Social Web Recap 20.11.17
A weekly annotated short summary of significant social web platform developments from the previous week, with links and carping marginalia as needed . . . Posted every Monday morning or thereabouts.
According to Freedom House in its latest study of global internet freedom, Canada is among the least restrictive nations in the world when it comes to internet usage. That's good news for Canadians. Overall, though, there are some troubling developments reported, among them that "Online manipulation and disinformation tactics played an important role in elections in at least 18 countries over the past year, including the United States . . . and disinformation tactics contributed to a seventh consecutive year of overall decline internet freedom."
A number of online news outlets reported that YouTube has broadened its policy for taking down extremist content to include both removing videos that directly preach hate or seek to incite violence as well as videos of named terrorists, "unless the content is journalistic or educational in nature — such as news reports and documentaries."
On a less intense note, fans who go to an artist's official music video on YouTube can now learn about upcoming concert listings and, through a partnership with Ticketmaster, "with a simple click go to Ticketmaster to purchase tickets." I wonder what YouTube's cut is of the Ticketmaster ticket price?
To expand developers' access to data, Twitter has launched a lower-cost data subscription service called Premium APIs, "designed to offer expanded access to Twitter data beyond what’s currently available in the free APIs" including facilitating more complex queries from the past 30 days and enhanced metadata results.
Twitter is reviewing its verification program and has stopped accepting submissions for the blue checkmark. In the mean time, it has changed its rules to accommodate removing verification for 'behaviors on and off Twitter' including "promoting hate and violence; threatening people on the basis of race, ethnicity, national origin, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, religious affiliation, age, disability or disease; supporting hate groups; harassing others and violent behavior."
You'll have to be a regular contributor to the Reddit communities to assess the merits or limitations of this change, but according to TNW "Reddit is testing a real-time chat function which could soon replace its old-fashioned PM system — meaning Reddit will soon have a chat function that looks similar to any social media site out there." The same article does note that "Redditors on the r/beta thread have expressed reservations about the chat, insofar as spam is concerned."
In its ongoing effort to support fact-based journalism in the publications shared on the Facebook news feed, the company is debuting a 'trust indicator' icon that you can tap for "information about publishers including their policies on ethics, fact-checking, and corrections, as well as their ownership structure and their masthead."
Continuing its push into video, Facebook rolled out the 'Creator App' —"a one stop shop for creators of all kinds, to help take their passions to the next level. With the app, creators can easily create original video, go live with exclusive features, and connect with their community on Facebook — all from their pocket." Included in the features are the ability to create new camera effects (frames, stickers) and intros and outros for Live broadcasts. As well, it has launched "a new website where creators can find resources and tips on how to create great videos, connect with fans, and grow on Facebook" called Facebook for Creators.