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Ford's CEO said first AVs will have narrow applications.
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HN Discussion: https://news.ycombinator.com/item?id=19631930
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Hackettʼs announcement comes nearly six months after its CEO of autonomous vehicles, Sherif Markaby, detailed plans for the companyʼs self-driving car service in a Medium post. The company has invested over $4 billion in the technologyʼs development through 2023, including over $1 billion in Argo AI, an artificial intelligence company that is creating a virtual driver system. Ford is currently testing its self-driving vehicles in Miami, Washington, D.C. and Detroit.
Following years of hype and billions of dollars in investment, some other companies are admitting that expectations for self-driving cars were perhaps too high. Uber predicted earlier this week that its own fleet of autonomous cars would have a long wait until they finally hit the road. Waymo launched its self-driving taxi service late last year, but hasnʼt opened it to the general public or expanded it beyond a few geo-fenced areas in Phoenix, Arizona.
Even though Hackett walked back immediate hopes for autonomous vehicles, he made it clear that he believed in the technologyʼs potential. "When we bring this thing to market, itʼs going to be really powerful," Hackett added.
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China's state planner wants to ban bitcoin mining, according to a draft lis...
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HN Discussion: https://news.ycombinator.com/item?id=19611848
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SHANGHAI (Reuters) - China’s state planner wants to ban bitcoin mining, according to a draft list of industrial activities the agency is seeking to stop in a sign of growing government pressure on the cryptocurrency sector.
A small toy figure is seen on representations of the Bitcoin virtual currency in this illustration picture, December 26, 2017. REUTERS/Dado Ruvic/Illustration
China is the world’s largest market for computer hardware designed to mine bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies, even though such activities previously fell under a regulatory grey area.
The National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC) said on Monday it was seeking public opinions on a revised list of industries it wants to encourage, restrict or eliminate. The list was first published in 2011.
The draft for a revised list added cryptocurrency mining, including that of bitcoin, to over 450 activities the NDRC said should be phased out as they did not adhere to relevant laws and regulations, were unsafe, wasted resources or polluted the environment.
It did not stipulate a target date or plan for how to eliminate bitcoin mining, meaning that such activities should be phased out immediately, the document said. The public has until May 7 to comment on the draft.
State-owned newspaper Securities Times said on Tuesday that the draft list “distinctly reflects the attitude of the country’s industrial policy” towards the cryptocurrency industry.
Last week, the price of bitcoin soared nearly 20 percent in its best day since the height of the 2017 bubble, and breaking $5,000 for the first time since mid-November, though analysts and traders admitted that they were puzzled by the surge.
On Tuesday, bitcoin was trading at $5,190.
The cryptocurrency sector has been under heavy scrutiny in China since 2017, when regulators started to ban initial coin offerings and shut local cryptocurrency trading exchanges.
China also began to limit cryptocurrency mining, forcing many firms - among them some of the world’s largest - to find bases elsewhere.
Chinese companies are also among the biggest manufacturers of bitcoin mining gear, and last year three filed for initial public offerings in Hong Kong, looking to raise billions of dollars.
However, the two largest, Bitmain Technologies, the world’s largest manufacturer of bitcoin mining gear, and Canaan Inc, have since let their applications lapse.
People familiar with the deals said that Hong Kong regulators had many questions about the companies’ business models and prospects.
According to Canaan’s IPO prospectus filed last year, sales of blockchain hardware primarily for crypto currency mining in China were worth 8.7 billion yuan ($1.30 billion) in 2017, 45 percent of global sales by value.
The prospectus forecasts that sales in China would rise to 35.6 billion yuan by 2020.
Reporting by Brenda Goh, additional reporting by Alun John in Hong Kong; Editing by Richard Borsuk and Sam Holmes
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The broadband divide in the U.S. is real, but if you want to know how real, don't ask the FCC. Its yearly broadband deployment report, already under fire for serious data problems, has now been…
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HN Discussion: https://news.ycombinator.com/item?id=19610530
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The broadband divide in the U.S. is real, but if you want to know how real, don’t ask the FCC. Its yearly broadband deployment report, already under fire for serious data problems, has now been further questioned by Microsoft, which says its own data contradicts coverage data provided by internet providers. Despite $22 billion in government spending, the company says, “adoption has barely budged.”
In a blog post, Microsoft explained that it was concerned with apparent inaccuracies in reports purporting to document broadband availability throughout the country. Leveraging data sourced from its various online services, it came to vastly different conclusions than the FCC.
