As we look ahead to a future of borderless commerce, and expanding global opportunity, translation tools could prove to be a key element. And this week, Google has taken a significant step towards eliminating the language gap, with a new real-time translation feature in Google Translate which can provide rolling text, in your native language, as another person speaks. As explained by Google: “Starting today, you can use the Google Translate Android app to transcribe foreign language speech as it’s happening. Transcribe will be rolling out in the next few days with support for any combination of the following eight languages: English, French, German, Hindi, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish and Thai.” The […]
As the COVID-19 outbreak rolls on, many opportunistic actors are now stepping in, spreading misinformation and false reports in order to sow fear, gain political traction, or sell their goods. This also comes at a time where the major social networks have been forced to reduce their content moderation teams in light of COVID-19 concerns. This week, Facebook, YouTube and Twitter have all noted that they will need to revert to more automated detection of platform rule violations because their moderation teams, which generally operate in large offices, are not able to work at full capacity via remote connection. It’s one of the many challenges of the evolving situation – […]
Facebook’s looking to do its part to assist its staff, and the local communities in which it operates, by providing all of its employees with a $1,000 bonus to help them cope with issues related to the COVID-19 outbreak, along with other immediate benefits. Facebook Engineering Manager Zack Argyle shared this list of Facebook’s latest employee initiatives on Twitter: Facebook isn’t perfect, but wow does it take care of its employees. 1) $1000 added to next paycheck 2) Free Portal device for VC calls 3) No performance rating this half 4) Biannual bonus will be paid as though all employees got Exceeds Expectations for their rating — Zack Argyle (@ZackArgyle) […]
The COVID-19 pandemic is challenging and troubling in many ways, and the reality is that it’s only going to get worse. With a vaccine still months away, and the virus still spreading into new regions, the likelihood is that we’ll be dealing with this for months, which will have a major impact on many sectors and businesses. To help ease this burden, at least for some organizations, Facebook has this week announced a new $100 million grants program to assist 30,000 SMBs, in 30 nations, supporting the communities in which Facebook and its teams operate. As explained by Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg: “Small businesses are the heartbeat of our communities, […]
TikTok has announced a new partnership with the World Health Organization to share COVID-19 information with its users.
As it works to deal with a major shift in its workforce, and a rise in misinformation, Twitter will up its reliance on automation tools to detect potentially abusive and manipulative content.
Google has announced a new set of updates and tools as it seeks to help the community amid the COVID-19 outbreak.
A new investigation has uncovered another set of controversial TikTok moderation guidelines, this time related to content restrictions based on user appearance and censorship of political content.
Instagram is testing a new ‘Mirror’ effect for the Stories camera, providing another way to enhance your visual presentation.
COVID-19 has become the dominant focus of our day-to-day lives – but it’s worth taking caution in your brand messaging around the evolving crisis.