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Full Fact has been fact-checking Facebook posts for six months. Here’s what they think needs to change » Nieman Journalism Lab
Full Fact is enlisting help in fact-checking public health issues — which often pop up on Facebook, and which are beyond its in-house expertise. “We are concerned that we are finding areas where it is hard to find sources of impartial and authoritative expert advice, particularly from organizations that are capable of responding in time to be relevant to modern online public debate,” the authors write.

Most of the false health-related claims in Full Fact’s queue are related to vaccines, but Full Fact also saw others — like a claim that “if you are suffering a heart attack, you should cough repeatedly in order to keep your heart beating” (false) and a claim that pregnancy tests can be used to check for testicular cancer (false). Full Fact hopes to work with Facebook to “identify and prioritize more particularly harmful content,” especially content relating to public health — the report’s authors realize that they’re only seeing a sliver of the harmful fake content out there.
factchecking  fb  report  health  algorithms 
12 days ago by paulbradshaw
Attempting a meta-network for local news, Facebook announces community-building grantees » Nieman Journalism Lab
The Facebook Journalism Project Community Network has selected 23 projects from a couple hundred local news applicants to receive grants between $5,000 and $25,000 to fund community-building proposals over the next six months. Facebook wouldn’t share an average grant amount but aims to give out $1.5 million through the network’s grants this year. The first batch’s recipients include the Tyler Loop’s expansion of live storytelling events, Spaceship Media’s conversation series in a port-of-entry town in Arizona, the Los Angeles Times’ book club forums, Chalkbeat’s listening tour, 100 Days in Appalachia’s “context” creator network to stop extractive reporting in its tracks, and more. (The full list is at the end of this article.)
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29 days ago by paulbradshaw
News Stories on the Facebook Platform: Millennials’ Perceived Credibility of Online News Sponsored by News and Non-News Companies: Journalism Practice: Vol 0, No 0
This experimental study examined whether stories presented on Facebook that appeared to be from a news organization were rated as higher in perceived credibility than stories that appeared to be from a non-news organization. One-hundred-and-seven participants took part in the online study. One group saw stories that appeared to be from a news organization and another group saw the same stories that appeared to be from a non-news organization. Both groups rated the stories the same in terms of perceived credibility. The study also found that the higher the participants rated the stories in terms of perceived credibility, the higher they rated the organization’s perceived credibility. These findings point to potential implications for traditional journalistic outlets regarding their ability to be seen as credible, reliable online news sources—particularly through a social media platform like Facebook.
credibility  trust  fb  Research  sponsored 
5 weeks ago by paulbradshaw
Media companies liable for Facebook comments made by others, court finds
Mr Voller said the comments, on 10 Facebook posts published in 2016 and 2017, carried a series of false and defamatory imputations including that he attacked a Salvation Army officer who visited him in detention and left the man blind in one eye.

