Twitter’s CEO Pledges to Better Protect Users and to Improve Policies Post House Hearing

Twitter’s CEO Pledges to Better Protect Users and to Improve Policies Post House Hearing

Users’ privacy on social media, in particular, has been the topic of a heated debate for the last few months. Following Facebook’s privacy scandal, social networks are being scrutinized.

Users and lawmakers have demanded that social networks take immediate action and make the necessary changes to better protect their digital community members.

As Facebook continues to deal with a PR nightmare that ignited following the Cambridge Analytica scandal that hit the media in March, other social media giants are being called upon to not only better protect users, but to also help improve policy.

Last week, Twitter's CEO and co-founder Jack Dorsey appeared in a hearing held by the House Energy and Commerce where he was drilled by lawmakers.

“Twitter’s success and growth rate has been extraordinary, but it has not been without controversy,” said House Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman Greg Walden (R-OR.)

“Humans are recommending changes to Twitter’s policies. Humans can make mistakes … how Twitter manages those mistakes is critically important.”

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Executive Chef Giuseppe Tentori Explains Why Simple Food Is Great

Executive Chef Giuseppe Tentori Explains Why Simple Food Is Great

“I would describe my food as very simple,” says Giuseppe Tentori, Executive Chef and Partner of GT Fish & Oyster and GT Prime. “Simple food is great. You don’t need to add too many ingredients or make your food too weird just to be like a great chef.”

Tentori enjoys various accolades after making a name for himself in Chicago redefining the American seafood restaurant experience with the opening of GT Fish & Oyster in 2011. He earned critical recognition both regionally and nationally, like three stars from the Chicago Tribune and nominations for “Best Chef: Great Lakes” by the James Beard Foundation.

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Is It Time for Your Brand to Leave Facebook?

Is It Time for Your Brand to Leave Facebook?
  • Industry Expert, Donald Burns, provides you with ways to start building a bigger social media presence off of Facebook.

  • For brands that rely on Facebook, branching out may be in your best interest.

It cannot be denied that Facebook changed the social network scene, but even giants can be brought down.

The controversy over the Cambridge Analytica drama involving Facebook has raised questions about data and your privacy. In the wake of the congressional hearings that Mark Zuckerberg testified in, many people jumped off of Facebook as a symbol to stand up for privacy. The #DeleteFacebook movement, like many others out there, is big news and it has gained some momentum.

Will Facebook disappear?

Not yet and not because of Cambridge Analytica. Social media is here to stay. That is certain.

The ability to connect with people around the world is paramount to the human race, as we are social creatures. How we connect and engage are the questions to think about. With that said, there are some revelations you need to consider...

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High-Quality Ingredients Are Fueling Our 2018 Sandwich Innovators Guide and Report

High-Quality Ingredients Are Fueling Our 2018 Sandwich Innovators Guide and Report

Coming soon to Foodable, our free 2018 Top 50 Sandwich Innovators guide and downloadable report will be featuring brands that focus on the artisan approach to high-quality sandwiches. Watch out for sandwich concepts with a focus on premium ingredients, scratch-cooking, and chef-inspired menus!

This mid-July report will dive into the consumer trends for the top 300 sandwich chains, by analyzing a Foodable Labs data set of over 32 thousand locations.

Be sure to watch for the Top 50 Sandwich Innovators Guide and Report soon here on Foodabltv.com.

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Summer Food Trends That Millennials Will be Showcasing on Instagram 

 Summer Food Trends That Millennials Will be Showcasing on Instagram 

With the official start of summer being only a few weeks away, consumers are going to ramp up their usage of photo-focused platforms like Instagram to get inspired on where to go and what to eat. 

"When it comes to engaging with posts that include summer related hashtags, Instagrammers are highly active—with 18-24 year olds making up the majority of the audience. And, of that, 66% of them are women. The top countries for summer related hashtags include Brazil, Australia, US, Italy, Germany and the UK. Globally, top summer hashtags included #summer, #summertime, #beach, #sun, #summervibes, #summer2017, #hot, #fun and #summerdays," writes Instagram in its Business Blog. 

With that in mind, we are going to see new food trends fill Instagram feeds this summer. 

According to a recent predictions article by "CNBC," the Instagram-able food trends foodies will be posting food pics of will feature poke, street corn, farro, and bee pollen.

