Terror on Social Media

Mark-Zuckerberg-facebook-spam-filterMost of you have already heard about the tragedy that happened recently on Facebook. I’m talking about the man who went on Facebook live and murdered an old man walking down the street. This itself is a heinous act, but posting it on social media for anyone to see makes this tremendously wrong. Anyone who saw that video can protest to how disturbing the video is and Facebook has caught some back lash from it.

An article in the New York Times called “Facebook Struggles with being Responsible”, by Jim Kerstetter, talks about the incident and highlights what is being done to prevent future incidents.

Kerstetter does not call for the head of Zuckerberg, but he voices his opinion on why this is wrong. He says the social media industry uses a different language. For example, customers are “users” and videos are “content”.

With that being said, Kerstetter states “word choices meant to cause the least offense fail to prevent the visceral reaction that occurs after someone posts a video of a killing to Facebook. This is not content. That is a snuff film.”

This problem, of posting violence or pornography, is not new to social media sites. Youtube and Twitter have had problems in the past when it comes to blocking this kind of content. And there could be some serious consequences. Kerstetter points out that Youtube had lost advertisers in the past because they could not stop their ads from popping up next to this disturbing material.

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Twitter took an L in 2016

My Multimedia Writing course has constantly highlighted the sides of Twitter that millenniums have never seen before. My professor would talk about how Twitter is used to connect ideas and promote your professional platform. I would look confused and say to myself “You mean that app I get all my fire memes from?” But in my blindness, I did not see this fact. The fact is that Twitter is the driving force that allows businesses, and politicians, to build themselves. An article titled “How to make Twitter profitable” by Bruce Judson, an expert in business strategy, talks about Twitter’s recent financial loses because of its structure with big business.

Just like any other social media site, Twitter is free to use. This allows big businesses, such as Coca-Cola, to create accounts free of charge. Coca-Cola now has 3.4 million followers on Twitter. This means Coca-Cola can advertise directly to 3.4 million people, who enjoy coke, with no charge. Scenarios like this are causing a lack a profitability for Twitter. Judson stated the Twitter’s share price fell to 23 cents a share, which equates to a $167 million loss, in the final quarter of the 2016 year. You can learn more about this subject, and Judson’s simple solution, in the link bellow.


Ford Races For Autonomous Car

hero_autofusionrls-0On this day, Ford announces that they will investing  $1 billion dollars toward the research for self-driving cars. They will be investing in a tech start-up known as Argo AI. Argo AI will be developing technology that is pertinent to the future of autonomous cars. In a sense, they will be creating the brain of this not so distant reality. The CEO of Argo AI, Brian Salesky, said the investment will allow Argo AI to recruit the talent that is needed to create the systems.

As a part of this agreement Argo AI must become a part of Ford. Mark Fields, the CEO of Ford, said “For accounting purposes, Argo Ai will be a subsidiary of Ford, but have a lot of independence. Its sole focus over the next five years will be developing self-driving software for Ford vehicles.” With that being said, self-driving cars are closer than you think.

Ford had previously released a statement that claimed they would be selling a self-driving car by 2021. Ford then added to this comment by saying the cars will be limited to urban environments and will most likely be used as a driverless taxi. Could you imagine that? You need a ride for the night, so you set up an uber. The Uber pulls up and there is no steering wheel or driver. Since upstate New York won’t allow services like Uber, all I can do is imagine. Check out this article below for more details or other articles that relate to the subject.