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 […]

The End of Political Advertising on Social Media?

Twitter has announced to block all political advertising with November. Although it is still unclear how this is implemented in practice and what qualifies as a political advertising, one thing is clear: the times when  political parties have simply bought advertising on social media sites are probably over. This also because of Cambridge Analytica, that […]

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 […]

How the biggest decentralized social network is dealing with its Nazi problem – The Verge

After the neo nazi network Gab migrated to Mastodon, the alternative social media network tries to deal with internet’s Nazi problem head-on. The distributed nature of the network (federation) makes it almost impossible to respond with a single strategy. Instead, individual instances as the nodes of the network are called, have taken  different measures. For example. […]

Can “Indie” Social Media Save Us? | The New Yorker

Cal Newport on Indie alternatives to existing social media platforms: At the end of my TEDx talk, I note that people often ask me what life is like without social media. By way of an answer, I project a photograph of a bench overlooking a quiet pastoral landscape. As a technology enthusiast, I’m a believer […]

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 […]