“We have 200 services that we operate as a company,” said Microsoft President Brad Smith in a recent talk. “We can see download speeds across the country, and in every county, and we’ve assembled our own map with our own estimates.”
For instance, the FCC report suggests that broadband, as it is currently defined, is not currently available to around 25 million people. Sounds reasonable. But Microsoft’s data says that some 163 million people “do not use the internet at broadband speeds.”
Those aren’t the same thing, obviously, but you’d think if a person had broadband available they would use it at least now and then, right?
To look further into the problem, Microsoft checked out a few locales:
In our home state of Washington, the FCC data indicates that 100 percent of Ferry County residents have access to broadband. When we spoke to local officials, they indicated that very few residents in this rural county had access and those that did were using broadband in business. Our data bears this out, showing that only 2 percent of Ferry County is using broadband.
So the entire county has broadband, but next to no one uses it? Seems odd. The pattern repeats elsewhere as well, rural and urban, with similar deltas between reported broadband availability and observed broadband activity.
“These significant discrepancies across nearly all counties in all 50 states indicates there is a problem with the accuracy of the access data reported by the FCC,” concludes Microsoft’s chief data analytics officer, John Kahan.
[IMG]Part of the issue is that internet providers essentially just report their own coverage via a form, and the FCC reports it more or less as fact. That’s a problem not just when a mistake on a form adds tens of millions of subscribers that don’t actually exist, but when large ISPs overstate their coverage so they don’t have to pay to fill in the gaps.
Microsoft’s suggestions, which it has made to Members of Congress and the FCC (though it won’t, as I originally wrote here, testify in the Senate on Wednesday) would make it far more difficult to fib on the Form 477, which as written seems to provide enormous leeway for a company to imply coverage that isn’t actually there.
The problems described here are not new or obscure, and even FCC commissioners have taken issue with the way this data is collected. Hopefully given the continued and growing outcry concerning this misleading report we will soon know better who in our country has, or needs, help getting online. That the FCC wants to help I don’t doubt, but in order to do so they need better data.
FCC gets ready to kick off $2 billion rural broadband fund
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John Edwards calls out social media giant after Christchurch attack for refusing to accept responsibility for harm
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HN Discussion: https://news.ycombinator.com/item?id=19601456
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New Zealand’s privacy commissioner has lashed out at social media giant Facebook in the wake of the Christchurch attacks, calling the company “morally bankrupt pathological liars”.
The commissioner used his personal Twitter page to lambast the social network, which has also drawn the ire of prime minister Jacinda Ardern for hosting a livestream of the attacks that left 50 dead, which was then copied and shared all over the internet.
“Facebook cannot be trusted,” wrote Edwards.
“They are morally bankrupt pathological liars who enable genocide (Myanmar), facilitate foreign undermining of democratic institutions.
“ [They]allow the live streaming of suicides, rapes, and murders, continue to host and publish the mosque attack video, allow advertisers to target ‘Jew haters’ and other hateful market segments, and refuse to accept any responsibility for any content or harm.
“They #dontgiveazuck” wrote Edwards.
John Edwards (@JCE_PC) Allow the live streaming of suicides, rapes, and murders, continue to host and publish the mosque attack video, allow advertisers to target “Jew haters” and other hateful market segments, and refuse to accept any responsibility for any content or harm. They #DontGiveAZuck April 7, 2019
Edwards was responding to an interview given by Facebook co-founder Mark Zuckerberg to America’s ABC network, in which he failed to commit to any changes to the Facebook live technology, including a time delay on livestreams.
Zuckerberg said incidents like the live streaming of the Christchurch mosque attacks were the result of “bad actors”; not bad technology and a time delay would disrupt the enjoyment of users who broadcast events like birthday parties or group hangouts.
In a later interview with RNZ on Monday, Edwards described Zuckerberg’s comments as “disingenuous”, and said the company had refused to tell his office how many murders, suicides and sexual assaults had been broadcast using the platform.
“It is a technology which is capable of causing great harm,” Edwards told RNZ.
Before the mosque attacks prime minister Ardern was an avid user of Facebook live, using the technology to broadcast her formal press conferences, as well as more casual, informal messages from the sofa of her Auckland home, or the kitchen of Premier House in Wellington.
The Guardian understands the prime minister’s office were considering what other platforms it could use to broadcast the prime minister’s video messages, including a separate, dedicated website, to avoid using Facebook.
