On the potential Impact of banning Political Ads on Social Media

Worth reading: this Wired article that discusses the potential impact of banning political ads on social media. Political Ads serve as entry point to phony astroturf communities. For example, the now infamous Internet Research Agency (IRA for short) purchased only 3400 Facebook and Instagram ads. Compare this to the over 61500 Facebook posts, 116000 Instagram […]

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 […]

Instagram is extending its public like removing trials

Instagram is testing the removal of visible likes in six more countries. They include Ireland, Italy, Japan, Brazil, Australia and New Zealand. In these countries only the uploaders will see how many likes their pictures received. This has of course impact on influencers: the days of counting likes as a measure of publicity are commming […]

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. […]

Like it or not

Instagram (or Insta as the platform is called by the cognoscienti) is experimenting with a feature that removes likes. It’s a move that potentially should remove the social pressure users experience: nothing is more devastating on a social media platform than nobody linking your posts. This has of course a huge impact on all those […]

Lush is quitting Social Media

You might be familiar with Lush. It’s a lifestyle products company that sells soap and related products for personal wellbeing. Now this company has decided to quit social media for marketing purposes, citing “being tired of fighting algorithms in newsfeeds”. In terms of numbers, Lush was quite successfull: several 100k followers on Facebook, several 100k […]

Faceborg

Move fast and break things. This famous motto of Facebook characterizes a company willing to push forward by all means. And pushed forward they have. And broke many things along it’s path. Facebook has become the dominant online platform of our times. More than 2.2 billion people are on Facebook and for most of them […]