Facebooks and social medias fight against fake news may get tougher

first_img 7 Tags Facebook users are shifting toward ephemeral “Stories” and messaging. Getty Images Facebook isn’t the same social network it used to be. A decade ago, status updates had to include the word “is.” Catching up with friends meant writing on their Facebook digital walls. Today’s social media couldn’t be more different. Users are sharing moments of their lives in vertical videos and photos that vanish in 24 hours through a feature called “Stories.” We’ve become aware of the network’s dark side, with data privacy violations and the spread of misinformation and hate speech. Messaging apps are all the rage. And Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg says he thinks people will share more information on Stories — a feature it copied from its rival Snapchat — than on news feeds. “The concept [of social media] is part of the fabric of human life at this point,” said Debra Aho Williamson, an analyst for eMarketer who’s researched social media for nearly 15 years. “But how we share and what we share will definitely morph and change.”The shift toward ephemeral content and messaging could fundamentally alter how we use Facebook and other social media, while also making it harder to combat misinformation, election interference and hate speech, some experts say. After all, it’s hard for companies to crack down when they can’t see what’s being shared in encrypted messages, or when photos and videos disappear after 24 hours. And while Facebook and others are investing in AI to spot and remove messages that violate their online rules, they still face a tough road ahead.”The companies are getting smarter at using artificial intelligence to identify egregious hate speech or extreme content, but the technology is far from perfect, meaning users getting frustrated when there are false positives,” said Claire Wardle, the executive director of First Draft, a nonprofit aimed at tackling misinformation. “All in all, these shifts present a number of challenges for a number of different technology companies.”The rise of Stories and messagingFacebook-owned Instagram introduced Stories two years ago before Facebook added the Snapchat-like feature to WhatsApp, Messenger and its main social network.Facebook now expects ephemeral content and messaging to play much bigger roles in its future, Zuckerberg said in October during the company’s third-quarter earnings call.Instagram applicationFacebook-owned Instagram introduced ephemeral Stories in 2016 and the feature continues to grow in popularity. Getty Images Instagram Stories hit 400 million daily active users in June, up 60 percent from the same month last year. WhatsApp’s version of Stories, called Status, hit 450 million daily active users in May, up 80 percent from July 2017. Facebook and Messenger Stories have 300 million daily active users. Facebook has shared user numbers for Stories at different times throughout the year. Zuckerberg also said in October that he thought other social media sites, including Twitter, Pinterest and LinkedIn, would introduce their own versions of Stories.There are various reasons why Stories and messaging are becoming more popular. “People feel more comfortable being themselves when they know their content will only be seen by a smaller group and when their content won’t stick around forever,” Zuckerberg told analysts in October. A November report by eMarketer called out two other reasons: People are sharing more videos and photos instead of text. And they want to broadcast more intimate moments to a smaller audience.Social media’s dark side may also be fueling the shift, said Wardle, citing “a chilling effect caused by increased levels of harassment online.” Facebook and Instagram didn’t respond to a request for comment.Misinformation on messaging appsThe spread of false news on messaging apps, including WhatsApp, is already posing challenges for fact-checkers. WhatsApp was “flooded by falsehoods and conspiracy theories” during Brazil’s runoff presidential election in October between Jair Bolsonaro and Fernando Haddad, Reuters reported. INDIA-INTERNET-FACEBOOK-WHATSAPPAn Indian newspaper runs a full-page ad from WhatsApp intended to counter fake information. Getty Images Some of the misinformation was spread in WhatsApp chat groups that allow up to 256 people to join.”Such chat groups are much harder to monitor than the Facebook news feed or Google’s search results,” Cristina Tardáguila, director of the fact-checking platform Agência Lupa, co-wrote in an op-ed published in The New York Times. Agência Lupa, the