Facebook wants users to define ‘objectionable’ content

New York: After facing criticism for its censorship policies, Facebook now wants to empower its users to define what is “objectionable.” In this way the social networking major is eventually empowering them to decide how much nudity and violence they are comfortable seeing, CEO Mark Zuckerberg said in a post. These policies help a user understand what type of sharing is allowed on Facebook and what type of content may be reported to the social media giant and removed. “The idea is to give everyone in the community options for…

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Zuckerberg: My Facebook manifesto to re-boot globalisation

Mark Zuckerberg has revealed deep-seated concerns that the tide is turning against globalisation. In an interview with the BBC, the Facebook founder said that fake news, polarised views and “filter bubbles” were damaging “common understanding”. He said people had been left behind by global growth, sparking demands to “withdraw” from the “connected world”. In a call to action, he said people must not “sit around and be upset”, but act to build “social infrastructures”. “When I started Facebook, the mission of connecting the world was not controversial,” he told me….

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Mark Zuckerberg is worried about sensationalism in news. But Facebook could do more to help.

Until recently, Mark Zuckerberg liked to think of Facebook as a basically innocuous social utility. But that view has taken a beating in recent months, as news shared on Facebook had a huge — and, critics say, pernicious — effect on the presidential election. In an open letter released on Thursday, Zuckerberg grapples with the implications of Facebook’s growing power. “For the past decade, Facebook has focused on connecting friends and families,” he writes. “With that foundation, our next focus will be developing the social infrastructure for community.” Many of…

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God Banned By Facebook For Wanting Healthcare and Education

Two days after suggesting that the United States reallocate portions of its military budget towards healthcare and education, God instantly felt the wrath of Facebook in the form of a 30-day ban. The message, which asked Americans to “stop making your military so damn huge and give people medicine,” may not have been written by an actual god, but it was posted on the (verified) Facebook page, God. With over 3 million fans, the page is known for its viral, funny, and progressive posts. While the page often incites rage from…

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Facebook fake news row: Mark Zuckerberg is a politician now

I’ve long suspected that Mark Zuckerberg, who often refers to himself as the “leader” of Facebook, has dreams of high office. This week, a taster of what that might be like has been knocking at his door in the wake of the US election result. While Donald Trump’s visit to the White House was an apparently sobering experience about the level of responsibility he’d soon inherit, Zuckerberg has had a brutal political awakening of his own. Facebook’s “fake news” crisis has had the normally stoic 32-year-old visibly irritated, and that’s…

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Facebook, Twitter boosts recall of past events, reveals study

Posting personal experiences on social networking sites such as Facebook and Twitter could make those events much easier to recall, the first study to look at social media’s effect on memory suggests. “If people want to remember personal experiences, the best way is to put them online,” said lead author of the study Qi Wang, professor at Cornell University in the US. “Social media – blogs, Facebook, Twitter, and others alike – provide an important outlet for us to recall memories, in the public space, and share with other people,” said Wang. Memory researchers have…

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In India, only one in four Facebook users is a woman

While women tend to outnumber men in social media platforms the world over, they constitute just 24 per cent of total Facebook users in India, according to a new report. “On average, women account for 38 per cent of Facebook’s users around APAC (Asia pacific) — a figure that is already lower than it should be — but in India, women account for just 24 per cent of the country’s users,” said the report by Britain-based consultancy We Are Social. “In Bangladesh that figure is just 23 per cent, and…

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