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Did Facebook’s faulty data push news publishers to make terrible decisions on video?
But even as Facebook executives were insisting publicly that video consumption was skyrocketing, it was becoming clear that some of the metrics the company had used to calculate time spent on videos were wrong. The Wall Street Journal reported in September 2016, three months after the Fortune panel, that Facebook had “vastly overestimated average viewing time for video ads on its platform for two years” by as much as “60 to 80 percent.” The company apologized in a blog post: “As soon as we discovered the discrepancy, we fixed it.”

A lawsuit filed by a group of small advertisers in California, however, argues that Facebook had known about the discrepancy for at least a year — and behaved fraudulently by failing to disclose it.

If that is true, it may have had enormous consequences — not just for advertisers deciding to shift resources from television to Facebook, but also for news organizations, which were grappling with how to allocate editorial staff and what kinds of content creation to prioritize.
facebook  journalism  video  stats  law  articles 
7 hours ago by mikael
What happens when Facebook goes down? People read the news
Interesting observation: people go straight to news sites when facebook id down.
21 hours ago by robertocarroll
Bellingcat's Online Investigation Toolkit - Google Docs
Welcome to Bellingcat’s freely available online open source investigation toolkit.
toolkit  journalism 
yesterday by fdedic
Trump praise for attack on Guardian reporter criticised by Downing Street
Asked about Trump’s comments, Theresa May’s spokeswoman said: “He obviously made comments at a political rally, and those are for him. But more generally we would always say that any violence or intimidation against a journalist is completely unacceptable.”

While oblique, the criticism is relatively strong by the standards of Downing Street, which generally tries to play down condemnation of Trump’s often erratic behaviour, mindful of wider UK-US ties as well as the president’s promises about a post-Brexit trade deal.
trump  politics  journalism 
yesterday by terry
I fell for Facebook fake news. Here’s why millions of you did, too. - The Washington Post
On Sept. 17, a few days after it was posted, the video was detected by Facebook’s machine-learning systems, programs that try to automatically detect fake news. The company won’t disclose exactly how those work, but it said the signals include what sorts of comments people leave on posts.

Once detected, Facebook passed the video to its network of independent fact-checkers. After Snopes labeled it as “false,” Facebook made it show up less often in News Feeds.

Why does the fake plane...
ai  adtech  journalism  video  press_column 
yesterday by seatrout

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