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Facebook Cleaning Up Fake News Stories From Your Newsfeed – Finally

January 22nd, 2015 - By Rhonesha Byng
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We’ve all fallen for clickbait stories that turned out to be completely false at one time or another. We’re scrolling through our Facebook news feed and see an outrageous headline that seems almost too crazy to be true. But it has a headline, a summary and  looks super official. On top of that, one of your good friends shared it so it must be true right?

Well it turns out that far too often fake news stories published on hoax/fake news sites spread far and wide through Facebook’s news feed and Facebook is finally taking action against these posts.

You can report these stories similar to the way you report spam Facebook announced in a Newsroom post by one of their software engineers:

“Hoaxes are a form of News Feed spam that includes scams (“Click here to win a lifetime supply of coffee”), or deliberately false or misleading news stories (“Man sees dinosaur on hike in Utah”). People often share these hoaxes and later decide to delete their original posts after they realize they have been tricked. These types of posts also tend to receive lots of comments from friends letting people know this is a hoax, and comments containing links to hoax-busting websites. In fact, our testing found people are two times more likely to delete these types of posts after receiving such a comment from a friend.”

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The update relies on users to report the story as a hoax and after a certain amount of users do so, a message will appear on top of the story to warn users before they click it. The change will not have an impact on satirical news sites that are clearly identified as satire.

Facebook Wants You! The Social Network Has More Than 1,150 Job Openings

January 21st, 2015 - By Kimberly Gedeon
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Instead of wasting your life away on Facebook for free, how about getting paid for your obsession with the popular social networking site? Facebook has more than 1,150 job openings up for grabs; you can actually work for “The Zuck,” CNN Money reports.

So what’s the driving force behind Facebook’s new employment opportunities? Its acquisition of Oculus Rift, the masterminds behind virtual reality headsets, in a $2 billion deal last year plays a big part of it. According to ValueWalk:

“There are 52 job listings in the Oculus virtual reality unit, suggesting that the Oculus Rift virtual reality headset could soon be available for commercial release. Facebook is also looking for 150 people in data center technology to effectively manage information from its ever-growing membership.”

Facebook’s ambitious effort to use drones to supply Internet access to different parts of the world is also propelling the hiring spree. The most popular social media site is looking for flight test managers, aerospace mechanical technicians, and avionics engineers to kick this drone business into high gear.

But if you’re not a data technology or aerospace whiz, don’t worry — there are other positions that you might be able to snag. In fact, many of the openings are seeking employees in the field of advertising sales — 126 job postings to be exact. Facebook is also keeping an eye out for recruiters and human resources workers with 43 and 28 job openings available, respectively.

“We are an ambitious company run by an ambitious CEO,” Facebook Chief Operating Officer Sheryl Sandberg told Reuters in an interview. “Our users are growing and our business is growing and we want to support that.”

Facebook added $100 billion to the American economy last year, according to a recent study conducted by Deloitte, and helped to support more than one million jobs.

 

“Glory” Win For John Legend & Common Dominated Twitter On Golden Globes Night

January 15th, 2015 - By Lauren R.D. Fox
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Facebook and Twitter dominated the 72nd Golden Globes social media coverage this past Sunday. Mashable notes the most talked about moments on the award show was: legendary musician Prince announced Common and John Legend won a Golden Globe award for their song “Glory” for the civil rights film Selma. At the same time, Legend’s wife, model Chrissy Teigen became a viral meme when the camera showed her crying tears of joy for her husband. In their report, Mashable also says the Golden Globes acquired 2.6 million tweets which serve as a 24 percent increase from the 2014 Golden Globes. The top three conversation trends for Twitter from the Golden Globes were:

“Glory” (Selma) wins Best Original Song
Matt Bomer (The Normal Heart) wins Best Supporting Actor in a Mini-Series
Billy Bob Thornton (Fargo) wins Best Actor in a Mini-Series

As for Facebook, the social media platform has 17 million interactions (public posts, comments and likes) from eight million users which is a huge leap from the 7.2 million Facebook interactions in 2014. Here are the top 10 Facebook moments from the Golden Globes as told to Mashable:

