Emerging Media

Facebook Pushes Security App on Users, Does Not Disclose Ownership

Facebook Pushes Security App on Users, Does Not Disclose Ownership

Facebook recently urged users to use the Onavo Protect app to protect their security, especially when using unsecured networks. However, the social networking giant did not reveal that prior that it owns the app, and that the information collected by the app is shared with the company. According to the app’s privacy policies, it shares with Facebook and others user data such as apps on the device, usage statistics, websites visited, and the amount used, and Facebook can use this data to track users even if they are not using the service. It was noted that a user would have […]

UK Government Launches Anti-Extremism Tool

UK Government Launches Anti-Extremism Tool

It was reported that the UK government as recently launched a tool that uses artificial intelligence to accurately recognize and block jihadist content online. Approximately £600,000 of public funds had been spent on the development of the tool by London-based ASI Data Science. According to the company, the system can be configured to detect 94% of IS video uploads. Open internet advocates have long criticized such systems, saying that it can yield a significant number of false positives. However, Home Secretary Amber Rudd told the media that she is considering forcing technology companies to use it by law. Source: BBC

Marketers Express Greater Interest in Snapchat over Instagram

Marketers Express Greater Interest in Snapchat over Instagram

According to research released by eMarketer last Monday, Snapchat may have an edge over Instagram in terms of capturing a younger demographic, and it seems that marketing companies may be favoring the former because of this. Digital marketing chief Aaron Shapiro of Huge says that businesses now feel obligated to spend on Snapchat, rather than on Instagram, because of its greater reach to the millennial generation. According to eMarketer, Snapchat will be adding 1.9 million users within the age group this year, while Instagram will only add 1.6 million. According to experts, other advantages of Snapchat over its rival is […]

Cambodian Opposition Leader Files Suit Against Facebook

Cambodian Opposition Leader Files Suit Against Facebook

It was recently reported that former Cambodian opposition leader Sam Rainsy had filed a case against Facebook to obtain information regarding activities on Prime Minister Hun Sen’s account. It is said that Rainsy is seeking the information to confirm allegations regarding fake likes on Sen’s account, his use of the platform for death threats, and the use of government funds for ads. According to Rainsy’s attorney, Richard J. Rogers of rights group Global Diligence LLP, the case raises  questions Facebook’s stance on human rights abusers who manipulate elections, Hun Sen had been a target of criticism from Western countries for […]

Russian Watchdog to Audit Facebook in Second Half of 2018

Russian Watchdog to Audit Facebook in Second Half of 2018

Last Thursday, Russian communications regulator Roskomnadzor said that it will be auditing Facebook’s compliance with Russian legislation in the second half of the year. It was reported that Roskomnadzor chief Alexander Zharov had met with Facebook executives in Moscow earlier this week to discuss the social media giant’s compliance with the country’s laws. Zharov adds that Facebook has agreed to share necessary information with them during the comprehensive audit.   Source: Reuters

Apple: Child Abuse Behind Telegram’s Ban

Apple: Child Abuse Behind Telegram’s Ban

Apple recently revealed that it had previously banned messaging app Telegram from its Apps Stode because some users were apparently using it to share child abuse pictures. According to App Store manager Phil Schiller, they were able to confirm that illegal content was being shared on the platform, which is why they took down the apps, alerted the developer, and notified the proper authorities, including the NCMEC (National Center for Missing and Exploited Children). Telegram had been restored a couple of hours after the issue had been addressed. The app however, still has a reputation of harboring violent, extremist, and […]

Twitter Bans “Deepfake” Porn Videos

Twitter Bans “Deepfake” Porn Videos

Twitter recently said that it had banned pornographic “deepfake” videos as it goes against the platform’s policies. Deepfakes are clips where in the faces of celebrities and personalities are superimposed onto the face of actresses in pornographic videos. Even though Twitter allows adult content on its platform, the company says that deepfakes violate their rules against intimate images that feature a subject without their consent. Deepfakes are created using artificial intelligence to yield a computer-generated version of the subject’s face which are often very convincing, especially if the two subjects involved have similar body types.   Source: BBC

“Disturbing” Videos Still on YouTube Kids

“Disturbing” Videos Still on YouTube Kids

Earlier this week, a number of viewers reported that there were still some inappropriate videos being circulated on YouTube Kids, even after the company had vowed to do more to tackle the problem. The Google-owned company said that it would be deploying more human curators to review videos and not just rely on its algorithm. However, BBC’s Newsround said that it still found some videos depicting disturbing visuals such as Mickey Mouse characters with guns, bloodied clowns, and Paw Patrol characters on a burning plane. Google’s Katie O’Donovan admitted to Newsround that the company was having a difficult time because […]

FakeApp Pornographic Videos Removed Gfycat

FakeApp Pornographic Videos Removed Gfycat

Gfycat has reported that it had recently deleted several videos that feature the face of celebrities merged onto pornographic actresses using an app called FakeApp. The app uses a machine-learning algorithm to create a computer-generated rendering of the celebrity’s face. These videos, called “deepfakes” can look quite convincing especially if the celebrity is similar in build to the actress in the pornographic video. The San Francisco-based short video hosting company said that while they allow adult content, deepfakes consists “involuntary pornography”, which the platform prohibits.     Source: BBC

YouTube Vows Consequences for ‘Egregious’ Video Makers

YouTube Vows Consequences for ‘Egregious’ Video Makers

YouTube recently announced that it will be changing its policies and developing sanctions to deal with video makers who produce egregious content that damage the reputation of the platform. The decision came after a hugely popular content creator named Logan Paul made a video where he reportedly made fun of a dead body in Japan’s “suicide forest”. Paul had since been removed from the Google Preferred program which sells premium ads for video makers in the top 5%. YouTube had been using algorithms to prevent showing ads on controversial content, but CEO Susan Wojcicki said that they may start to […]

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