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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Facebook just announced two new ways to drag your friends into Live videos

By Tuesday, May 23, 2017 0 Permalink 0

Facebook really wants you to talk to your friends — so it’s making it even easier for your inner circle to interact in and around its Live videos.

The social network just announced two new features for Live that will allow you to pull your friends into broadcasts: Live Chat with Friends and Live With.

SEE ALSO: Facebook isn’t alone—moderating the internet is basically impossible

Live Chat with Friends opens up a private chat room for just you and your friends during a video — if you want to discuss the subject of the stream in real time without airing your conversation to the general public, you can now just rope in a few friends on the side. ; Read more…

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Instagram just announced two new types of Stories so you can watch forever

By Tuesday, May 23, 2017 0 Permalink 0

It’s been less than a year since Instagram launched its clone of Snapchat Stories but Instagram’s version of the feature has already eclipsed Snapchat in both size and scale. ;

Now, with more than 200 million people using Stories every single day, Instagram is making its Stories bigger than ever. The company introduced two new types of Stories on Tuesday: location Stories and hashtag Stories, which together ensure that you’ll never run out of Stories to watch if you don’t want to.

SEE ALSO: WTF Are Instagram Pods?

With location-based Stories, which are rolling out to the Instagram app now, users are able to search for any city, town, landmark or local business and see a Story tied that particular location. Read more…

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Facebook and Google dominate in online news — but for very different topics

By Tuesday, May 23, 2017 0 Permalink 0

On the internet, there’s Google and Facebook, and then there’s everyone else. ;

Digital publishers know this. They know it on the business side, where the two companies have been accounting for just about any and all online ad growth in the last couple years. ;

Digital publishers also know this on the referral side. Unless you’re one of the lucky few websites that is still a destination for readers, you’re playing the Facebook/Google game. Together, they accounted for 75% of all internet traffic referrals (aka when you first click on a link to somewhere else from them), according to data analytics firm Parsely. ; 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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Despite Facebook’s push, AI isn’t ready to moderate disturbing content

By Monday, May 22, 2017 0 Permalink 0

Artificial intelligence is the way of the future. When it comes to Facebook’s content moderation, however, we are still very much in the present.

The almost 2 billion-user strong social media giant is working at a furious pace to change that. ;

SEE ALSO: Facebook struggles to prevent violence on Facebook Live

As a series of leaked internal Facebook slides revealing how the company decides what content violates its community standards shows, the Menlo Park-based Facebook is still largely dependent on its skin and bones Community Operations team to decide which posts stay and which posts go. ;

In other words, despite Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg’s efforts to push AI in all things, humans still rule the content-moderation roost. But that is changing. ; Read more…

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A new Facebook bot wants to help you have better sex. Seriously.

By Monday, May 22, 2017 0 Permalink 0

Facebook can do a lot of things, but can it also fix your sex life?

That’s the goal of Lovely Bot, new Facebook chatbot that engages you in a kind of sex therapy session. It’s the first of its kind, and it comes from the makers of Lovely, which is basically a FitBit for your dick. ;

In their continuing quest to improve your bedroom performance, they’ve partnered with sexologist Dr. Agate Loewe to create an experience based on an IRL sex therapy session. It’s a service that’s meant to open the lines of communication for couples who are struggling.

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Basically once you start a message via Lovely’s Facebook page, the bot will ask you a few questions to determine if you’re satisfied in your relationship. If there’s room for improvement, it tries to offer suggestions about things you might try. Read more…

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Twitter’s shareholders meeting was the same old hatefest — except for two things

By Monday, May 22, 2017 0 Permalink 0

Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey had a couple tricks up his sleeve for the company’s annual shareholder meeting.

Every year, Twitter must face the wrath of its shareholders in real life. Usually it’s the same old thing — questions about the company’s leadership and concerns about the platform’s viability as a business.

This year, Dorsey came prepared. He debuted a new live video tab in the company’s mobile app. Twitter has been investing heavily in live video. Now, it has a place to live. ;

To go along with the product was a new Dorsey displaying a previously unseen confidence on stage before Twitter shareholders. Read more…

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Facebook vs. the internet cesspool: The ugly fight of our ugly times

By Monday, May 22, 2017 0 Permalink 0

Where platforms, social technology, and the internet at large are concerned, over its brief history, Facebook’s been the exception to so, so many rules. ;

Except for one.

“There’s no silver bullet for abuse. It’s just a constant area of focus. Unfortunately abuse is human nature,” Kayvon Beykpour, CEO of Periscope, explained over coffee back in January, when asked point blank about abuse on the platform. ;

Months later, we now know just how much Facebook has worked to get a handle on abuse, and get it right—and also, just how far they are from that goal. On Sunday, The Guardian published a trove of leaked documents from Facebook detailing the social network’s moderation guidelines. ; Read more…

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