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9/11, Facebook Campus, Twitter, More: Friday Evening ResearchBuzz, September 11, 2020

NEW RESOURCES

KFVS: Interactive website teaches children about 9/11. “On the 19th anniversary of 9/11, teachers are trying to explain this part of our relatively recent past to students who were not born at that time. Now, a Kentucky-based organization is helping educators with the tools to make the learning experience more interactive.”

TWEAKS AND UPDATES

University of Louisville News: UofL is one of 30 universities piloting new Facebook Campus platform. “The purpose of the platform is to offer a space where students can interact with peers at their school, including through features like a Campus-only News Feed, Groups, events and group chat rooms. Users, who need a personal Facebook account to participate in the Campus channel, will also have access to a directory where they can find and friend other UofL students.”

NPR: Twitter’s New Rules Aim To Prevent Confusion Around The 2020 Vote. “Twitter is putting new restrictions on election-related content, including labeling or removing posts that claim victory before results are official or attempt to disrupt the peaceful transfer of power.”

USEFUL STUFF

PolitiFact: Antifa activists did not start the West Coast wildfires. “Dozens of other posts blaming antifa for the wildfires were flagged as part of the company’s efforts to combat false news and misinformation on its News Feed. (Read more about our partnership with Facebook.) Collectively, they’ve been shared thousands of times. Is there some evidence that these left-wing activists are responsible for the wildfires ravaging the West Coast? No. Officials have dispelled the rumors, and while investigations are still ongoing, many of the fires appear to have been sparked accidentally.”

AROUND THE SEARCH AND SOCIAL MEDIA WORLD

PC Magazine: Want to Get Verified on Instagram? A Huge Follower Account Isn’t Enough. “Instagram says it noticed that people were turning to the platform to raise awareness and promote the causes they were invested in, especially in the midst of the pandemic, racial tensions, and the 2020 election. So it created a new Instagram Equity team ‘that will focus on better understanding and addressing bias in our product development and people’s experiences on Instagram’—including fairness in algorithms.”

CNET: Mark Zuckerburg: Facebook algorithm isn’t trying to fuel online rage. “Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg says it’s wrong to suggest the social media platform is designed to enrage people. In an interview with Axios on HBO, Zuckerberg admitted that partisan content on Facebook often gets high engagement — such as likes or comments — but said that doesn’t account for everything people are ‘seeing and reading and learning’ about on Facebook.”

SECURITY & LEGAL

Courthouse News Service: EU Adviser Rules for German Library in Fight Over Embedded Links. “In siding with a major German cultural institution, a European magistrate held Thursday that websites that embed digital media as links are not violating European Union law. In issuing his advisory opinion, Maciej Szpunar, an advocate general for the European Court of Justice, said the Stiftung Preussischer Kulturbesitz – the Prussian Cultural Heritage Foundation – is not violating copyright laws by running a digital cultural library featuring thumbnails and links to works at participating institutions, such as museums. The foundation is government-funded.”

ZDNet: Privacy concerns prompt Irish regulators to ask Facebook to stop sending EU user data to the US. “Facebook says that Irish regulators believe current user data exchange methods between the US and EU ‘cannot in practice be used,’ leading to an inquiry into the data transfer practices employed by the company. ”

RESEARCH & OPINION

Martin Robbins: Data Theatre: Why the Digital Dashboards of Dominic Cummings may not help with COVID. “The tech industry is an increasingly metrics- and data-obsessed culture. This isn’t necessarily a bad thing: product managers who expose themselves to user research studies and engagement analytics will tend to make smarter decisions, on average, then those who ignore them. The problem, as with any technique or approach, is when data becomes the end rather than the means; when teams and managers start to develop cargo-cult attitudes toward it.” Good evening, Internet…

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