Facebook will train British teens to stand up to online bullying

By Monday, October 16, 2017 0 Permalink 0

We already knew that Facebook was no longer the worst social media platform for cyberbullying, but now the company is taking a big step to actually eradicate it from its roots. ;

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Acknowledging that students are more likely to open up with their peers rather than with adults about online bullying, Facebook has decided to partner with two youth charities — Childnet International and The Diana Award — to train “anti-bullying ambassadors” in each UK secondary school. ;

Tens of thousands of pupils in 4,500 secondary schools across the UK will learn how to provide peer-to-peer support and introduce online safety initiatives in the classroom, Facebook said in a press release. ; Read more…

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Facebook is reportedly testing a new resume / CV feature

By Monday, October 16, 2017 0 Permalink 0

Facebook may be testing a new Resume / CV feature, according to The Next Web. The update could indicate a larger interest in the job searching and recruiting space, putting Facebook in direct competition with LinkedIn.

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Of course, Facebook already lets people share their professional experience with their friends in its existing “Work and Education” section — but the newly revamped version of the section expands some categories and lets users share more detailed information about each previous jobs they’ve held.

Screenshots of the tested feature indicate that the detailed summaries will not show up on your public profile, meaning that Facebook is likely making resume details hidden to everyone but recruiters. Read more…

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If you want to grow your business, start by increasing your social media following

By Monday, October 16, 2017 0 Permalink 0

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Here’s how easy it is for anyone to use Facebook like Russian actors did

By Sunday, October 15, 2017 0 Permalink 0

It only takes about five minutes to buy a Facebook ad with a link to a fake anti-Muslim story and aim it at residents of a Michigan electoral battleground county whom the social network’s algorithms perceive to be “very conservative.”

This capability is at the heart of an ongoing controversy around revelations that a Russian troll farm gamed Facebook’s ad targeting apparatus with exactly these sorts of purchases. Facebook has admitted that it sold 3,000 ads to entities aligned with the Russian government’s campaign to influence the presidential election. The Kremlin-linked actors reportedly used Facebook’s tools to target ads around electoral geography, feelings toward Muslims, and racial divisions, among other political pressure points. ; Read more…

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How to use Facebook like a Russian political troll

By Sunday, October 15, 2017 0 Permalink 0

It only takes about five minutes to buy a Facebook ad with a link to a fake anti-Muslim story and aim it at residents of a Michigan electoral battleground county whom the social network’s algorithms perceive to be “very conservative.”

This capability is at the heart of an ongoing controversy around revelations that a Russian troll farm gamed Facebook’s ad targeting apparatus with exactly these sorts of purchases. Facebook has admitted that it sold 3,000 ads to entities aligned with the Russian government’s campaign to influence the presidential election. The Kremlin-linked actors reportedly used Facebook’s tools to target ads around electoral geography, feelings toward Muslims, and racial divisions, among other political pressure points. ; Read more…

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You can now order food on Facebook and it’s called ‘Order Food’

By Friday, October 13, 2017 0 Permalink 0

No need to eat that plain dry toast anymore, Mark.

Everyone’s favorite social network launched its food delivery function across the U.S. on Friday. It is called “Order Food.”

In a blog post, Alex Himel, Facebook’s vice president of local, makes ordering food on Seamless sound like a byzantine adventure.

“Ordering food for takeout or delivery is supposed to be simple. That’s the point. But somehow it’s gotten complicated. First you need to decide what to eat, then you have to sift through a bunch of options and services,” he wrote. ;

To fix this…uh…issue?… Facebook is introducing its own way to order food that seems exactly like Seamless and every other online food delivery service. ; Read more…

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Why I’m forcing all my friends to buy the Oculus Go

By Friday, October 13, 2017 0 Permalink 0

Oculus, Samsung, Google, Sony, Valve, and everyone else who makes virtual reality devices have a problem: VR isn’t selling. ;

From a gamer’s perspective, it’s pretty obvious why. Devices like Oculus Rift and Playstation VR are innovative, shiny, new, and probably the way of the future or whatever, but as a gamer, I really only care about one thing: playing good games.

And even though it feels kind of nifty to wear VR headset at first, the novelty wears off fast, and you’re ultimately stuck with a messy system of wires and chargers and other accessories that just aren’t worth the effort of setting up. Plus, there seems to be, among most VR games, an emphasis on novelty of platform over quality of gameplay. ; Read more…

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Child bride uses Facebook evidence to annul her illegal underage marriage

By Friday, October 13, 2017 0 Permalink 0

Thanks to Facebook evidence, an Indian child bride has convinced a court to dissolve her illegal marriage.

19-year-old Sushila Bishnoi had appealed for her marriage to be annulled, on the grounds that she was underage when it took place.

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But her ex-husband denied that they were ever betrothed.

So Bishnoi, with the help of an activist, went through her ex-husband’s Facebook account until she found evidence of their marriage, in the form of messages and comments left by friends.

“Many of his friends had posted congratulatory messages on his Facebook page,” Kriti Bharti, an activist whose charity, Sarathi Trust, has helped annul many child marriages, told AFP. Read more…

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Sorry, but you just can’t erase yourself from the internet

By Thursday, October 12, 2017 0 Permalink 0

Our data is being collected constantly, and unfortunately, many people don’t know exactly what is being tracked our how its being used. Cybersecurity expert Ondrej Krehel explains how escaping the grasps of giant tech companies is a little more complicated that simply deleting your social media accounts. ; Read more…

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