The last Facebook live video posted by the prime minister was a post-cabinet press conference on March 25, and the last informal Facebook live video was a climate change discussion two days before the attack.
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Linus Torvalds' criticism of social media is strong condemnation from a guy who's famous for his own "not polite" behavior on public email lists.
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HN Discussion: https://news.ycombinator.com/item?id=19570880
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Linus Torvalds, the creator of the Linux operating system that secretly runs the internet and is the basis for Android, was recently asked what he would change about the tech world that his technology helped create, if he could.
His answer: social media.
"I absolutely detest modern ʼsocial mediaʼ — Twitter, Facebook, Instagram. Itʼs a disease. It seems to encourage bad behavior," Torvalds told the Linux Journalʼs Robert Young.
This is interesting criticism from a man who has often been accused of being uncivil to other programmers on Linux email lists. Torvalds is known as a brilliant, funny, and speaks-his-mind kind of guy who is generally fair-minded but doesnʼt tolerate fools.
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That personality means heʼs publicly dressed down people whose work, or motivations, fell short of his standards. Years ago, he defended his behavior when a developer from the chipmaker Intel publicly called him out for it and told him to knock it off because it was not only unprofessional but was also driving away newbies and others who wanted to contribute to Linux. He shrugged off the criticism by responding, "People are different. Iʼm not polite, and I get upset easily but generally donʼt hold a grudge — I have these explosive emails."
Since then, the open-source world has started to confront how much bad behavior goes on its world with various communities and has adopted codes of conduct. In 2018, the main Linux community adopted a code of conduct, too. And along with that, Torvalds finally said his behavior needed changing. He took time off to "get some assistance on how to understand peopleʼs emotions and respond appropriately," he said.
So Torvalds calling out social media for encouraging bad behavior is ironic. To be fair, as one of the most famous programmers, heʼs been the target of his fair share of online abuse, too. In 2015, he made a cheesy, funny video in which he read aloud nasty tweets about himself.
ʼIf you cannot prove your identity, your crazy rant on some social-media platform shouldnʼt be visibleʼ
Torvalds told Linux Journal that the internet eliminates all the social cues that are usually part of communications, so "nobody can hear you being subtle."
"Itʼs easy to miss humor and sarcasm, but itʼs also very easy to overlook the reaction of the recipient, so you get things like flame wars, etc., that might not happen as easily with face-to-face interaction," he said.
Torvalds said the same issues can crop up with email, too, but he believes email is more necessary and often communicating real information, which is not always so with social media.
"The whole ʼlikingʼ and ʼsharingʼ model is just garbage. There is no effort and no quality control. In fact, itʼs all geared to the reverse of quality control, with lowest common denominator targets, and click-bait, and things designed to generate an emotional response, often one of moral outrage," he said.
On top of all that, when you add in anonymity, "itʼs just disgusting," he said.
"Some people confuse privacy and anonymity and think they go hand in hand, and that protecting privacy means that you need to protect anonymity. I think thatʼs wrong. Anonymity is important if youʼre a whistle-blower, but if you cannot prove your identity, your crazy rant on some social-media platform shouldnʼt be visible, and you shouldnʼt be able to share it or like it," he said.
Consequently, Torvalds is not on any social media today, although he briefly used Google Plus for a while, feeling like Googleʼs unsuccessful attempt at social media was "less mindless" than the others. (Google announced it was shutting down Google Plus in December and began deleting accounts on Tuesday.)
Torvalds didnʼt get into whether or not governments should step in and start regulating internet companies, perhaps making them more responsible for the content they promote (if not host). Still, having Torvalds give the social-media world a "thumbs down" isnʼt a good sign for internet companies trying to convince the world that they are the good guys.
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The software giant's president says vague new laws are damaging the Australian technology industry and causing customers to seek options in other countries.
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Updated March 28, 2019 07:18:51
Microsoft president Brad Smith has warned companies are no longer comfortable storing customer data in Australia after the introduction of controversial encryption laws.
* The Government last year passed laws to give intelligence agencies greater access to encrypted data * But the technology industry has described them as overreach that will undermine privacy * Brad Smith said it was in the Australian Governmentʼs interest to ease concerns about the legislation
Mr Smith told a Canberra audience the laws are too vague and are damaging the Australian technology industry and broader economy, as businesses raise concerns about privacy and look to overseas markets.
