NBC News: In a Pennsylvania town, a Facebook group fills the local news void. “…the question of just who is accountable for providing information in Beaver County is murky. The area’s once-trusted news source, a newspaper with a 160-year history, was devastated in a few short months after it was swallowed up by giant corporate chains. The vacuum was filled by social media, namely Facebook.”
CNET: Facebook will warn you when you’re about to join a group that broke its rules. “Facebook will also limit the invite notifications for these groups to reduce membership and limit the distribution of their content, the social media giant said Wednesday. The moves are part of Facebook’s efforts to reduce the spread of harmful content such as hate speech and misinformation on its platform.”
SaltWire Network: Sackville N.B.’s Singing Cook brings joy to people feeling down because of COVID-19
SaltWire Network: Sackville N.B.’s Singing Cook brings joy to people feeling down because of COVID-19. “Moyra Boone has combined her love of cooking and singing to bring joy to people feeling down amid the COVID-19 pandemic. The Sackville, N.B. woman was out of work and looking for something to pass the time when she began singing and cooking and sharing the experience on social media. Before she knew it, she had several hundred followers throughout the Maritimes and around the world – as far away as Australia.” Her Facebook group is here.
CNET: Facebook adds new features to groups amid coronavirus pandemic. “Facebook is ramping up its efforts to get people to join its groups, where they can gather online to discuss specific topics, as one way to overcome isolation amid the coronavirus pandemic.”
Mashable: Facebook’s new policies are meant to stop the spread of conspiracy theories and hate in Groups
Mashable: Facebook’s new policies are meant to stop the spread of conspiracy theories and hate in Groups. “For the first time, Facebook is releasing stats concerning how the social media platform moderates what goes on in Facebook Groups. Alongside the new numbers, the company has also announced new policies surrounding how it will deal with conspiracy theories and hate speech that often flourishes inside these groups.”