Instagram will automatically hide offensive comments

Instagram will automatically begin to hide offensive comments as part of its ongoing effort to tackle cyberbullying.

According to CNN, the company said that the comments that will be hidden will be similar to those that users have reported in the past.

The announcement for the pilot application of the service was made today (6/10), on the day of the birthday of Instagram, which closes ten years of operation.

Instagram said it uses artificial intelligence systems to detect comments of intimidation or harassment. Users, however, will still be able to click “show hidden comments” to see specific comments.

The users with restrict button can restrict another person so that their comments are not visible

In fact, last year Instagram added the “Restrict” tool, through which the user can restrict another person so that their comments are not visible to other users.

Various other tools are available to users, such as informing that a comment may be considered offensive before it is published.

People on Instagram say that these actions have improved the situation, while Twitter has conducted similar tests for comments.

Key steps to grow your business on social media


All businesses want to maintain an active presence on social media and seek interaction with their customers.

However, it is often complicated to build their business profile properly in order to establish a business identity.

Here’s a guide to see your business’s recognition difference.

  1. Take a photo of your workplace
  2. Answer the question: “what is your goal in the next months”?
  3. Introduce your new employee to social media
  4. Share something popular
  5. Interview a client
  6. Post something where you need to ‘Fill in the gap’
  7. Share information about a social event you look forward to attending
  8. Share something funny
  9. Share a “story” (photo or video displayed for 24 hours)
  10. Share someone else’s content / posts
  11. Share #tbt (Throwback Thursday is the name of a weekly social media posting trend and hashtag, with users sharing it and sharing some of their favorite memories)
  12. Post something seasonal
  13. Share something that will inspire you
  14. Emphasize the customer of the month
  15. Share information about a social event you attended
  16. Share an interesting survey
  17. Ask your audience a multiple choice question
  18. Create a video with employees or products for your business
  19. Repeat a move that has been successful
  20. Share the latest newsletter or announcement
  21. Share a chart that your audience will like
  22. Edit and share a photo
  23. Correct a misconception related to your site
  24. Share your favorite book or article that you plan to read
  25. Show off another local business or organization
  26. Show off your professionalism with helpful tips
  27. Share something about achieving a corporate goal, birthday or a lesser-known celebration
  28. View your social media accounts together
  29. Ask your audience to sign up for the contact email
  30. Thank your customers for their support


“The size of the media has nothing to do with its influence on public debate”

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Their size may be disproportionate to the influence of some media on a country’s public dialogue, mainly thanks to the contribution of social media, according to a new American scientific research, the first large-scale study in the field, which took five years to complete.

Researchers from Harvard, MIT and Florida Universities, led by Professor Garry King of the first, who published the relevant issue in the journal Science, experimented with randomly divided into groups of two to five media.

These media were invited to write and publish articles on topical issues such as immigration, race, the environment, climate change, unemployment and technology. These articles were of all kinds, from investigative journalism and interviews to comments and analysis, while readers had no idea of ​​the experiment.

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Then, using algorithms to analyze the messages on Twitter, they evaluated the impact of the articles in the particular week they ran, as well as the following. Only three small and medium-sized media outlets were found to be able to write relevant articles to increase the public debate in the US by 63% over the same policy area (environment, employment, immigrants, climate, etc.) over the same week. with the previous one.

In addition, public opinion seemed to shift more and more towards the ideological direction that the articles represented in each individual issue. Articles were estimated to influence 2.3% of public opinion in the ideological direction of publications, which means that in some cases people’s beliefs may have changed very quickly.

According to scientists, this is an indication of the influence of the media on society, but not only of the big ones, since the smaller media seem to be “heard” now, affecting the national “agenda”, mainly thanks to their reproduction through social media. media.

According to researchers, it is not only the New York Times with a few million readers that lead the public debate, but even print or electronic media with no more than 50,000 people.

Our findings show that the impact of the media is unexpectedly large. Every journalist has significant power and therefore equally important responsibility, “said King, director of the Harvard Institute for Quantified Social Science, who added that it was not easy to persuade 48 media to participate in such an experiment, 35 times.

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No difference was found between men and women or geographical areas in the impact of the articles. The researchers, however, estimated that if the same experiment had been done by major media, the degree of influence on public opinion would have been even greater.

For example, it was found that a New York Times publication on the impact of hydraulic fracturing technology on drinking water quality caused a 300% increase in just one day on Twitter on the subject. water quality.

Other scientists, however, such as Kathleen Hall Jameson, director of the University of Pennsylvania’s Annenberg Center for Public Policy, told the New York Times that, although original to the new research, she may have “flagged” the new research. As he said, he was confined to just one social media tool, Twitter, where dialogue cannot be meaningful due to the brevity of his messages and where many tweets are simply a link-sharing for articles.