"When I travel to other countries I hear companies and governments say ʼwe are no longer comfortable putting our data in Australiaʼ, so they are asking us to build more data centres in other countries," Mr Smith said.
Late last year, with the support of the Opposition, the Coalition passed laws to give intelligence agencies greater access to encrypted messages sent by suspected criminals.
In some cases, these security agencies can demand companies build new capabilities to allow them to read the otherwise hidden messages.
The Federal Government argues these laws are crucial to combatting terrorism and serious crime, but the technology industry has described them as an overreach that will hurt the industry and undermine privacy.
Mr Smith said Australia had developed a reputation as a destination for companies to store customer data, although that been undermined in the past six months.
"We will have to sort through those issues but if I were an Australian who wanted to advance the Australian technology economy, I would want to address that and put the minds of other like-minded governments at ease," he said.
"It has not changed, to date, anything that we have had to do in Australia but we do worry about some areas of the law in terms of potential consequences."
Microsoft worried about privacy in Australia
Mr Smith said he did not believe the laws intended to create a so-called "backdoor" that would undermine encryption technology, but described the legislation as vague.
"There is this wonderful phrase about enabling companies to avoid creating a systemic weakness but that phrase is not defined," he said.
"Until it is defined I think people will worry and we will be among those who will worry because we do feel it is vitally important we protect our customerʼs privacy."
Mr Smith said it was in the interests of the Australian Government to ease concerns about the legislation or to amend it.
The Australian technology industry has this week renewed its calls for the laws to be amended before the election, arguing there should be more oversight and reduction in scope.
The Australian Signals Directorate (ASD) has rejected claims the laws give security agencies unfettered power, or that technology companies will be forced overseas.
"Australia is not the first country to enact this sort of legislation — and we will not be the last," ASD Director-General Mike Burgess said.
"Agencies in the UK already have similar powers and other nations are considering their options.
"The claims the legislation will drive tech companies offshore are similarly flawed."
Topics: government-and-politics, federal-government, computers-and-technology, internet-technology, information-technology, australia
First posted March 28, 2019 00:39:42
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Study points toward lifelong neuron formation in the human brain’s hippocampus, with implications for memory and disease
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HN Discussion: https://news.ycombinator.com/item?id=19485558
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If the memory center of the human brain can grow new cells, it might help people recover from depression and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), delay the onset of Alzheimer’s, deepen our understanding of epilepsy and offer new insights into memory and learning. If not, well then, it’s just one other way people are different from rodents and birds.
For decades, scientists have debated whether the birth of new neurons—called neurogenesis—was possible in an area of the brain that is responsible for learning, memory and mood regulation. A growing body of research suggested they could, but then a Nature paper last year raised doubts.
Now, a new study published today in another of the Nature family of journals—Nature Medicine—tips the balance back toward “yes.” In light of the new study, “I would say that there is an overwhelming case for the neurogenesis throughout life in humans,” Jonas Frisén, a professor at the Karolinska Institute in Sweden, said in an e-mail. Frisén, who was not involved in the new research, wrote a News and Views about the study in the current issue of Nature Medicine.
Not everyone was convinced. Arturo Alvarez-Buylla was the senior author on last year’s Nature paper, which questioned the existence of neurogenesis. Alvarez-Buylla, a professor of neurological surgery at the University of California, San Francisco, says he still doubts that new neurons develop in the brain’s hippocampus after toddlerhood.
“I don’t think this at all settles things out,” he says. “I’ve been studying adult neurogenesis all my life. I wish I could find a place [in humans] where it does happen convincingly.”
For decades, some researchers have thought that the brain circuits of primates—including humans—would be too disrupted by the growth of substantial numbers of new neurons. Alvarez-Buylla says he thinks the scientific debate over the existence of neurogenesis should continue. “Basic knowledge is fundamental. Just knowing whether adult neurons get replaced is a fascinating basic problem,” he said.
New technologies that can locate cells in the living brain and measure the cells’ individual activity, none of which were used in the Nature Medicine study, may eventually put to rest any lingering questions.
A number of researchers praised the new study as thoughtful and carefully conducted. It’s a “technical tour de force,” and addresses the concerns raised by last year’s paper, says Michael Bonaguidi, an assistant professor at the University of Southern California Keck School of Medicine.
The researchers, from Spain, tested a variety of methods of preserving brain tissue from 58 newly deceased people. They found that different methods of preservation led to different conclusions about whether new neurons could develop in the adult and aging brain.
