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Facebook Begins Rating Users On How Trustworthy They Are At Flagging Fake News



Facebook has started rating its users’ trustworthiness in order to help the social network know how much to value user reports that a certain news story might be fake. The Washington Post has details on the system and confirmation from Facebook that it’s been put in place. The system certainly sounds a touch dystopian, but Facebook sees it as a valuable tool for weeding out disinformation.

The trust ratings went into place over the last year, according to the Post, and were developed as part of Facebook’s fight against fake and malicious stories. Facebook relies, in part, on reports from users to help catch these stories. If enough people report a story as false, someone on a fact-checking team will look into it. But checking every story that racks up “fake news” reports would be overwhelming, so Facebook uses other information to figure out what it should and shouldn’t bother looking into.

One of those is this trust rating. Facebook didn’t tell the Post everything that went into the score, but it is partly related to a user’s track record with reporting stories as false. If someone regularly reports stories as false, and a fact-checking team later finds them to be false, their trust score will go up; if a person regularly reports stories as false that later are found to be true, it’ll go down.

“People often report things that they just disagree with,” Tessa Lyons, Facebook’s product manager for fighting misinformation, told the Post.

In that sense, this may be less of a “trust” score and more of a “fact-check” score, and the name isn’t likely to do it any favors.

Algorithms are often flawed and can have larger, deleterious effects that aren’t immediately visible, so Facebook will have to be careful about what other information it factors in and how else this score is used, lest it accidentally discount reports from a specific community of people.

Right now, it isn’t clear if the trust score is being used for anything other than reports on news stories, as well as reports on whether another Facebook user has posted something inappropriate or otherwise needing the company’s attention.

If it’s used as advertised, the scores could help Facebook home in more quickly on disinformation that’s spreading around the network. While bad reports can come from all over, President Donald Trump and other Republican leaders have made a habit out of calling any story they dislike “fake news,” which could influence others to abuse the term. That could lead to fact-checkers wasting time on stories that are obviously correct.

The real backstop here is the fact-checkers. Facebook largely seems to rely on third-party fact-checking services like Snopes and PolitiFact to determine what is and isn’t real. That means the final determinations ought to be trustworthy, but there’s still a layer of Facebook’s algorithm in the way.

The Columbia Journalism Review published a report back in April that looked at Facebook’s fact-checking efforts. It found that many fact-checkers were frustrated with Facebook’s lack of transparency.

Fact-checkers weren’t clear on how Facebook was determining which stories to show or hide from them and in which order. That means that even though widely accepted fact-checkers have a shot at monitoring these stories — and therefore a direct impact on users’ trust scores — it still comes down to Facebook to pick out the right stories to show them in the first place.

Source: The Verge



Apple Release Date, Price And Specs Of Latest iPhones



Yesterday, Apple announced the iPhone XS, iPhone XS Max and iPhone XR. These three new iPhones for 2018 officially replace the iPhone X. So just in case you want “iPhone X” later this year, you should go in for any of the three.

Although the iPhone XS and iPhone XS Max have virtually the same specs, just in two different sizes, which is 5.8in and 6.5in OLED screens, respectively, while the “low-end” XR features a 6.1in LCD ‘Liquid Retina’ screen which makes it a cheaper and more colorful phone.

The iPhone XR starts at $799 for the lowest storage capacity, the iPhone XS starts at $999 – like that of last year’s iPhone X – and the XS Max’s 64GB model costs $1,099. The prices rise from there with each jump in internal storage.
Apple’s iPhone XS and XS Max are now available to pre-order, with shipping to begin on 21st of September while pre-orders for the iPhone XR begin on 19 October before the handset starts shipping on 26th of October.

iPhone XS
• iPhone XS: 5.8-inch OLED display, Super Retina pixel density of 458ppi
• iPhone XS: Stainless steel body with glass back and front
• iPhone XS: Gold, silver, space gray
• iPhone XS: Dual 12-megapixel camera (f 1.8 wide-angle and f2.4 telephoto), 10x digital zoom, five portrait lighting effects
• iPhone XS: Apple claims it will run 30 minutes longer than the iPhone X
• iPhone XS: 64GB, 256GB, 512GB

iPhone XS Max
• iPhone XS Max: 6.5-inch OLED display, Super Retina pixel density of 458ppi
• iPhone XS Max: Stainless steel body with glass back and front
• iPhone XS Max: Gold, silver, space gray
• iPhone XS Max: Dual 12-megapixel camera (f 1.8 wide-angle and f2.4 telephoto), 10x digital zoom, five portrait lighting effects
• iPhone XS Max: Apple claims it will run 90 minutes longer than the iPhone X
• iPhone XS Max: 64GB, 256GB, 512GB

iPhone XR
• iPhone XR: 6.1-inch LCD display, Liquid Retina Display pixel density of 326ppi
• iPhone XR: Aluminum body with glass front and back
• iPhone XR: Blue, coral, yellow, white, black, Project Red
• iPhone XR: 12-megapixel camera (f1.8), 5X digital zoom, three portrait lighting effects
• iPhone XR: Apple claims it will run 90 minutes longer than the iPhone 8 Plus, the longest-lasting iPhone of 2017
• iPhone XR: 64GB, 128GB, 256GB

