Posts tagged #internet privacy

Netflix Has Found Religion: Streaming Service To Launch Christian Shows. Microsoft's New Browser Warns You About Fake News and Chick Fil A Keeping The Faith And Not Opening On Big Game Sunday 2/1/19

Fox News reported that Netflix is planning to launch a slate of original faith and family-friendly programming that will be exclusive on the video service. 

Microsoft’s mobile browser, Edge, is issuing fake news warnings to users in a new update for iOS and Android devices.

The news fake news warning is powered by NewsGuard, which rates each website you browse to and gives it either a red warning for unreliable or green for trusted in your address bar. 

This idea sounds good in theory, to help people know they’re visiting a website that may contain fake news, but my question is, who gets to define what “fake news” is? And what journalists are involved in deciding which websites are real and fake?

If you’ve deleted your Facebook over privacy concerns or never signed up to a social media website to begin with, you better hope you picked your friends wisely  because according to a new study, your behavior can be predicted even if you’ve never been on social media.

StudyFinds.org reported that a team of scientists from Vermont and Australia found that by examining the tweets of those close to someone, they could predict a person’s behavior, even if they’re not on social media!

Plus, Facebook has pledged to invest $300 million in local news initiatives, including partnerships, programs, and content over the next three years according to The Blaze.

“The company said it would focus on supporting local newsrooms and helping news organizations build sustainable business models.

Not even a Super Bowl can get Chick fil a to open on Sunday. With the big game taking place at on Sunday Febuary 3rd in Atlanta, many have wondered if the tasty chicken sandwich  restaurant will open its Mercedes-Benz Stadium location for the big game. 

All that today on this edition of "A Whittle Bit of Commentary." ChadWhittle.com (C) 2019 Chad Whittle. 

 

How To Fix Facebook Before Users "Unfriend" Zuckerberg's Creation En Masse

Facebook is a mess right now.

The Mark Zuckerberg social giant is currently in the middle of multiple controversies that range from top executives leaving the company, to privacy concerns among a multitude of users, to talks of investigations into antitrust violations from Capitol Hill.

It seems the company is getting it from all sides and that many are wanting to “unfriend” them.

From a user standpoint, fixing Facebook isn’t as complicated as it may seem.

In fact, it’s a very simple solution.

Facebook users are becoming increasingly concerned with what personal data the company is obtaining and for what purposes they are using their data.

If Facebook wants to calm user’s fears, the social network should give users greater control over how their data is used. This would include providing more controls over how their data is used for advertising purposes and provide more opt-in and opt-out policies for consumers that would allow them to decide how their data is used.

Another move the company should make is to offer paid subscription options that provide users with an ad-free experience and also allows no data collection whatsoever by the social site. In addition, with a higher tier subscription plan, the site could offer a more encrypted experience for users to help protect their data better.

Not only would subscription tiers be great PR for the company to show they’re concerned about their user’s data, it would also help make up for loss revenue from their declining advertising business.

A report on Fast Company reports consumption time on Facebook was down from 16.5% in September 2017 to 14.3% in September of this year. The less people log onto Facebook, the less time they are seeing display ads resulting in a decline in revenue. However, the site is still second to only Google in digital consumption, so it’s not time to panic yet if you’re a Facebook investor. The company is still making billions.

To help stop accusations of political bias, Zuckerberg should show goodwill by creating a board that includes leaders from both the right and the left that meets to help discuss and put into practice policies that make sure all voices are heard fairly on the platform.

Facebook is a company in crisis on many fronts, but it’s silly to think the tech behemoth will suddenly disappear like MySpace. The company is almost too big to fail at this point and is too ingrained in our daily lives and culture for there to be a mass revolt of users away from the platform.

However, there are changes that the company can and should make in order to turn the ship around before it enters into uncharted tech territories that could eventually sink it because history has proven that even some of the world’s largest corporations can hit a financial iceberg and go down like the Titanic.  

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