THERE'S FAUX PAS, then there's abject stupidity. Facebook did the latter this week, when it accidentally asked its users what they thought about child grooming. Facebook ran a survey asking its users how they would handle grooming behaviour and content if they encountered it, the Guardian reports. "In thinking about an ideal world where you could set Facebook's policies, how would you handle the following: a private message in which an adult man asks a 14-year-old girl for sexual pictures," the survey question asked. It then presented options ranging from the declaring that such content shouldn't be allowed on the social media site, to noting one of approval and a nonchalance to spotting such content. Given child grooming is most certainly illegal, it seems disturbing that Facebook would have an option for a positive reaction to encountering such a situation. There was no option to notify the police or at least alert an admin, which one would expect, if not best practice in such … [Read more...] about Facebook faux pas asks users if grooming on social media is OK
A recurring complaint about social media is that it fosters “echo chambers,” where people are encouraged to consume only content that reflects views they already hold. These bubbles of positive affirmation have been blamed for the spread of fake news, and are the subject of serious concern for those who use social media regularly. But there’s some good news: If the data in one recent study is anything to go by, the average social media users might not be opposed to outside views, especially if they trust the source. Social media agency The Data Face put together an experiment wherein they’d test receptiveness to political content. They surveyed a total of 1,400 people of various ages, with a mix of self-identified liberals, conservatives, and moderates. Each person would be shown 8 videos — 3 from liberal sources, 3 from conservative sources, and 2 which were non-political in nature (kittens, for example). In order to best simulate the experience of social … [Read more...] about Study shows social media users want to leave their echo chambers
Chinese social media network WeChat, which is used for everything from chatting with friends to booking travel and making payments, has reached 1 billion user accounts globally, reports the Financial Times. The sheer number of accounts demonstrates the app’s dominance, though it’s important to note that user accounts means the number of accounts, not individual people. Users can register for more than one account and may open an account for work and one for private use, for instance. WeChat user accounts grew 15.8 percent annually, Tencent, the company which owns WeChat, reported in September. As we’ve previously reported, WeChat has 902 million daily users, and about 38 billion messages are sent every day on the platform. The FT cites an analyst who said most of the growth in accounts comes from Southeast Asia, Europe, and the US. Many Chinese people living abroad also use the app to keep in touch with friends and relatives back home. WeChat is a dominant app in … [Read more...] about Chinese social media platform WeChat reaches 1 billion accounts worldwide
Ever since it's inception in 2005, Facebook has set a worldwide phenomenon by inventing the 'social media' term. The latter is responsible for revolutionizing the way we communicate and is being used by everyone – from kids to multi-billion businesses. Having such a role in our lives, it should come as no surprise some concerns have emerged regarding the addiction rate of such a service and how hard it is to live without any social media interactions. Well, the majority still thinks it's not hard, but there is some worrying data, too.According to a research by Pew Research Center, 59% of surveyed social media users say it is not that hard to live without it. People said they could leave social media anytime and nothing would stop them. The age demographic research shows people who are 55+ old are most likely to live without social media, as voted by 66%. On the other hand, 40% of surveyed admit they can't give up social media by any means. You also wouldn't be surprised … [Read more...] about How hard is it to give up on social media?
posted on 3 days ago, 09:39 0 1. RebelwithoutaClue (Posts: 4145; Member since: 05 Apr 2013) Is Whatsapp considered social media as well? posted on 3 days ago, 10:53 0 8. Vega007 (Posts: 14; Member since: 18 May 2017) No, that's a messaging platform. posted on 3 days ago, 11:18 4 13. RebelwithoutaClue (Posts: 4145; Member since: 05 Apr 2013) I was surprised to see it in a chart in this article. But in that case, not hard to give up on social media. I am hardly on it. posted on 3 days ago, 09:45 11 2. Cat97 (Posts: 769; Member since: 02 Mar 2017) Social media is the greatest plague of our times, especially for young people who are ruining their education due to social media addiction. Soon there will be an entire generation of dumb, poorly-educated people. The society will slowly learn to deal with this, the human brain will even more slowly evolve to be able to deal with this, but for for the moment social media is nothing less than a very addictive drug … [Read more...] about Comments for : How hard is it to give up on social media?