The Verge: New Instagram test adds posts your friends like into your feed. “Instagram has started testing a new “recommended for you” section within the feeds of a small group of users. The new section will show you Instagram posts that your friends have liked or that the algorithm thinks will appeal to you directly in your feed, which could mark another major shift for the photo sharing service if the feature is officially rolled out.” So if I like a page on Facebook, I have approximately a snowball’s chance in hell of seeing that page’s post on my feed. Meanwhile, Instagram is going to insert images of people I don’t even follow. WHAT KIND OF STUPID ISH IS THIS.
The Verge: Former Facebook exec says social media is ripping apart society. “Another former Facebook executive has spoken out about the harm the social network is doing to civil society around the world. Chamath Palihapitiya, who joined Facebook in 2007 and became its vice president for user growth, said he feels ‘tremendous guilt’ about the company he helped make. ‘I think we have created tools that are ripping apart the social fabric of how society works,’ he told an audience at Stanford Graduate School of Business, before recommending people take a ‘hard break’ from social media.”
Search Engine Journal: Facebook Removes Ticker News Feed For Monitoring Friends’ Activity . “Have you noticed the ticker is missing when viewing your Facebook news feed? It’s not just you— Facebook has officially removed the ticker and confirmed it’s no longer available. Since its launch in 2011, the ticker has been a permanent fixture of peoples’ news feeds. It allowed users to monitor their friends’ public activity on Facebook in real-time.”
The Next Web: Facebook is testing ‘private comments’ to save you from idiots. “Facebook is experimenting with privacy settings that apply to individual comments. This means that you could write a reply to a thread, but only pre-approved individuals can see it. “
The Daily Beast: Shadowy Facebook Ads That Pushed Trump Are Back in Alabama. “Yvonne Trosclair doesn’t know who’s behind America First Action—which keeps running pro-Roy Moore ads here on television and on Facebook ahead of the U.S. Senate election on Tuesday—but she knows they’re not from Alabama.”
The Next Web: Facebook unveils livestreaming and more for Messenger games. “Facebook announced this week, in celebration of its first year of Messenger games, it’s adding new community features such as livestreaming and video chat. When Facebook announced Instant Games last year, it had 17 games in its repertoire, including Pac-Man, Galaga, and Space Invaders. Now it’s got over 70 games with several more to come next year, including the likes of Sonic, Angry Birds, and Disney Tsum Tsum.”
Washington Post: Fake news on Facebook fans the flames of hate against the Rohingya in Burma. “Burma was long closed off by a military regime, with centuries-old tensions between its Buddhist and Muslim communities leashed by strict control over traditional media.As the country transitions into democracy, those constraints have loosened and access to the Internet has expanded rapidly, most notably through a Facebook program called Free Basics that has catapulted the platform into prominence as a major source of news in Burma. But the sudden proliferation of recently available technologies has accelerated the spread of ethnic hatred in Burma, stoking tensions amid a violent military crackdown that has sent more than 600,000 Rohingya fleeing across the border into Bangladesh.”