“We understand that many of our critics are angry about the inflammatory rhetoric President Trump has posted on our platform and others, and want us to be more aggressive in removing his speech,” Nick Clegg, Facebook’s vice president for global affairs, wrote in a letter to advertisers on Wednesday. “As a former politician myself, I know that the only way to hold the powerful to account is ultimately through the ballot box. That is why we want to use our platform to empower voters to make the ultimate decision themselves, on election day.” … [Read more...] about The problem with Facebook’s plan to sign up 4 million voters
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For brands that don’t want to be associated with health misinformation or conspiracy theories generally, Google’s choice to keep such sites in its network creates a recurring issue. Keeping up with fake news sites is hard work. A representative for One Medical says the process for monitoring where its ads appear is largely manual. The company reviews sites where its ads have been placed and then blacklists sites that publish health misinformation so that its ads don’t continue to appear there. One Medical ads are targeted to individuals, the company says, rather than specific sites. That means some ads may appear on sites visited by people One Medical is trying to reach. … [Read more...] about Google is placing ads next to COVID-19 misinformation on conspiracy sites
But despite its limitations, the Microsoft study did yield some thought-provoking insights. When Microsoft Research asked survey respondents how they’d feel if certain conditions of the Facebook experiment were altered, more subjects wanted to shut down the research if it a) only removed positive posts from people’s News Feeds and b) vowed that the experiment had nothing to do with advertising. The first part makes sense–but the second is odd. Why would users react to a promise not to use the study to better target ads? Did that backfire? … [Read more...] about Why Did We Care About the Facebook Contagion Study? Or Did We Even Care At All?
Using Instagram’s sticker feature, some of the posts have asked users to answer personal questions—think Who is your secret crush?—leading to some speculation that Instagram had rolled out a new sticker specifically for anonymous questions. … [Read more...] about No, Instagram has not launched an anonymous questions sticker
Under the best of circumstances, the impact on children will still be significant. Students will lose most of a year of learning as parents — their new untrained teachers — cannot supervise in any meaningful way while Zooming in to the office. At best, the kids will be crabby and stir-crazy as they don’t get enough physical activity because they’re now tethered to their parents’ workspaces all day, running around the living room in lieu of fresh air. Without social interactions with other children, they constantly seek parental attention in bad ways, further straining the mood at home. And these are ideal scenarios. … [Read more...] about In the COVID-19 economy, you can have a kid or a job. You can’t have both