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Pinterest Files To Go Public Amid Busy Season For Tech IPOs

SAN FRANCISCO (CBS SF / AP) — Digital scrapbooking site Pinterest on Friday filed for an initial public offering of stock.

It follows a similar filing with securities regulators earlier this month by ride-hailing company Lyft in what is shaping up to be a busy season for technology IPOs. Also expected to sell stock to the public in the coming weeks: Lyft rival Uber and messaging app Slack.

Pinterest said in its filing that it intends to list itself on the New York Stock Exchange using the ticker symbol “PINS.” The company hasn’t yet said how many shares it’s selling in the IPO or how much money it intends to raise.

The San Francisco-based company had revenue of $756 million and a loss of $63 million last year. Pinterest allows people to search for and “pin” images as inspiration for fashion, interior design, travel and more.

The company said it has more than 250 million users each month, and users have saved more than 175 billion pins since the site was launched.

Pinterest has raised nearly $1.5 billion in the private markets, and was last valued at $12.3 billion in 2017, according to PitchBook Data.

Pinterest has long shunned being labeled a social network. Because of that, it doesn’t push users to add friends or build connections. It also means it’s been able to avoid problems of its larger rivals like Facebook.

Pinterest was founded in 2010 by Ben Silbermann and Evan Sharp, who still serve as CEO and chief product officer, respectively.

© Copyright 2019 CBS Broadcasting Inc. All Rights Reserved. The Associated Press contributed to this report.

Facebook Stored Millions Of Passwords In Plain Text

(AP) — Facebook had stored millions of user passwords in plain text for years, the social media company confirmed on Thursday after a security researcher posted about the issue online.

Facebook says there is no evidence that employees had abused access to this data.

(Photo by Carl Court/Getty Images)

The company says the passwords were stored on internal company servers, no outsiders could access them. But the incident reveals a huge oversight for the company amid a slew of bruises and stumbles in the last couple of years.

The security blog KrebsOnSecurity says some 600 million Facebook users may have had their passwords stored in plain text. Facebook said in a blog post Thursday it will likely notify “hundreds of millions” of Facebook Lite users, millions of Facebook users and tens of thousands of Instagram users.

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10 Reasons Why Your Instagram Marketing Isn’t Successful

Although many of us would hate to admit it, sometimes our Instagram marketing is lackluster. No matter if it’s because of a lack of engagement, followers, or even content to post, there always seems to be something missing with what we’re doing. However, that’s why we’ve come up with 10 common mistakes on why your […]

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Facebook Apologizes After Mistaking Trump Social Media Director Dan Scavino For Bot

MENLO PARK (CBS SF / CNN) — Facebook on Tuesday said it had apologized to White House social media director Dan Scavino for temporarily blocking some features on his account for a few hours on Monday.

In a statement, the social media giant headquartered in Menlo Park also said that its automated systems mistook Scavino for a bot.

Scavino wrote on Facebook on Monday that he was being blocked from replying to comments on the platform.

“AMAZING. WHY ARE YOU STOPPING ME from replying to comments followers have left me – on my own Facebook Page!!?? People have the right to know. Why are you silencing me???,” Scavino wrote.

White House social media director Dan Scavino Jr. works two phones as U.S. President Donald Trump poses for photographs with members of the National Collegiate Athletic Association's champion University of Utah skiing team in the Blue Room of the White House November 17, 2017 in Washington, DC. (Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

White House social media director Dan Scavino Jr. works two phones as U.S. President Donald Trump poses for photographs with members of the National Collegiate Athletic Association’s champion University of Utah skiing team in the Blue Room of the White House November 17, 2017 in Washington, DC. (Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

President Donald Trump also weighed in on Tuesday, tweeting that he would be “looking into” the issue with Scavino’s account, which had already been restored.

Later in the day, during a joint press conference with Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro, he returned to the issue, saying, “There’s discrimination, there’s big discrimination,” and adding, “Something’s happening with those groups of folks that are running Facebook, and Google, and Twitter, and I do think we have to get to the bottom of it.”

As in Scavino’s case, such complaints about bias have often been found to stem from legitimate violations of the platforms’ rules or mistakes by the platforms or both, rather than actual discrimination against conservatives.

