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The Pitfalls of Social Media


While social media can provide you with publicity it can also bring pitfalls

  • Facebook has acknowledged that too much social media can be detrimental to a people’s mental health.
  • The company is coming under increasing scrutiny about its impact on society.
  • A former Facebook exec recently said social networks are “destroying how society works.”

 Facebook director of researcher David Finsberg and research scientist Moira Burke,  hypothesize that reading about others online might lead to negative social comparison,and perhaps even more so than offline, since people’s posts are often more curated and flattering.

Facebook also cited research showing the positive impact of social media. “In sum, our research and other academic literature suggests that it’s about how you use social media that matters when it comes to your well-being.”

In general, when people spend a lot of time passively consuming information — reading but not interacting with people — they report feeling worse afterward. In one experiment, University of Michigan students randomly assigned to read Facebook for 10 minutes were in a worse mood at the end of the day than students assigned to post or talk to friends on Facebook. A study from UC San Diego and Yale found that people who clicked on about four times as many links as the average person, or who liked twice as many posts, reported worse mental health than average in a survey. Though the causes aren’t clear, researchers hypothesize that reading about others online might lead to negative social comparison — and perhaps even more so than offline, since people’s posts are often more curated and flattering. Another theory is that the internet takes people away from social engagement in person.”

But Facebook also counters this with evidence that engaging with others online “is linked to improvements in well-being,” and that Facebook can have other positive impacts.



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Twitter’s Live API


Twitter’s Live API will work similarly to the Facebook Live API that launched last April to connect professional equipment to the social medium. Big video cameras, editing boards, desktop editing software, satellite vans and more will be able to broadcast directly to Twitter through the API.

Twitter’s new tool for live video is aimed at larger media publishers and broadcasters. The Producer API, as it’s called, will allow professional publishers to connect their equipment to Twitter in order to stream live video directly to its network.

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Facebook Creating Artificial Intelligence To flag Offensive Live Videos

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Facebook  is working on automatically flagging offensive material in live video streams,  using artificial intelligence to monitor content.

The social media company has been embroiled in a number of content controversies this year, from facing international outcry after removing an iconic Vietnam War photo due to nudity, to allowing the spread of fake news on its site.

Facebook has historically relied mostly on users to report offensive posts. Facebook has been increasingly using artificial intelligence with “an algorithm that detects nudity, violence, or any of the things that are not according to their policies.

Many Workplace Businesses Testing Facebook’s Workplace

The subscription product, called Workplace by Facebook, introduces the company into a crowded market for enterprise software and places it in direct competition with Slack, a messaging app introduced three years ago.

Many of the more than 1,000 businesses and organizations that have been testing Workplace during the past year showered praise on the product.  Facebook plans to charge $3 per active user for the first 1,000 employees, plus $2 per person for the next 9,000, and $1 for each after that. That’s cheaper than Slack’s paid version which starts at $6.67 per user.

With Workplace, employees from around the globe conduct virtual brainstorming sessions on Workplace — and one discussion resulted in a new feature that helps travelers find a destination that matches their interests, budgets and time frame.

Facebook & Trending News


Facebook, now the biggest news distributor on the planet, relies on old-fashioned news values on top of its algorithms to determine what the hottest stories will be for the 1 billion people who visit the social network every day.

Documents, given to the Guardian, come amid growing concerns over how Facebook decides what is news for its users. This week the company was accused of an editorial bias against conservative news organizations, prompting calls for a congressional inquiry from the US Senate commerce committee chair, John Thune.

The Drudge Report ran the piece in its top slot with a picture of Facebook’s chief operating officer Sheryl Sandberg and the headline: “Not Leaning In … Leaning Left!” a reference to her bestselling book, Lean In.

Breitbart News editor in chief Alex Marlow said the report confirmed “what conservatives have long suspected: Facebook’s trending news artificially mutes conservatives and amplifies progressives. Facebook says  its algorithm simply populates ‘topics that have recently become popular on Facebook’ in its trending news section. Some say this is not true.The rise of Facebook as a dominant player in news has already worried some media watchers who are concerned the social network could become too powerful and set the news agenda and potentially block news that might not fit its corporate agenda.

Facebooks Internet.Org


Opponents of Facebook’s suggest it compromises the principles of net neutrality, because it favours access to some sites and apps over others.

But Facebook’s founder Mark Zuckerberg said it was “not sustainable to offer the whole internet for free”. “But it is sustainable to build free basic services that are simpler, use less data and work on all low-end phones.” allows subscribers of partner mobile networks to use a limited number of online services without further charge. Networks operators participate because they believe users will pay for wider internet access once they have had a chance to try out the free content on offer.

Since 2014, the project has launched in Zambia, India, Colombia, Guatemala, Tanzania, Kenya, Ghana, the Philippines and Indonesia. Until now, the scheme had been typically limited to a few dozen services in each country.They include the Wikipedia encyclopaedia, the Facts for Life health site run by the United Nations Children’s Fund, BBC News, Facebook, Accuweather and a selection of local news and sports results providers.

But the project will now be widened to allow other developers to join what is being called the Platform.

Facebook Bus Drivers Looking To Unionize




Facebook  are looking to unionize, complaining of long hours, split shifts and wages so low they can’t buy homes near their jobs.

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