This startup thinks it can share product reviews better than YouTube

By Thursday, December 7, 2017 0 Permalink 0

Two of the biggest tech companies, Google and Facebook, have been competing as the internet’s biggest destinations for video. And yet, a small startup is betting it has a shot of nabbing their views by narrowing in on one of YouTube’s most popular styles. ;

Eight TV is an app focused on product reviews — by anyone and for anyone (anyone who carries a smartphone and probably likes Snapchat, that is). Shows can be created in minutes, often shot with selfie cameras. All videos are linked to a webpage to buy the item. The app pulls from the more than 100 million products in Amazon’s database. ;

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Sheryl Sandberg discusses sexual assault and powerful men in a moving Facebook post

By Sunday, December 3, 2017 0 Permalink 0

Like so many women who’ve spoken up this year, Sheryl Sandberg has experienced sexual harassment by men in power.

On Sunday morning the 48-year-old Facebook CEO wrote a lengthy post on the platform sharing her experiences with harassment, her thoughts on men in power, and the problematic backlash that can stem from women speaking up for themselves.

SEE ALSO: Melinda Gates wrote a moving op-ed about sexual harassment

Though Sandberg said she’s lucky to have never been sexually harassed or assaulted by any of the men she’s worked for, she admitted she’s had to deal with “unwanted sexual advances” from men with more power than her while doing her job. Read more…

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Facebook will now share Community Help data with rescue and relief organizations

By Wednesday, November 29, 2017 0 Permalink 0

Facebook is making it easier for relief organizations to pinpoint exactly where people are in crisis — and discover exactly what they need. ;

The company announced at its second-annual Social Good Forum Wednesday that it will start sharing its API for the Community Help tool with disaster response organizations, giving them access to data that can help them deliver critical services to those in need. The API pulls information from public Community Help posts, providing organizations with the ID of the post, the type of help being asked for, and the location of the person requesting support.

The goal is to help rescue and relief efforts coordinate information and response resources as fast as possible, and be able to assess needs by location. ; Read more…

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Facebook launches new tool to help connect users with mentors

By Wednesday, November 29, 2017 0 Permalink 0

Mentors often play a crucial role in helping people achieve their goals. Now, Facebook wants to help foster those relationships all in one place.

The social media giant launched a new product Wednesday called Mentorship and Support, which will connect users with mentors to get the advice and support they need. The aim is to bring together people who have shared experiences and goals but don’t already know each other.

SEE ALSO: Facebook added a ‘crisis donate button’ to help disaster victims

Facebook is partnering with nonprofit organizations that already pair mentors and mentees, but they’ll use Facebook to work through a step-by-step program tailored to the mentee’s goals. It will begin as a pilot program starting with just two nonprofits and focus areas: iMentor, for education mentorship, and the International Rescue Committee, for mentorship in crisis recovery. ; Read more…

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Facebook’s AI suicide prevention tool can save lives, but the company won’t say how it works

By Tuesday, November 28, 2017 0 Permalink 0

For many people who’ve dedicated their lives to preventing suicide, social media posts can be a precious dataset that contains hints about what people say and do before they attempt suicide. ;

In the past few years, researchers have built algorithms to learn which words and emoji are associated with suicidal thoughts. They’ve even used social media posts to retrospectively predict the suicide deaths of certain Facebook users. ;

SEE ALSO: How your brain responds to certain words might predict your suicide risk

Now Facebook itself has rolled out new artificial intelligence that can proactively identify heightened suicide risk and alert a team of human reviewers who are trained to reach out to a user contemplating fatal self-harm. ; Read more…

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Facebook’s suicide prevention AI just got an important upgrade

By Monday, November 27, 2017 0 Permalink 0

Facebook’s suicide prevention AI just took an important step forward.

The tech, which uses pattern recognition to determine when some may be expressing thoughts of suicide or self harm, is now able to reach people before a friend alerts anyone that they need help.

SEE ALSO: AI figured out the word people text when their suicide risk is high

Facebook first introduced its AI-based suicide prevention tools earlier this year. But until now, those tools still required a user, or one of their friends, to seek help. Now the social network says the tech has advanced to the point that it can proactively intervene when it detects that someone may be at risk of self harm or suicide — even if no one else has made a report. ; Read more…

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This browser extension turns your angry Facebook emoji into real social action

By Wednesday, November 22, 2017 0 Permalink 0

From climate change to the worsening refugee crisis to rollbacks of LGBTQ rights, you’ve probably reacted to a lot of deeply troubling news in your Facebook news feed this year.

But what if you could easily take your digital anger and sadness and turn it into real-world action?

A new tool called the Emoji Reaction Project helps you do just that. The clever Chrome extension transforms your negative Facebook emoji reactions into tangible ways to support good causes and fight injustice.

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Every time you react with an angry or sad emoji on a post about a particular social or environmental issue, the browser extension prompts you with three options: “Donate,” “Do,” and “Dial.” Read more…

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Think Facebook is the only company watching you? Think again.

By Tuesday, November 14, 2017 0 Permalink 0

Napster founder and Facebook investor Sean Parker recently shared how Facebook optimizes its user experience around certain psychological vulnerabilities.

Now, I want to brighten the mood and tell you that everyone is capable of using your information to tweak how you engage with their app.

SEE ALSO: Sean Parker made billions off of Facebook. Today he basically called it evil.

If you want to see for yourself, take a look at some of the tools already being used. There are multiple software development kits (SDKs) and software as a service (SaaS) products that are built for optimizing the social and user experience. ; Read more…

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‘Fake news’ isn’t just a U.S. problem — it’s everywhere

By Tuesday, November 14, 2017 0 Permalink 0

Before the election, few Americans had heard of “fake news.” ;

Now, they’re all too aware: of the Russia-linked Facebook accounts that reached 126 million people, the deranged PizzaGate conspiracy, and the teens in Macedonia spreading lies to make an easy buck. ;

If you thought this was just an American problem, you’re wrong. In at least 17 other countries, fake news “played an important role” in recent elections, according to a new report from democracy watchdog Freedom House. ;

SEE ALSO: Experts don’t know if the fake news problem will get more or less awful

In a deeply divided Kenya, false reports labeled with CNN and BBC logos spread across Facebook and WhatsApp leading up to the re-election of President Uhuru Kenyatta. Nicolas Maduro’s power grab in Venezuela involved the government spreading false footage and lies about protesters on social media. And Facebook suspended 30,000 fake accounts only 10 days before the French presidential election. Read more…

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