Facebook Changes Graph Search Tool

Facebook’s Graph Search allowed anyone to search a wealth of public data on Facebook in very specific ways, such as searching content for keywords in a particular point in time. Late last week Facebook quietly made changes to a set of advanced features that previously allowed users to search the social network in powerful ways, such as finding all posts on Facebook by a keyword and within a certain date range, all of the people who like a certain Facebook Page and live in a particular city, or places visited by two specific users. All of the information gathered by these search features is from user's public profiles, but the news highlights Facebook's recent emphasis on privacy, and comes after a series of privacy and security incidents at the company.

Source: Vice

Posted on: June 11, 2019

How Facebook Hurts Independent Media

Is Facebook running an experiment that shunts independent media to the periphery in countries where it is needed most? Stevan Djovinvic, director of GIJN member KRIK, a nonprofit investigative newsroom in Serbia, is sounding the alarm on how small countries have become "an unwilling laboratory for Facebook’s experiments on user behavior." KRIK's award-winning stories, one of the few independent voices left in Serbia's narrow media market, are no longer appearing on the Facebook news feed. 

Source: New York Times

Posted on: December 3, 2017

Court Wants Password to Facebook Account

Colombian investigative journalist William Solano is being prosecuted for slander after writing multiple articles for independent news site DCERCA on administrative corruption in his home municipality of Buga. In the journalist’s ongoing trial, the local district attorney has sought access to Solano’s communications in order to identify key sources in his reporting, who until now have remained anonymous. In late June, a judge authorized the district attorney to search Solano’s Facebook account. The prosecutor is now demanding the journalist’s account password.

Source: Media Shift

Posted on: July 18, 2017

Facebook Censors Investigative Journalist

Matthew Caruana Galizia, a member of the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists’ Panama Papers team, was temporarily locked out of his Facebook account over four posts, which were deleted for violating the social network’s community standards. Caruana Galizia published a series of posts alleging corruption by the prime minister of Malta and his associates. Written in Maltese, each post included images of documents from the Panama Papers leak. The censorship comes amid political turmoil, where a snap election is scheduled for 3 June.

Source: The Guardian

Posted on: May 19, 2017

Facebook Scrutiny for Election Fake News

Facebook is facing tough scrutiny for its role as publisher and distributor of a flood of misinformation and fake news during the U.S. election. From President Obama to media critics, the online service is being singled out for allowing extraordinary amounts of false reports to reach voters. Facebook, argues, CJR, "should play a more active part in editing—yes, editing—its own platform, and hiring actual people to do so."

Source: CJR

Posted on: November 12, 2016