Facebook’s CEO has left many Pakistanis wondering how the social media site could influence the country’s upcoming general elections — what kind of data could be accessed, exploited and by whom. During his two-day congressional hearing on an information breach by data-mining firm Cambridge Analytica, which was affiliated with US President Donald Trump’s presidential campaign, Mark Zuckerberg said that fake accounts on Facebook could have an impact on Pakistan’s elections. The 33-year-old Internet mogul said he feared bogus accounts “may disturb the transparency of the electoral process in the country”. While talking to Dawn, a social media activist claimed that there was nothing new or shocking in the Facebook CEO’s statements. “The US is years behind us. We have a much more sophisticated pattern. He’s whitewashed everything with big words — basically this is all about trolling,” he … [Read more...] about Will Facebook’s attempts to block misinformation ensure election transparency in Pakistan?
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Tech & Science Facebook stress Facebook users looking for an excuse to delete their account—beyond the recent and sizable data breach the company was involved in—may just have gotten one. A study out of the University of Queensland in Australia, published in The Journal of Social Psychology, found that taking a break from Facebook, even if it’s for less than a week, can actually lower the levels of the stress hormone cortisol in a person’s body. There is, however, a catch. While those participants in the study saw physically lower levels of the stress hormone, they also reported feeling lower levels of “well-being,” according to a release from the university. Participants also reported looking forward to using the social media platform again, the release said. The study’s lead author, Eric Vanman, said if the participants were aware that they were experiencing lower levels of cortisol, they might not feel as stressed … [Read more...] about Deleting Facebook Could Lower Stress Hormone Levels, Study Finds
It was the summer of 2012 when I made a seemingly innocent decision that would have a greater impact on my life than I ever anticipated. After returning from a trip to the Caribbean in which I thoroughly enjoyed being “disconnected,” I chose to deactivate my Facebook account. I had maintained a daily presence on the social network since joining in 2005, but after seven years the site barely resembled what I had signed up for. Simply put, I was no longer interested in participating (or so I thought). In 2012 I wrote an article about leaving the platform. There was no single “event” that prompted my decision to say goodbye. Instead, it was multiple nagging factors that sent me packing. Ironically enough, it’s been the accumulation of several small things in subsequent years that has me questioning whether or not abandoning the social network was the brilliant idea I once thought it was. But first let me step back and reflect on how Facebook has evolved. … [Read more...] about Five Years Without Facebook
It seems to us that Facebook has a problem with branding. The company has notably been terrible about naming products, often giving products names that no one will want to remember, and the latest in that line is Graph Search. The Graph Search feature that Facebook just announced isn't a Google competitor, it feels more like Facebook misunderstanding its own product, and admitting a failure for users to discover content in Facebook's now very dense UI. We say that Facebook may be misunderstanding Graph Search, because, while it looks like a product that fills a big need in Facebook, it is more a feature repackaging than a new product, and it fails to bring together some Facebook features that haven't gotten the traction they could have.We know that this piece will come off as critical, but we want to be clear: there looks to be a lot of value in the Graph Search, it just feels like Facebook is packaging it for users in the wrong way. It looks like a product that’s disconnected, … [Read more...] about Facebook’s Graph Search isn’t a Google competitor for users, it’s for advertisers
These days, it seems Silicon Valley is all about multimillion (billion) dollar social apps. WhatsApp's mind-boggling $19 billion acquisition from Facebook is already old news. Just today, another member of the club - Tango, raised a whopping $280 million from investors, including China's e-commerce giant Alibaba. And last week, the anonymous messaging app Secret, which quickly degraded into an outlet for all the hateful things we tell behind people's backs, racked up $8.6 million. It's understandable why everyone wants to be the next Facebook, and we have nothing but respect for all the small teams that are getting gloriously rewarded for their hard work. But frankly, we've had enough of social networking. At this point, we've got an over-abundance of apps for photo messaging, private messaging, secret messaging, self-destruct messaging, naked messaging, crypto-messaging, drunken messaging, micro-messaging, and all kinds of virtual clamor. We would like to see someone become successful … [Read more...] about Cloak is the anti-social, people-disconnecting iOS app that the Silicon Valley needs