Facebook is working to spread its face-matching tools even as it faces heightened scrutiny from regulators and legislators in Europe and North America.
On Outnumbered on Fox News today, a bit of honesty from both sides of the political aisle was on display as a liberal guest copped to open borders desires and conservative guests did an “Aha!” dance over it. Author and columnist Cathy Areu joined the panel on Fox on Tuesday and, during the discussion about the border and immigration, said she would prefer for America to be more like Europe. “Basically I think it should be like Europe,” she told Fox’s Pete Hegseth. “People can travel throughout different countries.” “So there we go, you brought me inside the liberal mind, you want America to be Europe,” Hegseth replied. “And Donald Trump doesn’t want America to be Europe, he wants America to be America.” Townhall editor and Fox contributor Katie Pavlich pointed out that a lot of people won’t say they prefer open borders. “The president actually said Continue reading "Panelists Pounce on Liberal Fox News Guest Who Admits She Wants Open Border: You Want America to be Europe"
The local news industry in Europe has seen dramatic upheaval. What can we learn from the things these smaller news organizations are worrying about, and how they’re trying to reinvent themselves for the digital age? Reuters Institute researchers looked at newspapers in Finland, France, Germany, and the United Kingdom, choosing comparable local or regional newspapers from each of these countries to examine. Many of their worries will resonate globally: Declining circulation, shrinking advertising revenues in print particularly, the difficulty of attracting a new and younger readership, and the forever-question of how to make up the deficit on the print side with online content. Feeling the dominance of platforms like Facebook as a distribution channel, while simultaneously trying to reduce reliance on them, is another common concern. Here’s one revealing quote from the executive editor of a local evening paper in the UK, Huddersfield Examiner, reacting to an annoyed reader Continue reading "What keeps local journalists in Europe up at night? Consolidation, the duopoly, and retaining new staff"
In many countries over the past few years, the political process — and social cohesion — have been threatened by various forms of disinformation, sometimes misleadingly and inadequately called “fake news.” Politically-motivated and for-profit disinformation is blamed, among other things, for the U.K.’s decision to vote to leave the EU and the election of Donald Trump as U.S. president. Disinformation takes many forms and is driven by many factors. Foreign states sometimes try to subvert other countries’ political processes. People publish false and fabricated information masquerading as news for profit. Domestic politicians lie to their own people — and sometimes these lies are amplified by news media, by hyper-partisan activists, or spread far and wide via social media and other platforms. These different problems are serious — and many have called on public authorities to tackle them. The question is how? Only a small part of
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