Federal University of Minas Gerais, and the University of São Paulo studied more than 100,000 political images that circulated in 347 WhatsApp groups that were open to the public. They found that more than half of the most-shared images contained misleading information.The consequences of failing to stop misinformation can be literally fatal.In India, false rumors of child abductions went viral on WhatsApp, causing mobs to murder at least two dozen innocent people, The New York Times reported in July. When asked how WhatsApp is combating misinformation, a spokesperson pointed to a blog post outlining WhatsApp’s efforts. These included labeling and limiting the reach of forwarded messages; running full-page newspaper ads in English, Hindi and other languages with tips for spotting fake news; removing spam accounts; and working with governments.Tracking ephemeral contentTik Tok Application: IllustrationWhat will the future of social media hold? Getty Images Some researchers fear they’ll have a harder time studying the spread of misinformation as ephemeral content becomes more prevalent, since it won’t be “online long enough to be flagged, deranked or removed,” Wardle said. Filippo Menczer, a professor of informatics and computer science at Indiana University who’s studied how automated Twitter accounts spread misinformation, said that because of the lack of available data, it’s hard to tell if fake news is being spread through ephemeral content. “Even the platforms themselves don’t want to look inside that data because they’re making promises to their customers that it’s private,” Menczer said. “By the time someone realizes that there’s some terrible misinformation that’s causing a genocide, it may be too late.”Snapchat, which started the whole ephemeral content craze, appears to have kept itself mostly free of fake news and election meddling. The company separates news in a public section called Discover. Snapchat’s editors vet and curate what shows up in that section, making it difficult for misinformation to go viral on the platform. Instagram, on the other hand, is being considered a “key battleground” for fighting Russian troll propaganda. Russia’s Internet Research Agency used Instagram to sow discord among Americans during the 2016 election and garnered more engagement there than it did on Facebook, researchers at the cybersecurity firm New Knowledge found. As Facebook pushes more people to post ephemeral content in Stories, the uphill battle against false news could get even harder. Taking It to Extremes: Mix insane situations — erupting volcanoes, nuclear meltdowns, 30-foot waves — with everyday tech. Here’s what happens.Fight the Power: Take a look at who’s transforming the way we think about energy.  Share your voice Comments Mark Zuckerberg Facebook Snapchat Twitter Internet Services Tech Industrylast_img read more

WhatsApp boots 2M accounts a month to fight misinformation

first_img Tags Now playing: Watch this: 0 Post a comment WhatsApp is working on machine learning systems that can find and flag accounts with questionable activity, like sending bulk messages or creating multiple accounts for the sake of disseminating dubious content. Of the 2 million accounts banned, 75 percent were handled without a recent user report, according to WhatsApp.In January, WhatsApp put a limit on how many times a message could be forwarded in order to curb the spread of misinformation. The company, which has more than a billion daily users, began testing the message limit in India following a spate of mob violence and lynchings in that country blamed on misinformation spread on the social network. Meanwhile, Facebook deleted 583 million fake accounts within the first three months of 2018.  First published Feb. 6, 2019, 8:41 a.m. PT.Update, 9:58 a.m. PT: Adds comment and information from WhatsApp. 2:40 Facebook WhatsApp 11 WhatsApp features you might not know WhatsApp is trying to curb bulk messaging and fake accounts. SOPA Images/Getty Ahead of India’s national elections later this year, WhatsApp is trying to wrangle bulk messaging and fake accounts. Over the last three months, the Facebook-owned messaging has banned more than 2 million accounts each month for bulk or automated behavior. WhatsApp released a white paper on Wednesday detailing its efforts to curb this type of abuse, which can be used to distribute click-bait links or spread political misinformation to large groups of people.”WhatsApp was built for private conversations among close friends and we are constantly working to maintain the private nature of our service,” said a spokesperson in an emailed statement. “Today, we’re sharing more about how our advanced machine learning systems prevent automated behavior and bulk messaging to help keep WhatsApp safe.”VentureBeat, which attended a press briefing in New Delhi, earlier reported on WhatApps efforts. Mobile Share your voicelast_img read more

