We’re so used to using WhatsApp and Facebook without any charge that it comes as a shock that the government in Uganda wants to tax users. Anyone who uses a messaging or social media platform, such as Twitter, will pay 200 Ugandan shillings per day, which is the equivalent of about five cents. Mobile money transactions will have a one percent tax as well.
Critics claim the tax is a way of quieting people who criticize the government, especially President Yoweri Museveni, while the finance minister claims that the money will go toward infrastructure updates, which includes making electricity more reliable, and free education and free healthcare.
The tax goes into effect in July, although, there is still no word on how the government will determine who is using social media and who is not on any given day. Reports suggest mobile phone operators will collect the tax. Critics on the social media tax claim that they already pay a tax on their data, so they will be taxed twice for visiting social media sites.
Uganda is not alone in trying to limit social media and private blogs; Tanzania charges online bloggers a license fee. Papua New Guinea plans to shut down citizen’s access to Facebook, in order to see how the population uses the platform. The government has not announced how they plan to study how the citizens use Facebook if Facebook is shut down.
Everyone has their favorite website. It’s the first thing they typically log into when they fire up their computer or browse on their phone. For the longest time, Facebook has been number one for many people. That’s because people love to boast about their own lives, share pictures, and read about others. Facebook has always been a source of news as well. It seems that times are changing, however, and Facebook might be slipping. Are as many people using them as their main choice of social media? The answer might be no. Ever since recent scandals and data breaches, Facebook has seen their users slipping.
According to a thread on Reddit, Facebook has been bumped out of the number three spot as the most popular websites in the United States. They’ve lost their spot to Reddit. The top two spots are still Google and Youtube which make sense. People need to get their information from someplace and they need access to videos. Facebook was the top social media website until Reddit came along.
Reddit is considered a form of social media but it’s vastly different from Facebook. Instead of friends connecting, it’s strangers forming friendships. People come together on a thread to talk about a shared interest. Many times, friendship does come from these. They tackle tough topics, they laugh together, and they share their deep thoughts. Reddit, is different, however, in the sense that people can remain anonymous. You never really know for sure who you’re talking on a thread with. It will be interesting to see if Facebook will undergo some changes and revamping to get back that number three spot of most used websites.
Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg was under fire when it was discovered that Cambridge Analytica which is an American data firm had used his platform to acquire unwarranted information from the US voter.
Although Zuckerberg vehemently denied any involvement with the firm, the American lawmakers had a really hard time believing him. However, a UK watchdog data firm is ordering the infamous firm to surrender all the data that they had gathered on the US voter using the popular social media platform.
The firm is pursuing its interest through the office of the British Information Commissioner. This is because the uncouth behavior of the data firm affected approximately 240 million users of Facebook in the country. In addition to this, if Cambridge Analytica decides to ignore the directive by the UK watchdog firm, then this will pave way for immediate court action because the firm committed an offense of criminal nature.
Regardless of this, Cambridge Analytica declared itself bankrupt on Wednesday. Moreover, it also shut down its UK offices and closed down all its operations in UK and US. The data company is the brainchild of Rebekah Mercer, Steve Bannon and Robert Mercer who are strong supporters of the Trump administration. In fact, Mr.Bannon is the ex-chief strategist of the White House.
The firm is accused of allegedly helping itself to personal information from Facebook users under false pretense in order to spread political messages. The firm is believed to have done this to various political campaigns globally.
Recently, during a meeting in Menlo Park, California, Mark Zukerberg announce that Facebook would begin ranking news organizations by how trustworthy the news site was. The ranking would be based on user surveys which would allow Facebook to collect data to determine which news sites are found to be widely trusted.
