Several Snapchat users have become millionaires. Here’s how
Yes, you heard that correctly – Snapchat is making a few people millionaires. The spotlight feature on Snapchat is a dedicated tab in the app for promoting short viral videos from the Snapchat community, much like TikTok. Meanwhile, the Snapchat app overall grew to 265 million global daily active users in its fourth quarter of 2020, from 249 million in its third quarter. AdSo far, Snapchat has given out more than $110 million overall across the markets where spotlight is live. Snapchat said “several” users have become millionaires through the spotlight club since November 2020.
San Antonio woman uses TikTok to educate others on HIV
SAN ANTONIO – Brief 15- to 60-second videos serve as a window into people’s lives on TikTok. However, one San Antonio woman is using her account to show users that it’s possible to live a healthy life with HIV. More than 28,000 people follow Janeli Saucedo Castrejana on TikTok for new content related to HIV. “We started dating, and he told me upfront that he was HIV positive,” Saucedo Castrejana said. I feel like there’s power in sharing experiences.”On her TikTok account, Saucedo Castrejana shares important information and makes it relatable.
Social network Gab fuels latest conflict among Texas Republicans
|| Credit: Jordan Vonderhaar for The Texas TribuneA fight has broken out among Texas Republicans over Gab, the embattled social network favored by the far right. That sparked fierce criticism from the company — and new questions from fellow some Republicans about Abbott's own commitment to fighting perceived censorship by social media giants. AdGab promotes itself as a "free speech" alternative to social media behemoths like Facebook and Twitter. Earlier this year, Gab was among the alternative social media sites where Trump loyalists plotted the storming of the Capitol. "TexasGOP has no plan to deplatform from any of our social media accounts," the tweet said.
Gov. Greg Abbott on legislation to prohibit social media sites from ‘censoring Texans’
Gregg Abbott and state Sen. Bryan Hughes announce a Republican-sponsored Senate Bill 12, which would prevent social media sites like Facebook and Twitter from “canceling” the views of Texans. Greg Abbott is taking on the censorship of “conservative speech.”The governor is slated to hold a news conference at noon on Friday to discuss the Republican-sponsored Senate Bill 12, which would prevent social media sites like Facebook and Twitter from “canceling” the views of Texans. The news conference, which will take place in Tyler with Sen. Bryan Hughes, will be livestreamed in this article. Hughes is among the sponsors of the bill, along with Sen. Donna Campbell who lives in New Braunfels. Abbott’s office said the legislature would “help prohibit social media companies from censoring Texans based on the viewpoints they express.”GOP leaders in Texas targeted social media giants like Facebook and Twitter during the pre- and post-election period and in the aftermath of the deadly U.S. Capitol siege.
Twitter looking into paid subscription feature for accounts users really like
Twitter has been exploring subscription options in recent months, in an attempt to make money from its users and diversify beyond its core advertising business. The social media company teased the “Super Follows” feature during its Analyst Day presentation. If implemented, users would have the ability to pay creators for additional content within their Twitter feeds, including exclusive announcements and newsletters. The concept of users paying for exclusive content from creators has become increasingly popular with the rise of platforms such as OnlyFans and Substack. AdAccording to statistics data base statista.com, Twitter has 330 million active users.
How to spot fake news online
ORLANDO, Fla. (Ivanhoe Newswire) – Manipulating videos to persuade an audience is nothing new, however, technology is making it harder and harder to tell what’s real and what’s not. As of 2020, there are 100 million deep fake videos online. The term deep fake comes from deep-learning artificial intelligence which is what gives these videos their uncanny realism. So, when debating real news versus fake news, always ask questions. Kids may actually be the savviest of us all as they spend more time on social media using editing tools like Snapchat filters and Facetune to create their own synthetic media, making them personally aware they can’t trust everything they see online.
Need a new profile pic? Check out this place!
SAN ANTONIO – Love yourself? You’re going to want to check out The Selfie Box, a new interactive selfie museum on the South Side. “We both noticed on social media that these types of museums are in other cities around the states, but it’s a fairly new concept in the U.S. altogether,” Ramos told KSAT. Ad“The experience we offer is like no other,” Ramos told KSAT. “People who come to visit us today will have a different experience from several months of returning,” Ramos told KSAT.
