Facebook And Twitter Didn’t Fail Us This Election

The presidential election left many Americans wondering where the country will continue from this point on. As the election itself is a broad topic of discussion, social media platforms have become a means of expressing information. Whether that information is factual or opinion based, every user on Facebook or Twitter has seen some sort of political post. The idea of information received via Facebook or Twitter does not have to be facts alone. The primary purpose of such social media platforms is to quickly release information. Whether that information is actually true is not important. In terms of the election, Facebook and Twitter proved to function just as it was developed to.

According to Buzzfeed’s artictle, these two social media platforms successfully served as ways to push out information regarding relevant political discussions. Thousands of political posts are filtered through Twitter and Facebook and provide thousands of different opinions, arguments, and views. This is the primary purpose of Facebook, as well as Twitter. Therefore, Faceebook and Twitter did not fail to serve the purpose of spreading information during the presidential election. Whether information was released by the presidential candidates themselves, news outlets, or political advocates, the two social media platforms spread all information out to users across the globe.

The article itself is an interesting perspective on how social media spreads information at an alarming rate. With such a fast=paced society, information travels through the internet at a speed that is unmatched by other forms of communication. Platforms such as Facebook and Twitter are often seen as ways to spread opinions and debates because of the ability to post anything and everything. In terms of the election, almost every type of political post contained statistics, opinions of candidates, and personal views on substantial issues.

In conclusion, the social media aspect of the presidential race rose to a peak that optimized the way information was spread throughout the United States as a whole. This not only influenced potential voters, but sparked even more debate and political conversations between any individuals with accounts on these websites.


Facebook launches a new Messenger tool

Communication is vital in modern society, and many people turn to Facebook Messenger when they need to communicate. Facebook Messenger is extremely convenient because it allows you to quickly connect with your friends and family across various platforms. The messaging app works on multiple platforms, including iOS, Android, and on the web. In recent years, Facebook Messenger has become the premier messaging application, but Facebook is not satisfied.


Facebook is always looking for a way to improve their products, and in recent months their eyes have fallen on their messenger app. Facebook wants to make Messenger the best communication tool on the planet, and they are willing to invest time and money into that effort. They just unveiled a new feature that should raise Messenger’s profile.


Facebook Messenger is now unveiling a new feature called “Rooms”. The feature is arriving in limited markets right now. This limited launch is meant to see if the messaging application could encourage broader discussions in a more public atmosphere. These “Rooms” will be centered around specific topics.


There have been rumors of this new feature since September. Early in September, people discovered code within the Messenger App that referenced the new feature. The code also explained how the feature worked. The text within the code talked about Rooms being a place for conversation about topics and interests. The rooms will have a link, so they can easily be shared with other people through the messenger app.


Users will be able to create their own rooms through the Messenger app. They can then invite members, create a nickname for the group, change notification settings, and more. The Rooms feature should allow for customizable chat rooms centered around a central topic.


Facebook has quickly come out and announced that the Rooms feature is a short test. Right now, Rooms is available to members in Austrailia and Canada. Both countries are places where social networks often look to test new products. They have small English-speaking bases, which make the countries an ideal place to test before you unveil the application in the United States or the United Kingdom.


Facebook wants to change the way people communicate, and this new feature is sure to have an impact. Only time will tell just how effective this new application will be.


Workplace: The Facebook for Work

Facebook continues to innovate and wedge itself even further into our everyday lives. Facebook recently launched Workplace, a social network version of their current social media site geared towards the work environment to help connect employees. This type of platform already exists through some companies like Slack, Yammer, and Jive. Over 1,000 businesses already use Workplace and with millions of people already using Facebook, the site’s adaptation should be simple for most. Workplace has a similar layout to Facebook which includes a newsfeed, chat, and photo/video/document sharing capabilities. This consumer familiarity allows the platform to be user-friendly since millions of people already see these features on their personal Facebook accounts. The platform, however, does not show ads nor are the Workplace accounts connected to an individual’s personal accounts. These features will prevent distraction in the office and provide a clear divide between work and home life to prevent distractions. The interface’s color is gray instead of blue, which serves as a visual differentiator between Facebook, used for socializing and Workspace, used for working. This network is intended to increase communication and connectivity within organizations whether employees are working next to each other in a communal workspace or working remotely in a different country. Workers will be able to see what their co-workers are doing via their Workplace status and post documents and information for a whole team or office to see in their newsfeed. This “one-stop” virtual workspace will increase connectivity, which Mark Zuckerberg says will increase communication and create a positive workplace. The cost structure is scaled per employee where companies with one to 1,000 active users will pay $3 per user per month; companies with 1,001 to 10,000 users will pay $2 per user per month, and businesses with more than 10,000 users will pay only $1 per user per month. Although this pay scale is very different than Workplace’s competitors, Facebook is banking on their brand recognition, loyalty, and ease of the site’s use to be the number one business communication space.