Facebook, and most notably it’s CEO Mark Zukerberg, made a pledge to take a look at the bigger scope of what the company calls its responsibilities, something that followed a tough year for the social media giant who received wide and harsh criticism for their platform which was believed to have been used to aid in undermining elections, spread hate speech and to grow the divisive nature of the nation. Zuckerberg is now taking steps to fall back in the social graces with the public and appease the masses, and one of those plans is to rank news sources. The idea is simple. Users will rank the trustworthiness in news sources and each news source will receive a score. News sources that receive the higher scores would be promoted prominently on Facebook’s News Feed while those that scored much lower would be suppressed.
Zuckerberg went on to note that he believes that his social media baby has the responsibility to help close the divisive gap and help people find common ground, and he believes that sharing sets of facts as well as a common understanding of the basic truth is not only the first step in that but is also essential for the nation to have a true democracy. He feels when it comes to news, it is not helpful for multiple outlets to repeat the same thing over and over with the only deviation being an attempt to polarize people. Zuckerberg went on to note that his plans to make Facebook more reliable would include spending billions of dollars to fight the “fake news” that has been spreading on his site. He intends to have “tens of thousands of people” working on reviewing the content of the site. The company is also in the works of developing artificial intelligence tools to help fight these problems, but it is believed that it will likely be about a decade before that technology will be working at full capacity.
So far, 2018 has been a tough year for Zuckerberg and his company, but he seems to be quite proactive in taking steps to not only remedy the problems but to please the masses and find himself back in their good graces. Only time will tell if his big plans will pay off and work well. For more information click here.
Facebook has been under scrutiny for allegedly breaching the trust of it’s users. It seems that the privacy of the Chief Executive Office, Mark Zuckerberg was receiving more attention than that of the consumers. Many campaigns have been launched recently in order to rectify this unfortunate, alleged misconduct. It was recently announced by Facebook that users will have the same feature added to all of the other features of the social network. They will soon be able to unsend any message that they send to someone else’s inbox. Your text to link… Many people see this as a very bad risk, one that could foster harassment, and bullying.
This new feature on the Facebook app will allow users to post messages that may be harmful, or derogatory, then immediately delete them before they can be witnessed by others. If this campaign feature were to become a reality, some people may become afraid to open their inboxes. It could make it easier to verbally stalk someone, then remove all incriminating evidence. The users of Facebook want many perks, and user friendly features, but this in one that the public may need to do without. Facebook still remains as one of the leading social media networks available in spite of their recent controversy. Even the breach in trust issue has not stopped the millions of Facebook users. It has become a convenient way of life for many, and an easy way to stay connected with family and friends who are far away.
There’s something almost prophetic about a Founder and the company he started. It’s often time impossible to think that a Founder could not do a good job in leading the company they started. Take for example Steve Jobs and Apple, when he returned in the late 90s he resurrected the company he started which was going nowhere fast after his departure. Then you turn your eyes to Facebook, and you consider many would have preferred to see Zuckerberg step down over a decade ago from internal and external mishaps that some could argue as lessons learned. Though, more recently, could the time be right for him to pass on the reigns of his multi-billion dollar enterprise with billions of users?
I think it’s a fair question to ask with the scandal storm swirling around Facebook and Mark Zuckerberg. Promises to implement new measures to further safeguard user data and trust that should have been a concern from day one. No, it seems, because they’ve been caught off guard, the company and its Founder-CEO-Chairman is scrambling to remedy the situation.
Facebook needs to do more. If more means redistributing power within the higher ranks of the firm, that could be the right move. Under Zuckerberg, Facebook has become a powerhouse of social media, but to what extent have they allowed their morals to slip to get there. These are questions some are revisiting, and it might be the time all parties involved should too. The only problem, perhaps Zuckerberg has too much power, which can be a very bad thing.
The troubles at Facebook don’t seem to be letting up. After news broke about the social media giant’s failure to protect customer data, Facebook’s market value has fallen by $60 billion in the last two days. For reference, electric automaker Tesla’s entire market value is $52 billion.
This is the worst drop in Facebook since the early days following its IPO in 2012.
