and famine – and could be expanded to cover sexual material too.
FACEBOOK ‘Hunt & Kill White Women’ Post Not Hate Speech?
The way in which Facebook polices content on its network is under scrutiny again after it was revealed that a post in which a user called for white women to be “hunted and killed” was deemed to not be a violation of community standards.
“White women should be hunted and killed then we won’t get white babies who think the(y) own the world,” the user posted.
When the post was reported by another user for “hate speech,” Facebook responded with the message, “We reviewed the comment you reported for displaying hate speech and found it doesn’t violate our Community Standards.”
Meanwhile, posts by Christians that simply state bible passages in discussions about homosexuality are being removed, while pages devoted to showing grisly mock images of President Trump being assassinated are not taken down.
— Paul Joseph Watson (@PrisonPlanet) March 3, 2016
YOUTUBE MAKES MONEY ON SICK HOAX CLAIM VIDEOS…
And Google’s YouTube video platform was found to be raking in money from conspiracy theories saying the London outrage was a hoax.
As the maniac behind the attack was unmasked as 52-year-old Khalid Masood:
- The security services faced questions because he was known to police and MI5;
- Home Secretary Amber Rudd denied failures but admitted: ‘One got through’;
- It emerged MPs had raised concerns about the Commons gates Masood waltzed through;
- Officials revealed that he was shot dead by a ministerial bodyguard, rather than by armed police;
- Islamic State claimed Masood was its ‘soldier’;
- Officers made eight arrests around the country;
- The death toll rose to five when a 75-year-old man died in hospital last night.
GOOGLE ad boycott could aim ire at software…
San Francisco (AFP) – Google’s money-making foundation is strong enough to endure a current boycott by advertisers, but the movement could rattle the practice of software “programmed” ad placement, analysts said on Thursday.
The internet giant’s core business of serving up advertising along with online search results appeared to be safe from the boycott, motivated by companies seeking assurances that their marketing messages won’t be displayed along with hateful or outright terrorist content, particularly videos on Google-operated YouTube.
The “backlash” could broaden into a rebellion against the market practice of software programming ad placements, slowing not only Google’s revenue but also that of other internet firms, according to Jackdaw chief analyst Jan Dawson.
“I would think Google (and parent company Alphabet) would be extremely lucky to emerge from all this with minimal financial impact,” he said in a blog post.
“I think it’s far more likely it sees both a short-term dent in its revenues and profits from the spreading boycotts and possibly a longer-term impact as brands reconsider their commitments to programmatic advertising in general.”
‘Homeland’ terror training for GAWKER alumni…