By Nicolas Vega. Arizona-based Rally Forge was responsible for hundreds of fake accounts and pages on the social network that were designed to support President Trump, the Washington Post reported on Thursday. Teenagers paid by Rally Forge created and operated fake accounts to simulate support for the president. The accounts coordinated to dismiss concerns about the coronavirus, spread false claims about the security of mail-in voting as well as attack Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden. The teens, some of whom were minors, were given bonuses if their posts trafficked highly on the site, and pulled their posts from a central document that they shared, according to the report. Turning Point USA, however, was not penalized following the investigation, as Facebook was unable to determine whether its top-ranking members knew about the violations.
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Facebook’s new Study app pays adults for data after teen scandal – TechCrunch
I spent most of last weekend hanging around hundreds of teenage girls who, like me, were trailing around an up-and-coming teen heartthrob who got his big break on social media. I was there for a story, they for selfies, but while we sat cross-legged on the cement floor of a sports arena, they patiently humored my questions about which social networks they use. Twitter, Vine, Instagram, YouTube, the to year-olds answered. And you guys are all on Facebook , right? I asked my adopted clique, figuring it was such a given, they'd taken their membership there as assumed. For the first time, teens now consider Instagram the most important social network on the Internet, according to a semi-annual survey conducted by Piper Jaffray. Instagram replaces Twitter, which just last fall surpassed Facebook's place in the top spot.
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As if parents did not already have enough to worry about, now they need to worry about their children displaying negative psychological effects from overusing Facebook and other social networking sites. New research revealed August by Dr. Larry Rosen , a psychology professor at California State University, makes it official what some parents already suspected -- our kids are getting sort of screwed up when they spend too much time on Facebook. On a more upbeat note, the study also showed a few unexpected benefits of social networking online.
Facebook shut down its Research and Onavo programs after TechCrunch exposed how the company paid teenagers for root access to their phones to gain market data on competitors. The goal? To find out which other competing apps and features Facebook should buy, copy or ignore. If it learns everyone is using screensharing social network Squad, maybe it will add its own screensharing feature. If it finds group video chat app Houseparty is on the decline, it might not worry about cloning that functionality.