Facebook Search, Facebook Watch, Google Hangouts, More: Monday Evening ResearchBuzz, December 3, 2018
TWEAKS AND UPDATES
Search Engine Journal: Facebook Explains How its Search Results Work. “Facebook has put together a short explainer video with details about how its search results work. The company says it wants to be more transparent about what’s happening when users search for content on Facebook. Facebook crammed as much information as it could into its less than 2-minute video. Here’s what was revealed.”
TechCrunch: Facebook adds free TV shows Buffy, Angel, Firefly to redefine Watch . “Facebook hasn’t had a hit show yet for its long-form video hub Watch, so it’s got a new plan: digging up some deceased cult favorites from television. First up, Facebook is making all episodes of Joss Whedon’s Buffy The Vampire Slayer, Angel, and Firefly free on Facebook Watch.”
9to5 Google: [Update: Google statement] 2019 is your last year to use Google Hangouts if you haven’t moved on already . “According to source familiar with the product’s internal roadmap, Google Hangouts for consumers will be shutting down sometime in 2020. That’s not surprising at all since Google essentially ceased development on the app more than a year ago. But just know, going into 2019, this is indeed your last year to keep using the beloved (?) legacy chat app.” I saw stories about this swirling all weekend. Google is saying it doesn’t have a date for shutting down Hangouts. Right now all I can say is if you rely on Google Hangouts, keep a close eye on this story.
Genealogy’s Star: How do we find records in an archive?. “Archives differ from your local public library or even a large university library in certain important ways. Depending on your experience when you go to a library, you might expect to see books and other resources on shelves and you might decided to browse around and look for something intersting. If you go to an archive, and are prepared to do research, you might find an office with few evident resources visible and be lost. There is a real need before going to an archive to find out as much as you can about the facility.” Nice overview.
MakeUseOf: 7 Tips for Using the Tor Browser Safely. “The Onion Router (Tor) is a free piece of software that facilitates anonymous communications and browsing. It’s a secure option for browsing the internet, and comes with its own browser. Here’s how to get online securely with the Tor browser, and keep your activity private.”
AROUND THE SEARCH AND SOCIAL MEDIA WORLD
Washington Post: Facebook discussed using people’s data as a bargaining chip, emails and court filings suggest . “Facebook executives in recent years appeared to discuss giving access to their valuable user data to some companies that bought advertising when it was struggling to launch its mobile-ad business, according to internal emails quoted in newly unredacted court filings. In an ongoing federal court case against Facebook, the plaintiffs claim that the social media giant doled out people’s data secretly and selectively in exchange for advertising purchases or other concessions, even as others were cut off, ruining their businesses. The case was brought by one such company, Six4Three, which claims its business was destroyed in 2015 by Facebook’s actions.”
Malay Mail: Penang to create database on fish farms to grow the industry. “The Penang state government is collecting data on the billion-ringgit aquaculture industry in the state, Penang Chief Minister Chow Kon Yeow said. He said the state is now in the midst of streamlining statistics on the fish farms.”
SECURITY & LEGAL
The Siver Week: Belarus Introduces Compulsory Identification Of Internet Users. “The law specifically provides for mandatory identification of users of Internet resources, including commentators, and also on the forums. For authentication, the user will need to enter your mobile phone number when filling out the user agreement.”
RESEARCH & OPINION
Journal Of Strategic Security: Engaging English Speaking Facebook Users in an Anti-ISIS Awareness Campaign. “This article reports on The International Center for Study of Violent Extremism (ICSVE’s) small-scale Facebook ad awareness campaigns ran between December 7, 2017 and December 31, 2017 in the United States, UK, Canada, and Australia. Two ICSVE-produced videos were used, namely The Promises of ad-Dawlah to Women, featuring the testimony of a Belgian female ISIS defector, and Today is the Female Slave Market in ad-Dawlah, featuring a Syrian male ISIS defector who witnessed the sexual enslavement of women by ISIS. The purpose of the campaign was to reach as many English-speaking individuals in U.S., UK, Canada, and Australia to drive engagement with the ICSVE-produced videos as well raise awareness about the dangers of joining or considering joining a violent extremist group like ISIS. ”
Engadget: Facebook and MIT tap AI to give addresses to people without them. “About four billion people in the world are without a physical address. The MIT Media Lab and Facebook are teaming up to create a solution that will use a machine learning algorithm to identify and assign addresses from satellite images. The system would provide a cheap and efficient alternative to conventional mapping methods.” Good evening, Internet…
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