Online Social Networks – Pagerank Tracking http://pagerank-tracking.com/ Mon, 16 May 2022 10:25:03 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.9.3 https://pagerank-tracking.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/06/icon-1.png Online Social Networks – Pagerank Tracking http://pagerank-tracking.com/ 32 32 Upstate Fiber Networks Announces Fiber-to-the-Home (FTTH) Build Updates in Select Communities https://pagerank-tracking.com/upstate-fiber-networks-announces-fiber-to-the-home-ftth-build-updates-in-select-communities/ Mon, 16 May 2022 10:03:34 +0000 https://pagerank-tracking.com/upstate-fiber-networks-announces-fiber-to-the-home-ftth-build-updates-in-select-communities/ Upstate Fiber Networks is expanding its services in the Finger Lakes region. “We’ve seen how important the internet is to families working, studying and connecting with others virtually right now. We are excited to bring this option to more of our communities,” commented Paul Griswold, President of OTTC & Upstate Fiber Networks. PHELPS, NY […]]]>

Upstate Fiber Networks is expanding its services in the Finger Lakes region.

“We’ve seen how important the internet is to families working, studying and connecting with others virtually right now. We are excited to bring this option to more of our communities,” commented Paul Griswold, President of OTTC & Upstate Fiber Networks.

Upstate Fiber Networks (UFN), a subsidiary of the Ontario and Trumansburg Telephone Company (OTTC), announced significant progress in building fibre-to-the-home to communities in the Finger Lakes region.

  • Construction in Waterloo is now complete and service is provided to 2,100 homes.
  • Construction in Seneca Falls is nearing completion and service will be provided to 3,000 homes.
  • In Geneva, 78 km of fiber are being built and 2,600 households can currently subscribe to the service. The construction of a total of 4,000 houses will be completed this summer.
  • In Newark, 45 miles of fiber are under construction and 3,000 homes can currently sign up for the service. By the end of the summer, we will be able to serve a total of 3,800 homes.
  • Construction in Shortsville/Manchester will begin soon. 16 miles of fiber will bring service to over 1,400 homes.

Construction is scheduled for later this year in the following communities:

  • Canandaigua – 5,400 homes will pass over 63 miles of construction.
  • Palmyra – 2,260 homes will pass over 33 miles of construction.
  • Macedonia – 800 houses will be passed over 15 miles of construction.

“Gigabit Fiber offers the fastest speeds and best connections,” commented Paul Griswold, President of OTTC & Upstate Fiber Networks. “We have seen how important this is for families working, studying and connecting with others virtually right now. We are excited to bring this option to more of our communities. »

Upstate Fiber Networks continues to evaluate new areas for expansion. To check the availability of UFN Usable Zones and soon-to-be-live zones, visit http://www.upstatefibernetworks.com and click the “Check Availability” button. Residents of these areas should complete the online form even if they are not currently eligible for service, as the company may use the data to help determine future building zones.

What is Fiber Internet? Internet fiber offers symmetrical speeds, which means downloading and downloading are equally fast. Connectivity challenges faced by users when using video conferencing associated with telecommuting, e-learning and telemedicine have highlighted the importance of fast download speeds. Upstate Fiber Networks offers the fastest residential Internet speeds available, ranging from 250 Mbps to 1 Gbps (1,000 Mbps). For businesses, Upstate Fiber Networks can customize speeds beyond Gigabit capacity if needed.

ABOUT OTTC and UFN

Founded in 1920, the Ontario & Trumansburg Telephone Companies (OTTC) is a five-generation family business that has been innovating to deliver cutting-edge communications technology for over a century. Today, OTTC and its subsidiaries, including Upstate Fiber Networks, are New York State’s largest independent telephone company. For more information, visit the company’s website at http://www.upstatefibernetworks.com.

Share the article on social networks or by e-mail:

]]>
As Musk takeover looms, Twitter searches for its soul https://pagerank-tracking.com/as-musk-takeover-looms-twitter-searches-for-its-soul/ Sat, 14 May 2022 15:25:10 +0000 https://pagerank-tracking.com/as-musk-takeover-looms-twitter-searches-for-its-soul/ SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A toxic cesspool. A lifeline. A finger on the pulse of the world. Twitter is all that and more to its more than 217 million users worldwide – politicians, journalists, activists, celebrities, weirdos and normals, cat and dog lovers and just about anyone else with a an Internet connection. For Elon […]]]>

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A toxic cesspool. A lifeline. A finger on the pulse of the world. Twitter is all that and more to its more than 217 million users worldwide – politicians, journalists, activists, celebrities, weirdos and normals, cat and dog lovers and just about anyone else with a an Internet connection.

For Elon Muskits ultimate troll and perhaps the most prolific user whose company takeover is increasingly shakyTwitter is a “de facto public square” in dire need of a libertarian makeover.

If and how the takeover will happen, at this point in the game, anyone can guess. On Friday, Musk announced the deal was “on hold,” then tweeted that he was still “committed to it.” On Tuesday, Tesla’s billionaire CEO said he would reverse the ban on former President Donald Trump’s platform if his purchase goes ahead, but also voiced support for a new European Union law to protect social media users from harmful content.

The past few weeks have been chaotic and only one thing seems certain: the turmoil will continue for Twitter, inside and outside the company.

“Twitter at its highest has always been chaos. It’s always had intrigue and it’s always had drama,” says Leslie Miley, former head of engineering at Twitter. “This,” he says , “is in the DNA of Twitter.”

`WHAT PEOPLE THINK’

Since its 2007 debut as a rambling “microblogging service” at the South by Southwest festival in Austin, Texas, Twitter has always punched above its weight.

