Facebook is testing AI to get you to stop fighting in its groups
Conversations can quickly spiral out of control online, so Facebook is hoping artificial intelligence can help keep things civil. The social network is testing the use of AI to spot fights in its many groups so group administrators can help calm things down.
Texas authorities threaten SpaceX with legal action over beach closures, private security
SpaceX received a warning from a district attorney in Texas this week, warning that the company could be violating several state laws by shutting down public beaches for extended periods of time and using unlicensed security guards to ward people off public roads.
Facebook begins health fact-check in India
India|Media|: New Delhi: Facebook on Wednesday joined hands with The Healthy Indian Project (THIP) - a health specialised fact-checking site - as part of its third-party fact-checking programme in India to combat COVID-19 and all other health related misinformation on the social media platform. During the pandemic, Facebook removed more than 18 million pieces of harmful misinformation across its platform and Instagram and labelled over 167 million fake news posts on COVID-19 with the help of third-party fact-checkers. The partnership with THIP "will enhance its capabilities to understand and curb health-related misinformation on the platform", the social media giant said in a statement. THIP Media works with verified medical professionals to fact check misleading news and claims about health, medicines, diet and treatment in English, Hindi, Bengali, Punjabi and Gujarati. Globally, Facebook is working with 80 fact-checking partners that help in content monitoring in more than 60 languages. Facebook's fact-checking partners have been certified through the independent, non-partisan International Fact-Checking Network. In India, Facebook has 10 fact-checking partners, one of the largest after the US. This includes India Today Group, Vishvas News (Dainik Jagran), Factly, Newsmobile, Fact Crescendo, BOOM Live, AFP, NewsChecker and Quint who fact-check in 11 Indian languages along with English. The Indian languages include Hindi, Bengali, Telugu, Malayalam, Tamil, Marathi, Punjabi, Urdu, Gujarati, Assamese and Kannada. "Third-party fact-checkers evaluate stories, check if the stories are factual, and rate their accuracy. When a fact-checker rates a story as false, Facebook shows it lower in News Feed, significantly reducing its dissemination and reducing the number of people who view it," the company said. Pages and domains that repeatedly share false news will also see their distribution reduced and their ability to monetise and advertise temporarily removed. Community members are presented with a pop-up notice if someone tries to share a fact-checked post so that people can decide for themselves what to read, trust and share. People who share a story that's later debunked are notified so they know there is additional reporting on that piece of content, the company added. Facebook has also launched a fellowship with 10 fact-checking organisations (including Factly and Quint in India) and will provide virtual training sessions by third party experts to help the participating fact checkers enhance their capabilities to combat misinformation related to COVID-19.
Google brings new 'Insights' tool for web creators
Media|Business|World|: San Francisco: Google is rolling out a new Search Console Insights tool that provides creators with an overview of how their content is performing. The new feature makes it easier to understand how content resonates with readers. It is aimed at all levels of technical expertise with a user-friendly interface for understanding performance. The tool features high-level charts and cards showing stats for "Your new content" and "Google Search". Google says it will help answer questions like what is your best performing content and which pieces of content are trending, how are your new pieces of content performing, how do people discover your content across the web, etc. The best Search Console Insights experience requires linking your Google Analytics account to a relevant property, the report said. Only Google Analytics Universal Analytics properties are currently supported, but Google Analytics 4 is coming soon, it added. This Insights tool -- currently in beta -- can be launched directly here or from the top of the Search Console's Overview page. It is also coming to mobile directly in the Google app for iOS and Android from the menu that appears when you tap your profile picture.
Truecaller adds Group Calling, Smart SMS features
Media|World|: Bengaluru: Swedish caller identification app Truecaller announced on Wednesday that it is rolling out new features to further augment the user experience, which include Group Voice Calling, Smart SMS and Inbox Cleaner. All of them are based on user feedback and are designed to cater to the evolving needs of the consumers, Truecaller said. "With Group Voice Calling, Smart SMS and Inbox Cleaner, I am hopeful that the consumers will be able to operate more effectively given the benefits of staying connected, using messaging service smartly to stay on top of important information," Rishit Jhunjhunwala, MD India, Truecaller, said in a statement. Smart SMS offers a host of new features designed to make day-to-day communication more convenient, while Inbox Cleaner lets consumers free up space on their phones by removing unused messages. Inbox Cleaner also helps the user clear out all old and unwanted messages in just a few seconds. Group Voice Calling allows users to add up to eight participants to a call while retaining high voice clarity. Truecaller will also help identify spam users in the group if they are added without the user's knowledge. Additionally, the feature offers a smooth dial back option from call logs making it easy to manage the group - including adding or removing participants - when dialing them back. "We continue to remain focused on the evolving needs of our users and meet those needs with innovative solutions. These features get us closer to our mission to make communication safer and more efficient for everyone," Jhunjhunwala said.
Another hiccup for Uber: Some drivers were being charged for giving rides
When a Chicago-area Uber driver checked his account balance after dropping off a customer at the airport on a Sunday morning in late May, he discovered something he'd never seen before: He was charged $2.20 for giving a 13.5 mile ride.
Exposure to common cold can help combat Covid-19: Study
Exposure to the rhinovirus, the most frequent cause of the common cold, can protect against infection by the virus which causes Covid-19, researchers have found. The study by Yale researchers found that the common respiratory virus jump-starts the activity of interferon-stimulated genes, early-response molecules in the immune system which can halt replication of the SARS-CoV-2 virus within airway tissues infected with the cold.
'A blueprint for stewardship': Commission releases draft land use plan for the Dawson region
News/Canada/North: The Dawson Regional Planning Commission has released its draft land use plan, which lays the groundwork for how roughly 10 per cent of Yukon's land mass should be managed in the future.
Sable Island undergoing dramatic coastline retreat
News/Canada/Nova Scotia: New research shows portions of Sable Island have shrunk dramatically in recent decades — at times by ten metres per year on the south side, where several freshwater ponds and a lake disappeared entirely amid storm surge, shifting sands and sea level rise.
P.E.I. climate change interns get hands-on experience and build expertise for the future
News/Canada/PEI: A new internship program on P.E.I. is giving recent graduates a chance to learn about climate change and how it's affecting the organization that they are working with. The end goal is to develop more expertise for the future.
Cosmetics and 'forever chemicals': Breaking down new findings on PFAS in makeup
News/Science: People who wear cosmetics such as lipstick or mascara may be absorbing or licking up potentially harmful ingredients that last 'forever' in the environment, a new study suggests. Here's what you should know about PFAS.