A Facebook Executive Apologizes to His Company—Nicholas Thompson
On Friday morning, just before 10am on the West Coast, the office of special counsel Robert Mueller published his indictment of 13 Russian operatives for interfering in the US election. The document was 37 pages, and it mentioned Facebook 35 times. It detailed how Russian operatives used the platform to push memes, plan rallies, create fake accounts, suppress the vote, foment racism, and more.
As Fred Vogelstein and I wrote for the March cover of WIRED, Facebook has had a very rough two years, including in Washington. They’ve been pilloried by the right and the left and they’ve been berated by Congress. They’ve been accused of being blind to the Russian operations, and then uncooperative with the House and the Senate investigations trying to untangle them. Facebook executives believed, however, that the Mueller indictment would help the company. Close readers would see how carefully Facebook had worked with the special prosecutor and how much they had learned about Russia’s plots. Friday seemed liked it might be a good day.
Facebook plans to thwart election ad fraud with postcards—Abhimanyu Ghoshal
In an effort to prevent foreign actors from surreptitiously manipulating audiences with ads concerning US elections, Facebook will send postcards in the mail to verify advertisers’ presence in the country, reports Reuters.
Katie Harbath, Facebook’s global director of policy programs, said that the plan will go into effect before the Congressional midterm elections in November. The idea is that if your ad mentions a candidate in the running, you’ll receive a postcard sent to your address stateside with a code that you’ll have to authenticate with.
That’s an interesting choice for a security practice to prevent election funding by foreign nationals, which is illegal in the US.
How to Follow Instagram Hashtags for Business—Jenn Herman
Following hashtags on Instagram is easy, but finding the right ones with the right content may take some time. There are advantages to doing so and hopefully you’ll find them helpful to your brand development. This new feature is a good reminder to ensure you’re using strong, effective hashtags in your posting strategy to provide more opportunity and exposure for your business.
On this episode of Too Embarrassed to Ask, Daily Beast reporter Taylor Lorenz talks with Kara Swisher and Lauren Goode about the state of YouTube in early 2018. The three discuss how some of its biggest stars have begun to attract negative attention in recent years and what the site could be doing to keep exploitative content off its platform.
5 Colors That Could Ruin Your Website—Mark Walker-Ford
Are you in the process of creating a new website for your business? Trying to decide upon the best color scheme to use?
Creative Market share five color choices to avoid in this infographic.
Here’s what makes their list:
Red and green
Neon colors in UI elements
Light colors on white backgrounds
Bright colors with more bright colors
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