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Threads privacy policies reveal need for better development best practices

HUNGRY, HUNGRY HIPPO Now that the first few heady weeks of Threads’ existence are giving way to the cold, harsh reality of long-term use, we’re beginning to get a better look at what lies underneath. And what we’re seeing – at least from the perspective of end-user privacy – merits additional discussion, because Threads collects significantly more data than competing apps in the microblogging space. While apps like Twitter, Mastodon, Hive Social, and Bluesky all have their own privacy policies, all of them are far less aggressive in their data collection.  It’s...

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Is Meta Threads a Twitter killer? The answer may surprise you.

REWRITING THE LANDSCAPE Meta bills Threads as a new app “for sharing tech updates and joining public conversations.” At first glance, it looks a lot like a mashup of Twitter and Instagram. The visual language is all Instagram, while the functions are reminiscent of early-days Twitter – before the bots, the trolls, and the Elon Musk-imposed daily usage limits. None of this is a surprise given how Meta itself describes Threads: “Instagram is where billions of people around the world connect over photos and videos. Our vision with Threads is to take what Instagram does...

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Twitter source code gets leaked online. Here’s why it matters.

THE SECRET SAUCE, NO LONGER SECRET The New York Times reported on March 26th that Twitter had sent a copyright infringement notice to GitHub. The company asked the developer forum to remove a repository containing what it said was leaked source code. GitHub removed the code the same day, and while it was not immediately known when the leak first occurred, the Times reported the code had been exposed for a number of months. The optics are troubling. Any leak of source code is worrisome for any company. For a software or platform company, however, it’s infinitely worse. Source code...

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5 Social Media Tips to Prevent Pandemic Info Overload

1. STICK TO VERIFIED AND RELIABLE SOURCES It’s easy to get overwhelmed with information, from facts to opinions to everything in between, when your eyes are glued to social media all day. This information overload can get worse if your friends on Facebook and Twitter are posting and then sharing each other’s posts. Streamline the information you consume by sticking to verified and reliable sources. Start with sites like, the WHO website, official national websites (think and their Facebook or Twitter pages, and the social media output of scientists...

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