BuzzFeed News: Facebook Is Getting Rid Of The Option To Make Groups “Secret” Or “Closed”. “Facebook said Wednesday that it is changing the way Groups work on the platform. They will no longer have the option to be marked as ‘secret,’ giving users only two privacy settings: public or private.”
University of Georgia: Study shows Facebook groups aid breastfeeding support. “Facebook could be the key to helping mothers overcome breastfeeding challenges. That’s according to a new study from the University of Georgia. Researchers found that mom-to-mom breastfeeding support groups on Facebook were a valued source of support specifically for African American mothers.”
TechCrunch: Facebook still full of groups trading fake reviews, says consumer group. “Which? says it found more than 55,000 new posts across just nine Facebook groups trading fake reviews in July, which it said were generating hundreds ‘or even thousands’ of posts per day. It points out the true figure is likely to be higher because Facebook caps the number of posts it quantifies at 10,000 (and three of the ten groups had hit that ceiling).”
The Guardian: Meet the millennials pretending to be baby boomers on Facebook. “Posting typos and non sequiturs is harmless, revealing a user’s unfamiliarity with the conversational conventions of social media, and perhaps an inexpert command of keyboards. Yet, as indicated by the skyrocketing popularity of a new Facebook group called ‘A group where we all pretend to be boomers,’ in which members of Generations X through Z adopt boomer-ish affectations for fun, they can also be amusing.” Oh sure, it’s fun now. Just wait, millennials, in 30 years you’ll be constantly plugging in your VR sockets upside down and Generation Mutant will post looping XR videos all over your house of you doing it. And don’t come crying to me when that happens.
The Intercept: Border Patrol Agents Tried to Delete Racist and Obscene Facebook Posts. We Archived Them.. “The Intercept gained full access to the invitation-only Border Patrol group weeks ago and, for more than a month has collected and archived hundreds of posts that show that the content shared with ProPublica was no aberration. In fact, the Border Patrol group was a hotbed for the kind of right-wing memes and anti-immigrant hate common in some corners of the internet. The only difference is that the group — which had nearly 10,000 members at the time it was exposed and has since dwindled to a little over 4,000 — was meant to be used by current and former federal law enforcement personnel.”
ProPublica: Inside the Secret Border Patrol Facebook Group Where Agents Joke About Migrant Deaths and Post Sexist Memes. “Members of a secret Facebook group for current and former Border Patrol agents joked about the deaths of migrants, discussed throwing burritos at Latino members of Congress visiting a detention facility in Texas on Monday and posted a vulgar illustration depicting Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez engaged in oral sex with a detained migrant, according to screenshots of their postings.”
New York Times: Grieving People Gathered on a Facebook Support Group. Then a Hacker Showed Up.. “A popular Facebook grief support page reclaimed control of its account Thursday after a hacking attack that page administrators say went unaddressed for seven weeks. The case is the latest knock on Facebook’s efforts to monitor content on its platform.”