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Facebook begins rating users on how trustworthy they are at flagging fake news!

Facebook has started rating its users’ trustworthiness in order to help the social network know how much to value user reports that a certain news story might be fake. . The system certainly sounds a touch dystopian, but Facebook sees it as a valuable tool for weeding out disinformation.

The trust ratings went into place over the last year, and were developed as part of Facebook’s fight against fake and malicious stories. Facebook relies, in part, on reports from users to help catch these stories. If enough people report a story as false, someone on a fact-checking team will look into it. But checking every story that racks up “fake news” reports would be overwhelming, so Facebook uses other information to figure out what it should and shouldn’t bother looking into.

One of those is this trust rating. Facebook didn’t tell the Post everything that went into the score, but it is partly related to a user’s track record with reporting stories as false. If someone regularly reports stories as false, and a fact-checking team later finds them to be false, their trust score will go up; if a person regularly reports stories as false that later are found to be true, it’ll go down.

In that sense, this may be less of a “trust” score and more of a “fact-check” score, and the name isn’t likely to do it any favors. Algorithms are often flawed and can have larger, deleterious effects that aren’t immediately visible, so Facebook will have to be careful about what other information it factors in and how else this score is used, lest it accidentally discount reports from a specific community of people.

YouTube Replace Facebook, Become No. 2 Website In US

Owing to severe decline in monthly page visits, from 8.5 billion to 4.7 billion in the last two years, Facebook is set to cede its long-held second position among the top websites in the US to YouTube, according to a new study.

Although Facebook app traffic has grown, it is not enough to make up for that loss, CNBC reported on Wednesday citing the study by market research firm Similar Web.

Facebook earlier reported that in the second quarter of this year, its number of daily active users remained flat in North America and went down in Europe.

Owned by Google parent Alphabet, YouTube, on the other hand, has seen increased traffic and rise in viewership, said the study that found Google position as the biggest website in the US remaining unshaken.

Agra Youth Live-Streams Suicide, 2,750 People Watch But Don’t Help

Disappointed with not being able to crack Indian Army exam, a 24-year-old youth live-streamed his suicide on Facebook in Agra, Uttar Pradesh.

Munna Kumar, a BSc graduate, shared a 1:09 minute long video of his confession on Facebook before live-streaming his suicide on yesterday.

As per report, the live video was watched by over 2,750 people but nobody raised an alarm or alerted his family about the video.

He also left a six-page suicide note in which he blamed himself for not being able to crack the Army entrance examination and disappointing his parents.

According to reports, Munna Kumar was under depression for some time. “Munna’s family said he was preparing for the entrance examination since the age of 17 and had appeared in the exam for five times,

Stop the Spread of Rumors on WhatsApp

 

With social media breaking grounds and exceeding its reach every day, the modern world has opened its eye to a new world of possibilities.

Remarkable are the achievements of Facebook which has completely taken over the digital and real world, on the dark side though, social media has been a platform for spread of fake news which has had major consequences in the past.

Recently, WhatsApp-based rumors have led to increasing instances of mob lynching in India. Two men were hacked to death in Tripura, and eleven lynchings have taken place over the past two months alone. All due to rumors spread on WhatsApp.

This is what you should do to stop the spread of rumors or fake messages on WhatsApp:

1) Only admins post responsibly in WhatsApp groups:

This feature lets only admins to post in groups, stopping the flow of potential fake or inflammatory messages from rest of the members.

2) Watch out for Forwarded message labels:

This should give you or anyone else who encounters a forwarded message in a WhatsApp group to take it with a major pinch of salt.

 

3) Trust messages from trusted people:

If you are seeing controversial posts being posted by people you don’t know in a WhatsApp group, alert the admins of the group

4) Say something if you know a message to be fake:

Not doing anything is almost the same as encouraging the spread of rumors on WhatsApp.

 

5) Spread the correct story or message:

Not only will you kill the original rumor, but possibly start spreading the correct or right message.

 

6) Dont get personal or emotional:

Debunk the message, not the messenger.

7) Stay alert:

This is especially important if you’re an admin of a public WhatsApp group. Lay down the rules and enforce them.

 

Facebook Holds This Patent That Can Tell When You Will Die

A couple of days ago it was highlighted that Facebook holds a patent for a software that had the ability to turn on the mics of a smartphone to record ‘secret’ messages in TV ads. The company came out and denied that it will ever use the technology in the patent for any of its products. While that particular patent might not have caught the attention too much, perhaps this one will.

According to a report, Facebook holds a patent application that can even predict major life events such as “a birth, death or graduation.” The New York Times reports that this patent describes using posts and messages to predict when a certain event can actually occur. It also relies on information such as credit card transactions and location to predict these events.

According to a page on Google Patents, this particular one has been filed under “Predicting Life Changes of Members of Social Networking System”. Under the patent filed, the abstract reads like this: “To predict a life change event for a user of the social networking system, such as a change in marital status, relationship status, employment status, etc., the disclosed system generates a training set of data comprising historical data of other users who have gone through a life change event.”

It further reveals that the system uses training set data “to generate a prediction algorithm using machine learning models.” Simply put, there’s a prediction algorithm that relies on the data inputs by users to retrieve a prediction on important life events.

Social Media Day: 5 Dangerous Habits You Must Quit

Stop being too public, take privacy seriously:

Sharing everything with everybody is not a clever thing to do. All social media sites give the option to
limit post viewing to specific audiences. Take the time to explore these settings, try different options to
suit the best privacy setting.

Stop being ‘friends’ with everyone:

Make sure you know the people you add on social media, in real life if possible. Don’t hesitate to use the
“block” feature when the situation seems to call for it.