Facebook Screwed Up By Algorithm After Removing The Human Editors.

Days after Facebook removed the human editors who somehow controlled what appeared on the trending topics section. The company was caught unawares when it trended a fake news story about the Fox News anchor Megyn Kelly. Facebook replaced the human editors with the new purely algorithm system to avoid the recent accusations of removing trending topics that are allied to conservatism views.

The recent mistake, however, was an avoidable one. The trending topic about Megyn Kelly claimed that she joined Fox News commonly known to be conservative-leaning, as a secret Hilary Clinton supporter. The story was not making sense at all. However, since there was no human to catch the mistake in the Algorithm, the story trended to the top of Facebook’s Trending list even beating popular trending topics like the Beyoncé’s VMA performance and a sexting scandal by Anthony Weiner. The trending story was later removed at around 9:30 ET the following morning.

The point is that Facebook’s strategy of trending the fake story was absurd in the first place and only served to give credibility to the hoax. According to sources familiar with the situation, Facebook’s trending topics algorithm relies on many articles, topics and posts, which is the reason it was easy to come up with a viral headline. At the point when the story was promoted, it met the conditions for acceptance according to the Facebooks guidelines about trending topics. Facebook now claims that the story was later deemed inaccurate hence the reason it was removed from the trending list.

However, Facebook declined to comment on the matter amid outcry from the conservatives. Recently, Gizmodo reported that Facebook was purposely suppressing stories related to conservatism and allowing stories for the liberalism to trend. Although early conclusions may have been made about Facebook’s behavior, the company has refused to produce evidence to prove otherwise.

The recent incident involving the new algorithm system wasn’t the first incident. Over the weekend, other inappropriate headlines trended including a man masturbating with a McDonald’s sandwich. The recent decision to eliminate the human editors was according to Facebook meant to encourage broader audience.

Disastrous Results after Facebook Replaces Human News Curators with a Computer

On Friday, August 26th, Facebook announced that they were making “some changes” to their popular, and sometimes controversial, Trending news feature. On the same day, the entire team in charge of managing the Trending feature was suddenly laid off. The layoffs came as a surprise to the team who were told of their new unemployment status at a meeting that day. In their official update announcement on Friday, Facebook did not include any mention of this restructuring of its labor force.

Facebook first introduced the Trending feature in 2014, but in the past year, they have been focused on refining the algorithm that once worked alongside its human coworkers. Only recently has Facebook publically expressed its desire to rely more on its special news-sorting algorithm, due to allegations of censoring conservative political news articles made several months earlier.

Anonymous members of the curator team had revealed to reporters that such censorship was actually “routine,” which finally force Facebook to publically admit to inserting news stories into its Trending feature that were not actually trending. Changes to the Trending feature can have a substantial impact on society, as 63% of Facebook users get their news from the social media site.

The effects of the change were noticeable during that same weekend as the unmonitored algorithm began posting questionable news stories, including a completely fictitious news story claiming that Fox News’ Megyn Kelly had been fired. The debacle was not limited to fake news stories, as the algorithm sometimes used bewildering judgement in assessing the popularity of news stories, such as when it announced to the world that actor Will Smith had attended a party.

One of the main tasks of the humans working on the Trending team was to write brief descriptions of news headlines that would appear underneath the headline itself. The algorithm never played a role in these summary descriptions, since it was only ever meant to sort news headlines. However, instead of replacing human description writers with computers, Facebook decided to simply remove descriptions from its Trending feature altogether.

In keeping with this new “less is more” philosophy, Facebook shortened the length of the headlines displayed by the Trending feature, and as a result, inadvertently transformed the Trending feature from news summary system to a cryptic list of one and two-word “headlines.”

End-to-End Encryption Comes to Facebook Messenger

Facebook’s latest technological update is an extra level of security for their Messenger app. They’re rolling out end-to-end encryption, as well as the ability to send messages which will automatically be deleted after a set time frame. While these features aren’t available to every user at the moment, they should be by September.

The feature won’t be turned on by default, as the encrypted mode doesn’t allow for features such as payment, GIFs, or video. Besides this, many users may consider encryption to be unnecessary for casual everyday conversations. It’s also only available for the mobile Messenger app, at least for now.

When explaining their decision to make the feature optional rather than default, Facebook vice president David Marcus stated, “It’s that extra layer that you’ll want for those special conversations where you send a Social Security number, a username or password, checking account information for a payment, medical data of some kind. For those types of things, you want to have a little bit more peace of mind. We feel like the approach for us, given how people use our product, is really the right one and the security experts out there have been very supportive of the approach we’ve taken.”

