Social Media Daily News Roundup 06.08.19

Today’s social media news, rounded up in one place so you don’t have to go anywhere else. 

☀️ Trump calls for social media companies to ‘detect mass shooters before they strike’

☀️ New study examines how much users would pay to use the most popular apps

☀️ UK data watchdog raises privacy concerns over Facebook digital currency Libra

☀️ Which? calls on Facebook to clamp down on fake reviews

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Trump calls for social media companies to ‘detect mass shooters before they strike’ - The Verge 

After two recent mass shootings in El Paso, Texas, and Dayton, Ohio, President Trump said his administration would ask social media companies to develop tools that could detect potential mass shooters.

While delivering a speech on the recent violence, Trump said “we must do a better job of identifying and acting on early warning signs,” and he suggested social media companies could develop new ways of catching “red flags.”

“DETECT MASS SHOOTERS BEFORE THEY STRIKE”

“I am directing the Department of Justice to work in partnership with local state and federal agencies, as well as social media companies, to develop tools that can detect mass shooters before they strike,” Trump said in the speech.

New study examines how much users would pay to use the most popular apps - Social Media Today 

How much would you pay to use your favourite apps, if a subscription fee were required? 

That question became more or a point of focus last year, when people started suggesting options as to how Facebook could build an alternate business model to advertising, in order to keep user privacy more secure. If Facebook's didn't need to use your insights for ad targeting, people wouldn't need to be so concerned about potential misuse, right?

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg has repeatedly dismissed that notion, saying that Facebook will always remain free to use - meaning ad-funded - but if you did have to pay a subscription fee, how much would be a reasonable amount? 

UK data watchdog raises privacy concerns over Facebook digital currency Libra - Sky News 

The UK's data watchdog has joined an international group of privacy authorities to express concerns about Facebook's new digital currency, Libra.

Facebook plans to launch its digital currency within the next year, saying it will deliver an "inclusive and open" financial ecosystem.

However, the plans appear to have been stalled amid regulatory concern.

It includes a joint letter from bodies such as the Information Commissioner's Office in the UK - which wants to know "how customers' personal data will be processed in line with data protection laws".

Which? calls on Facebook to clamp down on fake reviews - The Drum

Facebook is failing to get a handle on a rising tide of fake reviews which threaten to further undermine public confidence in its content, according to a new study by Which?

The consumer organisation believes that there are hundreds of organised groups recruiting writers to pen false and or incentivised reviews for products, some of which may be unsafe, as part of a burgeoning cottage industry for five-star reviews.

Which? employees joined dozens of Facebook review groups during their research, unearthing 3,511 suspect posts had been created in just one day, with over 55,000 being generated in a month.

Jade Halstead