You can tell that times are changing now, by how we consume content. Most specifically how we are watching TV shows. Club Mickey Mouse will now be streaming exclusively on Facebook and Instagram. What’s more interesting, maybe, is that the show will have around 70 minutes of content per week. According to Disney, it’s not about releasing a single 22 minute episode once a week. According to Andrew Surgerman , “it’s a digital-first variety program that celebrates everything that was done in the original programs, but presenting [it] in the way that it’s consumed by today’s Gen Z audiences”. which means you will get the content through Boomerangs, Facebook Live videos and Instagram Stories.
Facebook is expected to drop $1 billion on original video content next year, so you can expect to see more like this. This kind of baffles me a bit. I no longer use Facebook, and while this isn’t a direct reason, it certainly isn’t enticing me to come back. I probably sound like a dinosaur saying these things, but I kind of like Facebook to stay as a social media platform. That being said, I know that all the kids are into communicating in alternative ways than us old folks do. (Note, I’m younger than I’m going to sound in this post).
Let’s back this up for a moment and talk about Facebook original content. I kind of think this is getting out of hand. Platforms are all now creating their own content?… Read the rest
Last week, we brought you a story about a breach within Instagram, that allowed hackers to get their hands on the contact information for “high profile” accounts. Instagram is now saying that the scope of the breach has expanded to other Instagram accounts. Not necessarily just those who are verified. Instagram CTO Mike Krieger wrote the following in a blog post:
“… We recently discovered a bug on Instagram that could be used to access some people’s email address and phone number even if they were not public. No passwords or other Instagram activity was revealed. We quickly fixed the bug, and have been working with law enforcement on the matter. Although we cannot determine which specific accounts may have been impacted, we believe it was a low percentage of Instagram accounts.”
One thing I mentioned last week that I thought was kind of low, was that Instagram didn’t apologize for the breach. Instead, they told people to be more vigilant and to not answer their phone if they didn’t recognize the number. Which I thought was kind of low considering the breach occurred due to a security issue with an API. That’s not the fault of Instagram users, but rather with Instagram themselves. But, Kreiger added “we are very sorry this happened”. So are they taking responsibility for this now? It kind of sounds like that.
It is estimated that the hackers compromised six million accounts and set up a website called “Doxagram” which allegedly offered access to phone numbers, email addresses or both for 1000 of the Instagram accounts, at a mere $10 a search. … Read the rest
Instagram has been letting users that it is the victim of a security breach, which has exposed the contact information of some high profile users. This news comes just days after celebrity, Selena Gomez, had her account compromised. But, it’s unclear if the two events are actually related. Instagram says the breach has revealed the email addresses and phone numbers associated with each account, but passwords have not been exposed. Instagram attributes the hack to someone exploiting a bug in an API. Instagram is encouraging users to “be vigilant” about the security of their account, and to use caution if they receive any unrecognized texts, calls or emails.
I honestly wish you could see my face as I wrote that last sentence. Be vigilant and use caution if you receive any unrecognized calls? I mean, isn’t that something you should do in general? But on the other hand, I often receive unrecognized calls from different agencies that have my phone number. Maybe it’s the bank? Or a credit card company calling to say that my card has been compromised. I don’t necessarily have their numbers in my phone, so I’m curious to know how warning will help any one?
Instagram hasn’t said which accounts were part of the breach, but it says that the API glitch made it possible for the hacker to obtain code that contained the email and phone information of the targeted users, which it believes were high profile accounts only. … Read the rest