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Posting pictures of your kids on Facebook? Think twice.

January 24, 2017 | Posted By

You might think it’s cute to snap a photo of your toddler running around in a playground or having a temper tantrum, and then posting it on social media.

But did you ever think it might be a mistake, or even illegal?

The French government earlier this year warned parents to stop posting images of their children on social media networks.

Under France’s rigorous privacy laws, parents could face penalties of up to a year in prison and a fine of €45,000 ($46,456) if convicted of publicising intimate details of their children without their consent.

Is Social Media Disconnecting Us From the Big Picture?

January 13, 2017 | Posted By

Maybe I shouldn’t have been surprised that Donald Trump could be elected president, but I was. I live in Brooklyn and work in Manhattan, two of the most liberal places in the country. But even online, I wasn’t seeing many signs of support for him. How did that blindness occur? Social media is my portal into the rest of the world — my periscope into the communities next to my community, into how the rest of the world thinks and feels. And it completely failed me.

Information overload, social media laziness and fake news

January 13, 2017 | Posted By

I remember when I didn’t have opinions about everything. There were many, many events that happened in the world, and I was either blissfully unaware or simply an observer without much of a reaction at all.

Fixation on Fake News Overshadows Waning Trust in Real Reporting

January 13, 2017 | Posted By

Something is deeply wrong when the pope’s voice, reputation and influence can be borrowed by a source that describes itself as “a fantasy news site” to claim that he has endorsed a presidential candidate, and then be amplified, unchallenged, through a million individual shares.

The attention paid to fake news since the election has focused largely on fabrications and outright lies, because they are indefensible, easy to identify and extraordinarily viral. Fake news is created by the kinds of people who, when asked, might call their work satire, or admit that they’re in it for the money or for the thrill of deception. Theirs is a behavior that can and should be shunned, and that Facebook is equipped, and maybe willing, to deal with.

Fake News in U.S. Election? Elsewhere, That’s Nothing New

January 13, 2017 | Posted By

HONG KONG — Facebook rumors force a well-known politician to publish proof of his heritage. Fake images show a prominent female leader in a hangman’s noose. A politician’s aide decries violent crime with a Facebook photo of a girl’s corpse — an image that turns out to come from another country.

Social Media and Disinformation in the Digital Age

December 9, 2016 | Posted By

The rise of social media in the digital age has altered the way we source our information. However, filtering the right information from the wrong one is not always easy. Social media has provided a platform to everyone to share their opinion with the world. But social networking isn’t making you smarter. In fact, it could be making you dumber by providing insights without requiring any actual thinking.

If You Friend Your New SO On Social Media Too Early, You’ll Break Up In A Month

October 24, 2016 | Posted By

I know it’s tempting, but maybe don’t Facebook friend request that new guy you’re dating.

The Journal of Cyberpsychology, Behavior and Social Networking recently published a study that suggests connecting on social media too early can negatively affect a person’s view of his or her SO.

The Tyranny of Other People’s Vacation Photos

August 31, 2016 | Posted By

Chief among my favorite Facebook memories is the time that a high-powered journalist of my acquaintance breezily informed us all that he was at the Grill Room of the Four Seasons with Ted Danson, tucking into some sea urchin. To which one friend responded, “That’s funny, because I’m at the Midtown tunnel with Rhea Perlman, eating shawarma.”

Shocker! Facebook Changes Its Algorithm to Avoid ‘Clickbait’

August 31, 2016 | Posted By

Facebook says it plans to marginalize what it considers to be “clickbait” news stories from publishers in its news feed, in another step to keep its 1.71 billion members regularly coming back to its social network.

In a change to its news feed algorithm on Thursday, Facebook said certain types of headlines would be classified as clickbait, those that “withhold or distort information.” Those stories will then appear less frequently in users’ feeds, the company said.

Facebook sees its future built on artificial intelligence

April 22, 2016 | Posted By

SAN FRANCISCO — According to one Facebook executive, if you think you’re drowning in a flood of information now, you ain’t seen nothin’ yet.

In four years, there are expected to be about 40 zettabytes of information in the world, according to Mike Beltzner, a Facebook product manager.

Think of it this way: A zettabyte is more than 1 trillion gigabytes. If a gigabyte can store 960 minutes of music, then a zettabyte can store 2 billion years of music.

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