Instagram will block hashtags spreading fake news regarding vaccines

Just one day after coming under attack for inconsistent practices in its handling of misinformation regarding vaccines, Instagram said that it’ll block hashtags that surface “verifiably false” info relating to vaccinations. The new policy will extend Instagram’s ban policy to hashtags that may appear unrelated or innocuous however are used to unfold debunked claims. Instagram previously blocked hashtags that contained false information, like #vaccinescauseautism and #vaccinescauseaids. Currently the corporate will block hashtags that don’t essentially contain debunked info however are employed by anti-vaxxers to unfold demonstrably false claims. For example, if groups began using the […]

Anderson Cooper posts touching tribute to late mother Gloria Vanderbilt on Instagram.

Anderson Cooper is fondly remembering his mother, Gloria Vanderbilt, who died Monday at the age of 95. The CNN journalist shared a slideshow of photos of his mother over the years, as well as one where he’s presumably holding her hand shortly before her death. “In the end, after all else is stripped away, there’s only love,” he wrote. “My mother believed in love more than anyone. It was her guide, her solace, it’s what drove her, and in her final moments, it’s what surrounded her. ‘I love […]

Go chat yourself with Facebook’s new Portal companion app

Facebook has launched the beginning of its push into smart home software. Ignoring calls that it’s creepy, Facebook is forging onward with its Portal gadget today Facebook quietly released iOS and android Portal apps that allow owners show off photos on the screen without sharing them to the social network, and video call their home whereas they’re out. The app isn’t likely to move the needle for Portal whose potential users fall into 2 camps: those so afraid by Facebook’s privacy practices that they couldn’t imagine putting its camera […]