At a time when rivals number their users in the billions, it stayed small, frustrating Wall Street and making it easier for Musk to get started with an offer his board couldn’t refuse.

But Twitter also wields unparalleled influence on news, politics, and society through its public nature, simple, largely text-based interface, and sense of chronological immediacy.

“It’s a pithy potluck of self-expression that simmers with whimsy, narcissism, voyeurism, peddling, boredom, and occasionally useful information,” Michael Liedtke, technology writer at Associated Press, wrote in an article. of 2009. about the company months after rejecting a $500 million takeover of Facebook. Twitter then had 27 employees and its most popular user was Barack Obama.

Today, the San Francisco icon employs 7,500 people worldwide. Obama is still his most popular account holder, followed by pop stars Justin Bieber and Katy Perry (Musk is No. 6). Twitter’s rise to mainstream can be told through global events, like wars, terrorist attacks, the Arab Spring, the #metoo movement and other pivotal moments in our collective history unfolding in real time. on the platform.

“Twitter often attracts thinkers. People who think things through tend to be attracted to a text-based platform. And it’s full of journalists. So Twitter both reflects and drives what people think,” says Cathy Reisenwitz, writer, editor and creator of OnlyFans, who has been on Twitter since 2010 and has more than 18,000 followers.

These days, Reisenwitz tweets about politics, sex work, housing and land use issues, among other things. She finds it ideal for discovering people and ideas and introducing others to her writings and thoughts. That’s why she stayed all these yearsdespite the harassment and even death threats she receives on the platform.

Twitter users in academia, niche fields, those with quirky interests, subcultures large and small, grassroots activists, researchers and a host of others flock to the platform. Why? Because at best it promises an open and free exchange of facts and ideas, where knowledge is shared, debated and challenged. Journalists, Reisenwitz recalled, were among the first to massively attack Twitter and make it what it is today.

“If I’m on Twitter, (almost) any journalist, regardless of their platform size, if you said something interesting would respond to you and you could have a conversation about what he had written and in real time,” Reisenwitz said. “And I just thought, that’s amazing. Whatever field you’re in, you can talk to the experts and ask them questions.

And these subcultures – they are great. There’s Black Twitter, Feminist Twitter, Baseball Twitter, Japanese Cat Twitter, ER Nurse Twitter, and so on.

“It’s allowed interest groups, especially those organized around social identity, whether we’re talking about gender, sexuality or race, to have really important group dialogues,” says Brooke Erin Duffy , a professor at Cornell University who studies social sciences. media.

In a 2018 study of social media subcultures — Black Twitter, Asian American Twitter, and Feminist Twitter — the Knight Foundation has found that they not only help challenge top-down, sometimes problematic, community views, but also influence broader media coverage of important questions.

“So there’s this really interesting flow of information that’s not just mainstream media top-down communication with subcultures, but allowing various groups, in this case Black Twitter, to have conversations really important and hard-hitting that the media picked up and broadcast. wider audience,” says Duffy.

Software engineer Cher Scarlett says that while Twitter is far from perfect — and, undeniably, the hotbed of harassment, hate speech and misinformation — it’s still a cut above many platforms. That’s because Twitter at least tried to answer toxic content, she says, with improvements like Twitter Safety Mode, a product being tested that would make it easier for users to stop harassment. Scarlett has faced repeated abuse online for her advocacy of women in tech.

“I’ve been on Twitter since the beginning. A big part of my network is Twitter,” says Scarlett. “There’s nothing else really like it.”

THE DARK SIDE

On the other side of Twitter’s immediacy, the public and open nature and the 280 character limit (once 140 characters) is a perfect recipe for passions to run high, especially anger.

“When dealing with fans, emotions can boil over, especially if you share something negative about their teams,” says Steve Phillips, a former New York Mets general manager who now hosts a show on MLB Network Radio. “Twitter’s anonymity sometimes allows people to take pictures, but it’s been one of the most effective ways to communicate with people with similar interests so far.”

But that’s not all Twitter baseball out there. There’s also the massive, creepy, dark part of Twitter. It’s the Twitter of Nazis, demented trolls, conspiracy theorists and nation states funding massive networks to influence elections.

Jaime Longoria, head of research and training for the Disinfo Defense League, a nonprofit that works with community organizations to fight misinformation, said Musk’s purchase of Twitter jeopardizes a platform. -form which, according to many experts, was more successful in containing harmful content. than its competitors.

He fears Musk is relaxing moderation rules that offered some protection against white supremacy, hate speech, threats of violence and harassment. He says he hopes he is wrong. “We watch and wait,” Longoria says. “The Twitter we know may be over. I think Twitter as we have known it will cease to exist.

In a series of tweets in 2018, then-CEO Jack Dorsey said the company was committed to “collective health, openness and civility of public conversation, and to holding ourselves publicly responsible for progress”.

“We have witnessed abuse, harassment, armies of trolls, manipulation through robots and human coordination, disinformation campaigns and increasingly divisive echo chambers. We are not proud of how people have taken advantage of our service, or our inability to respond to them quickly enough,” he wrote.

Twitter, led by its trust and safety team, has been working to improve things. He adopted new policies, added labels to false informationlaunched the repeat offenders of its rules against hatred, incitement to violence and other harmful activities.

Since the 2016 US presidential elections, social media companies have conducted a review of how Russia has used their platforms to influence American policy. In spurts, things began to improve, at least in the United States and Western Europe.

At its best, Twitter connects people around the world to participate in the open exchange of ideas. Musk recently told The Associated Press that he wants Twitter to be “inclusive” and “where, ideally, most of America is on it and talking.” But that ignores the fact that most of Twitter’s user base is outside the United States – and that Twitter looks very different in the rest of the world, where America’s party divisions and free speech arguments make little sense.

