BuzzFeed News: Running A Neighbourhood Facebook Group Has Become A Seriously Complicated Job. “Local Facebook groups increasingly serve as a local area’s town square, classifieds section, Neighbourhood Watch, and emergency information centre all rolled into one. But, for the most part, they are run by volunteers who in 2019 are devoting huge chunks of time figuring out how to enforce rules, referee disputes, and avoid getting sued in the process.” No matter what the platform, content moderation is no joke. Be kind to your local moderators.
Lifehacker: How to Send Web Pages From Your Phone to Your PC. “It isn’t hard to go from reading an article on your phone to reading it on your laptop. All you need to do is remember where you found it, right? But searching for something you already have in front of you is redundant, especially since companies like Google, Microsoft, and Apple all have ways to take what’s on your phone and bring it to your desktop in an instant. Chances are, with a few settings tweaks, you can enable the feature right now.”
The New York Times: Making Google the Censor. “Platforms in Europe currently operate notice-and-takedown systems for content that violates the law. Most also prohibit other legal but unwelcome material, like pornography and bullying, under voluntary community guidelines. Sometimes platforms remove too little. More often, research suggests, they remove too much — silencing contested speech rather than risking liability. Accusers exploit this predictable behavior to target expression they don’t like — as the Ecuadorean government has reportedly done with political criticism, the Church of Scientology with religious disputes and disgraced researchers with scholarship debunking their work. Germany’s proposed law increases incentives to err on the side of removal: Any platform that leaves criminal content up for more than 24 hours after being notified about it risks fines as large as 50 million euros.”
The Guardian: Revealed: Facebook’s internal rulebook on sex, terrorism and violence. “Facebook’s secret rules and guidelines for deciding what its 2 billion users can post on the site are revealed for the first time in a Guardian investigation that will fuel the global debate about the role and ethics of the social media giant.”
Handy reference from L&T: How to Embed Posts From 8 of the Most Popular Social Networks. “Whether you use them to increase engagement, extend your reach, or simply for their visual appeal, embedding social posts within your content can certainly be beneficial to your brand. But figuring out how to embed posts from each network may prove less than intuitive. Let us walk you through the process of embedding posts from the 8 most popular social networks.”
Phys.org: Your (social media) votes matter. “When Tim Weninger conducted two large-scale experiments on Reddit – otherwise known as ‘the front page of the internet’ – back in 2014, the goal was to better understand the ripple effects of malicious voting behavior and the impact on what users see and share online. One could argue the study couldn’t be more timely.”
More depressing-but-important stuff from NPR: How Free Web Content Traps People In An Abyss Of Ads And Clickbait. “If you feel like Internet ads are more pervasive and invasive than ever before, you’re not alone. Author Tim Wu tells Fresh Air’s Terry Gross that the Web has gotten worse over the years, not better — and unrelenting ads are to blame.”
From YouTube: Why flagging matters. “We want to empower you, the YouTube community, to better understand how flagging works and how you can get involved in maintaining our community guidelines. To shed some light on how your flagging activity has helped keep YouTube a platform where openness and creative expression are balanced with responsibility, here are some of the latest data…” Interesting stats. I hope they work on the increasing amount of spam (at least, I’m seeing more…)