Facebook News Tab Aims to ‘Strengthen Democracy’ 

Facebook News Tab Aims to ‘Strengthen Democracy’ 

“What could go wrong?” is exactly the right question one would ask over the feature Facebook announced. Facebook has been facing criticism not only recently over enabling filter bubbles and fueling extremist echo chambers. “Strengthen Democracy” is a clear attempt to whitewash from accusations to actually hurt the same. Digital Trends has more details.

Facebook News Tab

Facebook is launching a dedicated news tab amid growing criticism for the social network. Facebook News uses articles from a list of publishers meeting a set of standards and includes a section curated by journalists. But is that enough for a platform criticized for fake news?

Source: Digital Trends

Social Media Suchtmechanismen

Dass Likes und Shares und Herzchen eine Belohnung für das Unterbewusst darstellen hat man mittlerweile schon häufiger gehört. Man kann sogar lernen, wie man Produkte designen kann, um solches Verhalten zu triggern. Im Ergebnis davon steigern Produkt-Owner die Metrik “Customer Engagement” um den Preis, dass Jugendliche wie Abhängige vor Ihren Mobiltelefonen hängen um mehr Herzchen oder Schlumpfbeeren zu bekommen.

Arte strahlt gerade eine Miniserie darüber aus, wie diese Silicon Valley Apps süchtig machendes Verhalten für Ihre Zwecke nutzen und zufällige, kleine Belohnungen an Ihre Benutzer ausgeben. Die Serie nennt sich Dopamin, und ist damit nach dem Hormon benannt, das dafür sorgt, dass wir immer mehr wollen. Die 8 Folgen widmen sich 8 verschiedenen Apps und sind jeweils 8 Minuten lang:

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What Gizmodo ‘Knows’ About Facebook

What Gizmodo ‘Knows’ About Facebook, they published past Friday along with evidence over allegedly suppressed news coverage of Mark Zuckerberg

This Friday, Gizmodo accused Facebook of suppressing stories they published on their platform. The evidence is based on staff observations, including Family and Friends. All together, the allegations don’t appear to be very reliable, yet imaginable. Facebook acts weird all too often, and in this case Gizmodo claims the case was about news over Mark Zuckerberg, the companies CEO.

Mark Zuckerberg

On Friday, Gizmodo uncovered shocking new evidence that Facebook is using its platform to suppress stories about CEO Mark Zuckerberg… or maybe his janky, busted-ass website is just bugging out again for no reason. It’s hard to say, really. That’s sort of the problem.

Gizmodo, Friday Oct. 4, 2019

Unrelated to these new findings, Facebook has plenty of other issues, that should make them a company not to work with. The incident, and the pure possibility such a case of influence is possible, is another indicator to why society develops fear over Big Tech. The answer once more may be another call to #deleteFacebook, however, as long as Facebook has the reach and the attention, this won’t change.

Source: What We ‘Know’ About Facebook

Facebook lost phone numbers

Again, it’s Facebook, that made news with a data breach. TechCrunch reported first about midnight Euroean time, but it’s all over the news by today, noon. It’s time to realize social media is a mistake.

#FashionID

Heute hat der Europäische Gerichtshof in einem Fall von FashionID, des Onlineshop des Modehändlers Peek & Cloppenburg, ein Urteil gesprochen. Es geht darin darum, wie mit der Weitergabe von Benutzerdaten bei der Verwendung von 3rd Party Content umgegangen werden muss. Dass der Einsatz von beispielsweise Facebook Like Buttons

Unter anderem versucht die Tagesschau aufzuklären. Weil das Urteil durch den EuGH ergangen ist und daher Konsequenzen über Deutschland hinaus haben wird, berichten auch internationale News wie Techcrunch und Yahoo(Reuters).

Simon Assion von #twobirds, Twitter-aktiver Rechtsanwalt, fasst eben dort einige Stichpunkte zu dem Urteil in einem Thread zusammen.

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Instagram had private contact data scraped

Another week, another Facebook leak. This time an Instagram dataset with apparently scraped profile information was found online.

A massive database containing contact information of millions of Instagram influencers, celebrities and brand accounts has been found online. The database, hosted by Amazon Web Services, was left exposed and without a password allowing anyone to look inside. At the time of writing, the database had over 49 million records — but was growing by […]

Source: Millions of Instagram influencers had their private contact data scraped and exposed | TechCrunch

Phones Open to Attack through WhatsApp Flaw

Meanwhile, another flaw from the Facebook universe. While it appears it’s not immediately related to data leakage, it gives great potential to 3rd parties, though. On the upside, nobody will attribute it to Facebook this time.

It’s a good opportunity to point out and recommend the alternatives to Whatsapp, in particular Signal and Threema.

A WhatsApp vulnerability left Android and iOS devices open to attack from sophisticated surveillance software. The Facebook-owned company said it hasn’t yet been able to determine how many people were impacted, and told users to ensure they’re running the latest version of the app.

Source: WhatsApp Flaw Left Phones Open to Attack From Sophisticated Spyware | Digital Trends

IntelliCode for AI-assisted now available

Microsoft trained an AI with Github projects that have more than 100 stars on them. The AI is supposed to help coding. And it is available now. AI is not yet there to take a programmers job, but Facebook took similar approaches to speed up development. Be afraid, coding people.

Symbolbild (Techcrunch)

IntelliCode, Microsoft’s tool for AI-assisted coding, is now generally available. It supports C# and XAML in Visual Studio and Java, JavaScript, TypeScript and Python in Visual Studio Code. By default, it is now also included in Visual Studio 2019, starting with the second preview of version 16.1, which the company also announced that. IntelliCode is […]

Source: Microsoft’s IntelliCode for AI-assisted coding comes out of preview | TechCrunch

Facebook is working on an AI voice assistant similar to Alexa

Facebook had a rough 2018 and 2019 didn’t really start too well either, when Instagram leaked passwords. Meanwhile, Amazon’s Alexa had it’s own scandal when it turned out that not machines but humans listened to their customers commands. With all of this combined, it doesn’t sound like a great idea to offer more surface for these kind of events. Still, Facebook seems to plan to release a voice assistant of its own.

There’s no indication that it will extend outside Facebook’s own hardware—yet.

Source: Facebook is working on an AI voice assistant similar to Alexa, Google Assistant | Ars Technica