<billions> facebook news network, china disnfo, face rec

Robert Hassan hassanr at unimelb.edu.au
Thu Aug 22 05:41:52 CEST 2019

Hi all,

The links here are good, but from a more academic perspective (lectures, etc.) Data & Society https://datasociety.net/ is pretty good.


From: billions <billions-bounces at listcultures.org> on behalf of Sam de Silva <sam at commonedge.com.au>
Reply to: tracking the impacts of social media and big digital networks <billions at listcultures.org>
Date: Thursday, 22 August 2019 at 8:29 am
To: "billions at listcultures.org" <billions at listcultures.org>
Subject: <billions> facebook news network, china disnfo, face rec

Hi all, If anyone has come across and critical writing about Facebook’s attempts to become a news channel or facial recognition, or social media and impacts on society in general, please feel free to share. Thanks, Sam.

Facebook’s First Newsroom Imploded. Now It’s Trying Again - 21 Aug 2019 - Despite plans to hire humans for news curation, the company said most aspects of the new project will remain algorithmic.

Facebook Will Hire Journalists to Curate Its Coming Dedicated News Section - 21 Aug 2019 - MZ: We want this to surface high quality and trustworthy information, so, of course, anything that we do is going to be personalized, but there's a question I have, which is what is the level of curation that we should have in order to - and we're not going to have journalists making news.. [...] What we want to do is make sure that this is a product that can get people high-quality news.

How China used Facebook and Twitter to spread disinformation about the Hong Kong protests - 20 Aug 2019 - There have long been concerns about China’s social media disinformation capabilities, but we haven’t really seen them put them into action until now. https://www.vox.com/recode/2019/8/20/20813660/china-facebook-twitter-hong-kong-protests-social-media<https://www.vox.com/recode/2019/8/20/20813660/china-facebook-twitter-hong-kong-protests-social-media>

FACEBOOK’S NEW PRIVACY FEATURE COMES WITH A LOOPHOLE - 20 Aug 2019 - Facebook is essentially saying, ‘We’re just going to remove the link between your unique Facebook account and this big stream of data, but we’re going to keep that big stream of data,’ https://www.wired.com/story/off-facebook-activity-privacy/<https://www.wired.com/story/off-facebook-activity-privacy/>

Amazon's Facial Recognition Misidentified 1 in 5 California Lawmakers as Criminals - 14 Aug 2019 - In a recent test of Amazon's facial recognition software, the American Civil Liberties Union of Northern California revealed that it mistook 26 California lawmakers as people arrested for crimes.

Amazon says its facial recognition tech can now detect fear - 14 Aug 2019 - Amazon has announced that its facial recognition system can now detect “fear” by reading a person’s face. - https://thenextweb.com/security/2019/08/14/amazon-says-facial-recognition-tech-can-now-detect-fear/<https://thenextweb.com/security/2019/08/14/amazon-says-facial-recognition-tech-can-now-detect-fear/>
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