TikTok’s 4.4-star rating is a direct result of Google intervention as the search giant removed millions of one-star ratings. It is worth noting that the Play Store’s comment posting guidelines allow the removal of negative reviews and ratings that are part of a mass attack on an app. … [Read more...] about TikTok’s rating bounces back after Google removes millions of negative reviews
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Then on Tuesday night, Twitter made an unprecedented move to fact-check President Trump. The platform applied a label to one of his tweets that said using mail-in ballots will lead to voter fraud. The little blue note at the bottom of the tweet encouraged readers to “get the facts” on mail-in ballots. The warning label was used as an extension of Twitter’s policy against misleading COVID-19 information, because the mail-in ballots Trump was referring to were being used because of stay-at-home restrictions related to the virus. In an interview explaining the decision, Twitter VP of Communications Brandon Borrman told OneZero’s Will Oremus, “The company needed to do what’s right.” … [Read more...] about As health misinformation and politics collide, social networks face a choice
And that’s where the opportunity comes in: New platforms with missions and models that don’t require endless controversy and conflict may have an opening. There’s a window where venture capitalists may be more likely to invest. There’s a window to focus on individual, niche areas of social engagement without having to worry as much that Facebook or Snap is just going to hire 10 engineers to do the exact same thing. There’s now time to develop a product, attract customers, grow and evolve. Whatever happens next, the uncertainty around Section 230 creates a climate for innovation in social networking that hasn’t existed in years. … [Read more...] about Trump vs. Twitter: Is there a silver lining in the Section 230 fight?