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Facebook creator Mark Zuckerberg in one of his hoodies. Facebook remains the most used social media site among American teens ages 13 to 17, according to a new study from the Pew Research Center.

Facebook creator Mark Zuckerberg in one of his hoodies. Facebook remains the most used social media site among American teens ages 13 to 17, according to a new study from the Pew Research Center.

NEW YORK—Remember those declarations that teens are done with Facebook? Think again.

Facebook remains the most used social media site among American teens ages 13 to 17, according to a new study from the Pew Research Center. And, surprisingly, boys visit the site more often than girls.

Aided hugely by smartphones and other mobile devices, 71 per cent of teens surveyed said they use Facebook, with the same percentage saying they use more than one social network of seven options they were asked about.

Half the teens said they also use Instagram and four in 10 said they used Snapchat, according to the study released April 9.

Among 22 per cent of teens who use just one site, 66 per cent use Facebook, 13 per cent use Google Plus, 13 per cent are Instagram users and 3 per cent use Snapchat.

The Pew centre didn’t compare the latest survey to its previous studies on the subject because it switched its national representative sample from telephone interviews to an online format, potentially skewing results when comparisons are made.

The latest study points to Facebook as a dominant force in teens’ online lives even as Instagram and Snapchat have gained momentum.

Facebook was the site they used most frequently, at 41 per cent, followed by Instagram at 20 per cent and Snapchat at 11 per cent. Boys are more likely than girls to report they visit Facebook most often — at 45 per cent versus 36 per cent of girls.

Pew’s data also revealed a distinct pattern in social media use by socio-economic status.

Teens from households with earnings of less than $50,000 are more likely to use Facebook the most — 49 per cent compared with 37 per cent of teens from households with earnings of $50,000 or more.

As far as how much time is spent on social media, 24 per cent of teens overall go online “almost constantly,” the study said, with 56 per cent saying they go online several times a day and 12 per cent reporting once-a-day use.

Among other sites the 1,060 teens were asked about are Twitter, Vine and Tumblr. Thirty-three per cent said they use Twitter and Google Plus, while 24 per cent said they use Vine and 14 per cent said Tumblr.

Six per cent said they use Twitter most often.

 

source:http://www.thestar.com/life/technology/2015/04/14/facebook-still-teens-most-used-website-report.html

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Facebook paid users to track smartphone use

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Facebook paid users, including teens, to track their smartphone activity as part of an effort to glean more data that could help the social network’s competition efforts, according to a new report that may raise fresh privacy concerns.

An investigation by the online news site TechCrunch said the effort, which had been known as the Onavo Project and later rebaptized as Facebook Research, was used to gather data on usage habits.

The news could be a further embarrassment for Facebook, which has been under heightened scrutiny over failing to crack down on manipulation of its platform and for sharing private data with its business partners.

According to TechCrunch, Facebook said it shut down the application on Apple’s iOS on Wednesday after the article was published, but apparently kept it active for Android users.

The report said the initial Onavo app was shuttered for violating Apple’s privacy policy and that the newer version may also contravene Apple’s terms.

The program paid users ages 13 to 35 up to $20 a month for “root” access to their devices to track their location, app usage, spending habits and other activity.

According to a statement to TechCrunch, Facebook claimed there was nothing secret about the effort and that it obtained parental consent for teens where required.

Facebook did not immediately respond to further requests for comment.

The project may have allowed Facebook to scoop up more data about younger users as it fends off a challenge from rival services like Snapchat, which has become more popular than Facebook among US teens.

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Instagram is down for some users (FB)

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It’s not clear exactly how many people are affected, or what’s causing the outage. Business Insider has reached out to the Facebook-owned photo sharing app for more information.

The app’s news feed is refusing to refresh for some users, while the homepage on desktop won’t load.

Down Detector, a website that tracks outages of popular websites, reported a spike in users saying Instagram was down on Monday, with particular hotspots on both coasts of the United States and the UK.

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INSTAGRAM READY TO GIVE INFLUENCERS AND CELEBS SPECIALIZED TOOLS VIA CREATOR ACCOUNTS

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Instagram plans to offer high-profile influencers special tools that will provide them with a deeper insight into various data regarding their followers. These tools will be delivered in the form of Creator Accounts, which will only be available to select Instagram users (i.e. influencers, celebs).

An Instagram official recently told The Hollywood Reporter that the company wishes to make sure that “Instagram is the best place, and easiest place, to build fan communities and also build creators. personal brands.”

These creator accounts are meant to function like business-focused profiles and will offer growth insights, including information about follows and unfollows. Influencers will also be able to see weekly and daily data about their followers count changes so that they can better understand what might have caused a decline in their fan base or a spike in new followers.

Also, direct messaging tools that will enable Instagram users to filter notes from brand partners and friends will be available as well. Furthermore, influencers will be allowed to choose how they want to be contacted via flexible labels.

According to Instagram. these new features are being tested with a small beta group at the moment, but they are expected to be rolled out to everyone sometime in 2019.

 

 

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