Facebook’s Zuckerberg Says Learnt From Germany About Defending Migrants

Facebook's Zuckerberg Says Learnt From Germany About Defending Migrants

Facebook has learnt from Germany to include migrants as a class of people that needed to be protected from “hate speech” online, Chief Executive Mark Zuckerberg said on the second day of a visit to Berlin on Friday.

A perceived slowness to remove anti-migrant postings by neo-Nazi sympathisers has increased antipathy to Facebook in Germany at a time of raised tensions and outbreaks of violence against record numbers of migrants arriving in the country.

Facebook already has the cultural obstacle of privacy to deal with in Germany, a country reunited after the Cold War only 25 years ago where memories of spying were reawakened by Edward Snowden’s 2013 revelations of prying by the state.

The world’s biggest social network rarely breaks down users by country but says it has about 21 million daily users in Germany or about a quarter of the population, fewer than the 24 million it had in less populous Britain more than two years ago.

“I just think there’s an incredibly rich history here, in this city and in this country that shapes the culture and really makes Germans in a lot of ways the leaders in the world when it comes to pushing for privacy,” Zuckerberg said.

“That’s one of the important things about coming here,” the 31-year-old entrepreneur told an audience of more than 1,000 young people, mostly students, who had been invited through their universities or signed up on Facebook to ask a question.

Zuckerberg, who spent his first day in Berlin jogging in the snow, meeting Chancellor Angela Merkel’s chief of staff, talking about technology and receiving an award, engaged on Friday with the issues that dog the company in Germany.

Journalists were not permitted to ask questions during the town hall meeting nor on any other part of Zuckerberg’s visit.

Asked why he was not doing more to remove “hate speech” from Facebook in Germany, Zuckerberg talked about an initiative with local partners to counter that and the 200 people the social network had hired in Germany to help police the site.

He said Facebook had not previously considered migrants as a class of people who needed protection, akin to racial minorities or other underrepresented groups that Facebook looks out for.

“Learning more about German culture and German law has led us to change our approach on that,” he said. “This is always a work in progress. I’m not going to claim up here today that we’re perfect, we’re definitely not.”

Nineteen-year-old Jonas Umland, an IT student who posed the question on “hate speech”, expressed a degree of satisfaction with Zuckerberg’s answer.

“I found it good that Mark said there was room for improvement. On the other hand, he didn’t mention any specific measures Facebook would take,” he told Reuters after the event.

“He came across very well, also at times spontaneous,” he said. “I found him very likeable.”

Facebook Live Video Streaming Coming Soon to Android, More Countries

Facebook Live Video Streaming Coming Soon to Android, More Countries

Facebook earlier this month started rolling out its Live Video streaming feature to countries other than the US. The feature was at first limited to select iOS users and celebrities and was later rolled-out to all the iOS users in the US. Now the social media giant has announced that the feature will be additionally rolling it out to 30 countries however, it did not specify which ones. The company added that the feature will also be arriving to Android devices starting next week.

The social network will be rolling out the Live Video streaming feature to its Android users in the US followed by other countries soon. In addition, the feature will continue to roll out to Facebook Pages as well in the coming weeks. The company in the blog post stated that, “more than 50 percent of people watching live videos are using Android devices.”

Users can check if they have the live streaming tool by tapping on the Update Status bar at the top of the News Feed and looking for the Live Video icon. Facebook Live Videos work in a similar fashion as Twitter’s Periscope. Users can start streaming a live video and the viewers can comment and like the stream. Facebook will also show the number of views on the live streaming video.

Last week, Facebook rolled out its Reactions emojis worldwide. The emojis that the company started testing in October last year show: “love,” “yay,” “wow,” “haha,” “sad,” and “angry,” and are similar to regular emojis used in chat. The Reactions emojis are already available in Spain, Ireland, Chile, Portugal, Philippines, and Japan.

Facebook Can Be Used to Track the Sleep Patterns of Your Friends

Facebook Can Be Used to Track the Sleep Patterns of Your Friends

The social networking website Facebook can be used to track people’s sleeping habits by building up a database of when your friends were seen last online busy chatting or “liking” posts on Facebook, a media report said.

“Many people visit Facebook as the first thing in the morning and the last thing before going to bed. It is, therefore, possible to get a good impression of their sleeping habits,” said San Francisco-based software engineer Soren Louv-Jansen in a Mail Online report.

For the study, Louv-Jansen used “time stamps” from Facebook’s Messenger service to see when his friends were asleep.

He was curious to see where the “last seen” data was coming from and after doing some research, he found a list of his Facebook friends’ user IDs and last activity “time stamps”.

This, he added, is embedded in the initial mark-up of Messenger.com and can be viewed by simply visiting the website and clicking “View Source” to see for yourself.

“By creating a simple service that checks Facebook every 10 minutes, I’m able to get an accurate picture of my friends’ Facebook usage,” said Louv-Jansen, who published the programme’s source code onto GitHub.

GitHub is used by many developers and hackers to put large amounts of information for developer communities to see and take advantage of, the report said.