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Morbidity of Facebook profile filter amid #JeSuisParis

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The humanity that dwells in the ‘Ignorant Republic of Facebook’ has got yet another opportunity of ‘showing’ support to Paris attack victims. They can now have a French tricolour Facebook ‘profile filter’ over their profile picture to ‘show’ support for the ghastly terror attacks of November 13, 2015.

Yes. The support is reduced to be ‘shown’ in the Ignorant Republic of Facebook. Here the King, his excellency Mark Zuckerberg, decides when to give people a ‘tool’ to ‘show’ support in these situations.

Our emotions, our memories and our apathy have been reduced to a mere ‘filter’ from Facebook.

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The confused guy who has no idea of how Facebook profile filter ‘must’ work.

I can see a barrage of profile pictures being changed that have French flag over their image. Some of them are outrightly confused as we can see them with two filters, one of ‘Digital India’ and French flag overlapping it.

It is so funny and almost like the LGBT support profile filter that was released by Facebook when the US Supreme Court allowed gay marriage in the country.

The Facebook people don’t know that there exists a world outside of the Western influence. There is a world where Syrian kids are killed, butchered, raped and burnt almost daily. There is a world where a Palestinian mother has to hold a blood-soaked 5-year-old in her lap in a hope that he will open his eyes. There is world where Nigerians are running for their lives every single day from Boko Haram.

There is a world behind these silly, marketing ‘tools’ that ‘allow’ us to ‘show’ solidarity with the victims and their families. This Facebook profile filter is a mockery of human emotions and almost a sadistic idea thrown at us in order to make us believe that we are doing something great by ‘showing’ solidarity.

No, you are not. Even if you do, you must realise there are other worlds.

There are other people who might not live in Paris or the US but have eyes, nose, hands, limbs and skin (albeit a different colour) as Parisians or Americans do.

We must understand how these corporate giants are thriving on our emotions. We must recognise their efforts are to explore markets. Business is devoid of emotions and apathy.

This Facebook profile filter is a mask for the Facebook to hide its true face of ‘selective support’. Because, I can’t see a Palestinian flag, a Syrian flag, a Lebanese flag or a Pakistani flag. Was the Peshawar army school attack, where over a hundred kids were shot dead with their tender flesh and blood sticking on the classroom walls, any less terrifying or condemnable?

No. No. Hell no.

What have you made of yourselves? Look in the mirror (or the front cameras of your phones where you ‘express your concerns’ regularly without even knowing the crises) and see is there a filter over your face? Where is that support that you are giving to Paris?

It isn’t there. Because it is your actual face. And similarly, Facebook also has an actual face which stinks of morbidity. That’s precisely why they have filters.

Facebook profile filter is ‘one’ way to show solidarity but the people from the Ignorant Republic of Facebook believe, it is the ‘only’ way.

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Local News Dry up for Facebook Media Project in US

In January this year, the Facebook Journalism Project announced to invest $300 million in local newsrooms

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A photo shows the Facebook app icon on an iPhone in New York, Feb. 19, 2014. VOA

Facebook is having trouble finding enough local news to feed its new journalism initiative, because hundreds of newspapers have shut down in the US.

“About one in three users in the US live in places where we cannot find enough local news on Facebook to launch ‘Today In’,” Facebook wrote in a blog post on Monday.

In those “news deserts” – communities with little or no local reporting – Facebook hasn’t been able to find “five or more recent news articles directly related to these towns” for its news feature “Today In” that was launched in November last year.

“In the last 28 days, there has not been a single day where we’ve been able to find five or more recent news articles directly related to these towns.

“This does not vary much by region: 35 per cent of users in the Midwest, Northeast, and South — and 26 per cent in the West a” live in places where we can’t find much local newson Facebook,” said the social networking company.

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This photo shows a Facebook app icon on a smartphone in New York. VOA

“Today In” has been rolled out to over 400 cities in the US.

“We’re also announcing a new pilot programme, the Facebook Journalism Project Community Network, to support projects aimed at building community through local news,” said Facebook.

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According to Engadget, nearly 1,800 papers have shut down in the US since around the time Facebook came online 15 years ago.

In January this year, the Facebook Journalism Project announced to invest $300 million in local newsrooms. (IANS)