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No Facebook for 99 days? Campaign urges users to take a break. – Christian Science Monitor

How long could you stay off Facebook? A week? Two? Maybe a month? How about 99 days?  That’s the question being posed by Dutch ad agency Just with an initiative called “99 Days of Freedom.” The nonprofit initiative challenges users to stop using Facebook for a period of 99 consecutive days and then report on their experiences.   The campaign is one of many responses to the news that Facebook deliberately manipulated the emotions expressed in users’ feeds for purposes of an academic study.  While the initiative began as a joke, it has quickly gathered steam.  “Like a lot of Facebook users, many of us were bothered by reports of secret mood experiments,” says Just’s art director, Merijn Straathof, in a release. “As we Read More

Facebook ‘Friends’ Its City, Pays for Officer – Wall Street Journal

Facebook has funded the salary of a Menlo Park police officer and the construction of a police substation near its headquarters. Experts say such arrangements can lead to potential conflicts of interest. WSJ’s Zusha Elinson reports. Photo: Craig Lee for The Wall Street Journal MENLO PARK, Calif.—On a recent afternoon, police officer Mary Ferguson visited the home of a teenager in this Silicon Valley suburb who had been missing school and was on probation. Officer Ferguson approached the boy’s father as part of her rounds and asked if he checks the teen’s Facebook FB +2.26% Facebook Inc. Cl A U.S.: Nasdaq $66.34 +1.47 +2.26% July 11, 2014 4:00 pm Volume (Delayed 15m) : 38.97M AFTER HOURS $66.41 +0.07 +0.11% July Read More

Bombing of Gaza children gives me “orgasm”: Israelis celebrate slaughter on … – The Electronic Intifada (blog)

140713-protesters-attacked.jpg Israel’s latest assault on the besieged Gaza Strip has been accompanied by yet another sharp increase in incitement against Palestinians and solidarity activists on social media outlets, such as Facebook and Twitter. Facebook groups have been set up to call for the collective punishment of Palestinians in the Gaza Strip. Others host incitement against Palestinian students at Israeli universities, including posting pictures of and personal information about individual students.  The radical and violent anti-Palestinian climate in Israel is not divorced from reality. After more than a week of Israeli government threats to do so, commandos launched the first ground incursion into the northern Gaza Strip early Sunday morning, reported Ma’an News Agency. At the time of writing, there have been Read More

Seeing More Politics in Your News Feed? Facebook Boosts Partisan Sites – Mashable

Facebook has helped catapult sites like BuzzFeed and Upworthy into social stardom, boosting the visibility of media content on the News Feeds of millions of users and generating a deluge of traffic. But in this rising tide, some publishers have seen a particular lift: political sites on both the left and right. As digital-native publishers have soared, media sites with a political bent are outpacing some viral competitors while picking up a few of their tricks along the way. Sites like Business Insider helped pioneer social media strategies, but outlets ranging from Glenn Beck’s The Blaze to 38-year-old Mother Jones have been fast learners. See also: The 12 Most Self-Destructive Things You Can Do on Facebook When Facebook tweaked the Read More

Iranian Court Sentences Facebook Activists to Jail – ABC News

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) —An Iranian court handed jail sentences of eight to 21 years to eight Facebook page administrators, the official IRNA news agency reported on Sunday. The report said the defendants were convicted of plotting against national security, spreading propaganda against the ruling system and insulting officials. It did not identify the defendants or the Facebook pages. It said that the court issued its verdict against the eight activists, who come from various cities including the capital, in April following several court appearances. They appealed immediately, said IRNA. Facebook is already officially banned in the country, along with other social websites like Twitter and YouTube as well as their mobile apps. However some senior leaders like Foreign Minister Mohammad Read More

Splendora on alert after kids receive death threats via Facebook – Chron.com

Splendora residents have been asked to be on alert after anonymous threats of violence were received on Facebook by a number of area children. The Montgomery County District Attorney’s office said that several young people received Facebook messages from a user who said they were “Going to kill everyone in Splendora on July 13th.” Attempts to get information on the origin of the messages from the social media giant have failed with Facebook asserting that the situation did not warrant an emergency, district attorneys said. “We don’t have a choice but to warn everyone,” said Phil Grant, Montgomery County first assistant district attorney.  “If Facebook wont give us names or an IP address, we don’t know if Read More

Verizon Is Twitter-Stalking Competitors’ Angry Customers – Forbes

Verizon is monitoring Twitter Twitter better than the NSA monitors phone calls. All companies have become pseudo-stalkers on social media, their Twitter specialists leaping into @ction when they see people complaining about a late plane, poor service, or high fees. We Twitter users all know the routine: “@MalignedCorpX: “Sorry to hear that! How can we help? DM us so we can help you privately.” On Friday, we got a look behind the Verizon social media help machine curtain when it accidentally publicly tweeted a message that was meant to be a private one, asking someone to “reach out at your earliest convenience” to a “high influencer” with 1.3 million followers who asked about “Wireless in Studio City.” Buzzfeed spotted it Read More

Federal hot water for Facebook over emotional manipulation experiment – ZDNet

Facebook’s “Fail Harder” sign, via CNET.   An emotional manipulation experiment Facebook conducted on 689,003 unknowing users in 2012, only recently brought to light, has now drawn scrutiny from Washington. On Friday, Senator Mark Warner (D-Va.) filed a formal complaint letter (.PDF) addressed to the Federal Trade Commission calling the experiment’s transparency, ethics and accountability into question. According to reports, it is not clear whether Facebook users were adequately informed and given an opportunity to opt in or opt out. I also have concerns about whether or not Facebook responsibly assessed the risks and benefits of conducting this behavioral experiment, as well as the ethical guidelines, if any, that were used to protect individuals. Senator Read More

Twitter’s analytics dashboard now includes detailed data on all tweets, not … – The Next Web

Twitter today announced a new tweet activity analytics dashboard for advertisers, Twitter card publishers and verified users that shows them detailed data on how their organic tweets are doing. While Twitter previously offered this level of detail for promoted tweets, the new analytics features allow users to see what kind of engagement their normal tweets are getting. From the main dashboard, you can see the number of impressions each tweet receives. Clicking on a post pulls up more info on the number of clicks, expands, replies, retweets and favorites it got. If you want to play with the data yourself, you can export your organic and promoted tweet performance as a CSV file. The previous version of Twitter’s analytics dashboard Read More