Viet Nam News by Ollie Arci For most expats, moving to a new country is a daunting experience. Transposing one’s life to a new location is difficult enough, but the added hurdles of language barriers and cultural contrasts can make the move a lot harder. In addition to democratising the internet, social media has made expat life a lot easier. Facebook, in particular, has allowed the creation of a virtual town square, where neophytes and veterans of a particular town or city can gather and share information and tips on how best to navigate your new home. There are no stupid questions, and, even if there were, someone has probably asked them before. Among the plethora of groups are those dedicated to finding jobs or apartments, marketplaces for sellers and conferences of self-confessed gastronomes, alongside other, more general, venues for chat. Some of these enjoy the participation of thousands, if not tens of thousands, of users. Social media, for many people, is now a … [Read more...] about Time to treat avatars with respect?
Troll on internet
US President Donald Trump took a swipe on Tuesday (Dec 18) at America's tech giants, accusing them of having a liberal bias, and claiming Twitter was making it more difficult to follow his account. Russia's notorious troll farm the Internet Research Agency manipulated social media to discourage African Americans from voting in the 2016 US presidential election. (Photo: AFP/Nicolas Asfouri/Lional Bonaventure) "Facebook, Twitter and Google are so biased toward the Dems it is ridiculous!" Trump tweeted. "Twitter, in fact, has made it much more difficult for people to join @realDonaldTrump. They have removed many names & greatly slowed the level and speed of increase. They have acknowledged-done NOTHING!" Trump is a regular critic of social media and his criticism echoed another attack on Twitter as recently as October, when he again accused the platform of stifling the growth of his account. The internet firms have consistently denied charges of political bias and many … [Read more...] about Trump accuses Facebook, Twitter, Google of Democrat bias
Facebook says it cannot identify who is behind the latest political influence campaign, but says it sees similarities with the 2016 effort led by Russian actors. (AFP/KAREN BLEIER) It said the "bad actor" accounts on the world's biggest social network and its photo-sharing site Instagram could not be tied directly to Russian actors, who American officials say used the platform to spread disinformation ahead of the 2016 US presidential election. The US intelligence community has concluded that Russia sought to sway the vote in Donald Trump's favor, and Facebook was a primary tool in that effort, using targeted ads to escalate political tensions and push divisive online content. With the 2018 mid-terms barely three months away, Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg announced his company's crackdown. "One of my top priorities for 2018 is to prevent misuse of Facebook," Zuckerberg said on his own Facebook page. "We build services to bring people closer together and I want to ensure we're … [Read more...] about Facebook uncovers political influence campaign ahead of mid term elections
WASHINGTON — Facebook said on Wednesday the personal data of up to 87 million users was improperly shared with British political consultancy Cambridge Analytica, as Mark Zuckerberg defended his leadership at the huge social network. Facebook’s estimate was far higher than news reports suggesting 50 million users may have been affected in the privacy scandal which has roiled the company and sparked questions for the entire internet sector on data protection. Zuckerberg told reporters on a conference call he accepted responsibility for the failure to protect user data but maintained that he was still the best person to lead the network of two billion users. "I think life is about learning from the mistakes and figuring out how to move forward," he said in response to a question on his ability to lead the company. "When you’re building something like Facebook which is unprecedented in the world, there are things that you’re going to mess up... What I … [Read more...] about Facebook says 87 million may be affected by data breach