Mark Zuckerberg Explains How Facebook Plans to Fight Fake News

Mark Zuckerberg, late Friday, outlined several steps Facebook Inc. is testing to fight misinformation, an acknowledgment that the social network could be doing more to avoid its proliferation.

Facebook is looking to label certain stories as false, build tools to classify misinformation and work with fact-checking groups, Mr. Zuckerberg, chief executive and co-founder, said in a post.

“We take misinformation seriously,” Mr. Zuckerberg wrote. “We know people want accurate information.”

Mr. Zuckerberg’s comments Friday go significantly beyond his previous statements in recognizing the seriousness of the issue, and seek to quell steady criticism.

In the past week, Mr. Zuckerberg has defended Facebook against claims that fake news on the site distorted public discourse about the U.S. presidential election. Two days after the election, Mr. Zuckerberg said that the notion that Facebook helped tip the election in favor of Donald Trump was “a pretty crazy idea.”

In a lengthy post last weekend, Mr. Zuckerberg played down the prevalence of fake news on the site—accounting for less than 1% of global content—and said that Facebook’s role isn’t to be “arbiters of truth.”

On Friday, Mr. Zuckerberg reiterated that misinformation is a small part of Facebook content, but that it takes this problem seriously. Mr. Zuckerberg said the disclosure about the steps was unusual for Facebook because it doesn’t share specifics about works in progress.

The first and most important step is to rely on technology to better classify misinformation and “detect what people will flag as false before they do it themselves,” Mr. Zuckerberg said. Another step is to make it easier for users to report fake stories, he said. Facebook has long relied on users to flag objectionable content, including fake news.

Facebook is turning to outside groups for help in fact-checking, Mr. Zuckerberg wrote. It is also exploring a product that would label stories as false if they have been flagged as such by third-parties or users, and then show warnings to users who read or share the articles.

Facebook earlier this week announced it would bar fake-news sites from using the company’s ad-selling tools. Mr. Zuckerberg said he is looking into “disrupting the economics” of sites that traffic in fake information.

Mr. Zuckerberg reiterated that Facebook doesn’t want to become an arbiter of truth itself.

“The problems here are complex, both technically and philosophically,” he wrote. “We believe in giving people a voice, which means erring on the side of letting people share what they want whenever possible.”

Source: WSJ

T-Mobile US Starts Promotional Campaign

T-Mobile US is giving Black Friday a run for its money and rolling out its holiday deals a week early on ‘Magenta Friday.’ The operator announced it's giving away up to 2 additional lines at no additional cost to both new and existing customers starting from 18 November through 20 November.

Whether customers are adding a smartphone or tablet, it is USD 0 extra per month when they add up to 2 additional lines. Next week, the carrier is also unwrapping more customer gifts for Black Friday weekend.

For instance, end-users can upgrade them to a Samsung Galaxy S7 at no extra cost after 24 monthly bill credits when they trade in a Galaxy S6, Galaxy Note 5 or other device. The offer for two lines free is available on T-Mobile One and Simple Choice. With T-Mobile One and two lines free, it’s USD 30 per line for a family of four, all with unlimited calling, texting and high-speed data for everyone.
Source: Telecompaper

Facebook’s Fake News Crisis Deepens

Despite the best efforts of Mark Zuckerberg to downplay Facebook’s role in the election of Donald Trump, the scrutiny of how fake news is spread on the platform has intensified.

BuzzFeed News is reporting that "more than dozens" of Facebook employees have created an unofficial task force dedicated to addressing the issue.
BuzzFeed quoted one member of that task force, who did not want to be named over fears for their job.
“[Mark Zuckerberg] knows, and those of us at the company know, that fake news ran wild on our platform during the entire campaign season,” the source said.
Facebook has not responded to the BBC’s request for comment on BuzzFeed’s report.
Meanwhile, Google on Monday announced it would do more to prevent fake news sites from making money through advertising. Shortly after, Facebook made explicit a similar restriction on the use of its ad network.

Agitated Zuckerberg
Earlier on Monday Facebook denied claims that a tool to whittle out fake news had been created before the election, only to be shelved due to concerns it would make Facebook look like it was censoring conservative views.

Mr. Zuckerberg appears to be increasingly agitated by the suggestion that fake news was a serious problem on his site. On Saturday night he posted a lengthy update to his profile page defending it.

"Of all the content on Facebook, more than 99% of what people see is authentic,” he wrote. "Only a very small amount is fake news and hoaxes. The hoaxes that do exist are not limited to one partisan view, or even to politics."

His conclusion: "Overall, this makes it extremely unlikely hoaxes changed the outcome of this election in one direction or the other."

That statistic - 99% - has been the subject of much derision as it apparently refers to content of any kind being posted to Facebook.

In May, Facebook came under heavy criticism after it was alleged that human editors working on the Trending Topics section of Facebook were removing stories that pushed a conservative or pro-Trump agenda.

Facebook denied this was the case, but removed the human element anyway in an attempt to appear neutral.

Google action
Facebook is not alone in coming under fire over fake news. Google said it would be clamping down on abuses of its AdSense advertising platform.

"We will restrict ad serving on pages that misrepresent, misstate, or conceal information about the publisher, the publisher's content, or the primary purpose of the web property,” said Google spokeswoman Andrea Faville.

That announcement followed reports that Google’s top-ranking news result for the term "final election result” highlighted a story from a fake news site with inaccurate information on the vote tally.

Not long after Google's announcement, Facebook said it too had added "fake news" to the types of site not allowed to use the Facebook Audience Network, a system similar to Google's AdSense but smaller in scale and limited to third-party apps.

Facebook said its decision was about clarity rather than any new policy, and that no action was being taken against any service as a result.
Source: BBC

Tigo outdoors entry level smartphones with free WhatsApp and YouTube for customers

Students, small to medium scale business owners, and first-time phone users have been offered yet another opportunity to own a range of affordable high performance phones by the CIMG Telecom Company of the year, Tigo.

The company launched its new campaign called ‘Ma gye me de3 Smartphones’, which literally means, ‘I’ve got my smartphones’.

The promotion gives customers iTel phones with a free Tigo SIM card loaded with 9GB of data for 6 months – for the first month customers get 3GB of data and subsequently 1GB every month for WhatsApp and YouTube. Customers also have the option to choose a Fero handset which comes with 100 minutes of calls to all Tigo numbers, 100 text messages to Tigo numbers and 100MB data for 30 days which is valid for 3 months.

“Following the resounding success of our 2014 Christmas Campaign, ‘Drop that Yam’ we are launching this as our way of encouraging Ghanaians to switch to smartphones and enjoy the benefits of digital connection”, said the Chief Commercial Officer for Tigo, Tara Squire.

The promotion is available in all Tigo stores across that country and will end on January 31, 2017.

SOURCE: biztechafrica