Prince presents for Best Original Song; Common and John Legend win (Selma)
Jamie Dornan and Dakota Johnson present; Joanne Frogatt (Downton Abbey) wins Best Supporting Actress
Transparent wins Best TV Comedy or Musical
Jennifer Lopez and Jeremy Renner present; Billy Bob Thornton (Fargo) wins for Best Actor in a Miniseries
Ricky Gervais presents; Amy Adams (Big Eyes) wins for Best Actress in a Motion Picture Musical or Comedy
Amy Poehler and Tina Fey’s opening monologue
Jared Leto presents; Patricia Arquette (Boyhood) wins for Best Supporting Actress in a Motion Picture Drama
Kevin Spacey (House of Cards) wins Best Actor in a TV Drama
Bill Hader and Kristen Wiig present; Birdman wins for Best Original Screenplay
Lily Tomlin and Jane Fonda present; Jeffrey Tambor (Transparent) wins for Best Actor in a TV Comedy

Did you participate in online commentary about the Golden Globes?

Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg Starts A Book Club For The New Year

January 5th, 2015 - By Ann Brown
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Did you make any New Year’s resolutions for 2015? Facebook founder/CEO Mark Zuckerberg did. And it’s not what you might imagine. Zuckerberg is going into Oprah territory. He has promised to read a book every two weeks, and he’s invited everyone to join him. In essence, a Zuckerberg book club.

Zuckerberg says the “year of books” is his 2015 goal. Such unusual resolutions are nothing new for Zuckerberg. “Two years ago he challenged himself to meet a new person a day. Last year he attempted to pen a daily thank you note,” reports CNN.

He seems to be taking this New Year’s resolution quite seriously. He’s already launched a Facebook page called  “A year of books” to act as the reading group’s hub. And while it’s only Jan. 5th the community page already has nearly 155,000  likes.

“We will read a new book every two weeks and discuss it here. Our books will emphasize learning about new cultures, beliefs, histories and technologies. Suggestions for new books to read are always welcome. We ask that everyone who participates read the books and we will moderate the discussions and group membership to keep us on topic,” the page says.

The End of Power by Moisés Naím, a former Foreign Policy editor, has been selected as the first book. Published in March 2013, the book is about how leadership has changed in everything from government to business.

According to Amazon, the paperback version was “temporarily out of stock,” leaving some to speculate that Zuckerberg’s book club could have the same impact Oprah’s did. (It looks like it’s now for sale again.) You can also get the book on Barnes and Noble’s website.

3 Ways Facebook Can Help Improve Your Credit Score & Teach You to Save

January 5th, 2015 - By Kara Stevens
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I think we can agree that Facebook can be the Devil. With everyone posting and bragging about their (alleged) perfect lives, it can make those of us that compare our real lives (with flaws and all) to these Photoshopped realities a little depressed.

But there is a silver lining.

If you use your time and energy wisely, Facebook can actually be a saving grace for your finances.  There are a number of Facebook closed groups that focus on creating supportive communities for women of color seeking to improve their finances and relationship with money. Here are three Facebook groups that you should join if you want to redirect your Facebook envy into something more productive. I am a member of all of these groups and find the information, accountability, and inspiration invaluable.

Dream Catchers: This group is led by Tiffany “The Budgetnista” Aliche, author of the Amazon best-selling One Week Budget and creator of the Live Richer Challenge. The Dream Catchers Facebook Group is a resource for anyone who wishes to purposefully and passionately pursue their ideal lives and wants to use their finances to help them. In this group, you get to ask financial questions and find encouragement and support for others.  Here is the link to the Dream Catchers group so you can request membership.

Save 50: This closed group is co-led by LaTisha Styles, founder of Young Finances. Americans are notorious for being non-savers or over-spenders. The Facebook group Save 50 serves to address this financial problem. The mission of the group is: “We are a group of individuals who are dedicated to saving half (or more) of our income. Maybe it won’t happen this year, but it will happen.” What is great about this group is that everyone is striving to save half of their income and provide very practical tips and resources on how they are increasing how much they keep from each check. Here is the link to the Save 50 group so you can request membership.

