In June 2017, Mark Zuckerberg rewrote Facebook's mission statement to better reflect current priorities. In the future, Facebook will have a strong focus on groups. When you reach most of the Earth's adult population, it turns out that everyone prefers not to be in the same virtual space. That's why Facebook has championed the creation of groups of all kinds, and last week a group-focused event introduced a number of new features for administrators.

Today Selina Wang in Bloomberg looks at the beloved Subtle Asian Traits group and considers what the overall growth for the group project is.

The fast-growing meme and community groups have been a bright spot for Facebook in recent months, amid a series of privacy scandals and the company's own forecasts that people spend less time on the same site. Subtle Asian Traits, though extremely popular, have a typical genre-like origin: a group of Asian-Australian high school students, mostly first-generation immigrants, began distracting themselves from exams. Screenshots of text exchanges with strict parents, photos of favorite foods from childhood, and pictures that illustrate the difficulty of learning an Asian language typically attract thousands of likes and comments. "We grew up in this environment where we are the minority, and we have no community," says co-designer of the group, Anny Xie. "In this group you have the same experience as a community with a million other Asians."

But, Wang notes, groups were just as susceptible to hate speech, misinformation, and other woes plaguing the news feed. In that Guardian, Ed Pilkington and Jessica Glenza explore this drawback and focus on how anti-vaccine ghouls use Facebook's propaganda propaganda propaganda:

Facebook is increasingly committed to fighting misinformation that "damages real world". Despite the health risks, vaccine propaganda is currently not treated as a violation of its content rules.

The Guardian asked Facebook to respond to the increasing spread of vaccine misinformation on its platform, but the company did not respond.

In a Twitter thread by misinformation researcher Renee DiResta To blame for the rise of groups on Facebook's recommendation algorithm, "The FB recommendation engine is pushing the bigger ones like compulsory vaccination for new parents," she writes. "If you're in a mother group, you get Antivax group recs." She continued, "This is where the platform has real power to change. Take it out of the [recommendation] Engine. YouTube acknowledges being proactive in promoting conspiracy theories; Facebook has the same problem, but it still does. "

Until then, some children of anti-vaccine parents take matters into their own hands. Emily Moon reports that some nervous but resourceful young people are seeking advice … in Reddit forums.

Since this misinformation is still flourishing elsewhere on the Internet, forums such as r / legal ratvice are a rare safe haven. Even the harsher feedback helped. Charly, who posted in Canada at the age of 17, said she had begun to question her parent's attitude after seeing jokes and anger against Anti-Vaxxer at Reddit. "I felt bad about my unvaccinated existence," she says. "It's not the best reason, but it's really what I noticed." Like Charlys, many plaintive requests for advice are a shame. An unvaccinated user says he tried not to tell anyone. Another writes in the comments: "You do not have to be ashamed if your parents do not let you vaccinate. It was not something you researched and decided you just did the whole thing as a kid.

According to the CDC, "being a child" should include vaccination against 16 diseases. For this group of teenagers, however, this means regular flu and hours of exploring risks that are not there. Two years after her job, Charly is no longer a child: the 19-year-old says she can implement the recommendations in the comments and get vaccinated.

Groups on the Internet: cause and solution of all problems of life.

democracy

Maria Ressa, critical Filipino journalist of Rodrigo Duterte, is arrested

Maria Ressa, a protest democracy activist for democracy in the Philippines, was charged by the Duterte regime. It is enormously disturbing:

Ms. Ressa's arrest is the most dramatic sign that Mr. Duterte has ever enforced in the media in the Philippines. Mr. Duterte did not try to hide his contempt for journalists, calling reporters "whore sons" and "spies" and even warning that they "are not getting rid of murder".

As she left the building flanked by police officers, Ms. Ressa turned to the reporters and told them, "I'll do the right thing."

The governor of California suggests a big-tech digital dividend

I hope this is a thorough public broadcast: California Governor Gavin Newsom suggests a "digital dividend" that consumers would pay for technology company data:

"Consumers in California should also be able to participate in the wealth generated from their data," Newsom said. "That's why I've asked my team to come up with a proposal for a new Californian data dividend, as we recognize that data is valuable and that it belongs to you."

Newsom did not describe what the dividend might look like, though he said, "We can do something brave here." He also praised a harsh Californian privacy law that will come into force next year.

