Wales Place Names, Japanese-American Internment, Facebook, More: Tuesday Buzz, May 9, 2017


BBC: Register to protect Welsh historical place names launched. “A new register recording historical Welsh place names to protect them for future generations has been launched. About 350,000 names are already recorded on the online tool, thought to be the first of its kind in the UK.”

Now available from the Library of Congress: Japanese-American Internment Camp Newspapers, 1942 to 1946. From the About page: “Produced by the Japanese-Americans interned at assembly centers and relocation centers around the country during World War II, these newspapers provide a unique look into the daily lives of the people who were held in these camps. They include articles written in English and Japanese, typed, handwritten and drawn. They advertise community events, provide logistical information about the camps and relocation, report on news from the community, and include editorials.”


Engadget: Facebook purges thousands of fake profiles ahead of UK election. “Facebook has doubled its efforts to tackle fake news in the UK. As the nation heads towards a snap general election, the company has removed ‘tens of thousands’ of accounts which it believes were involved in the spread of misinformation.”


Social Media Examiner: How to Use Facebook Camera Effects to Frame Your Facebook Stories. “Want to visually brand your Facebook Stories (and enable your fans to, as well)? Have you heard of the Facebook Camera Effects platform and its Frame Studio feature? Now you can design a custom frame that overlays your Facebook Stories and you can share it with your fans.”

Quick Trick, but handy if you come across a lot of videos blocked in your country: How to Bypass Any Restricted YouTube Video Without an Extension . “Whether you run across a video that’s ‘not available in your country’ for some reason or one that’s age-restricted, you can bypass these with a quick URL trick. This will open any video in a full-screen window, hide ads, and bypass age restrictions.”


New York Times: Candid, Comedic and Macabre YouTube Stars Feel an Advertising Pinch. “Stories like Mr. Wood’s, involving a diverse collection of YouTube personalities with relatively small but engaged audiences — comedians, L.G.B.T.Q. advocates, political commentators — have become more frequent over the past few weeks. Together, they illustrate the trickle-down effects of the recent clash between companies and YouTube, which is owned by Google, over what content should be deemed appropriate to advertise on.”

CNET: Facebook posts fake news ads in newspapers ahead of UK election. “Facebook launched a UK newspaper campaign on Monday warning British citizens to be wary of fake news in the lead up to the General Election on June 8. The social network took out ads in major papers including The Times, The Guardian and the Daily Telegraph, which list ten things its users should look out for when deciding whether to trust information they read online. The tips include checking headlines, URLs, photos and dates.” Hopefully the people who vet Facebook’s ads will get to read the same thing.

Quartz: Algorithms are failing Facebook. Can humanity save it?. “Had Facebook been thinking about Facebook Live as more than a neutral technology product, it may have anticipated what Zeynep Tufekci, an associate professor at University of North Carolina who studies online speech issues, told the New York Times that she anticipated: ‘It was pretty clear to me that this would lead to on-camera suicides, murder, abuse, torture,’ she told the paper. ‘The FBI did a pretty extensive study of school shooters: The infamy part is a pretty heavy motivator.'”


Gadgets360: Google Maps to Be Used by Pakistan in Afghan Border Dispute . “Pakistan and Afghanistan plan on using Google Maps to help resolve a border dispute that led to deadly clashes last week, a senior Pakistani security source said Monday. At least eight civilians were killed on both sides in fighting that began when a Pakistani census team accompanied by soldiers visited disputed villages along the southern border on Friday.”


Science: Artificial intelligence prevails at predicting Supreme Court decisions. “‘See you in the Supreme Court!’ President Donald Trump tweeted last week, responding to lower court holds on his national security policies. But is taking cases all the way to the highest court in the land a good idea? Artificial intelligence may soon have the answer. A new study shows that computers can do a better job than legal scholars at predicting Supreme Court decisions, even with less information.” Thanks to Esther S. for keeping me informed!

New York Times: Don’t Let Facebook Make You Miserable. “It is now official. Scholars have analyzed the data and confirmed what we already knew in our hearts. Social media is making us miserable. We are all dimly aware that everybody else can’t possibly be as successful, rich, attractive, relaxed, intellectual and joyous as they appear to be on Facebook. Yet we can’t help comparing our inner lives with the curated lives of our friends.” I guess I’m lucky that most of my Facebook friends are okay with letting their dorkiness show.


This is a press release from ResponseSource but it’s not very “press-releasy” – Historian uses Google Streetview to find Britain’s “lost” 1930s-era cycleways. “These cycleways were installed beside British roads between 1934 and 1940, but were abandoned after the Second World War. Many were surfaced with red concrete, protected cyclists with kerbs and extended for many miles. They were commissioned by the Ministry of Transport and were built on both sides of the arterial roads constructed in the 1930s. Author and historian Carlton Reid used archive sources to identify the likely locations for the cycleways, and then confirmed their existence not with field walks or even bike rides, but with Google Streetview.” Good morning, Internet…

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