Facebook to fight fake news with AI

Facebook has been getting a lot of negative attention after it was found out that heavily published fake news articles and information could have led to misinformation about the presidential election.

Facebook in order to combat this are now relying on an AI or algorithmic machine learning to detect fake news and user reports. Facebook turned to AI in order to reduce human bias.

It has now been shown an unregulated news platforms can have negative consequences from the smallest to largest scales. Some are suggesting Facebooks misinformation may have led to Donald Trumps election as the 45th president of the United States of America. Zuckerberg, CEO, has addressed the issue in a statement saying “Of all the content on Facebook, more than 99 percent of what people see is authentic. Only a very small amount is fake news and hoaxes. The hoaxes that do exist are not limited to on partisan view, or even to politics.”

Facebook has had problems in the past and decided to not censor news based on bias. Now, however, it must rethink strategies for an open news platform that is circulating misinformation. Depending on which direction Facebook goes it will have an effect on everyone.

Facebook releases enterprise social networking platform Workplace

Facebook releases Workplace, an enterprise level social networking and messaging platform, after 20 months in a closed beta known as Facebook at Work.

Workplace has News Feed, Groups, Chat direct messaging, Reactions, Live video, Video and Audio calling, and translation features. Its launching as a desktop and mobile app and is available to anyone. From what it looks like, Workplace is meant to allow companies to increase collaboration and communication between employees. Facebook stated in an announcement that more than 1,000 organizations around the world use Workplace.

The platform will also have Multi-Company Groups, that allows collaboration with companies and employees from different organizations. Facebook is also releasing dashboard analytics, single sign-on, and better IT integration with current IT systems. Employees can also stay connected when they’re out of the office using the Work Chat app for iOS and Android.

Workplace does have a lot of competition with the likes of Microsoft’s Yammer, Slack, Salesforce’s Chatter, Hipchat, and many more.

Workplace has a particular pricing model based on the number of monthly active users. “Workplace will be priced competitively — companies only pay for people who are actively using the product,” according to Facebook’s announcement. Its tiered pricing structure starts at $3 per month per user for less than 1,000 monthly active users, $ 2 per month per user for 1,001 – 10,000 monthly active users, and $1 per month per user for 10,001+ monthly active users. There’s a 3 month trial in case organizations want to test the platform and for non-profits and educational institutions the platform is free.

The Chan Zuckerberg Initiative announced a $3billion investment in an effort to cure disease

Last year Mark Zuckerberg and Priscilla Chan, his wife, started an organization to help advance human potential and equality and pumped $45 billion into it. $3 billion from that organization will be used over the next decade to invest in an effort to help cure, prevent, and manage all disease. The project is called Chan Zuckerberg Science and was announced in San Francisco.

The project aims to bring together teams of scientists and engineers in an effort “to build new tools for the scientific community, said Priscilla Chan at the San Francisco event.

$600 million from the $3 billion will be invested in Biohub, a location aimed to unite researchers from Stanford, UCSF, and Berkeley with engineers to find new ways to finding cures to diseases. “We’ll be investing in basic science research with the goal of curing disease,” Said Chan.

Bill Gates came to the stage and called the project “very bold, very ambitious”. He supported the project and called for others to do the same and organizations with funding are needed to stop diseases from spreading such as Ebola.

The Biohub will be located at 499 Illinois St, SF, CA. It will be led by UCSF’s Joe DeRisi and Stanford’s Stephen Quake, who are known for their experience in bio-engineering and biophysics. The most important part about the research that will take place in the Biohub is that it will be openly available to doctors and researchers around the world.