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Net Neutrality: FCC Reclassifies ISPs as Common Carriers (SocialTimes)
After months of planning and political wrangling, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has finally voted on Net Neutrality rules to reclassify internet service providers as “common carriers,” which means that ISPs are subject to the same rules as other utilities. The legislation passed in a 3-2 vote, but the fight isn’t over yet. The New York Times Explaining the reason for the regulation, Tom Wheeler, the commission chairman, a Democrat, said that internet access was “too important to let broadband providers be the ones making the rules.” Mobile data service for smartphones and tablets, in addition to wired lines, is being placed under the new rules. The Wall Street Journal The move marks a turn in the government’s approach to the internet — from a hands-off policy dating back two decades to encourage the Web’s growth to a more interventionist posture as commercial issues have multiplied. It was spurred on by companies — such as Netflix — worried that they could face more onerous terms for carrying their traffic and by President Barack Obama, who made an unusual public plea for the rules late last year. The Huffington Post Proponents like Tumblr CEO David Karp say net neutrality protects the little guys, ensuring that their voices have as much of an opportunity to be heard as those belonging to large conglomerates. Opponents, including several ISPs like Verizon, AT&T and Comcast, argue that services like Netflix and Amazon should have to pay for the disproportionately high bandwidth they use.
Kanye West: ‘I Would Like to Publicly Apologize to Beck’ (MSNBC)
Kanye West tweeted an apology to Beck on Thursday, two weeks after storming the Grammy stage and later alleging the singer’s Album of the Year victory was fraudulent. “I would like to publicly apologize to Beck,” West tweeted, seemingly unprovoked. “I’m sorry Beck,” he added.
Facebook Allows Users to Add Their Own Gender Identities (SocialTimes)
Facebook added 58 custom gender options for its users last February, and the social network announced No. 59 Thursday, offering a free-form field for them to populate as they see fit. Stanford University gender identity researcher Alison C.K. Fogarty told AP giving users more control over their identities is a significant step.
Facebook to Offer New Options to Help Those Feeling Suicidal (CNET)
You may be able to save someone considering suicide — with the help of new features soon to be available through Facebook. In a post published Wednesday, the social network said it has expanded the support available to potentially suicidal people.
Nielsen: Viewers are Ready for T-Commerce (LostRemote)
Riding on its Super Bowl success, Delivery Agent announced Thursday that it has partnered with Toyota for a t-commerce shopping experience. Instead of making a purchase, though, viewers will be able to check out the new Camry through the ShopTV app.
How Three Ordinary Americans Are Getting Paid for Their Social Media Posts (ABC News)
A new social media upstart called Tsu gives 90 percent of its revenue back to its users. In an interview with ABC News’ chief business and economics correspondent Rebecca Jarvis, founder and CEO Sebastian Sobczak explained the name Tsu means “aesthetic ideal” in Japanese.
Five Critical Tips for Growing Your Social Media Fan Base (SocialTimes)
Growing your social media fan base is something of an art, but there are a few critical components that will get you noticed quickly and effectively. You are your most important source, so here’s how you can use your time wisely for the greatest impact on your social media footprint.
Cable News and Social Media Go All in on #LlamaWatch (CNN Money)
Thursday afternoon, social media and cable news were captivated when two escaped llamas ran free through Sun City, Ariz. As for social media, Twitter gave interesting color commentary on the escaped animals.
How Social Media Shaming Leads to Careful Reputation Management (SocialTimes)
Lindsey Stone, a caregiver with LIFE (Living Independently Forever), posted pictures to her social pages wherein she disobeyed signs. One such picture, of Stone at Arlington National Cemetery mocking a sign that read “Silence and Respect,” went viral a month after it was posted.