John Wick Chapter 3 Parabellum review Keanu takes a bite of glorious

first_imgWhen sharp-suited superassassin John Wick dives back into the intricately designed cloak-and-dagger universe established in the game-changing 2015 original and the 2017 sequel, it’s bad news for just about anyone he meets. But it’s great news for us.Released (or should that be unleashed?) around the world this week and killing it at the box office, John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum is barking mad. And not just because there are even more dogs thrown into the mix. The series started with soulful murderer Wick grieving his dead pet, and it’s a sign of how the series has just gotten bigger, badder and madder that Chapter 3 — Parabellum throws a squad of attack dogs into the ring.John Wick 3 picks up moments after the end of the second movie, with Keanu Reeves’ hit man on the run from his shadowy masters. The series formula of stylish, visceral, relentlessly jaw-dropping action is firmly established by now, and this threequel wastes little time in getting into the thick of it. Parabellum moves at breakneck speed as Wick escapes his pursuers. From here, Wick rushes from one violent confrontation to the next, slowing down only to get doses of exposition from allies played by series newcomers Anjelica Huston and Jerome Flynn (Bronn from Game of Thrones). Laurence Fishburne, Ian McShane and Lance Reddick reprise their roles. These heavyweight actors bring gravitas and add depth to the ludicrous lore, chewing plenty of scenery as they steer Wick to the next action sequence. Reeves is almost monosyllabic throughout, obviously, but says just enough to make you care about his character (and his dog, of course) as he’s presented with choices that up the stakes at every turn. Parabellum twists and turns dizzyingly as characters’ alliances shift, so things never get too comfortable as the action unfolds with breakneck momentum.Come ready to lean into John Wick: Chapter 3’s silly drama and you’ll have a blast during this riotous celebration of action cinema.Good dog.For more on John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum, check out our sister site GameSpot’s review too. 77 Photos Originally published May 10.  It’s a pretty straightforward formula, but let’s be honest: You come to a movie like this for intense action, and John Wick 3 doesn’t disappoint. An early scene sees Wick making human pin cushions out of some goons, and that’s just the start of countless darkly satisfying moments.Then there are those homicidal hounds. We jump from one ambitious set piece to another, widening the scope of Wick’s World from New York to a stunningly realized Casablanca, where Halle Berry proves her action chops in some of the movie’s best sequences. Watch out for those dogs! Sadly, Berry doesn’t stick around long enough.Halle Berry is man’s best friend. Niko Tavernise It’s a series trademark that the action is always clearly visible. The kinetic camera work carries us smoothly along for the ride, full of audacious uninterrupted shots showing off the athleticism of Reeves and the stuntmen who charge at him to be dispatched in assorted entertaining ways. The climactic battle has some pretty magnificent buildup with an excellent shootout, but the final hand-to-hand fight outstays its welcome a little. You’ll laugh and cringe at the shocking violence, but may find yourself feeling a bit numb by the time it’s over.john-wick-3-parabellum-keanu-reeves-halle-berry-1Yeah, we’re thinking he’s back. Niko Tavernise Luckily, the series’ world and backstory is as fascinating as ever. Wick’s order of assassins has a violent code of honor that’s enforced with plenty of dark humor, dressed up in evocative, rich, quasireligious language. And this movie takes the time to develop its new villains. Mark Dacascos really shines as Wick’s charismatic nemesis, building up the sense of an immediate physical threat, while Asia Kate Dillon’s ice-cold bureaucrat hints at a larger enemy behind the scenes. Tags Movie reviews 2019 sci-fi and geeky movies to freak out about Share your voice 1 2019 movies to geek out over Now playing: Watch this: TV and Movies Culture Comment 2:15last_img read more

Apple introduces iPadOS giving iPads their own operating system