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2018 Tony Elumelu Foundation Application for African Journalists Opened



The Tony Elumelu Foundation, Africa’s leading entrepreneurship-focused
philanthropy, has announced a call for entries for the 2018 TEF Entrepreneurship
Forum Travel Fellowship for African journalists.
The Travel Fellowship will provide financial aid to journalists and photojournalists
affiliated with African national or global media houses to attend the 2018 Tony
Elumelu Foundation Entrepreneurship Forum happening on the 25 th of October
2018 in Lagos, Nigeria. The Travel Fellowship covers travel and accommodation,
while affording journalists the opportunity to interact with participants, guests, key
public and private representatives, and leading speakers at the TEF
Entrepreneurship Forum.

The TEF Entrepreneurship Forum 2018 is the largest gathering of African
entrepreneurs and the broader entrepreneurship ecosystem. It will unite over
5,000 entrepreneurs, global investors, leaders from the African public and
private sectors and development organisations, presenting the unique
opportunity to generate ideas, forge networks and bring policymakers and the

private sector together, in a spirit of robust debate and interaction. The 2018
cohort from the Tony Elumelu Entrepreneurship Programme, as well as
mentors and partners, will be present, as the culmination of their intensive
twelve-week induction.
This year’s Forum will include an interactive session with President Uhuru
Kenyatta of Kenya and President Nana Akufo-Addo of Ghana, moderated by
TEF Founder, Tony O. Elumelu.

It will also feature the launch of TEFConnect, the world’s
largest digital platform for African entrepreneurs, dedicated to connecting
African entrepreneurs and the entrepreneurship ecosystem.

Interested journalists are encouraged to apply HERE.


• Working Journalists affiliated with African national or global media houses
• Documented support provided from Supervisor/media outlet
Deadline: Midnight, September 12, 2018.

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Amma Asante, Komla Dumor, Kojo Oppong Nkrumah And Others Set Record Among Most Watched Ghanaians On Ted Talk



As one of the biggest platforms in the world, from 1984 TEDx has provided an unquestionable platform for people to share ideas on varying topics relating to Technology, Entertainment and Design amongst others.

Across the world, Ghanaians blazing diverse trails have also been engaged on such platforms, and in this article I researched to uncover the ones who have had the most impact on viewers & followers of TED.

In my research, I discovered, Ghanaians have had privileged opportunities to speak at some of the biggest TED platforms in Europe, America, and Africa. Out of the 10 videos outlined below, delivered by 6 men and 4 women 5 were delivered at TED’s annual conference dubbed TEDGlobal, 2 at TEDxAccra, 1 each at TEDxLabone, TEDxBrixton and TEDxEuston.

Together, the following 10 videos have amassed total viewership of over 2.2 million.

Local TEDx platforms such as TedxAccra, TedxUniversityofGhana, TedxKnust, TedxAfariwa, TedxAdum, TEDxLabone all deserve some commendation for providing the opportunity for Ghanaians to be inspired, network and deliberate on how to make Ghana a better place.

1. Amma Asante – 618K+ views
The power of defining yourself| TEDxBrixton

Amma Asante MBE is a multiple award-winning Ghanaian-British screenwriter, film director, and former actress. She wrote and directed A Way of Life in 2004. Her second film as a director was Belle in 2013 and in 2016 she released A UNITED KINGDOM.

2. MaameYaa Boafo – 437K+ views
Being the real me without apology | TEDxAccra

MaameYaa Boafo is a Ghanaian actress who received her MFA in Acting from the Mason Gross School of Arts. She has played roles in Hamlet, Comedy of Errors, LIFT, Asa, Bus Nut & Madam Secretary. Ms Boafo also leads the cast of An African City, the international hit web series that is “Africa’s answer to Sex & the City”.

3. Komla Dumor – 381K+ views
Telling the African Story | TEDxEuston

Komla Afeke Dumor was a Ghanaian journalist who worked for BBC World News and was the main presenter of its flagship programme, Focus on Africa. Komla started as the morning show host for Joy FM in Accra and was awarded the 2003 Journalist of the Year by the Ghana Journalists Association.

