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Report Say 4 types of Facebook users, Which type are you?

Report Say 4 types of Facebook users, Which type are you?

Facebook has nearly two billion monthly users. Users can be categorized into four types ranging from people who use the social media network to build on real-world relationships, to those focussed on “likes” and attention.

On an average, 1.28 billion people check Facebook daily, and according to a recent estimate, an average Facebook user spends 35 minutes a day on the platform.

A smartphone user shows the Facebook application on his phone.

“What is it about this social-media platform that has taken over the world,” lead author Tom Robinson, Professor at the Brigham Young University, said in a statement.

To answer this, the team compiled a list of 48 statements to identify potential reasons as to why people use Facebook.


They found four categories of Facebook users: relationship builders, town criers, selfies and window shoppers.

Relationship builders post, respond to others’ posts and use additional Facebook features primarily in an attempt to fortify relationships that exist beyond their virtual world. “They use it as an extension of their real life, with their family and real-life friends,” Robinson said.

Town criers, on the other hand, are unconcerned with sharing photos, stories or other information about themselves, they instead “want to inform everybody about what’s going on”. “They push out information,” Robinson noted.

People in the selfies category use Facebook to promote themselves. They too post pictures, videos, and text updates, but are focused on getting attention, likes and comments. The more ‘likes’ they receive, the more they feel approved by their peers.

Window shoppers, like town criers, feel a sense of social obligation to be on Facebook but rarely post personal information. These users “want to see what other people are doing. It’s the social-media equivalent of people watching”, said Clark Callahan, a professor at the Brigham Young University.

“Social media is so ingrained in everything we do right now. And most people don’t think about why they do it, but if people can recognize their habits, that at least creates awareness,” said Kris Boyle, a professor at the Brigham Young University.

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Facebook Working on a Group Video Chat App Inspired by ‘Houseparty’

Facebook Working on a Group Video Chat App Inspired by ‘Houseparty’

Facebook is reportedly working on a stand-alone app that would soon help its over two billion users make live group video chats on its platform.

According to a report in The Verge late on Wednesday, the app that copies technology startup Life On Air’s popular group video chat app Houseparty was recently demonstrated for employees and is being targeted for a fall release.

The new app has the working name ‘Bonfire’. Details about ‘Bonfire’ are still unclear though it was described as “essentially a clone of Houseparty”. Facebook’s move comes after Life On Air had helped make live broadcasting popular with its app Meerkat, which inspired its eventual competitors Facebook’s Live and Twitter’s Periscope.

Houseparty is especially popular among teenagers and by November 2016, it had 1.2 million users spending a total of 20 million minutes on it daily. It works by notifying a user’s friends whenever they have the app open, inviting them to hang out virtually on their smartphones.

According to the report, employees at Facebook were also recently shown an app called Talk, designed to encourage younger people to communicate with their grandparents using video chat.

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Facebook’s Find Wi-Fi Feature Rolling Out Worldwide

Facebook’s Find Wi-Fi Feature Rolling Out Worldwide

Facebook has expanded its ‘Find Wi-Fi’ feature globally on both iOS and Android devices for its two billion users. “Today we’re beginning to roll out Find Wi-Fi everywhere in the world on iPhone and Android. We launched Find Wi-Fi in a handful of countries last year and found it’s not only helpful for people who are traveling or on-the-go, but especially useful in areas where cellular data is scarce,” Alex Himel, Engineering Director at Facebook, wrote in a blog post late Friday.

“Find Wi-Fi helps you locate available Wi-Fi hot spots nearby that businesses have shared with Facebook from their Page. So wherever you are, you can easily map the closest connections when your data connection is weak,” the post added.

To find Wi-Fi hotspots, open your Facebook app, click on the More tab and then Find Wi-Fi. Once in the Find Wi-Fi tab, you may need to turn Wi-Fi on, if it isn’t on already.

Users can then browse the closest available hotspots on a map, and learn more about the businesses hosting them. Businesses need to ‘claim’ their Wi-Fi network and associate it with their Facebook page for the Wi-Fi network to become available to users via the Find Wi-Fi feature.

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WhatsApp Extends Support for BlackBerry, Nokia S40 Platforms

WhatsApp Extends Support for BlackBerry, Nokia S40 Platforms

In February last year, Facebook-owned WhatsApp announced to end support for BlackBerry OS and Nokia S40 platforms, which got pushed back to June this year. The company has reportedly confirmed the extension of its services for BlackBerry and Nokia S40 platforms till December 2017 and December 2018 respectively.

According to a fan website WhatsAppen, the WhatsApp apps for BlackBerry 10 and BlackBerry OS7+ received an update on Monday that extends support for the platforms until December 31, 2017. According to the website, the changelog of the update, seen on devices, states “changed client end-of-life date to December 31, 2017”.

WhatsApp watcher WABetaInfo posted on Twitter, the Nokia S40 platform has got an extension for WhatsApp support till extended time period from December 31, 2017, to December 31, 2018.

YouTube new Policy to curb extremist videos

YouTube new Policy to curb extremist videos

After Facebook(Facebook said that it uses Artificial Intelligence to remove the terror-related content.), YouTube has also introduced four steps to confront extremist activity.  YouTube has been working with various governments and law enforcement agencies to identify and remove this content said  Senior Vice-President and General Counsel of Google Kent Walker.

youtube new policy curb extremist videos

The first of the four steps is expanding the use of their automated systems to better identify terror-related videos, using machine learning to “train new content classifiers to help us more quickly identify and remove such content”.

The second step is the company is also expanding its pool of “Trusted Flagger” users; a group of experts with special privileges to review flagged content that violates the site’s community guidelines.

The third step would be hiding videos like ones that contain inflammatory religious or supremacist content — that do not violate community standards, behind a warning. And the fourth step is The company will do more with counter-radicalisation efforts by building off of its “Creators for Change program”, which will redirect users targeted by extremist groups such as Islamic State (IS) to counter-extremist content.

On Sunday, Google, YouTube’s parent company, announced a set of policies aimed at curbing extremist videos on the platform. For videos that are clearly in violation of its community guidelines, such as those promoting terrorism, Google said it would quickly identify and remove them.

Under the policy change, Google said offensive videos that did not meet its standard for removal — for example, videos promoting the subjugation of religions or races without inciting violence — would come with a warning and could not be monetized with advertising, or be recommended, endorsed or commented on by users. Such videos were already not allowed to include advertising, but they were not restricted in any other way.
 
Google also announced a series of measures aimed at identifying extremist videos more quickly, an effort that the company started this year as YouTube tries to assure advertisers that its platform is safe for their marketing dollars.
 

Facebook Uses Artificial Intelligence to Combat Terrorism

Facebook Uses Artificial Intelligence to Combat Terrorism

Facebook has started using ‘artificial intelligence’ (AI) to help combat terrorists’ use of its platform.

Before it, Facebook had already provided some tips for spotting fake news. Facebook was already under fresh political pressure to tackle fake news in the run-up to the UK general election. 

facebook uses artificial intelligence combat terrorism

Facebook officials said in a blog post on 15 June 2017, that the company uses AI to find and remove the “terrorist content” immediately before users see it. This is a departure from Facebook’s usual policy of only reporting suspect content if users report it first.

They also say that when the company receives reports of potential “terrorism posts,” it reviews those reports urgently.

Finally “Mark Zuckerberg” Graduated

Finally “Mark Zuckerberg” Graduated

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Mark Zuckerberg updated status on their facebook page “My dad took this video when I got accepted to Harvard. Next week I’m going back for commencement to get my degree. #tbt

Here is the Video-

“That was definitely not my plan. Although before I went to college, my mom bet me I’d drop out and my younger sister bet me she’d finish college before me. I bet them I’d get a degree. Now I suppose the cycle is complete.” Mark Zuckerberg replied a comment.

“Oh, they’ll be there. They’ve been waiting for me to get a degree for a long time…” He said.

Zuckerberg also said that time he has “Just one computer. Old school monitor on my desk and big old tower on the floor. I think I was fixing the monitor on the floor for someone else.”

He will stream the season live on their page from Harvard. “Tune in next Thursday to find out! I’ll stream it live from my page” he said.