Brain tissue has to be preserved within a few hours after death, and specific chemicals used to preserve the tissue, or the proteins that identify newly developing cells will be destroyed, said Maria Llorens-Martin, the paper’s senior author. Other researchers have missed the presence of these cells, because their brain tissue was not as precisely preserved, says Llorens-Martin, a neuroscientist at the Autonomous University of Madrid in Spain.
Jenny Hsieh, a professor at the University of Texas San Antonio who was not involved in the new research, said the study provides a lesson for all scientists who rely on the generosity of brain donations. “If and when we go and look at something in human postmortem, we have to be very cautious about these technical issues.”
Llorens-Martin said she began carefully collecting and preserving brain samples in 2010, when she realized that many brains stored in brain banks were not adequately preserved for this kind of research. In their study, she and her colleagues examined the brains of people who died with their memories intact, and those who died at different stages of Alzheimer’s disease. She found that the brains of people with Alzheimer’s showed few if any signs of new neurons in the hippocampus—with less signal the further along the people were in the course of the disease. This suggests that the loss of new neurons—if it could be detected in the living brain—would be an early indicator of the onset of Alzheimer’s, and that promoting new neuronal growth could delay or prevent the disease that now affects more than 5.5 million Americans.
Rusty Gage, president of the Salk Institute for Biological Studies and a neuroscientist and professor there, says he was impressed by the researchers’ attention to detail. “Methodologically, it sets the bar for future studies,” says Gage, who was not involved in the new research but was the senior author in 1998 of a paper that found the first evidence for neurogenesis. Gage says this new study addresses the concerns raised by Alvarez-Buylla’s research. “From my view, this puts to rest that one blip that occurred,” he says. “This paper in a very nice way… systematically evaluates all the issues that we all feel are very important.”
Neurogenesis in the hippocampus matters, Gage says, because evidence in animals shows that it is essential for pattern separation, “allowing an animal to distinguish between two events that are closely associated with each other.” In people, Gage says, the inability to distinguish between two similar events could explain why patients with PTSD keep reliving the same experiences, even though their circumstances have changed. Also, many deficits seen in the early stages of cognitive decline are similar to those seen in animals whose neurogenesis has been halted, he says.
In healthy animals, neurogenesis promotes resilience in stressful situations, Gage says. Mood disorders, including depression, have also been linked to neurogenesis.
Hsieh says her research on epilepsy has found that newborn neurons get miswired, disrupting brain circuits and causing seizures and potential memory loss. In rodents with epilepsy, if researchers prevent the abnormal growth of new neurons, they prevent seizures, Hsieh says, giving her hope that something similar could someday help human patients. Epilepsy increases someone’s risk of Alzheimer’s as well as depression and anxiety, she says. “So, it’s all connected somehow. We believe that the new neurons play a vital role connecting all of these pieces,” Hsieh says.
In mice and rats, researchers can stimulate the growth of new neurons by getting the rodents to exercise more or by providing them with environments that are more cognitively or socially stimulating, Llorens-Martin says. “This could not be applied to advanced stages of Alzheimer’s disease. But if we could act at earlier stages where mobility is not yet compromised,” she says, “who knows, maybe we could slow down or prevent some of the loss of plasticity [in the brain].”
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Dunford said he was concerned that the work Google was doing with China on AI was undermining the U.S military.
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Joint Chiefs Chairman Gen. Joseph Dunford said Thursday that he would likely be meeting next week with Google executives on his concerns that the work Google was doing with China on artificial intelligence and other technologies was undermining the U.S military.
"This is not about me and Google, this about us looking at the second and third order effects of our business ventures in China [and]the impact itʼs going to have on U.S. ability to maintain a competitive military advantage and all that goes with it," Dunford said.
Dunford said he had general concerns about other U.S. business ventures in China, but "In the case of Google, they were highlighted because they have an artificial intelligence venture in China."
U.S. companies must realize that in doing business with China, "they are automatically required to have a cell of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) in that company and that itʼs going to lead to that intellectual property from that company finding its way to the Chinese military," Dunford said. "Thereʼs a distinction without a difference between the CCP and the government and the Chinese military."
Historically, one of the reasons for the U.S. maintaining a military advantage over other nations has been enduring partnerships between the Pentagon and industry, and Chinese President Xi Jinping has taken a similar path in Chinaʼs effort to erase the U.S. advantage, Dunford said.
Unless precautions are taken, U.S. business ventures in China could "enable the Chinese military to take advantage of the technology developed in the United States," Dunford said.
