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Facebook Leverages Advertising to Stop the Spread of Fake News

Just like much of the content on the internet, fake news is funded largely by advertising.  Therefore, this week Facebook announced that pages that share “fake news,” or false stories masquerading as truth, will no longer be allowed to advertise on its platform.  The goal is straightforward:  to punish pages that link to stories that are marked as “false” by third-party fact-checkers from making money. 

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AI Spotlight: Artificial Intelligence Can Provide Help to Those Who Attempt Suicide

Suicide is ranked as the third leading cause of death among people ages 10 to 14 and second among people ages 15 to 24 according to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention.  Obviously, suicide and depression are a serious problem facing society. People who are contemplating suicide often feel helpless and reach out, but hearing and acting on cries for help doesn’t always happen in time. Tragically, many people who have struggled with depression and/or suicidal thoughts have used social media to post notes about their intentions to take their own lives or even live stream their suicides. In response, Facebook announced a few months ago that it would be taking more initiative in using its platform for social good.  One of Facebook’s tools to aide with suicide prevention is artificial intelligence. Facebook has developed algorithms that recognize patterns in user’s posts to flag them in case they are at risk of committing suicide.  Critics hav ...

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Social Media Platforms Continue to Innovate to Thwart Terrorist Propaganda

From its 1.15 billion mobile daily active users, 510,000 comments, 293,000 statuses and 136,000 photos flow through Facebook every 60 seconds. Unfortunately, some of this web traffic is driven by terrorist propaganda, as terrorist organizations increasingly look to use social media to spread their violent messages to broader-reaching audiences. For Facebook, it is impossible to comb through the vast amount of data that flows through Facebook daily in order to vet terrorist content without the help of technology. Like other social media and internet platforms, Facebook is increasingly using artificial intelligence (AI) to assist analysts in identifying and blocking terrorist propaganda.

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Early Returns on Facebook's Instant Articles Indicate Good Cooperation

It has been about three months since Facebook's Instant Articles became a new platform for publishers to reach readers—first only those with iPhones but now Android users as well. There is a guide on Facebook on how to publish there—the easiest way to distribute Instant Articles is through a secure RSS feed. (Facebook is an SIIA member.)

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Leading IT Companies Call for Global Gov. Surveillance Reform

On Monday, several of the largest and most popular IT service providers called for Global Government Surveillance Reform.  In a joint letter, AoL, Facebook, Google, LinkedIn, Microsoft, Twitter and Yahoo called on the world’s governments to address the practices and laws regulating government surveillance of individuals and access to their information.

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