Former Facebook exec: I didn’t mean social networking is all bad

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During a recent talk at Stanford, Chamath Palihapitiya, the early Facebook executive who now runs venture capital firm Social Capital, spoke of the dangers of social networks—such as their ability to efficiently spread false information—and said that he felt “tremendous guilt” for his role in the medium’s rise. Facebook took his comments personally enough that it issued a statement pointing out that he left the company more than six years ago.

Are you being manipulated by Facebook? Psychologist reveals the tricks social networks use to get you addicted, and how to take back control

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It can be hard to resist the lure of Facebook.
Social media sites such as this aren't just a way to catch up with friends, but also a tool to affirm our identities - and for many using them has become an addiction.
In an article for The Conversation, Simon McCarthy-Jones, Associate Professor in Clinical Psychology and Neuropsychology at Trinity College Dublin, looks at how these sites are manipulating our behaviour, and how we can take back control.

Facebook Made a Messenger App for Kids as Young as 6 & Parents Are Getting Heated

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Kids are growing up faster and faster these days, but what is the right age for children to enter the sometimes dangerous world of social media?

Well, according to Facebook, it's sooner than we think. The company just rolled out a new app called Messenger Kids that will cater to kiddos as young as 6 years old, and parents are not having it.
The app will work similarly to Snapchat, and it allows kids to send videos, texts, and photos to parent-approved contacts.

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WeWork acquires real-life social networking startup Meetup

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WeWork has acquired real-life social networking service Meetup that would continue to operate as a standalone company for now. Terms of the deal have not been disclosed.

“….together, Meetup and WeWork will use technology to create new and innovative ways of building community and we will be able to reach many more people around the globe,” Meetup shared on its site.

Launched in 2002, Meetup is a social networking service that allows users to organize meetings offline related to their shared interests and passions.

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