He did not ask for the comments to be taken down by the media outlets but launched defamation proceedings against them in the Supreme Court, arguing that they had "published" the comments of third parties.
law  Defamation  libel  Australia  comments  fb 
7 weeks ago by paulbradshaw
Inside hate groups on Facebook, police officers trade racist memes, conspiracy theories and Islamophobia | Reveal
More than 50 departments launched internal investigations after being presented with our findings, in some cases saying they would examine officers’ past conduct to see if their online activity mirrored their policing in real life. And some departments have taken action, with at least one officer being fired for violating department policies.
hatespeech  race  racism  police  us  dj  osint  fb 
8 weeks ago by paulbradshaw
Facebook Search
Facebook has recently closed the opportunity to use its Graph search.
D Nemec and Henk Van Ess have done a great job understanding the functioning of the web interface and published the reults here.
This page tries to be a simple interface to show how those search queries are built. It is still experimental, and has been written very quickly in order to overcome the void left by the old graph search. Any suggestion, issue, bug, proposal etc. can be reported on the project's github page.
graph  fb  tools 
9 weeks ago by paulbradshaw
Facebook Quietly Changes Search Tool Used by Investigators, Abused By Companies - VICE
"Now that Graph Search has gone down, it's become evident that it's used by some incredibly important section[s] of society, from human rights investigators and citizens wanting to hold their countries to account, to police investigating people trafficking and sexual slavery, to emergency responders," Waters told Motherboard in an online chat.
fb  graph  osint 
9 weeks ago by paulbradshaw
Disguising Hate: How Radical Evangelicals Spread Anti-Islamic Vitriol on Facebook
These organizations, as well as a host of other Facebook pages, were once listed as “projects” or social media pages of an organization that appears to have taken shape in 2015 called “The America Conservancy,” which, in a recurring theme, listed Kullberg as its founder and president. The remaining pages in Kullberg’s network belong to “Christians for Trump.” This latter organization supports pages that include: Evangelicals for Trump, Women for Trump, Blacks for Trump, Veterans for Trump, Seniors for Trump, Teachers for Trump, Unions for Trump, Catholics for Trump, and Students for Trump-Pence.
webarchive  archives  cache  fb  trump  trolls 
11 weeks ago by paulbradshaw
‘2019 has been a lot weaker’: Confessions of Facebook Watch creator - Digiday
They said they had a bug that, in one particular month, affected reach across all pages, and it should be returning back to normal. But that was not communicated until after you’ve had a terrible month and are sitting there wondering, is this the new norm? And that’s the big thing. You’re sitting there wondering, is this going to be something I can make money off of or not? They change things all the time, and that’s the problem. It’s not allowing a stable environment.
fb  watch  onlinevideo  bm  algorithms 
may 2019 by paulbradshaw
Facebook Watch vs YouTube: Where you should invest your resources | What’s New in Publishing | Digital Publishing News
While the YouTube recommendation algorithm plays a major role in generating views for a video, publishers can at least have some outside influence on the video’s success. The success of Facebook videos, on the other hand, is almost entirely dependent on the Newsfeed algorithm. While it’s possible to link to and embed Facebook videos on outside websites, this practice is far less common.
fb  fbwatch  watch  YouTube  onlinevideo  smo  algorithms 
may 2019 by paulbradshaw
Facebook Is Changing News Feed (Again) to Stop Fake News | WIRED
By far the biggest change to come from these announcements is the introduction of a new metric called Click-Gap, which Facebook's News Feed algorithms will use to determine where to rank a given post. Click-Gap, which Facebook is launching globally today, is the company’s attempt to limit the spread of websites that are disproportionately popular on Facebook compared with the rest of the web. If Facebook finds that a ton of links to a certain website are appearing on Facebook, but few websites on the broader web are linking to that site, Facebook will use that signal, among others, to limit the website’s reach.
fakenews  fb  smo 
may 2019 by paulbradshaw
Updates to Video Ranking | Facebook Newsroom
We are sharing an update on three factors that impact video ranking on Facebook: 1) loyalty and intent, 2) video and viewing durations and 3) originality
fb  s  t  smo  onlinevideo 
may 2019 by paulbradshaw
Instagram is reducing the reach of posts debunked by fact-checkers – Poynter



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In an expansion of Facebook’s partnership with fact-checking sites around the world, Instagram has started reducing the reach of false posts.
When one of Facebook’s fact-checking partners, of which there are now 52 in more than 30 countries, rates a link, image or video as false, its future reach in the News Feed is decreased and users are warned if they try to share it. That program launched in December 2016 to cut down on the spread of misinformation
instagram  fakenews  hoax  factchecking  fb 
may 2019 by paulbradshaw
Who posted what? is a Facebook keyword search generator with which you can search for posts on Facebook who have they keyword in it, on a specific date or between two dates. We respect your privacy and the cases you are working on, so we are not storing any searches you will make.
fb  verification  tools  osint 
april 2019 by paulbradshaw
Mobile time-spent jumps up: YouTube corners ~40% of the traffic, Facebook less than 10% | What’s New in Publishing | Digital Publishing News
There’s been a significant jump in mobile time-spent among 18-34s, from 29% to 34%. The growth came at the expense of television viewing. This trend continues from a year earlier, as live and time-shifted TV (i.e., traditional cable and set-top box viewing) was surpassed by mobile in Q3 2017, and now that gap has widened even further.
stats  mobile  consumption  YouTube  fb 
march 2019 by paulbradshaw
Keeping Passwords Secure | Facebook Newsroom
As part of a routine security review in January, we found that some user passwords were being stored in a readable format within our internal data storage systems. This caught our attention because our login systems are designed to mask passwords using techniques that make them unreadable. We have fixed these issues and as a precaution we will be notifying everyone whose passwords we have found were stored in this way.
passwords  fb 
march 2019 by paulbradshaw
One year in, Facebook’s big algorithm change has spurred an angry, Fox News-dominated — and very engaged! — News Feed » Nieman Journalism Lab
NewsWhip shows the effects of the turn toward “meaningful interactions”:

It has pushed up articles on divisive topics like abortion, religion, and guns;

politics rules; and

the “angry” reaction (😡) dominates many pages, with “Fox News driving the most angry reactions of anyone, with nearly double that of anyone else.”
fb  t  engagement  algorithms  fox 
march 2019 by paulbradshaw
Is a shorter video length more engaging on Facebook? - NewsWhip
With three years of data to compare, we took a look at how each reaction compared to video length, and as it turns out, there isn’t much of a formula to emulate. People tend to care more about the content and it’s proven through our analysis that if people deem it worth watching, they don’t care how long they have to watch it.
length  onlinevideo  s  t  research  brevity  fb 
march 2019 by paulbradshaw
Video of Christchurch attack runs on social media and news sites | World news | The Guardian
Traditional news outlets have taken starkly different positions. MailOnline’s version of the story features an autoplaying clip of 18 seconds of the suspect’s livestream, showing him leaving his car, weapon in hand, cutting it as he enters the front door of Al Noor mosque on Deans Avenue. There was a version of the clip autoplaying on its homepage.

A recent change to YouTube’s search policy has helped keep the most graphic videos hidden: if the site recognises a particular search term, such as the alleged shooter’s name, as related to news, it explicitly boosts video from news organisations. Videos from sources including the Guardian, CBS News and ABC News were presented ahead of edited re-uploads of the attack itself
nz  christchurch  terrorism  propaganda  ethics  onlineVideo  ugc  sun  mail  mirror  fb  YouTube  censorship  s 
march 2019 by paulbradshaw
Facebook Marketing in 2019: A Study of 777M Facebook Posts
Video performs better than all other types of Facebook posts
The most common reactions to top Facebook video posts are LOVE and HAHA
Inspirational, funny, and practical content generates the most engagement
fb  smo  Research 
march 2019 by paulbradshaw
Facebook wants up to 30% of fan subscriptions vs Patreon’s 5% | TechCrunch
Facebook also reserves the right to offer free trials to subscriptions that won’t compensate creators. And Facebook demands a “non-exclusive, transferable, sub-licensable, royalty-free, worldwide license to use” creators’ content and “This license survives even if you stop using Fan Subscriptions.”
fb  subscriptions 
february 2019 by paulbradshaw
News Users on Facebook: Interaction Strategies on the Pages of El Paìs, la Repubblica, Le Monde, and The Guardian: Journalism Studies: Vol 0, No 0
The aim of this paper is to study journalistic production and how news users interact with it. More specifically, the approach adopted is an attempt to bridge the gap between the analysis of how news outlets disseminate their news on social media platforms, and that relating to the use of such news within social contexts. To achieve this twofold objective, the content published on Facebook, as well as the interactions of users of four newspapers published in Spain (El Paìs), Italy (la Repubblica), France (Le Monde), and the UK (The Guardian), were analyzed during a period of six months (1 November 2016 – 30 April 2017). The newspapers were selected as quality daily newspapers, in view of their liberal or center-left political orientation, and their common editorial experience, resulting from the production of special issues. The analysis highlights a widespread trend towards light engagement. These readings are supported not only by the data on various interaction practices (likes, sharing, and commenting), but also by those that describe the use of Reactions – or rather, the chance to go beyond the simple Like.
Research  fb  sm  spain  Guardian 
february 2019 by paulbradshaw
Exclusive: Facebook adds new fact-checking partner - Axios
Sources say the fact-checking partnership was also at times a strain for small partners that had to share the burden of PR and legal headaches around the program.

Facebook launched a Media Legal Defense Initiative (MDLI) last year to provide some legal support to fact-checkers.
fb  factchecking 
february 2019 by paulbradshaw
Audiences Portal - Research - Why do Audiences Use Social Media Platforms?
YouTube has exploded regarding reach since our last survey in 2016, with a claimed reach now over 90% with 16-24s. Generally, audiences come to YouTube to be entertained, but they also look to discover and learn as well as to fuel their passions; although around a quarter of 16-44s claim to use the video platform to fill time. 