Outside of Western democracies, for example, users say little has changed when it comes to cracking down on hate and misinformation.

“There is a lot of hate on Twitter, especially directed at minorities. And so there is always a constant battle for Twitter to crack down on hate speech, very often violent hate speech and fake news. And yeah, I think Twitter really isn’t doing enough for that,” says Shoaib Daniyal, deputy editor of Indian news site Scroll.

“Twitter is almost like a central node, which feeds political activity to TV stations, journalists and WhatsApp groups.”

Musk’s free speech absolutism, says Daniyal, doesn’t make much sense in India because there weren’t many speech restrictions on the platform to begin with.

“It’s pretty hateful anyway,” he said. “And Twitter hasn’t done much about it. So let’s see where this leads. Which, given Musk’s mercurial nature, could be almost any direction.

__

Associated Press writer David Klepper contributed to this story from Providence, Rhode Island.

]]>
How to moderate a global megaphone? Why the EU’s new internet safety law will be a challenge https://pagerank-tracking.com/how-to-moderate-a-global-megaphone-why-the-eus-new-internet-safety-law-will-be-a-challenge/ Thu, 12 May 2022 16:00:00 +0000 https://pagerank-tracking.com/how-to-moderate-a-global-megaphone-why-the-eus-new-internet-safety-law-will-be-a-challenge/ Social media has allowed us to connect with each other like never before. But it came at a price – he handed out a megaphone to everyone, including terrorists, pedophiles and hate groups. The institutions of the European Union recently reached an agreement on the Digital Services Act, which intended to “make sure that what […]]]>

Social media has allowed us to connect with each other like never before. But it came at a price – he handed out a megaphone to everyone, including terrorists, pedophiles and hate groups. The institutions of the European Union recently reached an agreement on the Digital Services Act, which intended to “make sure that what is illegal offline is treated as illegal online”.

The UK government also has an Online Safety Bill in the works, aimed at strengthening requirements for digital platforms to remove illegal material.

The scale at which major social media platforms operate – they can have billions of users around the world – presents a major challenge in monitoring illegal content. What is illegal in one country may be legal and protected expression in another. For example, rules regarding criticism of the government or members of a royal family.

This gets complicated when a user posts from one country and the post is shared and viewed in other countries. In the UK there have even been instances where it was legal to print something on the front page of a newspaper in Scotland, but not in England.

The Digital Services Act leaves it up to member states of the European Union to define illegal content in their own laws.

Illegal Content Tracking

Even where the law is clear, such as someone selling controlled drugs or recruiting for banned terrorist groups, content moderation on social media platforms faces challenges of scale.

Users make hundreds of millions of posts a day. Automation can detect known illegal content based on a fuzzy fingerprint of file content. But it doesn’t work without a database and content needs to be reviewed before being added.

In 2021, the Internet Watch Foundation investigated more reports than in its first 15 years of existence, including 252,000 containing cases of child abuse: a 64% year-over-year increase from 2020.

However, new videos and images will not be captured by a database. While artificial intelligence may try to find new content, it won’t always get it right.

Content moderation

At the start of 2020, Facebook had around 15,000 content moderators in the US, up from 4,500 in 2017. TikTok claimed to have 10,000 people working on “trust and safety” (which is a bit broader than content moderation ), from the end of 2020.

A 2020 NYU Stern School of Business report suggested that Twitter had around 1,500 moderators.

Facebook claims that in 2021, 97% of the content they flagged as hate speech was removed by artificial intelligence, but we don’t know what was missed, unreported or unremoved.

The Digital Services Act will force the biggest social networks to open their data and information to independent researchers, which should increase transparency.

Need human review

Reviewing violent, disturbing, racist and hateful content can be traumatic for moderators and has led to a $52 million legal settlement. Some social media moderators report having to review up to 8,000 reported pieces of content per day.

While there are emerging AI-based techniques that attempt to detect specific types of content, AI-based tools struggle to distinguish between illegal and distasteful or potentially harmful content. (but otherwise legal).

Artificial intelligence can falsely flag harmless content, miss harmful content, and increase the need for human review.

Facebook’s own internal studies reportedly found instances where the wrong action was taken against posts up to “90% of the time”. Users expect consistency, but it’s hard to deliver on a large scale, and moderators’ decisions are subjective. Gray area cases will thwart even the most specific and prescriptive guidelines.

Freedom of expression, fake content

The challenge also extends to misinformation. There is a fine line between protecting free speech and freedom of the press and preventing the deliberate dissemination of false content. The same facts can often be phrased differently, which is well known to anyone familiar with the long history of “spin” in politics.

Social networks often rely on users reporting harmful or illegal content, and the Digital Services Act aims to reinforce this. But an overly automated approach to moderation can flag or even hide content that reaches a set number of reports. This means that groups of users who wish to remove content or views can weaponize mass reporting of content.

Social media companies focus on user growth and time spent on the platform. As long as the abuse isn’t holding them back, they’ll likely make more money. That’s why it’s important for platforms to take strategic (but potentially polarizing) action – like the impeachment of former US President Donald Trump. from Twitter.

Most of the demands made by the Digital Services Act are reasonable on their own, but will be difficult to implement on a large scale. Increased monitoring of content will lead to increased use of automation, which cannot make subjective assessments of context. Calls may be too slow to provide meaningful recourse if a user mistakenly receives an automatic ban.

If the legal penalties for content moderation errors are high enough for social networks, they may have no short-term choice but to more carefully limit what users get. TikTok’s approach to hand-picked content has been widely criticized.

Platform biases and “filter bubbles” are a real concern. Filter bubbles are created where the content presented to you is automatically selected by an algorithm, which attempts to guess what you want to see next, based on data such as what you have already viewed. Users sometimes accuse social media companies of platform bias or unfair moderation.

