Engadget: Mark Zuckerberg explains Facebook’s ‘borderline’ content filtering plan. “Facebook chief Mark Zuckerberg has revealed that the social network plans to build a tool that will give you more control over the kind of content you see. Zuckerberg has penned a lengthy post detailing the social network’s challenges when it comes to content moderation and disinformation campaigns following a New York Times report that exposed its shady crisis response tactics. In it, he said that the company continues to train its AI systems to be able to detect content that violates its guidelines. Once those AI systems can better understand what they’re looking at, Facebook will be able to create a tool that can keep specific kinds of content you might find upsetting or unsavory out of your feed even if they don’t violate its standards.”
Mashable: Facebook briefly blocked breaking news stories about its security breach — and that’s a problem. “Word of the Facebook hack was quickly covered by several major news outlets and spread throughout social media. Naturally, Facebook users wanted to share the story to warn their friends of the exploit. But for a brief period Friday afternoon, many users found that they could not share stories from several legitimate news outlets. Facebook was reportedly blocking people from posting stories about the hack published by The Guardian, Sacramento Bee, and Associated Press.”
Mac Observer: How to Fix Twitter by Muting Specific Text Strings . “There’s a popular tweet that I stumbled upon this morning. Twitter user Emma found that by muting specific text strings she could fix Twitter and block suggested features.” Simple but looks SUPER useful.
CNET: YouTube now lets parents decide exactly what kids can watch. “YouTube Kids rolled out a new feature on Thursday that lets parents handpick the videos and channels their children have access to. The new parental controls are available worldwide on Android and will launch soon on iOS.”
Wired: Free Speech Is Not The Same As Free Reach . “…the conversation we should be having—how can we fix the algorithms?—is instead being co-opted and twisted by politicians and pundits howling about censorship and miscasting content moderation as the demise of free speech online. It would be good to remind them that free speech does not mean free reach. There is no right to algorithmic amplification. In fact, that’s the very problem that needs fixing.”
CNET: The cure for Facebook’s fake news infection? It might be these women. “In her hushed, measured tone, it may sound like the most placid movie trailer ever. But make no mistake, [Alex] Hardiman and her colleagues are on the kind of high-stakes mission that’s ripe for cinematic retelling. They’re trying to wipe aside fake news from Facebook’s massive social network, a critical source of information to 2.23 billion people, while also fostering a support system for more legitimate reporting. Their success or failure will affect the health of the news industry and the well-being of democracy worldwide. And at Facebook, where men outnumber women nearly two to one, the commanders of this mission are women.
TechCrunch: Researchers find that filters don’t prevent porn . “In a paper entitled Internet Filtering and Adolescent Exposure to Online Sexual Material, Oxford Internet Institute researchers Victoria Nash and Andrew Przybylski found that Internet filters rarely work to keep adolescents away from online porn.”