The Next Web: How to quietly ditch people you follow on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. “Ever wished you could discreetly filter certain people out of your social media feeds? We feel you, and we’re here to help you do just that in a matter of seconds on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram, without letting your ‘friends’ know.” Quick hints but great for your mental health.
Zee Business: Big setback for WhatsApp, Twitter, Google in India; Centre set to launch crackdown. “The government plans to amend the IT rules wherein social media platforms and messaging apps will be required to deploy tools to ‘identify’ and curb unlawful content as well as follow stricter due diligence practices, as per draft amendments. IT ministry officials held a meeting last week with senior executives of Google, Facebook, WhatsApp, Twitter and other companies to discuss the proposed changes in the Information Technology (IT) rules.”
Wired: AI Has Started Cleaning Up Facebook, but Can It Finish?. “In the early hours of Aug. 25, 2017, a ragged insurgent group from Myanmar’s Rohingya Muslim minority attacked military outposts in the country’s northwest, killing 12 people. Security forces quickly retaliated with a campaign of village burning and mass killings that lasted weeks. As Rohingya died by the thousands, Myanmar’s military leaders took to Facebook.”
The Verge: Online porn filters will never work. “The Digital Economy Act was intended to be a more effective method of blocking adult sites that puts the onus on pornographers, who must comply with the policy or risk getting banned by major payment processors. Yet as simple and appealing as that proposal may have once sounded, it’s proven significantly more thorny than the British Board of Film Classification (BBFC), the agency responsible for enforcing the policy, originally anticipated.”
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.