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By Jay Bonggolto
Facebook launches new tool to let creators claim ownership of their images
by Jay Bonggolto
Facebook is letting creators and publishers control how their original images are shared across its platform, including Instagram, in order to protect their copyrights. The social networking giant today announced an update to its Rights Manager tool that will allow content owners to claim ownership of their images - in addition to their videos - and submit takedown requests to Facebook, provided they are the real owners.
Rights Manager lets creators add their unique content that they want to protect to a reference library. The tool will then search for posts on Facebook and Instagram that match your content. When an infringing post is found, creators can then choose whether they would like it to be blocked or monitored. Owners can also take action to have an attributing credit added to that post through a link. There is also an option to exempt certain partners from the tool's matching system.
In addition, content owners can decide which territories their images can be viewed in by adjusting the match settings. From there, they can choose whether their ownership applies worldwide or only to specific regions. Facebook says Rights Manager is built for "creators and publishers who have a large or growing catalog of content".
Open letter asks tech firms to stop targeting ads at users under 18
by Paul Hill
An open letter has been signed in the U.K. by a member of parliament (MPs), academics, and children’s rights advocates to bring an end to advertising to users younger than 18 by big tech firms such as Facebook and Google. Among those signing were Caroline Lucas MP, Amnesty International, Privacy International, and Friends of the Earth.
The letter was published just days after a lawsuit was lodged against Google accusing it of breaking U.K. and E.U. data protection laws by targeting under-13s with addictive programming and using their data for advertising purposes. The letter calls on protections to be extended to all children under the age of 18.
A section of the open letter reads as follows:
In the case of Google, it allows all users to disable ad personalisation within a user’s account settings. To address some of the concerns being raised by the signatories, it could automatically set this toggle to disabled for all children’s accounts. While this may not address some of the tracking that Google performs, it will eliminate the problem of behavioural advertising.
By Garg Ankit
TikTok interim CEO invites Facebook and Instagram to support litigation against Trump ban
by Garg Ankit
Donald Trump has moved ahead with the executive order to ban TikTok and WeChat from the Google Play Store and the iOS App Store. The app will not be available to download or update come Sunday, but you can use it if it's already downloaded on your device. Vanessa Pappas took to Twitter to invite Facebook and Instagram to present a united front against the ban, citing freedom of expression and due process of law.
Pappas, who recently became the interim CEO of TikTok after Kevin Mayer quit last month, was replying to Head of Instagram, Adam Mosseri, who tweeted that the US TikTok ban would be bad not only for Facebook or Instagram, but the internet in general.
We'll have to wait and see if Zuckerberg owned Facebook and Instagram will publicly oppose the order. After all, it was he who reportedly persuaded the Trump administration to launch the attack on TikTok.
Facebook: Standalone AR glasses are five to ten years away
by Paul Hill
Earlier this week, alongside its Oculus Quest 2 announcement, Facebook revealed Project Aria a research project investigating wearable augmented reality (AR) glasses.
On Wednesday, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg revealed that the first pair of Aria glasses would be launching 2021, however, these will still be dependent on a smartphone. According to the head of Facebook Reality Labs Research Michael Abrash, the dependency on a smartphone could be removed within the next five to ten years and the technology could even supplant smartphones for some people.
In the next couple of years, smart glasses will be dependent on smartphones due to battery life and processing constraints but as technology shrinks, cramming components into glasses could become feasible. Abrash reiterated that these glasses “are still years off. That’s not a 2021 thing. I’m talking about the future.”
While glasses may be able to be used alone in the next decade, it’s unlikely that smartphones will disappear entirely. While glasses will no doubt be capable of performing many of the tasks we need them to do and more, there will be other tasks that are more convenient to complete on a phone screen.
By Jay Bonggolto
Facebook is clamping down on groups tied to violence and health misinformation
by Jay Bonggolto
Facebook announced today that it is taking additional steps to limit the spread of harmful content and misinformation in Groups. The social networking giant is honing in on Groups that contain health-related posts and those that are tied to violence.
Tom Alison, Facebook's Vice President of Engineering, said the company has begun removing health groups from recommendations in order to give priority to authoritative sources of health information. That said, users can still invite others to health groups they belong to or search for this type of groups. The latest step comes after Facebook drew flak earlier this year for allowing people to share false information surrounding COVID-19, including conspiracy theories and fake remedies.
In addition, the company is taking more stringent steps to limit the scope of groups linked to violence by removing them from recommendations, reducing their presence in search, and limiting their content in News Feed. This builds on Facebook's ongoing efforts to crack down on groups that pose risks to public safety such as U.S.-based militia organizations and QAnon.
Facebook noted that it took down more than 1 million groups over the last year for violating its policies. It is now preventing repeat offenders from creating new groups for a period of time, though it's not clear how long that window lasts. For groups with no admin for some time, the company plans to archive them in the next few weeks. Admins who are about to step down can also invite members to become admins, and if nobody accepts the invitation, Facebook will suggest admin roles to members.