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Twitter Rolls Out Two-Factor Account Authentication (SocialTimes)
Twitter Wednesday launched a feature that will allow users to opt into two-factor account authentication on the service. Users who turn on the feature will receive an access code on their smartphone by SMS text message each time they attempt to log in to Twitter. They will be required to enter that code each time they seek to access their accounts.

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Privacy Groups Ask Facebook to Abort Proposed Changes to Privacy Policy (SocialTimes)
Online privacy groups Electronic Privacy Information Center and Center for Digital Democracy have written a letter to Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg asking him to abandon proposed changes to the social network’s privacy policies. Users would no longer have the opportunity to vote on proposed changes and privacy practices for Facebook and Instagram would be combined.

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Facebook Helps Voters Get to the Polls On Election Day Today (Mashable)
Facebook is hoping their site can guide people in the United States to the polls this Election Day. The social network has built a polling place locator tool, so today, users can easily figure out where to head to cast a ballot. The New York Times/Bits Blog The Facebook apps of the Obama and Romney campaigns inhale a lot of information about you and your friends. Like many apps on Facebook, they gather your Facebook ‘likes’ and locations, along with your Facebook friends’ ‘likes’ and locations. CNN.com Although 2012 was championed as the year of “The Twitter Election,” the Twitterverse turned out to be a cold, cruel place. Mistakes became memes, blunders gave birth to parody accounts with huge followings, and at least in Paul Ryan’s case, good looks became a talking point. VentureBeat Today, Americans will vote for a president, new or continuing. Social media users, however, have already decided who has won — at least in their tweets, shares, and likes. ReadWrite The Pew Research Center reports 25 percent of social media participants who read about political issues online become more active, and 16 percent change their view after reading about it online. According to analysis of more than 1.7 million social media posts by the marketing company Vocus, the top campaign issues discussed online are taxes, education, budget, health care, economy and abortion. Read more

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ViolentAcrezOuted Reddit Moderator Tells CNN He Only Partially Apologizes for His Actions (VentureBeat)
Michael Brutsch, 49, the recently outed Reddit moderator known online as ViolentAcrez, attempted to explain his heinous behavior on the community-powered link-sharing site in an interview on CNN’s Anderson Cooper 360 on Thursday night. “Well, I am to some degree apologizing for what I did,” he said. The Huffington Post Brutsch also blamed the culture on Reddit for fostering his penchant for posting offensive material. “Reddit encouraged and enabled this sort of behavior, and I shouldn’t have been a part of it,” he said. CNN.com He created hundreds of subforums on the user-generated website, such as “Rapebait,” “Incest,” “Pics of Dead Kids,” “Choke a Bitch,” and “Rape Jokes.” Violentacrez has been banned from the site several times, although Brutsch still maintains a separate account. Salon.com This week, Gawker, which outed ViolentAcrez received a leaked memo from Reddit CEO Yishan Wong, originally posted in a private subreddit. In the memo, Wong finally weighed in on the issue, saying, “We will not ban legal content even if we find it odious or if we personally condemn it,” meaning that free speech — even for creepy trolls like Violentacrez — continues to have a place on the site. Bloomberg Businessweek Where should freedom of speech begin and end when you are a Web-based entity with a global audience? That’s the question raised by a couple of recent events, including the furor over a Reddit moderator’s creepy behavior and now the news that Twitter has blocked an account for the first time at the request of a state government — in this case, Germany, which asked the service to take action against a Twitter user posting neo-Nazi sentiments, something forbidden by the laws of that country. Read more

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Facebook Welcomes Back Gifts (Mashable)
Two years after its last attempt failed, Facebook is giving Gifts another shot. The ability to buy and send real gifts to your friends will gradually roll out to Facebook users in the United States. The New York Times/Bits Blog Gifts range from cupcakes to sunglasses. Facebook will earn a slice of the proceeds from each transaction; a company spokesman declined to say how much but said each partner company had a different revenue-sharing arrangement. USA Today Starbucks, Magnolia Bakery and 1-800-Flowers are among Facebook’s 100 launch partners. Facebook’s online commerce move comes as Wall Street grows restless for increased revenue from the social network, which faces slackening advertising revenue. The Huffington Post Users will be able to click on a “gifts” icon on their Facebook friends’ pages on Facebook’s website or on Android mobile phones, and iPhone and iPad versions are coming soon. The icon will also show up on the right side of users’ Facebook pages with the notifications for friends’ birthdays, weddings and other life events. AllThingsD It’s a major undertaking for Facebook, tackling an entire new segment of online commerce and adding a brand new revenue stream to its business. And to a degree, we’ve known it was coming for some time — after all, on the same day Facebook went public, it acquired Karma, the social gifting application upon which all of Gifts is based and built. AllFacebook Prior to Facebook’s Gifts, Wrapp (founded May 2011, introduced to the United States in April 2012) and most recently the Facebook game Gifties have launched to connect friends with presents. There’s also Treater and Giftly, in addition to Amazon’s program. Read more