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Segregated social media bubbles led to media’s failure in the election, and those forces are likely to only get worse

“American political discourse in 2016 seemed to be running on two self-contained, never-overlapping sets of information,” Joshua Benton writes. “It took the Venn diagram finally meeting at the ballot box to make it clear how separate the two solitudes really are.” And while there’s many things to blame for these separated bubbles, Benton argues that […]

Twitter is increasingly a media company, and its list of potential buyers should reflect that

“Let’s define Twitter once and for all,” Christopher Mims writes, “Twitter is a media company that happens to be based in San Francisco, and it should be structured, led and valued as such. Twitter is no longer a technology-driven hypergrowth unicorn.” And because Twitter is “increasingly a place where content is born,” Mims argues that […]

Since firing its human editors, Facebook’s trending news section has repeatedly featured fake news

In the six weeks since Facebook revamped its trending news section to be controlled by an algorithm, the section has repeatedly featured fake news, Caitlin Dewey writes. Between Aug. 31 and Sept. 22, The Intersect found five trending stories that were “indisputably fake” and three that were “profoundly inaccurate.” These problems largely stem from Facebook’s […]

Facebook’s policies force publishers to tag underwritten content as if it were produced with a ‘sponsor,’ even if that’s not true

You might have heard: Sponsored content is generally understood to be content that takes the same form and qualities of a publisher’s original content and usually serves useful or entertaining information as a way of favorably influencing the perception of the sponsor brand But did you know: “Facebook’s [sponsored content] policy may be adequate when […]

APIs from Facebook, Twitter and Instagram were used to arrest Baltimore protesters

According to a new report from the ACLU of Northern California, police in Baltimore used a social media surveillance tool called Geofeedia to arrest protesters. Geofeedia uses Facebook, Twitter and Instagram’s APIs to create real-time maps of social media activity, such as in a protest areas. The ACLU report argues that as protests escalated, police […]

News organizations see Facebook as the ‘enemy,’ but they should still work with Facebook so they don’t ‘find themselves on an island’

Many news organizations see Facebook as a “giant that may eat us,” but Mark Glaser writes that news organizations still need to work with Facebook, despite their uncertainties. Back in 2010, news organizations saw Google as its biggest enemy and News Corp even removed its content from Google’s search results. But two years later, it […]

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