Daisie, Instagram, Flickr, More: Saturday Afternoon ResearchBuzz, May 11, 2019


CNET: Game of Thrones star Maisie Williams’ Daisie app available for creatives worldwide. “Daisie, an app-based community designed to help artists grow in their careers, is out of beta and launching worldwide. The app was created by Game of Thrones actress Maisie Williams and film producer Dom Santry.”

Ubergizmo: Instagram To Block Hashtags That Spread Anti-Vaccination Misinformation. “Not long after taking some much-needed steps to prevent the flow of anti-vaccination misinformation on Facebook, the company is now putting similar measures in place for Instagram, the popular photo-sharing network that it owns. According to the company, Instagram will now hide search results for hashtags that consistently provide false information about vaccines.”

Flickr Blog: Planned maintenance and Flickr downtime. “It is an exciting time at Flickr right now as we approach the final stretch of our migration of Flickr’s data and systems…. The process involves hundreds of millions of gigabytes of photos and videos (literally billions of photos) and 100+ million accounts. We knew there would be a few bumps in the road, and one of those unfortunate bumps is the need for some planned downtime while we finish the migration. Luckily though, when this step is complete, we’ll be well on our way to a much faster, much more secure, much more stable Flickr.”


How-To Geek: How to Automate Google Sheets With Macros. “When you record a macro in Google Sheets, it automatically creates an Apps Script with all the code to replicate your actions for you. This means you can create complex macros without knowing how to write code. The next time you run it, Sheets will do everything you did when you recorded the macro. Essentially, you’re teaching Google Sheets how to manipulate a document to your liking with a single command.”


Tubefilter: Court Filing Reveals Kim Kardashian West Can Command $500,000 Per Sponsored Instagram Post. “In a recent court filing, Kardashian defended her position by revealing that she typically receives between $300,000 and $500,000 per sponsored Instagram post. And when it comes to longer-term partnerships, she says, that figure rises substantially — and can include equity in the partner brand. For instance, Kardashian West’s attorney, Todd Wildson, claims that she recently signed a $6 million annual deal with a wearable consumer goods company in which she was also granted ‘substantial equity,’ per Business Insider.”

Stars and Stripes: Want to know how many websites the Pentagon runs? So does the Pentagon. “The Pentagon could be responsible for 5,000 publicly accessible websites. Or it could be less than half that. Nobody appears to know for sure. Speaking at a town hall event for employees of the military’s main public affairs organization, Army Col. Paul Haverstick said late last month that the number of Pentagon and military branch websites is ‘undefined.'”


NBC News: Millions of people uploaded photos to the Ever app. Then the company used them to develop facial recognition tools.. “What isn’t obvious on Ever’s website or app — except for a brief reference that was added to the privacy policy after NBC News reached out to the company in April — is that the photos people share are used to train the company’s facial recognition system, and that Ever then offers to sell that technology to private companies, law enforcement and the military.”

CBS News: Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg, Sheryl Sandberg face subpoena from Canadian Parliament. “A committee in Canada’s Parliament voted unanimously Tuesday evening to take the rare step of issuing a subpoena demanding appearances from Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg and COO Sheryl Sandberg.”


Techdirt: The Pai FCC Sits On Its Hands While Phone Companies Rip Off American Taxpayers. “We’ve talked often about how the nation’s phone companies, now fixated on video and online advertising, have effectively just been letting their DSL and phone networks fall apart while still charging exorbitant rates. Not only did these companies take billions in taxpayer dollars to build these older copper-based networks, they took billions more in subsidies for fiber upgrades they never fully deployed. Yet increasingly we’ve watched as they’ve refused to upgrade or even repair their networks across countless states, leaving customers trapped with expensive service that often doesn’t even meet the FCC’s standard definition of broadband (25 Mbps).”

The Verge: 12 new projects will finally show us how Facebook is changing democracy. “Ever since the 2016 US election, some of the most urgent questions in tech have been about the impact of social media — Facebook, in particular. How much does fake news influence people’s opinions? Do filter bubbles lead to more polarized views? Why are people so inclined to share outrageous stories? Researchers have been looking at those questions for years, but actual experimental data has been hard to come by. But this summer, select researchers will get access to some of the most insightful social media data we have, direct from Facebook.” Good afternoon, Internet…

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