The technology they used is based on the Signal Protocol, which was developed by Open Whisper Systems. This decision was made based on the fact that building a new security system from scratch would result in more initial issues, while the free and open-source Signal Protocol has already established itself as a leader in cryptography.

Is Online Privacy as Good at It’s Cut out to Be? Facebook Implements New Change

With the rapidly growing influx of technology, many forms of communication have sprung, most noticeably the social media platform Facebook. Scrolling through Facebook has evolved into something people do on a daily basis. However, few consider just how vulnerable of a position they really are in when posting a comment or uploading that perfect selfie. Considering that it only costs a few hundred dollars for a hacker to hack into a Facebook account, it’s no wonder that they website has become a breeding ground for scammers and hackers to plunder and pillage.

When something goes online, it will always be there, even if you delete it. However, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg plans to fix this thriving issue. Although the date has not been specified, Facebook is planning to release an update to allow its 900 million users to have the option to protect themselves through the use of end to end encryption, which only allows certain users send messages to people they see fit, while effectively blocking out others from viewing.

However, the future update has caused a paltry dispute, because while Facebook will be unable to see the messages its users send, it also prevents law enforcement officers from viewing them as well.

So, should end to end encryption be allowed to be viewed by law enforcement, or is going the private message route the best option?

End-to-end encryption for Facebook messages

Recently, Facebook Messenger has been introduced to end-to-end encryption. With the implementation of technology Facebook users have the ability to encrypt to their messages so that, ideally, only the intended recipient can read them.

Just a few years ago, end-to-end encryption was just an obscure concept that few people outside of the most passionate techie circles were even aware of. Now, with a noticeable rise in the public’s concern over the security of their private data, end-to-end encryption has steadily become a mainstream talking point.

Facebook scheduled its release of the beta version of its proposed message encryption technology for the 8th of July. If the program functions as intended, then not even the FBI or Facebook itself should be capable of intercepting and reading the messages without the sender’s explicit consent.

The encryption of Facebook messages is the latest in a trend of communication encryption that has been steadily increasing. For years, Apple’s iMessages have been protected by a variation of end-to-end encryption. In the past April, Facebook’s WhatsApp messenger was outfitted with full end-to-end encryption for over a billion of its users; weeks after that, Viber added end-to-end encryption to its messenger system as well.

Should Facebook’s beta project for message encryption turn out to be successful, then the encryption technology is planned to be released to all Facebook users by default in the summer and autumn. With the social media giant incorporating end-to-end encryption into its core model, what was formerly an obscure security measure is now on the road to becoming an industry standard.

Facebook Group Instead of Uber in Austin

A month ago today, Uber and Lyft paused their services in Austin, Texas for politically motivated reasons. This created a transportation void in the city as nearly a million residents around the area relied on those two companies. There was much speculation as to what solution would come along.

Initially, there were a few apps that sprung up to attempt to fill in the void left behind, but that only lasted so long. Eventually, something unexpected happened when an unregulated Facebook group evolved that was focused on providing the same services Uber and Lyft did, but in a peer-to-peer fashion, with no middle man.

The group is located here, and is has amassed over 30,000 members. More interestingly, though, is how the process works. People looking for a ride post a request with information such as a pickup location and destination and a desired time of transport. Almost instantaneously, drivers comment on the post with an ETA, estimated price, and contact phone number. Once a ride is confirmed, the initial post requesting a ride is removed, allowing future requests to settle at the top of the page.

There are however, some precautions being taken within the community. Drivers have been starting to advertise their services with pictures of their car, themselves, and an Uber or Lyft account, ensuring the safety of passengers and legitimacy of the operation.

While this production operates purely peer-to-peer, the group was initially started by an up-and-coming app called Arcade City.

Facebook and Microsoft Building the Fastest Trans-Atlantic Cables

Facebook and Microsoft have unveiled that they will be combining efforts to build the fastest subsea cables across the Atlantic, linking Virginia, Virginia beach to Bilbao, Spain. The two company are planning on using the so-called MAREA cables to connect the two continents (America and Europe) to meet the rising customer demand for consistent high speed connections for online services and could computing.

TechCrunch reports that once the MAREA are operational, they will be the highest capacity subsea cables that crosses the Atlantic. They will comprise eight fiber pairs designed to handle 160 terabytes per second internet speed connection and will use distinctive route rather than the one used by other company also connecting Europe and United States. This will be to ensure reliable and resilient connections for their customers in Europe, United States and beyond as claimed by Microsoft.

The two companies also noted that they would continue to invest in new and innovative techniques to continuously update both the global internet infrastructure and the Microsoft Cloud. By doing this, they will offer a better service to their customers by providing them with low-latency and reliable connection. According to the Director of Global Network at Microsoft, this will mark a significant step in constructing the next generation infrastructure of the internet.

The construction of the cables is expected to start on August this year with completion anticipated to be between July and October of 2017.