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Can You Delete DMs on Twitter?

According to a web security researcher, Twitter has a "functional bug" that effectively retains the direct messages (aka DMs) that users send, even after a user deletes those messages, or even their whole account.

The so-called bug has been raising some rather loud criticism of the platform, which at one point allowed users to effectively "unsend" direct messages by deleting them, though that feature has since been removed. Twitter has not provided any details, but did state that it was looking into this issue. Notably though, the researcher stated that he notified Twitter over a year ago, and nothing has changed.

A new startup, StayTuned Digital, promises to be the "best friend" of video content creators. This is because the company offers this emerging market of small-to-big business creators the ability to publish online videos on multiple platforms at the same time, while also allowing you to track all the relevant metrics in one place.

So if your law firm is making YouTubes and Facebook videos, or posting short videos on Twitter, or some other social media video platform, you might want to consider taking a closer look at this new service. The company is looking to work with content creators from the smallest to the largest.

According to a recent Harvard Business Review article, the "era of move fast and break things is over." And in case you have no idea what this means, that phrase "move fast and break things" is attributed to Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg, and is the mantra of "tech disruptors."

However, now that the public has had enough of tech startups breaking things and then blaming the lack of government infrastructure, tech startups need to make sure legal compliance is a top priority before it's even required. Startups cannot merely disrupt regulated industries by offering the same services without complying with the same regs the rest of the industry has to play by and expect to emerge unscathed.

While Google may have seemed to come out of the recent walkout fiasco with their reputation intact, it appears that Google's lawyers still hadn't gotten the memo that the company wants to have a pro-worker reputation.

In a pleading filed in an NLRB action weeks after the company CEO seemed to have just barely smoothed things over by rescinding the company policy of mandatory arbitration for sexual harassment claims, the lawyers traded away all that goodwill by arguing that employees shouldn't have the right to organize via company email.

#MeToo Law Goes Into Effect in California

California is leading the nation with a new law against non-disclosure agreements in settlement of sexual misconduct cases.

The law went into effect on Jan. 1, and is part of a legal overhaul that has spread across the country. In the wake of the #MeToo movement, all 50 states have passed laws surrounding sexual harassment, sexual assault, and non-disclosure agreements.

Under similar pressure from social media, large law firms also have pulled back agreements that would have prevented public disclosure of sexual harassment at the firms. Now they need to advise their clients to do the same.

What's Up With WhatsApp's Child Porn Encryption Problem?

Facebook had some good news and some bad news about WhatsApp, but the bad news was disgusting.

WhatsApp, a messaging app that works on Facebook, is being used to spread child pornography. According to reports, the app includes links to users trading images of children being sexually exploited.

Before the report, there was some good news for the Facebook app. But really? Now?

Even if you're a die-hard Googler, and use all of Google's services, you may want to consider deleting that Google+ profile before the company retires the service in April 2019.

If that date sounds different than what was previously announced, that's because it is. Last October, Google announced that the Google+ service was afflicted with a bug that left user data exposed. At that time, it explained that the service, which was suffering due to no one using it, would be officially closed down in August 2019. Unfortunately, this week, another bug was announced (and reported as fixed). Apparently this bug exposed private data for over 50 million Google+ profiles.

Proofreading is really important. Especially when it comes to pleadings or other docs that might get filed with the court. Sometimes there's more than your reputation on the line, and not catching a stupid copy and paste error will have a real impact.

Just ask Julian Assange who was recently tipped off about the fact that there are definitely ... probably ... maybe charges filed against him in the United States, under seal. This little unsubstantiated fact popped out of a federal prosecutor's pleading because, and you probably guessed it, they failed to proofread their filing in an unrelated case.

While for most people, Facebook and Instagram are just easy ways to keep up with friends and family; for many others, it's a whole lot more, and the government knows that.

From businesses to social media influencers to con artists and even recruiters from extremist and criminal organizations, Facebook and social media, generally, has become a strange place. You might not see much of it, depending on what you're doing and your settings, but it's there and alarming, and if you believe the companies running the sites, it's nearly impossible to completely stop. Not surprisingly, law enforcement agencies have increasingly subpoenaed Facebook to turn over data without even notifying the subject user(s).

In recent years, the big buzzy catchphrase that online marketers relied on to upsell services was "pivot to video." However, recently, the "pivot to video" movement has been criticized as a byproduct of Facebook's miscalculations.

According to the lawsuit over the 2016 Facebook video debacle, the company had inflated video view rates by as much as 900 percent. Those are, as one Ghost Buster would probably put it, numbers of a biblical proportion.

But, what does this mean for all the law firms that went along with the pivot to video?