Inside | Real news, curated by real humans
Inside Facebook

Inside Facebook (May 16th, 2017)

$FB (3:30 p.m. EST): $149.64 (↓ .37%) // 90-day high: $153.6 // 90-day low: $129.5 // More info

Facebook is trying to stop the publication of Facebook Live videos that aren't live. The company is warning creators with this message: “Don’t use the API to publish only images (ex: don’t publish static, animated, or looping images), or to live-stream polls associated with unmoving or ambient broadcasts.” Publishers who don't follow the rules will have reduced visibility on Facebook, and those who repeatedly break the rules may have their access to Facebook Live restricted. Facebook in January announced a list of the top 10 Live videos of 2016; half of them weren’t Live, but instead polls or countdowns on a static background. – TECHCRUNCH

  • Email gray
  • Permalink gray

The government of Thailand did not block Facebook despite threats by the country to do so. The military said recently that it would ban the company in Thailand if it did not disable Thailand-based users from being able to access content that criticizes the royal family. The government set a deadline of 10 am on May 16, but so far the pages remain. Facebook was under pressure from Thailand’s government last week to remove dozens of pages from its servers, after a video appeared to show the country’s new king walking through a shopping mall in a crop top. – TECHCRUNCH

  • Email gray
  • Permalink gray

Facebook is giving refunds to some advertisers after the company overstated the amount of clicks on marketers’ websites. Facebook said the discrepancy was minor and only occurred when users visited the site on mobile browsers—not in the Facebook app or on desktops, nd clicked on its “video carousel” ad formats to expand them in size. Those clicks were mistakenly registered as website clicks. Carolyn Everson, Facebook’s vice president of global marketing solutions, said the bug was uncovered as part of a recently introduced review process and the company is “committed to transparency” with its partners. Facebook has faced scrutiny in the past for misstating advertiser traffic. – WSJ

  • Email gray
  • Permalink gray

Failing to prevent its users' data from being accessed by advertisers has cost Facebook 150,000 euros or $166,000. France's data protection watchdog Commission nationale de l’informatique et des libertés, CNIL, found that Facebook was in violation of the French Data Protection Act. Among the investigation's findings: "It has been observed that Facebook proceeded to a massive compilation of personal data of Internet users in order to display targeted advertising. It has also been noticed that Facebook collected data on browsing activity of internet users on third-party websites, via the “datr” cookie, without their knowledge." The French watchdog had given Facebook a deadline to stop tracking non-users' web activity without their consent. Facebook disagreed with the order. – THE NEXT WEB

  • Email gray
  • Permalink gray

Meanwhile at Building 8 . . .

A man covered himself in kerosene and then attempted to broadcast his suicide on Facebook Live. Jared McLemore, 33, took his shirt off and then doused himself, before igniting a lighter and bursting into flames. A man off-camera attempted to help him, but was unsuccessful. McLemore is a well-known musician in the Memphis area. McLemore’s ex-girlfriend, Alyssa Moore, was just a couple of feet away at the time of the incident. “Jared approached Alyssa and mumbled something about 'goodbye,' then grabbed her arm and wiped it on his chest to show he was covered in kerosene,” according to a GoFundMe page set up for Moore’s recovery effort. Court records showed that McLemore had a history of domestic abuse and was accused of strangling Moore. – NYDN

  • Email gray
  • Permalink gray

An activist and nonprofit employee is missing after posting a 28-minute video Monday on Facebook. Elizabeth “Liz” Ana Smith, president of the Eureka branch of the NAACP in Northern California, disappeared, according to the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office. The 39-year-old was reported missing after she posted the video, where she said, “I am in heaven because I have been crucified.” Smith was CEO of the Boys and Girls Club of the Redwoods until March, when she was placed on indefinite administration leave. Smith had sent a scathing letter to the organization, alleging discrimination and mismanagement. – HUFFINGTON POST

  • Email gray
  • Permalink gray

How likely are you to recommend Inside Facebook to a friend or colleague?           

Subscribe to Inside Facebook

MORE NEWSLETTERS

Digging into the Trump Presidency, issue by issue

Inside Trump

Digging into the Trump Presidency, issue by issue

TWICE WEEKLY
Digging into the Trump Presidency, issue by issue

Inside Trump

TWICE WEEKLY

SUBSCRIBED!

Share via

Drone news for hobbyists, professionals, and investors

Inside Drones

Drone news for hobbyists, professionals, and investors

TWICE WEEKLY
Drone news for hobbyists, professionals, and investors

Inside Drones

TWICE WEEKLY

SUBSCRIBED!

Share via

Explaining the business and consumer sides of social media networks

Inside Social

Explaining the business and consumer sides of social media networks

DAILY
Explaining the business and consumer sides of social media networks

Inside Social

DAILY

SUBSCRIBED!

Share via

News, updates, reviews and analysis of industry and consumer trends in the world of streaming

Inside Streaming

News, updates, reviews and analysis of industry and consumer trends in the world of streaming

WEEKLY
News, updates, reviews and analysis of industry and consumer trends in the world of streaming

Inside Streaming

WEEKLY

SUBSCRIBED!

Share via