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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
Justice Dept. charges Russian woman with interference in midterm elections - The Washington Post
Officials said Russia, China and Iran are attempting to “influence public sentiment” in advance of 2018 and 2020 polls.

The group attempted to sow conflict along racial lines and sometimes advocated directly opposing positions, apparently agnostic to whom they supported so long as it turned Americans against one another, prosecutors said.

For example, in relaying how to discuss an August 2017 story about Special Counsel Robert S. Mueller, one member of the conspiracy said Mueller should be termed “a puppet of the establishment” whose work was “damaging to the country.” But later that year, another member of the conspiracy tweeted, “If Trump fires Robert Mueller, we have to take to the streets in protest. Our democracy is at stake.”
politics  law 
21 hours ago by jellis
Georgetown Law Students Object to Exam Software
More than 500 law students at Georgetown University have signed a petition asking the law school to scrap its new exam software.

In a letter to administrators, students raised privacy and security concerns about the Exam4 platform and objected to the requirement to install it on their personal laptops in order to take their finals.
privacy  security  highered  law  weekly 
yesterday by twwoodward
Mississippi Law Enforcement Performed $200,000 Worth Of Illegal Forfeitures Because It 'Didn't Realize' Law Had Changed | Techdirt
The law changed so that police seizures required court oversight. The police didn't follow this new law (they "didn't notice" the change).
law  police  policeimmunity  forfeiture 
yesterday by mcherm
A Decade After Trying To Block Open Source Patent Pool From Buying Its Patents, Microsoft Joins The Pool Entirely | Techdirt
10 years ago, a Microsoft FUD campaign claiming to have unspecified patents that Linux violated forced the open source community to create a defensive patent pool. Today Microsoft joins that pool. Times have changed.
patent  opensource  microsoft  law 
yesterday by mcherm
A Marseille, le carrossier provoquait lui-même les accidents
Après plus de 13 accidents en moins de deux ans, c'est l'assurance qui a flairé l'affaire de ce carrossier...

A bord de sa Clio, "une épave" selon nos confrères de la Provence qui relate l'audience au tribunal correctionnel de Marseille, ce carrossier de 41 ans jouait aux auto-tamponneuses près de son garage du 13ème arrondissement avant de faire des constats et proposer ses services.

L'artisan explique avoir monté le stratagème, dès 2012, pour sauver son entreprise du dépôt de bilan, faire grimper son chiffre d'affaires et payer ses salariés. Ainsi, deux ans, l'homme a provoqué 13 accidents, dont 11 de sa responsabilité, pour "refus de priorité". Son assurance, qui avait déjà remboursé 20.000 euros, a alors mené son enquête et a découvert le pot-aux roses.
driving  france  law  finance 
yesterday by juliusbeezer
Slate: Liberals Must Embrace a Bankrupt Judicial Philosophy to Have Any Chance of Winning at the Supreme Court
It’s a great time for liberals to brush up on their knowledge of originalism and textualism. These judicial theories, which say that judges should interpret constitutional provisions or statutes by looking solely at their “original public meaning,” are embraced by many of the conservative judges and justices appointed by President Donald Trump who have begun to build a stranglehold on the federal judiciary. Despite recent work demonstrating the bankruptcy of these approaches, liberal lawyers trying to get progressive results at the Supreme Court have already begun trying to pick off conservative justices through a calculated embrace of the theories.
usa  law 
yesterday by lehmannro
Brooklyn Defender Services
"NYPD uses arbitrary criteria to determine gang membership or affiliation such as living in a “known gang location,” apparel, scars, tattoos, hand signs, and relationships with “known gang members.” Significantly, commission of any crime(s) is/are not among the criteria. Therefore a teenager who lives in public housing and mimics his peers by showing hand signs in a Facebook photo with no connection to any criminal activity can be included in this database for the rest of their life without any due process protections."
police  newyork  racism  discrimination  policy  law 
yesterday by conner

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