Nieman Lab: “So many times we forget to listen”: How Spaceship Media moderated a Facebook group of 400 political women without it going off the rails. “When I spoke with Spaceship Media’s cofounders a year ago, they were about to embark on creating arguably the most ambitious news-centric Facebook group in existence: A goal of 5,000 women with diverse views in one group, talking about politics without everything self-imploding.” Forum moderation is an incredibly tough and thankless job, but when it’s done well, it’s amazing.
G Suite Updates: Google Fusion Tables to be shut down on December 3, 2019. “Google Fusion Tables was launched almost nine years ago as a research project in Google Labs, later evolving into an experimental product. For a long time, it was one of the few free tools for easily visualizing large datasets, especially on a map. Since then, Google has developed several alternatives, providing deeper experiences in more specialized domains. In order to continue focusing our efforts in these areas, we will be retiring Fusion Tables.”
The Verge: Facebook’s role in the French protests has polarized observers. “Facebook is one lens through which to view the French protests — but it’s not the only one. In the London Review of Books, Jeremy Harding examines the issue not according to the medium but to its message: widespread dissatisfaction with French President Emmanuel Macron, rising taxes, and stagnant wages. In Harding’s piece, Facebook is mentioned precisely once, in the context of how one of the movement’s organizers first came to prominence. That’s led some observers to question whether Facebook’s role in the protests is overstated.”
CBC: Everything we know about gender violence in one new website. “A newly launched government website is bringing together all federal programs, research and information related to gender-based violence across Canada, in an effort to reduce confusion and duplication of services and pilot projects.”
Neowin: Telegram introduces custom translations, Instant View 2.0, and more . “Telegram is getting a series of improvements today, including support for custom translations, Instant View 2.0, and a redesigned app for Android. The Android update brings it to version 5.0 and brings a number of improvements, including a revamped interface for some parts of the app.”
Tech Xplore: Using machine learning to detect unreliable Facebook pages. “Researchers worldwide have hence been trying to develop methods to detect and prevent deception on Facebook and other social media platforms. Panida Songram, a researcher at Mahasarakham University, in Thailand, has recently carried out a study investigating the use of supervised machine learning to detect the reliability or unreliability of Facebook pages.”
BuzzFeed News: Facebook Filed A Patent To Calculate Your Future Location. “Facebook has filed several patent applications with the US Patent and Trademark Office for technology that uses your location data to predict where you’re going and when you’re going to be offline.”