Emerging Media

Vietnam Moves to Get Social Media Users on Domestic Platforms

Vietnam Moves to Get Social Media Users on Domestic Platforms

Vietnam’s information ministry said this week that it wants to get at least 50 percent of the country’s social media users on domestic platforms by 2020. The ministry has reportedly been drafting a internet code of conduct for to “build a healthy and safe network environment”. The ministry is also conducting research into measures which would prevent the spread of “negative and toxic information” on Facebook and Google. The government also released last week a draft decree on guidelines to implement a cybersecurity law that tech companies and right group fear could undermine development and stifle innovation. Source: Reuters

Facebook, Google Unveil Public Database on Political Online Ads

Facebook, Google Unveil Public Database on Political Online Ads

It was reported that the public databases of online political ads that Facebook and Google unveiled this year were able to provide the public, as well as campaigns, a broad view of how companies conduct their online political marketing. The data was able to show how quickly ad buyers remove ads that break platform rules. According to Reuters, of the 258 removed ads with start and end dates, ads remained an average of eight days on Google and 15 days on Facebook.      It was also revealed that in some cases, banned material such as hateful speech or images of […]

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Elon Musk Scam Spread by Fake Verified Accounts

Hackers have reportedly been able to break into several popular verified Twitter accounts and used them to spread an ad bearing the name and likeness of Tesla CEO Elon Musk. Some of the hacked accounts, which included British fashion retailer Matalan, film distributor Pathe UK and US publisher Pantheon Books, were used to spread promoted tweets asking Twitter users to send a small amount of Bitcoin  for a chance to win. While Twitter said that it had already taken action on the issue, users are warned that a legitimate tweet from Elon Musk would read @elonmusk beside the blue tick. […]

New Human Rights Report Says Facebook Efforts in Myanmar Not Enough

New Human Rights Report Says Facebook Efforts in Myanmar Not Enough

Facebook revealed this week that according to a human right report that it had commissioned from a non-profit organization, the company’s effort in preventing the use of its platform for violence had been inadequate. Business for Social Responsibility (BSR), the San Francisco-based non-profit which did the report, recommended that the company enforce its content policies more strictly, and to work closely with the government and civil society groups. The BSR also warned that Facebook should prepared for the onslaught of misinformation during Myanmar’s 2020 elections and the new problems that may come with the growth of WhatsApp’s use in the […]

Twitter Removes 10,000 Accounts Urging US Citizens Not to Vote

Twitter Removes 10,000 Accounts Urging US Citizens Not to Vote

A Twitter spokesperson emailed this week that the company had removed around 10,000 accounts that sought to discourage US citizens not to vote in the country’s Tuesday elections. The accounts were deleted in September and early October. It was noted that the number was conservative, considering that Twitter deleted millions of accounts used to spread misinformation in the 2016 presidential election. The removal of the accounts is expected to work to the advantage of the Democratic Party, particularly for the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC) which worked for the removal of such accounts on Twitter and other social media platform. […]

Canadian, British Lawmakers Ask Facebook’s Zuckerberg to Testify

Mark Zuckerberg was sent an invitation this week by British and Canadian lawmakers to answer some of their questions on the firm’s data privacy. In a letter signed by Damian Collins, chair of Britain’s Digital, Culture, Media and Sport Select Committee, and Bob Zimmer, chair of Canada’s Standing Committee on Access to Information, Privacy and Ethics, the lawmakers castigated Zuckerberg for sending less senior representatives, despite obliging invitations from the US Congress, Senate, and European Parliament. Zuckerberg has yet to respond to the lawmakers’ request. Source: UPI

Tim Berners-Lee Suggests to Split Up Tech Giants

Tim Berners-Lee Suggests to Split Up Tech Giants

In a recent interview, Tim Berners-Lee remarked that companies such as Facebook and Google have grown too dominant and may need to be broken up. The father of the World Wide Web said that history dictates that there’s no other alternative but to go in and break things up. However, he cautioned that the speed of innovation in both technology and tastes could ultimately cut some of the biggest technology companies down to size. Berners-Lee added that before breaking such companies up, it should first be ensured that it is being done to adapt to the shifting of the market […]

Facebook Approved Cambridge Analytica Ad, Takes it Down Again

Guardian and Observer journalist Carole Cadwalladr recently revealed that Facebook had approved an ad allegedly paid for by UK analytics firm Cambridge Analytica, but took it down soon after. However, the ad is still visible in the platform’s new ad transparency portal and can be seen using the logo of EU referendum campaign BeLeave which was previously found to have violated electoral law. A Facebook spokesperson confirmed that the ad was fake and was not created by Cambridge Analytica, which closed down in May. Cadwalladr remarked that the incident just highlights how completely useless Facebook’s new transparency rules were. Source: […]

Costs from Scandals Expected to Decrease in 2019, Facebook Tells Investors

Costs from Scandals Expected to Decrease in 2019, Facebook Tells Investors

Facebook assured investors this week that the decrease in margins will cease in 2019 as costs from scandals ease up. CEO Mark Zuckerberg said that while costs brought by growing user interest in private messaging, video, and safe content may rise faster than revenue, he is focused on bringing them in line. Zuckerberg also mentioned that the company also has to deal with the challenge of new users that come from countries including India, Indonesia and Philippines, where advertisers focus more on TV, print and outdoor advertising.   Source: Reuters

Facebook Bans Ads from Startup Offering Competing Service

Facebook Bans Ads from Startup Offering Competing Service

Facebook had reportedly banned the ad of a startup offering a service similar to its Facebook Login identity service. Jesse Leimgruber, co-founder of online identity management service company Bloom, said that Facebook banned their ads as a part of a crackdown on deceptive financial products and services related to cryptocurrency. However, Leimgruber explained that while they use blockchain technology, they not sell any financial products or services and has nothing to do with cryptocurrency. Leimgruber also said that the ban was particularly suspicious since they had been advertising throughout Facebook’s ban, but they were only banned now perhaps because their […]

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