A new free speech platform has been announced by Dr. Jordan Peterson, an advocate for freedom of speech on social media platforms.
Dr. Jordan Peterson is a tenure professor of psychology at the University of Toronto and author of 12 Rules for Life: An Antidote to Chaos. Peterson is widely known for his stance against the censorship of freedom of speech, and has decided to announce his own social media platform that will allow for users to freely express themselves without the worry of being removed or banned from the platform.
The platform is called Thinkspot and is a subscription based "anti-censorship" platform that will encourage people to express themselves intellectually and engage in meaningful discourse. One of the ways Peterson has devised Thinkspot to naturally encourage this level of discourse is to have a minimum word count for posts. Posts will have to be more than 50 words, "If minimum comment length is 50 words, you're gonna have to put a little thought into it. Even if you're being a troll, you'll be a quasi-witty troll." Peterson said.
YouTube has certainly been through its ups and downs these past couple of years with algorithm changes and other tweaks here and there. Google will now be introducing a new change that everyone will be able to notice.
According to a new blog post on the official support page for Google, YouTube's subscriber count on everyone's channel will soon become abbreviated. The changes will be applied to anyone who has their subscriber count on public, and will effect channels that have over 1,000 subscribers.
The changes will be as follows; if a channel has 1,000 subscribers, instead of the figure appearing as '1,000' it will appear as '1K'. An example of this would be if a channel has 133,017 subscribers, it will now appear as 133K subscribers. This decision was made to "create more consistency everywhere that we publicly display subscriber counts, starting in August 2019, we'll begin showing the abbreviated subscriber number across all public YouTube surfaces."
While Facebook is currently on a full frontal assault against hate speech, explicit content and fake accounts, there is another category that it will be taking responsibility for removing. Revenge porn.
According to an announcement from Facebook 's Global Head of Safety, Antigone Davis, Facebook will soon be implementing a new form of AI. This new AI will be targeting "non-consensual intimate images" or "revenge porn" of people to protect them against public shame and online abuse.
The move from Facebook to stop "revenge porn" is to minimilze the amount of online abuse its userbase is currently experiencing. A survey that consisted of a sample size of 1606 people had "61% of respondents said they had taken a nude photos/videos of themselves and shared it with someone else" and that "23% of respondents were victims of revenge porn." The survey also details that "93%" of the victims suffered "significant emotional distress" and "42% sought out psychological services." Facebook has created a new hub called "Not without my consent" for victims to report their images/video, a link to that can be found here.
Facebook has 2.2 billion monthly active users (MAUs) and a huge 1.49 billion daily active users (DAUs) that blow most companies away with the amount of MAUs and DAUs possible without an explosion of human beings on this planet.
There are over 7 billion people but over half of those don't have access to internet, let alone social media, so the number of users that Facebook has on a monthly and more impressively, daily, is amazing. But it seems we're being lied to, or at least very intricately tricked into these numbers by Facebook and it seems, many other companies. Do Facebook shareholders know this? Does the media know this, or want to alarm people that Facebook could be lying to the world and it could have disastrous effects?
I've only just come across this article, but it's only a few days old - from the New York Times, and Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg during her time with the Senate Intelligence Committee. Last week, Sandberg met with the SIC and said that from October 2017 through to March 2018, Facebook deleted a mind blowing 1.3 billion fake accounts. That's 1,300,000,000 to put it into perspective, out of the 2,250,000,000 that use it every month.
According to the Q2 2018 statistics from StreetAccount and FactSet, Facebook has 2.25 billion MAUs and 1.49 billion DAUs. But if we take the new information into account from Facebook's own Chief Operating Officer and the deletion of 1.3 billion fake accounts, how many of those MAUs and DAUs are real? If we're talking about 1.3 billion accounts, let's shave 60% off those numbers.
- MAUs from Facebook data: 2.25 billion
- DAUs from Facebook data: 1.49 billion
- MAUs with 60% accounts deleted: 900 million
- DAUs with 60% accounts deleted: 600 million
That's a very big difference, considering th at Facebook said in its Transparency Report back in May 2018 that fake accounts resulted in only 3-4% of its MAUs, I find this ridiculous given the social media giant ADMITTED it had deleted 1.3 billion FAKE accounts. How can there be that many fake accounts now? It was only in July 2017 that Mark Zuckerberg himself said: "As of this morning, the Facebook community is now officially two billion people! We're making progress connecting the world, and now let's bring the world closer together".
Now that the World Cup is over we have some social media numbers to share courtesy of Twitter, with an absolutely huge 115 billion impressions during the World Cup.
115,000,000,000 impressions during the World Cup is absolutely huge, especially when we compare it against the 2014 World Cup with the Germany vs. Brazil finals pushing 35 million tweets. Video views were also huge with the Fox Sports-produced FIFA World Cup Now show that was a Twitter exclusive drawing 7.1 million views over the World Cup.
