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Life after death
Facebook creates a 'living will' for users' accounts after death
Facebook has created the option of appointing a 'legacy contact' to manage a page after a user's death.
Until recently, the fate of a Facebook page after the user's death has been a decidedly gray area. Family members of the deceased were able to reach out to the social network and ask to have a page taken down or turned into a memorial, but the user had little say in the decision and even then, no one had oversight to manage the memorial page. But this morning, Facebook announced that it has created new protocols for the site which allow users to make decisions about the fate of their online lives after their death. Think of it as a living will for your social media profile. Read More
Social Media
Putting the face in Facebook: How the social network shapes body image
Spending time on Facebook can influence how some women feel about their appearance.
Some people on public transit may glance over the shoulders of fellow commuters fiddling with their Facebook pages only for the voyeuristic pleasure of having a peek into someone else’s life. But behavioral science researcher Jasmine Fardouly, a doctoral candidate at the University of New South Wales in Australia, saw an opportunity. Read More
Valley investor barnstorms in Boston
Audio: Peter Thiel visits BU to talk entrepreneurship (and backing Zuck)
BetaBoston's Scott Kirsner onstage with investor, entrepreneur, and author Peter Thiel, at Boston University's School of Management. (Photo courtesy of Rob Kornblum.)
Just sharing some audio I recorded yesterday at a talk Peter Thiel gave at Boston University's School of Management; I moderated the audience Q&A afterward, which was a lot of fun. Thiel is on the road with co-author Blake Masters promoting his new book, Zero to One. I teased him a bit that his only tweet so far is a plug for the book... and his quick answer was that he went from zero to one tweets. Read More
Innovation Economy
Trolling campuses for the next Facebook
(From left) Barron Roth, John Moore, middle and Luke Sorensen discuss Downtyme during a development meeting at Boston University. (Jonathan Wiggs/Globe Staff)
Two April days, separated by a decade. Two college sophomores walk into the Charles Square complex in Cambridge to meet with prospective investors. They’ve both built apps to help students communicate with friends on campus, and attracted a small community of users. Read More
To post or not to post
After #GamerGate, Supreme Court hears case concerning threats online
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In October, game developer Brianna Wu was forced out of her house in Arlington and went into hiding after strangers from the GamerGate online mob posted personal threats at Wu and her family on Twitter. Wu and the scores of other women who face personal hateful speech on the Internet may one day have more options to deter their attackers. Today the justices of the Supreme Court heard arguments about online abuse perpetrated on sites like Twitter and Facebook, the first case of its kind to reach the nation's highest court.  Read More