Facebook and Google competed for anti-immigration ad dollars during the 2016 election

 In a textbook illustration of the conflict of interest between Facebook and Google’s ostensible dedication to free speech and their ostensible espousal of progressive values, the internet giants reportedly took millions in advertising money from a major anti-immigration group at the same time as both were engaged in pro-immigration advocacy. Read More Social – TechCrunch

U.S. Congress asks Facebook, Google, and Twitter to testify on Russian meddling in 2016 election

Executives from Facebook, Alphabet Inc’s Google and Twitter have been asked to testify to the U.S. Congress in coming weeks as lawmakers probe Russia’s alleged interference in the 2016 U.S. election, committee sources said on Wednesday. A Senate aide said executives from the three firms had been asked by the Senate Intelligence Committee to appear […]

Government requests for Facebook user account data up 9% in second half of 2016, but content restrictions declined

 Facebook today released its latest report on global government requests for the second half of 2016, noting there has been a 9 percent increase in requests for user account data compared with the earlier part of that year, but a 28 percent decrease in content restrictions for violating local law. However, that latter decrease doesn’t necessarily […]

Google: We sent 9M web spam messages in 2016, more than double 2015 total

While more messages were sent, Google said they received less than half the 2015 number of user-generated spam reports in 2016. The post Google: We sent 9M web spam messages in 2016, more than double 2015 total appeared first on Search Engine Land. Please visit Search Engine Land for the full article. Search Engine Land: […]

Twitter nixed 635k+ terrorism accounts between mid-2015 and end of 2016

 Twitter has revealed it suspended a total of 376,890 accounts between July 1 through December 31 last year for violations related to promotion of terrorism. It says the majority of the suspensions (74 percent) were surfaced via its own “internal, proprietary spam-fighting tools.” Read More Social – TechCrunch

Google: Hacked sites increased 32% in 2016

Google is encouraging webmasters and site owners to verify their sites in Google Search Console to help both prevent and fix website hacks. The post Google: Hacked sites increased 32% in 2016 appeared first on Search Engine Land. Please visit Search Engine Land for the full article. Search Engine Land: News & Info About SEO, […]

Social Media in the News 2016 – 2017 [Infographic]

This infographic highlights some of the main social media headlines throughout 2016 and early 2017. Social Media Today RSS

The Moz 2016 Annual Report

Posted by SarahBird I have a longstanding tradition of boring Moz readers with our exhaustive annual reports (2012, 2013, 2014, 2015). If you’re avoiding sorting the recycling, going to the gym, or cleaning out your closet, I have got a *really* interesting post that needs your attention *right now*. (Yeah. I know it’s March. But […]

Yandex reports 22% YoY increase in revenue for Q4 2016

Russia’s largest search engine generated 4.7 million for the last quarter of 2016, and averaged 55.4% share of the country’s search market. The post Yandex reports 22% YoY increase in revenue for Q4 2016 appeared first on Search Engine Land. Please visit Search Engine Land for the full article. Search Engine Land: News & Info […]

Twitter claims 31 million unique viewers across 600 hours of live premium video in Q4 2016

Twitter may have missed estimates with its Q4 revenue targets and recorded a small, 4 percent year-on-year increase in its monthly active users (MAUs), but the social network’s recent push into live video streaming of big events is now a key focal point as it strives to increase its stickiness. In its letter to shareholders, […]