Autistic Fan’s Comment to Michael Phelps goes viral

“I know you may not care to read this but you are one of my biggest idols and I’ve been following you for a very long time, right now, I am currently going to college and hoping to become the first person in my whole family to get a degree. I am also a swim competitor just like you and I’m hoping to swim in the Olympics just like you someday.”

Austin Levingston in a Facebook comment for Michael Phelps.

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Two Days Running:

Not humblebragging in the least, for that is our least favorite human trait on social media. But to highlight how good seeing this message two days in a row is, serendipitously while writing a page & a few posts to explain not only the genesis of this blog, but the rather circuitous route it took to its current form. While also trying to explain some of its eccentricities, and highlighting some of the content that doesn’t get nearly as much traffic as the rest, and finally talking about the content that consistently brings people here. The dichotomy between the two which is borne out of a conversation with a dear friend I’d not spoken to in years. They didn’t even know I was still blogging!?!?

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Wise Words

Edwige Belmore:

Omg, there is So much on my mind, about my Life,
my Journey,with all of you my Beloved Companions,
every step I took on this hard, shining, storming,
amazing road, was with one or more of you by my side.
I have to also recognize FB for making this Virtual Reunion possible.
We’ve lost so many of our peers and dear ones already, it feel(s)
incredibly comforting to feel that even aging far away,
Love feels the same. I Thanks You All my Dear, Dear Ones.
My Gratitude, my Love, my Faith will always
be with you. On your sleeve, or deep in your heart.
I have no real idea what this Life of mine was about,
except for the Oneness of being with each and everyone.

(March 1, 2015, near Lemon City, Florida)

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Note: And that folks sums up what it was like to meet her, get to know her beautiful spirit and spend even a few minutes with her. They do not come along often in life, but when they do, grab on take hold, and cherish it. “Love Feels the Same”


The dark side of Facebook

Last month, 21-year-old Amine Derkaoui gave an interview to Gawker, an American media outlet. Derkaoui had spent three weeks working in Morocco for oDesk, one of the outsourcing companies used by Facebook. His job, for which he claimed he was paid around $1 an hour, involved moderating photos and posts flagged as unsuitable by other users.

“It must be the worst salary paid by Facebook,” he told The Daily Telegraph this week. “And the job itself was very upsetting – no one likes to see a human cut into pieces every day.” Continue reading

Facebook & Twitter Scrutinized Over Auto-Play 

“If I were Twitter or Facebook today, I’d start thinking about how to monitor this more closely,” says Christopher Finlay, an associate professor of communication at Loyola Marymount University. “Right now, safeguards are not in place.”

One solution, Finlay suggests, is to make auto-play a feature that users have to opt into, instead of the current opt-out system. But he adds that there’s no real solution for stopping sensitive content from spreading online. “There’s no way to get the genie back in the bottle,” he says.

via Facebook, Twitter Scrutinized Over Auto-Play After Virginia TV Shooting Clip Surfaces | Hollywood Reporter

Commentary:   There is a much broader conversation to be had around this subject than the above article touches on. The two below (and probably a host of others) do a good job of discussing journalistic ethics as we now each have to think of ourselves as editors to our own media outlets.

For the most part the other day was spent reporting or flagging the Shooter POV footage as violent, which kept cropping up on every site visited. It was like a grotesque game of whack-a-mole. Self-Reportage is not the way or even a feasible answer. The videos were removed somewhat quickly, but the damage in this case was already done. When a crisis of this magnitude unfolds on social media platforms, the companies have an obligation and a duty to respond quickly. Most if not all of them allow young people as old as 13 to join their sites and it would seem that aside from a moral imperative there remains an insidious fact that copy-cats were inspired by this tactic and there will be more attempts in months and years to come. Continue reading

Facebook Ready to Start Cracking Down on Freebooting?

After years of ignoring video, Facebook is now a major player, so this kind of effort was obvious and overdue.

“We’ve heard from some of our content partners that third parties too frequently misuse their content on Facebook,” Facebook said in a blog post today. “It’s not fair to those who work hard to create amazing videos. We want creators to get credit for the videos that they own.”

Over the past year Facebook has encouraged users to post and view videos on its own player, and in April it said Facebook users were watching four billion clips a day; industry observers assume the number is much bigger now.

via Facebook Starts Cracking Down on Video Piracy | Re/code


Theft, Lies, and Facebook Video

Theft Lies Facebook Video Hank Green

What to do? Well, the lack of searchability on Facebook makes it impossible for creators to discover when their content is being freebooted, so if you see suspect content, please reach out to the creator so they can take action. If you have any legal or technical solutions you think might work, please post those as responses to this. And above all, just know that this is an issue and share what you can with who you can. Facebook won’t hold itself accountable, but maybe they will if we make them.

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