The remarks at the Atlantic Council event echoed those expressed by Dunford and Acting Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan at a Senate Armed Services Committee hearing last week on Google and other firms doing business in China while showing reluctance to work with the U.S. military.
Last year, Google announced that it would not renew a contract with the Pentagon for artificial intelligence work, following protests from employees who charged that the technology could be used for lethal purposes.
At the Senate hearing, Shanahan said that Google has shown "a lack of willingness to support DoD programs."
He added that China often uses technology developed in the private sector for military purposes.
"The technology that is developed in the civil world transfers to the military world; itʼs a direct pipeline," Shanahan said.
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But that doesn’t mean people are leaving social media altogether.
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By Kimberly Adams
March 06, 2019 | 3:30 AM
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All the bad press about Facebook might be catching up to the company. New numbers from Edison Research show an an estimated 15 million fewer users in the United States compared to 2017. The biggest drop is in the very desirable 12- to 34-year-old group. Marketplace Tech got a first look at Edisonʼs latest social media research. It revealed almost 80 percent of people in the U.S. are posting, tweeting or snapping, but fewer are going to Facebook. Marketplace’s Kimberly Adams talked with Larry Rosin, president of Edison Research. The following is an edited transcript of their conversation.
Kimberly Adams: In your survey you found an estimated drop of 15 million fewer Facebook users in the U.S. today than in 2017. Thatʼs just in the U.S. Is this a meaningful drop for Facebook?
Larry Rosin: I donʼt see how you couldnʼt say itʼs a meaningful drop. Fifteen million is a lot of people, no matter which way you cut it. It represents about 6 percent of the total U.S. population ages 12 and older. What makes it particularly important is if it is part of a trend. This is the second straight year weʼve seen this number go down. Obviously, the U.S. is the biggest market, in terms of dollars, and itʼs going to be a super important market for Facebook or anybody whoʼs playing in this game.
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Adams: But if we look at Facebookʼs earnings report, they are still reporting an increasing number of active users. Whatʼs behind the difference between what the company is saying and what your survey found?
Rosin: When theyʼre producing those numbers, theyʼre typically talking about their global platform. This is a survey just of the USA. Furthermore, weʼre asking about usage. Weʼre saying, "Do you currently use Facebook?" Facebook is probably measuring it on, “Do you ever open the app, or do you ever use it on any level?”
Adams: Are those people going somewhere else or leaving social media altogether?
Rosin: We only show trace numbers of people leaving social media altogether. Theyʼre obviously just transferring their usage. The big gainer, interestingly, is under the same roof as Facebook. Itʼs their co-owned Instagram.
Courtesy of Edison Research and Triton Digital
Adams: Do you have any sense as to why people are leaving Facebook in particular?
Rosin: The survey didnʼt specifically ask, “Why are you using Facebook less?” or “Why have you stopped using Facebook?” among those who say that they have. Thereʼs tons of other information out there, whether it be the politically related aspects to Facebook. Thereʼs conjecture about as Facebook has become more popular among older people, whether thatʼs affected younger people. Then we have to consider whether some of these other social media platforms, in particular Instagram and Snapchat, are just more appealing to younger people. I should also mention that while weʼve seen dramatic reductions in usage among younger people, weʼre still seeing some gains among people, for instance, 55 and older. That is maybe not the advertising target Facebook is necessarily looking to work on, but itʼs not as if all is lost there.
Related links: more details from Edisonʼs Infinite Dial report
It’s pretty ironic that most of those Facebook departures seem to have gone to Instagram, which, being owned by Facebook, doesnʼt necessarily have better policies.
And itʼs worth noting that Facebook is still the most-used social media platform, according to Edison, with 61 percent of people in the U.S. using the site.
Instagram is a distant second.
Edison also looked at media hardware and found smartphone ownership continues to rise. About 84 percent of us in the U.S., 237 million people, own these pocket computers.
Smart speaker ownership saw a big jump in the last couple of years and keeps climbing. About 23 percent of us have them now, with Amazonʼs Alexa devices in the lead. One interesting trend developing around smart speakers is that people who get one tend to want multiple. In 2018, only about a tenth of smart speaker owners had several. Now, about a quarter of owners have three or more.
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German Data Privacy Commissioner Ulrich Kelber is also a computer scientist, which makes him uniquely qualified to comment on the potential consequences of the proposed new EU Copyright Directive. The…
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