Competition heating up between TikTok, Instagram
TikTok has become big competition for Instagram. AdBuilding a clone is easy; creating a vibrant community is not, even for the social media giant. With Reels, Instagram has tried to replicate much of what makes TikTok popular, including editing effects and the ability to add music or a background sound. Instagram reels largely remains a home for TikToks’ greatest hits, with many people reposting popular Tiktok videos with the platform’s trademark watermark to reels. It’s common to scroll through reels videos and see one TikTok video after another.
Facebook’s oversight board creates way for users to appeal content decisions
The oversight board, which has been called Facebook’s version of a Supreme Court, announced that it overturned Facebook’s decisions in four out of the five cases before it. The board is intended to create a new way for users to appeal content decisions on both Facebook and Instagram, given previous criticism over how the company handles hate speech, violent extremism and graphic materials. The 20-person board includes a former prime minister, a Nobel peace prize laureate and the former editor-in-chief of The Guardian. The first cases touched on issues of hate speech, nudity and COVID-19 misinformation. The first series of decisions come ahead of the most closely watched case yet for the board: Whether former president Donald Trump gets to stay on Facebook.
Bumble updates its terms to ban body shaming users
The dating app Bumble has been known for setting its own standards for how people should behave on the internet. Bumble updated its terms and conditions to explicitly list “physical appearance” among other discriminatory language it does not tolerate. The updated policy comes as Bumble looks to make its debut on Wall Street. According to the filing, the Bumble dating empire counted 42.1 million monthly active users as of the end of September 2020. Bumble said it uses automated safeguards to detect comments and images it prohibits, and that it will also rely on people reporting individuals for body shaming.
Don’t post a photo of your COVID-19 vaccination card on social media, BBB warns
Just make sure not to share an image of your vaccination card on social media, the Better Business Bureau says. Up your security settings on social media: Be sure to check your privacy and security settings on your social media platforms (Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, etc.). Be wary of what you post, even if it’s trending: Sharing your vaccine photo is one of the latest trends on social media. For more information from the BBB on how to safely share your COVID-19 vaccine news on social media, click here. AdRELATED: Social media is a breeding ground for scams during COVID-19 crisis, FTC says
100,000 viewers subscribe to KSAT’s YouTube channel. Here’s what they’re watching.
KSAT surpassed the milestone of 100,000 subscribers on our YouTube channel this month. In addition to thanking our loyal viewers, we wanted to showcase some of the local journalism available for free on our YouTube channel for others who may not have discovered KSAT on YouTube. Hit the red subscribe button on our channel, or at the bottom of a video, and sign up for notifications to stay up on the latest news and relevant information to our community. Find all types of video content, including:Get a sample of some of the content we have to offer below:Primetime specialsNewscastsKSAT ExplainsTexas EatsAdTrust IndexKSAT KidsYour Weather AuthorityInterviews with local leadersLocal sportsSA LiveGet all this and more for free on KSAT’s YouTube channel.
Facebook may be stalking you when you’re offline. But, there’s an easy way to fix it.
But, don’t panic, as there is a way to fix it with just the flip of a switch. Why does “Off-Facebook Activity” exist? However, by disengaging the “Off-Facebook Activity” feature, the ads on the platform will be less personal to the user, according to the social media network. Click Your Facebook Information at the left column. Click Off-Facebook Activity to review.
Were you logged out of your Facebook account on Friday? This is why.
(AP Photo/Tony Avelar, File)If you were logged out of your Facebook account overnight, the social media network says you’re not alone. Many Facebook users reported being automatically logged out of their accounts on Friday night and having to re-login for access. We’re looking into reports of people being logged out and having to log in again to access their Facebook accounts. Posted by Facebook App on Saturday, January 23, 2021All should be up and running as normal now for Facebook users. RELATED: Margarita deliveries and murder hornets: The top 20 stories shared on KSAT’s Facebook page this year
Tesla to hire ‘specialists’ to ‘address social media escalations’ directed at CEO Elon Musk
FILE - In this Tuesday, Dec. 1, 2020, file photo, SpaceX owner and Tesla CEO Elon Musk arrives on the red carpet for the Axel Springer media award, in Berlin. In a tweet Tuesday, Dec. 22, 2020, Musk said he once considered selling the electric car maker to Apple, but the iPhone makers CEO Tim Cook blew off the meeting. (Hannibal Hanschke/Pool Photo via AP, File)Tesla is hiring and you don’t need to be a rocket scientist to get this gig. The company is also hiring “energy customer support specialists” to address social media escalations directed at the Company’s CEO, Elon Musk. According to the job posting on Tesla’s website, the specialists will handle various customer issues while delivering “world-class customer service.”“The role of a specialist is to resolve or escalate complaints through appropriate channels and address social media escalations directed at the CEO with critical thinking,” the job posting states.
