H ide Tweet, Instagram Ads and Records Exposed

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Nick Cotton Mar 8, 2019
Twitter confirms it’s working on a ‘Hide Tweet’ feature
By Sarah Perez from TechCrunch
  • “The option, spotted in Twitter’s code, is available from a list of moderation choices that appear when you click the “Share” button on a tweet…”
  • “Immediately, there were concerns that an option like this would allow users to silence their critics — not just for themselves, as is possible today with muting and blocking — but for anyone reading through a stream of Twitter Replies.”
  • “…putting the original poster back in control of which Replies are visible may allow people to feel more comfortable with sharing on Twitter, which could impact user growth — a number Twitter struggles with today.”
Expect more Instagram branded content ad opportunities in 2019
By Amy Gesenhues from Marketing Land
  • “The company has been testing a new branded content ad format since last year that allows brands to turn posts created by influencers into ads on the platform.”
  • “While branded content ads are not currently available to all advertisers, an Instagram spokesperson said the company was encouraged by the feedback from the beta tests for the ads and is committed to rolling it out more broadly in 2019”
An Email Marketing Company Left 809 Million Records Exposed Online
By Lily Hay Newman from Wired
  • “Last week, security researchers Bob Diachenko and Vinny Troia discovered an unprotected, publicly accessible MongoDB database containing 150 gigabytes of detailed, plaintext marketing data—including 763 million unique email addresses.”
  • “The data doesn’t contain Social Security numbers or credit card numbers, and the only passwords in the database are for’s own infrastructure.”
  • “Security researcher Troy Hunt is adding the data to his service HaveIBeenPwned, which helps people check whether their data has been compromised in data exposures and breaches”

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