Tag: Facebook

Facebook usage drops by 26% since 2017

Facebook usage drops by 26% since 2017

Internet, Mobile, social media
The Facebook app has been an extremely popular social media platform for a long time as compared to the other platforms. Facebook claims to have more than 2.3 billion monthly users as of December 2018. Its audiences varies from different age groups from the old to the young. Though as time goes by new social media platforms come up with better features that attract masses. According to research gathered by Active Inc., we have been spending significantly less time on Facebook over the last two years. The study gathered that Americans typically spent approximately 14 hours a month in 2017. However, in 2019 the average usage was 9 hours per month, falling 26%. The survey also revealed that social media users in the U.S. currently belong to approximately 5.8 different social media networks...
Facebook’s Third-Party Fact-Checking Programme Expands 10 African countries

Facebook’s Third-Party Fact-Checking Programme Expands 10 African countries

Governance, Internet, social media
Social media giant Facebook has announced the expansion of its third-party fact-checking program to ten African countries including Kenya, Nigeria, South Africa, Cameroon and Senegal. In a statement on Tuesday, Facebook said the expansion was aimed at assessing the accuracy and quality of news on its platform while curbing the spread of misinformation. “Working with a network of fact-checking organisations, certified by the non-partisan International Fact-Checking Network, third-party fact-checking will now be available in Ethiopia, Zambia, Somalia and Burkina Faso through AFP; Uganda and Tanzania through both Pesa Check and AFP; Democratic Republic of Congo and Cote d’Ivoire through France 24 Observers and AFP; Guinea Conakry through France 24 Observers, and Ghana through Dubawa,” the
It’s time to break up Facebook opines co-founder Chris Hughes

It’s time to break up Facebook opines co-founder Chris Hughes

Business, Cyber Security, Governance, Internet, Mobile, social media
Chris Hughes helped Mark Zuckerberg transform Facebook from a dorm-room project into a real business. Now, he's calling for the company to be broken up. In a lengthy opinion piece published Thursday by the New York Times, Hughes says that Zuckerberg has "unchecked power" and influence "far beyond that of anyone else in the private sector or in government." It's time, he writes, for regulators to break up Facebook (FB). "Mark is a good, kind person. But I'm angry that his focus on growth led him to sacrifice security and civility for clicks," writes Hughes. "I'm disappointed in myself and the early Facebook team for not thinking more about how the News Feed algorithm could change our culture, influence elections and empower nationalist leaders," he continues. "And I'm worrie...
Advertisers question Facebook’s value

Advertisers question Facebook’s value

Business, Internet, social media
Facebook has suffered a near nonstop drip of bad news in 2018, and with each event advertisers have barely uttered a peep while continuing to spend. Recently with yet another revelation about the company's past data practices, one agency chief finally said enough is enough, while other ad agency senior executives say they are questioning how much consumers continue to trust Facebook and whether advertisements on the social network continue to be effective. Mat Baxter, the global CEO of ad agency Initiative, said in a post on LinkedIn that he was advising clients not to advertise on Facebook. "It’s about time we take a collective stand against the egregious behavior of Facebook," Baxter wrote. Baxter, who has head of Initiative oversees media buying and plannin
Did another latest Facebook bug leak your photos?

Did another latest Facebook bug leak your photos?

Cyber Security, social media, Technology
An estimated 6.8 million users were affected in the latest photo leak caused by a bug its app development platform that let apps access the private pictures of users, Facebook has revealed. Apps are expected to only have access to images posted on a user’s timeline, however a malfunction let the apps see any images linked to the account. This includes images on Facebook Stories and Facebook Marketplace, as well as those uploaded but not published. Facebook stores the latter for three days before they are deleted, in case the user decides to publish them. Users are required to give permission for apps to view photos, and only users who gave picture permissions had their images leaked to the apps. Facebook said the bug was active for 12 days between September 13th and