4. Anas Aremeyaw Anas – 204k+ views
How I named, shamed and jailed | Ted Global

Anas Aremeyaw Anas is a Ghanaian undercover investigative journalist. He is famous for utilizing his anonymity as a tool in his investigative arsenal. He was voted as the Most Influential Young Ghanaian in 2015 & 2016 in a ranking poll by Avance Media.

5. Taiye Selasi – 200k+ views
Don’t ask where I’m from, ask where I’m a local | Ted Global

Taiye Selasi is a writer and photographer of Ghanaian & Nigerian origin. She describes herself as a “local” of Accra, Berlin, New York and Rome. In 2012 she partnered with Ghanaian architect David Adjaye to create the Gwangju River Reading Room. She is also the Executive Producer of Afripedia, a documentary series about urban African creatives.

6. Fred Swaniker – 113K+ views
The leaders who ruined Africa, and the generation who can fix it | Ted Global

Fred Swaniker is a Ghanaian entrepreneur and leadership development expert. He runs four organizations that aim to develop leaders, primarily in Africa. He is the chairman and founder of the African Leadership Academy, founder of African Leadership Network, Global Leadership Adventures, and African Leadership University which is opening multiple universities across Africa with the aim of grooming 3 million leaders by 2060.

7. George Ayittey – 66K+ views
George Ayittey: Cheetahs vs. Hippos for Africa’s future

George Ayittey is a Ghanaian economist, author and president of the Free Africa Foundation. He is the recipient of the Canadian International Development Agency Award, University of Ghana Award, and the Mellon Faculty Research Award from American University.

8. Patrick Awuah – 65k+ views
Educating a new generation of African leaders | Ted Global

Patrick Awuah Jr. is the founder & president of Ashesi University in Ghana, a first-class institution he started in 2002. In 2015, Fortune Magazine named him among its 50 Greatest Leaders.

9. Hon. Kojo Oppong Nkrumah – 62k+ views
Why I believe in Africa: Kojo Oppong Nkrumah | TEDxLabone

Kojo Oppong Nkrumah is a Ghanaian lawyer, Member of Parliament and Minister of Information. He additionally serves as a member of the Finance and Constitutional committees of the 7th Parliament of Ghana. Kojo started his career as a Treasury Analyst at British American Tobacco in 2006, later moved on to Joy FM as a broadcast journalist hosting the Super Morning Show after the departure of host Komla Dumor. In 2014 he bowed out of broadcasting to establish a Private Equity Firm, West Brownstone Capital and later becoming a politician.

10. Princess Umul Hatiyya Ibrahim Mahama – 32k+ views
How to sell your idea to an Investor | | TEDxAccra

In 2007, Princess Umul Hatiyya aka ‘The Globe Trotting Princess or Marco Polo in skirt’ set out on an ambitious plan to visit every country in the world. After 10 years, she has been to 67 countries on 5 continents.
– Author, Prince Akpah is MD of Avance Media.

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Do we make right choices for our devices?



Why did i get this phone? How did i end up with this device? Why do i even have this gadget in my room? This device isn’t that great after-all, i regret getting it!!

Familiar questions right?

Most of us end up asking these questions after purchasing a gadget, usually a phone and most times it isn’t because the device was over exaggerated(we can’t rule that out sometimes products are overly exaggerated) but sometimes, because we actually get the right device but for the wrong purpose.

How is that possible?

Every  Device is usually made for particular purposes, some to suit your camera needs, some to help you around the day, others well.. they were just made for making sake ( i didn’t mention hotwav ssshhh). The most important thing is to know exactly what the  device’s key features are and as to whether you need them or in most cases can afford them.

Most devices that give you everything( Camera, nice design, great UI and long lasting battery ) come at a costly price and are usually out of our leagues.

A lot of us love taking pictures! Every 9 out of 10 people are photo crazes. They would take pictures everywhere, anywhere and everywhere whether its a bedroom or a banquet hall.

For these photo fanatics the obvious choice of phone would be a device with a good enough camera. Some of these devices that are camera oriented usually don’t have strong battery capacity, ofcourse the main priority has been put on the camera, yet people begin to complain when their battery run out after close to thirty minutes of taking pictures or constantly using their internet or constantly binge using their apps. It is the reverse for devices with strong batteries, the ones we usually refer to as power bank phones they on the other hand tend to lack at the camera capabilities or storage or ram.

Nothing truly goes our way unless you are probably in the extremely rich  circle and  want to spend exorbitantly on let’s say  a Tonino Lamborghini 88 Tauri ($5,250), Mobiado Grand Touch EM Marble ($3,100)  or a Sirin Solarin ($20,000)

So what’s the way out?

Battery? The camera? Overall cost? You need to decide what you want from a phone and have clear objectives and ideas about how you’re going to be using it. The Brands are not always to blame.


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