This Week in Social Media News For Parents

Stories for the week ending 6/3/2016


Kelli Burns, a professor at the University of South Florida, claims that Facebook is spying on us. Facebook claims that they aren’t (surprise!). But they can. It’s complicated.

Facebook is using smartphones to listen to what people say, professor suggests


Facebook logoAn app called And Chill, accessible through Facebook Messenger or SMS, is actually a bot that wants to recommend movies for you.

This Facebook bot will pick your next movie for you


A Bank of America employee from Georgia was fired after blasting out a racist rant on Facebook. Perhaps the least surprising social media firing this week.

Bank of America worker fired after posting vile racist rant on Facebook saying ‘f***ing n****rs’ should ‘go back to Africa’

Google is going after – legally – websites that allow users to download YouTube videos. The music companies those most harmed by the illegal downloads. What happens on YouTube stays on YouTube.

Google Goes After Website That Allows Users to Download YouTube Videos


snooReddit knows what you’ve posted, clicked on, upvoted and downvoted. According to the CEO, “We know all of your interests. Not only just your interests you are willing to declare publicly on Facebook – we know your dark secrets, we know everything…” They don’t appear to be doing anything with that info, for now.

Reddit CEO Steve Huffman: ‘We know your dark secrets. We know everything.’


Katy Perry has the most popular Twitter account on the planet, with a whopping 89 million followers. Her account was hacked this week, and it could happen to you. We wrote about the importance of strong passwords this week. Check it out.

Katy Perry’s Twitter account got hacked


snapchat-logoWorst story of the week: Three teen girls from Florida posted a Snapchat video this week that featured them torturing a pet rabbit. No, no, no. Expect charges to be brought.

Snapchat video shows teens throwing rabbit against wall


Periscope, the live video app owned by Twitter, has a new plan to battle the trolls and cyberbullies. Under the plan, if a viewer posts a comment and another reports it, Periscope will ask a “flash jury” of others watching the video whether the comment was abusive. Good luck with that.

Periscope has a new plan to fight back against internet trolls


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