“Social Media Roundup” is a weekly roundup of news pertaining to all of your favorite websites and applications used for social networking. Published on Sundays, “Social Media Roundup” will help you stay up-to-date on all the important social media news you need to know.
Zuckerberg Calls For Internet Regulations
In an op-ed on The Washington Post over the weekend, Zuckerberg has called for global Internet regulations and recommended rules about how to handle harmful content, election integrity, privacy and data portability.
In terms of harmful content, Zuckerberg said it is important to decide what counts as terrorist propaganda and hate speech. “Lawmakers often tell me we have too much power over speech, and frankly I agree. I’ve come to believe that we shouldn’t make so many important decisions about speech on our own. So we’re creating an independent body so people can appeal our decisions. We’re also working with governments, including French officials, on ensuring the effectiveness of content review systems,” Zuckerberg wrote.
To address election integrity, Facebook made significant changes around political ads. For example, advertisers in many countries must verify their identities before buying political ads. And the company built a searchable archive that shows who pays for ads they ran and the audience that saw the ads.
Zuckerberg also said that effective privacy and data protection needs a globally harmonized framework. And people around the world have called for comprehensive privacy regulation in line with the General Data Protection Regulation in the European Union. Zuckerberg said that he agrees and believes it would be good for the Internet if more countries adopted regulation like GDPR as a common framework.
And Zuckerberg added that regulation should guarantee the principle of data portability. So if you share data with one service, then you should be able to move it to another service in order to give people choice and enable developers to innovate and compete. “True data portability should look more like the way people use our platform to sign into an app than the existing ways you can download an archive of your information. But this requires clear rules about who’s responsible for protecting information when it moves between services,” added Zuckerberg.
White Nationalism Banned
This past week, Facebook announced it is banning “praise, support and representation of white nationalism and separatism” from its services including Instagram and the flagship platform, according to Reuters. This decision was made after a suspect live-streamed the terror attack at two mosques on Facebook Live in Christchurch, New Zealand. Prior to the attack, the suspect allegedly published a manifesto with white nationalist views.
Facebook has been prohibiting the hateful treatment of people based on race, but the same policy was not applied to white nationalism due to the “broader concepts of nationalism and separatism — things like American pride and Basque separatism, which are an important part of people’s identity.”
The reconsideration was made after Facebook had conversations with members of civil society and academics who are experts in race relations across the U.S., Europe and Africa including the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law. Those experts said that white nationalism and separatism “cannot be meaningfully separated from white supremacy and organized hate groups.”
Going forward, Facebook said it is going to direct people who search for terms associated with white supremacy to groups that help people leave hate groups. And Facebook is also actively participating in civil rights audits.
Live Video Restrictions Being Explored
The New Zealand Herald recently published a letter from Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg about how the company is going to address the terror attack in Christchurch, New Zealand. The changes include restrictions for live video.
Sandberg described the terror attack as “an act of pure evil” and said that the company is continuously working with authorities in New Zealand. Facebook removed 1.5 million videos of the attack including 1.2 million times at the point of upload. Plus Facebook removed 900 variations of the terror attack video.
Facebook is exploring restrictions about who can go on Live video based on factors like prior Community Standard violations. And the company is putting more resources towards systems that can identify violent content even if edited.
Sandberg’s letter also points out how Facebook is also removing hate from its platforms (as mentioned above). And Facebook is offering support to four local well-being and mental health organizations within New Zealand.
Posts By Mark Zuckerberg Were Deleted
Business Insider has reported that a number of CEO Mark Zuckerberg’s posts were deleted because of technical errors. The posts were deleted a few years ago and the company said it would require extensive work to restore the posts and it might not have worked. Over the last few years, Facebook started distributing company announcements from a Newsroom section.
One of the most notable deleted posts was Zuckerberg’s thoughts about the Instagram acquisition in April 2012. And another post by Zuckerberg in response to the launch of the News Feed in 2006 titled “Calm down. Breathe. We hear you” was deleted as well. And all of the announcements Zuckerberg published in 2007 and 2008 from his personal profile are all gone.
“A few years ago some of Mark’s posts were mistakenly deleted due to technical errors. The work required to restore them would have been extensive and not guaranteed to be successful so we didn’t do it,” said a Facebook spokesperson in a statement via Business Insider. “We agree people should be able to find information about past announcements and major company news, which is why for years we’ve shared and archived this information publicly — first on our blog and in recent years on our Newsroom.”
Co-Founder Evan Sharp Gets Added To The Board
According to a regulatory filing, Pinterest co-founder Evan Sharp was quietly added to the company board of directors earlier this month as reported by CNBC.
This change in the board comes on the heels of Pinterest preparing for an IPO. Sharp’s position on the board was added one week after the company made its first public filing. This means that Pinterest now has two of its own executives on the board including founding CEO and chairman Ben Silbermann.
“Mr. Sharp was selected to serve on our board of directors because of the perspective and experience he brings as our Chief Design & Creative Officer and as one of our Co-Founders, as well as his product development and design experience,” says the filing.
Forecast: Over $100 Million In Revenue
According to eMarketer, Reddit is expected to surpass $100 million in revenue this year and could potentially hit $119 million in ad revenue by the end of the year. This figure is expected to more than double this figure by 2021, according to the report.
“The company has retooled its ad offerings over the past year, which included the launch of new ad formats like autoplay in-stream video, cost-per-click, app install and ‘Top Post Takeover,’ which allows brands to have their ads appear on the site’s front page,” explained eMarketer forecasting director Monica Peart. “Like most of the companies for which eMarketer produces estimates, advertising is not reddit’s only source of revenue.”
eMarketer’s data only includes logged-in users and does not account for other revenue sources. And it also accounts for just Reddit’s U.S. based business. A Reddit spokesperson told CNET that they cannot confirm the projects, but the report “demonstrates a massive runway for growth”
Tweets Violating Terms Of Service May Get Labeled
Twitter is considering labeling tweets that are in violation of its rules, which are published by public rules including President Trump. The reason why Twitter does not remove tweets that are in violation of the rules is due to a “newsworthiness clause” as it could be of public interest.
But if a tweet makes a direct violent threat against an individual, then it would be removed. This potential feature was discussed by Twitter’s legal chief Vijaya Gadde at a Washington Post event this past week.
By labeling the tweets, Gadde believes that users will know why it has not been deleted. Buy by leaving offensive newsworthy tweets on the site without context allows it “live on Twitter and people can see it and they just assume that is the type of content or behavior that’s allowed by our rules,” Gadde explained.