Monday Note: The Rise of Influencers and the Decay of Journalism

Monday Note: The Rise of Influencers and the Decay of Journalism. “This month’s cover of Wired UK looks like a canary in the coal mine. As a novel spin to cover climate change, the magazine elected to put Greta Thunberg on its cover. This is a choice that speaks volumes about a growing trend in news: prominently featuring social-media stars.”

The Bookseller: Who owns digital stories?

The Bookseller: Who owns digital stories?. “Now, imagine I am a producing a film and want to quote a section of a book in the film, and use part of an audio track. As well as enhancing the story within the film, this will grow the value of the film product itself. So the process I take is to contact the copyright holders, do a deal and carry on with my production. Even if I base my film loosely on an existing text, I clear the rights. There are legal, moral and commercial reasons to do this. In contrast, Google is using scanned copyrighted material to build its current and future products, and as far as we can tell from the settlement with the Writer’s Guild seven years ago, without any reference to authors being compensated for the use of their work. “

The Verge: Facebook’s $5 billion FTC fine is an embarrassing joke

The Verge: Facebook’s $5 billion FTC fine is an embarrassing joke. “Facebook’s stock went up after news of a record-breaking $5 billion FTC fine for various privacy violations broke today. That, as The New York Times’ Mike Isaac points out, is the real story here: the United States government spent months coming up with a punishment for Facebook’s long list of privacy-related bad behavior, and the best it could do was so weak that Facebook’s stock price went up.”

Information Today: Creating a Playbook to Combat Fake News

Information Today: Creating a Playbook to Combat Fake News . “Regardless of definition (and the definition of ‘fake news’ remains constantly in flux and subject to interpretation), it is not an overreach to suggest that fake news is a complete insult to what librarians and information professionals hold dear and sacrosanct. Our reputation relies on our being curators, purveyors, and stewards of reputable news and information. We pride ourselves as upholding the gold standards for veracity and truth. However, in the current climate, when even those of us in the information business are finding it harder and harder to separate the real from the fake, we must remain constantly vigilant, continuously upgrading our information evaluation skills. We also need updated tools and resources to further our education in source evaluation.”

Vice: I Was Banned From Twitter for Threatening to Kill Mr. Peanut

Vice: I Was Banned From Twitter for Threatening to Kill Mr. Peanut. “A few months ago, I was suspended indefinitely from Twitter for threatening to kill Mr. Peanut. To be fair, this wasn’t my first time menacing the Planters mascot. Or my second or my third. By the time I was banned, I had been systematically harassing the peanut man for about four months.”

BBC: Will Facebook’s digital money Libra be good for Africa?

BBC: Will Facebook’s digital money Libra be good for Africa?. “As a Zimbabwean living in South Africa, I have become numb to the daylight robbery that ensues whenever I receive money from abroad or send cash to my family back home. As such, like many other cautious pragmatists, I relish the prospect of a network like Libra permanently disrupting the lucrative cash remittance businesses of large banks and money transfer services like Western Union and MoneyGram.”

Social media shaming and forgiveness: why nobody’s beyond the pale (The Next Web)

The Next Web: Social media shaming and forgiveness: why nobody’s beyond the pale. “She was a high-flying international human right’s lawyer who worked with refugees. Then she was found dead on a beach in East Sussex. What happened in-between is a story of crime and punishment, and a question of how justice works in the social media era.”