Benevolent Doctor Facebook today gave the country a very grave diagnosis via a blog post. The company has found that—wait for it—local news is dying. In fact, Facebook says that about a third of all Americans live in a local news desert–meaning they simply don’t have access to real, local reporting. It’s a big problem, Facebook bemoaned, and it says it wants to try and fix it. Thank you, good doctor. As a result, Facebook’s Journalism Project has announced its intention to look into this problem, share data with researchers, as well as continue investing in a tool to help promote local news. For the last few months, Facebook has been trying to build a program called Today In, which would aggregate local stories. The problem it discovered, however, was that there just wasn’t enough content in most regions to make such a thing useful. Here’s how bad the national news desert problem is, according to Facebook: pivot to video. It also … [Read more...] about Facebook in 2015: Pivot to video! Facebook today: Local news is dead!
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With billions of people all over the world using its services, Facebook has long been forced to develop its own networking infrastructure in order to cope with the load because the systems and technologies to do so simply don’t exist elsewhere. Not only that, but the company has a long history of sharing those developments, open-sourcing many of its technology components so others can use and improve them for the benefit of everyone else. In line with this approach, Facebook today is open-sourcing its newly created “forwarding plane software library,” which is a component that powers the network load balancer used in its infrastructure. Load balancers are used to distribute network and application traffic across multiple servers, in order to increase their capacity and reliability. Facebook’s latest tool is called Katran, which is a software-based load balancing tool it said has made its backend networking infrastructure far more reliable and scalable. The … [Read more...] about Facebook open-sources Katran, its latest network load balancing software
Facebook has been having a rough time with privacy and trust recently. Between the problem of fake news during the 2016 election, revelations about data-scraping by political campaigns, and Mark Zuckerberg’s inability to act more like a human being than a lizard-person, it’s been a difficult start to 2018. Despite what the Beatles might’ve said, however, things aren’t getting better. In fact, according to Recode, they are getting much, much worse. 14 million Facebook users who thought they were posting content to friends or select groups were really making it visible to the public, Facebook said on Thursday. Don't Miss: One $99 box can speed up your home internet and slash $120 off your cable bill The problem was caused by a software bug that was live for 10 days in May, according to the company. During that time, the privacy settings on some users’ posts were changed to public without any warning. The bug apparently affected 14 million people, … [Read more...] about Oops! Facebook shared 14 million users’ posts with the whole world rather than just their friends
Facebook is cautiously expanding a feature that shows people local news and information, including missing-person alerts, road closures, crime reports and school announcements. Called “Today In,” the service shows people information from their towns and cities from such sources as news outlets, government entities and community groups. Facebook launched the service in January with six cities and expanded that to 25, then more. On Wednesday, “Today In” is expanding to 400 cities in the U.S. — and a few others in Australia. The move comes as Facebook tries to shake off its reputation as a hotbed for misinformation and elections-meddling and rather a place for communities and people to come together and stay informed. Here are some things to know about this effort, and why it matters: THE BIG PICTURE It’s something users have asked for, the company says. Think of it as an evolution of a “trending” feature the company dropped earlier this … [Read more...] about With an eye on past problems, Facebook expands local feature
Consultants working for Donald Trump's presidential campaign exploited the personal Facebook data of millions. Last month, The New York Times and the UK's Guardian and Observer newspapers broke news the social networking giant was duped by researchers, who reportedly gained access to the data of millions of Facebook users and then may have misused it for political ads during the 2016 US presidential election. Facebook said it was investigating the reports, which involved data consultancy Cambridge Analytica. Over the past three-plus weeks, the situation has snowballed. Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg was in Washington this week to testify before Congress. Meanwhile, the number of accounts affected has risen to 87 million from initial reports of 50 million. Separately, Facebook said it was purging pages linked to a Russian troll farm that's known for creating fake online identities and posting on both sides of politically divisive issues.Cambridge Analytica … [Read more...] about Facebook, Cambridge Analytica, data mining and Trump: What you need to know
FACEBOOK has been blasted by MPs as a "morality-free zone" during an intense grilling in London today. Senior Facebook bod Mike Schroepfer is facing up to criticisms over a major scandal that saw the social network give away personal info on 87million users without their permission. Back in March, it was revealed that Facebook had been handing user data to companies without consent. MPs on the Common's Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) Committee originally requested Facebook boss Mark Zuckerberg's attendance. But the 33-year-old billionaire snubbed the invite, and sent Chief Technology Officer Mike Schroepfer instead. He's been enduring tough questions over Facebook's failure to protect users, whose data ended up in the hands of UK political propaganda firm Cambridge Analytica. Conservative MP Julian Knight was particularly damning, accusing Facebook of "bullying journalists, threatening academic institutions and potentially impeding investigations by lawful authorities". He … [Read more...] about Facebook blasted as ‘morality-free zone’ by MPs who were SNUBBED by Mark Zuckerberg