Facebook: Users Toaster-Dumb, Don’t Know ‘The Onion’ Satire


From Forbes:

“Founded in 1988, The Onion is a parody news organization that publishes fake articles like “Busch Gardens Unveils New 9,600-Mile-Long Endurance Coaster” and “LensCrafters, Pearle Vision Agree To Prisoner Exchange.” The Onion’s websites hit around 11 million total unique visitors per month and a lot of the traffic is driven by Facebook. Many gullible Facebook users believe that the headlines for these articles are true so the social network company is testing out a ‘[Satire]’ tag in front of links to satirical content.

Facebook said that it is adding the [Satire] tags because of feedback that it received from users wanting a way to “distinguish satirical articles from others.””


Facebook Wrong In Emotions Study … Says Journal That OK’d Facebook Emotions Study?


From Wired.co.uk:

“”Verma also explains that while adhering to the US Department of Health and Human Services’ “Common Rule” (regarding informed consent and other best practice) is PNAS policy, Facebook was under no obligations to abide by the policy due to it being a private company. This is why, based on the information provided by the authors, PNAS “deemed it appropriate to publish the paper”.

“It is nevertheless a matter of concern that the collection of the data by Facebook may have involved practices that were not fully consistent with the principles of obtaining informed consent and allowing participants to opt out,” writes Verma.”


NBC Not Drinking Twitter’s Viewership Kool-Aid Yet






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From Recode:

“You know how Twitter is supposed to be TV’s friend?

Things look a little less congenial today.

That’s after a pointed article in the Financial Times, where a top NBC executive says that Twitter’s most important selling point to the TV industry — “We’ll deliver eyeballs to your shows” — hasn’t panned out.

That’s a red flag for Twitter, which has been trying to create a symbiosis with the TV Industrial Complex for years, and is selling that link to investors as well.

But there’s no there there, says NBCUniversal* research chief Alan Wurtzel.

He comes to that conclusion after looking at the effect of Twitter, as well as Facebook, on NBCU’s ratings during the Winter Olympics. Wurtzel saw lots of chatter about Sochi on social media, but none of that seemed to translate to increased viewership.”


Facebook’s ‘Newswire’ Targets Reporters


From Poynter:

“Very little of the content will come from other news organizations: Mostly it’s coming from newsmakers, witnesses to events or agencies involved in them. Storyful’s curation of the page means newsrooms have an “insurance policy,” Áine Kerr, Storyful’s managing editor, said in a phone call. Storyful verifies content posted on social-media platforms, a process the company’s former managing editor Markham Nolan detailed in a memorable TED talk. News Corp recently bought the Irish company, which has newsrooms in Dublin, New York and Hong Kong.”


A Facebook Friend in Need is a … Bot Indeed?

From New York Times:

“But today’s bots, to better camouflage their identity, have real-sounding names. They keep human hours, stopping activity during the middle of the night and picking up again in the morning. They share photos, laugh out loud — LOL! — and even engage in conversations with each other. And there are millions of them.

These imaginary citizens of the Internet have surprising power, making celebrities, wannabe celebrities and companies seem more popular than they really are, swaying public opinion about culture and products and, in some instances, influencing political agendas.(…)

There are a number of different ways to build bots. One of the most popular bot management tools is a program called Zeus, which sells for $700 and offers a simple dashboard from which you can control your bot army. (In addition to creating social media bots, the program is used for more nefarious purposes, like identity theft.) More advanced programmers build their own bot farms from scratch.

Bots often carry the hashtags — online road signs for a particular discussion — of viewpoints that their owners actually oppose, to try to confuse people or muffle or redirect discussions.

During the 2012 presidential elections in Mexico, the Institutional Revolutionary Party, or PRI, was accused of using tens of thousands of bots to drown out opposing parties’ messages on Twitter and Facebook. The PRI is to said have employed a little trickery, parsing and twisting language enough to confuse people about what the opposition really meant to say online. (…)”


Looking for new ways to not be able to sleep at night? Relax, Facebook’s got you covered.

From Endgadget:

“According to The Financial Times, the social network is “only weeks away” from receiving the necessary approval in Ireland to operate its own e-money service. If given the green light, the company could effectively become a financial institution like PayPal (at least in Europe), allowing it to store and send money between millions users all over the continent.”