Mental Health Social Media App

In our seminar last week we touched upon #BellLetsTalk and I figured this was an interesting follow up to social media and mental health. A Calgary man has just created an app that allows people to post videos and art, and speak about issues in their life and the mental health issues they are facing. 


New Instagram Algorithm?

I’ve recently discovered that Instagram will be changing its algorithm and introducing a non-chronological newsfeed order, similar to Facebook. Instagram’s new algorithm will serve content that it thinks users will be most interested in, based on previous likes and a variety of other social aspects. This has lead to many Instagram accounts encouraging users to “turn on notifications” in order to ensure their audience stays updated. This update could cause many problems for artists, creators and upstaters using the platform to flourish and excel. What do you think about this new algorithm we should see in the next few months?

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Civil – Crowdsource Sourcing Moderation

In light of what we discussed in a previous class about how it is peoples job to root through the entire contents of the given platform to rid anything that falls outside of the companies values, companies are starting to remove comment sections all together. To combat this problem of removing comment sections, which creates issues of participatory democracy on given sites, a company called “Civil” has “design a comments system that not only lets the commenters decide but comes specially designed to keep bias out.” Although the company relies on a free labour system or as they call it “crowd sourcing moderation”, much like that of Course Hero that we discussed in relation to surplus value.

This will limit offensive or bad posts but will it limit those who would normally comment but don’t want to waste their time proofing three other comments? Also, jobs are being lost for moderators, is this significant?

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Liking on Facebook and “Like-Farming”


With the introduction to the new Facebook “Reactions”, users have been more engaged with posts. The problem with “liking” all of this content is that many Facebook users are duped into promoting malicious info. This malicious content online is able to spread on Facebook through the process which is known as “like-farming”.

Here is the story: