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Facebook Reaches 100 Million (Mostly Mobile) Users In Africa

September 15th, 2014 - By Ann Brown
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Through Facebook’s accessibility initiative, Internet.org, the social media giant now has 100 million active users in Africa, and 80 percent of those are via mobile, signaling that most people on the continent are opting for a small screen for Internet access rather than a laptop or other larger device. This is a whopping 50 percent of all Africans connected to the Internet, reports TechCrunch.

So if drones, satellites, and deals for free access from local carriers get the Internet to more people in such places like India and South America, it is most likely a big percentage of them will become Facebook users.

Facebook’s latest user milestone offers more detail to its typical earnings report of user growth breakdowns, which groups Africa into a big “Rest Of World” region that had 411 million active users at the end of Q2 2014. “To put the 50 percent penetration rate of Facebook amongst Internet-connected Africans, Facebook has a 71 percent penetration rate in the US and Canada region, or 204 million users out of 283.7 million,” reports TechCrunch.

Facebook has been working diligently to get more users in Africa. The tech company recently announced a telecom partnership to bring Internet to the five billion people who are disconnected. Through this deal it debuted its Internet.org app in Zambia. The African telecom Airtel fully subsidizes the data charges so that the Internet.org’s app will show people the value of the Internet, and ultimately get them to buy a subscription to the whole web.

Since Internet usage in much of Africa is prohibitively high, Facebook is working on such types of free Internet carrier partnerships among other ways to decrease data expenditures and offer improved transmission efficiency.

As the company writes “We know that a one-size-fits-all approach won’t work when it comes to building products and solutions that address diverse local needs around the world, which is why we’re committed to crafting solutions specifically for high-growth markets.”

Either We Claim It All Or We Get Rid Of Black Twitter

September 8th, 2014 - By Charing Ball
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Can we stop calling Black people, who tweet on Twitter, “Black Twitter?”

No, not an option? Okay. I’ll concede.

But if folks insist on using this terminology, can we all acknowledge that Black people, who tweet on Twitter, or Black Twitter, is a pretty wide and varied, and definitely not one singular voice? Likewise the platform belongs to every single Black body, who uses Twitter, including:

The Black activists, Black researchers, Black feminists and womanists; Black No MA’AM; Black nationalists; Black separatists, Black integrationists; Black Africans; half-Black biracial people, Black Christians; Black Muslims; Black Hindus; Black African spiritualists; Black atheists; Black snobs and elitists; Black commoners and hood ni**as; Black democrats; Black republicans; Black libertarians; Black Alex Jones-followers; Black foodies, Black vegans, Black emos and goths, Black geeks; Black nerds; Black whatever kind of community this is.basically, any Black people, who did the simple task of signing up for a Twitter account and tweeting some shit – possibly to some other Black people.

Can we also admit that Black Twitter is not an actual thing?

There is no url, which leads me to this mythical cyber land called Black Twitter. There are no secret handshakes or head nods to give to a big Black bald-headed bouncer, which will open the velvet rope of regular Twitter to reveal where all the Black people and rap music be hiding at.

Black Twitter is really just a subset of somebody – a non-Black somebody – else’s platform, which we use for free and on their terms (of service). And while our words are copyright protected up to a certain extent (mainly the attribution kind), we give up much of our ownership rights when we allow our thoughts to be shared and reshared. And as such, none of us Black folks, who tweet for free on that other person’s platform are really in a position to tell other users how to use what amounts to public and searchable information. Of course, the caveats are signing out of your Twitter account completely and possibly changing your privacy settings. But that will never happen.

And I think this lack of realization is what I find most frustrating about this recent Black Twitter outrage over a project by the Annenberg Innovation Lab at the University of Southern California, which aims to study, “public discourse on Twitter that explores both macro and micro-scale activity simultaneously in order to draw out particularly active, engaged “neighborhoods” within the larger population.” And that “engaged neighborhood” in which they speak of is, of course, Black Twitter.

Despite original concerns about several of the project team members being White, the project is actually being led by a Black woman, a Ph.D candidate (and who also has a Twitter account, thus making her part of the clan), who is using the data she collects for her dissertation. And she seeks to track this “engaged neighborhood” by focusing on how this group of people helped to propel ABC’s hit television show, “Scandal,” into the number one spot.

Not the most original of topics, considering many other news outlets have noted the greater than average social media engagement the show has and how the show’s creator even gets on the act by tweeting and responding to tweets during the broadcast of the show. And yet folks still continue to trash her research and levy all sorts of accusations that she was trying to exploit the Black social networking, by way of the Twitter, community.

The researcher behind this project, has responded in her own words to all the criticism here. But personally I found this criticism of her alleged “usury” particularly rich considering that on any given day of the year, we can read a headline, written from Black fingers and featured on Black or pseudo Black online media publication (hell, even some of the majors are getting in on the game), going on about “What Black Twitter said.” Or academics sitting up on CNN in Don Lemon’s face, translating what Black Twitter said. Hell, there are even journalists and bloggers at certain news publications, whose main beats are reporting exclusively on what Black Twitter said. So Black Twitter’s indignation now over someone else, who is Black, taking a slice of the “Black Twitter” pie seems a bit selective and short-sighted.

Florida Mom’s Facebook Complaint Gets Son Expelled From School

September 1st, 2014 - By Ann Brown
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A Florida mom says she recently complained about her son’s private school on social media and it got her expelled.

And it was a seemingly minor complaint. Ashley Habat grumbled on Facebook that Sonshine Christian Academy didn’t give enough notice about picture day. Even though her Facebook post was private, she tagged the school. The next day she says she was told by school administrators that the school didn’t seem to be a good fit for her son,  reports WJXT-TV (via The Huffington Post).

In the post, Habat asked: “Why is it that every single day there is something new I dislike about Will’s School? Are my standards really too high or are people working in the education field really just that ignorant.”

A letter of dismissal given to Habat from the school said her “relationship with Sonshine did not get off to a very good start the first day of school,” stating that she “utilized social media to call into question not only the integrity but the intelligence of our staff. … These actions are also consistent with sowing discord, which is spoken of in the handbook you signed.”

According to its website, Sonshine Christian Academy is “a thriving, Christ-Centered Academy providing academic excellence through the saving knowledge of Jesus Christ, equipping each student to make an impact in our community and the world.”

Hmm. Wouldn’t the Christian thing to be to talk to the mother privately about the social media mishap and not punish an innocent child? These days, people talk about their lives–good and bad–on social media. The parent wasn’t calling for a boycott of the school, merely using her freedom of speech.

The school did not respond to The Huffington Post’s request for comment.

Was the school right in kicking out Habat’s son?

No Baby On Board: More Parents Keeping Info About Their Babies Off Social Media

August 29th, 2014 - By Ann Brown
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No baby pictures please!

While many parents like to show off their darling children on Facebook, there is a new trend brewing were parents are saying “no” to posting their baby’s pics on Facebook. Some cite privacy and safety concerns as well as the child’s right to autonomy as reasons why. But others are worried about how companies might use their child’s image and personal data. As one parent told the Dallas Morning News, “If I don’t want somebody to know about my child, to take an active interest in them, to recognize them in a city street or as they are leaving the schoolyard, the easiest way to do that is to not have any identifying information out about them.”

Even Facebook says it’s concerned about baby pictures on the social media site and in fact urges parents to use the site’s privacy setting. This will limit who can see the baby photos and posts. You can also create a group of close friends and relatives to share kid updates with. Still parents want more protection, not just against Facebook users but from the network itself. It is now widely known that Facebook uses user data to attract advertisers. So imagine if Facebook used info about your baby to lure in ads.

Social media sites “have not been very transparent about the way they collect data about users,” says Caroline Knorr, parenting editor at the nonprofit Common Sense Media, which promotes safe technology and media for children. “Facebook’s terms of service and privacy [policies] — no one reads it, it’s too obscure.”

In lieu of using Facebook to share photos of his baby with family and friends, one parent purchased a website domain with his son’s name.

“I’m going to make it a private website with a password so family can log in” to see updates, he told the newspaper. “When he gets old enough, I’ll probably give him the keys.”

Still a majority of parents like posting their children’s photos on social media. But it depends on how old the parents are.

A 2011 poll done in part with the Longitudinal Study of American Youth at the University of Michigan’s Institute for Social Research found that 66 percent of Generation X parents (those born in the 1960s and ‘70s) said they post photos of their children online. And more than half said they have shared news about a child’s accomplishment online as well.

But Aisha Sultan, a fellow at the institute when the poll was conducted, says if the poll was done today, the result would might be drastically different.

“Back [then] there wasn’t a lot of conversation about this,” says Sultan. “When parents first started joining Facebook in large numbers it wasn’t the primary concern. We felt like we were in control of information we were sharing with friends and family.”

Not only parents are concerned about this issue, politicians are as well. Under new California law that goes into effect in 2015 online services, websites or apps that collect personally data must remove that content that minors are in the posts, if requested.

Do you post photos of your baby on social media?

Guess Who This Girl Grew Up To Be?

August 28th, 2014 - By Veronica Wells
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This celebrity posted this adorable picture of she and her mother on her Facebook page today in honor of “Throwback Thursday.” Can you tell who this little girl grew up to be? You really don’t need to look too much further than the woman on the right because she grew up to look quite a bit like her.

But in case you’re struggling her a couple of hints.

The little girl has two children of her own now and a bonus child.

She’s married to one of Hollywood’s A-list stars, though people always speculate that their marriage is crumbling…

And she was in the movie Woo. 

There you have it. Surely, you know who it is by now.

Score One For BET: Network Comes Out The Winner In Lawsuit Over Fan’s Facebook Page For ‘The Game’

August 22nd, 2014 - By Ann Brown
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"The Game"Have you ever started a Facebook page for your favorite celebrity or product? Well, Stacey Mattocks did when in 2008 she opened a Facebook page for her favorite TV show, The Game. Her page became such a hit that  BET took notice and began to do business with Mattocks to promote the series. And with the help of Mattocks’ page the show’s popularity grew and the Facebook page garnered massive likes.

But things went south when BET wanted to take over the rights to the page. A messy lawsuit ensued last year. Finally a judgment has been rendered — and it could have a major impact on how we define who owns what on social media. A Florida judge has ruled that Facebook likes are not the property of page creators. According to the ruling, Mattocks can’t establish she owns a property interest in some 6.2 million likes she collected.

Mattocks had sued the Viacom-owned cable channel for “allegedly committing tortious interference, breach of contract, breach of good faith and fair dealing, and copyright infringement,” reports The Hollywood Reporter. Mattocks later amended the lawsuit to add a claim of unlawful conversion.

In her lawsuit, Mattocks charged that BET initially agreed to pay her $30 per hour to work as a social media “freelancer” and later offered her an $85,000-a-year salary, which she turned down. According to Mattocks, BET pulled out all the stops to change her mind, even flying her out to Los Angeles for promotional interviews. But when she refused to transfer ownership of the fan page to BET, Facebook temporarily shut down her account.

What followed was a “Letter Agreement” with BET under which the network agreed that Mattocks wouldn’t be excluded from the page. In turn, she agreed to grant BET full administrative access. Mattocks says she signed the agreement under duress.

BET also tried to buy the page, offering $15,000; Mattocks requested $1.2 million, according to court papers. The negotiations continued and Mattocks dropped BET’s administrative access on the Facebook page from “manager” to “moderator.” BET, in turn, to issue a cease-and-desist letter. In the letter BET cited intellectual property and a demand to Facebook that it remove the page. This prompted Mattocks’ lawsuit.

“Based on the record, Mattocks cannot establish that she owns a property interest in the ‘likes’ on the FB Page,” writes the judge in an opinion (read more here). ” ‘Liking’ a Facebook Page simply means that the user is expressing his or her enjoyment or approval of the content. At any time, moreover, the user is free to revoke the ‘like’ by clicking an ‘unlike’ button. So if anyone can be deemed to own the ‘likes’ on a Page, it is the individual users responsible for them. Given the tenuous relationship between ‘likes’ on a Facebook Page and the creator of the Page, the ‘likes’ cannot be converted in the same manner as goodwill or other intangible business interests.”

The judge also dismissed Mattocks’ tortious interference claim, writing: “While BET may also have had other financial motives in disabling the Page and Twitter account, no record evidence shows that BET took these steps for purely malicious reasons.”

So remember, if you thinking to make money off a Facebook page for a product or other person, according to this judgment you have no legal ownership of pages’ likes. Be sure you know what’s yours and focus on monetizing those elements. Everything else belongs to users, Facebook and the Internet.

Have You Noticed A Lack Of News About Ferguson On Your Facebook Page?

August 19th, 2014 - By Ann Brown
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Are some social media outlets omitting the biggest news of the past week from your timeline? Depending whether you are on Facebook or Twitter your news feed about the uproar in Ferguson, Mo., over the fatal police shooting of unarmed Black teenager Michael Brown could be entirely different.

The difference is an algorithm, which dictates a lot of what happens on social media. An algorithm is a mathematical formula that decides what you see and when you see it. Twitter’s feed isn’t dictated by an algorithm. Tweets are seen in real time. Facebook, however, uses a complex algorithm to decide what winds up in your news feed. Although Facebook won’t reveal its algorithm, it is partly based on your history of likes, clicks or shares.

Ars Technica’s Casey Johnson tells The Washington Post that Facebook’s algorithm tends to omit controversial content, which racially charged protests could be seen as. “There is a reason that the content users see tends to be agreeable to a general audience: sites like [BuzzFeed, Elite Daily, Upworthy, and their ilk] are constantly honing their ability to surface stuff with universal appeal. Content that causes dissension and tension can provide short-term rewards to Facebook in the form of heated debates, but content that creates accord and harmony is what keeps people coming back,” says Johnson.

Johnson’s theory carries some weight. A Georgia Institute of Technology study of how political content affects users’ perceptions of Facebook, found that “because Facebook friend networks are often composed of ‘weak ties’ where the threshold for friending someone is low, users were often negatively surprised to see their acquaintances express political opinions different from their own. This felt alienating and, overall, made everyone less likely to speak up on political matters (and therefore, create content for Facebook),” summarized Johnson.

Take the situation in Ferguson for example. According to University of North Carolina sociologist Zeynep Tufekci, last Wednesday, when there were riots in Ferguson and arrests of journalists, she heard of the events in real time on her Twitter feed. Posts about Ferguson didn’t appear in her Facebook feed until the next morning.

“Would Ferguson be buried in algorithmic censorship?” she wrote on Medium. Adding, “How the Internet is run, governed and filtered is a human rights issue.”

Facebook, Twitter Making Changes That Impact What You See On Your Timeline. Some Good, Some Not So Much.

August 18th, 2014 - By Lauren R.D. Fox
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Facebook will now label fake news articles as satire because users read the articles and think it’s the truth. Satirical media outlets such as The Onion will be the subject of such labeling. Facebook representatives told Buzzfeed:

“We are running a small test which shows the text [‘Satire’] in front of links to satirical articles in the related articles unit in News Feed. This is because we received feedback that people wanted a clearer way to distinguish satirical articles from others in these units.”

Chances are, a good number of people have been called out for falling for something that wasn’t real. So helping people recognize satire might be a good change. But Twitter has also put a change in place that’s rubbing people the wrong way.
The social network has started posting tweets on user timelines that have been favorited by others they follow. “Why does my twitter timeline randomly show me what people have favourited and who they follow? I don’t give a sh*t,”writes Rosie from London. Well all righty then. They will also receive notifications when others follow other Twitter users. The Next Web says Twitter is also taking away Bing translations from tweets and sending notifications when people start following a handle (we’ve received notices as people have started following reporters covering the situation in Ferguson).

Pando Daily also reports that Twitter may switch to a Facebook algorithm. By doing so, Twitter timeline content will be selected for users. Pando’s David Holmes says if this happens, Twitter users will not receive important information on breaking news as they do now, one of the major pluses of being on Twitter.

Del Harvey, head of Twitter’s Trust and Safety team, exclusively told IT World, that they’re also looking at rules that will curb trolls like those that drove Robin Williams’ daughter Zelda off of social media entirely. “[Twitter] suspended a number of accounts related to this issue for violating our rules, and we are in the process of evaluating how we can further improve our policies to better handle tragic situations like this one. This includes expanding our policies regarding self-harm and private information, and improving support for family members of deceased users.”

Twitter has yet to respond about it’s recent changes regarding the favorited tweets. Any thoughts on these changes?

“Kickin It With My Daddy” This Father-Daughter Rap Is Everything

August 12th, 2014 - By Veronica Wells
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I love a good Daddy-Daughter moment. There’s nothing like it. And rest assured that if and when I find them on the internet, I’ll always share them with you, our readers because as we’ve seen, in just the past couple of days, the world can be a cold and dark place. There’s nothing wrong with spreading a little light as often as possible.

Enter Ricky Weems and his eldest daughter Kayliyah. Weems, the father of two, solicited the help of his daughter, who has perfect rhythm, to rap about their relationship. And don’t let the fact that she’s a child fool you. The verses are sick.

Weems posted the video on his Facebook page earlier this month, writing the following:

BREAKING NEWS ALERT!!! Here is the video!! Shoutout to my baby girl Malaya who couldn’t make the video shoot, she was doing a commercial Shoutout to the cameraman Jermaine who’s only 6, but he learning Shoutout to Kayliyah who is a natural!!  Here it is, “kickin it wit my daddy”!! Just a snippet!!

Check out a few of my favorite lines (being that I’ve watched this video at least seven times and memorized parts of it.)

Hi my name Kayliyah

I’m my daddy’s oldest 

He always say he love me 

And my daddy show it 

(Ricky– He Do!) 

Finished third grade

Now I’m going to the fourth 

I get good grades on my papers and reports

Got a lot of awards for jobs for well done 

Two times in a row I made student of the month

(Ricky– Leggo!)

And that’s just the half of it y’all. Watch the whole video and look of sheer joy as Kayliyah and Ricky shake up and dance at the end.

Perfection.

This Daddy-Daughter Duo Dancing To Ariana Grande’s “Problem” Is Too Cute

July 21st, 2014 - By Veronica Wells
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London Johnson seems to be a jack of all trades. He’s funny, he can sing a little bit and he’s a father. After watching several of London’s videos he’s giving me a serious, like friendly yet trill vibe… I don’t know if there was another, more accurate way to describe him.

And in addition to all of that, his daughter brings out the trained dancer in him.

Over the weekend, London posted a video of himself and his daughter, also named London, dancing to Ariana Grande’s “Problem” and captioned it:

“Tired As F**K, DanceN Wit My Jr…All Choreography By Lil London lmao.”

But don’t let this little girl’s age or short stature fool you. She’s got some skills and watching her perform her routine with her dad, is too adorable.

Take a look at the video above and let the cuteness brighten your day.

 

How cute, right?! With the exception of the n-word at the end, this looks like something you’d see on one of those “Fatherhood” commercials the government has been promoting for the past few years. I love it, especially the part where you hear Lil London laughing at her father’s collapsed body on the ground.