Facebook is moving into its next chapter as it rearranges the platform’s furniture and brings in new tech to add to the social fun and respond to the shifting behaviour of its users. Sheryl Sandberg, the chief operating officer of Facebook Inc, said there have been rapid shifts in the behaviour of its users. The current shift has people moving from mainly participating in the News Feed and through public posts to now telling their stories. People want to share in different ways, she said at Facebook’s International Press Day last Wednesday. They want to share in one way and then in another and yet another. “The other thing we are very focused on, because it meets with our vision, which we have changed to focus on community, is the power of groups,” said Sandberg. She said staff are seeing more and more activity taking place in Facebook Groups, which users can set up to be public, private, secret or open. The Groups option is designed to bring … [Read more...] about Ever more ways to be SOCIAL
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As a relatively new father, I feel I don’t have much to contribute to the conversation. I feel terribly unqualified. I lack experience. My son was only born in late 2017. I also feel I have bad paternal instincts. I don’t know how to calm my one-year old son when he is crying. I don’t know how to hold his attention during teaching moments. I don’t know how to stop him from watching too many videos. I don’t know how to get him back on healthy food after treats from well meaning loved ones. I don’t know how to get him to quiet down in Sunday Church. The little guy has me helpless. Should I be celebrated as a father this year? More on fathers: My father died a few weeks back but I still haven't cried How to forgive the most important man in your life This former drug addict who attempted to kill his family now ministers tokhang surrenderees Kidlat Tahimik: the duwendes and contradictions of a National Artist My loving wife is quite supportive. She … [Read more...] about What does it mean to be a new father in 2019?
BUENOS AIRES: AFP and Argentine fact-checker Chequeado are among 85 media outlets and organizations to launch Reverso, the largest global alliance against electoral disinformation, ahead of the South American country's October poll.Reverso follows in the footsteps of "CrossCheck," an initiative launched in France, in which AFP was involved, to combat fake news during the 2017 presidential election.CrossCheck was then extended to the 2019 elections in Nigeria while other such initiatives including Comprova in Brazil and Comprobado in Spain have been formed.They come amid an atmosphere in which misinformation diffused principally over social media during the US presidential election and Brexit referendum in Britain in 2016 continues to generate fierce debate and bitter divisions in those countries.The Reverso program, which will run from June to December, aims to train journalists throughout Argentina to debunk viral fake news during the presidential election campaign."AFP is … [Read more...] about AFP part of alliance to combat fake news in Argentina election
By Vinay Menon Entertainment Columnist Fri., May 3, 2019 Have you ever lined up for fast food and thought, “Gosh, wouldn’t it be great if I could order something that reflected my mood at this moment in time?” Me neither. But let’s think about Burger King’s new marketing campaign for a moment before we dismiss it as flame-grilled nonsense for hungry millennials. This week, the company unveiled a new line of “Real Meals.” Available in select markets, these “Real Meals” are basically Whopper combos — burger, fries and drink — that come in boxes emblazoned with, um, a “variety of moods.” It’s as if Nike marketed a new line of cross-trainers for the glum. Or Ikea released a special-edition Billy bookcase for self-hating hoarders and conflicted pack rats. So let’s say you just quit your new job because your boss is a maniac, one of the scenarios in Burger King’s new … [Read more...] about Burger King’s ‘Real Meals’ is the fake news of fast food
By Kathy English Public Editor Thu., May 2, 2019 Why does journalism matter? I asked. You answered. In anticipation of today’s World News Day, a time to recognize and celebrate the power of journalism to make a difference in people’s lives, I asked for your perspectives on why journalism matters to you. The responses, as always when I reach out to Star readers for your views were (for the most part) thoughtful and constructive, showing tremendous insight into the value of the public service mission of journalism and deep appreciation both for journalism’s purpose in our democracy and for the work of journalists who aspire to journalism’s highest ideals. Thank you to all who participated. Here is some of why you believe #NewsMatters: Good journalism speaks truth in the face of lies, without fear or prejudice. When the public is confused by those with powerful self-interest, then the duty of the journalist is to lay bare the facts as (s)he … [Read more...] about ‘Great journalism holds the mirror to our souls’