Facebook is so desperate for engagement, it’s spamming users via their 2FA numbers

By Wednesday, February 14, 2018 0 Permalink 0

Facebook is feeling lonely these days. ;

The social media behemoth has seen a decline in traffic in recent weeks along with millions of users leaving its platform, and it appears to be taking rather drastic measures to win them back. Specifically, spamming the hell out of them in a most unfortunate place. ;

SEE ALSO: The time has come to remove Facebook from your life

So says one account holder, Gabriel Lewis, who tweeted that Facebook texted “spam” to the phone number he submitted for the purposes of 2-factor authentication. And no, he insists he did not have mobile notifications turned on. ;

What’s more, when he replied “stop” and “DO NOT TEXT ME,” he says those message showed up on his Facebook wall. Read more…

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Facebook is desperate for engagement and spamming users via their 2FA numbers

By Wednesday, February 14, 2018 0 Permalink 0

Facebook is feeling lonely these days. ;

The social media behemoth has seen a decline in traffic in recent weeks along with millions of users leaving its platform, and it appears to be taking rather drastic measures to win them back. Specifically, spamming the hell out of them in a most unfortunate place. ;

SEE ALSO: The time has come to remove Facebook from your life

So says one account holder, Gabriel Lewis, who tweeted that Facebook texted “spam” to the phone number he submitted for the purposes of 2-factor authentication. And no, he insists he did not have mobile notifications turned on. ;

What’s more, when he replied “stop” and “DO NOT TEXT ME,” he says those message showed up on his Facebook wall. Read more…

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Facebook promoted lies and conspiracy theories following Amtrak crash

By Thursday, February 1, 2018 0 Permalink 0

Facebook just can’t help itself. ;

Following news Wednesday morning that an Amtrak train full of Congressional Republicans crashed into a truck, the social media site was soon promoting conspiracy theories and lies purporting to explain the sinister forces behind the tragedy that left one person dead. ;

SEE ALSO: This was the year we turned on social media

For a company that has publicly and repeatedly been accused of enabling the spread of so-called “fake news,” this is just yet another major misstep in a long line of missteps. ;

First spotted by The Daily Beast’s Ben Collins, Facebook’s screw up du jour involved the “People Are Saying” section of Trending Topics. The phrase “Charlottesville, Virginia,” which is near where the train wreck occurred, was trending, and clicking through brought a Facebook user to a page with information about the incident. ; Read more…

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Facebook’s traffic is down 50 million hours per day as Zuckerberg demands fewer ‘viral videos’

By Wednesday, January 31, 2018 0 Permalink 0

One of Facebook’s core statistics doesn’t look so good. Time spent on the network — a number that drives the tech giant’s revenue — is down by an estimated 50 million hours per day.

Facebook now reaches 2.13 billion people per month and has 1.4 billion daily active users. If we were to revisit that 50 million hours number on a per user basis, it would be a drop of 0.035 hours aka 2.1 minutes per user per day. ;

SEE ALSO: Is Facebook’s Messenger Kids app good for children? One group says no.

For CEO and cofounder Mark Zuckerberg, that’s a necessary drop for his company’s future success. Zuckerberg announced the news Wednesday as part of Facebook’s quarterly earnings, reflecting on its 2017 revenue and spending and the future of the company. ; Read more…

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Facebook’s traffic is down 50 million hours per day as Zuckerberg demands less ‘viral videos’

By Wednesday, January 31, 2018 0 Permalink 0

One of Facebook’s core statistics doesn’t look so good. Time spent on the network — a number that drives the tech giant’s revenue — is down by an estimated 50 million hours per day.

Facebook now reaches 2.13 billion people per month and has 1.4 billion daily active users. If we were to revisit that 50 million hours number on a per-user basis, it would be a drop of 0.035 hours aka 2.1 minutes per user per day. ;

SEE ALSO: Is Facebook’s Messenger Kids app good for children? One group says no.

For CEO and co-founder Mark Zuckerberg, that’s a necessary drop for his company’s future success. Zuckerberg announced the news Wednesday as part of Facebook’s quarterly earnings, reflecting on its 2017 revenue and spending and the future of the company. ; Read more…

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Is Facebook’s Messenger Kids app good for children? One group says no.

By Wednesday, January 31, 2018 0 Permalink 0

Getting children addicted to social media is now’ Facebook’s latest bad lewk.

In an open letter to Mark Zuckerberg, a coalition of children’s health and education organizations and individuals have called on Facebook to shut down Messenger Kids on behalf of the wellbeing of children. ;

Messenger Kids is the parent-monitored chat, photo, and video messaging service Facebook launched in December 2017 for children as young as six years old. The minimum age for regular Facebook users is 13.

SEE ALSO: We don’t give kids free access to junk food. We shouldn’t give them free access to the iPhone.

Published by the Campaign for a Commercial-Free Childhood and signed by a host of other organizations, the letter argues that introducing children to social media at an earlier age will increase their dependence on digital devices, negatively affect their mental health, and impact their ability to form relationships. Read more…

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Facebook admits that, yea, maybe it’s not great for democracy

By Monday, January 22, 2018 0 Permalink 0

Facebook is many things, but good for democracy might not be one of them.

On Monday, Facebook executives and outside experts publicly released their thoughts on the effect social media — specifically Zuckerberg’s controversial platform — has on democracy.

The conclusion? Um, well, yeah — it might not be so great. And Facebook did not realize that in a timely manner.

“In 2016, we at Facebook were far too slow to recognize how bad actors were abusing our platform. We’re working diligently to neutralize these risks now,” wrote Samidh Chakrabarti, who leads Facebook’s civic engagement team.

Outside experts agreed, noting that Facebook did do some things well, but that the U.S. election proved that its platform can be abused. Read more…

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The problem with human moderators

By Thursday, January 18, 2018 0 Permalink 0

If Big Tech in 2018 already has a theme, it’s that social networks are passive platforms no longer. Since the new year, both Facebook and YouTube have stepped up with new guidelines and processes to manage — and in some cases police — content on their networks.

All of this started well before the new year, of courseTwitter has been following through on a lengthy project to both clarify its content policies and take a more active role in saying who and what is allowed on its platform, most recently with its so-called “Nazi purge.” The current trend arguably started with Reddit, when then-CEO Ellen Pao pushed for tighter control of harassment and revenge porn on the site. Read more…

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5 social media skills you need to get ahead (and where to learn them)

By Wednesday, January 17, 2018 0 Permalink 0

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In 2018, social media is life. But is it also your career? It can be. With everyone and their mom using social media, it’s no surprise that careers in the space are on the rise. But a “career in social media” can mean many things. ;

There are Social Media Coordinators that build brand awareness for companies while handling the occasional crazy customer freakout. There are Marketing Managers that fuel customer acquisition and retention for brands. And there are Social Media Celebs (i.e., your teenage YouTube millionaire). Let’s go ahead and rule out the latter, and note that this article will not explore how to become the next Cardi B. Read more…

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