Twitter CEO posts 13 tweet long thread on decision to ban Trump from platform
FILE - In this Sept. 5, 2018, file photo Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey testifies before the House Energy and Commerce Committee in Washington. (AP Photo/Jose Luis Magana, File)Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey took to his own platform to discuss the company’s decision-making processes for banning President Donald Trump on Wednesday. In a thread of 13 Tweets, Dorsey explained his rationale for banning trump and speculated why others in the technology and social media industry followed suit. “I do not celebrate or feel pride in our having to ban @realDonaldTrump from Twitter, or how we got here,” Dorsey wrote in the thread. — jack (@jack) January 14, 2021Dorsey wrote that he believed the decision to ban Trump from the platform was best for the company and the world.
If you find yourself looking at social medial posts for hours, you might be a victim of doom scrolling
But have you ever found yourself looking at posts for hours and hours, knowing it makes you upset? Here are some tips on how to stop your social media spirals. This year, more than three billion people will log on to social media. In total, it’s estimated the average adult will spend six years and eight months of their life on social media. To create an app jail, put all the social media apps you spend the most time on in one folder.
Margarita deliveries and murder hornets: The top 20 stories shared on KSAT’s Facebook page this year
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Here are the top 5 highest paid YouTubers for 2020
If you are able to talk, teach or just entertain, there is a way to use the internet to make money. People all over the world have cashed in big checks thanks to views on their YouTube pages. Forbes just released the list of some of the highest paid YouTubers of 2020, so we decided to breakdown exactly how much they made from their page and what they do to make it. He racked up $24 million and was dubbed by Forbes as YouTube’s biggest new star. Forbes writes Kaji’s videos are a mix of DIY science experiments, family story time and reviews of new toys.
Want your dog on a Budweiser can? Here’s how to make your wish come true
ST. LOUIS – It’s a dog-owner and beer drinker’s dream: a starring role on a can of Bud. Budweiser announced Wednesday that they are teaming up with We Rate Dogs, an online social media account that rates dogs, to put some lucky pups on real cans of Budweiser. 🐶🍺 https://t.co/mhzzngvfbj — Budweiser (@budweiserusa) December 16, 2020How to enterRespond to the thread online with a picture of your dog, or pictures -- there’s no limit on how many times you can enter! The company said a few lucky owners will get their pup’s image on a can sent directly to them. pic.twitter.com/RKo4tLkLcF — Budweiser (@budweiserusa) December 16, 2020Related:Sit, stay, crack open a cold one?
Debt collectors will be able to look for you on social media platforms next year
For some folks, that means dealing with calls from debt collectors. Starting late next year, collectors will also be allowed to contact consumers by email, text message, and even through social media. Debt collectors are notorious for hounding consumers over debts that have already been paid off or were never owed in the first place. For example, CR says that if a debt collector contacts you, request verification of the debt. It’s not entirely clear how collection agencies will use social media to reach consumers.
Sharing on social media: How much is too much?
