Soaring Q1 revenues for Google and Facebook could spell good news for global news industry

30 Apr

Google owner Alphabet and Facebook both surpassed expectations with their revenues in the first three months of the year, despite taking a hit from the coronavirus crisis in March. Google and Facebook are seen as bellwethers of the advertising sector. Therefore, if their turnover is in better shape than expected, this raises hopes that the … Continue reading “Soaring Q1 revenues for Google and Facebook could spell good news for global news industry”

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Ad market abuse concerns cited by shareholders launching bid to oust Mark Zuckerberg as Facebook chairman

27 Apr

A group of Facebook investors is seeking to remove Mark Zuckerberg as chairman, citing several controversies facing the tech giant, including its dominance in certain markets. The motion, which will be voted on by shareholders at the firm’s annual general meeting next month, is for Facebook to take on a new independent chairman to oversee … Continue reading “Ad market abuse concerns cited by shareholders launching bid to oust Mark Zuckerberg as Facebook chairman”

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Australia to force Google and Facebook to pay for news content

20 Apr

Global digital platforms Google and Facebook will be forced to pay for news content in Australia, the government has said, as the coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic causes a collapse in advertising revenue. Treasurer Josh Frydenberg said the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission would in late July release draft rules for the tech giants to pay fair … Continue reading “Australia to force Google and Facebook to pay for news content”

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Managers praise Facebook-funded community reporters’ contribution to newsrooms

8 Apr

Nine in ten community news reporters hired by local newspapers and funded by Facebook in the past year feel they have brought something new to their newsroom. The figure is even higher among their line managers, 96 per cent of whom think the recruits are producing fresh stories for their publications. There are currently 77 … Continue reading “Managers praise Facebook-funded community reporters’ contribution to newsrooms”

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US publishers face collapse ‘within weeks’ as Covid-19 adds to ‘duopoly’ woes

1 Apr

US news publishers are demanding help from the president and tech companies as many fear being wiped out “within weeks” by the effects of the coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic. While many American news websites are reporting record online readership, advertising revenues are said to have fallen by as much as 50 per cent since Covid-19 shut … Continue reading “US publishers face collapse ‘within weeks’ as Covid-19 adds to ‘duopoly’ woes”

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Going viral: Twitter and Facebook failing to contain Covid-19 misinformation

31 Mar

Vladimir Putin has released hundreds of lions and tigers on to the streets of Russia to enforce self-isolation.  Hollywood celebrities are not being diagnosed with coronavirus – they are actually being arrested for paedophilia offences. The US was threatening Iraq with coronavirus 30 years ago, as proven by an archived Associated Press video of Saddam … Continue reading “Going viral: Twitter and Facebook failing to contain Covid-19 misinformation”

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NHS enlists help of social media platforms to tackle coronavirus ‘fake news’

10 Mar

Twitter is suspending accounts sharing false coronavirus news at the behest of the NHS, which has put the onus on platforms to help direct the public to official updates first and foremost. The NHS has today outlined its battle plan against so-called “fake news” around the coronavirus outbreak, which has now killed six people in … Continue reading “NHS enlists help of social media platforms to tackle coronavirus ‘fake news'”

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Ex-Culture Committee chairman slams Facebook regulation proposals as ‘too little too late’

20 Feb

Former Culture Committee chairman Damian Collins MP has slammed Facebook’s proposals for online content regulation as “too little, too late”. The social network’s chief executive Mark Zuckerberg suggested online platforms should be incentivised to be more responsible by placing more accountability on them to moderate content. Under Facebook’s plan, a model agreed by regulators around … Continue reading “Ex-Culture Committee chairman slams Facebook regulation proposals as ‘too little too late'”

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Mark Zuckerberg shows support for online regulation even if it hurts Facebook in near term

18 Feb

Facebook has said it wants to work with governments on “new rules for the internet” as the social network published a set of recommendations for online content regulation. The tech giant has been at the centre of a debate about how internet firms should be made more accountable for the content that appears on their … Continue reading “Mark Zuckerberg shows support for online regulation even if it hurts Facebook in near term”

