These new virtual gifts – a gold "Dundie Award" statuette, a green stack of "Schrute Bucks" – are part of the joke, a badge of honor for the group, which has over a million subscribers. This is also Reddit's latest effort to improve the health of its communities (and possibly generate additional revenue in the process).
These are Reddit "community rewards", a new type of integrated gift Reddit officially launches today, after a few months of testing. The community awards are an extension of Reddit's best-known virtual congratulations, such as the coveted "Reddit Gold" that Redditors are known to distribute to notable publications (there are also silver and platinum markers).
Community rewards look a bit like Reddit Gold, in that you buy them with Reddit Coins (the service currency, which you pay with real money) and you can give them to any message that catches your eye. But, unlike Gold, thematic community rewards are specific to individual subreddits.
Moderators control their appearance (though Reddit encourages mods to make it a collaborative process) and their cost (community rewards can range from 500 to 40,000 coins, which is currently $ 100). Each reward is specific to its own subreddit and, although rewarded users do not have special features, 20% of the coins used to purchase a reward are automatically redistributed to the corresponding subreddit. Moderators can reinvest coins. in their community.
"It offers a wider range of recognition that represents the culture and standards of the community," said product manager Vin Sathyamoorthy. "It's really a co-definition with moderators and users offering something representative of their communities."
Although community awards have only been available for a handful of buddies up to now, Sathyamoorthy says the quick response has been positive. He points to a recent post on r / DunderMifflin, which has won more than 200 community awards.
Such success could also be beneficial to Reddit's bottom line, generating additional revenue that does not depend on advertising dollars. But Sathyamoorthy notes that community rewards also serve another important purpose: to make Reddit feel like a healthier place.
"This feature set excites us the most: it is possible to improve the conversation and make it healthier, as well as strengthen the relationships between users and mods," he said.
Reddit is just the latest platform for exploring new ways to make conversations "healthier". Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey praised "conversational health" and Facebook has introduced updates for make users happier.
But Reddit is of course very different from Facebook or Twitter. Its users are mostly anonymous and the site is not known to impose a ton of limits on what its users can or can not say. (Before you ask, Reddit requires that all community rewards be SFW rewards, and not make them available for NSFW subreddits, or those that are not. have been quarantined.)
According to Sathyamoorthy, the hope is that giving people a new way to be grateful will encourage more positive behavior overall.
"It provides a healthy community engagement beyond bottom-up and bottom-up comments."
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The company announced a policy change this allows the service to delete accounts that violate too many of its rules for a period of time. Until now, Instagram only deleted accounts containing "a certain percentage of broken content".
This percentage rule – the company does not disclose the exact percentage – is still in effect, but a new rule allows Instagram to delete accounts that violate many rules in a shorter period of time.
The company in question is facing criticism for its inability to block the graphic images of a teenager's corpse on his platform. Although Instagram claims to have used image blocking technology to prevent the broadcast of photos, the platform was not able to capture everything, such as my colleague from Mashable, Morgan Sung. reported earlier. Instagram said it has disabled many anonymous accounts that are responsible for further sharing.
In addition, Instagram now says that it will send warnings to people whose accounts may be deleted for too many rules. The application will alert users whose publications have been deleted for violation of the rules and will tell them if the deletion of an account is imminent.
Previously, users could have their accounts deleted without warning and without necessarily understanding what they had done wrong. Some people whose accounts were deleted were hacked, their account disappeared without warning.
However, there is a common scenario in which these warnings do not apply: accounts disabled for trademark or copyright infringement. This process, which is a sore point for many accounts posting viral videos, will remain separate, according to an Instagram spokesperson.
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div id=””>All the noise around the video "drunk Pelosi" has highlighted something clear: Facebook wants to have both.
Some members of society would have us believe that the platform is fighting against the misleading content of "false information". But Facebook will not want to remove elements such as the clip perni Pelosi, preferring to let users choose themselves what to believe.
That's what comes out of the comments from Monika Bickert, head of Global Policy Management at Facebook, in an interview with CNN's Anderson Cooper.
"We think it's important for people to make their own informed choices about what to believe," she said. Facebook collaborates with independent fact-checking organizations to identify misleading content and report accordingly. So, the company knows what is wrong. This simply does not remove this content.
That 's what happened with a video of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, who was falsified to give the impression that she was drunk or d & # 39; another altered way. The fact checkers have reported it as "false", a designation that gives the video a captioned warning and a reduced presence in News Feeds.
