Lifesaving hackathon held at Facebook

Virtual reality games, chatbots and wearable tech were just some of the potentially lifesaving ideas generated when around 150 women took part in a special hackathon for the RNLI at Facebook’s HQ in London. The hackathon was a women-only event organised by Facebook, together with the Ladies That UX and GeekGirl Meetup groups, and saw 20 ideas submitted. The winning concept focused on using augmented reality to prevent people from getting cut off by tides. The RNLI will be looking at the winning idea, plus several other excellent concepts generated…

Read More

Facebook Offers Every UK Secondary School Digital Safety Ambassadors

Facebook has announced a landmark partnership with youth charities, Childnet International and The Diana Award, that scales their existing programmes to offer every UK secondary school dedicated digital safety ambassadors: young people trained to provide peer-to-peer support and lead online safety initiatives in the classroom. Facebook’s commitment could see tens of thousands of pupils in 4,500 secondary schools across the UK trained as Digital Leaders (Childnet International) or Anti-Bullying Ambassadors for online and offline bullying (The Diana Award) and provided with access to face-to-face training, dedicated online resources and forums.…

Read More

Facebook to update Advertising Transparency Rules

Facebook have found themselves under greater scrutiny over the past year for their advertising.  The Investigation into last years Presidential campaign and the revelations of Russians buyng ads to Facebook to influence the election have haunted the company. They have started to look at ways to combat this in future, they have outlined their plans in a blog post, which I have included below: Update on Our Advertising Transparency and Authenticity Efforts by Rob Goldman, VP of Ads When it comes to advertising on Facebook, people should be able to…

Read More

Facebook adds charity donate button in Europe

Facebook is launching its charity fundraising tools in 16 European countries. This will allow people to donate directly on their social media pages. The initiative has been available in the US for the over two years. It has proved to be very popular and more than $10 million was raised for those hit by Hurricane Harvey. Facebook are asking Charities to sign up to be among the first in Europe to use the new functions. The new functions will allow charities to collect donations  through donate buttons which can be…

Read More

Facebook Starts Blocking Ads from Pages that Repeatedly Share False News

Satwik Shukla, Product Manager & Tessa Lyons, Product Manager of Facebook have posted a blog post highlighting new Facebook plans for dealing with pages which repeatedly share false news. We are in a society where fake or false news has become one of the phrases of 2017 and there is becoming more and more pressure on media companies to do something about it. The post reads: “Over the past year we have taken several steps to reduce false news and hoaxes on Facebook. Currently, we do not allow advertisers to…

Read More