Tweak to Facebook algorithm penalizes media content

first_imgNews News June 7, 2021 Find out more WhatsApp blocks accounts of at least seven Gaza Strip journalists RSF_en Reporters Without Borders (RSF) regrets that media content is getting less exposure on Facebook as a result of changes to Edgerank, the algorithm that controls its newsfeed.Facebook says its goal is to ensure that what your friends post gets priority over other content such as journalistic content published by the news media. This means that a lot of your friends will have to “share,” “like” or comment on a news story or a piece of news media content for it to appear prominently on your Facebook page.Defending the change, Facebook vice-president Adam Mosseri said Facebook’s primary function was to bring people together not to influence what should interest them.“We are not in the business of picking which issues the world should read about,” Mosseri said. “We are in the business of connecting people and ideas – and matching people with the stories they find most meaningful.”What he says is fine in itself but the trend is for social network users to be swamped by such a volume of information that they are often hard put to distinguish journalistic information from other kinds of content.“In a world in which the quantity of information does not stop growing, the issue of its independence, honesty and quality becomes a major challenge,” RSF secretary-general Christophe Deloire said.“Societies need the broadest possible freedom of opinion but, within what is encompassed by freedom expression, we must not allow journalistic reporting based on method, rules of honesty and the principle of independence to disappear at the expense of subjectivity and pure opinion. Even if Facebook refuses to accept its role as a ‘media,’ it has become one of the main news sources for its 1.6 billion users and must therefore assume its responsibility.”Facebook’s decision to reduce the space for news media content is fraught with consequences. RSF fears that it will encourage biased, demagogic and even manipulated content at the expense of quality content that helps users to break out of their certainty bubble and rub up against opinions different from their own. to go further United StatesAmericas Online freedoms Internet Receive email alerts News June 3, 2021 Find out morecenter_img Facebook’s Oversight Board is just a stopgap, regulation urgently needed, RSF says July 7, 2016 Tweak to Facebook algorithm penalizes media content United StatesAmericas Online freedoms Internet Follow the news on United States Organisation News Help by sharing this information April 28, 2021 Find out more NSO Group hasn’t kept its promises on human rights, RSF and other NGOs saylast_img read more

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SOUTHCOM Stages Relief Team at Grand Cayman in Preparation for Hurricane Matthew

first_imgBy U.S. Southcom Public Affairs Office October 04, 2016 On October 4th, U.S. Southern Command (SOUTHCOM) directed a team of approximately 100 military personnel and nine helicopters to Grand Cayman Island, where they will be staged and ready to support U.S. disaster relief operations in the Caribbean if requested by the U.S. Agency for International Development’s (USAID) Office of Foreign Disaster Assistance (OFDA). Members from Joint Task Force-Bravo (JTF-B) and Special Purpose Marine Air-Ground Task Force-Southern Command (SPMAGTF-SC) departed Honduras’ Soto Cano Air Base today aboard CH-53E Super Stallion, CH-47 Chinook, and UH-60L Blackhawk helicopters. If tasked, they will provide heavy lift support to U.S. disaster assistance missions. The mission of Joint Task Force-Bravo includes being prepared to support disaster relief operations in Central America, South America and the Caribbean, when directed by SOUTHCOM. SPMAGTF-SC deployed to Central America in June to serve as a rapid response force during the hurricane season. It was headquartered out of Soto Cano Air Base in Honduras and was postured to rapidly deploy in support of a disaster relief mission in the region. “Our country is a compassionate nation with a long history of helping countries impacted by natural disasters like this,” said U.S. Navy Adm. Kurt Tidd, commander of SOUTHCOM. “We’re ready to support USAID, if needed, to save lives, alleviate human suffering and provide aid to those afflicted by this storm.” SOUTHCOM is one of the nation’s six geographically-focused unified commands with responsibility for U.S. military operations in the Caribbean, Central America and South America.last_img read more

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Officials: 66% of Tioga County’s COVID-19 cases stem from single nursing home

first_imgOfficials will hold a weekly coronavirus update every Wednesday at 10 a.m. The say the remaining percentage of cases are spread throughout the county. The department says signs point to social distancing measures working. As of April 29, there are 97 confirmed cases of the virus and six people have died.center_img (WBNG) — Chairwoman of the Tioga County Legislature Martha Sauerbrey announced the majority of positive COVID-19 cases in the county are tied to Elderwood Nursing Home in Waverly. The Tioga County Health Department says people should refrain from large gatherings and continue to wear masks when out in public.last_img

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BSVI transition will make rest of the year difficult for auto industry

first_imgNew Delhi: Auto industry body SIAM on Wednesday said the industry, which has been reeling under a prolonged slump, is staring at a difficult road ahead for the rest of the year due to transition to BS-VI emission norm from BS-VI by April 2020. Terming it as a “huge challenge”, Society of Indian Automobile Manufacturers (SIAM) President Rajan Wadhera said on an average each vehicle manufacturer is spending close to Rs 1,000 crore to upgrade all of their model line-up to meet the new emission norm within a short span. Also Read – Thermal coal import may surpass 200 MT this fiscal”The auto industry, as we all have seen in the past eight months, has witnessed continuous de-growth and August being the worst at 30 per cent,” Wadhera said, while speaking at Federation of Automobile Dealers Associations (FADA) annual auto retail conclave. He further said the entire value chain of the auto industry – from component suppliers to vehicles manufacturers and dealers – have been impacted by the slowdown. “The road for the rest of the year is also looking difficult because there is a huge challenge of migration from BS-IV to BS-VI is awaiting us,” Wadhera said. Also Read – Food grain output seen at 140.57 mt in current fiscal on monsoon boostNew technologies coming into vehicle, which has to be done “in a span of three years across all models and have defect free products is a huge challenge”, he added. “On an average an OEM is spending about Rs 1,000 crore to upgrade their product portfolio,” Wadhera said. In order to ensure a smooth transition, he said, “Sales forecasting and operational efficiency has become important on account of the upcoming BS-IV to BS-VI transition”. While the dealers will be managing the front-end, OEMs (original equipment manufacturers) need to ensure that there should neither be loss of sales on account of unavailability of products nor allow inventory build up or write-off which will create more hardships for the dealers, he added. In the near future, Wadhera said the auto industry will not only have to deal with slowdown and BS-VI transition, but also has “actually prepare for the future mobility” – electric, connected and autonomous.last_img read more

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