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Facebook is one of the most popular social media networking sites to date. So, what exactly does Facebook do? Facebook is what is known as a social media networking website that allows you to create a profile using your name, a picture and a bio for free. By doing so, you can connect with family, friends, businesses, pages for interests and celebrities and much more. Businesses are using Facebook more than ever to help expand their reach with advertising. Humble beginnings Facebook was...

By now, most of us know about social media, even if we don’t use it. But what is it exactly? We’ll look at the origins of life before Facebook and the meteoric rise to what social media has become today and why it is gaining more popularity. Defining what social media is can be challenging and as there are varied opinions about how it should be classed, particularly as it has grown into what we know today. Humble beginnings Social media networking quite possibly has roots in 1837 with the...

Social media platform TikTok has hit the headlines yet again due to the circulation of a graphic video on its platform. After appearing on Facebook’s live-stream initially, the clip was quickly circulated on other social media platforms, including TikTok. Just days before World Suicide Prevention Day (WSPD) on Thursday 10th September, the disturbing clip shows a man committing suicide live on camera from his home. TikTok has since come under fire for not doing enough to remove the video, nor...

It is being widely reported that the leading dating app Tinder has been hacked and that over 70,000 photos have been shared on a cybercrime website – Tinder has not confirmed this. The photos have been shared to a site known for dealing in malicious software. Whilst no one can say for sure what will happen with these photos from Tinder, it is a huge concern that the 16,000 users were all female, with some of the photos being of an expliciet content. There are several theories surrounding what...

Where there’s a will, there’s a way. A saying as old as time and as true now as ever. There are many stories circulating recently about security systems being hacked and Amazon’s Ring security system has topped that list for more than one reason, with charges being filed against them in the US. Ring is Amazon’s flagship system for home security that can be controlled using the internet and via your smartphone . It comprises of cameras, smart locks, and smart doorbells. It has been alleged that...

WhatsApp announced that from 1st February 2020, their messaging service will no longer work on millions of older devices that run on older operating systems. With over 1.5 billion smartphone users in 180 countries, sending 50 million messages per day, the update will have a big effect on a significant amount of iPhone and Android users. WhatsApp, owned by Facebook, has stated that the change is to ensure that hackers will not be able to exploit gaps in the older software and steal personal...

An artist from Berlin has created a performance art piece called Google Maps Hack. Simon Weckert created a traffic jam on an empty road by using only a trolley filled with 99 smartphones. In an attempt to trick Google Maps into 'turning a green street red', Weckert hauled the cart around the empty streets of Berlin, with each phone running the Google Maps app. For those not familiar with the app, Google Maps is an app that helps to plan out your journey. It shows you where to avoid being stuck...

A US company hit the headlines early in February 2020 but for all the wrong reasons. Clearview AI, the company in question, is a controversial Artificial Intelligence (AI) facial recognition technology company. It appears that Clearview AI has taken over 3 billion images from social media sites such as Facebook , Twitter, and YouTube. Consequently, the images have been made available to law enforcement agencies that use facial recognition software. Clearview AI uses Artificial Intelligence...

NHS Covid-19 App The NHS will soon be releasing an App, named NHS Covd-19 , that is anticipated will help during the lifting of the lockdown restrictions. The App is currently being trialled on the Isle of Wight with expectations of it being rolled out across the UK by mid-June 2020. The aim of the App is to help trace anyone that has been in contact with someone showing symptoms of Covid-19, aka Coronavirus. The App is a digital tool based on a well-established manual method of controlling...