Among the media involved in the experiment were Truthout, In These Times, Nation, The Progressive, Ms Magazine, Yes! Magazine et al.

He was making $6 an hour until he created the application that made him a millionaire

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You’ve just finished the job and you’re back in the afternoon at home. The body declares in every way its fatigue, but the mind is circling to friends. Are there anywhere you can go and have a drink? And while a few years ago you had to make several phones to get together, now you can just open up your mobile applications and get into Foursquare.

Millions of users use it every day to find friends and discover new places on the map through the check-in process. There are also companies that reward each check-in with some offer or discount, thus giving even greater motivation for the user to use the application.

But who is behind the creation of the popular mobile social application with over 50 million users and almost 6 billion check-ins? The story of Dennis Crowley is not that of a man with a generous appeal to new technologies. It is a story that began in the student years, mainly due to the social nature of its creator and through several obstacles and a lot of stubbornness reached the top, making Crowley richer by 30 million dollars!

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How Foursquare was made

Dennis was born in Massachusetts in 1976 and has always been his life as a toy. This was what his family had taught him, to deal with everything seriously and at the same time with the simplicity of a game. Something that turned out to be successful!

His days as a student at the Syracuse University in New York were relaxed, full of parties and new friends. The first years were thirsty for alcohol, but their poor finances did not allow them to leave the bars. This gave Dennis and his friends their first business idea. They organized a party, and with the money they made they covered their expenses.

“I could never attend computer or engineering classes at the University because I was not good at math. But I could make websites using a guidebook that told you that you can do it within 30 days, “he said in an interview with Time magazine.

“At the University I went to parties, took photos, uploaded them on the internet, wrote short stories and sent to my friends studying in other cities, saying:”This is how i spend my weekend, isn’t it amazing? It’s like a photo album and I share it with you!”. I usually needed four hours to scan all the photos I had taken with a disposable camera and $ 20 to print but I was very good at it, “she said in the same interview in 2015.

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After graduating, he moved to Manhattan where he worked in 1998 as an analyst at Jupiter Communications and two years later as a developer at Vintigo. In 2001, shortly after the Twin Towers fell, they came down to life. He was fired, split and left homeless. Returning to New Hampshire was inevitable. With empty pockets he was forced to live again in his father’s house and for several months he worked as a children’s snowboard teacher, from which he made $ 6 an hour!

Then he decided to apply for a Masters degree at the Department of Interactive Communications at the University of New York and when he was accepted he moved to the densely populated city of the United States. And somewhere there his life took another turn. At the University he met Alex Rainert, a fellow student who shared the same interests. And this acquaintance made him bring back to the forefront a website that had been created in his early years, Dodgeball, which was supposed to be the forefather of Foursquare. The user could check-in at bars or restaurants and send a message to all his connected friends about where he is, earning points.

The application started to “run” successfully, even when the two friends completed their masters and began to work in different businesses. An article about Dodgeball in the New York Times gave them the necessary insight and so they decided to give up their jobs and make their hobby business. And when they did, Google’s door opened!

In 2005, the company showed particular interest in the application and acquired it. But this interest did not last for a long time and four years later it closed it and replaced it with Google Latitude.

“We were in a bar for a friend’s birthday and a friend read on the Internet that Google is preparing to close three apps, including Dodgeball! “But how do they close it, I still” run “I said.

The two friends were forced to work again in other companies, jobs that as they call it were their rebound, as they managed to get their blood back, both in success and in earnings. There, Dennis also met Naveen Selvadurai, his co-founder and companion in the success of Foursquare.

The application knew every day more and more success, the first profits made their appearance and touched after some years the 650 million dollars. The number of users who checked in grew and even among them was former US President Barack Obama, as the White House used Foursquare to see the crowd attended by the president!

App upgrades soon began to support other languages ​​other than English. In the list were added French, Italian, German, Spanish, Japanese, Indonesian, Korean, Portuguese, Russian, Thai and Turkish!

In 2014, Foursquare was split into two independent apps: the homonym used for location suggestions and the Swarm used for check-in.

In 2016, Foursquare founder and CEO Dennis Crowley took up the position of President, while Jeff Glueck became CEO.

Today the company has about 180 employees, Foursquare and Swarm have more than 50 million users a month, and since 2009 there have been 8 billion check-ins, and several companies are collaborating with Crowley to attract customers. The company, of course, is not in its initial bloom and profits have fallen a lot, as Dennis’s property is now $ 30 million. “Remember. The great idea was not to make the best check-in button in the world. The great idea was to build an application that could detect people around the world in the same way that Google crawls websites, “Crawley said.