Facebook Ads, Twitter, Social Video Content, More: Wednesday Afternoon ResearchBuzz, March 13, 2019


Politico: Facebook backtracks after removing Warren ads calling for Facebook breakup. “Facebook removed several ads placed by Sen. Elizabeth Warren’s presidential campaign that called for the breakup of Facebook and other tech giants. But the social network later reversed course after POLITICO reported on the takedown, with the company saying it wanted to allow for ‘robust debate.'”

Slashgear: Twitter drops the vowels for a new experimental app. “It isn’t really a secret that Twitter would like to change the way conversations happen on its platform, and today, it’s launching a new app that might help it accomplish that goal. The new app is named Twttr, and it’ll be used to test experimental features before they go live. Unfortunately, this new app isn’t freely accessible, and instead is available only by invite.”


Social Media Examiner: How to Improve Your Social Video Content: 10 Tips From the Pros. “Want to create better social video content? Looking for tips and tools to try In this article, 10 video experts share the tactics and tools they use to create successful video content.”

Knight Center: Learn how to identify and verify what you see on the web: Sign up for free online course ‘Navigating Misinformation’. “Learning how to verify content from online sources is more important each day, especially as the amount of false content on the internet grows. The new massive open online course (MOOC) from the Knight Center for Journalism in the Americas and First Draft’s Claire Wardle will arm you with the tools and skills necessary to verify online content and use it ethically in professional, published reports.”


Mother Jones: How Facebook Screwed Us All. “A country riven by ethnic tension. Spontaneous protests driven by viral memes. Violence and riots fueled by hateful fake-news posts, often about ‘terrorism’ by marginalized groups. It’s a story we’ve seen play out around the world recently, from France and Germany to Burma, Sri Lanka, and Nigeria. The particulars are different—gas prices were the trigger in France, lies about machete attacks in Nigeria—but one element has been present every time: Facebook. In each of these countries, the platform’s power to accelerate hate and disinformation has translated into real-world violence.”

Yahoo Finance: Murdoch’s News Corp. Australia Asks to Break Up Google. “Rupert Murdoch’s News Corp. Australia asked the country’s regulators to push to break up or effective separation of Google’s digital advertising business because of the damage it is inflicting on the nation’s media industry. News Corp. made the request in an 80-page filing with the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission following a preliminary report from the regulator, recommending a new or existing watchdog should investigate and monitor how large digital platforms rank and display ads and news.”


ZDNet: WordPress shopping sites under attack. “WordPress-based shopping sites are under attack from a hacker group abusing a vulnerability in a shopping cart plugin to plant backdoors and take over vulnerable sites. Attacks are currently ongoing, according to Defiant, the company behind Wordfence, a firewall plugin for WordPress sites.”


The Verge: Tim Berners-Lee says we can still save the web. “The World Wide Web is 30 years old tomorrow. A day earlier, its founder, English engineer and computer scientist Tim Berners-Lee, first proposed the system that would become the WWW on March 11th, 1989. To acknowledge the anniversary, he’s revisited his ideas about the internet in a new letter published today.”

Phys .org: Study: Information literacy can combat ‘fake news’. “A new study conducted by Ohio University professor Dr. M. Laeeq Khan found that several factors can be used to predict someone’s ability to detect misinformation, otherwise known as ‘fake news,’ on social media. Additionally, the study found that, by looking at certain factors, it is also possible to predict if someone is likely to share misinformation based on the same factors.”

CNET: Far-right Twitter accounts amplified pro-Brexit views, study finds. “Far-right Twitter users who appeared to be from the US helped spread tweets from accounts that support Britain’s controversial decision to leave the European Union, a process known as Brexit. The findings were part of a study released Tuesday by Finnish cybersecurity company F-Secure, which analyzed 24 million tweets about Brexit from 1.65 million users between Dec. 4 and Feb. 13, 2019. ” Good afternoon, Internet…

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