How Facebook’s leaked guidelines could make a big difference in preventing suicide

By Tuesday, May 23, 2017 0 Permalink 0

Until just a few days ago, only Facebook staff and insiders knew the details of the company’s controversial moderation policies. ;

Now, whether Facebook likes it or not, those guidelines have been thrust into the spotlight by the Guardian, which leaked internal documents advising moderators on how to handle troubling content of all stripes. That includes one of the most sensitive kinds of content: livestreamed self-harm or suicide. ;

SEE ALSO: What Facebook must do to prepare its 3,000 new moderators for the trauma they’ll face

In general, criticism of its moderator guidelines focus on the fact that Facebook has little business incentive to remove offensive content because perceived censorship makes its platform less attractive to users. That conflict of interest is a valid concern when it comes to hate speech. It doesn’t work the same way, however, when applied to the problem of people livestreaming suicidal thoughts or behavior. ; Read more…

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Deciding where to post on social media is too damn hard now

By Tuesday, May 23, 2017 0 Permalink 0

Social media used to be so easy. You put your photos on Facebook and your definitely-not-million-dollar shower thoughts on Twitter.

It was nice, simple, and stress-free.

It’s not like today where you waste half of your day deciding where to post shit to. ;

SEE ALSO: Sorry, Apple Photos, but I’m leaving you for Google Photos

It’s a classic case of too much choice. There are just too many social media platforms to post to and it’s increasingly a challenge deciding what format to use. If you’re an avid social media user, ‘m sure you’ve probably faced the same dilemma before.

My social media meltdown came last week. Read more…

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How to protect yourself when social media is harming your self-esteem

By Sunday, May 21, 2017 0 Permalink 0

Social media can help us feel more connected to our friends, even when we’re far away. But, for many of us, the culture of of oversharing and #humblebragging can have a serious impact on our self-esteem.

SEE ALSO: One social network ranked worst for young people’s mental health and wellbeing

With 10 million new photographs uploaded to Facebook every hour, experts say social media is a mine of endless potential for young people to be drawn into appearance-based comparisons. Instagram has been recently ranked worst for young people’s mental health, and causes feelings of inadequacy and anxiety. ; Read more…

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The government wants Facebook to let you mass delete all your cringe teen posts

By Monday, May 15, 2017 0 Permalink 0

Have you always dreamed of deleting all your cringey, pre-18 social media history without having to check each post one by one? ; ;

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The Conservative Party is here to serve you. ;

Under campaign pledges announced by UK Prime Minister Theresa May ahead of the June 8 snap elections, social media platforms including Facebook and Twitter will be forced to allow people to wipe out their whole pre-adulthood posting history. ;

It’s a sort of “right to remove” or “right to innocence” measure, and companies that fail to do that could face fines. ; Read more…

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Sheryl Sandberg gets real about heartbreak in Virginia Tech graduation speech

By Friday, May 12, 2017 0 Permalink 0

Sitting through a commencement speech is a roll of the dice: Your speaker might be boring or condescending, you might be sweltering from the sun or soaked by the rain, you might even be too hungover to care about what happens before victoriously waltzing across the stage to collect your diploma. ;

SEE ALSO: Sheryl Sandberg bears her heart and soul in ‘Option B’

Commencement speaker Sheryl Sandberg, chief operating officer of Facebook and coauthor of Option B: Facing Adversity, Building Resilience, and Finding Joy, took a big gamble Friday and dedicated her speech at Virginia Tech to heartbreak and resiliency. ; Read more…

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Mark Zuckerberg’s Oculus trial transcript reveals his vision for Facebook VR

By Wednesday, May 10, 2017 0 Permalink 0

The trial that may cost Facebook $500 million in damages is over, but a transcript of Mark Zuckerberg’s comments under intense questioning on the stand has shed more light on his vision for virtual reality.

Facing tough questioning from the opposing attorney from ZeniMax (which accused Oculus of misappropriating trade secrets), Zuckerberg bobbed and weaved his way around pretty much any comment that might get him or Facebook in trouble, keeping his answers as short as possible. ;

But when it came to elaborating on exactly why he dropped billions to acquire Oculus, Zuckerberg’s enthusiasm for VR repeatedly prompted him to expound in detail on the present and future of the technology at Facebook. ; Read more…

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Facebook’s traditional TV style shows coming next month, report says

By Saturday, May 6, 2017 0 Permalink 0

Facebook has repeatedly told us that video is a priority for the company going forward, and now we have more details on exactly what Facebook TV will look like. ;

SEE ALSO: What Facebook must do to prepare its 3,000 new moderators for the trauma they’ll face

The social networking giant is reportedly preparing to release a line-up of television-style shows on the site in June. Although no show names or stars have been mentioned, the list of shows will number around two dozen, according a report from Business Insider on Friday. ;

Citing sources familiar with the discussions, the report goes on to say that Facebook will focus on releasing two kinds of shows: longer, more traditional TV-style scripted shows with bigger budgets, and shorter shows that will be updated daily. ; Read more…

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Oculus Story Studio could have been Pixar for VR. Facebook just shut it down.

Bad news for fans of VR film: Oculus Story Studio is being shuttered, effective immediately. The decision was announced on Thursday by Jason Rubin, Oculus’ vice president of content. ;

SEE ALSO: Oculus Rift promised us the future of VR. Here’s what really happened.

The move means that Facebook-owned Oculus is no longer the heir apparent to Pixar’s small, cutting-edge digital animation studio, charged with driving Hollywood into the next phase of interactive entertainment. Instead, says Rubin, the company will fund outside VR experiences. ;

“We’re still absolutely committed to growing the VR film and creative content ecosystem,” says Rubin. “Last year, we committed an additional $250M to fund VR content from developers all over the world … We’re going to carve out $50M from that financial commitment to exclusively fund non-gaming, experiential VR content. This money will go directly to artists to help jumpstart the most innovative and groundbreaking VR ideas.” Read more…

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Snap may finally have a good answer to the Facebook question

By Thursday, May 4, 2017 0 Permalink 0

If there’s one question that just won’t go away for Snapchat parent company Snap Inc., it’s what to do about Facebook. ;

For months, Mark Zuckerberg’s social network has been relentless pushing into Snapchat territory, first by copying Snapchat Stories in every major Facebook app and then by announcing plans for a sweeping augmented reality platform.

While Snap has so far refrained from publicly commenting on the mounting challenge (Evan Spiegel reportedly told employees “focus” is the most important issue facing the company) they now have a convenient new answer at the ready: Facebook may have more users, but our users are a lot more engaged. ; Read more…

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