Data breaches and similar violations have sent social media giants to court several times so far. But how much did they actually have to pay for their actions? Cybersecurity firm Surfshark recently analyzed it, and the results are staggering. According to the study, since the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) was established in 2018, half of the top 10 social media platforms have incurred fines totaling €2.9 billion ($3.1 billion) for GDPR violations. What’s more, one-third of these fines were linked to children’s data!
I suppose I shouldn’t be surprised at this, really. The transition from Twitter to X hasn’t exactly gone smoothly since Elon Musk took the reins in October 2022. Musk’s takeover actually seems to be just one disaster after another.
The latest blunder means that any images you posted to Twitter before Christmas 2014 now probably no longer exist. A glitch has apparently caused all images and links from 2014 to show up as broken elements or missing entirely.
In the latest episode of How to Kill a Social Network¹ with Elon Musk, he’s rebranded Twitter to “X”. There are many aspects to this name change that are far beyond the scope of this post – or even the entire website. But there’s one part in particular that’s quite interesting.
Elon Musk’s company, X Corp., which now owns Twitter, has threatened to sue Meta over intellectual property violations. You’d probably guess even if it weren’t in the title: it’s about Meta’s new social network, Threads, which looks and acts pretty much the same as Twitter. This allegation comes in a letter written by Musk’s lawyer, Alex Spiro, to Meta CEO Mark Zuckerberg.
If you’re rushing to switch from Twitter to Meta’s version of it, Threads – hold your horses. In case you don’t like it, you won’t be able to delete only this app. Instead, you’ll lose your Instagram account too, and there’s no way to bypass this!
With questionable decisions and changes since Elon Musk took over, it looks like Twitter’s been on the way out for a while now. And with its new app Threads, it looks like Meta wants to give it the final blow. The social media giant has just released its Twitter competitor, and over ten million people have already signed up.
Celebrity photo agency Backgrid has sued Twitter over copyright infringement after users uploaded thousands of its photos on the social media platform. Twitter reportedly received DMCA takedown notices, but failed to take action, and it also reportedly failed to sanction “repeat infringers.” Because of this, if Backgrid wins, Twitter will have to pay a whopping $228.9 million!
Yesterday Twitter announced that they were adding view counts to tweets on Twitter. I thought I’d use this announcement to very unscientifically compare the number of views one of my photos received on Twitter vs. Flickr. While some might call this an “apples vs. oranges” comparison, and Flickr is admittedly more of a photography-centric social network, I find that I engage with photographers on both platforms, even if I also engage with more non-photographers on Twitter.
It was only a few days ago when we reported that Instagram might be evolving into Twitter with its new Notes feature. Well, the launch happened much sooner than expected – and Notes are already officially out. I spotted the new feature when I opened Instagram today, and then saw the announcement on the platform’s Twitter account. Am I the only one feeling the irony here? Anyhow, I wanted to share with you what it looks like and what you can expect.
After Snapchat, TikTok, and even the “anti-Instagram” app BeReal, Instagram now reportedly wants to become Twitter. According to several reports, what used to be photo sharing app (ah, the good times) will add microblogging to its platform. Other than Reels, ads, Reels, ads, ads, Stories, ads, and occasional photos, users might soon be able to share textual “notes” with all their followers.