Richard opened a Facebook video link from an email on his phone and he was able to open it. But when he went to his desktop, it requires Facebook. What gives? Leo says that Facebook is doing that on purpose to prevent you from downloading it without logging in. It's a cheesy way to get you to join and is called "growth hacking." If you can save the video to the phone, then you can send it to yourself. That's worth a try.
Frank's Facebook account got hacked and changed his recovery options so he can't get it back. That's why Leo suggests turning on two-factor authentication so they can't change the password. Frank will need to contact Facebook to gain control back. They'll require an ID to authenticate. He can also assign a trusted contact, so they can verify that Frank has lost his account and he can get it back.
Johnny volunteers as an IT guy for his church and he needs a good way to manage passwords for their social media accounts. Leo says that LastPass has a password sharing feature that allows people to log into accounts without knowing the password. He can also manage their permissions as well. That's how Leo does it.
Kevin is concerned that Facebook opens users up to malware. They seem to know a lot about his family and their online activity. Leo says that it really doesn't, but that doesn't stop them from selling data and activity to advertisers. Leo isn't a fan of their laissez-faire attitude towards privacy, or how people get radicalized on the platform. They collect a great amount of data and sell it. They also push users to put their apps on their phones, so they can use the location data. That's why Leo isn't on the platform now. He doesn't want to support them financially with his data.
Twitter has announced a new paid subscription tier that will give users the option to edit their tweets or flat out undo them (isn't that what the delete function does?). The cost will be around $2.99 a month. Leo says that Twitter is trying to make a profit now, and promoted tweets aren't doing it.
Richard is having a major problem with Facebook. Someone hacked into his account and altered all his information. So he's lost complete control of every account he uses. Leo says that's what Two Factor Authentication , with an authenticator app. It can guard against. You can also set up trusted contacts, which can aid in verifying who you are as you are trying to get control back. But since it's too late for that, you can only hope to get ahold of someone at Facebook to get help in getting control of your account back.
Google has made a deal with the Australian government to pay royalties to media companies for providing search results that drive traffic to their content. Meanwhile, Facebook has decided to turn off news links altogether. The result is that all traffic going to media sites in Australia will disappear overnight. Leo says it'll be interesting to see who blinks first.
.Facebook has announced that it is developing a smartwatch for launch in 2022, and they are also in a cold war with Apple over advertising. The watch will enable users to post messages to the social media website and will target users with ads that Apple prevents over privacy concerns. According to recent news stories, an upcoming iOS and iPadOS feature will require apps and data companies such as Facebook to ask for users' permission before tracking them across other sites and websites. In response, Mark Zuckerberg reportedly told staff that Facebook needs to 'inflict pain' on Apple.
Chinese tech giant Huawei was caught this week creating phony Twitter accounts to push their products in Belgium. The accounts consisted of phantom tech reviewers and experts who spoke positively of Huawei products. Leo says while Huawei was only caught doing what all tech companies have done, and while it's against Twitter TOS, they haven't really enforced it all that much. Even the FCC has been caught doing it to push an anti-net neutrality position.
In what looks like a revolt of the average joe against the billionaires, the stock market this week was rocked by an event organized by people on REDDIT and other social media networks to buy stock in GameStop and AMC. The stunt turned some into millionaires as the mob action made the stock rise while causing hedge funds who "shorted" the stocks to lose billions. Average people used stock apps like RobinHood to buy up shares and drive up the stock.