Social media, blogging news: Cafe bans bloggers, face recognition by Facebook, Twitter on Trump

Bloggers banned from this cafe!

A sort of running feud between The White Moose Cafe has resulted in the Dublin cafe banning bloggers!

It started with a lady blogger asking the cafe for a free stay before she wrote about the cafe on her social media accounts and telling the cafe about her big following on YouTube and Instagram. The cafe owners wrote back a rather pungent reply asking who would pay for all that the cafe would spent on her stay. She talked about it on her YouTube account, bloggers of all kind went wild over the owner's diatribe, he hit back on his Facebook page, and then he posted the following message on  Facebook:

To rub salt to social influencer community's wounds, the owner of the cafe then wrote this: The publicity you’ve given us is absolutely priceless. But don’t worry bloggers, your work won’t going unnoticed. It will be featured in my book ‘How To Get Worldwide Publicity Without Spending A Cent’. I’m even thinking of dedicating a full chapter to you guys, including screenshots of some of your most entertaining public tweets, Facebook posts and negative reviews. It will be some chapter!

Which side are you?

Facebook brings face recognition to the fore

Facebook has started using face recognition technology to give a choice to users to be identified with a picture or not.

On Facebook, face recognition helps people tag photos with the names of their friends. When you have face recognition enabled, our technology analyzes the pixels in photos you’re already tagged in and generates a string of numbers we call a template. When photos and videos are uploaded to our systems, we compare those images to the template.

Facebook has been using this tech since 2010, and that's why when you have a group photo of friends that you post, it starts giving suggestions about them and asks you whether you want to tag them. What it is offering now is that it recognizes you whenever it finds someone with face similar to you and asks you to confirm. You can tag yourself, ignore the photo or un-tag if already tagged. It also tells you when someone is trying to use your photo as his profile photo. It also tells aloud when a visually impaired person comes across a photo on the Facebook.

Facebook has claimed that it will take care of privacy concerns of users. It has been testing and taking feedback on this feature for the past one year, it says.

The feature is available when you keep the tag suggestion on [Settings>Timeline and tagging> Tagging, Review] and Facebook is introducing an 'off/on' switch to enable or disable this option in one-click operation.

Twitter explains how it treats world leaders' tweets and why

The demand on social media for banning Donald Trump on Twitter has not yet died down. People opposed to his way of tweeting which is often rough and sometimes threatening have been warning that his tweets might lead to communal tension, reprisals against Americans and international flare ups.

Twitter has come out with a pious explanation why it can't delete leaders' accounts (without naming him), on its blog post, World Leaders on Twitter, that says, Blocking a world leader from Twitter or removing their controversial Tweets would hide important information people should be able to see and debate. It would also not silence that leader, but it would certainly hamper necessary discussion around their words and actions. We review Tweets by leaders within the political context that defines them, and enforce our rules accordingly.

Apple CEO wants less of social media for children!

Tim Cook, CEO of Apple, says, he is against overuse of technology, even in courses devoted to computer-aided courses, reports the Guardian

Speaking at a college in the UK last week, he said, I don’t have a kid, but I have a nephew that I put some boundaries on. There are some things that I won’t allow; I don’t want them on a social network.

Sounds good, especially coming from a tech czar, isn't it? There are many reports on the web on how overuse of social media is leading to depression and lack of social interactions.