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Inside Facebook (Feb 17th, 2017)

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In today's Inside Facebook we’re covering the fallout of Mark Zuckerberg's "manifesto," the company's challenge to LinkedIn and the planned launch of a new TV app. Have any thoughts or comments on stuff you want to see? Hit REPLY and let us hear about it!

A man who broadcast the birth if his child on Facebook Live last May lost a court battle this week after he tried to stop mainstream media outlets from showing the footage. A judge threw out Kali Kanongataa's copyright infringement case after the video was aired on ABC, Yahoo! and other media outlets. The footage was considered "fair use" and newsworthy and it was the first time a live birth was broadcasted on Facebook." If social media content is considered "newsworthy" it can be picked up by media outlets, the court ruled. About 120,000 people watched the birth. Kitty Knowles writes: "The only real way to stop these from ‘going viral’ is not to stream them in the first place." – THE MEMO

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Authorities have arrested three men who allegedly shot and killed two radio journalists during a Facebook Live broadcast earlier this week. The shooters opened fire while one of the journalists was reading the news in San Pedro de Macorís, in the Dominican Republic. Some journalists have received death threats in recent years over media coverage of the country’s immigration debate and criticism of the government's attitudes toward Dominicans of Haitian descent. Journalist Luís Manuel Medina and producer Leo Martínez were killed in the shooting. – NY TIMES
 

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Facebook is exploring its potential as a hub for job networking, in a move that could give LinkedIn competition. Facebook unveiled new features this week that allow businesses to post job openings, and help prospective workers find and apply to those jobs through Facebook. “This new experience will help businesses find qualified people where they’re already spending their time—on Facebook and on mobile,” Facebook stated in a blog post. Businesses will be able to post jobs and track job applications directly from a company Facebook page, and communicate with applicants through Facebook Messenger. Job seekers will be able to check available jobs, sortable by industry and job type. – QUARTZ

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Facebook has launched a new app that will allow users to watch videos on their televisions instead of their computers and other devices. App users can watch saved videos, recommended videos, and any video shared by friends and Facebook Live videos. The app will be rolled out to stores for Amazon's Fire TV, the Samsung Smart TV, and Apple TV, and more platforms to be announced soon. "A lot of people when they’re watching video in (their) news feed during the day will save it for later because they don’t have time to watch," said Facebook VP of Partnerships Dan Rose. "Now it's easy to watch on your TV if you want to do that. We want people to be able to consume content wherever they are – whether it’s on their phone, whether it’s on their computer — and TV is just another screen for that." – INVESTOPEDIA

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Business Insider takes a look at Facebook's "gorgeous" data centers from around the world. The site has compiled photos showing Facebook's large data centers, inside and outside. The facilities all around the world serve as the infrastructure back end for the 1.86 billion users of the social network. They are also designed to be energy efficient. The company has data centers in Oregon, North Carolina, Iowa, and Sweden and new data centers coming soon to Texas, New Mexico, and Ireland. Click here to see images shot by Photographer Alan Brandt. – BUSINESS INSIDER

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REACTION FROM AROUND THE WEB

We pulled together a few reactions to Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg's 5,800 word Facebook post on Thursday. Zuckerberg said that the social network company was now focusing on building "social infrastructure" and going beyond the sharing of photos among friends and family.

The Verge concludes that Facebook changed its mission because the old one wasn't working. Casey Newton writes: "I’m glad Facebook will now assume some responsibility for the effects its platform is having on the world. But I will never stop asking what might have been had it taken responsibility sooner." Facebook has 1.86 billion users and is the world's most popular platform for news distribution.

Wired saysdespite Zuckerberg's letter, he "doesn't really concede the point that Facebook may be responsible for the warping of civil discourse." Cade Metz writes "he vows to build a Facebook that forges new connections capable of strengthening ties in the real world. But Zuckerberg still doesn’t seem to know how exactly Facebook will take a platform that has driven so many people apart and use it to pull off a great global coming together."

Vox acknowledged Zuckerberg's attempt to stamp out fake news, but then says "Zuckerberg ignores what seems to me the fundamental reason that sensationalistic content thrives on Facebook: the fact that Facebook’s news feed chooses stories based on “engagement.” Timothy B. Lee says Facebook doesn't have to manipulate people to return to the site. "Most people do so already out of habit and because they want to see their friends’ baby pictures. If anything, people might start to feel better about their Facebook experience if every news headline they saw wasn’t trying to manipulate them into clicking on it."

What do you think of Facebook's move toward creating social infrastructure? Is this the right direction or has the company lost its focus? Click "reply" and let us know.

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