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Inside Facebook (Apr 7th, 2017)

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Facebook has activated its "sensitive content" system to warn people before watching aftermath video of the chemical attack that struck Syria. The clip was uploaded to the social media site Tuesday, but Facebook swiftly censored the content. A black screen covers the video that presents a warning to users about the "mature content, such as graphic violence." The hidden content shows the sarin gas attack that struck the northwestern Syrian province of Idlib, killing up to 100 civilians, including at least 30 children. – DAILY MAIL

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Facebook is showing a series of short films in honor of Sexual Assault Awareness Month. Each film is “based on a true story,” and depicts ”various environments" in which harassment occurs. Among the examples: a doctor’s visit, two colleagues tending bar, a woman being photographed in mixed company. The interactions start out innocent, then turn uncomfortable. David Schwimmer, of Friends fame, along with Milk Studio’s Mazdack Rassi adapted the campaign from an Israeli one and brought them to Facebook. – THE NEXT WEB

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Crystal Eschert, an investigator with the Charlotte Fire Department, is fighting to get her job back after she claimed she was wrongfully terminated over her Facebook post. Eschert posted this to Facebook last year: “White guy shot by police yesterday near Ferguson ... Where is Obama? Where is Holder? Where is Al Sharpton? Where are Trayvon Martin’s parents? Where are all the white guys supporters? So is everyone MAKING it a racial issue? So tired it’s a racial thing. If you are a thug and worthless to society, it’s not race – You’re just a waste no matter what religion, race or sex you are.” Then, in a separate post, she blamed President Barack Obama for feeding “racial tension and cultural divide." Someone sent the Facebook posts to her employer and she was fired. She filed a wrongful termination suit and the trial is scheduled for next month. – CHARLOTTE OBSERVER

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Facebook is offering users tips for how to spot fake news. The social network has added a box to the top of the news feed for users in 14 countries to help them spot "false news." If clicked on, users are taken to Facebook's "Help Center," which provides 10 tips for spotting fake news. Facebook encourages users to investigate the source and whether the website is "unfamiliar." Facebook also encourages users to independently verify the news to see if it can be found on other credible news sites. The fake news tip box is not permanent, according to Facebook. – BUSINESS INSIDER

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A Minnesota lawyer accused of killing a jogger with his BMW while driving might have been on Facebook at the time of the crash, authorities said. Police said Peter Berge, 60, may have been on his phone and under the influence, although Berge passed an alcohol sobriety test at the time of the February accident. In an affidavit filed last week, witnesses told police that Berge was holding his cell phone and driving at varied speeds in the moments before he struck the victim. Police said his cell phone was in an “an active data session” for 23 minutes at the time of the accident. Scott Spoo was hit and killed in the crosswalk. Three days after his arrest, Berge discovered he had brain tumors. He has not been charged with anything, but authorities are still considering whether to file charges. – NY DAILY NEWS

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One in five videos on Facebook is "live." The amount of time people watch Facebook Live has also quadrupled during the past year. Facebook launched Live primarily with celebrities in August 2015, but then expanded it to all U.S. iPhone users in 2016. 75 percent of users are high school or college students, pulling away users from the youth-centric Snapchat. Facebook eventually plans to pay for higher-quality original scripted videos on its platform to compete with Netflix and Amazon.– TECH CRUNCH

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A Chicago doctor is showing his plastic surgeries live on Facebook. “Every week or every other week we have a Facebook Live segment educating people out there about what different procedures are like in plastic surgery. We do this on Facebook Live because it's unedited and it's really a credible way to see what these procedures are like,” said Dr. Anil Shah, who takes questions from viewers during the procedure. If the patients are awake, viewers can ask how they feel. Dr. Shah said he enjoys being able to interact with people in real time. – FOX NEWS

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A professional woman who fights sex trafficking has publicly criticized a woman's Facebook post, which she says misportrays what sex trafficking is really about. Lara Powers wrote an op-ed in the LA Times claiming that the Facebook entry may actually hurt the fight against sex trafficking. The writer of the original post claimed that she and her daughter were followed and stalked by two men while they were at an Ikea. "I have never seen, read or heard about a real sex-trafficking situation in which a child was abducted by traffickers in broad daylight at a busy store under a mother's watchful eye. It’s just not the way it works," Powers wrote. "Traffickers tend to coerce their victims because hauling them off is too risky. Their tactics generally aren’t the kind that leave physical bruises. Victims are recruited, manipulated, made dependent. The psychological and emotional ties they establish are highly effective." The writer warned people not to miss the signs. "I find that it so misrepresents the dangers, warning signs and risks associated with sex trafficking that its readers  . . . may now try to protect kids by watching for the wrong things in the wrong places. – LA TIMES

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