Tag Archives: News

Sue Allen: Big news in social media world

news in the world of social media last week when Twitter announced it was testing doubling the possible length of a tweet to 280 characters to help users “be more expressive”. Thank the Lord. Because I for one can’t wait to hear even more from pop royalty like Katy Perry, Justin Bieber, Taylor Swift and Rihanna – some of the ... Read More »

Why “fake news” is an antitrust problem

Five of the world’s largest companies by market capitalization are tech companies. In the past 10 years, Apple, Google, Amazon, and Facebook have all joined Microsoft at the top of the list. Each of these companies dominates its primary market, and is gradually expanding its reach into secondary markets. Have they become too big? Are they full-fledged monopolies at this point? And ... Read More »

Fake news a concern as Indonesians lap up social media

Indonesia’s daily number of Facebook users currently stands at around 65 million. (Photo: Chandni Vatvani) JAKARTA: Whether they are tweeting or posting, Indonesians love social media. According to Instagram, the country is its largest market in the Asia Pacific. Twitter too, says Indonesians are among its top five users worldwide, and Facebook – the social media favourite of Indonesians – ... Read More »

US, Chinese delegations cancel news conferences on economic talks

U.S. and Chinese delegations participating in an annual economic dialogue on Wednesday have both canceled news conferences scheduled for late afternoon following the conclusion of the talks, a U.S. Treasury spokesman said. The spokesman said there was no information on the cause of the cancellations. The Chinese embassy in Washington confirmed the cancellation of the Chinese press conference, also without explanation. Senior Trump administration ... Read More »

Facebook News Feed Algorithm Update to Curb ‘Tiny Group’ of Spammers

HIGHLIGHTS The move is another step to weed out spam Change would affect only links shared by a tiny group of spammers Facebook frequently tweaks the computer code behind the News Feed Facebook said on Friday it was changing the computer algorithm behind its News Feed to limit the reach of people known to frequently blast out links to clickbait stories, sensationalist ... Read More »

Reliance Jio Feature Phone, OnePlus 5 Price in India, Nokia’s Android Phones, and More News This Week

HIGHLIGHTS Jio’s feature phones will reportedly be priced between Rs. 999 & Rs. 1500 The OnePlus 5’s design was confirmed to be similar to iPhone 7 Plus Nokia’s Android smartphones set to launch in India next week Welcome back to our weekly roundup of all the news that matters from the world of technology. It’s been a big week with ... Read More »

Facebook Trending Topics Tweaked to Show More News Sources

HIGHLIGHTS New design will offer a “carousel” with a variety of websites Aim is to help people “feel more informed about the news in their region” The update “does not affect how trending topics are identified” Facebook on Wednesday unveiled its latest redesign to its “trending topics” feature – its latest move to give users a variety of sources on ... Read More »

‘Dude fires people’: How the chaotic Trump news cycle confuses and misinforms the public

Why do we need the White House briefing anyway? After President Trump fired FBI director James Comey, his communications team went to work explaining the decision and ended up contradicting what the president said on national television. The Post’s Margaret Sullivan looks at whether or not we even need a daily White House briefing. (Erin Patrick O’Connor/The Washington Post) Journalism ... Read More »

Fighting fake news: societies using technology to search for truth

Governments must tread a fine balance when trying to weed out fake news. Photograph: Lopez/Zuma Wire/Rex/Shutterstock Fake news has been accused of influencing election results and giving rise to populist movements. Is there anything governments – and citizens – can do to fight back? Some interesting responses to the fake news phenomenon are now in place around the world. The ... Read More »

Facebook Launches ‘Disputed’ Tag to Crack Down on Fake News

HIGHLIGHTS Facebook had launched tools to tackle fake news back in December It now features a ‘disputed’ tag next to the stories that are deemed fake It is unclear how many people currently have access to the “fake news” Social media giant Facebook has launched its much hyped “fake news” crackdown initiative in the US, tagging as “disputed” the stories ... Read More »