Is there a way to moderate a global megaphone? I would say the evidence says no, at least not on a large scale. We will likely see the answer play out through the enforcement of the Digital Services Act in court.

Greig Paul is a Senior Mobile Network and Security Engineer at the University of Strathclyde, Scotland.

This article first appeared on The Conversation.

]]>
Meta’s Instagram and Facebook reign supreme as the most trusted social networks for consumers / Digital Information World https://pagerank-tracking.com/metas-instagram-and-facebook-reign-supreme-as-the-most-trusted-social-networks-for-consumers-digital-information-world/ Wed, 11 May 2022 01:30:00 +0000 https://pagerank-tracking.com/metas-instagram-and-facebook-reign-supreme-as-the-most-trusted-social-networks-for-consumers-digital-information-world/ The results are known when it comes to the most trusted social media network for consumers. The responses generated by Gen Z in a recent survey were very different from those of respondents from other age groups. Obviously they are attacking social media privacy in a more drastic way and that’s why it was interesting […]]]>

The results are known when it comes to the most trusted social media network for consumers.

The responses generated by Gen Z in a recent survey were very different from those of respondents from other age groups.

Obviously they are attacking social media privacy in a more drastic way and that’s why it was interesting to see the results.

Although there was no clear winner in this regard, Gen Z consumers felt that social networks had separate policies in place to protect privacy. In addition, the survey indicated that there were significantly fewer “not sure” responses recorded compared to other age groups, which amounted to 68%.

25% of Gen Z respondents saved their responses for the social network they could trust. And meta properties took the lead with 24%.

Instagram ranked first with 13% of votes, closely followed by Facebook with 11%. Snapchat was a close second, but interestingly, Snap was 3x more preferred by Gen Z compared to older age groups. This is where only 3% of them felt they could trust Snapchat.

Only 9% of Gen Z users say TikTok was able to protect their privacy online, nearly four times higher than that seen for the older population.

Besides social media reach, we’ve seen Gen Z align with the older cohort in terms of privacy, where some have even gone so far as to provide significant support to others. For example, 41% of them felt that Google offered the best privacy policies in terms of search engines. And it was almost 4 points more than the others.

In terms of mobile carriers, 72% felt that Apple’s iPhones were the best in terms of privacy, 21% more than older cohorts felt.

H/T: Tinuiti.

Read next: What consumers really think about influencer advertising and marketing, new research reveals all

]]>
Online Privacy Will Be Critical If ‘Roe Vs Wade’ Is Spilled https://pagerank-tracking.com/online-privacy-will-be-critical-if-roe-vs-wade-is-spilled/ Sun, 08 May 2022 17:00:03 +0000 https://pagerank-tracking.com/online-privacy-will-be-critical-if-roe-vs-wade-is-spilled/ About 10 years ago, a story about Target’s incredible ability to detect a customer’s pregnancy made waves. An angry man had walked into a Target store in Minneapolis, demanding to speak to a manager and showing flashing coupons his teenage daughter had received in the mail for baby clothes and cribs. “Are you trying to […]]]>

About 10 years ago, a story about Target’s incredible ability to detect a customer’s pregnancy made waves. An angry man had walked into a Target store in Minneapolis, demanding to speak to a manager and showing flashing coupons his teenage daughter had received in the mail for baby clothes and cribs. “Are you trying to encourage her to get pregnant?” he asked. It turned out that his daughter was already pregnant, and Target had figured that out before him.

Data mining has improved since then, but thankfully our privacy tools have improved too. A leaked draft decision suggests the U.S. Supreme Court could overturn Roe vs. Wade, the landmark 1974 decision that gave women the right to abortion. This would make online privacy more critical than ever for women and healthcare providers, as abortion secrecy would become integral not only for personal reasons, but also to avoid legal ramifications or backlash. vigilantes. It’s unclear who would be legally responsible for an abortion in the nearly a dozen or more US states that may ban it. But many women would like to hide their online activity as a precaution. Democratic Senator Ron Wyden warned on Tuesday that “every digital record – from web searches to phone records and app data – will be weaponized in Republican states to control women’s bodies.”

One of the first things many women who need an abortion do is seek advice online. This will not change. But if they live in one of the 22 states that would likely ban abortion, they better hide their browsing history and use encrypted messaging apps to tell others about their plans. If abortion pills were also banned, women might turn to the dark web for them, which they already do, according to a study. Women may also turn to VPNs to prevent mobile network providers and search engines from seeing their browsing habits. They will clear their web histories, use private browsing windows, or use more privacy-focused browsers like Firefox.

Such tools, normally associated with political dissidents in autocratic regimes, could become far more important for American women in a post-Roe vs. Wade world. A tech news site reported that a location data firm was already selling information about visits to abortion clinics, tracking apps on groups of phones.

The Internet presents risks, but also helps, such as telemedicine services that offer medication for abortion. Many women in the United States have flocked to services like Aid Access to acquire such drugs; the Women on Web site offers services to women around the world. Depending on location, the pills can cost around $90, compared to $600 or more to get the procedure done at a clinic, a cost prohibitive for many women who need abortions.

Online collectives like Facebook’s Auntie Networks will also become increasingly important. These are pages run by people offering a spare room in US states where abortion is legal, for women who need the procedure. A 2019 report in The Washington Post described how some Auntie Network pages suggested taking selfies at local sites as “proof” that the trip was just a vacation. A host from Iowa said he would be “happy to send you a birthday card” that included birth control, a Plan B pill or a pregnancy test. As well-intentioned as these moves are, this is sensitive information hosted by a social media company that is already being used by third parties, in this case advertisers.

