Emerging Media

Trump Attacks Amazon on Twitter

Trump Attacks Amazon on Twitter

Last Wednesday, US President Donald Trump took to Twitter once again to launch criticisms at retail giant Amazon. In the tweet, Trump said that Amazon is hurting tax paying retailers and causing job losses throughout cities and states. This remark is the latest in a string of criticisms the US president has made against Amazon and its CEO Jeff Bezos, who is the owner of the Washington Post. The newspaper has written a number of pieces against Trump and his administration. The tweet comes at a delicate time for Amazon who is in the process of acquiring Whole Foods. Some […]

Onavo App Gives Facebook Early Insight on Competitors

Onavo App Gives Facebook Early Insight on Competitors

Earlier this week, the Wall Street Journal reported on how Facebook’s Onavo app gives the social media giant its competitive edge. Onavo Protect, a data security app developed by an Israeli mobile analytics company, has already been downloaded by millions of users worldwide and was critical in providing Facebook insights on Snap and its flagship app Snapchat. Snapchat has a feature which is a directly competes with Instagram’s Stories. Onavo provides the user a free encryption and data security service through its app. However, he app it is also able to collect data from user’s phones that other Facebook apps […]

Facebook Acquires Computer Vision Startup Fayteq

Facebook Acquires Computer Vision Startup Fayteq

Reports last Friday disclosed Facebook’s acquisition of a German computer vision company to help its efforts in the field of augmented reality technology. Fayteq, a startup that specializes in developing technology that enables virtual objects to be added or removed from videos, was confirmed to have been bought for an unknown amount by the social media giant. Industry observers believe that Facebook may be planning to use the company’s expertise and intellectual properties for its AR platform, which may include the creation of better video filters used for live streaming and Instagram Stories. Fayteq is known to be a maker […]

Google Fires Engineer Who Authored “Anti-Diversity” Memo  

Google Fires Engineer Who Authored “Anti-Diversity” Memo  

Google has discharged James Damore, the senior software engineer behind the anti-diversity manifesto that circulated among Google’s employees last Tuesday. Damore’s written document sparked outrage among employees earlier this week, particularly for justifying gender inequality in the tech industry. He claimed that women could not command many tech positions because they were biologically different from men. According to sources, Damore was fired by Google last Monday for spreading gender stereotypes. Google stated parts of the anti-diversity manifesto also violated their code of conduct. Currently, Damore said he is exploring all legal movements by filing a petition to the U.S. National […]

German Publications Makes Unified User Login, Challenges Google and Facebook

German Publications Makes Unified User Login, Challenges Google and Facebook

Two of Germany’s top publications, ProSiebenSat.1 Media SE and RTL Group, have partnered to oppose market dominance of Facebook, Google, and Amazon. They will work closely with United Internet to develop a unified user login service. The alliance aims to establish open standards which comply with the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), while extinguishing conflicts between partners. The move came about as the new data laws are seen to favor tech giants that have already obtained data tracking permission.   Moreover, a secondary media resource allows customers to use platforms other than Facebook or Google if they don’t want the […]

Senior Google Engineer’s Diversity Manifesto Sparks Anger

Senior Google Engineer’s Diversity Manifesto Sparks Anger

Reports last Sunday revealed that a manifesto authored by a senior Google engineer is being met with anger due to sexist pronouncements and opposition to workforce diversity. The 10-page internal document called Google’s Ideological Echo Chamber spoke against the tech company’s “left-leaning” bias. Reported by Motherboard, the author was unnamed by the publication. It came after issues that criticized tech industries for having low workforce inclusion and being controlled by white men. Google is also facing a lawsuit with the U.S. Department of Labor over accusations that they pay women a lot less than their male counterparts. The document argued […]

YouTube Trusted Flaggers Voice Out Failure of Child Protection Protocol

YouTube Trusted Flaggers Voice Out Failure of Child Protection Protocol

Last Saturday, reports revealed that YouTube’s Trusted Flagger program has been failing to take action against child offenders that post malicious videos and comment on children’s YouTube accounts. YouTube has a child protection protocol supported by Trusted Flaggers—a network of concerned volunteers who report suspicious posts and comments to YouTube officials. Some Trusted Flaggers are doubting YouTube’s abuse page report, stating they only received 15 responses out of 526 flagged posts within 60 days. One volunteer said he sent over 9,000 reports in December 2016, but YouTube failed to conduct any processing on his reports. The Trusted Flagger project was […]

Facebook to Improve Fact-Checking and Hoax Detection in the Fight Against Fake News

Facebook to Improve Fact-Checking and Hoax Detection in the Fight Against Fake News

Berlin — Social media giant Facebook vows to take better measures against fake news by sending suspected fake articles to outsourced fact-checkers and will only publish their findings after the material has been verified. According to Facebook, they will be using intelligent machine learning technology to identify malicious hoax articles, which will then be forwarded to qualified fact checkers for verification of its sources. In recent years, the social media network has gone under fire for being used as a platform for widespread fake articles. This includes possibly affecting votes during the 2016 U.S. presidential election. In Europe, Germany plans […]

Highest Shares Reached by Facebook with Surge in Mobile Ad Sales

Highest Shares Reached by Facebook with Surge in Mobile Ad Sales

Analysts revealed earlier this week that Facebook shares increased by over 4% with stocks rising up to 44% within the year. The company has reached a record high in shares, with its mobile ad business also growing by 50% in Q2. Mobile ad revenue rose from 84% last year to 87% this year, earning $9.16 billion in the recent quarter. Facebook is placing more ads in Instagram and its ever busy news feed—the company’s largest driver of income. And despite giving warnings on the news feed’s maximum ad load, it has not shown signs of waning. Facebook chief executive Mark […]

U.S. Claims Russia Used Facebook in an Attempt to Spy on Macron’s Campaign

U.S. Claims Russia Used Facebook in an Attempt to Spy on Macron’s Campaign

San Francisco, California — Reports last Thursday revealed U.S. speculation that Russians were making fake Facebook accounts to spy on the political campaign of French President Emmanuel Macron.   Sources claim that almost two dozen phony Facebook accounts were made to infiltrate Macron campaign staff during their crusade to beat political opponent Marine Le Pen. In response, Facebook got in touch with U.S. officials, saying there is no reason to think the spies delved far enough to hack intelligence data from the campaign. Back in April, Facebook stated that they implemented measures against dummy accounts to fight the outbreak of […]

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