Deepfakes aren’t very good—nor are the tools to detect them | Ars Technica

Facebook led an effort to combat deepfakes and announced the Deepfake Detection Challenge However, the best deepfake detector to emerge from this challenge manages only to catch about two-thirds of deepfakes. According to Henry Farid of UC Berkeley, creating a really useful deepfake detector might be even harder than we think, because it’s basically a […]

WhatsApp Phone Numbers Pop Up in Google Search Results — But is it a Bug? | Threatpost

The WhatsApp feature “Click to Chat” exposes mobile phone numbers on the web and Google’s search engine is able to index them. You can try it using the search string site:wa.me “+43” The phone numbers are simply as part of an URL string (https://wa.me/<phone_number>) and available in plaintext. Facebook claims that this not a bug: […]

Mark Zuckerberg on taking his massive workforce remote – The Verge

COVID-19 has changed the way we work – for some maybe even for good. Facebook was among the first big tech companies that canceled all physical meetings, not only for this year, but until 2021. Now, Mark Zuckerberg is contemplating that Facebook might become a largely remote working company within a decade or so. Their […]

Facebook cancels physical events through June 2021(!)

Facebook canceled all physical events with more than 5o people through June 2021. They will replace some of them with virtual events, but Mark Zuckerberg didn’t provide further details in his post. This outlook is certainly a bit grim since Facebook could set an example for the IT business. We might see other tech organizers […]

Das Aus für Politische Kampagnen auf Social Media?

Twitter hat angekündigt sämtliche politische Werbung mit November zu blockieren. Es ist zwar noch unklar, wie das im Detail umgesetzt wird und was konkret als politische Werbung gilt, aber eines zeichnet sich ab: die Zeiten wo man als politische Partei sich einfach Werbung auf Social Media Plattformen gekauft hat, sind wohl vorbei. Das ist nicht […]

Facebook’s Latest Purchase Gets Inside Users’ Heads—Literally | WIRED

Facebook purchased CTRL-Labs (pronounced “Control” labs), a company that allows uses to control computer interafaces with brainpower. They use a mix of machine learning and neuroscience to accomplish that. While they are not the only company that tries to do that, CTRL-Labs is considered to have a quite pragmatic approach to brain computer interfaces. Users […]

Können “Indie” Plattformen Social Media retten? | The New Yorker

Cal Newport zu Indie Alternativen zu bestehenden Social Media Plattformen: Am Ende meines TEDx-Vortrags stelle ich fest, dass die Leute mich oft fragen, wie das Leben ohne soziale Medien ist. Als Antwort projiziere ich ein Foto einer Bank mit Blick auf eine ruhige pastorale Landschaft. Als Technologie-Enthusiast glaube ich an die IndieWeb-Bewegung und denke, dass […]

Facebook moderators break their NDAs to expose desperate working conditions – The Verge

This disturbing article describes how Facebook content moderators work in extremely poor working conditions. The article focuses on Facebook’s content moderation site in Tampa FL run by Cognizant. Here are the key findings from the article: Run by services firm Cognizant, Facebook’s content moderation site in Tampa, FL, is its lowest-performing site in North America. […]