Facebook is finally purging annoying fake videos from your News Feed

By Thursday, August 17, 2017 0 Permalink 0

Say goodbye to annoying fake Facebook videos.

The social network is tweaking its algorithm so you’ll see static memes disguised as videos and images with fake play buttons way less often. ;

Spammers have been flooding the site with these trick formats to take advantage of Facebook’s fanatical focus on promoting video above other types of content. Uploading single images as videos can earn the poster advertising money, and photos made to look like videos can lead users to sketchy sites with malicious ads.

An example of a photo with a fake play button that leads to a sketchy website.

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From 4chan to Gab: Where hate speech is thriving online

By Thursday, August 17, 2017 0 Permalink 0

Gab launched almost exactly a year ago with a definite ethos: Free speech at all cost. ;

That’s proving to be an attractive proposition for far-right elements that are now flocking to the platform after being driven out of the internet’s biggest shared spaces. ;

The Twitter-like service has received an influx of users—and money—in the past few weeks as internet companies have cracked down on hate speech following the violence in Charlottesville, Virginia. It’s just one of the places on the internet that are becoming a haven for far-right individuals and groups, as well as a growing population that sees Silicon Valley companies as abusing their positions of power. Read more…

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Facebook is finally ready for its next big move: Taking on TV

By Wednesday, August 9, 2017 0 Permalink 0

Updated Aug. 9, 2017, at 4:23 p.m. PDT with more information from Facebook.

Mark Zuckerberg has been preaching video as our future for the last couple years. On Thursday, he’s launching the next big step in the company’s quest to dominate every last second of your waking life.

Facebook is set to debut original shows made by media partners exclusively for the social network, marking the company’s official entry into the high-end online video world that already includes rivals Amazon, Netflix, Google, and Apple.

It is also a product update, meaning the video tab in Facebook’s mobile app will feature a new section called “Watch” to highlight the initiative. “Watch” will also appear on desktop and Facebook’s TV apps. Read more…

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Facebook cracks down on sketchy bait and switch ads

By Wednesday, August 9, 2017 0 Permalink 0

Facebook is taking aim at scammers who use bait-and-switch tricks to sneak sketchy ads past its inspectors.

Hackers have long been able to bypass the social network’s rules against ads for things like diet pills, pornography, and gambling through a practice called “cloaking.” Cloaked ads are made to link to a different page when clicked by the company’s vetting team. ;

SEE ALSO: Facebook and Google are destroying bad online ads, which is great until they own the world

No longer, Facebook says. The company has built new artificial intelligence software to detect cloaking attempts and added more people to its review staff to identify them manually. Read more…

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Why Amazon’s home makeover show should make Google and Facebook nervous

By Wednesday, August 2, 2017 0 Permalink 0

Amazon is churning out more content designed to sell you things.

The online shopping giant’s latest move is a home makeover show featuring YouTube stars like baking enthusiast Rosanna Pansino and beauty blogger Teni Panosian, Business Insider reported.

You might not know Pansino and Panosian, and that’s just fine. They have more than 10 million subscribers between their two YouTube channels—and they’re already pros at integrating products into their work.

The new show, called “Overhaul,” is designed to take advantage of that by prominently featuring Amazon products like furniture—a category that Amazon would very much like to start dominating—and various other decor. It will be accompanied by its own storefront within Amazon’s site that will showcase the products that appear in the videos. Read more…

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Trans artist destroys period stigma with one seriously bold Facebook post

By Saturday, July 22, 2017 0 Permalink 0

That infamous “time of the month” has always been difficult for Cass Clemmer. ;

Clemmer, who is transgender and uses they/them pronouns, doesn’t fit into the common “womanhood” narratives of menstruation. And that makes dealing with their period especially hard.

SEE ALSO: Menstruation-themed coloring book wants you to stop blushing about periods

Though menstruation is an annoying inconvenience for many, periods can be traumatic for trans people. And that’s not just because of cramps and headaches.

“Every time I get my period, I deal with severe gender dysphoria,” Clemmer says. “I end up going exclusively into women’s restrooms because it’s honestly safer during the days I’m bleeding.” Read more…

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How I finally broke my Facebook addiction

By Friday, July 21, 2017 0 Permalink 0

A few weeks ago, I did the unthinkable: I deleted the Facebook app from my phone. ;

It started off as more of an experiment. I was curious if not having the app would help extend the dismal battery life of my iPhone 6S. But I was also starting to wonder if there might be other, less obvious, benefits too.

SEE ALSO: The 13 most annoying Facebook notifications, ranked

I’m happy to report that I’ve been living (mostly) Facebook free for more than a month, and I don’t miss it at all. In fact, I feel think it’s one of the best decisions I’ve made in a long time.

I’ll be the first to admit that I’m as much of a social media addict any other digital media reporter. And while I’ve long preferred Snapchat and Instagram to Big Blue, that never stopped me from compulsively checking Facebook multiple times a day pretty much as long as I’ve had a smartphone. Read more…

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The next Oculus VR headset is starting to take shape

By Thursday, July 13, 2017 0 Permalink 0

The next VR headset from Oculus may have more in common with the Samsung Gear VR than the company’s category-defining Oculus Rift.

The first Oculus Rift, released in March 2016, was highly anticipated but saw limited success after its launch. Now Oculus VR, which is wholly owned by Facebook, is looking to course-correct and release a virtual reality headset that’s more user-friendly and appealing to a larger audience, according to a Bloomberg report.

The project seems to be a direct response to the public’s so-so reception to the expensive headsets like the Rift and HTC Vive, both of which need to be connected — via a cable — to a powerful standalone PC. Cheaper, smartphone-powered setups like the Gear VR have ;seen more success, mostly due to their much cheaper cost and lack of a cable “tether.” Read more…

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Heed lord Zuckerberg’s rules of visitation, lest your tiny village face great peril

By Wednesday, July 12, 2017 0 Permalink 0

Hear ye! Hear ye! Be warned: Do not look upon his visage without proper leave, supplicant! ;

Ok, it’s not that bad, but we’ve just learned that part of Mark Zuckerberg’s tour of the unvarnished, down home parts of the American landscape includes a set of very cringey rules, and we must share. ;

SEE ALSO: Mark Zuckerberg still won’t admit that fake news on Facebook influenced the election

The details of Zuckerberg’s stealthy no-I’m-totally-not-electioneering activities were revealed in a Wall Street Journal story on Wednesday. ;

First off, if you happen to get word that Zuck is coming to town, you mustn’t under any circumstances tell anyone that he’s coming. Who knows what might happen? Some wild-eyed app developer might show up and try to pitch him. Hey, maybe it’s just a security concern, but what this really sounds like is some rock star shit. ; Read more…

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