So what has driven YouTube to its success, especially with younger audiences? It is appealing to their desire for a sense of authenticity. 16-24s can find a ‘real’ voice through influencers on the platform which they relate to and would help to explain the rise of reach and frequency on the platform.
Research  YouTube  sm  fb  Twitter  bbc  consumption  Instagram  snapchat 
february 2019 by paulbradshaw
Audiences Portal - Research - What next for 2019? BBC England on Social Media
Below you can see the top 10 BBC England Facebook posts of 2018.  Positive, solution-focused examples – shown in bold below – include people taking a stand against plastic pollution (Bristol; the #1 Fb post of 2018), someone with Down’s Sydrome loving their job in construction (South), and new ways that police are dealing with drivers on their mobile phones (England via WM).
sm  solj  fb  bbc  report  consumption  engagement 
february 2019 by paulbradshaw
Tell Me Who Your Sources Are: Perceptions of news credibility on social media: Journalism Practice: Vol 13, No 2
This study found that while participants rated their own Facebook friend as more credible and more similar to them than a news organization, they rated news articles as more credible when they are shared on Facebook by a news organization than when they are shared by their own Facebook friend. Source, however, interacts with motivation. News articles shared by a news organization are rated more credible only when motivation is high. There were no significant differences between sources when motivation is low.
Research  sources  sm  fb 
february 2019 by paulbradshaw
Facebook is putting $300 million toward stabilizing local news – Poynter
Here’s a breakdown of who is getting what in this latest news and how it will be used:

Pulitzer Center: This $5 million grant will create a fund that gives grants to local newsrooms for coverage that impacts their communities.  According to the press release, “Bringing Stories Home” will result in 12 reporting projects annually.
Report for America: $2 million toward this program’s goal of getting 1,000 local journalists into local newsrooms through year-long assignments.
Knight-Lenfest Local News Transformation Fund: $1 million toward a tech hub aimed at helping newsrooms better develop products, report news and find sustainable business models. (Disclosure: Knight and Lenfest are both Poynter funders, and Knight helps fund my coverage of local news.)
LMA & LMC: The Local Media Association and the Local Media Consortium will share $1 million to work with member newsrooms on branded content.
American Journalism Project: This new project aimed at helping local newsrooms through venture philanthropy will get $1 million.
Facebook will put $20 million into expanding the Accelerator pilot for membership and subscriptions.
Community News Project: Announced late last year, $6 million will go toward this project, which works with regional publishers in the United Kingdom to train “community journalists.”
fb  bm 
january 2019 by paulbradshaw
Turning Off Facebook Location Services Doesn't Stop Tracking
Korolova thought Facebook must be getting her location information from the IP addresses she used to log in from, which Facebook says it collects for security purposes. (It wouldn’t be the first time Facebook used information gathered for security purposes for advertising ones; advertisers can target Facebook users with the phone number they provided for two-factor protection of their account.) As the New York Times recently reported, lots of apps are tracking users’ movements with surprising granularity. The Times suggested turning off location services in your phone’s privacy settings to stop the tracking, but even then the apps can still get location information, by looking at the wifi network you use or your IP address.

