Nieman Lab: Did Facebook’s faulty data push news publishers to make terrible decisions on video?. “‘Five years to all video’ wasn’t just [Nicola] Mendelsohn’s line — it came from Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg himself. ‘We’re entering this new golden age of video,’ Zuckerberg told BuzzFeed News in April 2016. ‘I wouldn’t be surprised if you fast-forward five years and most of the content that people see on Facebook and are sharing on a day-to-day basis is video.’ But even as Facebook executives were insisting publicly that video consumption was skyrocketing, it was becoming clear that some of the metrics the company had used to calculate time spent on videos were wrong. “
Wired: These New Tricks Can Outsmart Deepfake Videos—for Now. “For weeks, computer scientist Siwei Lyu had watched his team’s deepfake videos with a gnawing sense of unease. Created by a machine learning algorithm, these falsified films showed celebrities doing things they’d never done. They felt eerie to him, and not just because he knew they’d been ginned up. ‘They don’t look right,’ he recalls thinking, ‘but it’s very hard to pinpoint where that feeling comes from.’ Finally, one day, a childhood memory bubbled up into his brain. ”
BBC: Yang Kaili: China live-streamer detained for ‘insulting’ national anthem. “A Chinese live-streaming celebrity has been detained for five days for ‘insulting’ the country’s national anthem. Yang Kaili, a 20-year-old with tens of millions of followers, had appeared on camera singing the anthem while flailing her arms around.”
Mashable: Want to live stream a hologram of yourself? Thanks to Vimeo, now you can.. “Holograms aren’t just for Tupac or Princess Leia anymore. That’s what Vimeo shares in a new blog post about how it is bringing live streamed ‘volumetric content’ to the masses. Or, at least the creative filmmakers and somewhat technologically savvy masses.”
TV Technology: Local News Sources Losing Ground To Live Streaming From Social Media. “A growing number of U.S. broadband households is spending more time watching user generated live content on social media, according to a new industry report from Parks Associates. The growth in this sector parallels a declining number of viewers getting their news from local new sources.” I’m pretty sure that’s local news services, not local new services. Only pointing it out because it does change the meaning of the paragraph a bit.
CNET: Snapchat unveils scripted original shows and docuseries. “Snapchat, which has struggled to keep its daily active users, is trying to entice teens to spend more time on the app with the release of new original shows. On Wednesday, the ephemeral messaging app unveiled a list of 12 exclusive scripted shows and docuseries that will make their debut this fall.”
Mancunion: A Database of Beautiful People . “A Database of Beautiful People is a blossoming YouTube series created in 2018 of personal and intimate interviews with people from around the globe. Its main purpose is to reflect genuineness through each individual’s personality and stories. It is simply an observation of ordinary people that makes us question the meaning of ordinary.” Very limited at the moment, but a fantastic idea.