Thursday, December 9, 2021
Thursday, December 9, 2021

Researchers explain why they believe Facebook mishandles political ads – NPR

Facebook has worked for years to revamp its handling of political ads — but researchers who conducted a comprehensive audit of millions of ads say the social media company's efforts have had uneven results. The problems, they say, include overcounting political ads in the U.S. — and undercounting them in other countries. And despite Facebook's ban on political ads around the time of last year's U.S. elections, the platform allowed more than 70,000 political ads to run anyway, according to the research team that is based at the NYU Cybersecurity for Democracy and at the Belgian university KU Leuven. Their research study was released early Thursday. They also plan to present their findings at a security conference next August. After analyzing more than 4.2 million political and 29.6 million non-political ads from more than 215,000 advertisers, the researchers said that in Facebook's enforcement efforts on U.S. political ads, "61% more ads are missed than are detected worldwide, and 55% of U.S. detected ads are in fact non-political. " Researcher criticizes Facebook's use of 'rudimentary' methods Laura Edelson of NYU,  » Read More

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Content creators can now cash in on their Facebook profile page | TechRadar

Home News Computing (Image credit: Shutterstock) Meta has announced a new professional mode for Facebook user profiles that makes it easier for content creators to monetize their posts on the social network.While professional mode will first be available to select users in the US, the company plans to expand it to more countries in the coming months while also adding access to more monetization options and platform tools.Content creators that do decide to use professional mode with their Facebook profiles will be presented with additional ways to make money on the social network and with expanded insights that were previously only available with Facebook Pages.One of the main perks of Facebook's new professional mode is the ability to participate in the company's new Reels Play bonus program where top content creators will be able to earn up to $35,000 per month based on the views of their short-form videos.  » Read More

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More of Facebook's “High-Risk Accounts” Will Now Require Two-Factor Authentication …

Facebook is expanding its definition of “high-risk accounts” that will require the use of two-factor authentication to log on, in a move that mirrors broader trends across big tech platforms. Users flagged as having high-risk accounts will be periodically reminded to enable two-factor authentication; after a time, they will be locked out of the platform until they enable it. The move adds to speculation that Facebook’s eventual plan is to require two-factor authentication for all of its users as it transitions into the “Meta” phase of its existence. Two-factor authentication mandatory for Facebook Protect members The move appears to apply to users that have enrolled in Facebook Protect, the platform’s optional enhanced security program meant for users at elevated risk of having their accounts breached. Some “VIP” celebrity and public figures, as well as users with sensitive jobs such as journalists and activists, are automatically enrolled in the program as a mandatory component of their Facebook use. Popular Facebook pages are also sometimes required to have administrators and advertising accounts enable two-factor authentication. For some,  » Read More

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Rohingya sue Facebook for $150B, alleging role in violence :: WRAL.com

By KELVIN CHAN, AP Business WriterLONDON — Rohingya refugees sued social network powerhouse Facebook for more than $150 billion, accusing it of failing to stop hate speech that incited violence against the Muslim ethnic group by military rulers and their supporters in Myanmar. Years after coming under scrutiny for contributing to ethnic and religious violence in Myanmar, recently revealed internal Facebook documents show the company still has problems defining and moderating hate speech and misinformation on its platform in the country. The breaches have even been exploited by hostile actors since the Feb. 1 military takeover this year that resulted in human rights abuses across the country. The Rohingyas’ claims were fortified by the revelations in internal company documents that former Facebook employee and whistleblower Frances Haugen provided this fall to Congress and U.S. securities regulators. The documents could also serve to buttress potential legal action by other groups around the world harmed by hate speech and misinformation on Facebook’s platform. Lawyers filed a class-action lawsuit Monday in California against Facebook parent Meta Platforms,  » Read More

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Facebook Publishes New Guide to Marketplace Optimization for the Holidays | Social Media Today

With the shopping season now in full swing, Facebook has published a new, 18-page guide to optimizing your Facebook Marketplace listings, in order to maximize reach, interest, and ideally, sales in the final push of the year. And while the guide is focused on Marketplace, many of the notes and stats relate to broader eCommerce trends. You can download the full guide here, but in this post, we’ll take a look at some of the key elements. First off, Facebook shares some key consumption stats for the holiday period, and specific trends that it's seeing on Marketplace. There’s also this helpful graph of the key elements that consumers consider in their shopping journey: I mean, the colors and the random order of the bars is a little confusing, but it may provide some pointers as to what you should be focusing on in your customer journey mapping. There’s also data on what users are looking for online,  » Read More