The most fascinating new Facebook employees are not in Silicon Valley but in Washington

Patrick Howell O'Neill catalogs the former government employees who are quickly being inducted into Facebook's Washington office:

Some of Facebook's recent shots come directly from Capitol Hill. Joshua Althouse, who previously served as outreach director for former House Speaker Paul Ryan, is now Policy Manager on Facebook. Senator Gary Peters, a Michigan Democrat and a senior member of the US Senate Homeland Security Committee, envisioned that employee Sydney Paul was appointed a new chief of police on Facebook in January 2019. New York City Congressman, now working on government affairs on Facebook.

Recently, Facebook also hired Melinda Claybaugh, a veteran of the Federal Trade Commission, as well as this agency is considering Facebook as subtle because it has not ensured the protection of users' privacy. Claybaugh is now Data Protection Officer at Facebook in Washington.

When Facebook spread hatred, a police officer tried something out of the ordinary

Max Fisher and Amanda Taub report on the German police who went door-to-door to suppress a false rumor that could endanger the city's Muslim community:

Mr. Guske's team does not arrest or convict people who are spreading inflammatory rumors. Instead, they behave more like public health workers, protecting communities from viral misinformation and its consequences.

Their efforts reflect the growing concern of governments that Facebook triggers violence and extremism. They also testify to a lack of confidence in the company to tackle the problem.

India targets "Evil" on Facebook in response to US giants

Saritha Rai examines the growing pressure on Facebook to let WhatsApp be monitored by the Indian government, possibly breaking the encryption:

Frustrated that the service was used to incite violence and spread pornography, the government urges WhatsApp to allow more official oversight over online discussions, even if it means that officials gain access to protected or encrypted messages. Facebook has rejected and risked punitive measures or even the possibility of closing in its biggest market.

"We told them for six months to account more for their accountability, but what did they do?" Said Gopalakrishnan S., a senior official at the Department of Electronics and Information Technology, known as MEITY. "So pedophiles with WhatsApp can be completely sure that they will not get caught. It is absolutely evil. "

Indian lawmakers call for TikTok ban for "cultural degeneration"

TikTok seems to trigger a moral panic in India, reports Jennings Brown:

M. Manikandan – Information Technology Minister of the Indian state of Tamil Nadu – said Monday that the state government will tell the app that the app should be banned in Tamil Nadu, according to the Economic Times. The statement was an answer to the legislator Thamimun Ansari. The Hindustan Times reports that Ansari said young users are addicted to the app, which urges them on the "path of cultural degeneration." He referred to posts that are sexually explicit and content that changes people's faces – seemingly an indication of deepfakes.

China's Tencent invests in Reddit protest

Julie Verhage reports that not everyone is looking forward to Reddit's big new Chinese investor:

In the following days, users posted links to Reddit showing images banned by Chinese censors. These include videos of the Tiananmen Square statues in which President Xi Jinping is compared to stocky Winnie Pooh. Reddit users rave about in several submissions and brought them to the list of the most popular posts.

Pro Trump activists are increasing a Twitter app used by banned people, and it seems that they are already blocked

Parler News is a new platform for people who have blocked Twitter, and if there's a funnier business idea than this, I do not have to hear it yet:

The Parler App seems to mimic Twitter in terms of functionality and design. Users can post updates in a scrolling feed, with the restriction being 1,000 characters compared to Twitter's 240, and they are free to stay longer. Other users may "vote" for posts to indicate approval, or "echo," which is similar to a retweet.

Eight ways to prepare for elections across Africa

Facebook describes what it does before the elections in Africa:

In Nigeria, WhatsApp launched its "Share Facts, No Rumors" campaign to increase awareness of hoaxes. In addition, Facebook launched a new online security program for high school students in Nigerian secondary schools late last year. The 12-week workshop aims to help teenagers understand the basics of online safety and digital literacy, and addresses topics such as managing an online presence. Social media and sharing; public Wi-Fi security; Building healthy relationships online; Understanding the password security and privacy settings; and identifying misinformation online.

Elsewhere

Doctors call for caution in the use of screens and social media by children

British chief physicians warn young people not to spend too much time on the phone, reports Palko Karasz:

The University College London newspaper noted that prolonged use of social media can negatively affect sleep patterns, self-esteem, and body image, exposing young people to online harassment.

"We have shown that this is related to depressive symptoms," said Yvonne Kelly, professor of epidemiology and public health at University College, author of the study, on Thursday in a telephone interview.