When asked about this, Facebook said that’s exactly what it’s doing and that it considers this a completely normal thing to do and that users should know this will happen if they closely read various Facebook websites.
ip  privacy  location  fb  t 
december 2018 by paulbradshaw
'They don't care': Facebook fact-checking in disarray as journalists push to cut ties | Technology | The Guardian
Current and former Facebook fact-checkers told the Guardian that the tech platform’s collaboration with outside reporters has produced minimal results and that they’ve lost trust in Facebook, which has repeatedly refused to release meaningful data about the impacts of their work. Some said Facebook’s hiring of a PR firm that used an antisemitic narrative to discredit critics – fueling the same kind of propaganda fact-checkers regularly debunk – should be a deal-breaker.
factchecking  fb  t 
december 2018 by paulbradshaw
“So many times we forget to listen”: How Spaceship Media moderated a Facebook group of 400 political women without it going off the rails » Nieman Journalism Lab
As the size of The Many risked becoming unruly, García and Pearlman started breakout groups for neighboring participants to unpack issues in their own context. Each library helped the Alabama and Pennsylvania subgroups, respectively, focus on finding answers. “Nobody wants to trust a journalist right now,” Pearlman said. “But people have a different feeling toward librarians and libraries.”
moderation  fb  cm  s 
december 2018 by paulbradshaw
Mic shuts down, a victim of management hubris and Facebook’s pivot to video - Columbia Journalism Review
there were clear signs of impending doom—including when Upworthy, a once-viral superstar, had to lay off staff and then sell the company in 2017 due to changes in the Facebook news-feed algorithm. “I don’t know how anyone could look at what happened to Upworthy and think that bearing down on a platform you didn’t own with a business plan it will never share was going to be a permanent money-maker,” says one former Mic editor. Veteran editor and former Guardianjournalist Heidi Moore wrote for CJR in September of 2017 about the false hope behind the media’s vision of Facebook-based video riches, and used Mic’s dropping website traffic as the lede of her piece. Even then, the term “pivot to video” had already become a dark joke in media circles.
Mic  onlinevideo  fb  platforms  bm 
november 2018 by paulbradshaw
'Less than a McDonald's happy meal': Facebook's video ad breaks aren't working for creators - Digiday
But eligible creators tell Digiday that they aren’t making any meaningful revenue from Facebook’s ad breaks, even if they have a large Facebook audience. A U.S.-based creator using Facebook Watch said an episodic-show made less than $100 per video when it was distributed on multiple pages that total nearly five million. A U.K.-based creator said that five recent videos, which have accumulated more than 6.4 million views, he’s earned “less than the price of a McDonald’s happy meal — after currency conversion.”
onlineVideo  watch  fb  bm 
november 2018 by paulbradshaw
Facebook gives £4.5m to fund 80 local newspaper jobs in UK | Technology | The Guardian
This scheme, the first Facebook has attempted anywhere in the world, will take the form of a cash donation to the National Council for the Training of Journalists (NCTJ), a registered charity.
The organisation will then divide it up in coordination with the local publishers, with trainee journalists on the scheme given formal training and then employed directly by local newspapers for the duration of the two-year pilot scheme.
fb  ojjobs  nctj  s 
november 2018 by paulbradshaw
The News User on Social Media: A comparative study of interacting with media organizations on Facebook and Instagram: Journalism Studies: Vol 19, No 15
Online trends and platforms come and go, and media professionals have historically shown a keen interest in adopting novel modes of content distribution in order to capture the interest of the elusive online audience. This paper provides insights into the employment of online interactivity by news media users in relation to the social media presences of a selection of Norwegian media outlets. Adopting a comparative approach, the study features analysis of data from online mainstay Facebook and from the comparably novel Instagram platform. Among other things, results suggest that the previously noted tendency for audience members to prefer “lighter” or less-demanding modes of interaction with online news content is further strengthened—especially on the latter of the two studied platforms. Given that Instagram tends to attract comparably younger users, the implications for the news media industries as well as for future trends regarding audience interaction in relation to news are discussed.
Research  Instagram  consumption  fb  sm 
october 2018 by paulbradshaw
Report: News organisations still favour Facebook despite feeling the pinch of algorithms | Media news
Based on 21 interviews with editors and mangers at 12 newspapers and commercial broadcasters in Finland, France, Germany, Italy, Poland and the UK, Private Sector News, Social Media Distribution, and Algorithm Changefound that the impact of the Facebook's algorithm changes has varied amoung news organisations, with those posting more content seeing less decrease in audience interaction – and in some cases, growth.
French publisher Le Monde was found to have been hit the hardest with a 32.5 per cent drop, unlike the 13.6 per cent rise found at The Times.
s  t  fb  research  algorithms 
october 2018 by paulbradshaw
The Facebook Security Meltdown Exposes Way More Sites Than Facebook | WIRED
unclear how long those third-party sites will accept the stolen access tokens, or how difficult it would be for an attacker to use an access token to get into a third-party site.
Facebook separately says it has invalidated data access for third-party apps for the affected individuals, meaning if you're one of the 90 million people potentially affected, you won't be able to, say, share an image from Instagram over to Facebook without changing your password.
fb  security  hack 
october 2018 by paulbradshaw
Sourcing the Sources: An analysis of the use of Twitter and Facebook as a journalistic source over 10 years in The New York Times, The Guardian, and Süddeutsche Zeitung: Digital Journalism: Vol 6, No 7
