Bad Web Sites, Facebook, TweetDeck, More: Short Wednesday Afternoon Buzz, November 9, 2016

TWEAKS AND UPDATES

Google will start calling out Web sites that are “repeat offenders” for bad behavior. “…we have adjusted our policies to reduce risks borne by end-users. Starting today, Safe Browsing will begin to classify these types of sites as ‘Repeat Offenders.’ With regards to Safe Browsing-related policies, Repeat Offenders are websites that repeatedly switch between compliant and policy-violating behavior for the purpose of having a successful review and having warnings removed. Please note that websites that are hacked will not be classified as Repeat Offenders; only sites that purposefully post harmful content will be subject to the policy.”

Mashable: Facebook made a new Snapchat clone for Brazil because why not. “The social network launched a new app in Brazil on Tuesday that looks like yet another near-perfect Snapchat clone. Called Flash, the app allows Brazilian users to send disappearing messages — complete with filters masks emoji and doodles — to friends or add them to their in-app stories.”

USEFUL STUFF

It’s nice to see an article on Twitter technique that focuses on TweetDeck. From the Online Journalism Blog: Too many election tweets? Some simple Tweetdeck techniques for filtering the information overload. These techniques work for all kinds of topics, of course, and not just the 2016 election.

Search Engine Land has a FAQ about the new mobile-first Google index. “Since the announcement, we have been tracking what Googlers have been saying about the change based on the industry’s questions. Below you will find a compilation of those questions and answers based on coverage from Jenny Halasz, Jennifer Slegg and me.” “Me” in this case is Barry Schwartz.

AROUND THE SEARCH AND SOCIAL MEDIA WORLD

Variety has an article about the archiving efforts of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. “because the Academy collects prints of every single nominated film, that means 300 of the world’s best foreign-language movies have found a permanent place in its vaults — international films that, in many cases, are no longer (or never were) available for home viewing. Those copies, whether on celluloid or DCP, are just the beginning of the Academy’s in-depth efforts to preserve a lasting legacy of cinema history from around the globe. The Academy archives also include movie posters, photographs, scripts, and other rare artifacts related to both the nominees, and international cinema in general. The 60th anniversary of the category offered me a rare opportunity to go behind the scenes at the Academy’s Margaret Herrick Library to view the collections — and to evaluate just how international they truly are.”

SECURITY/LEGAL ISSUES

Do you use the “Web of Trust” browser addon? Please read this. “An investigation by German television channel NDR (Norddeutscher Rundfunk) has discovered a series of privacy breaches by Web Of Trust (WOT) – one of the top privacy and security browser extensions used by more than 140 Million online users to help keep them safe online.” Good afternoon, Internet…

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