In the meantime, an upcoming law in the EU that limits the power of big tech companies could have the unintended consequence of making the data of people in the United States more vulnerable to surveillance. The EU Digital Markets Act, which will come into force in the next few years, obliges the world’s largest digital companies to make their products compatible with those of their competitors. This means that messaging apps like WhatsApp will have to co-exist with less secure services like SMS. But some cryptography experts say making these tools interoperable will break their encryption standards, which could put women seeking abortions at greater risk.

Social media and search platforms have been exploited for years by the surveillance advertising industry. How resistant will they be to future government efforts to enforce the abortion ban? What if prosecutors order Facebook or Google to identify women who break the rules? Given the libertarian ethos of many of Silicon Valley’s billionaire founders and the legal fallout from whistleblower Edward Snowden, it’s hard to see such companies giving in to government demands to crack their encryption and hand over such details. But put enough financial pressure on a business and anything can happen. For now, encryption and online privacy tools are a sacred right for women who wish to have an abortion. They must not become a luxury.

Parmy Olson is a Bloomberg Opinion columnist covering technology.

To subscribe to Mint Bulletins

* Enter a valid email

* Thank you for subscribing to our newsletter.

]]>
Elon Musk’s grand vision for Twitter faces reality in India and China https://pagerank-tracking.com/elon-musks-grand-vision-for-twitter-faces-reality-in-india-and-china/ Tue, 03 May 2022 05:26:26 +0000 https://pagerank-tracking.com/elon-musks-grand-vision-for-twitter-faces-reality-in-india-and-china/ Asia, home to more than half of the world’s population, is Twitter’s biggest growth opportunity and arguably a much tougher challenge. If billionaire Tesla Inc. and SpaceX keep their promises to abolish censorship, they will come up against a plethora of baffling regulations, wielded by sometimes authoritarian governments, taken to extremes by a horde of […]]]>

Asia, home to more than half of the world’s population, is Twitter’s biggest growth opportunity and arguably a much tougher challenge. If billionaire Tesla Inc. and SpaceX keep their promises to abolish censorship, they will come up against a plethora of baffling regulations, wielded by sometimes authoritarian governments, taken to extremes by a horde of new Internet users.

The numbers alone suggest Musk’s biggest headaches lie overseas. Twitter’s monetizable daily active users numbered 179 million globally – eclipsing 38 million in the United States in 2021, according to its latest annual report.

As a public company, Twitter has repeatedly stressed that it must follow local regulations. Once it becomes a private enterprise controlled by the richest man in the world, Musk will take personal responsibility for navigating this thicket — and the fallout if he fails.

“Asia has the potential to make or break the new Twitter,” said JJ Rose, contributor to Australian nonpartisan think tank Lowy Institute. “It will depend on how he approaches it if he can exploit it for his free speech goals.”

Representatives for Twitter and Musk did not respond to requests for comment.

China

Twitter is officially banned in China, but the country will still demand a lot of attention from Musk. Amazon.com Inc. founder Jeff Bezos hinted at the potential conflicts in a tweet shortly after Musk’s deal, asking “Did the Chinese government just gain some leverage over the place of the city?”

An obvious point is that China is extremely important to Tesla, Musk’s main source of wealth. The billionaire will certainly face pressure – implicit or explicit – to fine-tune Twitter’s policies to please Beijing.

As the world’s largest electric vehicle market and supplier of Tesla batteries, China is key to the healthy growth of the centerpiece of Musk’s business empire. Tesla also received significant tax breaks when it set up its Shanghai Gigafactory – its first overseas factory – and was allowed to own all of its operations locally, a rarity for an American company.

A pressing question is how Twitter is handling China’s efforts to spread propaganda globally on the platform. In 2020, the company instituted labels for government officials and “state-affiliated media” for publications like Xinhua and Global Times, and readers are reminded of this government support every time they like or retweet articles. Chinese media have described the practice as “intimidation”. and already started to pressure the billionaire to back down.

“One of the fiercest tests of Musk’s stated commitment to expanding free speech on Twitter will be whether he stands up to pressure from Beijing to whitewash criticism and challenges of China on the platform. -form,” said Suzanne Nossel, CEO of nonprofit advocacy group PEN America. “Whatever incremental changes he makes to the platform in the name of free speech, they risk being swallowed up under the weight of a heavy Chinese hand controlling what Musk has rightly dubbed a global public square.”

China Daily reporter Chen Weihua appealed directly to Musk with the argument that such labels suppress free speech and contradict Musk’s stated principles. The billionaire did not give a clear indication of how he would decide these matters.

“By ‘free speech,’ I just mean what’s within the law,” Musk wrote on Twitter. “I am against censorship that goes far beyond the law.”

Robots are another matter. China has also used automated, anonymous accounts to spread government messages, prompting Twitter to remove more than 170,000 accounts in 2020 for “spreading pro-Communist geopolitical narratives.” Musk pledged to “defeat spambots or die trying!” and seems determined to continue cracking down on fake accounts.

Beijing has shown its willingness to punish billionaires who do not comply with its wishes. Regulators hammered the country’s tech giants and effectively banned Alibaba Group Holding Ltd. co-founder Jack Ma from public view.

Incentives are offered beyond the electric vehicle market. Musk’s SpaceX could certainly seek Chinese customers, while his Boring Co. could enjoy lucrative infrastructure contracts in the country.

And what about Twitter itself? A slice of the Chinese population uses virtual private networks to escape Beijing’s control and use the service. Could Beijing also offer access to its 1.4 billion inhabitants? Maybe under the right conditions. They would certainly not include freedom of expression.

India

India is another high-stakes market for Twitter: there are half a billion Internet users in the country and another half a billion logging on.

