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Instagram Now Fact-Checks, but Who Will Do the Checking?

Wired – Facebook says it will extend its fact-checking program to Instagram. But the system is already overwhelmed and may not be able to handle more information. “Facebook announced on Thursday that it would expand a fact-checking program to its Instagram image-sharing service. Instagram users in the US can now report content they believe is false, but it’s not clear that the system, which is already overwhelmed, can handle more suspect information. Provocative stories that’ll forever change how you think. “Facebook did not ever scale the fact-checking program on Facebook to be able to reach all users and all information on Facebook,” says Robyn Caplan, a media and information policy scholar at Rutgers who studies social media governance. “I’m not quite certain how they’re going to scale to Instagram effectively.” Instagram was once the land of golden filters, where positivity reigned supreme. More recently, though, the platform has fallen victim to the same hate speech, bullying, and misinformation that plagues just about every social media site. Systems that can respect free speech, and sensitively address complicated and culturally inflected conversations, at Instagram’s monstrous and growing scale, have proved elusive…”

The ultimate guide to Boolean Search for social listening

awario: “Boolean search is an advanced and effective way to work with almost all search engines. It allows users to combine keywords with Boolean operators (AND, OR, AND NOT and etc.) and find exactly what you’re looking for. With Boolean operators you can configure more specific queries, create multiple combinations, modify existing requests and do… Continue Reading

What is Section 230 and why does Donald Trump want to change it?

MIT Technology Review – This provision of the Communications Decency Act is being blamed for everything from social-media bias to enabling revenge porn. Here’s how to understand the law that created the modern internet. “Section 230 is one of the pieces of legislation that allowed today’s internet—and Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube—to develop. Now, it’s being… Continue Reading

Ethical ‘Fails’: Social Media Pitfalls and In-House Counsel

Law.com: “It’s an incredibly wired world we live in. Over 82% of the adult American population has at least one social networking profile, and in a single minute we’ll witness 293,000 status updates posted to Facebook, more than 360,000 tweets on Twitter, and roughly 400 hours of video uploaded to YouTube. And while lawyers have… Continue Reading

Ranking the Top 100 Websites in the World

Visual Capitalist – Ranking the Top 100 Websites in the World – “As a greater portion of the world begins to live more of their life online, the world’s top 100 websites continue to see explosive growth in their traffic numbers. To claim even the 100th spot in this ranking, your website would need around… Continue Reading

Researchers map global economy in collaboration with LinkedIn

Phys.Org: “A small team of researchers at Indiana University has created the first global map of labor flow in collaboration with the world’s largest professional social network, LinkedIn. The work is reported in the journal Nature Communications. The study’s lead authors are Jaehyuk Park and Ian Wood, Ph.D. students working with Yong Yeol “Y.Y.” Ahn,… Continue Reading

Proposed White House Executive Order would have FCC and FTC police alleged social media censorship

CNN Business: “A draft executive order from the White House could put the Federal Communications Commission in charge of shaping how Facebook, Twitter and other large tech companies curate what appears on their websites, according to multiple people familiar with the matter. The draft order, a summary of which was obtained by CNN, calls for… Continue Reading

Digital Privacy Does Matter to You

Anonymone Labs: “At this moment, there is a copy of every unencrypted email, text, photo, gif or emoji you have ever sent in your digital life. These copies are stored under your name/identity in the national data storage facility operated by the U.S. National Surveillance Agency. (One of the newest and largest of these is… Continue Reading

I Tried Hiding From Silicon Valley in a Pile of Privacy Gadgets

Bloomberg Businessweek – Joel Stein – Avoiding digital snoops takes more than throwing money at the problem, but that part can be really fun – “…It isn’t going to be easy. I use Google, Facebook, Amazon, Lyft, Uber, Netflix, Hulu, and Spotify. I have two Amazon Echos, a Google Home, an iPhone, a MacBook Air,… Continue Reading

Why Aren’t We Talking About LinkedIn?

The New York Times – As Facebook and Twitter face scrutiny, the site for job seekers remains a controversy-free zone. Is the office the future of social media? ” Twitter helps the powerful discover their worst selves and leaves everyone else vulnerable. Facebook brings people together only to subject them to marketing and manipulation. Our… Continue Reading

Instagram’s lax privacy practices let trusted partner track millions of users’ physical locations, secretly save their stories, flout its rules

Business Insider – A buzzy San Francisco startup has been secretly saving what appears to be millions of Instagram users’ stories and tracking their locations. The marketing firm Hyp3r has been scraping huge quantities of data off the Facebook-owned app and using it to build up detailed profiles of people’s movements and interests. The situation… Continue Reading

Legal Shield for Websites Rattles Under Onslaught of Hate Speech

The New York Times – “When the most consequential law governing speech on the internet was created in 1996, Google.com didn’t exist and Mark Zuckerberg was 11 years old. The federal law, Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act, has helped Facebook, YouTube, Twitter and countless other internet companies flourish. But Section 230’s liability protection… Continue Reading