Social media today are playing a more important role as a news source than ever before. Yet, there have been no longitudinal studies on journalists’ sourcing practices in recent years that allow us to consider the mechanisms of innovation diffusion. Comparative studies of different social platforms in different media systems are just as rare. We therefore examine the use of Facebook and Twitter as journalistic sources in newspapers of three countries. A main finding is that, after a period of stagnation at the beginning of this decade, the use of social media sources has resurged massively in recent years. The patterns of this second rise of social media in journalism are almost identical in the analyzed newspapers. A comparison of the platforms has shown that Twitter is more commonly used as a news source than Facebook. Compared to Facebook, Twitter is primarily used as an elite channel. An unsupervised topic clustering approach (LDA) also revealed that the issues on which social media are sourced and the quantities of social media references are similar in The New York Times and The Guardian. In Süddeutsche Zeitung, however, journalists source social media considerably less, and in different thematic contexts.
Research  sources  Twitter  fb  nytimes 
september 2018 by paulbradshaw
Public or closed? How much activity really exists? See how other news organizations’ Facebook Groups are faring » Nieman Journalism Lab
Here, the overall trend was still up, but not to the same degree as total members. Over that same span — January 11 to June 1 — the groups we have data for had an 36 percent increase of active members. That’s significantly lower than the rate of overall membership growth — which likely illustrates how increasingly crowded the Groups space is at a time when Facebook usage is flat to down. Quite a few groups saw total membership increases paired with active membership declines.
fb  groups 
september 2018 by paulbradshaw
How Facebook Outs Sex Workers
Despite the fact that she’d only given Facebook information from her vanilla identity, the company had somehow discerned her real-world connection to these people—and, even more horrifyingly, her account was potentially being presented to them as a friend suggestion too, outing her regular identity to them.
algorithms  fb 
september 2018 by paulbradshaw
BBC to Launch Weekly News Show on Facebook Watch in U.S. | Hollywood Reporter
Cut Through the Noise will be a made-for-mobile show that will tackle a different issue each week, presented from BBC News' Washington, D.C., bureau or from the field. It will be the first program from a non-U.S. publisher to be carried on Facebook's nascent service, since it was announced in 2017.
bbc  watch  fb  onlineVideo  s  t 
september 2018 by paulbradshaw
Journalism as Multichannel Communication: A newsroom survey on the multiple uses of social media: Journalism Studies: Vol 0, No 0
The use of social media reinforces the change in journalism from a single-channel activity to multichannel communications. News organizations and journalists must learn to simultaneously operate several social media channels. Furthermore, social media is multi-functional and applicable in all phases of news production and distribution. Taken together, journalism is reaching a higher level of complexity. This study’s main objective is to systematize the multiple uses of social media in journalism and explore related newsroom strategies. To this end, we surveyed editors-in-chief of German internet newsrooms (n = 105, response rate: 70 per cent) about social media use in their newsrooms. We systematically distinguished five general dimensions, with 24 specific uses of social media in journalism. The results show that Facebook and Twitter serve multiple journalistic purposes. In contrast, blogs and YouTube are more specialized tools. We conducted a cluster analysis to explore if and how these patterns vary by different strategic approaches in organizing social media use in newsrooms. While the overall pattern remains stable, more experienced and strategy-oriented newsrooms use Twitter notably more often for various tasks.
Research  newsroom  sm  Twitter  fb  YouTube  blogs  germany 
september 2018 by paulbradshaw
11 Facebook page optimizations for small publishers
11 Facebook page optimizations for small publishers
fb  smo  pages  s  t 
september 2018 by paulbradshaw
BBC Family & Education News - Meet the woman who steams vaginas | Facebook
Jessie Aru-Phillip’s video on vaginal steaming was most-watched on BBC News’ Instagram TV platform (IGTV) with over 80,000 views. On Facebook it had 34,000 10-second views and the average view time was 27 seconds.
igtv  bbc  fb  video 
september 2018 by paulbradshaw
Facebook Wanted Us to Kill This Investigative Tool
They said we would need to shut down the tool (which was impossible because it’s an open source tool) and delete any data we collected (which was also impossible because the information was stored on individual users’ computers; we weren’t collecting it centrally).
We argued that we weren’t seeking access to users’ accounts or collecting any information from them; we had just given users a tool to log into their own accounts on their own behalf, to collect information they wanted collected, which was then stored on their own computers. Facebook disagreed and escalated the conversation to their head of policy for Facebook’s Platform, who said they didn’t want users entering their Facebook credentials anywhere that wasn’t an official Facebook site—because anything else is bad security hygiene and could open users up to phishing attacks. She said we needed to take our tool off Github within a week.
fb  privacy  opensource  githubeg  law  t&c 
august 2018 by paulbradshaw
Facebook Is Asked to Change Rules for Journalists and Scholars - The New York Times
They want Facebook to create a news-gathering exception to its bans on creating inauthentic accounts and on using automated tools that scrape public data about users for large-scale analysis.
fb  osint  law  t 
august 2018 by paulbradshaw
#316 — How much greater could your Facebook reach be? - It's All Journalism
“We looked at what content we wanted to share at that time, whether it’s a certain subject or a certain type, a native video or photo versus a link share. Once we established that schedule, we followed it religiously for a few months so we’d have data to actually look at to see how we’re doing,” she said.

