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Will Oremus / Slate:
Three former Facebook contractors say Trending news algorithm was not ready to run autonomously, user testing was overwhelmingly negative   —  How Facebook's foray into automated news went from messy to disastrous.  —  It seems Facebook's human news editors weren't quite as expendable as the company thought.
Aug 30, 2016, 7:45 PMIn context
Emil Protalinski / VentureBeat:
Snapchat unpublishes its Facebook Page, which had over 6.5M Likes   —  Snapchat has unpublished its official Facebook Page.  Snapchat declined to comment as to why the page is no longer available, but a person close to the company told VentureBeat that the main reason was simply due to the lack of use.
Aug 30, 2016, 4:05 PMIn context
Tanya Dua / Digiday:
Ex-Facebook trending news curator: business side influenced editorial, challenging journalism ethics; the news algorithm needs major improvements   —  Barely two days after changes to its Trending Topics section, a fake article about Fox News anchor Megyn Kelly began trending on Facebook …
Aug 30, 2016, 12:40 PMIn context
Gina Hall / Silicon Valley Business Journal:
Facebook's Trending section shows fake Megyn Kelly story days after firm lays off curators; company removes story, says is working on better detecting fake news   —  That didn't take long.  —  Facebook cut its Trending Topics team on Friday in favor of employing algorithms to surface news stories on the social networking platform.
Aug 29, 2016, 7:25 PMIn context
Jeremy Hsu / Backchannel:
Amazon's $970M bet on Twitch in 2014 gives Amazon an edge as Facebook, Google, and others jockey to own live video   —  In 2014 Amazon surprised many by buying Twitch.  Today it has an edge as Facebook, Google and others jockey to own live video.  —  2015, Twitch viewers watched …
Aug 28, 2016, 10:00 AMIn context
Quartz:
Sources: Facebook letting go of entire Trending Topics editorial staff, consisting of 15-18 workers contracted through a third party   —  Facebook will no longer employ humans to write descriptions for items in its Trending section, which attracted controversy over allegations of political bias in May.
Aug 26, 2016, 7:40 PMIn context
Facebook Newsroom:
Facebook will now select stories and excerpts automatically for Trending topic pages, show topics instead of story descriptions in Trending section   —  Today, we're making some changes to the Trending feature on Facebook that will make the product more automated and will no longer require people …
Aug 26, 2016, 4:04 PMIn context
Nick Statt / The Verge:
Facebook open sources three computer vision tools that can identify objects within photos: DeepMask, SharpMask, and MultiPathNet   —  DeepMask and SharpMask are now open source  —  Facebook is open sourcing a set of computer vision software tools that can identify both the variety and the shape of objects within photos.
Aug 26, 2016, 10:50 AMIn context
Adam Satariano / Bloomberg:
WhatsApp lays groundwork to monetize its service by easing privacy rules and allowing businesses to message users   —  New privacy policy opens up service for texts from businesses  —  WhatsApp begins sharing more user data with Facebook  —  Facebook Inc. is laying the groundwork …
Aug 25, 2016, 1:00 PMIn context
New York Times:
WhatsApp to share phone numbers and analytics data of users with Facebook, two years after it said it had no plans to collect data   —  SAN FRANCISCO — When Facebook bought the start-up WhatsApp in 2014, Jan Koum, one of WhatsApp's founders, declared that the deal would not affect …
Aug 25, 2016, 8:35 AMIn context

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