Off the Media
Remember how much you totally loved Facebook’s new Messenger app (JK please get it off our phones forever)? Well, there’s a chance Facebook’s going to be releasing another new app — and no, we’re not talking about that Slingshot thing.
Facebook has apparently built an app codenamed “Moments,” according to Techcrunch. The app, should it be released, would reportedly let users share personal updates with small groups of friends and family.
We’re saved! Finally, Facebook has announced it’s stepping in to put a stop to all the “clickbait.”
Sure, they largely created and encouraged today’s iteration of this problem (Upworthy, Buzzfeed, Viral Nova et al were founded almost exclusively around Facebook’s easy-to-game algorithms) and profited greatly from it. But now they’ve had enough and things are going to change.
I believe that. I also believe that things are going to get worse.
Facebook is down, everyone. We repeat: Facebook is down. If you visit Facebook.com now, you simply get a message saying:
Sorry, something went wrong. We’re working on getting this fixed as soon as we can.
To which we say: take your time, Facebook team. This is a great opportunity for the rest of us to Read More
A Florida preschool is facing backlash from a mother of a 4-year-old after her son was expelled because they were mad about a post she made on Facebook.
Ashley Habat wasn’t thrilled that the school didn’t give her enough time to prep her son Will for picture day, reports a Jacksonville television station.
Facebook has a message to users complaining about its revamped Messenger app: Can u not?
Last month, Facebook stripped out the messaging function from its main app and forced users to download another app if they wanted to send and receive messages. Needless to say, people were peeved.
Slow News Day
Hundreds of British cops are being investigating for acting naughty on social media.
For the past five years, cops over on Knife Island allegedly did a lot of stupid things on Twitter and Facebook, including send friend requests to victims, send Facebook messages that were seen as “abusive in nature” and posted pictures of their coworkers in “compromising positions.”
Anyone who’s felt terrorized by social media’s effect on society eventually ends up asking the question, “What would our lives be like without Facebook?” On Friday, we finally got a taste of that sweet reality when Facebook went down for 19 minutes around noon.
Chartbeat, a company that provides news organizations with live metrics for obsessive reporters to gaze at obsessively all day, decided that this was an ideal opportunity to figure out what Facebook’s effect is on news traffic. The result? Even as 70 percent of Facebook referrals vanished, overall traffic to news sites only took a three percent hit.
This is not how you treat a queen, Zuck!
On last night’s Late Show with David Letterman, comedic empress Julia Louis-Dreyfus expressed her frustrations with Facebook. It’s hard to forget that provocative Rolling Stone cover from April where she posed naked with the United States Constitution tattooed on her back.
Law and Order
Facebook could soon be in big trouble, and not just because Slingshot is probably gonna stink.
An Austrian law student, Max Schrems, is leading the charge in what could become a massive lawsuit against Facebook over privacy issues, the Daily Mail reports. Mr. Schrems is asking Facebook users worldwide to join him in demanding damages of €500 each over alleged violations of the European Union’s privacy policies.
We’ve all heard of revenge porn — but what do you call it when the nudes somebody posts to Facebook without your consent aren’t even photos of you?
Meryem Ali of Houston is suing Facebook after her former friend allegedly created an account in her name and posted photos of other people’s naked bodies with Ms. Ali’s face attached via Photoshop, ArsTechnica reports.