Twitter plays a role in India’s online discourse similar to that of the United States: the country’s political leaders use it to get their messages across, which are then relayed on television and news networks. Prime Minister Narendra Modi was an early adopter of the service and has 78 million subscribers, more than Twitter has registered users in the country.

But the government in New Delhi has insisted on far greater control than Washington has ever been able to exert. Tensions in the relationship grew during farmer protests around the country in 2020 and 2021 as Twitter and the government clashed over what kind of speech would be tolerated on the platform.

When groups of farmers demanded the repeal of some laws they said favored corporate-run farms, they took to the streets and social media to make their case, including Twitter. Modi’s administration insisted that the San Francisco-based company remove posts criticizing its actions – and Twitter initially refused to comply. Indian authorities then threatened to jail the company’s executives, prompting Twitter to permanently suspend more than 500 accounts and block access to hundreds more.

It was a direct example of how support for “free speech” can conflict with government edicts and legal compliance. Later in 2021, New Delhi tightened its grip on social media such as Twitter and Facebook: the government insisted that companies identify specific individuals as grievance officers, who will be responsible for handling official removal requests and who could face prison sentences for non-compliance. Twitter joined, albeit with some delay.

It’s unclear how Musk would reconcile his support for greater free speech with such tight government controls.

“Twitter should respect the laws of the country,” the future owner said in an interview.

The problem is not limited to India. Neighboring Sri Lanka restricted access to social media ahead of April protests, while Myanmar’s military junta last year shut down internet access altogether in its bid to suppress opposition. Researchers found Twitter to be the most blocked social media platform in the world with a total of 12,379 hours of outages in 2021.

South East Asia

Southeast Asia has become one of the fastest growing internet markets, fueled by countries like Indonesia and India connecting their vast populations.

Southeast Asia’s digital economy will reach $363 billion by 2025

But developing markets have their own problems. Meta Platforms Inc. cites the Philippines, Vietnam, and Indonesia as major sources of fake and duplicate accounts. Meta, whose services Facebook and Instagram face similar challenges to Twitter, has for years reported in its annual reports that around 11% of its users worldwide are duplicate accounts and 5% are fake. As with China, Twitter will have its work cut out to eradicate synthetic users.

Freedom of expression also clashes with local laws in this region. Last year, Singapore passed a controversial “foreign interference” law granting it the power to demand information about social media users, in a bid to prevent foreigners from influencing domestic policy. Would this match Musk’s ambition of free expression?

Vietnam has posed similar challenges to online service providers like Facebook and Alphabet Inc.’s Google, with a cybersecurity law effectively forcing a choice between respecting user privacy and respecting local rules.

The question that will have to be answered over the next few years is how far Musk will keep his promises to free Twitter, not just in the United States, but in the rest of the world.

“Asia is not North America and it is not Europe,” said Rose of the Lowy Institute. “Musk has a globalist outlook and his business interests to date have tended to be quite universal. But something like media requires a more nuanced approach when applied globally.”

This story was published from a news feed with no text edits. Only the title has been changed.

To subscribe to Mint Bulletins

* Enter a valid email

* Thank you for subscribing to our newsletter.

]]>
Find out how the richest person in the world became the new owner of Twitter https://pagerank-tracking.com/find-out-how-the-richest-person-in-the-world-became-the-new-owner-of-twitter/ Sun, 01 May 2022 12:22:07 +0000 https://pagerank-tracking.com/find-out-how-the-richest-person-in-the-world-became-the-new-owner-of-twitter/ One of the world’s leading social networks, Twitter has a new ownerit is Elon Musk, the richest man in the world, who has been chosen by Time magazine as the person of the year 2021. The case has received a lot of attention in recent weeks, with acquisitions from people eager to understand the plans […]]]>

One of the world’s leading social networks, Twitter has a new ownerit is Elon Musk, the richest man in the world, who has been chosen by Time magazine as the person of the year 2021. The case has received a lot of attention in recent weeks, with acquisitions from people eager to understand the plans of the eccentric billionaire. .

Elon Musk at an event in 2013. Image: Wikimedia Commons/Dan Taylor/Heisenberg Media

Next, we explain who Elon Musk is, how he became the richest person in the world, and why he bought Twitter.

Elon Musk: emeralds, electric cars and space travel

Elon Musk was born in 1971 in South Africa. He is the son of a model and nutritionist and an electromechanical engineer, who made his fortune in real estate and emerald exploration. Musk’s father’s business provided the family with a comfortable standard of living and helped the billionaire in his early ventures.

Musk moved to Canada when he was 17, where he began attending Queen’s University in Ontario. Soon after, he moved to the United States, where he originally intended to settle and where he graduated in 1995 with a degree in physics and economics.

His business career has always been associated with technology. The first successful venture was Zip2, a type of online guide developed for newspapers such as The New York Times. The company was sold to Compaq in 1999 for $307 million.

Subsequently, Musk founded X.com, an online financial services company that merged with Confinity, the developer of PayPal. Money Transfer Tools eventually became the name of the new company, which was traded in 2002 with e-commerce giant eBay for $1.5 billion.

Shortly before this sale, Musk created one of his core businesses, SpaceX. The space exploration company was the first to send ordinary people into space in 2021 and plans to go to Mars.

Tesla is one of Elon Musk’s best companies. Image: Pixabay.

In 2003, the billionaire built his other successful company, Tesla, a world leader in the electric car industry. Musk’s other businesses include Neuralink, which develops tools to connect human minds to machines, and The Boring Company, which builds underground tunnels to streamline public transit.

This successful career has made the South African billionaire an inspiration to people around the world, especially young people passionate about the digital world and scientific innovation.

On April 5, Forbes magazine estimated his fortune at $219 billion.