first_img Apple introduces iPad OS Comments Tags See All In the past, the company used its iOS mobile operating system to power both the iPhone and iPad, which sometimes required compromises. Now, the iPhone will move to iOS 13, also announced today, while the iPad will get its own operating system, allowing it to more fully inhabit its nature as a tablet.  46 Photos Jun 14 • Apple Music vs. Apple Podcast vs. Apple TV: What’s the difference? Amazon See It The event comes as software and services are taking on even greater importance for Apple. The company still sells millions of iPhones every quarter, but sales aren’t soaring like they used to. People are holding onto their devices for longer, which makes it important to give them services that get them paying monthly. Apple has made augmented reality, mobile payments, streaming music and other areas itno key focuses over the past couple of years.Read more: 6 new uses for your old iPadThe company last week said it has 20 million developers in its Apple developer Program, and it’s made more than $120 billion selling digital goods and services in App Store apps. Apple also touted the creation of over 1.5 million jobs in the US and over 1.57 million across Europe.See all of today’s Apple news.CNET’s Shara Tibken contributed to this story. Share your voice Now playing: Watch this: WWDC 2019 Apple Event iPhone Update See it WWDC 2019: A quick visual recap of Apple’s Worldwide Developers Conference keynote WWDC 2019 Apple $249 Best Buy $249 See also 14 CNET may get a commission from retail offers. See It Apple iPad To that end, iPadOS includes a new Home screen layout, enhanced multitasking features and new user interface gestures for cutting, copying, pasting and undoing actions. In addition to a number of new features that are also coming to iOS, including a system-wide dark mode and a new floating keyboard, iPadOS gives the company’s tablets a few exclusives: expanded Apple Pencil functionality, improved file management and a new version of Safari that will make for a more desktoplike Internet browsing experience. Prior to the start of today’s keynote, the company appeared to scoop itself, revealing the existence of iPadOS on its developer portal.Read more: Current-generation iPad 9.7 drops to $240WWDC is where Apple details its newest software and services that will arrive on devices later in the year. The company may be best known for its hardware, but the seamless integration of its hardware with its software is what sets Apple apart from rivals. Apple’s ability to control every aspect of its products — something that began when Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak founded Apple in 1976 — has been key in making it the most powerful company in tech. Jun 30 • iOS 13 and iPadOS public betas: How to download and install them now Apple iOS 13: New Siri voice, camera tools, Dark Mode for iPhone New Mac Pro makes its debut, starts at $5,999 Apple gives the iPad its own OS Returning to Apple’s WWDC after 20 years, now with 5 OSes instead of 1 Get all the latest from WWDC • Jul 5 • RIP, iTunes. This is what happens to your Apple music now $329 $249 Aug 19 • iOS 13 and iPadOS: How to join the beta, use the best new features on your iPhone and iPad Tablets Operating Systems reading • iPadOS gives Apple’s tablets their own operating system 4:58 See It Mentioned Above Apple iPad 2018 (space gray, 32GB) Review • Apple iPad 2018 review: The iPad for everyone CNET Apple has introduced iPadOS — a dedicated operating system for the iPad that brings a host of new capabilities to its tablet. Announced Monday at the company’s Worldwide Developers Conference, iPadOS strengthens the iPad’s productivity capabilities and nudges it closer to fulfilling its potential as a full-fledged laptop replacement. Apple will release the new operating system this fall as a free software update for the iPad Air 2 and iPad Mini (released earlier this year), all the iPad Pros, the 2017 iPad, the 2018 iPad and the iPad Mini 4.  iOS 13 iOS 12 iPadOS Applelast_img read more

Facebook Our terms of service are less confusing now Really