The final World Cup match had the most tweets, with Brazil's last two matches against Mexico and Belgium drawing in number two and three for Twitter engagement. Kylian Mbappe's fourth goal in the France vs. Croatia finale was the most-tweeted moment of the entire World Cup, while the most-mentioned player of the World Cup goes to Neymar, Jr.
Facebook has announced that there is a complete redesign of Messenger on the way, something that will make the chat app that is used by over 1.2 billion people much easier, and cleaner to use. Great news, especially after Facebook started throwing in everything but the kitchen sink into Messenger over the last few years.
Mark Zuckerberg, robot overlord and Facebook founder explains: "When you're messaging, you really want a simple and fast experience. We're taking this moment to completely redesign Messenger to focus on these ideas".
Messenger VP David Marcus said that the redesigned Messenger app will be coming "very, very soon" and it's something that the team has been slugging away at for a few months now. Facebook is doing something new by offering a dark mode, which is perfect for those who chat while in bed or dark areas, and those with OLED-based displays.
Facebook Messenger is one of the most-used messaging clients on the planet, so it shouldn't come as a surprise that the social networking giant unveiled an AI-powered feature at their annual F8 developer conference.
Facebook announced that Messenger's built-in assistant 'M' will soon use AI to help you chat with people talking in different languages, translating it on-the-fly. The AI will detect which language you or your chatting partner are speaking, where it will pop up and offer automatic cross-translation.
The company will limit M to translating on the Facebook Marketplace for now, before shifting to deeper parts of Messenger and beyond. Facebook is rolling out across the US at first, which should happen in the next couple of weeks.
Facebook is taking a swipe at Tinder with the announcement of its new dating feature, since so many people find their partners online, why leave Facebook to do it?
Robot overlord and Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg announced that the new dating feature was designed from the ground up with privacy and safety in mind, and I'm seriously sure he meant that, except probably not. The dating feature won't suggest any of your Facebook friends as a match, and if you do use the feature none of your FB friends will see your dating profile.
Facebook users will be able to set up a dating profile that is completely separate to their normal FB profile, with nothing connected between the two parts of Facebook showing up in your News Feed. Once you're in the new dating feature, you can slide through groups and events to see who you're compatible with.
Facebook is standing on a dumpster fire of trouble right now, with CEO and founder Mark Zuckerberg at the center of it all. All of this drama was kicked off with the Cambridge Analytica news, and has truly snowballed since.
It has been reported that Facebook deleted Zuckerberg's messages from users' inboxes, which is insane, considering Facebook users are the only ones that have the ability to delete messages from their inboxes. Facebook has obviously got super admin powers to delete peasants' messages, or in this case, messages sent by Facebook execs.
In the midst of the world finding this out, Facebook not-so-surprisingly said they are planning to launch a new "unsend" features in the coming months. TechCrunch talked to three sources that wanted to remain anonymous "out of fear of angering Zuckerberg or burning bridges with the company" that the messages send by Zuckerberg to both former employees and non-employees were deleted.
Why all of this? Let's rewind back to 2010 when Business Insider said that Zuckerberg had "recently been displaying a disregard bordering on disdain for Facebook users' right to maintain control over personal information", and this was 8 years ago before all of this new trouble which is 100x bigger.
Rewinding the clock back to 2004, when then 19-year-old Mark Zuckerberg talked with a friend when he was in a college dorm room at Harvard when he first launched The Facebook. At the time, Zuckerberg said:
- Zuck: Yeah so if you ever need info about anyone at Harvard
- Zuck: Just ask.
- Zuck: I have over 4,000 emails, pictures, addresses, SNS
- [Redacted Friend's Name]: What? How'd you manage that one?
- Zuck: People just submitted it.
- Zuck: I don't know why.
- Zuck: They "trust me"
- Zuck: Dumb fucks.
Facebook are in some deep doo doo right now, with the full skinny on that in my article about the social networking giant losing $50 billion over the Cambridge Analytica scandal.
It is time. #deletefacebook— Brian Acton (@brianacton) March 20, 2018
Now we have WhatsApp co-founder Brian Acton taking to Twitter of all social networking platforms tweeting: "It's time. #deletefacebook". Both Acton and WhatsApp have declined to comment reports The Verge, and remember... Facebook acquired WhatsApp in 2014 for a huge $16 billion. Acton is now worth $6.5 billion and in the middle of a $50 billion stock drop for Facebook, its CEO and COO have been reportedly missing from a recent staff meet to discuss the CA scandal.
Acton isn't the first ex-Facebook executive to talk dirt on the social networking giant, with head of growth for Facebook Chamath Palihapitiya admitting "we have created tools that are ripping apart the social fabric of how society works." Crazy things are happening for FB right now, and I don't see how they're going to get out of this one short of a larger scandal breaking out and fanning these flames.