Just days after photo-messaging app Instagram rolled out the feature to track users’ time spent on the app, Facebook has now released “Your Time on Facebook” tool that counts how many minutes people spend on the app.
The feature is designed to help users manage social networking by maintaining time spent per day on Facebook on a particular device for the past week and on an average, TechCrunch reported on Tuesday.
“Your Time on Facebook” tool will allow users to set a daily limit of app usage and receive a reminder to stop after that many minutes each day.
The tool also comes with shortcuts to notification, news feed and friend request settings.
“You can access it by going to Facebook’s ‘More’ tab, choose the ‘Settings and Privacy’ option and set ‘Your Time on Facebook’,” the report added.
Last week, Facebook-owned Instagram released its own “Your Activity” feature to track how much time users spent on the app.
The feature gives users more control over how they interact with social media that may be harmful to the mental health and well-being of the users if used excessively.
A similar feature called “Screen Time” has been introduced by Apple on its iOS, and with Google also releasing a “Digital Wellness” dashboard with Android 9.0, tech companies are thinking more about helping users better manage their time using apps, the report added. (IANS)
Facebook has dismissed a media report that claimed journalists working as factcheckers for the social media giant are frustrated and are ending partnerships as the company failed to use their expertise to combat misinformation.
A report in The Guardian on Thursday said outside reporters have lost trust in Facebook, “which has repeatedly refused to release meaningful data about the impacts of their work”.
Reacting to the report, Meredith Carden, Head of News Integrity Partnerships at Facebook, said the Guardian story presents several inaccuracies.
“Contrary to a claim in the story, we absolutely do not ask fact-checkers to prioritise debunking content about our advertisers,” Carden said in statement.
The report, she added, is based primarily on the account of a single fact-checker who has not been involved with the Facebook fact-checking program for six months.
“We have been committed to fighting misinformation for years now and have strong relationships with our third-party fact-checking partners — we now have 35 partners in 24 countries around the world,” said Facebook.
The report quoted Brooke Binkowski, former managing editor of Snopes, a factchecking site that has partnered with Facebook for two years, as saying that the social network is using journalists for handling crisis PR.
“They’re not taking anything seriously. They are more interested in making themselves look good and passing the buck… They clearly don’t care,” said Binkowski, who now runs her own fact-checking site which does not partner with Facebook.
According to Facebook, it values the ongoing partnerships and the work that these journalists do.
The third-party fact checking programme was launched in 2016 after the US Presidential election.
“We’re planning to expand the programme to even more countries in 2019,” said Carden.
According to Facebook, three separate researches have found that the overall volume of false news on Facebook is decreasing since it put up third-party fact-checking programme and other anti-misinformation measures in place.
However, The Guardian report said the company has ignored journalists’ concerns.
Some newsroom leaders said “they had grown increasingly resentful of Facebook, especially following revelations that the company had paid a consulting firm to go after opponents by publicising their association with billionaire Jewish philanthropist George Soros”.
A New York Times investigation in November suggested that the social network hired a Republican-owned political consulting and PR firm that “dug up dirt on its competitors” including Soros.