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Congress Questions Potential Facebook Currency

WASHINGTON (AP) – As questions surround Facebook’s plans to create a digital currency, Congress is opening two days of hearings on the heels of criticism from President Donald Trump. Federal officials have expressed concerns the digital currency Libra could be used for money laundering and terrorism financing. Facebook executive David Marcus says in testimony prepared for Tuesday that Libra “is…

Wired Wednesday: The Basics of Facebook’s New Cryptocurrency

Will Bushee weighs in on the proposed digital payment system

There is a lot of excitement over Facebook’s plan to launch its own global form of cryptocurrency. The tech giant officially announced this week plans for Libra and one of our Wired Wednesday experts, Will Bushee outlines the most important things for you to know about it before it launches. He adds, that despite some of the heavy criticism Facebook…

How You’re Sabotaging Your Child’s Online Privacy

Cyber expert shares mistakes she sees more and more parents making

How young were your children when you started posting photos of them online? If you’re like most young parents these days, it started before they were even born, and you’ve posted thousands since. The journaling of their growth through social media is the norm anymore. But as you look to protect them, both online and otherwise, you may want to…

Social Media Platforms Weigh Live Streaming In Wake of Horrific Events

Last week’s massacre in New Zealand where dozens were killed while the gunman live streamed his actions, has critics of the service once again calling for change. The gunman was able to stream the first 17 minutes of his rampage before it was taken offline. Despite all attempts to disable the feed since, it continues to be uploaded by those…

Facebook Says Service Hindered by Lack of Local News

NEW YORK – Facebook is having trouble establishing a service providing its users with local news and information because of the lack of original reporting outlets. The service was established last year and is currently available in some 400 cities in the United States. But the social media giant said 40 percent of Americans live in places where its technicians…

What Facebook’s New Privacy Efforts Mean for You

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg recently announced he is rethinking the company’s approach to social media, and is promising better protections for consumer privacy. “A Privacy-Focused Vision for Social Networking” includes a plan that will rely largely on encrypting conversations, merging the conversation platforms between Facebook, Instagram and What’s App, and reducing the permanency of those conversations where desired. While these…

Apple Busts Facebook for Distributing Data-Sucking App

NEW YORK — Apple says Facebook can no longer distribute an app that paid users, including teenagers, to extensively track their phone and web use. The tech blog TechCrunch reports that Facebook paid about $20 a month. While Facebook says this was done with permission, the company has a history of defining “permission” loosely and obscuring what data it collects. Facebook…

Facebook Shuts Hundreds of Russia-Linked Pages, Accounts

LONDON – Facebook says it has removed hundreds of Russia-linked pages, groups and accounts that it says were part of two big disinformation operations, in its latest effort to fight fake news. The social media company said Thursday it took action after finding two networks “that engaged in coordinated inauthentic behavior” on its Facebook and Instagram platforms. Facebook’s head of…

Facebook to Invest $300 in Local News Initiatives

NEW YORK – Facebook says it is investing $300 million over the next three years in local news programs, partnerships and other initiatives. The money will go toward reporting grants for local newsrooms, expanding Facebook’s program to help local newsrooms with subscription business models and investing in nonprofits aimed at supporting local news. The move comes at a difficult time…

Wired Wednesday: How to Handle a Fake Facebook Account In Your Name

You’ve been notified time and again your Facebook profile has been stolen and used to create another fake account. Often, it hasn’t and it’s just someone forwarding onto you a note they’ve been forwarded warning of the increasing scam. But when it does happen to you – what can you do? Will Bushee, vice-president of the data mining company Brite…

EmBe Holds First Ever ‘EmBeCause Day’ to Raise Money

SIOUX FALLS, S.D.- How much money can you raise in 24 hours? That’s what the organization EmBe is finding out with its first ever EmbeCause day. Organizers are trying to raise 20 thousand dollars in 24 hours. They’re doing hourly challenges, awards and incentives on Facebook to motivate people to donate. Among the prizes are winning a lunch with Mayor…

Wired Wednesday: Online Reviews

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – In this edition of ‘Wired Wednesday,’ we visit the importance of an online review. Recently, Red Hen restaurants around the globe are fielding emotions ranging from praise to anger and the reviews that come along with it, after one lone independent Red Hen in Lexington Virginia refused to serve the White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee…

Why Kids Are Logging Off of Facebook

And where they're now fairly constantly logged into

This may not surprise all that many parents or tech users in general, but 45 percent of teens now say they are online “almost constantly.” Where they are logged into though, is changing.  A new survey reveals that Facebook use has decreased in popularity among America’s teenagers! Find out where they’re spending time and what advice one of our tech…

Why Facebook is Doing Away With Some of Your “Friends”

Facebook has reportedly deleted 583 million fake accounts in the first 3 months of 2018.  Will Bushee, Vice-President of the data mining company BrightPlanet, co-founder of Code Bootcamp of South Dakota, and the author of Wired for Coding talks about why this matters and what you can do about it, above. Categories: KDLT News Today, KDLT News Today Interviews, Local…

The Log Cabin to Reopen

SIOUX FALLS, S.D.- Jerry Adams passed away in March leaving behind The Log Cabin bar. When longtime friend Dusty Foltz found out it wasn’t going to reopen he knew what he had to do. “He was a funny guy, he was fun to hangout with and me and him became friends. I stopped and met him here about eleven years…

Social Media’s Role in the Mayoral Race

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – Just a few years ago, social media and city elections were strangers. Now, never-before-seen tools like Facebook Live and sponsored posts have forever changed the campaign game. Sometimes, a few clicks can do the trick. Director of Digital at Epicosity, Christropher Kappen, says this city election was unique in that social media was a key player….

DSU Students Defend Against Cyber Attacks

MADISON, S.D.-  As technology advances cyber threats continue to be a growing issue. Recent controversies include the Equifax data breach and Facebook breach, but students at Dakota State University are learning how to protect your information. Soon they’ll put their knowledge to the test. DSU students in the Defensive Security Club are one of ten teams competing in the National…