The video will not be completely deleted as it does not violate community standards. Facebook will actively remove this content that encourages violence and breaks the rules. The company has also shown a willingness prohibit false accounts and distort problematic figures who repeatedly violate the rules of the site.
blockquote class=”pull-quotes” data-fragment=”we-think-its-important” data-description=””We think it’s important for people to make their own, informed choice about what to believe.”” data-micro=”1″>"We think it's important that people make their own choices knowingly what to believe on."
In CNN's interview, Cooper again and again asks Bickert why Facebook would not simply delete content that was marked as fake. She comes back again and again to this idea of letting users decide for themselves what to trust. Deceptive content is reported as such, and that is supposed to be enough.
Is it good? There is evidence Even reported and demoted content can have a significant impact on Facebook. It may be because some people have worked hard to promote the message that the media set is an enemy that should not be trusted. People believe that they want to believe in the current climate, to the point that deceptive content could be read positively by some readers and belief systems.
Cooper tries to answer this question in his interview with Bickert, pointing out that "video is more powerful than anything you put under the video". Bickert deviates, suggesting that the video is acceptable to keep because the conversation around her has shifted to questions like the one Cooper has posed.
"In fact, we see this conversation on Facebook, Twitter and offline as well, about the manipulation of this video," she said. "As evidenced by my appearance today, here is the conversation."
Later in the segment, Cooper insists on Bickert's responsibility regarding Facebook's accuracy as an information provider. She pushes back, pointing out that the company is a social media company, not a news company. When Cooper presses it again – "you share news … because you're making money out of it," he argues – Bickert draws a dividing line between violent content violating rules and political speech .
"If false information is security-related, we can delete it and we delete it, we work with security groups to do it, but when we talk about political discourse and misinformation, we think that good approach is to let people make an informed choice, "she said.
What an amazing thing to do when you are barely a month away from the exit of the Mueller report of nearly 500 pages, about half of which focuses on Russia's efforts to influence the US 2016 program. Presidential Election As we now know, much of this effort has involved exploiting social media platforms such as than Facebook.
It is now proven that political misinformation can have detrimental effects. Proven without the shadow of a doubt. It's great to see Facebook taking action against the kinds of fake accounts that help spread the bad stuff, but it's only half a measure. Many real people are trapped in the misinformation on the Internet that they share on social media.
This is not the first time that Facebook is relying on a policy to defend the presence of inappropriate content on the platform. But it's a more and more difficult pill to swallow because suspicions regarding the negative impact of misinformation on political discourse have proven accurate again and again. Maybe the time has come for Facebook to change channels.
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This time, it was a late-night tweet that followed Donald Trump's brief speech on Rose Garden on Wednesday morning. Late Wednesday night, the White House Twitter account sent the following tweet using a special quote chart to share a Trump hike line.
While the quote itself does not make sense, in or out of context, what did you click on Twitter? Users have been offered the opportunity by the new graph: a chance to create their own Trump quote cards. And they did not disappoint.
Parker Molloy, a senior editor of the "Progressive Media Monitoring Agency," Media Matters for America, has even created a blank chart template so that users can more easily create their own variations.
Molloy then followed with what has probably become the most popular answer using this, the famous quote attributed to Trump in the Mueller report.
So, again, an attempt by the White House to communicate one of Trump's lies explodes them in the face and creates a huge mess. We can not wait to see what they think next.
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The social network is tweaking its news feed algorithm to try to show more messages from your closest friends. To do this, however, the company takes a new approach: ask users to tell them directly who their best friends are.
Facebook has always tried to predict who your closest friends are by looking at signals like the ones you interact with most often. But with change, society will explicitly start asking people who are their best friends to incorporate this information into their rankings.
"We started interviewing people on Facebook to ask them to list their closest friends," wrote Facebook. A declaration. "We're looking at patterns that come out of the results, some of which include being tagged on the same pictures, reacting and commenting on the same messages and connecting to the same places – and then we use those templates to inform our algorithm. "
The company said the change was meant to improve the relevance and that did not mean you would see more friend content. "
But the update says a lot about how Facebook is thinking about News Feed's future. Last month, the company showed to rethink the application and the website This puts less emphasis on News Feed to display more content from groups and stories. And Mark Zuckerberg has repeatedly stated that he believed that Facebook users were increasingly geared towards sharing private and ephemeral content.
This is a problem for News Feed, which was built around the idea of mass sharing. And even if the news feed is not going to disappear anytime soon, the fact that "close friends" have more content could help them to feel more relevant.
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