Emerging Media

Facebook Launches YouthPortal Data Guidance Center for Teens

Facebook Launches YouthPortal Data Guidance Center for Teens

Facebook releases this week its YouthPortal resource page which according to the company seeks to inform teens how they can stay safe on the platform. YouthPortal is said to be a part of the company’s effort to address the lack of attention being paid to ensuring that kids and teens feel safe online and use the internet responsibly. Topics such as navigating Facebook’s service, staying secure online, and how personal information is used by the company are discussed in an easy to understand format designed to help Gen Z users start their internet usage off on the right foot. The […]

Facebook Introduces Tools for Reporting Messenger Conversations

Facebook Introduces Tools for Reporting Messenger Conversations

In response to criticisms of its Messenger app, Facebook unveiled new tools which will allow users to report conversations that are in violation of its Community Standards. Users can now flag messages that may fall under categories such as harassment, hate speech, or suicide which will be escalated to the Facebook review team. It is said that the new reporting tools had been prompted by complaints from Myanmar that Facebook was not doing enough to address hate speech. It was reported that chain messages threatening attacks on opposing Buddhist and Muslim sides had significantly raised tensions in the country and […]

Twitter, Instagram Slammed for Failing to Take Down Xanax Ads

Twitter, Instagram Slammed for Failing to Take Down Xanax Ads

Labour MP for Enfield Southgate in London Bambos Charalambous brought to the attention of the parliament this week several accounts and ads on Twitter and Instagram for anti-anxiety medication Xanax. The MP revealed that the social media sites had not taken action despite reports that were sent to them. According to the BBC, Twitter had failed to take down 16 of such posts and pages, while Instagram took down 7 out of 10 within two weeks.    The drug’s manufacturer, Pfizer, said that the Xanax being advertised were likely to be fake. Source: BBC

Anti-abortion Activists Slam Google for Pulling Referendum Ads

Anti-abortion Activists Slam Google for Pulling Referendum Ads

Anti-abortionists in Ireland fired criticisms at Google after the search giant had announced that it will be pulling advertisements related to Ireland’s May 25 abortion referendum last Wednesday. Google had reportedly made the decision after Facebook similarly said that it will no longer accept ads from outside the country looking to influence the referendum. A spokesperson further clarified that the move follows their update around election integrity efforts globally, and all ads related to the Irish referendum on the Eighth Amendment will be paused for the meantime.    Source: Reuters

Twitter Warns Users to Change Passwords Immediately

Twitter Warns Users to Change Passwords Immediately

In a blog post this week, Twitter admitted that a bug had compromised user passwords by storing them in plaintext and advised all user to immediately change their login details. The passwords had reportedly been exposed for several months, affecting a substantial number of users. However, the company assured that they are using a technology that masks the passwords created by users and no one in the company can see it. The company also said that they have fixed the issue and there seems to be no evidence of breach or misuse. Source: ZDNet

Facebook Forms Special AI Ethics Team

Facebook Forms Special AI Ethics Team

Facebook revealed at its recently held F8 conference that it has created a special ethics team tasked to ensure that the company’s artificial intelligence systems will be able to make decisions with as little bias as possible. It was also Isabel Kloumann, a research scientist at Facebook that led the development of FBLearner Flow software, will be on the team. Kloumann says that they have already made a bunch of collaborations with teams within the company and organizations including Better Business Bureau’s Institute for Marketplace Trust and the Brookings Institution. It has been said that the move had been prompted […]

Match.com Shares Sink as Facebook Announces Dating Feature

Match.com Shares Sink as Facebook Announces Dating Feature

Shares of Match and its parent company, IAC, slid 22% and 18% respectively on the news of Facebook’s upcoming online dating feature which was announced at the company’s recently held F8 event. According to CEO Mark Zuckerberg, users will be able to build a profile solely visible on the opt-in feature which Facebook will use to match them with other users they are not yet friends with. The user can then send text-only private messages only within the feature, separate from Messenger or WhatsApp. Chief product officer Chris Cox said that they designed it to reflect the way people actually […]

Facebook Loses Bid to Delay Referral of Privacy Case in EU

Facebook Loses Bid to Delay Referral of Privacy Case in EU

It was reported this week that the Irish High Court has denied Facebook’s request to extend the referral of its privacy case to the European Court of Justice. High Court Judge Caroline Costello ordered the referral to be made immediately, saying that the court will cause the least injustice if it delivers the reference immediately to the ECJ. While Facebook said that it will be asking the permission of the Irish court to appeal the referral, it will no longer serve to delay the ECJ’s hearing of the case. It is said that a ruling of the ECJ against Facebook […]

Facebook Prototype Allows Users “Feel” Messages Through Skin  

Facebook Prototype Allows Users “Feel” Messages Through Skin  

It was revealed this week that Facebook is currently developing a prototype that would let users “feel” words through their skin using vibrations. Called a transcutaneous language communication (TLC) system, the sleeve-like device can convert messages into vibrations on the skin of the arm, enabling users to receive messages while running, driving or carrying shopping bags in both hands. The researchers added that the device was customized for the forearm as it has better tactile sensitivity than most body parts, less likely to disrupt daily activity compared to the hand, and more socially acceptable than the forehead or feet. Source: […]

Facebook Rolls Out “Downvotes” to More Users

Facebook Rolls Out “Downvotes” to More Users

Facebook has reportedly rolled out a Reddit-style downvote button to a larger number of users in order to improve the quality of comments on its platform.   A Facebook spokesperson further clarified that the move had been prompted by users requesting for better public discussions and spaces where differing opinions can contribute to a more constructive dialogue. The test currently being run in New Zealand allows people to upvote or downvote comments on public Page posts. Despite already having the “reactions” feature, it is said that Facebook is adopting the downvote feature which is integral to the success of Reddit. […]

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