ORLANDO, Fla. (Ivanhoe Newswire) – Seventy-two percent of Americans use social media, and in January of 2019, there was an average of 500 million posts onto Instagram stories a day. It’s clear that we love to share what is going on in our lives, but should certain things be kept secret? People post on social media to stay connected, but could certain posts hurt us in the long run? You can turn off your iPhone’s geolocation by going to Location Services, then Camera, and choose the option Never. To receive a free weekly email on Smart Living from Ivanhoe, sign up at: http://www.ivanhoe.com/ftkRELATED: If you’re ‘doomscrolling’ social media, here’s how to take control
If you’re ‘doomscrolling’ social media, here’s how to take control
SAN ANTONIO – From politics to the pandemic to civil unrest, it can be hard to avoid “doomscrolling” through your social media. But social media doesn’t have to be that way. “You actually have some control over what kinds of posts you see on social media,” said Consumer Reports Tech Editor Thomas Germain. Another way to avoid social posts that may get your blood boiling is to sort your feed chronologically instead of how the algorithm thinks it’s most likely to get your attention. Consumer Reports offers instructions for customizing your social media accounts on its website.
If you’re ‘doomscrolling’ social media, here’s how to take control
If you’re ‘doomscrolling’ social media, here’s how to take controlPublished: November 16, 2020, 5:25 pmScrolling through the barrage of negativity on social media can affect your mood and mental health. There are some ways to filter and take some control over what you see.
Why you should keep track of your data online
ORLANDO, Fla. (Ivanhoe Newswire) – We’ve all heard the stories of companies' data mining and big brother watching our every online move. But how much of your data have you really lost track of? You’ll get a copy of every comment and post you made, every website you’ve visited, every real location you’ve logged in from, every online interaction you’ve had, your facial recognition data, targeted ads, lists of all the advertisers that have your information. Sites like Facebook track your web and location history as much as possible and you won’t find all of that in your data request download. You can view your location history on Facebook by going to Settings, Location, and click View Location History.
Why experts say you should take a break from social media
Social media can be magical when it comes to staying in touch with family and friends, but we all know that social media has its dark side too. According to an article published on the healthy.com, social media constantly interrupts us. Studies show that by doing social media while working can reduce your productivity by up to 40%. Doctors say just spending one to two hours on social media before bedtime can lead to 15 hours a week of lost sleep. staying away from social media can make you feel calmer, and more focused on things that really matter.
What is Parler and why are some people leaving Facebook to join it?
If you’re on social media, specifically Facebook, you might have seen some of your friends talking about Parler recently. Parler claims to differ from other social media apps. Parler’s community standards state that other social media platforms' “biased content curation policies enable rage mobs and bullies to influence Community Guidelines. Some Twitter users have claimed that left-leaning users are getting the boot, according to a Newsweek article, which states that President Donald Trump, his son Eric Trump, Rudy Giuliani and Candace Owens are Parler users. Another part of the Parler user agreement?
Study shows how social media can trigger jealousy
With social media apps like Facebook, Twitter and Instagram on the rise, many people’s social skills are decreasing. According to a new study on studyfinds.com, about one-third of people communicate less with their family members and friends because they can follow them on social media. Nearly 60% of those in the study viewed a friend as having a better life because of what they posted on social media while more than 60% of social media users feel worse after finding out someone “unfriended” them online. A total of 54% of social media users feel upset when no one 'liked or commented’ on a picture they posted and nearly half were jealous when they saw a friend had more likes than they did. RELATED: Did social media actually counter election misinformation?
Man who dangled from Trump Tower for more than 13 hours is pulled to safety by cops who ‘literally saved this young man’s life'
“It was something that we train for. It’s something that we’re very used to. It’s very challenging and sometimes when someone is looking at it from the outside they think, ‘wow, why does it take so long?’ ” Matias said. “There’s different tactics in our toolbox that we utilize and I think today we probably utilized every single one.”chicagotribune.com
NHC: 20% chance of cyclone for system extending across Florida
Traffic navigate flood waters in Miami, Florida, U.S. May 25, 2020, in this still image obtained from a social media video. Courtesy of Ryan Rea/Social Media via REUTERS. (Reuters) - A broad trough of low pressure extending across Florida and the adjacent Atlantic and Gulf of Mexico waters has a 20% chance of becoming a cyclone in the next 48 hours, the U.S. National Hurricane Center (NHC) said on Monday. The low pressure system is not expected to become a tropical cyclone due to strong upper-level winds, the Miami-based weather forecaster said. Regardless of development, heavy rainfall could cause flash flooding over portions of southern and central Florida tonight, spreading northward to coastal sections of northeastern Florida, Georgia, and the Carolinas on Tuesday and Wednesday, the NHC added.feeds.reuters.com