We know you’ve been hanging out for the latest installment of our digital news updates, so without further ado, here’s what’s gone down in the industry over the past week.
Bing Makes Online Amnesia Easier in the EU
Bing has announced changes to their Right To Be Forgotten policy in the EU, essentially making RTBF material a whole lot harder to find. Prior to the changes being announced, it was Bing’s policy to remove RTBF material exclusively from location specific URLs, such as Bing.fr for France, or Bing.co.uk for the United Kingdom. If someone wanted to see content that had been removed from those URLs due to an RTBF request, all they had to was revert to searching in the Bing.com URL to gain access.
According to Bing’s official blog, the decision to update their policy was based on recent developments in European data protection, allowing them to more effectively balance privacy concerns with the rights of their users.
Never heard of the Right To Be Forgotten concept before? It’s basically a form of internet-based privacy protection that enables the removal of pages from search engine results upon requests. In simple terms, you can make the internet forget that you ever existed. Pretty cool huh? RTBF requests are currently only available in the European Union and Argentina.
Buzzfeed Drags Twitter
Twitter has long been accused of not doing enough to prevent online harassment and hate speech, but Buzzfeed has gone and put even more pressure on the social networking site. On Thursday they released a scathing report detailing how bullies and stalkers are permitted to thrive in the Twittersphere, looking back at the company’s history of either taking too long to ban abusive users, or failing to ban them at all.
Twitter responded via a statement saying that Buzzfeed’s report contains “inaccuracies in the details and unfair portrayals”.
Facebook Changes its Algorithm
Lately it seems like Facebook has been changing its Newsfeed algorithm every other day. The latest update is designed to show more ‘informative stories’. Not sure what that means? Well, Facebook’s company blog says “This could be a news article on a current event, a story about your favourite celebrity, a piece of local news, a review of an upcoming movie, a recipe, or anything that informs you”.
If you’re not a fan of change and like your Newsfeed the way it is, we hate to break it to you, but we doubt Facebook is going to stop experimenting with their algorithm any time soon.