According to Bloomberg, the social media company has been sued by investors seeking to gain information on why social data was used and manipulated by Cambridge Analytica, a UK-based data firm employed by the campaign to elect Donald Trump in 2016.
Lawyers for Facebook deny the claims of the lawsuit, insisting no data was obtained in an illegal manner. The data in question was acquired by means of a quiz, voluntarily taken by Facebook users during the 2016 election cycle. The lawsuit contends Cambridge Analytica harvested more data than the quiz contained.
Legal troubles for Facebook aren’t limited to the United States. Last week, the European Union Justice Commission declared their desire to question Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg about the potential misuse of user data.
These new concerns only add to ongoing demands that Facebook be more transparent about user privacy. As lawsuits pile up and the #DeleteFacebook campaign drags on, there’s little doubt the road for Facebook will continue to be rocky for the foreseeable future.
Several popular news outlets, including the New York Times, have reported that Facebook worked with Cambridge Analytica to influence voters in the United States to elect Donald Trump. Cambridge Analytica allegedly harvested the personal information of over 50 million Facebook members in order to achieve this political goal. Sources claim that Facebook allowed this private information to be collected and analyzed without member knowledge or consent.
India will be holding national elections in 2019 and there is concern among the current administration that Facebook could use member data to influence the outcome of the election. India’s IT minister, Ravi Shankar Prasad, made an open statement to Mark Zuckerberg via media reporters in New Delhi on Wednesday, March 21. Prasad stated that he would not tolerate data theft of Indian citizens by Facebook, and that he was prepared to summon Zuckerberg if needed.
The United Kingdom’s House of Parliament has already summoned Zuckerberg to explain the data breach by Cambridge Analytica, a British company, to influence the U.S. 2016 election. The company harvested the data of 50 million Facebook members using personality tests. The UK government is concerned that companies can misuse data in inappropriate ways, in order to swing elections.
The United States government is also putting pressure on Zuckerberg to testify before the U.S. Senate regarding the inappropriate data collection methods. India government is taking a proactive approach by warning Zuckerberg not to interfere with its upcoming election.
For people who do want to go viral, there are some interesting tips on what can be done. These tips might be unexpected for some people who use social media. Among the more fun tips is to be live in a crisis. This can be very helpful in that when someone is in a crisis, this can get people’s attention. One thing that they want to see is if they get out of that crisis. Another tip that is interesting is to use Twitter. For one thing, content is more likely to go viral on Twitter than on Facebook. As a matter of fact, people are urged to avoid Facebook.
Another thing that is helpful is being newsworthy. This is a tricky thing because there is almost nothing outside of the extreme that can be considered newsworthy. Fortunately, when there is a will, there is a way. One thing that people need to understand about going viral is that it is kinda like getting discovered. One thing that can help is reaching out to people. Another thing that can help is posting something that is nothing like anything else before it.
For people that do go viral, there are tons of benefits. For one thing, people can use the publicity for their project if they have an online business. They can sell products or get an advertising plan.
Facebook, one of the social media giants has decided to clear its ad metrics. It has also announced it to the public. One of the reasons that they are doing this is that a lot of advertisers have lost confidence in Facebook. For one thing, it is important for Facebook and the users to have advertisers so that they will be able to make money from their efforts. Without the advertisers, then it will be a lot harder for people to make money from Facebook. This is one of the reasons that Facebook has decided to make changes to not only the way they were running things but also to what they were doing with the advertisers.
One thing that has been revealed is that many advertisers are working with estimates. While estimates hold more value than guesses, they are not the total truth. Advertisers are hoping to know the truth so that they can be certain that they are moving forward int he right direction. One of the best things about accuracy is that it makes things easier in the long run for the company.
Another thing that Facebook is working on is trying to launch something called Measure What Matters. This is where Facebook sends about the measurements of significant actions. The efforts that Facebook is making is building the trust and confidence from advertisers.