Social Media for Good

By Timo Luege | Useful things related to digital communications for NGOs, International Organizations, non-profits, UN agencies and the Red Cross.

Facebook protects far-right activists even after rule breaches

Leading far-right activists have received special protection from Facebook, preventing their pages from being deleted even after a pattern of behaviour that would typically result in moderator action being taken.<p>The process, called “shielded review”, was uncovered by Channel 4 Dispatches, after the …

Internet

As mob lynchings fueled by WhatsApp messages sweep India, authorities struggle to combat fake news

NEW DELHI — Five people were killed by a mob in India on Sunday after rumors spread on social media that they were child traffickers, the latest in a string of lynchings tied to fake social media messages that have left officials stunned and grappling with ways to control the rising violence.<p>More …

Fake News

WhatsApp is upending the role of unions in Brazil. Next, it may transform politics.

SAO PAULO, Brazil — When Lazaro Rutino needs a break from hauling beef across Brazil in his truck, he swipes on his phone and is instantly connected to dozens of other truckers. Rutino, 59, is a member of eight trucker groups on WhatsApp, the messaging service that has become a staple for …

Brazil

7 (Almost) Forgotten Platforms To Promote Your Blog Posts

When you think about promoting your blog posts the first thoughts usually go to the big social media platforms: Facebook, Twitter, Instagram. Many …

Aggregating and Analyzing the Context of Social Media Content

Introduction to the Context Analysis and Aggregation service of InVID. Given at the Workshop on Content Verification Tools hosted by the journalists' association in Thessaloniki, Greece on June 6, 2018.

Exclusive: Facebook Opens Up About False News

News Feed, the algorithm that powers the core of Facebook, resembles a giant irrigation system for the world’s information. Working properly, it …

Trump Can't Block Critics From His Twitter Account, Judge Says

It took more than 280 characters, but a federal judge in Manhattan ruled Wednesday that President Trump and his aides cannot block critics from seeing his Twitter account simply because they had posted caustic replies to his tweets in the past.<p>U.S. District Court Judge Naomi Reice Buchwald cited …

Random Tweet From Kanye West About The U.N. Baffles The World

Kanye West, who can never resist a Twitter controversy, sent out a seemingly bland tweet to his 28 million followers on Monday.<p>His tweet about the U.N. Sustainable Development Goals — a set of 17 goals to end extreme poverty, abolish inequality and improve the environment, among other things, by …

Social Media

Real People Are Turning Their Accounts Into Bots On Instagram — And Cashing In

Verified accounts turning themselves into bots, millions of fake likes and comments, a dirty world of engagement trading inside Telegram groups. Welcome to the secret underbelly of Instagram.<p>In late February, an Instagram account called Viral Hippo posted a photo of a black square. There was …

Can Social Media Be Saved?

I don’t need to tell you that something is wrong with social media.<p>You’ve probably experienced it yourself. Maybe it’s the way you feel while scrolling through your Twitter feed — anxious, twitchy, a little world weary — or your unease when you see a child watching YouTube videos, knowing she’s …

Want to Purge Your Social Media Timelines? Can You Spare a Few Hours?

You may be reeling from revelations that the private Facebook data of millions unwittingly got in the hands of a voter-profiling firm with ties to President Trump. And you may be weighing the pros and cons of deleting your social media accounts altogether.<p>But before you go there, ask yourself a …

Social Media

Facebook decides two separate news feeds is the wrong call

Your news feed won't be splitting up after all.<p>In October, Facebook said it was testing a change in the news feed that separated it into two feeds: one for personal posts from friends and family, and another one called the "Explore Feed," for brands, publishers and other businesses.<p>On Thursday, the …

Social Media

Twitter’s fake news problem is getting worse

Earlier this week, we endured another school shooting. This time, in Parkland, Florida, where at least 17 students were killed. During the shooting's aftermath, hoaxes and disinformation spread on Twitter. It's a phenomenon that happens after every tragedy, and it doesn't seem to be going away.<p>As …

Embedding a tweet could be copyright infringement, says new court ruling

A New York district court has ruled that embedding a tweet on a webpage could violate copyright — a decision that could have a wide-ranging impact on social media and publishing. Yesterday, Judge Katherine B. Forrest rejected the defense of several news outlets that embedded tweets containing a …

Creating Killer Content for ICT4D Project Success – Your Weekend Long Reads

Creating killer content is critical to ICT4D success. One of the major barriers to digital uptake is a lack of incentives to go online because of a …

9 Misconceptions About Social Media Marketing Automation

I often hear or read that social media marketing automation is bad, that I should never do it. The most heated discussion usually springs up when …

Marketing

10 Sites to Get Free Stock Videos for Social Media

Feel like you’re seeing more and more video content on your social feeds lately? You probably are. Forty-six percent of respondents in Hootsuite’s …

The Case for the Social Media Coordinator

When government agencies began experimenting with social media profiles a decade ago, there was a chance that their citizens would view their efforts …

Facebook's new slogan: 'If you think we're not good for your business, leave'

Facebook is famous for the mantra "move fast and break things." But these days, the tech giant is all about time well spent, and with that comes a …

Beyond Survival Kits: Humanitarian Aid Is Going Wireless, Communal, And Autonomous

Citizenship kits, floating cities, and AI disaster response: The International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies reimagines how it responds to those in need.<p>2017 set the record for costly devastation brought about by natural disasters globally. While our discussions about such …

As Facebook Shifts, Instagram Emerges As A New Home For Brands

For big brands, the difference can be staggering. When Mercedes-Benz shared a post on Facebook recently about the premiere of its new A-Class, the update quickly garnered more than 10,000 Likes. Impressive … until you consider that the very same image on Instagram generated more than 150,000 …

Social Media

Hawaii worker who sent false alert had problems but kept job

HONOLULU (AP) — Hawaii emergency management officials knew for years that an employee had problems performing his job. Then, he sent a false alert …

Report: Social Media Use in Afghanistan

Internews just published a report on social media use in Afghanistan. Most social media studies are written for people who want to market/sell …

Risk communication essentials

Module A: Course Introduction:<p>By the end of this module, you should be able to describe what this course is about, and also: define risk …

Why I’m leaving Snapchat and so are all your friends

Snapchat is the darling of technology: for years, we’ve fawned over the company for being innovative, using daring interfaces and out of the ordinary …

A Really Bad Blockchain Idea: Digital Identity Cards for Rohingya Refugees

The Rohingya Project claims to be a grassroots initiative that will empower Rohingya refugees with a blockchain-leveraged financial ecosystem tied to …

Could Facebook replace your NGO’s Intranet?

Almost all humanitarian organisations and NGOs have an intranet. In most cases, they start out with lofty goals, such as “breaking down silos” or …

Facebook will prioritize local stories in your News Feed

You may start seeing more posts from local publishers popping up in your News Feed. Facebook announced today that it will begin prioritizing local news, bumping it up higher in your feed if you follow a local publisher's Page or if a friend shares a locally-published story. "We are prioritizing …

2018 Social Media Image Sizes Cheat Sheet

<i>Last updated: 25th November 2017</i><p>Social media platforms are forever changing the image sizes and formats, so to keep you all updated I have re-created …