In this episode, Bryan Chaffin and Jeff Gamet dissect the Cybersecurity Tech Accord, a pledge by 34 tech companies to do something vague and unlikely. The timing for the announcement is somewhat interesting because we are in the middle of an undeclared shadow cyberwar. They cap the show analyzing what it might take for any new social network to supplant Facebook.
There are no ads—targeted or otherwise—and no tracking users of any kind, such as data mining.
It doesn’t own, track, or share information that users provide. And there are no ads.
It seems like the feature is gradually rolling out to Facebook users.
You can use these apps to replace those of Facebook.
For years, smartphone customers have happily glossed over the fact that massive dossiers were being collected about their private life, interests, and behavior. Will there finally be regulatory reform?
This is useful because you can choose to have certain information available to Friends, Friends of Friends, Everyone, or No One.
Only go through with this guide if you deleted your Facebook account and want nothing more to do with it. This is basically the scorched earth nuclear option.
There is a social network for anyone, like readers, athletes, outdoorsman, and a whole lot more.
Bryan and Jeff discuss the ongoing #deletefacebook discussion and whether it’s a tempest in a teapot. They also talk about autonomous vehicles, regulation, and our future with driverless cars, and also our future with artificial intelligence.
Now your social media accounts are private, which means that you have better control over your data, not a corporation that may not have your best interests in mind.
Twitter’s privacy settings are a bit less comprehensive than Facebook, but also easier to find.
Note that Facebook changes these privacy settings from time to time, so check back once a month or so.
We’ve searched the App Store to tell you about some Instagram alternatives, if you’re looking for one.
There are plenty of other settings to check out. This lets you have a bit more control over your accounts.
Social media apps like Twitter often let third-party apps connect to your account. But what happens if you stop using the app?
Chamath Palihapitiya is a venture capitalist and the co-owner of NBA basketball team The Golden State Warriors. Oh, and he was a top executive at Facebook. And that makes his thoughts on social media salient, because he thinks social media is “ripping society apart.” He argues that Facebook and other forms of social media are little more than dopamine-producing machines that have profoundly negative effects on people and society. I recommend this as a must-watch. He also did an interview on CNBC on the topic earlier in December, where he also talked about cryptocurrency.
LONDON – Instead of evolving like Apple, why do social media firms seem to insist on constantly changing their products?
The developer, Christian Selig, is a former Apple intern who wanted to build a Reddit app that closely adhered to Apple’s design guidelines.
Bob “Dr. Mac” LeVitus has a cranky open rant to folks who forward easily-debunked Internet stories.