Over 1,000 charged for sharing revenge porn on Facebook

By Tuesday, January 16, 2018 0 Permalink 0

Over 1000 people have been charged for sharing sexually explicit content without consent on Facebook in the biggest case of its kind in Denmark.

According to Danish police, two videos and a sexually explicit image involving two 15-year-olds were originally posted to Facebook Messenger, the platform’s private chat service. The video was then shared hundreds of times across the platform, and now, a total of 1,004 young people have been charged — and about 800 are male, reports Bloomberg. While the content was posted by someone within Denmark, it’s unclear if everyone accused of sharing it are from the country. Read more…

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This chatbot wants to cut through the noise on climate science

By Monday, January 15, 2018 0 Permalink 0

Noise and misinformation, especially on climate, has long been a problem on social media.

To counter this, Australian not-for-profit the Climate Council has created a Facebook Messenger chatbot to inform people about climate science.

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Launched on its Facebook page last week, it’s an effort to connect with younger people who are interested in issues like climate change, but aren’t the most engaged with the organisation — largely due to broader information overload.

“Young people are saturated on social media because they’re the most active on it, we know that they care and that they’ve got the thirst for information,” Nelli Huié, digital manager at the Climate Council, explained. Read more…

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Facebook just became the ultimate dystopia

By Friday, January 12, 2018 0 Permalink 0

When constructing a dystopia, it takes some doing to be both Orwellian and Huxleyan at the same time. But with the changes he just announced to the Facebook News Feed, Mark Zuckerberg seems to have managed this extraordinary feat. ;

The nightmare worlds of George Orwell (Nineteen Eighty-Four) and Aldous Huxley (Brave New World) are in many ways polar opposites. One is a surveillance state that controls what people see of history by literally rewriting newspapers. The other controls its citizenry by blissing them out on a dissociative drug called soma. ;

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Current Facebook wants to go back to being Old Facebook

By Friday, January 12, 2018 0 Permalink 0

Facebook wants to be for the people, even if that means people using Facebook less. ;

Facebook on Thursday announced that it’s making big changes, heavily prioritizing stuff from your friends and family over companies and publishers you follow.

For the media outlets that spent years racking up millions of Facebook “likes” and creating new Pages, that’s bad news. Even Facebook’s Head of News Feed Adam Mosseri told the New York Times, publishers may have “anxiety.”

SEE ALSO: Facebook announces a big New Feed change — and just wants you to be happy

But for the Facebook user — no matter the demographic — Mark Zuckerberg’s big mandate is to put the social back in his social network. It’s a clear effort to return Facebook to what it used to be, a place for friends to stay up to date with each other and communicate. Read more…

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Mark Zuckerberg just put his money where his mouth is — to the tune of $3 billion

By Friday, January 12, 2018 0 Permalink 0

One small tweak to an algorithm, one giant crater in Mark Zuckerberg’s net worth.

The Facebook CEO took a $3 billion hit to his net worth on Friday as his company’s stock dipped following news of major changes to the company’s News Feed.

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Facebook warned that the changes, meant to boost the visibility of posts by friends and family, could mean people spending less time on Facebook. That would mean less ads, which means less money. ;

Facebook stock declined about 4 percent. With the bulk of Zuckerberg’s net worth sitting in Facebook stock, that equates to more than $3 billion. ; Read more…

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Facebook announces a big News Feed change — and just wants you to be happy

By Friday, January 12, 2018 0 Permalink 0

Facebook is re-tweaking its News Feed again. ;

This time it wants to bring it back to friends and family instead of viral videos and media posts, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg announced in a post Thursday. ;

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“I’m changing the goal I give our product teams from focusing on helping you find relevant content to helping you have more meaningful social interactions,” he wrote.

He said the change should make everyone feel better: “The research shows that when we use social media to connect with people we care about, it can be good for our well-being. We can feel more connected and less lonely, and that correlates with long term measures of happiness and health.” Read more…

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Facebook announces a big New Feed change — and just wants you to be happy

By Friday, January 12, 2018 0 Permalink 0

Facebook is re-tweaking its News Feed again. ;

This time it wants to bring it back to friends and families instead of viral videos and media posts, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg announced in a post Thursday. ;

SEE ALSO: Stop reading what Facebook tells you to read

“I’m changing the goal I give our product teams from focusing on helping you find relevant content to helping you have more meaningful social interactions,” he wrote.

He said the change should make everyone feel better: “The research shows that when we use social media to connect with people we care about, it can be good for our well-being. We can feel more connected and less lonely, and that correlates with long term measures of happiness and health.” Read more…

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I deleted Facebook off my phone and you should too

By Thursday, January 11, 2018 0 Permalink 0

I deleted Facebook’s app off my phone more than a month ago. ;

And reader: I feel free. ;

My days of mindlessly scrolling through random updates from my mom’s friends and people I haven’t spoken to since high school are over. ;

And yours could be too. ;

You just have to delete the app. ;

That’s it. Not your Facebook account. Not your life on the internet. Just the app.

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The initial desire to delete started with Facebook vacuuming up so much space and battery life on my (admittedly old) iPhone 6. But it quickly became clear that my actual, non-battery, capital-L Life was also better off not having Facebook a thumbtap away. Read more…

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