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From the first murder charge resulting from Twitter evidence, to Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg getting hacked, social media has featured heavily in this week’s news.
Here we take a look at these stories, as well as the latest Twitter update which makes it easier for users to get their news through the platform. This week’s infographic meanwhile is by Brandwatch, and it depicts how social media changed the world.
The Twitter-owned video app Vine has now acquired a total of 40 million users within its seven month lifespan. This is particularly impressive, especially considering the rapid rise in user count since June, when there were a reported 13 million registered accounts. This is welcome news for the app, which has received some stiff competition from Instagram in recent weeks, which launched its own rival video app.
As of next week, Twitter will display the context and related headlines for tweets embedded elsewhere online. Twitter has long been a source for real-time news and this new feature will make it easier for users to get to the bottom of the stories behind trending themes and hashtags.
Image source: blog.twitter.com
As Twitter states on its official blog: “[these new] embedded Tweets connect stories about a Tweet with the Tweet itself.”
A US teenager has become the first ever person to be charged with murder as a result of his tweets being used as evidence. Cody Hall from California was originally charged with vehicular manslaughter (death by dangerous driving) but prosecutors decided to increase the charge to murder, in part because of his Twitter activity.
Hall’s tweets reportedly boasted of his love for speed and also referred to his car as a “death trap”. The Tweets will be used as a crucial piece of evidence to differentiate between manslaughter and murder as Brian Welch of the Santa Clara county district attorney's office says:
The Twitter message will likely serve as a 'pre-offence e statement' not unlike an e-mail or handwritten note, to bolster the prosecution's theory of 'implied malice' required to prove a murder charge.
This case could set a precedent for the wider use of social media as evidence within trials, but also brings up the all-too-familiar debate surrounding privacy and social media.
image source: businessinsider.com
Facebook creator, Mark Zuckerberg, had his account hacked by a systems IT specialist from Palestine. Khalil Shreateh resorted to hacking Zuckerberg
Image source: bbc.co.uk
The Facebook security team have admitted that they should have followed up Shreateh’s initial reports more carefully. However, the platform has refused to pay him the usual $500 dollar reward for pointing out a security issue because his actions violated Facebook’s Terms of Service.
57% of UK smartphone owners visit social networks every day on their phones
source: Our Mobile Planet
This infographic from Brandwatch shows how social media has changed the world:
This video from British Airways pitches man against plane in a race with surprising results…
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