In a statement issued soon after the president’s tweet, a Facebook spokesperson explained, “In order to stop automated bots, we cap the amount of identical, repetitive activity coming from one account in a short period of time, such as @mentioning people. These limits can have the unintended consequence of temporarily preventing real people like Dan Scavino from engaging in such activity, but lift in an hour or two, which is what happened in this case.”

The company added: “We’ve been in touch with him and have apologized for the inconvenience.”

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Facebook: Service Hindered By Lack Of Local News

(AP) — Facebook’s effort to establish a service that provides its users with local news and information is being hindered by the lack of outlets where the company’s technicians can find original reporting.

The service, launched last year, is currently available in some 400 cities in the United States. But the social media giant said it has found that 40 percent of Americans live in places where there weren’t enough local news stories to support it.

Facebook announced Monday it would share its research with academics at Duke, Harvard, Minnesota and North Carolina who are studying the extent of news deserts created by newspaper closures and staff downsizing .

Some 1,800 newspapers have closed in the United States over the last 15 years, according to the University of North Carolina. Newsroom employment has declined by 45 percent as the industry struggles with a broken business model partly caused by the success of companies on the Internet, including Facebook.

The Facebook service, called “Today In ,” collects news stories from various local outlets, along with government and community groups. The company deems a community unsuitable for “Today In” if it cannot find a single day in a month with at least five news items available to share.

There’s not a wide geographical disparity. For example, the percentage of news deserts is higher in the Northeast and Midwest, at 43 percent, Facebook said. In the South and West, the figure is 38 percent.

“It affirms the fact that we have a real lack of original local reporting,” said Penelope Muse Abernathy, a University of North Carolina professor who studies the topic. She said she hopes the data helps pinpoint areas where the need is greatest, eventually leading to some ideas for solutions.

Facebook doesn’t necessarily have the answers. “Everyone can learn from working together,” said Anne Kornblut, director of news initiatives at the company.

The company plans to award some 100 grants, ranging from $5,000 to $25,000, to people with ideas for making more news available, said Josh Mabry, head of local news partnerships for Facebook.

That comes on top of $300 million in grants Facebook announced in January to help programs and partnerships designed to boost local news.

The company doesn’t plan to launch newsgathering efforts of its own, Kornblut said.

“Our history has been — and we will probably stick to it — to let journalists do what they do well and let us support them and let them do their work,” she said.

Why Social Media Couldn’t Stop The New Zealand Terror Attack Video From Going Viral

CHICAGO (CBS) — The gunman in the attacks on two New Zealand mosques, which left 49 people dead, reportedly live streamed video of the shooting for nearly 17 minutes.

Police block the road near the shooting at a mosque in Linwood, Christchurch, New Zealand, Friday, March 15, 2019. Multiple people were killed during shootings at two mosques full of people attending Friday prayers. (AP Photo/Mark Baker)

This is not the first time violence like this has been viewed on social media, despite efforts to prevent it.

The chilling video shows the cold-blooded killing of dozens of Muslims inside a Christchurch mosque, one of two targeted.

But hours after the attack ended and the gunman was in custody, the video continued to spread around the world as people watched and shared it on social media.

Action was not taken to remove it until New Zealand police alerted Facebook.

It’s not surprising to Mana Ionescu, who owns a digital marketing agency.

“There is no fool-proof way to catch acts of violence on video or images with the technology that we have today,” she said. “Can we ever make live videos safe?”

Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, YouTube and Google all use artificial intelligence combined with human monitors to try to stop videos depicting violence from being shared, but it appears none of the platforms initially caught the video that streamed live for 17 minutes.

Ionescu said that’s because video and images are harder to block than words.

“The technology is just not there yet to be able to identify a gun amongst all the different kinds of guns there could be in a video and also put the context around it to say ‘Oh this is a news piece, a legitimate news piece versus an act of violence,’” she said.

Adding to the challenge for social media sites, once original videos are pulled, different versions from downloaded or recorded copies start cropping up, and the never-ending cycle continues.

“Facebook could throw all of their resources at it. It’s very hard to remove it,” Ionescu said. “It’s going to come down to us individuals saying, ‘No it is not OK. Stop sharing it. Stop watching it. Stop searching for it.’”