Instagram investigates a disruption that leads to massive consequential damage

Massive Follower Loss … the three most terrible words in the English language.

Scammers use fake brands to steal high-quality Instagram accounts

Joseph Cox talks about the latest method fraudsters use to separate people from their Instagram accounts:

Scammers do this by creating fake companies and brands to convince Instagram that they should be the legitimate owner of a questionable username. Fraudsters use "trademarks" as known in the art to obtain wanted, valuable handles. Post and evidence of process obtained through motherboard. The scammers can then keep these handles as digital mementos, bragging about their purchases, or reselling them for profit in a thriving underground community.

The most generous US billionaires donated half of the charities in 2018

Mark Zuckerberg's personal donations fell from $ 200 million last year in 2017, according to Teddy Schleifer.

starts

Twitter is testing a pop-up mini-profile inside threads

Sure, why not.

Instagram tests direct messages for the web

Finally! This is great news for people like me who spend all day on a desktop computer.

A new dating app mixes HQ Trivia with Tinder

Do you ever feel that dating is not complicated enough and might benefit from a live game show? Quiz Date Live is here for you, reports Ashley Carman:

The creators of a new app believe that they know the key to dating success: a trivia-oriented gameshow, where the questions revolve around a bachelor. This is certainly a unique idea, although I can not imagine that it has a wide appeal. The game, called Quiz Date Live, is from a company called East Meets East, which has raised $ 4 million to finance their iOS show. The team plans to monetize similar to the mobile HQ game show, giving users the opportunity to earn extra lives. The game consists of two parts and the second part has three rounds. Try to stay with me while I explain.

takes

How hard is it to have a conversation on Twitter? Even the CEO can not do it that hard.

Kara Swisher invited Jack Dorsey to stop her on her podcast tour, and he countered by offering to tweet with her for an hour and a half. What followed was essentially unreadable, thanks to various peculiarities of the Twitter platform. I was rarely asked by so many former Twitter employees if I could even believe Jack had suggested this. (I can.) Here's Kurt Wagner:

Despite the public interview and a dedicated hashtag (#karajack) for the event, it was not long before the dozens of tweets between the two became confusing. They were not listed in the correct order, other users started complaining, and there was no way to properly track the conversation thread.

Swisher's questions on Twitter's complex abuse policies and the subsequent replies from Dorsey moved through my timeline along with the regular tech news and opinions I always look at. If you want to find a permanent thread of the chat, you will need to visit one of the sites of Kara or Jack and keep updating it. It was a difficult and confusing experience.

Google Workers has lost a leader, but the fight continues

Liz Fong-Jones, who has helped to use the art of annoying tweeting about your own employer without being fired for, is wondering if you left Google after eleven years:

The approaches I used during my time at Google to work for disadvantaged people, including women, people with color, and LGBT +, have become less effective, as employees in leadership roles are stonewalls associates who express concerns , Google needs to fundamentally change its approach in order to regain the trust of its employees and prevent catastrophic loss of long-term employees, especially disadvantaged groups.

Why Amazon feels so disappointed with the purchase of Eero

According to Dieter Bohn, Amazon's adoption of a home networking business is like another case in which the lack of competitive regulators pushes us into a world where it is impossible to live without the patronizing of four big companies:

We all feel trapped – or maybe trapped – in the different ecosystems we live in. Every day we use excellent products that are produced by huge companies, but increasingly just made by these companies. iPhone or Android, Chrome or Safari, Surface or Mac, Windows or Chrome OS and even Facebook or Twitter: all come in one way or another from one of the greats.

Eero was different. It was a small company that produced a great little product. Something simple, elegant and reliable. Would it have been too much to ask that it remains independent? Maybe, but we do not know Eero's financial situation. However, it's getting harder to find independent hardware startups that can scale to anything big without a big buy.

And finally …

I can not tweet for a week and it kills me

Brandy Jensen was suspended by Twitter for telling a joke, and he finds it hard not to be:

This is obviously an absurd situation. Much, much worse was said and is currently said on the hell side. But I'm not the first person that's happened, nor will I be the last. But this is my story and I recognize the irony of my situation: all I want to do is tweet how I can not tweet. I was fainted and dumb, only allowed to lurk beneath you, laughed at your jokes, but could not answer "lmao".

I hope that never happens to me!

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