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facebook, google to be probed over role in creating ‘filter bubbles’




facebook and google’s role in creating "filter bubbles" online, by using algorithms to show people content that aligns with their views, is under scrutiny as part of a wide-reaching probe into the digital giants.digital companies and publishers are able to have their say on the issues raised in a ...



facebook, google to be probed over role in creating ‘filter bubbles’




there has been widespread concern that social media platforms create "echo chambers", where a user's views are picked up by an algorithm and the news they are shown caters only to this outlook.“this may create a ‘filter bubble’ effect where users may find themselves receiving less exposure to...



the seth rich conspiracy theory: a tale of two filter bubbles




two very different stories this week got a very similar reaction—depending on what our media diet looks like. the post the seth rich conspiracy theory: a tale of two filter bubbles appeared first on wired.



twitter is toying with a 'fake news' reporting feature




twitter is also playing with machine learning as a way to fight the dissemination of "fake news," scouring tweets for spam-like patterns and inconsistencies, the report says.the company has history in a similar space: for years, twitter has worked to build an accessible and functional reporting syst...



facebook redesigns trending topics in its war on filter bubbles




"by making it easier to see what other news outlets are saying about each topic, we hope that people will feel more informed about the news in their region," facebook says. "the stories that appear in this section are some of the most popular stories about that topic on facebook. these stories are d...



uk newspapers want facebook and google probed over 'fake news'




in addition, the association has asked for either ofcom, the uk's media regulator, or the competition and markets authority (cma) to open up a separate investigation into facebook and google's role in the media. the nma argues that fake news travels "fast" on social platforms and is easier to produc...



link bubble being retired from the google play store, but not dead yet




link bubble was all the hype thanks to its unorthodox way of handling web pages. the unconventional browser brought another level of multitasking, minimizing pages to bubbles, similar to what facebook does with messenger chat heads. it’s a great tool, but it seems the team is bringing it to an en...



facebook redesigns trending topics in its war on filter bubbles




"by making it easier to see what other news outlets are saying about each topic, we hope that people will feel more informed about the news in their region," facebook says. "the stories that appear in this section are some of the most popular stories about that topic on facebook. these stories are d...



tech leader regina dugan just left facebook




regina dugan just announced that she’ll be leaving facebook’s building 8. she is now officially ex-facebook, google, and darpa. today we’re having a quick peek at what she’s done over the past couple of decades – and have a guess at what she might be doing next. how long does it take to pr...



facebook acknowledges social media's risks to democracy




facebook said it is stepping up efforts to ensure its platform is used to help and not hurt democracyfacebook acknowledged monday that widespread use of social media can be harmful to democracy, while pledging to work to minimize these risks. the world's biggest social network's comments were the la...



facebook acknowledges social media's risks to democracy




the world's biggest social network's comments were the latest response to persistent criticism for its role in allowing the spread of misinformation, reinforcing "filter bubbles" and facilitating harassment of dissidents and activists."now, we're as determined as ever to fight the negative influence...



facebook will add a watch section for breaking news videos




there are a few reasons why facebook might push news videos even as it reduces its emphasis on shared articles. first and foremost, of course, is money. while you may not see many original news pieces on watch (which would give facebook a 45 percent cut of ad revenue), this could keep many people on...



facebook, google and amazon too big? why that question keeps coming up




for more than a decade now, our love affair with three high-profile tech companies has been torrid. google answers our every query. facebook keeps us connected. amazon anticipates our shopping desires and delivers them fast.but as the importance of these software-driven, data-collecting, money-makin...



facebook buys newspaper space to combat fake news




the law, if passed, will be one of the toughest crackdowns on fake news to date. germany is holding a federal election in september, and wishes to avoid the misinformation and political quagmire that consumed the us elections last year. that's easier said than done, given the breadth of publishers w...



bubbles of life from the past: tiny bubbles of oxygen got trapped 1.6 billion ye




take a good look at these photos: they show you 1.6 billion years old fossilized oxygen bubbles, created by tiny microbes in what was once a shallow sea somewhere on young earth.



are bubbles a whale's way of giving the finger?




humpbacks might use bubbles for communication, protection, and even sexual pleasure.



prisma will soon let anyone create their own photo filters




prisma, the photo app that enables users to turn images into works of art, is planning to give users one of their top requested features: the ability to create their own filters. this feature is only available online and to superusers at the moment, though it should eventually make its way to everyo...



facebook comments may soon look more like messenger chats




according to facebook, the new bubble interface is designed to make posts more conversational. a company spokesperson told buzzfeed: "we are always working to make facebook a more visual and engaging place to have conversations. so we're testing multiple design updates in news feed, including a more...



how good is your new year's bubbly? listen closely




pop! goes the new year's corks—and the bubbles that result might point to how high-quality your champagne is, researchers say. "we came across the idea that bubbles play an important role in the quality of a sparkling wine," said study lead researcher kyle spratt, from the applied research laborat...



facebook hits 2 billion users worldwide




facebook is reaching another milestone, announcing that it now has more than 2 billion users.ceo mark zuckerberg says the new mark was reached early tuesday and in a facebook post said that he’s proud of the role his company is playing in connecting people around the world.facebook says more than ...



facebook's discovery-minded explore feed comes to your desktop




the feed is meant to keep you looking at facebook for longer, of course. however, this could also go some way toward popping social bubbles. much of what you'll see in explore isn't that different than what you're used to, but it could get you out of a rut where you're seeing the same sources (and t...



google and facebook still reign over digital advertising




it was a very good week for two of the biggest tech companies on earth.facebook announced it made $9.3 billion this quarter, a 45 percent increase compared with last year, while google’s parent company, alphabet, posted earnings of $26 billion in the same time period, a 21-percent jump from a year...



who gets to use facebook's rainbow 'pride' reaction?




an analysis to see if the algorithms behind the new emoji contribute to political bubbles in america



google assistant update adds curved ui from search and feed redesigns




google is apparently fully committed to purging all of the sharp edges and hints of gray from its apps and services in favour of curvy corners and bright whites. first it was feed in google’s flagship app, then the search giant’s mobile homepage, and now it’s google assistant’s turn to recei...



kids judge r2-d2 droids built by facebook, google and fitbit




instead of kids, the competitors were engineers from various bay area tech companies -- facebook, instagram, fitbit, google, and two of lucasfilm's own: industrial light & magic as well as ilmxlab -- the studio's immersive technologies arm. from the aforementioned droid inventor kit, the engineers c...