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CEO Mediahuis Gert Ysebaert: ‘We moeten naar de Europese mediatop' | De Tijd
"Het is een manier om met een klein budget aan goede journalistiek te doen, meer dan met online video. We investeerden allemaal fors in online video, en we blijven erop inzetten, maar het is toch niet de heilige graal die het ooit leek te zijn. We moeten natuurlijk een betalend model rond podcasts bouwen. Nu is het een marketinginstrument. Een optie is het freemiummodel: een deel gratis, een deel betalend.’"
mediahuis  media  vlaanderen  journalism  europe  facebook  google 
11 weeks ago by yorickdupon
The New Wilderness
"This odd situation [Zuckerberg and Pichai writing op eds in national papers asking for regulation] recalls the cigarette ads in the 1930’s in which tobacco companies brought out rival doctors to argue over which brand was most soothing to the throat."

"Seen in this light, the giant tech companies can make a credible claim to be the defenders of privacy, just like a dragon can truthfully boast that it is good at protecting its hoard of gold. Nobody spends more money securing user data, or does it more effectively, than Facebook and Google."

"When all discussion takes place under the eye of software, in a for-profit medium working to shape the participants’ behavior, it may not be possible to create the consensus and shared sense of reality that is a prerequisite for self-government. If that is true, then the move away from ambient privacy will be an irreversible change, because it will remove our ability to function as a democracy."

"To what extent is living in a surveillance-saturated world compatible with pluralism and democracy? What are the consequences of raising a generation of children whose every action feeds into a corporate database? What does it mean to be manipulated from an early age by machine learning algorithms that adaptively learn to shape our behavior?"
facebook  google  Media  Privacy  tech  internet 
july 2019 by yorickdupon
The Underworld of Online Content Moderation
"What became clear to me through the course of this work was that the primary function of people doing commercial content moderation at these platforms was for brand management of the social-media platform itself. There would be a great side-benefit of keeping some bad stuff out of people’s way, or “cleaning up” the platform. But ultimately this was in the service of the brand, so that the brand could continue to function as a site where advertisers might want to come."

"Their solution is always automation, or that’s what gets foregrounded, but, I think if you talk to anyone in the industry who’s in the know, the likelihood of humans going away anytime soon is pretty much nil."
Social  facebook  internet 
july 2019 by yorickdupon
Faceplant - Columbia Journalism Review
"DiResta warns that in many cases, misinformation contained in private messages can be even more persuasive because it comes directly from friends and family."
facebook  world  politics  society  social 
july 2019 by yorickdupon
Zuckerberg Plans to Integrate WhatsApp, Instagram and Facebook Messenger - The New York Times
"The services will continue to operate as stand-alone apps, but their underlying technical infrastructure will be unified, said four people involved in the effort."

"The plan — which is in the early stages, with a goal of completion by the end of this year or early 2020 — requires thousands of Facebook employees to reconfigure how WhatsApp, Instagram and Facebook Messenger function at their most basic levels, said the people involved in the effort, who spoke on the condition of anonymity because the matter is confidential."
facebook  instagram  whatsapp  Silicon_Valley  internet 
january 2019 by yorickdupon
Dit is de nieuwe internetbubbel: online advertenties - De Correspondent
"Denk hier nog eens aan als je weer zo’n doemverhaal over Google, Facebook of Cambridge Analytica leest. Als we zo makkelijk te manipuleren waren door plaatjes en video’s waar we niet naar willen kijken, dan hadden deze economen een eenvoudigere taak. In werkelijkheid doen advertenties heus wel iets, maar heel weinig – en in ieder geval een stuk minder dan de meeste adverteerders zelf geloven."
google  facebook  advertising  internet 
january 2019 by yorickdupon
Can Mark Zuckerberg Fix Facebook Before It Breaks Democracy? | The New Yorker
"I found Zuckerberg straining, not always coherently, to grasp problems for which he was plainly unprepared. These are not technical puzzles to be cracked in the middle of the night but some of the subtlest aspects of human affairs, including the meaning of truth, the limits of free speech, and the origins of violence."

"Among other fixes, they discovered that, by offering the site in more languages, they could open huge markets. Alex Schultz, a founding member of the Growth Team, said that he and his colleagues were fanatical in their pursuit of expansion. “You will fight for that inch, you will die for that inch,” he told me. Facebook left no opportunity untapped. In 2011, the company asked the Federal Election Commission for an exemption to rules requiring the source of funding for political ads to be disclosed. In filings, a Facebook lawyer argued that the agency “should not stand in the way of innovation.”"

"David Madden, an entrepreneur based in Myanmar, delivered a presentation to officials at the Menlo Park headquarters, pointing out that the company was playing a role akin to that of the radio broadcasts that spread hatred during the Rwandan genocide."

