Articles by Larry Magid

Facebook beefs up suicide-prevention tools

March 3, 2017

The announcement focused on new Facebook tools for helping people “in real time on Facebook Live,” facilitating live chat support from crisis support organizations via Facebook Messenger and “streamlined reporting for suicide, assisted by artificial intelligence." There have been reports of people, including a 14-year-old Miami girl, who have broadcast their suicides via the Facebook Live video streaming feature.

Safer Internet Day is Tuesday

February 3, 2017

The official U.S. event will by hosted by ConnectSafely.org at the National Constitution Center in Philadelphia. The U.S. event will bring together elementary, middle school

How & why to avoid sharing fake news

December 16, 2016

Fake news is the scourge of the internet, earning rebukes and outright warnings from everyone from President Obama to Pope Francis. How you can be part of the solution.

Facebook to warn users about fake news

December 15, 2016

Online fake news and “urban legends” have been around for decades but it’s become a major issue in the wake of the 2016 presidential election. During this

UN Internet Governance Forum tackles online extremism

December 8, 2016

Today’s column is from the 11th annual Internet Governance Forum (IGF), this year in Guadalajara, Mexico. IGF is a United Nations-sponsored “multi-stakeholder” conference. Unlike many U.N. events, it is open not just to representatives of member states, but also to “civil society” (non-profits), academia and industry.
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