Susan says that private companies like Facebook and Twitter can censor speech if it's violent. Leo agrees. But the larger question is, just how much power does big tech wield? It's a LOT and it rightly has people concerned. It's reasonable to ask if we've given companies like Facebook and Twitter too much power, even when they use it properly.
The deadline for TikTok to cease operations or sell to a US investor has come and gone, leading Leo to conclude that the Trump administration has bigger fish to fry. TikTok sued, and Oracle won the bid to buy TikTok. But the deadline to complete the sale has passed as of Friday. The government has chosen to do nothing. So Leo thinks that TikTok may be in the clear. At least for now.
Meanwhile, TikTok downloads have surged during the pandemic, second only to Zoom with 23 million downloads.
Jim's Facebook account was suspended and they won't reverse it. He's now been banned. What can he do? Leo says not much. He's living on their platform and they make the rules. So if he violates their terms, they can lock him out with no recourse. But Jim says it's a mistake. Sadly though, there's nothing he can do about it. He could sneak back on. Leo says to try creating a new account and verified. What's the worst that can happen?
Judge Wendy Bettlestone blocked the federal government's ban of Tik Tok, saying the judge exceeded its authority. Plaintiffs would lose the ability to influence their followers in keeping with their brand deals.
Rick posted a few pictures on Facebook, and he sees one picture with a caption he didn't add to it. How did that happen? It also seems to come from a group he isn't a member of, rather than from himself. Leo says that Facebook makes a group of your account automatically so you can share images. So that's probably the group he's seeing. You can also add filters or frames that can be added. It's possible it was added by accident. Check the picture and see what the privacy settings are. If it's public, you may want to change it to friends only.
John doesn't remember his username for Facebook. How can he recover his account? Or better yet, deactivate it completely? Leo says to check out DeleteFacebook.com. He can go to the Facebook login page and use the "I Forgot" option, and that will help John recover it. Then he can choose to delete it.
September 20th was supposed to be the day that Chinese social media companies TikTok and WeChat were supposed to be turned off if both weren't sold to a US company. In the eleventh hour, ByteDance, which owns both companies, has managed to avoid the shutdown thanks to a tech partnership with Oracle and Walmart. The new company, dubbed TikTok Global, will also have a 40% minority stake in US investment, plus a 19% stake to Oracle and Walmart. That's a majority that pleases the commerce department and the White House. So the shut down has been delayed for a week.
The popular social media video platform TikTok may stop working in the US on November 12th if a deal isn't made to sell it's US operations to a US company by then. Leo says that while Oracle was reported to have agreed to purchase the platform, the company has said they would only have a vested interest in the company that would route all traffic to their servers. Walmart is also believed to be interested in investing in a new arrangement, Leo says probably for eCommerce rights. But it's all for naught if a deal isn't reached that will meet presidential approval.
Carl's browser window in Facebook goes black and he gets a warning saying to expand his browser window. It happens in both browsers, even if he clicks on full screen icon. What gives? Leo says that the chatroom says that Facebook can cause that. They suggest using the fullscreen option within Facebook.
Leo says that because Social Media algorithms are designed to keep followers engaged, the various platforms are actually becoming tools for propaganda (no matter which side of an issue you're on), pushing people towards extremes. Can we use our own common sense to avoid the trap while online? Leo says we can, but the algorithms are making it difficult.