A new study has identified ten distinct reasons why millennial social media users follower brands on Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest.

And the top reason varies from platform to platform.

 

 

Twitter unveiled its 2014 fourth quarter earnings report yesterday and while the company’s financials beat estimates across the board, Twitter added just four million monthly active users (MAUs) between October and December of last year, representing quarterly growth of just 1.4 percent.

 

UK Tribunal Declares NSA’s Data-Sharing with British Intel Illegal

A British tribunal has ruled that data sharing between the NSA and the UK spy group known as GCHQ was illegal for years. Why? Because it was done in secret. The Investigatory Powers Tribunal in the UK ruled today (.pdf) that British intelligence services acted unlawfully when they accessed the private communications of millions of […]

 

France’s misguided efforts to grapple with hate speech—which is already prohibited by French law—have been making headlines for years. In 2012, afteran horrific attack on a Jewish school, then-president Nicolas Sarkozy proposed criminal penalties for anyone visiting websites that contain hate speech. An anti-terror law passed in December imposes greater penalties on those that “glorify terrorism” online (as opposed to offline), and allows websites engaging in the promotion of terrorism to be blocked with little oversight. And following the attack on Charlie Hebdo last month, Prime Minister Manuel Valls stated that “it will be necessary to take further measures” to address the threat of terrorism.

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Well, that was quick. Less than two weeks after rolling out its Group Direct Messages, a marketer has jumped onto the platform

The 20 Most Popular Brands on #Twitter

@YouTube maintains its position as the most popular brand on Twitter, with its more than 48 million followers placing it well ahead of all other brands, including the official @Twitter profile.

The United Kingdom’s top surveillance agency has acted unlawfully by keeping details about the scope of its Internet spying operations secret, a British court ruled in an unprecedented judgment issued on Friday.

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A Google-backed advisory group has sided with the search giant in the debate in the so-called “right to be forgotten,” which gives citizens of the European Union the option to have some personal information erased from search engines

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