Social media

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 […]

Emily Bell: Facebook is being turned into something it doesn’t want to be, ‘the underpinning framework of a free press’

“Facebook is finding itself under almost constant pressure to be more transparent, despite the fact that by the standards of some legacy media it is the model of openness,” Emily Bell writes. “Facebook is being taken somewhere it never wanted to go — into being the underpinning framework of a free press. The weakened news […]

Facebook overestimated its average video viewing time metric by 60 percent to 80 percent for 2 years

You might have heard: Facebook says video on the platform is booming and claims its users watch 100 million hours of video each day But did you know: According to data Publicis Media says it obtained from Facebook, Facebook has been vastly over reporting its key video metric for more than two years. Publicis estimates […]

The editor of Norway’s Aftenposten is challenging Mark Zuckerberg to talk about censorship on Facebook

Espen Egil Hansen, editor of the Norwegian newspaper Aftenposten that helped force Facebook’s reversal on the “napalm girl” photograph, is challenging Mark Zuckerberg to talk about censorship on Facebook and to own up to his responsibilities as one of the Internet’s most powerful people. Hansen writes: “Zuckerberg is de facto the most powerful editor-in-chief on […]

Lessons from Reported.ly’s social-first model: There’s a balance between protecting people and informing them, and choose your platforms wisely

At the Online News Association conference on Saturday, the staff of Reported.ly gathered to talk about the lessons they learned from the 20 months of Reported.ly. The goal of Reported.ly was to inform people through social media, but its small size meant that it couldn’t do everything, Andy Carvin says. While the team wanted to […]

When journalists get their info from social media, audiences find the reports less credible

Press conferences, interviews, telephone calls — these are the traditional ways in which journalists source their stories. Today, however, many more options are available. From Facebook to Twitter to Google, journalists have many new ways to track down information to inform their reporting. But what do audiences think about these techniques? Do readers think social […]

Norwegian newspaper editor to Mark Zuckerberg: Recognize your role as ‘the world’s most powerful editor’

Norway’s largest newspaper Aftenposten is standing up to Facebook after the social network censored a historic photo of the Vietnam War. Aftenposten’s editor in chief Espen Egil Hansen says in his open letter to Mark Zuckerberg that the paper will not comply Facebook’s requirement to remove the image. Hansen also calls on Zuckerberg to live […]

Facebook is pushing advertisers to speed up their mobile sites and warning their ads may not be served if their websites are slow

You might have heard: Facebook created Instant Articles with the goal of reducing load times and creating a more seamless experience for users But did you know: Facebook wants its advertisers to speed up their mobile sites, and it’s warning that it may limit where their ads appear if they don’t do so. On its […]

Reported.ly’s favorite tools for social media reporting

As we say goodbye to Reported.ly, the team is letting us in on some of their tips and tricks for social media reporting. Some of their favorite tools include: Banjoand Twitter advanced search for geolocation, BreakingNews.com for the day’s wire stories at a glance, TinEye for reverse image searches, and Trends24 to verify where hashtags […]

Dan Rather expresses concern about the transparency of Facebook’s algorithms

In a note on Facebook, Dan Rather expressed concern about the transparency of Facebook’s “mysterious algorithms,” while noting the benefits of Facebook for news : “I … worry about the opaqueness of Facebook and its mysterious algorithms. My team and I try to figure out why some posts seem to ‘hit’ and are shared thousands […]