SAN FRANCISCO: Twitter and Facebook said on Monday (Aug 19) they had dismantled a state-backed social media campaign originating in mainland China that sought to undermine protests in Hong Kong. Twitter said it suspended 936 accounts and the operations appeared to be a coordinated state-backed effort originating in China. It said these accounts were just the most active portions of this campaign and that a "larger, spammy network" of approximately 200,000 accounts had been proactively suspended before they were substantially active. READ: The deepening crisis over the Hong Kong protests, a commentary READ: Chinese state media pump up the jam to slam Hong Kong protests Facebook said it had removed accounts and pages from a small network after a tip from Twitter. It said that its investigation found links to individuals associated with the Chinese government. "We are disclosing a significant state-backed information operation focused on the situation in Hong Kong, … [Read more...] about China accused of using Twitter, Facebook against Hong Kong protests
NEW YORK: Facebook's plan to hire professional journalists instead of relying solely on algorithms to deliver news is a positive step but is unlikely to shake up an embattled media industry, analysts say. The social media giant said on Tuesday (Aug 20) it would build a small team of journalists to select the top national news of the day "to ensure we're highlighting the right stories". READ: Facebook hiring journalists to curate its new News Tab It comes as the US media landscape is plagued by job losses and newspaper closures, with organisations trying to figure out how to record profits in the age of free news. Stories will appear in a section called the "news tab", which will be separate from the traditional news feed that displays updates and content from users' friends and relatives. "In theory, I see this as a really positive development. It is something quite promising," Danna Young, a communications professor at the University of Delaware, told AFP. … [Read more...] about What does Facebook’s plan to hire journalists mean for media industry?
Presented by Facebook Charles Schumer Chuck Schumer A Biden stumble on China? First Black secretary of Senate sworn in Republican Ohio Senate candidate calls on GOP rep to resign over impeachment vote MORE (D-N.Y.) " width="580" height="387" data-delta="1" /> Welcome to The Hill’s Morning Report. Today is Wednesday! We get you up to speed on the most important developments in politics and policy, plus trends to watch. Alexis Simendinger and Al Weaver are the co-creators. Readers can find us on Twitter @asimendinger and @alweaver22. Please recommend the Morning Report to friends and let us know what you think. CLICK HERE to subscribe! Total U.S. coronavirus deaths reported each morning this week: Monday, 513,091; Tuesday, 514,657; Wednesday, 516,608. The Senate will officially kick off consideration of the Biden administration’s $1.9 trillion COVID-19 relief package as party leaders urge Senate Democrats to stick … [Read more...] about The Hill’s Morning Report – Presented by Facebook – Senate Dems face unity test; Tanden nomination falls
SINGAPORE: The Tripartite Alliance for Fair and Progressive Employment Practices (TAFEP) said on Friday (Aug 16) that it is "following up" on a Facebook post by vlogger Nuseir Yassin, better known as Nas Daily, that was recruiting foreigners for a job position based in Singapore. The post dated Aug 12 wrote that Mr Yassin, who found fame after documenting his travels in daily one-minute videos posted on Facebook, was looking to “hire a Vietnamese person” for his team in Singapore. “I'm looking for the best video maker in Vietnam to join me in a full-time position. You have to know how to make videos. You have to be the best at shooting or editing,” read the post made on a two-month-old Facebook page called Nas Daily Vietnamese with nearly 70,000 followers. Apart from providing an email address, the post also dangled a US$500 reward for those who share the post with a person who eventually snags the job. The Facebook post has since garnered more than 6,100 likes and shared … [Read more...] about TAFEP following up with Nas Daily on Facebook post recruiting ‘Vietnamese’ for team in Singapore
SAN FRANCISCO: Social networking service Twitter on Monday (Aug 20) said it would no longer accept advertising from state-controlled news media. Twitter said in a statement that this measure would be a “global approach” and will be enforced across its "entire business". Affected accounts will be free to continue using the platform to engage in public conversation, but will not be allowed to use Twitter's advertising products, the microblogging platform said. The policy will apply to news media entities that are either financially or editorially controlled by the state, it added. Policy determinations will be made on the basis of critical issues of media freedom and independence. Twitter said. This includes control of editorial content, financial ownership, influence or interference over broadcasters, editors, and journalists, direct and indirect exertion of political pressure, and/or control over the production and distribution process. “The policy will not apply to … [Read more...] about Twitter to no longer accept advertising from state-controlled news media