But healthy trends will remain at the forefront, expect to see more consumer posts about fermented foods like kimchi, miso, and Tempeh. 

"In the last year, a number of companies promoted apple cider vinegar tonics as homeopathic remedies and a cure-all for everything from acne to hangovers," writes "CNBC." "There are already a number of products on the market that are rich in probiotics and micro-organisms and aim to support digestive and immune health. Expect to see more of these gut-healthy food items throughout the year."

Move over squid ink, it's activated charcoal's turn. 

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Don’t Miss These 2018 Hospitality Marketing Digital Trends

Don’t Miss These 2018 Hospitality Marketing Digital Trends

As popular as online platforms are these days, it is important to not discount content made with desktop computers in mind, especially when it comes to marketing for your hospitality business.

At least that was one of the takeaways from the infographic by MDG Advertising on “Hospitality Marketing in 2018: 5 Digital Trends to Watch.”

The agency is predicting many changes in the space for 2018. The main reason why is because it is constantly affected by evolving technologies and consumer trends— including a growing Gen Z population.

Although the infographic takes a deep dive analysis of how these changes will affect the travel industry, these demographic and tendency changes affect all brands in the hospitality space, including restaurants.

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The Facebook Data Debacle

The Facebook Data Debacle
  • 1:06 - The Story of Cambridge Analytica and Facebook

  • 4:44 - The First Violation

  • 5:52 - The Value Proposition of FB: You Cant Opt Out

  • 7:07 - The Rise of Social Media Data Gathering

  • 10:19 - The Impact on Restaurants

  • 11:25 - Foodable Labs Analyzes Facebook Engagement

  • 15:18 - Can Facebook bounce back?

  • 17:20 - Chief Security Officer Alex Stamos

  • 20:17 - Facebook Social Restaurant Visits DOWN 17%

  • 21:47 - Foodable Plus: 10 Tips for Preparing for the Mass Exodus of Facebook

Facebook has been dominating news headlines this week and for good reason. CEO Mark Zuckerberg has been testifying to Congress on the topics of data security and how the social media giant has been trying to improve.

There’s a lot to consider here: How did this impact the election? Is my data safe? Is it finally time to get off the grid?

But before we take drastic measures, take a minute to join Paul Barron for a thought-provoking discussion about what happened and how this scandal may be affecting your restaurant. Didn’t think about that? No worries, we’ll cover everything from how users are engaging with your FB content to how this data debacle is impacting your restaurant sales.

Cambridge Analytica

This is where our story begins. Cambridge Analytica hired a professor to create a Facebook app that collected user data. You’ve seen those fun but useless personality quiz apps on Facebook, right? Right. Users who authorized this app gave the app access to their data like their "Likes". But not just their own data, the data of their entire friend network. This feature was removed in 2014 but the damage was already done.

The important thing to note here is that, up to this point, Cambridge Analytica hadn’t done anything wrong. This was completely legal and in line with Facebook's guidelines in 2014. But when the professor sold the data to Cambridge Analytica, that’s when they violated the Facebook user agreement, which prohibited the sale of Facebook data to third party companies. Facebook removed the professor’s app and demanded that he and all third parties immediately destroy the data but up until now it is believed that Cambridge Analytica still has some or all of the data.

The Impact on Restaurants

Now people across the globe are understandably upset. There are a number of arguments to be made. But what does all this commotion mean for the restaurant industry? Well, as Paul explains, Facebook engagement is down meaning you’ll be having a harder time connecting with your audience using the platform. Social Restaurant Visits through FB are also down.

So, is it time to jump off the Facebook bandwagon? Listen in and find out!

And after you listen to this podcast, join us on Foodable Plus for 10 Tips to Prepare You for the Mass Exodus of Facebook.

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The Top 5 Tech Trends Affecting the Restaurant Industry in 2018

The Top 5 Tech Trends Affecting the Restaurant Industry in 2018

Technology is always shifting and as a restaurant business owner, you must be able to adapt to stay relevant. 2018 will be another year full of disruption, as technology continues to push the envelope of how operators and brands interact with guests and how guests respond. Check out the video above and see what top 5 technology trends are poised to affect the restaurant industry. 

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