$20 Cash Crash Diet: This closed Facebook community was founded by me a few months ago when I realized that I was mindlessly spending money throughout the course of the work week. The $20 Cash Crash Diet group is a safe and supportive community of women wanting to improve our relationship with money by being more mindful about their spending. The $20 Cash Crash Diet group is not about deprivation. The group is about abundance and building wealth by being conscious of our daily spending. Here is the link to the $20 Cash Crash Diet group so you can request membership.

 

Connect with Kara @frugalfeminista. Learn more about The Frugal Feminista at www.thefrugalfeminista.com Download her free ebook The 5-Day Financial Reset Plan: Eliminate Debt, Know Your Worth, and Heal Your Relationship with Money in Just 5 Days.

For The Sake Of Charity: Co-Founders Of Facebook Giving Most Of Their Fortune Away

January 4th, 2015 - By Ann Brown
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After toiling away to make a new company a success, many entrepreneurs would want to hang on to as much of the fortune they amounted as possible. But that was not the thinking of Cari Tuna and her future husband, Dustin Moskovitz, a Facebook co-founder, in 2010, when they both were in their mid-20s. They decided they would give away most of their multibillion-dollar fortune to charity.

In 2010, Tuna and Moskovitz became the youngest couple ever to sign on to the Giving Pledge, the campaign started by Bill Gates and Warren Buffet to encourage the world’s billionaires to commit to giving away most of their wealth, reports The Chicago Tribune.

The pair believed that most of the money Moskovitz had made, which was estimated at $8.1 billion according to Forbes, should be returned to society in their lifetimes. But first they had to figure out how and where to give it away.

“The conventional wisdom is to say, ‘What am I passionate about?’ and go for something in that area,” Tuna said. “That can be a great way to do things, but at the same time, I think that by just going with that, you’re leaving a lot of opportunity for impact on the table.”

Tuna and Moskovitz, now 29 and 30, respectively, spent three years researching what to do with the money. Finally, after hundreds of interviews and trips that took them from Washington think tanks such as the Brookings Institution to health clinics in Myanmar and villages in Kenya, they have honed in on four major “buckets”: U.S. policy, global catastrophic risks, international aid and science. And in early 2015, they will announce their first major gifts.

“I came to this work without a really fixed worldview as most philanthropists do that are coming to this after highly successful careers in other fields,” said Tuna, who serves as president of Good Ventures, the couple’s foundation. “I have a blank slate, and I’m trying to use that as an advantage.”

5 Facebook At Work Features That’ll Make the Platform Worthwhile

November 19th, 2014 - By Janel Martinez
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If you’ve been minimizing your window thanks to your “Facebook at work habit,” you may not have to do that anymore. The social media powerhouse is reportedly working on its own version of a professional site, Facebook at Work.

Rumors about the service surfaced in June when TechCrunch reporter Ingrid Lunden revealed that Facebook was working on a “business collaboration product called ‘Facebook at Work.’” Then, the murmur heightened on Monday when sources close to the company confirmed the news and told Business Insider that companies are testing the product, which is in pilot mode, and could be available as soon as January for companies that sign up for the service. We know that the enterprise-focused platform reflects what Facebook employees use the social site for, everything from collaborating on documents and IM to Facebook Groups and reporting maintenance issues.

While “Facebook at Work” will compete with Google’s and Microsoft’s workplace products, Facebook’s workplace version can work if it meets the following criteria:

Optimum security

Facebook is known to switch up its privacy policy and aggregate data, which is problematic for businesses that vow to keep employee information under lock and key. Products like Google Apps for Work, Microsoft’s Yammer and Office 360 and Salesforce.com’s Chatter keep internal data and communications secure, so Facebook at Work will have to do the same.

No Ad Zone

With Facebook making the majority of its revenue from advertising (a reported 62 percent in mobile advertising), many wonder if they’d place ads within their new platform. Our vote is, NO!

Separate from personal page

Most people keep their co-workers at bay when it comes to their social media life, especially Facebook. The reports indicate that users will be able to keep their personal and professional pages separate, which may be a draw for those (such as myself) unwilling to have both linked. My status update has nothing to do with the meeting proposal/update due? You get my drift.