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Twitter and Google grow profits as Facebook slumps amid ‘fake news’ and privacy concerns

7 Feb

Twitter has reported a rise in profits in 2019 while rival social network Facebook faced a rare loss last year. Twitter, the social media platform favoured by journalists, grew profits by a fifth to $1.46bn on revenues of £3.46bn for the year, new figures show. Chief executive Jack Dorsey said it had been a “great … Continue reading “Twitter and Google grow profits as Facebook slumps amid ‘fake news’ and privacy concerns”

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Twitter and Social Media Resources

7 Feb

For more training videos, visit our YouTube page. @journtoolboxFollow the Journalist’s Toolbox on Twitter. SOCIAL GRAPHICS AND VIDEO CREATION TOOLS Note: This collection of tools came from several journalism instructors’ contributions to the ONA Educators Facebook page. Sprout Social: Guide to Social Media Image Sizes Wavve.coTurn podcast or musical audio into engaging animated videos to […]

Facebook ‘fake news’ as bad now as during Brexit referendum, ex-Cambridge Analytica employee claims

28 Jan

The amount of fake news on Facebook is no better now than it was during the EU Referendum, a former Cambridge Analytica employee has suggested. Brittany Kaiser (pictured), previously business development director at the company, claimed UK citizens are still not safe from outside interference in elections. The self-styled data rights activist was visiting Parliament … Continue reading “Facebook ‘fake news’ as bad now as during Brexit referendum, ex-Cambridge Analytica employee claims”

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Brexit in GE2019 political advertising: an asset for some, a liability for others

24 Jan

Yes, Brexit was key to the 2019 General Election campaign – but it wasn’t all that voters wanted to hear about. Tristan Hotham (University of Bath) analyses Facebook advertising in the run-up to the vote and finds that while the issue proved an asset to the Conservatives and a liability to the Lib Dems, Labour … Continued

We need to talk about A/B testing: Brexit, attack ads and the election campaign

13 Nov

With the general election a month away, how are the parties targeting voters on Facebook with messages about Brexit? Tristan Hotham (University of Bath) explains how A/B testing is being used to identify the most effective campaign themes. Political parties using Facebook ads have a powerful capacity to hone their messages. Unlike in the past – where expensive and hard-to-organise […]

Social media transparency data is giving real time insight on party strategy at #GE2019

9 Nov

The upcoming general election is the first general election in the UK where social media companies are publishing transparency data, showing which political advertisements are being displayed on the platforms, who is paying for them, and the amounts being spent. Facebook is, by far, the largest platform for social media political advertisements in the UK. In the first full week of the campaign to the 4th of November, there was £175k of spending on campaign related advertisements on the platform, … Read more

Does the European Union’s online ad spending constitute foreign election interference?

31 Oct

Using documents obtained from the European Commission, I have sought to understand how the European Union is spending taxpayers’ money on online political ad spending and ask whether campaign spending to date has been sufficiently transparent, if it could have fallen foul of Britain’s election laws and whether it may constitute foreign election interference. What […]

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Brexit: democracy needs journalists to be transparent about their political sources

29 Oct

Twitter is more popular among Remainers – 18% of them get their news via 280 characters, as opposed to 10% of Leave voters. But, for other social networks, the differences are smaller and not statistically significant in most cases. The problems of polarisation – and of silos – are created by journalists and politicians themselves, write Meera Selva and Richard […]

The NI Department of Justice #EndingTheHarm campaign viewed over a million times on Snapchat in August 2019

19 Sep

Transparency data released this week by ephemeral messaging app Snapchat has shown that the NI Department of Justice #EndingTheHarm campaign made over a million impressions over an 18 day period last month. The campaign, part of the Tackling Paramilitarism programme, made 1,138,048 impressions over the course of the campaign. Of the 15 organizations who had political campaigns on the social network in the UK over the course of 2019 so far, it ranked 8th in terms of impressions behind Police … Read more