first_img $6 at Tidal 1:39 Review • iPhone XS review, updated: A few luxury upgrades over the XR The Cheapskate Tags What’s cooler: A snapshot of a firework exploding in front of you, or full 360-degree video of all the fireworks and all the reactions to seeing them? Oooh, ahhh, indeed. At $250, the compact Rylo dual-lens camera is selling for its lowest price yet. And for an extra $50, you can get the bundle that includes the waterproof housing.This deal runs through Sept. 3; it usually costs $500. The problem with most entry-level laptops: They come with mechanical hard drives. That makes for a mighty slow Windows experience. This Lenovo model features a 128GB solid-state drive, so it should be pretty quick to boot and load software, even with its basic processor. Plus, it has a DVD-burner! That’s not something you see in many modern laptops, especially at this price. Sarah Tew/CNET Rylo 5.8K 360 Video Camera: $250 (save $250) See at Turo Tags Smart displays let Amazon, Facebook, Google show you answers to your questions Preview • iPhone XS is the new $1,000 iPhone X See It Apple AirPods with Wireless Charging Case: $155 (save $45) Best Buy Tidal 3-month family subscription: $5.99 (save $54) Spotify and most other streaming services rely on compressed audio, which robs the listener of full fidelity. Enter Tidal, the only “major” service that delivers lossless audio — meaning at least on par with CD quality, if not better. Want to see (er, hear) the difference for yourself? Grab this excellent extended trial while you can. It’s just $6 for three months, and it’s good for up to six listeners. Now playing: Watch this: The updated terms go into effect on July 31. Facebook said users can preview the changes by visiting its Terms of Service page.Earlier this month, Twitter made a similar move. The social media platform streamlined its rules with simple, clear language and cut its rules from 2,500 total words to under 600. 14 Photos $999 Rylo Read Lenovo Smart Clock review Turo is kind of like Uber meets Airbnb: You borrow someone’s car, but you do all the driving. I’ve used it many times and found it a great alternative to traditional car-rental services — in part because you get to choose exactly the vehicle you want (not just, say, “midsize”) and in part because you can often do pickup and dropoff right outside baggage claim.Between now and Sept. 1, the first 300 people to check out can get $30 off any Turo rental with promo code LDW30. DJI’s answer to GoPro’s action cameras is rugged little model that’s shockproof, dustproof and waterproof down to 11 meters. It normally runs $350, but this deal drops it to $261 when you apply promo code 19LABOR10 at checkout. Use promo code 19LABOR10 to get an unusually good deal on JBL’s interesting hybrid product — not quite headphones, and not quite a traditional speaker, but something you wear like neckphones to listen to music on the go. $261 at Daily Steals via Google Express $299 at Amazon Mobile $210 at Best Buy $59 at eBay Sarah Tew/CNET JBL Soundgear wearable speaker: $90 (save $160) DJI Osmo Action camera: $261 (save $89) Sprint See It Read Google Home Hub review Sarah Tew/CNET I thought this might be a mistake, but, no, the weirdly named HP Laptop 15t Value is indeed quite the value at this price. Specs include an Intel Core i7 processor, 12GB of RAM, a 256GB solid-state drive and a 15.6-inch display. However, I strongly recommend paying an extra $50 to upgrade that display to FHD (1,920×1,080), because you’re not likely to be happy with the native 1,366×768 resolution. Lenovo 130-15AST 15.6-inch laptop: $210 (save $90) Boost Mobile $999center_img Though not technically a Labor Day sale, it’s happening during Labor Day sale season — and it’s too good not to share. Nationwide Distributors, via Google Express, has just about the best AirPods deal we’ve seen (when you apply promo code ZBEDWZ at checkout). This is for the second-gen AirPods with the wireless charging case. Can’t imagine these will last long at this price, so if you’re interested, act fast. HP Laptop 15t Value: $520 (save $780) 7 $520 at HP Apple iPhone XS An Echo Dot makes a fine match for any Fire edition TV, because you can use the latter to say things like, “Alexa, turn on the TV.” Right now, the 24-inch Insignia Fire TV Edition starts at just $100, while the 32-inch Toshiba Fire TV Editions is on sale for $130. Just add any Fire TV Edition to your cart, then add a third-gen Echo Dot, and presto: The latter is free. Angela Lang/CNET Other Labor Day sales you should check out Best Buy: In addition to some pretty solid MacBook deals that have been running for about a week already, Best Buy is offering up to 40% off major appliances like washers, dryers and stoves. There are also gift cards available with the purchase of select appliances. See it at Best BuyDell: Through Aug. 28, Dell is offering an extra 12% off various laptops, desktops and electronics. And check back starting Aug. 29 for a big batch of Labor Day doorbusters. See it at DellGlassesUSA: Aug. 29 – Sept. 3 only, you can save 65% on all frames with promo code labor65. See it at GlassesUSALenovo: The tech company is offering a large assortment of deals