Trump Gets a “Time out”

Twitter gave President Trump a "time out." His account was locked and he couldn't tweet for 12 hours. @jack wanted some tweets deleted and, after Trump complied, Twitter reinstated his account. Facebook, on the other hand, has suspended Trump's Facebook and Instagram accounts for a minimum of two weeks, but have threatened an indefinite period. Snapchat locked (but didn't delete) Trump's account. Right or wrong? Why now? Continue Reading →
Shelly Palmer on Fox 5
The US Government is looking into banning TikTok. Will it happen? Shelly Palmer talks with with Kerry Drew and Bianca Peters about social media addiction, data privacy and how the Chinese government is involved on Fox 5's Good Day New York. Original airdate: July 14, 2020 Continue Reading →
TikTok
Learning from her friends that TikTok view counts were all zeros, and thinking that this was a signal that TikTok was about to be banned, my friend's 12-year-old daughter ran up to her mom and excitedly said, "OMG! Will things go back to normal now?" Continue Reading →
TikTok
CNBC is reporting that a growing number of TikTok users are turning to the app for personal finance advice. As of mid-June, the #investing tag on TikTok had racked up 278.1 million views. Stating the obvious, experts caution that accounts offering guidance may be skipping important lessons and hawking get-rich quick schemes. We’ve been here before. Continue Reading →

Regulating Twitter

Twitter Bird in Cage
Imagine a universe where Twitter is fully regulated, an alternative Twitterverse. This is not a place that will ever exist, but sometimes it's helpful to simplify complex issues to help think them through. What would your perfect Twitterverse be like? What rules and regulations would have to exist? Would the world be a better place if your imaginary Twitterverse existed, or would it just present us with a different set of complex issues? Continue Reading →

Working Remotely

Earlier this week, Twitter held an all-hands meeting using Google Hangouts and Slack. According to my friends at Twitter, the experiment was a resounding success. This raises the question: what are your favorite tools for remote meetings, as well as remote work? Continue Reading →
Jack Dorsey
Twitter’s CEO, Jack Dorsey, announced that Twitter will no longer accept paid political advertising. He tweeted his reasons, “This isn’t about free expression. This is about paying for reach. And paying to increase the reach of political speech has significant ramifications that today’s democratic infrastructure may not be prepared to handle. It’s worth stepping back in order to address.” Continue Reading →

Zuck On The Hill

Mark Zuckerberg and President Trump
Mr. Zuckerberg went to Washington yesterday for private meetings with the President and several lawmakers. The meetings were private and Mr. Zuckerberg did not answer questions about specifics. However, according to the WSJ, Sen. Josh Hawley (R., Mo.) challenged Facebook’s CEO saying, “Prove that you’re serious… sell WhatsApp, and sell Instagram.” There is only hearsay Continue Reading →