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Rohingya refugees sue Facebook for $150 billion over Myanmar violence | Reuters

The Facebook logo is displayed on a mobile phone in this picture illustration taken December 2, 2019. REUTERS/Johanna Geron/Illustration/File PhotoRegister now for FREE unlimited access to reuters.comDec 6 (Reuters) - Rohingya refugees from Myanmar are suing Meta Platforms Inc (FB.O), formerly known as Facebook, for $150 billion over allegations that the social media company did not take action against anti-Rohingya hate speech that contributed to violence.A U.S. class-action complaint, filed in California on Monday by law firms Edelson PC and Fields PLLC, argues that the company's failures to police content and its platform's design contributed to real-world violence faced by the Rohingya community. In a coordinated action, British lawyers also submitted a letter of notice to Facebook's London office.Facebook did not immediately respond to a Reuters request for comment about the lawsuit. The company has said it was "too slow to prevent misinformation and hate" in Myanmar and has said it has since taken steps to crack down on platform abuses in the region, including banning the military from Facebook and Instagram after the Feb.  » Read More

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Investigating Facebook: a fractious relationship with academia | Financial Times

Gain a global perspective on the US and go beyond with curated news and analysis from 600 journalists in 50+ countries covering politics, business, innovation, trends and more. Choose your subscription Trial Try full digital access and see why over 1 million readers subscribe to the FT For 4 weeks receive unlimited Premium digital access to the FT's trusted, award-winning business news Read more Digital Be informed with the essentialnews and opinion MyFT – track the topics most important to you FT Weekend – full access to the weekend content Mobile & Tablet Apps – download to read on the go Gift Article – share up to 10 articles a month with family, friends and colleagues Read more Print FT print edition delivered Monday - Saturday along with ePaper access Delivery to your home or office Monday to Saturday FT Weekend paper – a stimulating blend of news and lifestyle features ePaper access – the digital replica of the printed newspaper Read more Team or Enterprise Premium FT.com access for multiple users,  » Read More

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Hawkeyes Double-Up Iowa State, 23-11, in Cy-Hawk Dual

IOWA CITY, Iowa — The top-ranked University of Iowa wrestling team defeated No. 13 Iowa State, 23-11, on Sunday in the annual Iowa Corn Cy-Hawk Series. The dual win was Iowa’s 21st straight overall and 17th straight against Iowa State. The Hawkeyes won six-of-10 matches, earned major decisions at 141 and 165, and punctuated the dual with a stalling disqualification at 285. “This is one date on the calendar,” said Iowa head coach Tom Brands. “This isn’t about a catalyst to springboard for greater things to come. This is a step along the path to Detroit. That’s how we operate. We’re going to Destin, Florida, two weeks from tonight. ” Eierman totaled six takedowns and more than two-and-one-half minutes of riding time two win by 15-7 major decision at 141. Marinelli used seven takedowns and more than three minutes of riding time to win 16-5 at 165. Cassioppi built a 9-0 lead before forcing a fifth stall call and terminating the match. The Hawkeyes also got decisions from Austin DeSanto at 133,  » Read More

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Solar eclipse 2021 on December 4: Meet the man behind the Facebook group that connects …

The Solar Eclipse Chasers group on Facebook has had a busy week. First, there were discussions about travel plans and the best spots to catch the December 4 solar eclipse. Then there were enthusiasts reminiscing and sharing photographs about their past eclipse-chasing experiences. A couple of umbraphiles (people who love eclipses), who made it to Punta Arenas in Chile, took to the group to share exquisite photographs and offered to meet up with other enthusiasts in the area. Another group member shared photographs of the eclipse stamps issued by the Chilean postal company. On the day of the eclipse, the online and on-location eclipse watchers convened together in the virtual space to debate the merits of NASA’s live feed vs that of Lindblad’s or share disappointing photographs of fog-covered Amundsen Bay in Antarctica (“Life of an eclipse chaser. Win some, lose some,” wrote a user in response). When he started the group in 2010, UK-based Ian (who goes by his first name) envisioned it as a space where he can keep in touch with his travelling companions from Polynesia’s Easter Island.  » Read More

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