and doorbusters through Labor Day, with the promise of up to 56% off certain items — including, at this writing, the IdeaPad 730S laptop for $700 (save $300).See it at LenovoLensabl: Want to keep the frames you already love and paid for? Lensabl lets you mail them in for new lenses, based on your prescription. From now through Sept. 2 only, you can save 20% on the blue light-blocking lens option with promo code BLOCKBLUE. See it at LensablSears: Between now and Sept. 7, you can save up to 40% on appliances (plus an additional 10% if you shop online), up to 60% on mattresses, up to 50% on Craftsman products and more. The store is also offering some fairly hefty cashback bonuses. See it at SearsNote: This post was published previously and is continuously updated with new information.CNET’s Cheapskate scours the web for great deals on tech products and much more. For the latest deals and updates, follow the Cheapskate on Facebook and Twitter. Questions about the Cheapskate blog? Find the answers on our FAQ page, and find more great buys on the CNET Deals page. Read DJI Osmo Action preview Comments 0 Lenovo Smart Clock: $59.99 (save $20) Turo: Save $30 on any car rental Turo Recently updated to include digital-photo-frame capabilities, the Lenovo Smart Clock brings Google Assistant goodness to your nightstand. It’s a little smaller than the Amazon Echo Show 5, but also a full $30 less (and tied with Prime Day pricing) during this Best Buy Labor Day sale. $60 at Best Buy $155 at Google Express Sarah Tew/CNET Is Facebook spying on you? See at Amazon Read the AirPods review Facebook is trying to clear up a few things. James Martin/CNET Facebook says it wants to give people “clear, simple explanations” about how its business works and how it uses your personal information. In a blog post on Thursday, Facebook outlined updates to its terms of service intended to clarify how the company makes money and to explain users’ rights on the site. The social network said it’s adding more information to its terms of service on how it makes money — including an explanation that points out it doesn’t charge for its products because it sells ads — and what happens when it removes content that violates its policies. Facebook is also updating its terms around intellectual property rights and what happens when you delete content from the social network. Mind you, Facebook said it’s not actually changing any of its policies, just trying to explain them more clearly. Share your voice Post a comment Read the Rylo camera preview $999 Share your voice $90 at Daily Steals via Google Express See It CNET may get a commission from retail offers. $999 Facebook,I’m shocked — shocked! — to learn that stores are turning Labor Day into an excuse to sell stuff. Wait — no, I’m not. As much as I respect the original intent of the holiday (which became official back in 1894), to most of us, it’s just a bonus day off — one that’s blissfully tacked onto a weekend. So, yeah, stores; go ahead, run your sales. I’m listening. Perhaps unsurprisingly, Labor Day doesn’t bring out bargains to compete with the likes of Black Friday (which will be here before you know it), but there are definitely some sales worth your time.For example:We’ve rounded up the best Labor Day mattress deals.We’ve also gathered the best Labor Day laptop deals at Best Buy.The 2019 Vizio P Series Quantum is back under $999.Be sure to check out Amazon’s roughly three dozen Labor Day deals on TVs and audio. Google Express is having a big sale as well, one that includes deals on game consoles, AirPods, iPhones, laptops and more.Below I’ve rounded up a handful of individual items I consider to be the cream of the crop, followed by a handy reference guide to other Labor Day sales. Keep in mind, of course, that products may sell out at any time, even if the sale itself is still running. Note that CNET may get a share of revenue from the sale of the products featured on this page. Best laptops for college students: We’ve got an affordable laptop for every student. Best live TV streaming services: Ditch your cable company but keep the live channels and DVR. Google Nest Hub: $59 (save $70) Formerly known as the Google Home Hub, Google’s Nest Hub packs a wealth of Google Assistant goodness into a 7-inch screen. At $59, this is within a buck of the best price we’ve seen. It lists for $129 and sells elsewhere in the $89-to-$99 range.This is one item of many available as part of eBay’s Labor Day Sale (which, at this writing, doesn’t specifically mention Labor Day, but that’s how it was pitched to us). 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