"In conversation, Zuckerberg is, unsurprisingly, highly analytical. When he encounters a theory that doesn’t accord with his own, he finds a seam of disagreement—a fact, a methodology, a premise—and hammers at it. It’s an effective technique for winning arguments, but one that makes it difficult to introduce new information. Over time, some former colleagues say, his deputies have begun to filter out bad news from presentations before it reaches him. A former Facebook official told me, “They only want to hear good news. They don’t want people who are disagreeing with them. There is a culture of ‘You go along to get along.’ ”"

"The caricature of Zuckerberg is that of an automaton with little regard for the human dimensions of his work. The truth is something else: he decided long ago that no historical change is painless. Like Augustus, he is at peace with his trade-offs. Between speech and truth, he chose speech. Between speed and perfection, he chose speed. Between scale and safety, he chose scale. His life thus far has convinced him that he can solve “problem after problem after problem,” no matter the howling from the public it may cause."
facebook  internet  democracy  politics  profile 
september 2018 by yorickdupon
The Impossible Job: Inside Facebook’s Struggle to Moderate Two Billion People - Motherboard
"Facebook’s constant churn of content moderation-related problems come in many different flavors: There are failures of policy, failures of messaging, and failures to predict the darkest impulses of human nature. Compromises are made to accommodate Facebook’s business model. There are technological shortcomings, there are honest mistakes that are endlessly magnified and never forgotten, and there are also bad-faith attacks by sensationalist politicians and partisan media."

"Facebook has gotten significantly better at moderating over the years, but there’s simply no perfect solution, save for eliminating user-generated content altogether—which would likely mean shutting down Facebook."

"Size is the one thing Facebook isn’t willing to give up. And so Facebook’s content moderation team has been given a Sisyphean task: Fix the mess Facebook’s worldview and business model has created, without changing the worldview or business model itself."

"“The idea is to give everyone in the community options for how they would like to set the content policy for themselves. Where is your line on nudity? On violence? On graphic content? On profanity? What you decide will be your personal settings,” he wrote. “For those who don't make a decision, the default will be whatever the majority of people in your region selected, like a referendum.”"

"The slides viewed by Motherboard show over and over again that, though Facebook believes in a borderless world, the reality is that enforcement is often country-specific. This is to comply with local law and to avoid being kicked out of individual markets. Bickert told Motherboard that Facebook sometimes creates country-specific slides to give moderators “local context.” And, as Zuckerberg wrote in his letter, Facebook believes that eventually it will have to have culture- and country-specific enforcement."

"As Reuters reported, this is in part because, until recently, Facebook had few moderators who spoke Burmese. Rosen, Facebook’s head of product, told Motherboard the company’s hate speech-detecting AI hasn’t yet figured out Burmese, which, because of Myanmar’s isolation, is encoded by computers differently than other languages. Facebook launched in Myanmar in 2011."
facebook  democracy  politics  internet 
august 2018 by yorickdupon
The End of Internet History and the Last Ad - Rambling Space
"It fits with our existing thoughts -advertising sucks-, provides some cherry picked data that fits that narrative -Facebook is great-, and the conclusion seems to be self-evident. “What else are you going to do?” says ad man."

"A key is this: human intervention is kept to a minimum. This is partly matter of technical principle (“automation is good”), a shield against ethical criticism (“algorithms are less biased than people”) but is largely driven by good old financial motives. Like most other business, personnel costs are the biggest line items in pure tech. And once you take a hit of software margins, it’s hard to give it up."

"Interestingly enough, I remember the internet before Facebook too, and it was…OK. We didn’t have the ability to poke that cutie in AP Physics, but we managed. Keeping in touch with friends far and away was harder, but wasn’t impossible. It certainly wasn’t more expensive."
ads  internet  facebook  media 
august 2018 by yorickdupon
Let’s all go back to Tumblr | The Outline
"Meanwhile, if people had enough of an issue to talk about it, they’d be reblogging it on their blogs, for the purpose of talking to their community — a much more achievable and worthwhile pursuit than trying to craft the argument that would appeal to everybody in the world all at once. I’d never see that; my day would go on. We’d be in our little worlds, feeling out the kinks of the potential arguments on our own schedule."

"The ethos of Tumblr is more easily recognizable in a platform like Tinyletter, where people craft small batch blogs for a curated following, the downside being that they’re entirely siloed in their own worlds with no chance of outside interaction. But considering how hectic and intrusive the modern internet can feel, this isolation feels like an asset, not a bug. Snail mail might never make a comeback, but the pleasures of one-on-one communication are evergreen."
Twitter  internet  facebook  Social  tumblr  culture 
august 2018 by yorickdupon
How Long Can Instagram Distance Itself From the Facebook Backlash? - The Ringer
And if a valuable, younger demographic of users is gravitating toward Instagram, it’s not absurd to think that Facebook will find a way to put its many years of AI research to work there, too.
facebook  instagram  internet  cambridge_analytica 
april 2018 by yorickdupon
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