According to Facebook teams have been working around the clock since the attacks to respond to reports and block content.

The spokesperson for Google, which owns YouTube, said they have removed thousands of videos related to the incident.

All platforms encourage reporting such videos.

Director James Gunn Rehired For Third ‘Guardians Of The Galaxy’ Movie

(CNN) — Disney has reversed course on its next flight for “Guardians of the Galaxy,” reinstating writer-director James Gunn to oversee the third movie, after firing him last year in the wake of learning about offensive social-media posts.

James Gunn attends the UK Premiere of “Guardians of the Galaxy” at Empire Leicester Square on July 24, 2014 in London, England. (Photo by Tim P. Whitby/Getty Images)

Gunn had been targeted by conservative activists — in part because of his vocal criticism of President Trump — who resurfaced old tweets in which he made light of pedophilia and molestation. In firing him, Disney labeled the comments “indefensible and inconsistent with our studio’s values.”

Although Gunn apologized and issued a statement saying, “I understand and accept the business decisions taken,” there was almost immediately a backlash on the director’s behalf, with supporters claiming that the studio had overreacted and moved too precipitously to sever ties.

Those urging the studio to reconsider — which fostered the hashtag #WeAreGroot, drawing from a character in the films — included members of the “Guardians” cast, as well as other Hollywood figures such as actress Selma Blair.

Chris Pratt, Bradley Cooper, Zoe Saldana, Dave Bautista, Vin Diesel, Sean Gunn, Pom Klementieff, Michael Rooker, and Karen Gillan signed an open letter supporting Gunn.

A petition to “Rehire James Gunn” amassed more than 200,000 signatures.

Gunn’s reinstatement, first reported by Deadline, comes after he had already been signed to direct another major movie: The sequel to “Suicide Squad,” a DC Comics property that will be released by Warner Bros. (Like CNN, that studio is a unit of WarnerMedia.)

Disney confirmed the Deadline report, but had no further comment.

Gunn had already written a script for the third “Guardians,” though production on the film will likely have to wait until “Suicide Squad” is completed.

The first two “Guardians of the Galaxy” movies became a surprise hit for Marvel and Disney, totaling $1.6 billion in international box office. The characters have been featured in the latest “Avengers” storyline, beginning with “Infinity War” and continuing with the upcoming “Endgame.” A Guardians of the Galaxy attraction has also opened at Disneyland.

The offensive tweets were primarily posted between 2008 and 2012. When he was fired, Gunn explained that earlier in his career he had “viewed myself as a provocateur, making movies and telling jokes that were outrageous and taboo. As I have discussed publicly many times, as I’ve developed as a person, so has my work and my humor.”

CNN’s Frank Pallotta contributed to this story.

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Facebook Targets Nude Revenge Porn Photos With Latest AI Update

MENLO PARK (CBS SF) — Facebook unveiled new technology Friday, using artificial intelligence to detect and remove revenge porn — intimate pictures loaded onto social media without the victim’s knowledge.

In a release, Antigone Davis, Global Head of Safety for Facebook, said the social media giant has always responded to requests to remove intimate images but with the new software can detect it before a complaint is filed.

“Finding these images goes beyond detecting nudity on our platforms,” Davis wrote. “By using machine learning and artificial intelligence, we can now proactively detect near nude images or videos that are shared without permission on Facebook and Instagram. This means we can find this content before anyone reports it.”

He said the software upgrade was important because “often victims are afraid of retribution so they are reluctant to report the content themselves or are unaware the content has been shared.”

Once detected, the photos will be reviewed by a specially-trained member of our Community Operations team.

“If the image or video violates our Community Standards, we will remove it, and in most cases we will also disable an account for sharing intimate content without permission,” Davis wrote. “We offer an appeals process if someone believes we’ve made a mistake.”

Facebook is also launching a revenge porn victim-support hub called — Not Without My Consent.

“Victims can find organizations and resources to support them, including steps they can take to remove the content from our platform and prevent it from being shared further,” Davis wrote.

Many states have also taken steps to prevent revenge porn social media posts. At least 42 states have passed laws criminalizing revenge porn, many in the past five years.