MUMBAI/NEW DELHI (Reuters) - Two weeks after a suicide bombing in Kashmir in February killed 40 Indian policemen, a Facebook user called Avi Dandiya posted a live video in which he played a recording of a call purportedly involving India’s home minister, the president of the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and an unidentified woman. A crew member walks in front of a hoarding displaying the logo of BOOM, one of Facebook Inc's fact-checking partners in India, at a studio in Mumbai, India, March 12, 2019. Picture taken March 12, 2019. REUTERS/Francis Mascarenhas The trio could be heard talking about arousing nationalist sentiment ahead of India’s general election, with the BJP president allegedly saying in Hindi: “We agree that for election, we need a war”. Within 24 hours, one of Facebook Inc’s fact-checking partners in India, BOOM, exposed Dandiya’s video as fake. An analysis on BOOM’s website said the video was created by splicing … [Read more...] about Despite being exposed, fake news thrives on social media ahead of…
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In discussing my story last week on the secret lives of Facebook’s content moderators in America, interviewers often ask me about how the job can make workers more susceptible to conspiracy theories. In my interviews with workers at a content moderation site in Phoenix, I heard over and over again how the work environment was full of people who had come to believe the fringe views that they were reviewing. As one of them put it to me, regarding the aftermath of the Parkland shootings: “People really started to believe these posts they were supposed to be moderating,” she says. “They were saying, ‘Oh gosh, they weren’t really there. Look at this CNN video of David Hogg — he’s too old to be in school.’ People started Googling things instead of doing their jobs and looking into conspiracy theories about them. We were like, ‘Guys, no, this is the crazy stuff we’re supposed to be moderating. What are you doing?’” … [Read more...] about Why content moderators fall for conspiracy theories
The United Kingdom Parliament is still mad at Facebook. How much does it matter? We’ve known since last summer that the report of the Digital, Culture, Media and Sport select committee would excoriate Facebook over failures related to competition, data privacy, and foreign interference in elections, among other issues. Today, the final report arrived — and while the rhetoric is more pitched than ever, it remains unclear what any of it will come to. But let’s first take a look at that rhetoric, which went after Facebook and its CEO, Mark Zuckerberg, in unusually personal terms. From Natasha Lomas’ comprehensive article in TechCrunch: “Companies like Facebook should not be allowed to behave like ‘digital gangsters’ in the online world, considering themselves to be ahead of and beyond the law,” the DCMS committee writes, going on to urge the government to investigate whether Facebook specifically has been involved in any anti-competitive … [Read more...] about The UK’s blistering Facebook report has a good recommendation — for the UK
Alexa isn't just for scheduling, running your smart home and giving reminders. This gal is fun, too. Alexa's third-party skills make it the life of the party with parlor tricks, easter eggs and corny jokes. Plus, Alexa is loaded with party games that are challenging and surprisingly fun. Here are 25 of the best games you can play on your Alexa speaker.Editor's note: Originally published on Mar. 16, 2016, this article has been updated to include newer games and to reflect changes made to existing games.1. BingoBingo is a timeless classic. To play it with your Alexa speaker, say, "Alexa, open Bingo." Each number called by Alexa will be repeated and viewable from within the Alexa app. To advance to the next number, say "Next" or "Call the next number."When someone wins, say "Bingo!" and the game will end. Of course, to play Bingo, you will need number cards, which you can download for free from lovemyecho.com.2. Tic Tac ToeIf a standard game of Tic Tac Toe against a computer is … [Read more...] about 25 fun Alexa games to play for your next dinner party
Sections SEARCH Skip to content Skip to site index Technology Subscribe Log In Log In Today’s Paper Technology | Does Facebook Really Know How Many Fake Accounts It Has? Supported by The social network has disclosed an estimate for years, but a closer look raises lots of questions. ByJack Nicas Jan. 30, 2019 Facebook sells advertisers on its access to real people — 2.27 billion of them, a network that exceeds the populations of North America, South America and Africa combined. But do that many people really use Facebook? The answer lies partly in how many of the accounts are fake. The Silicon Valley company defines fake accounts as profiles that are either designed to break its rules, for example by spammers or scammers impersonating others, or that are miscla Yet the number of Facebook accounts that fit those descriptions is less clear. While the company discloses its estimates of fake accounts, its … [Read more...] about Does Facebook Really Know How Many Fake Accounts It Has?