The result? The company’s digital reach has grown six times this year alone.
fb  smo 
august 2018 by paulbradshaw
The hit podcast In the Dark is bringing “meaningful interactions” — and money — to the investigation » Nieman Journalism Lab
There’s little argument over whether In the Dark is a quality podcast. Some listeners feel it’s even worth $50 to join a Facebook group for it.

That’s one way that American Public Media is fundraising for In the Dark, the investigative/true crime podcast hosted by Madeleine Baran (and named as one of the best podcasts of 2018 by our podcasting expert Nicholas Quah of Hot Pod, with accolades from critics at Vox as well). In its two months of existence, more than 250 people have joined the group, which is for donors only. (And $50 is only the minimum donation.)

“I’m a millennial, so I’ve been focusing more on experiences for listeners and how they can dive deeper into the programs they love,” said Emily Kittleson, APM’s national fundraising manager. She said more than 1,000 people have donated to In the Dark this season (a “big increase in donations” compared to the first), and the number of donors in the group is comparable to how many would actually accept a material incentive, like a mug or a tote bag.
Podcasts  bm  fb  cm  donations  t 
july 2018 by paulbradshaw
“I Shared the News Today, oh Boy”: News provision and interaction on Facebook: Journalism Studies: Vol 19, No 1
Swedish newspapers have hosted Web pages since the mid-1990s, and are often pointed to as some of the most popular online locations in the Swedish-speaking online sphere. These organizations have also taken to social media, maintaining presences on platforms like Twitter and Facebook. The current study is focused on the latter of the two. It features a twofold aim, detailing the types of content provided by the four largest Swedish newspapers on their Facebook pages, and the types and levels of interaction this content is met with by their page visitors. For tabloid newspapers in particular, the types of news most provided (human interest-type stories) are not matched by the types of news most interacted with by the audience members. Possible reasons for and implications of this apparent imbalance are discussed.
Research  distribution  fb  sweden 
july 2018 by paulbradshaw
Facebook Watch Is Struggling to Win Fans — The Information
In the months after Watch’s launch last August, the number of people who visited the social network’s new section every day to watch shows produced by ABC, A&E Networks, Discovery and other smaller media companies disappointed some show creators.
fb  fbwatch  onlinevideo 
july 2018 by paulbradshaw
Facebook 'closed' groups weren't as confidential as some thought
Downing grew concerned about the privacy of group members when she discovered an extension for the Chrome web browser called, which she saw could allow her to easily download names, employers, locations, email addresses and other personal details of all 9,000 people who had signed up for the group. She contacted a security researcher she knew who specialized in health care data, Fred Trotter, to see if her concerns were warranted.
fb  privacy  osint  tools  groups 
july 2018 by paulbradshaw
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Editor’s note: Mark Frankel, a social media editor at BBC News, recently finished a Knight Visiting Nieman Fellowship here at Harvard to study how journalists can best uncover and report on stories sourced from audiences on “dark social” apps, message boards, and other private, invitation-only platforms. What follows is an abridged version of a full report on his findings.

