Category: Facebook

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

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...More about Facebook, Twitter, Youtube, Instagram, and Snapchat

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Despite Facebook’s push, AI isn’t ready to moderate disturbing content

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...More about Facebook, Artificial Intelligence, Mark Zuckerberg, Social Media, and Tech

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

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. Image: lovelyBasically 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...More about Facebook, Sex And Relationships, Bots, Chatbots, and Sex Tech

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

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...More about Business, Facebook, Twitter, Silicon Valley, and Jack Dorsey

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

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...More about Tech, Business, Facebook, Censorship, and Social Media

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Facebook’s been making it up all along and we’re left holding the bag

On Sunday afternoon we learned about Facebook’s internal content moderation rules from a massive leak by The Guardian. It confirmed what a lot of people had long suspected: Facebook is making it up as they go along and we’re the collateral damage. The leaked moderator documents cover how to deal with depictions of things like self-harm and animal cruelty in exceedingly detailed ways. A first read through suggests that the company attempted to create a rule for every conceivable situation, and if they missed one, well they’d write that guideline when it came up. It suggests they think that this is just a question of perfecting the rules, when they've been off-base from the outset. Read more...More about Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, Moderators, and Social Media

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People are not okay with the leaked Facebook guidelines on sexual, violent content

On Sunday, The Guardian revealed internal documents from Facebook that uncovered how the social media corporation moderates everything from hate speech to live streams.   The guide—which is filled with examples of how to handle sexual content, animal abuse and violent deaths—has pried open the conversation regarding online ethics, and people have begun to hop on Twitter to share their immediate thoughts, many of which aren't so great for Facebook. SEE ALSO: Secret Facebook documents reveal how site battles violent content Folks have expressed their confusion about the subjective rules, and are questioning the logic behind particular parts of the guide.   Read more...More about Facebook, Twitter Reactions, Guidelines, Leaked, and Business

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Secret Facebook documents reveal how site battles violent content

Facebook's closely guarded, secret guidelines for monitoring violence, hate speech, and revenge porn have been revealed for the first time after an investigation by the Guardian. They show the extremely fuzzy and imperfect line between what's considered dangerous material and acceptable content on the world's leading social network. Internal documents obtained by the Guardian explore the murky waters that moderators and executives must wade through on a daily basis as they judge user generated content. A Facebook user who exclaims "Let's beat up fat kids" gets a pass, but a commenter who urges "Someone shoot Trump" is taken seriously. Read more...More about Facebook, Social Media, Revenge Porn, Guardian, and Online Abuse

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

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...More about Facebook, Instagram, Social Good, Mental Health, and Social Media

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