Stop being too personal:

Keep as much of your profile private as you can and think twice before posting every aspect of your life
online.

Stop being logged-on always on PC:

If you are using a public computer, make it a ritual to log out—and log out of private devices
from time to time as well. Logging out helps ensure that other people won’t snoop your social
media profile

Stop using common passwords for all social media platforms:

It’s a pain, but it is also absolutely essential that you don’t use the same password for Twitter as you do
for, say, Facebook, Instagram and other social media websites. When you use one password for multiple
services, you’re only as safe as the least secure service you use.

Stop Posting ‘fake’ Items On Social media: Amit Shah Advice BJP’s Workers

BJP chief Amit Shah on Thursday counselled social media savvy workers and supporters of his party’s Delhi unit to avoid committing “mistake” of posting fake items online to avoid losing credibility among people, sources said.

In an address to “social media warriors”, including party workers and supporters, of the BJP, Shah also asked them to highlight the achievements of the four years of the Modi government.

“The party president asked us to avoid committing mistake of posting fake pictures, data and messages on Twitter, Facebook and other social media platforms. He said such action endangers our credibility before the people,” said a participant, seeking anonymity.

 

 

 

Shah also attended the SC Morcha and core group meetings of the Delhi BJP. The core group meeting started late in the evening and continued till night.

Party sources said that the “road map” for the 2019 election was discussed in the meeting of the Core group that serves as the key decision making body of the Delhi BJP.

Do you think Facebook surveillance is outrageous? It’s just the beginning!

Data security is a modern age myth.

The social media giant Facebook in a 225-page document responding to a set of 2,000 questions by the US Senate Committee on Judiciary admitted that it collects information from and about computers, phones, and connected devices, including mouse, that users use with its various services and that it combines this information to give users a personalized content.

Facebook said that it tracks mouse movements to help its algorithm distinguish between humans and bots. Tracking mouse movements also helps the social media giant, which has been under fire for its data privacy practices, to also determine if the window is foregrounded or backgrounded.

The social networking platform also admitted that it collects information about operating systems, hardware, software versions, battery levels, signal strength, available storage space, Bluetooth signals, file names and types, device Ids, browser and browser plugins (which is almost all of the information available on and about your device), from the users' phones, TV and other connected devices.

The company also admitted to collecting information about users' reported gender, people users have removed from their friend list and every ad the user has ever clicked on.

Facebook’s ‘photoDNA’ technology to slacken your intimate photos

Diminish in intensity even if you are experiencing blackmail over a nude image or if someone is threatening to expose your intimate photos; as here comes the “photoDNA” technology of Facebook.

To battle against “revenge porn,” the social media giant Facebook comes up with a unique idea of heartening Australian users to submit their nude photos to a pilot project.

Designed to avert intimate images from being shared without consent, the projects lend a hand to those adults who have shared nude or sexually explicit photos online and are worried about the unauthorised distribution.

They can further, report images to the Australian government’s eSafety Commission.

Assuring their security, the users need to send the photos to them via Messenger, a process that allows Facebook to “hash” them, creating a unique digital fingerprint.

This specific identifier is then used to obstruct any further distribution on Facebook, Instagram and Messenger as a pre-emptive strike against revenge porn, a common method of abuse and exploitation online.

The usage of image-matching technology to prevent non- consensual intimate images from being shared,” said Antigone Davis, Facebook’s head of global safety.

A Facebook spokesman said Britain, Canada and the United States are also expected to take part in the project.

It eliminates power from the perpetrator, ostensibly trying to amplify the humiliation of the victim amongst friends, family and colleagues,” eSafety commissioner Julie Inman Grant.

If everything goes successful, the Facebook trial should be extended to other online platforms said Inman Grant.

“The precedent already exists for the sharing of child exploitation images and countering violent extremism online, and by extending to image-based abuse we are taking the burden off the victims to report to multiple online platforms,” she said.

Australia is among world leaders in efforts to combat revenge porn.
Its eSafety Commission launched an online portal last month, allowing victims to report cases where their photos have been shared on the internet without consent. The commission then works with websites and search engines to have them removed.

The suffrage of image-based abuse is spreading globally. A recent survey by the commission revealed one in five women in Australia aged 18-45 put up with Facebook and its Messenger app accounting for 53 percent of revenge porn, followed by Snapchat at 11 percent and Instagram at four percent.

The “mass scale” prey to abusive behaviour includes both men and women.

The deployment of the technology is no distrust widening the Facebook ecosystem.

Connectivity issue crashes Facebook’s WhatsApp messenger

The users of Facebook Inc’s WhatsApp messenger suffer a global outrage. The connectivity issues are faced across the globe from the U.K. to Indonesia.

Since Friday afternoon at 2:38 a.m. WhatsApp is facing the trouble reports a website named ‘Downdetector’ that tracks outrages.

Multiple users in India report the problem about Facebook and Twitter. Other users from countries including Myanmar, Russia, Vietnam and Brazil reported the same issue in their countries too on social media.

After initial complaints of an outage, it had begun functioning about 30 minutes later.

The extent of the outage was not immediately known, but some users reported that WhatsApp, the world’s most popular messaging service, A spokeswoman for Facebook in Singapore said the company was investigating the matter.

Whatsappdown was the top trending item on Twitter in India, which is its biggest market with roughly 200 million of its billion-plus users.

Users in Malaysia and Singapore also complained of WhatsApp being down in those regions. The past 24-hours have been a tricky time for social media platforms, as U.S. President Donald Trump’s personal Twitter account went down abruptly.