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Algorithms Replaced Gatekeepers and Lowered the Bar on Quality – Photography Article

The rise of social media has had a massive impact on the art we see, consume, and interact with on a daily basis. Some of that impact was positive, some negative, but one of the most radical changes has also been one of the most detrimental: the demise of the gatekeepers. Gatekeepers were the tastemakers of the past: the magazine editors, television produces, publishing executives, and gallery curators. In other words, the people who decided what work was seen and…

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Facebook Finally Launches Instagram Scheduling Through Creator Studio – Photography Article

A recent update to Facebook’s Creator Studio has added a highly requested feature for Instagram power users and marketers: the ability to natively schedule Instagram posts and IGTV broadcasts ahead of time. The news spread across social media marketing channels earlier this week, but has remained somewhat quiet on the rest of the Internet. Yet, this update is definitely a big deal, removing a major pain point for professional photographers who use Instagram to market their services and spread the…

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Instagram to be Renamed to ‘Instagram from Facebook’ – Photography Article

Instagram is getting a name tweak as Facebook seeks to signal its ownership and control over its subsidiary apps. The photo-sharing app will soon be called “Instagram from Facebook.” The Information first reported on the change, which will be shared by WhatsApp, turning it into “WhatsApp from Facebook.” The new “Instagram from Facebook” name will initially appear on the listings for the app in Apple’s App Store and Google Play, but it seems likely it’ll be used on the splash…

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The Billion Dollar(s) Business of Social Media Trolling in the Philippines, and what it means for Public Relations globally – Photobook Photography Article

Social media trolling is big business in the Philippines. And that business is about to go global (image source: When in Manila) If there’s one article you should read today, it’s this piece in the Washington Post by Shibani Mahtani and Regine Cabato. Titled “Why crafty Internet trolls in the Philippines may be coming to a website near you”, the article explains what has happened over the past couple of years in the Philippines in relation to the business of…

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Facebook AI Made This Hilariously Bad Friends Day Photo Slideshow – Photography Article

Facebook celebrated its 12th birthday back in 2016 by creating automatically-generated “Friends Day” videos for users showing up to 16 photos of themselves and their friends. But not all users got heartwarming videos — some were hilariously bad. The 1-minute video above, made for a guy named Tyler, was one of the fails that made headlines a few years ago and is now making the rounds again as an example of what happens when AI goes wrong. Instead of a…

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Facebook and Instagram Photos Go Down Globally – Photography Article

Facebook was hit with a major outage today as users around the world reported photos not uploading and displaying correctly. The outage also affected Facebook-owned apps such as Instagram and WhatsApp. If you’ve been seeing blank gray or broken icons in places where photos should be, it’s not just you. Starting at around 10am EST (7am PST), users of Facebook and Instagram began reporting that photos weren’t showing up after being uploaded. Many photos were replaced with broken image icons,…

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This AI Can ‘Bring a Person to Life’ from a Single Still Photo – Photography Article

Researchers have created an AI that can animate a human subject from a single still photograph, “bringing them to life” by making them walk, run, sit, or jump out of a photo in 3D. “Photo Wake-Up: 3D Character Animation from a Single Photo” is the new paper describing the technology advancements made by the computer scientists at the University of Washington and Facebook. After analyzing a photo to detect the human(s) within, the AI turns the person’s silhouette into an…

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These Deepfakes of Famous People Are Testing Facebook’s Policies – Photography Article

Facebook has recently taken a position of not removing faked videos, choosing instead to reduce their reach and display them alongside fact-checking information. Now a series of viral deepfake videos of Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg and other famous individuals is putting Facebook’s policies to the test. Motherboard reports that artists Bill Posters and Daniel Howe recently partnered with the advertising Canny to create AI-generated fake videos of people talking about a mysterious “Spectre,” which is actually an exhibition the artists…

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Facebook to Reconsider Nudity Policy After Photographers Protest – Photography Article

Facebook has agreed to rethink its stance on nudity following an outcry from photographers who have been protesting the social network’s banning of artistic nudity in photographs. Warning: This article contains some mild nudity that may not be safe for work. “In recent months, Facebook has faced scrutiny for its community guidelines and censorship practices,” writes the National Coalition Against Censorship (NCAC). “The site’s policies, which make an exception for nudity in paintings and sculptures, exclude photography. Photographers reported having…

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Impartiality in the Middle East – Is Facebook’s Content Plan Doomed to Fail? – Photobook Photography Article

Even Lady Justice would struggle with Facebook’s latest idea to moderate content I love the idea of impartiality, that notion of fairness above all, of equal treatment of all rivals or disputants. The notion of impartiality is difficult to define in practice; we all have our biases. And then there’s the politics of any given situation. It’s fair to say that, given global events, impartiality is becoming increasingly hard to come by. This is especially the case in the Middle…

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  Artistic Adventurer – Teri Lou: Best Apps for Finding What to do When Visiting a New City? – iPhone Photography Article

Best Apps for Finding What to do When Visiting a New City Vacation vs VanLife Some people plan months in advance when going on vacation but that isn’t often the case when living on the road full time. Many times I find myself wandering from one place to the other because of recommendations by others. This way of travel is exciting and often brings me to places I never would have visited otherwise. Often when I arrive I will go…

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