Simple and easy collaboration

If I’m already familiar with how to use Facebook, having to use it to connect on team projects company wide and to share documents with colleagues won’t be hard. For many, there won’t be a learning curve since 864 million people use Facebook on average daily. “If I were to use it [Facebook at Work], real-time collaboration for projects and a live chat feature would be nice,” says Ariel Lopez, tech enthusiast and founder of 2020Shift.

Ability to publish articles

Some are referring to this yet-to-be-released platform as a LinkedIn killer. Doubt it. One thing LinkedIn has implemented, and Facebook should include with its new site, is the ability to publish long-form posts. You can publish using Note on Facebook, but how cool would it be to share creative idea posts or even reflections on company events on this platform? It’ll not only allow employees to share their thoughts and ideas, but an opportunity for company execs to review for ideas to implement within the company.

What features would you like to see on Facebook at Work? Let us know in the comments section below. 

Shh! Facebook Is Secretly Creating A New Professional Website

November 18th, 2014 - By Ann Brown
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To take on LinkedIn and other professional networking sites, Facebook is rumored to be starting its own professional site.

“Facebook is secretly working on a new website called ‘Facebook at Work'” that would allow users to “chat with colleagues, connect with professional contacts and collaborate over documents,” reports the Financial Times. Facebook’s some 8,348 employees are testing it out, reports Business Insider.

The rumors started way back in June. It was then that TechCrunch reported that Facebook was creating a product called “Facebook at  Work.” And it seems it’s nearly ready to roll out the product. There is not much known about the venture, but “Facebook at Work” would be hosted separately from private Facebook.

“The new enterprise collaboration tool will look a lot like your personal Facebook page with a News Feed, Messenger and Groups, but it would be completely separate from your personal Facebook, so there would be no danger whatsoever that the two would ever bleed into one another. That means, no work content would ever appear in your personal feed and no personal content would ever appear in your work feed, a level of privacy that would be absolutely essential for all parties to trust it,” reported TechCrunch yesterday.

Sound like something you would like to see?

Erykah Badu And Daughters Sing Message Of Self Acceptance

November 12th, 2014 - By Veronica Wells
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When your mother is Erykah Badu, people will be interested to know if you, her children, will be able to carry a tune. Well, a recent video the singer posted on Facebook proves that her daughters Puma and Mars can certainly sing.

In what looks like a rather candid mommy-daughter moment, Erykah, Mars and Puma are laying in bed singing Colbie Caillat’s “Try.” 

If you’re unfamiliar, it’s a very inspirational song that reminds women that you don’t have to compromise yourself in order to be liked.

“You don’t have to try so hard, 

You don’t have to give it all away

You just have to get up, get up, get up

You don’t have to change a single thing.”

It also asks the very important question, “Do you like you?”

We don’t know what Erykah does with her children everyday but it’s really nice to see that her daughters, and other young girls across the country, are hearing and internalizing this message at such a young age.

Take a listen to the video below and tell us what you think.

Help The Fight: Facebook Adds Ebola Charity Donation Button To News Feeds

November 7th, 2014 - By Ann Brown
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If you are concerned about the outbreak of Ebola in West Africa and want to do something to help, Facebook has made it pretty easy.

The social media giant has come up with a way for its users to donate to some charities’ Ebola-relief efforts. User can do so though a button at the top of their News Feeds.

There are three charities Facebook users can now donate to. They are: International Medical Corps, the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies, and Save the Children. Facebook itself will also help put. “The social media company is also donating 100 terminals to provide Internet and voice-calling access for aid workers to Ebola-hit areas such as Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone,” reports Chicago Tribune.

And in October, Facebook founder/Chief Executive Mark Zuckerberg said he and his wife would donate $25 million to the Centers for Disease Control Foundation to fight Ebola.

So far, the Ebola outbreak has resulted in nearly 5,000 deaths in West Africa. There have also been nine cases treated in the United States since August, with one death. In December 2013, Ebola began in Guinea, then spread to Liberia and Sierra Leone. While a few other countries in and outside of Africa have been affected as well, these three remain the hot spot for the crisis.