Elon Musk and Twitter

Elon Musk has never been the kind of wealthy businessman who hides from the limelight. The billionaire really loves communicating with the masses and his Twitter account, with over 80 million followers, is a primary way to do that.

Twitter shares rose 6% after Musk’s purchase. Image: Pexels/Brett Jordan.

Musk’s social media posts have a wide variety of content and have already put him in difficult situations. One of the most iconic cases occurred in 2018 during the rescue of 12 boys trapped in a cave in Thailand.

The businessman offered a submarine from his company Tesla to be used in the rescue, but the diver in charge of the operation rejected the offer, saying the submarine was just a prototype and that Musk’s offer was a “publicity stunt”. There wasn’t much. In response to Twitter, the billionaire called Diver a “paedophile”, an act for which he was later prosecuted.

Musk’s plans to acquire the social network began in March this year, when he bought 9% of the company’s shares. Then, on April 14, he made a $41.5 billion bid to become the majority shareholder, threatening to get rid of the shares he had already acquired if the offer was not accepted.

Many worry about Twitter’s future after the purchase, as Musk himself did. He has already shown himself against the moderation policy of the social network, of which he himself was “victim”, adding that “Twitter must be transformed into a private company”.

What are you doing? Pursuit @fdrnoticias on Instagram See more Leave your comment Click here

lovei nogira

Amaury da Silva Nogueira is studying literature/publishing at the Federal University of Minas Gerais (UFMG). Passionate about the world of writing, he has worked as an editor for two years and conducts research on the history of publishing in Brazil. In addition, he is also currently researching rights and benefits to add knowledge to the writings of the FDR news portal.

]]>
TikTok does not want to be called a social media platform. Can he prove that he is not one? https://pagerank-tracking.com/tiktok-does-not-want-to-be-called-a-social-media-platform-can-he-prove-that-he-is-not-one/ Fri, 29 Apr 2022 21:34:31 +0000 https://pagerank-tracking.com/tiktok-does-not-want-to-be-called-a-social-media-platform-can-he-prove-that-he-is-not-one/ Last week, “the fearless leaders behind some of the world’s most coveted cult brands” traveled to Banff, Alberta, Canada for The Gathering Summit. One of the speakers at the event was ICT Tac branch manager and accountant Khartoun Weiss, and she defined the company she worked for in an unusual way. Weiss said TikTok is […]]]>

Last week, “the fearless leaders behind some of the world’s most coveted cult brands” traveled to Banff, Alberta, Canada for The Gathering Summit. One of the speakers at the event was ICT Tac branch manager and accountant Khartoun Weiss, and she defined the company she worked for in an unusual way. Weiss said TikTok is an entertainment platform, not a social media platform.

For those of us interested in semantics, this is an interesting take. Based on the Merriam-Webster definition of social media, TikTok seems to do the trick. The dictionary entry even calls out videos as things that can be shared among users linked to social networks. If you prefer a non-academic source, a quick Twitter search reveals a lot of people who adapt TikTok to their personal definitions of social media.

Weiss has other ideas. She points to the nature of TikTok’s consumption as evidence of the industry she belongs to. “The audience that likes and builds and creates and connects with TikTok, they say they check Facebook, and they check Instagram and they check Twitter and they check Snap and they check things out,” Weiss said at the Gathering Summit. “But they don’t verify TikTok. They tell us they watch TikTok.

Subscribe for Tubefilter’s Daily Top Stories

Subscribe

Then there’s the “second screen” issue. Undisputed social networks like Facebook and Twitter often scroll during streaming or TV content in the background, but as Weiss noted, TikTok attracts too much attention to be used that way. The need to watch, listen, and pay attention to TikTok videos prevents it from being an add-on to anything else. This makes the app closer to streaming than social media.

Reading all this, you might be thinking, we do not care? Ultimately, TikTok’s self-definition is very useful in predicting how it plans to sell to advertisers, creators, and consumers; However, if you really want to understand how the future of digital media is going to unfold, you should notice terms that are out of fashion among brand leaders.

Social media, to put it bluntly, is becoming a dirty word. The titans of this industry fail to conquer the metaverse and respond to acquisition offers from crazed billionaires. No wonder TikTok is more associated with entertainment, which is still a beloved domain (although its executives are dealing with their own issues). “There’s so much negativity and negative connotations to being categorized as social and a social network, that it doesn’t offer the many benefits of being categorized as that,” analyst Matt Navarra said. fast company. “So it’s no surprise that TikTok and others prefer you to think of them as entertainment.”

We have already seen this in an online video. Once upon a time, every conglomerate of creators wanted to be called a multi-channel network. Then, a few years later, the MCN era ended and the term fell into disuse. So if you want to know where the internet is going, pay attention to the language. It can tell you as much as any press release.

]]>
Four Profitable Internet Business Ideas https://pagerank-tracking.com/four-profitable-internet-business-ideas/ Wed, 27 Apr 2022 14:13:00 +0000 https://pagerank-tracking.com/four-profitable-internet-business-ideas/ This article was translated from our Spanish edition using AI technologies. Errors may exist due to this process. Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur the contributors are theirs. Virtual marketing continues to grow. More and more people wishing to start a business are turning to the Internet to sell their products and services. If you’d like to […]]]>

This article was translated from our Spanish edition using AI technologies. Errors may exist due to this process. Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur the contributors are theirs.

Virtual marketing continues to grow. More and more people wishing to start a business are turning to the Internet to sell their products and services. If you’d like to join this group of entrepreneurs, but don’t have a clear idea of ​​the business you’d like to start, here are some profitable business ideas you can start in the virtual world .


mascot | Getty Images

1. Online sales

If you have a lot of items that you want to get rid of, but they are still in good condition, this is a good option. You could also sell handicrafts, desserts, food, anything of your own making, and you will see that many people may be interested in your creations. Another option is reselling products from other companies, as there will be people who cannot easily access them.

