Facebook filters, and  political bias 

Facebook announces Snapchat-like filters

Facebook has recently announced it will be improving its live video platform. One of the improvements will be it will be compatible with their face-swapping app MSQRD so you will be able to use all of the masks and filters during your live feed!

With Facebook’s app, you will be able to broadcast live either to the public, or a select group and change masks while you broadcast. You will also be able to ‘drop in’ to live videos for a remote interview experience, and schedule live videos so notifications for potential viewers can be sent out!

This move was to quickly compete with Snapchat’s purchasing of facial recognition company Looksery  for $150 million, who collaborated and created the face swap technology, filters, and masks already available through the Snapchat app.

Facebook stopping employee political bias 

In response to Gizmodo’s accusation that Facebook’s trending topics reflected a suppression of conservative events from conservative sources , Facebook now has added training for ‘Political Bias’ as part of the mandatory ‘Managing Bias’ training all employees must undertake.

Following these accusations, Facebook conducted an internal investigation. Facebook’s General Counsel member Colin Stretch said in a statement that they found there was no evidence of “systemic political bias” , and will minimise individual bias through a revamp of how the trending topics function works.

Facebook’s Chief Operating Officer Sheryl Sandberg stated “We think a lot about diversity at Facebook…we’ve focused on racial bias, age bias, gender bias, national bias, and we’re going to add in a scenario now on political bias. As we think about helping people understand different points of view and being open to different points of view, we’re dealing with political bias as well going forward”.

Written by Bernice Abuan

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