Colleagues of mine at BBC News, for example, have created closed Facebook groups around hyperlocal niche topics (such as on a campaign against tree-felling in Sheffield) and around much broader interest (for example, for people who use the U.K.’s National Health Service).
chat  Research  darksocial  forums  undercover  CM  fb  whatsapp  reddit  from twitter
july 2018 by paulbradshaw
Facebook Is Launching AR In Ads To Lure People To "Try On" Products Advertised On The Site
Facebook users will be able to tap on an ad and use their camera to try on sunglasses or makeup, or see how a piece of furniture looks in a room when these companies roll out their ads.
ar  fb  advertising 
july 2018 by paulbradshaw
People spend almost as much time on Instagram as they do on Facebook - Recode
Instagram users spent 53 minutes per day with the Android app in June — just five minutes less than Facebook users spent with their app. Snapchat users spent 49.5 minutes in the Snap app, on average.
instagram  fb  Snapchat  stats  consumption 
july 2018 by paulbradshaw
Facebook Is About To Bring The Hammer Down On Overseas Fake News Operators
The company told BuzzFeed News it has deployed machine learning that it says can automatically identify and reduce the reach of pages administered by people who target others elsewhere in the world with hoaxes in order to make money. This approach is squarely aimed at bad actors such as the now-famous Macedonians who run pages about US politics that targeted Americans with fake news during and after the 2016 US presidential election.
ml  fb  fakenews  t  verification 
june 2018 by paulbradshaw
Networks of Audience Overlap in the Consumption of Digital News by Subhayan Mukerjee, Silvia Majo-Vazquez, Sandra González-Bailón :: SSRN
How do people consume news online? Here, we propose a novel way to answer this question using the browsing behavior of web users and the networks they form while navigating news content. In these networks, two news outlets are connected if they share a fraction of their audiences. We propose two crucial improvements to the methodology employed in previous research: a statistical test to filter out non-significant overlap between sites; and a thresholding approach to identify the core of the audience network. We explain why our approach is better than previous approaches using two data sets: one tracks digital news consumption during the 2016 Brexit referendum in the UK and the other during the 2016 Presidential Election in the US. We show that our filtering technique produces a completely different ranking of top sites, uncovering structural properties in the audience network that would go unnoticed otherwise.
Networkanalysis  consumption  homophily  filterbubbles  Research  fb  sm 
june 2018 by paulbradshaw
Fewer people 'using Facebook for news' - BBC News
suggested young audiences were more likely to use WhatsApp, Instagram and Snapchat for news, partly because there was a growing desire to discuss news in relative privacy.
The proportion of those surveyed that accessed news via WhatsApp had tripled in four years, to 15%. This tended to be much higher in countries, such as Malaysia and Turkey, where it can be dangerous to express views in more open networks.
consumption  fb  WhatsApp  chat  research  s 
june 2018 by paulbradshaw
Facebook has started boosting content from news outlets based on how much they’re trusted. Oh, and it won’t be paying publishers a yearly fee to use their content. » Nieman Journalism Lab
Facebook is already boosting posts in its feed from news organizations rated through user surveys as more trusted, and ranking lower the posts from organizations rated as less trusted, and will “dial up the intensity of that over time,” Mark Zuckerberg told attendees yesterday during a meeting with news executives in Menlo Park, California. (The user survey consists of two questions: (1) Do you recognize the following websites and (2) How much do you trust each of these domains?)
fb  trust  verification  smo  s 
june 2018 by paulbradshaw
Facebook and YouTube just got more transparent. What do we see? » Nieman Journalism Lab
Most of the major platforms have been publishing transparency reports for years, but all have focused exclusively on content takedown requests from governments and corporations; YouTube’s report appears to be the first time that a major platform has systematically reported where flags come from and how they’re responded to, and the company is promising more flagging data in future reports.

But transparency, even in its candor, is a performance, leaving as much unseen as seen. At the same time, the performance itself can be revealing, of the larger situation in which we find ourselves. A closer look at Facebook’s new Community Standards and YouTube’s new data will reveal more about how content moderation is done, and how committed we have become to the approach to moderation as a project.
Transparency  YouTube  fb  google  moderation  Research 
june 2018 by paulbradshaw
Introducing the First Funded News Shows for Facebook Watch
The shows will be hosted by award-winning journalists, as well as new faces, and the formats will vary from a mix of daily briefings, weekly deep dives, and live breaking news coverage. They'll debut later this summer, and we'll announce additional shows in the coming weeks. We will work closely with our publisher partners to experiment with these different formats to understand what works, and they will have full editorial control of their shows.
fb  onlinevideo  t  s 
june 2018 by paulbradshaw
Mobile visits are still rising for news sites, even without Facebook’s juicy traffic, according to Chartbeat data » Nieman Journalism Lab
New data from Chartbeat shows that, while Facebook traffic has been (unsurprisingly) declining since the October 2017 change, both Google Search and direct traffic have been steadily climbing. (Note: we should clarify that this is in regards to mobile readers “arriving to a site (website or app) directly to the homepage or section front” more frequently than social platforms like Facebook.)
mobile  consumption  fb  chrome  stats  s 
june 2018 by paulbradshaw
Facebook Has Finally Put Its Controversial Trending Product Out Of Its Misery
Its demise was announced in a company blog post that said the product will be removed “to make way for future news experiences on Facebook.” The announcement emphasized Trending’s unimportance: “It was only available in five countries and accounted for less than 1.5% of clicks to news publishers on average. From research we found that over time people found the product to be less and less useful.”
trending  fb  tools 
june 2018 by paulbradshaw
13 Facebook tactics to grow your audience
As mentioned above, friend shares have become increasingly important since the change of the algorithm. Jon’s advice on optimising for friend shares is to focus on the share plugins, the buttons on your site that readers click on to share to Facebook.

“If most shares are coming from friend shares, this is what your content should be focusing on,” he said.

Following his ‘measure, test, learn’ guidance, he suggested trialling whether share buttons are most effective at the top of articles, at the bottom of articles or if the site should adopt large buttons that are fixed and always in view (Buzzfeed uses this approach).

He also suggested testing the share quote plugin, an underused Facebook feature that allows readers to share a quote.
fb  fbgraph  graph  tutorial  smo  Analytics  instantarticles  paywalls 
may 2018 by paulbradshaw
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