2. Legal advice

If you are one of those people who know the law to the letter and always turn to when it comes to legal matters, why not take advantage of your knowledge? You can create a web page or a blog, and offer your knowledge by consultation.

Of course, if you have a degree in related fields, you can also offer your personal advice, such as your services as an independent lawyer.

The important thing is that you make sure to offer truthful and up-to-date information because this is what will allow you to generate trust and therefore credibility, fundamental factors that will make your service credible.

3. Be an influencer

This type of entrepreneurship is booming around the world. Increasingly, many people are making huge sums of money on social media by being influencers. Recording videos, editing them and uploading them to Instagram, TikTok, YouTube or other social networks has become a real profitable business idea which many people take full advantage of.

If you have enough charisma and want to learn how to do things like tutorials, talk about your life or your life in general, offering the latest on the topics you love the most, this is for you.

4. Writing Agency

If writing is your forte, use it to your advantage. The focal point of any social network is the text, and its quality influences as a determinant of success. You can offer your online professional writing services for various segments, be it opinion pieces, for magazines or online newspapers, etc.

Although we only present four profitable internet business ideas here, there are many more that offer equal or greater opportunities. However, you must not lose sight that the key to success is to develop your business in what you love and with all the hard work that it will take. Find out well before choosing, and once launched, do not give up. Forward should be your only direction.

(This text was originally published in SoyEmprendedor)

]]>
6 Website Design Mistakes That Are Hurting Your Tourism Business and Brand https://pagerank-tracking.com/6-website-design-mistakes-that-are-hurting-your-tourism-business-and-brand/ Mon, 25 Apr 2022 11:23:10 +0000 https://pagerank-tracking.com/6-website-design-mistakes-that-are-hurting-your-tourism-business-and-brand/ In today’s highly competitive environment, it is unrealistic to do business without considering the prospects of using the Internet as a sales channel. A website, social media pages and various types of online advertising have become an integral part of marketing campaigns. An online platform can serve as the basis for building a reputation, a […]]]>

In today’s highly competitive environment, it is unrealistic to do business without considering the prospects of using the Internet as a sales channel. A website, social media pages and various types of online advertising have become an integral part of marketing campaigns. An online platform can serve as the basis for building a reputation, a full-fledged business card of a business (all information is collected in one place), a resource for attracting customers, a permanent advertising channel , a place for direct interaction with a consumer audience, and more. But in order for your site to work successfully and benefit you, you need to avoid certain mistakes while creating it.

Inappropriate design

Before even clicking on a link leading to your site, Internet users already have some ideas about its design depending on the field of activity. It is therefore very important that the general appearance of the platform meets the expectations of potential customers and corresponds to their vision of the services offered by your company. For example, if a business is hosting children’s parties, the color palette, as small customers can tell, on the site should be bright and colorful rather than austere and monochromatic. So, a good way to achieve harmony in your design would be to look at the color names and hex codes that are structurally provided by some design apps like VistaCreate. A designer must develop analytical and critical thinking that will help create a product that benefits the customer.

Keep navigation in mind. While a horizontal navigation bar is best placed at the top, a vertical menu should sit on the left. Since most of the attention is drawn to items at the beginning and end, place all important information at the top of a page and let your contact information be the last item.

Forgotten branding

Website branding is a powerful tool to help you promote your business on the Internet. It aims to create a brand identity in the online market and make the brand known to users. As there is fierce competition among businesses on the web, a business should strive to showcase its uniqueness and stand out from other industry representatives. You need to think carefully about a combination of various corporate identity elements to create a brand design. Adding details like a logo, slogan, and company colors helps users remember your business and find you faster.

Source

Poor quality of information

This paragraph applies to all information provided on a site. First and most importantly, a site owner should immediately change inactive contact details, hours of operation, and other business-related information so that customers can easily get in touch with the business. You also need to constantly add fresh and informative content to your site to maintain the credibility of your web resource and increase its ranking in search results. Posts can include blog posts, breaking news, corporate events, product launches, and more. Content should not contain spelling or grammatical errors, and it should be useful and valuable to users. It’s best to update your site content at least once a month.

Bad visual material

The visual component of a web resource adds charm, grabs the attention of users, and functions as additional advertisement for products. All visuals you upload to your site should be consistent with its content and checked for quality. It is recommended to stick to one style throughout the visuals. Of course, you can use a few bright and even unusual accents, but they should fit into the overall design and not confuse users. For example, a product article can include images and videos of different sizes because it is necessary to show several properties of a product.

Source

No SEO

Your site may look perfect, and the content may be interesting and relevant, but it may be difficult for the customer to find it on the web without SEO. In fact, you need to start working on search engine optimization before you even publish content. Keep in mind that promotion goes far beyond keywords, even though they are essential, especially those with long tails.

Lack of mobile optimization

Every day, more and more people prefer to search for products and services through portable devices. If your platform is not optimized for smartphones and tablets, you are depriving yourself of half of the potential customers (or even more, depending on your activity). Also, a non-mobile-friendly website hurts SEO. The best option is a responsive design, which automatically adjusts your site to display on any screen size. Thus, the user will be able to learn more about your products and services and become your customer in a few seconds.

Final Thoughts

Never underestimate the power of the Internet. Finding specialists in a particular industry can be quite problematic, and therefore, thanks to the World Wide Web, you can establish yourself as a real professional who will interest people from different countries. After analyzing your target audience, you need to take into account the possibility of cooperation with foreigners, so it would be nice to offer your site in other languages.

]]>