Newsletter: Twitter Gives You More Freedom & Facebook Prepares To Combat Revenge Porn

Newsletter: Twitter Gives You More Freedom & Facebook Prepares To Combat Revenge Porn

QUOTE OF THE DAY

“Humanity is acquiring all the right technology for all the wrong reasons.” ~ R. Buckminster Fuller

TWITTER INCREASES NUMBER OF CHARACTERS PER TWEET

THE STORY

Twitter gives the freedom to express yourselves by exceeding the limit to 280.

WHAT NEW WITH TWITTER  NOW?

Twitter has finally given people the freedom to express their thoughts, retweet and more by expanding the character limit to 280. Except for Chinese, Japanese, and Korean language, the limit has been expanded. The three languages have been left aside as they need fewer characters to express their views. Twitter said. “More space makes it easier for people to fit thoughts in a tweet, so they could say what they want to say, and send Tweets faster than before.”

The expanded limit will encourage the users to express their thoughts freely. With more tweets, people were seen to be engaged than ever. Moreover, they got more followers and people have started to spend more time on Twitter. The change was made after survey and observation and of course after many feedbacks given by the users who always wanted more room to express themselves loud and clear.

WILL IT AFFECT A TWEET’S EFFECTIVENESS?

Now the question arises with this change, will the brevity be compromised? If everyone would be taking their time and use the full character limit provided, then the timeline of a user would be flooded. So, to clear the doubt, Twitter conducted a survey. During the survey, Twitter found out only 5% of tweets could hit the earlier limit and beyond and only 2% of people were able to hit 190.

With all this, the main concern was the timeline should not be more crowded. Initially, people used up the whole space due to the novelty and change but Twitter has predicted that it is all temporary.


FACEBOOK PREPARES TO COMBAT REVENGE PORN

THE STORY

Facebook has come up with the weirdest idea to combat revenge porn. In this, it asks you to send your nude photos to the company in order to protect you from harassed on social media.

WHY NUDE PHOTOS?

Facebook has decided a bold step and asked its users to send nude photos in order help them fight Revenge porn. Revenge Porn is an act done by someone’s ex or existing partner in which they upload their partner’s intimate or nude photos on Facebook without their consent. If someone is worried that their partner might share or distribute the intimate photos, they can use Messenger to send the images to be “hashed”. In other words, a company will convert the image into a unique digital fingerprint which could be used to check and block off any attempts to re-upload that same image.

Facebook has teamed up with Govt agency to introduce the technology. The head of the agency, Julia Inman Grant stated to ABC, “it would allow victims of “image-based abuse” to take action before pictures were posted to Facebook, Instagram or Messenger.” She also told to Australian broadcaster “We see many scenarios where maybe photos or videos were taken consensually at one point, but there was not any sort of consent to send the images or videos more broadly,”

HOW DOES IT WORK?

With the Australian pilot, users need to first complete an online form on the e-safety commissioner’s website demarcating their concerns. Once the form is filled, the user needs to send the concerned pictures to themselves on Messenger, and the e-safety commissioner’s office will notify Facebook of their submission. Once Facebook gets the alert, the community operation analyst will access the image and hash it to intercept the uploading and sharing of the photos in future.

The photos would be there on Facebook for sometime before deleting them to make sure the policy is imposed correctly. According to 2016 report from Data & Society Research Institute, approximately 4% US internet users have been victimized by Revenge Porn. The percentage rises to 10% if it comes to the women less than the age of 30.

Back in April, Facebook released tools which enabled users to raise a flag if any of their intimate photos posted without their permission. A team of specially trained representatives was formed whose work was to review the image and remove it if it violates Facebook community standards. With PhotoDNA’s “hash” matching technology, it also ensures that the photo is not uploaded ever again.

Hany Farid, a professor of computer science at Dartmouth who helped develop PhotoDNA, said, “The deployment of this technology would not prevent someone from sharing images outside of the Facebook ecosystem, so we should encourage all online platforms to participate in this program, as we do with PhotoDNA.”

If all the things fall correctly into the places, the images will never show up on Facebook, even if someone attempts to upload them. With Australia, the UK, US and Canada will also participate in this.

Srishti Sisodia is a technical content journalist at Systweak Software. Apart from being a capable engineer, her affinity for inscription draws her towards writing interesting content about contemporary technologies and progressions. She is an avid reader and a fare connoisseur. She relishes different cuisines and when it comes to baking, she takes the cake!

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