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Facebook Cracks Down on Illegal Guns Posts (The Wall Street Journal)
Facebook on Wednesday announced new restrictions on promoting guns on the social network, amid pressure from groups favoring gun control. In a blog post, Facebook said it would remove offers to illegally sell guns without background checks or across state lines. POLITICO Facebook acted after a six-week online campaign by Moms Demand Action and Mayors Against Illegal Guns, the Michael Bloomberg-funded gun control advocacy organizations, to pressure the social network into pulling its gun advertisements. “On many issues, you make progress in the capital by making progress other places,” said MAIG Chairman John Feinblatt. “This sends a very, very clear cultural signal that a corporation like Facebook is going to in some ways step into the breach that’s been created by Congress.” VentureBeat It’s a concerted effort to stop illicit gun sales from taking place through the hugely popular site — but it wouldn’t have happened without sustained pressure from the activist groups and others. “Facebook has taken real, concrete steps to stop illegal gun sales on their site,” New York attorney general Eric Schneiderman said during a press conference in New York on Wednesday. The New Republic Still, the Facebook announcement shouldn’t be discounted. For one thing, any limits, however small, can have a real impact: among the recent sales traced to a Facebook posting was the sale of a gun by an Ohio man to a 15-year-old Kentucky boy who brought the gun to school. The Wire Instagram, which is owned by Facebook, will also see a shift in policy. Users searching for a hashtag like #GunsForSale will now see a content advisory warning before their search results.
CNN Sells iPad News App Zite to Social Magazine App Flipboard (LostRemote)
As our sister-site TVNewser reported earlier, CNN has sold iPad news app Zite to social magazine application Flipboard after it acquired Zite just three years ago. The deal includes CNN and Flipboard partnering on custom magazines for shows hosted by avid social media user Jake Tapper as well as Fareed Zakaria and John King.
Is Vine Paying Off for Smaller Brands? (SocialTimes)
Are Vines actually paying off for smaller brands? While Vine’s product lead, Seth Weisfeld, insists that for brands with limited resources creating Vines facilitates compelling content, Digiday points out that they are not easy to assemble. From storyboarding and animation to cross-platform positioning and audio and visual syncing — all before production gets underway — producing Vines is an ambitious exercise.
U.S.: Pyramid Scam on Facebook, Twitter Busted (USA Today)
The Securities and Exchange Commission took emergency action against an alleged fraudulent pyramid scheme promoted on Facebook and Twitter. A federal court gave the SEC a court order to freeze the accounts held by Fleet Mutual Wealth and MWF Financial, doing business as Mutual Wealth.
Yahoo to Facebook, Google Users: Log in with Yahoo (AllFacebook)
Facebook and Google users will soon no longer be able to use credentials from those sites to log in to Yahoo services such as fantasy sports and photo-sharing network Flickr, instead being required to register for Yahoo IDs, Reuters reported. A Yahoo spokeswoman confirmed the move to Reuters, saying that it will roll out gradually.
Getty Images Makes Much of its Photo Portfolio Free to Use (CNET)
Getty Images, the premiere collection of professional quality photos on the Internet, has for years charged licensing fees to those who wanted access to its extensive portfolio, but that is changing. The image provider has launched an embed tool that allows people to use more than 35 million of the service’s portfolio of images for noncommercial purposes.
Biggest Twitter Linguistic Study Ever Hopes to Discover the Next Viral Sensation (AllTwitter)
Researchers are convinced they can discover how new trends develop – tracking the next “twerk” based on the language we use on Twitter. According to Phys.org, researchers from Aston University in the U.K. will be conducting the largest linguistic study of its kind on Twitter.
Yahoo Acquires Visual Identity Platform Startup Vizify, Will Shut the Service Down and Issue Refunds (The Next Web)
Yahoo Wednesday acquired visual identity platform startup Vizify for an undisclosed sum, closing a deal that has been in the works for months. Founded by Todd Silverstein, Eli Tucker, and Jeff Cutler-Stamm in 2011, the service will be shutting down for existing Vizify bioholders and accounts.
Lessons in Video Narrative by Lego (SocialTimes)
Lego commemorated its 80th birthday with a 17-minute animated film that traces its origins back to a carpenter in 1930s Denmark. Created by Lani Pixels, “The LEGO® Story” was shared 27,185 times in seven days.