The Daily Star: HRW concerned over Bangladesh govt’s intensive surveillance on social media

The Daily Star: HRW concerned over Bangladesh govt’s intensive surveillance on social media. “Human Rights Watch today said Bangladesh government has embarked upon intensive and intrusive surveillance and monitoring of social media ahead of national elections, raising concern over a chilling effect on speech.”

‘You Probably Want to Know Less’: The Influence of Social Media on Labor Law (Legaltech News)

Legaltech News: ‘You Probably Want to Know Less’: The Influence of Social Media on Labor Law. “The influence of social media in hiring is among the emerging issues that are presenting new questions for employers. Labor and employment attorneys on Wednesday discussed the pitfalls, benefits and gray areas stemming from technology and social media use by workers. ‘Technology is racing way ahead of legal developments and the law is trying to keep up,’ said Charles Fournier, a partner at Curley, Hurtgen & Johnsrud in New York.”

BetaNews: Goodbye noisy neighbors, I quit Nextdoor

BetaNews: Goodbye noisy neighbors, I quit Nextdoor. “Six days ago, Facebook notified me that my personal information had been pilfered in a recently revealed hack affecting tens of millions subscribers. Lovely. Why don’t you kick me in the head, too, Mark Zuckerberg? Perhaps you would prefer a baseball bat, so you can beat me to death instead? I responded by removing most of the same information from my FB and started a content purge ahead of possible account deletion. Since then, I have been on a social media account rampage, which turned my sights to Nextdoor, where I joined on Aug. 29, 2017 (my Facebook is 12 years old, for comparison). ”

Search Engine Journal: Is There Really a ‘Best Time to Post’ Social Media Updates?

Search Engine Journal: Is There Really a ‘Best Time to Post’ Social Media Updates?. “We all want to know what the best time to post a social media update is, but the answer isn’t always straightforward. With differing algorithms for different social media sites, various time zones to contend with, and different audiences, is there really a universal ‘best time’ to post? I’ll dig into data that helps demystify this issue, so you can figure out how to approach posting social media updates.”

“OMG you’re amazing!”: How people respond (or not) to compliments on social media (Quartz)

Quartz: “OMG you’re amazing!”: How people respond (or not) to compliments on social media. “Log on to Facebook and you’ll see a stream of life events from your friends and acquaintances, and a bevy of likes and supportive comments. “How cute!!!” someone posts in response to a photo of my friend’s baby. ‘Looks amazing!’ says someone else about another friend’s garden. ‘You’re an amazing educator and mentor,’ a woman comments on a shot of my old high school teacher with his students. Social media has made keeping in touch with friends and acquaintances easier than ever, and now that the average American spends 5.5 hours on social media every week, more of our social interactions are now happening online. We post, in part, to inform our networks about our life, but also because each like or flattering comment is a little hit of affirmation (pdf).”

Penn Today: Linguistic red flags from Facebook posts can predict future depression diagnoses

Penn Today: Linguistic red flags from Facebook posts can predict future depression diagnoses. “In any given year, depression affects more than 6 percent of the adult population in the United States—some 16 million people—but fewer than half receive the treatment they need. What if an algorithm could scan social media and point to linguistic red flags of the disease before a formal medical diagnosis had been made? New research from the University of Pennsylvania and Stony Brook University published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences shows this is now more plausible than ever.”