Facebook can’t catch a break these days.
The Guardian published a comprehensive tell-all, dubbed the “Facebook Files,” revealing the social network’s guidelines for monitoring violence, hate speech, and revenge porn. Let’s just say it’s raised a lot of questions.
This week’s MashTalk is hosted by Tech Editor Pete Pachal, with commentary from Chief Correspondent Lance Ulanoff, Senior Tech Correspondent Raymond Wong, and Tech Correspondent Jack Morse.
So, the Facebook Files. Yeah, we know, Facebook’s guidelines provided to its moderators for determining what is and isn’t considered acceptable content is worrisome.
Many people are demanding the company find better solutions to curb hate speech and situations like people livestreaming themselves committing suicide.
What measures can Facebook take to better control its content? Hire more moderators? Hire local moderators? Can machine learning and AI help in any way? Jack breaks it down.
Features Editor Rebecca Ruiz also phones in to give her insight on whether there are cases where objectionable content such as livestreamed self-harm or suicide can actually be educational or helpful.
What measures can Facebook take to better control its content?
Next, Lance gives us all a preview of DJI’s smallest drone yet, the DJI spark. Priced at $500, the tiny drone the body’s about the size of a soda can is designed to appeal to beginners.
Though it doesn’t have quite the same amount of features and performance as DJI’s foldable Mavic Pro or Phantom drones, the Spark is plenty capable with 16 minutes of flight time, a maximum speed of 31 mph, and a range of 1.24 miles.
And speaking of DJI, the company is now forcing all of its drone users (old and new) to activate their DJI accounts and update their drones to the latest firmware, or risk having its capabilities handicapped (i.e. limited flight up to 100 feet high, disabled livestreaming, etc.). Is DJI being fair or overstepping its reach?
Lastly, we discuss Microsoft’s new Surface Pro (no, not the Pro 5 because that doesn’t exist). Microsoft refreshed its flagship 2-in-1 tablet-PC, but interestingly enough it’s now advertising it as a laptop which is odd because the company is shipping a proper clamshell laptop, the Surface Laptop, next month.
The guts are all new, the hinge improved, the Surface Pen stylus more accurate, and some of the corners rounded off, but where the hell is the USB-C port? Microsoft’s Panos Panay says the market’s not ready for it. But if a tech giant like Microsoft doesn’t help accelerate USB-C, who will? We hate dongles as much as anyone else, but come on, it’s been two years since Apple released the MacBook with its single USB-C port. If USB-C’s moment isn’t now, then when will it be?
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