Almost nine out of 10 do not follow print media, survey reveals

Copies of the Financial Times and International New York Times newspapers are put on display, as a survey reveals just four percent of people receive international news through newspapers. (AFP)
Updated 14 February 2018
0

Almost nine out of 10 do not follow print media, survey reveals

LONDON: Just four percent of people prefer to receive their international news through newspapers a survey of media consumption has revealed.
And almost nine out of 10 people do not follow print media on a daily basis.
While print papers are rapidly losing their hold, social media platforms are attracting users with news content according to a study published by specialized media platform OMNESMEDIA.com.
The survey, which questioned 10,000 participants from different social segments in over 14 countries, found that 42 percent of respondents prefer to receive international news via social media platforms, with 24 percent following e-news sites and 20 percent opting for television stations.
Another eight percent chose mobile applications, while just four percent and two percent use newspapers and radio stations respectively.
The study provides the latest confirmation that print newspapers have been laid aside for electronic alternatives, with a majority of consumers turning to their phones and computers for news updates.
Among those questioned, 36 percent read traditional media, especially print media, while 46 percent follow it occasionally and six percent read it once a week. Of this, daily print media accounts for just 12 percent.
“There is no doubt that today’s media market is witnessing an unprecedented competition between traditional media and new media, including social networks, websites and other e-news apps,” said Nasser Al-Sarami, CEO of Basma Media, the developer and operator of OMNESMEDIA.com.
“The new media is consistently gaining ground in light of the increased demand for an expedited coverage of news, a trend which indicates a decline in traditional media versus social media sites and e-news,” he continued, pointing to the lack of limitations on new media, which he described as, “Totally free of any restrictions and censorship, which gives it the power and rapid reach in contrast to traditional media.”
“A large number of Internet users provide the necessary ground for new media to secure this superiority over traditional media organs. However, this type of media needs to be developed and updated in terms of content, marketing and integrity, which are all requirements that are needed to earn non-traditional media credibility and accuracy, especially in the Middle East and North Africa region, which is undergoing rapid developments in line with the fast pace of the industry in the rest of the countries,” he added.


Facebook says it was ‘too slow’ to fight hate speech in Myanmar

Updated 16 August 2018
0

Facebook says it was ‘too slow’ to fight hate speech in Myanmar

YANGON: Facebook has been “too slow” to address hate speech in Myanmar and is acting to remedy the problem by hiring more Burmese speakers and investing in technology to identify problematic content, the company said in a statement on Thursday.
The acknowledgement came a day after a Reuters investigation showed why the company has failed to stem a wave of vitriolic posts about the minority Rohingya.
Some 700,000 Rohingya fled their homes last year after an army crackdown that the United States denounced as ethnic cleansing. The Rohingya now live in teeming refugee camps in Bangladesh.
“The ethnic violence in Myanmar is horrific and we have been too slow to prevent misinformation and hate speech on Facebook,” Facebook said.
The Reuters story revealed the social media giant for years dedicated scant resources to combating hate speech in Myanmar, which is a market it dominates and where there have been repeated eruptions of ethnic violence.
In early 2015, for instance, there were only two people at Facebook who could speak Burmese monitoring problematic posts.
In Thursday’s statement, posted online, Facebook said it was using tools to automatically detect hate speech and hiring more Burmese-language speakers to review posts, following up on a pledge made by founder Mark Zuckerberg to US senators in April.
The company said that it had over 60 “Myanmar language experts” in June and plans to have at least 100 by the end of the year.
Reuters found more than 1,000 examples of posts, comments, images and videos denigrating and attacking the Rohingya and other Muslims that were on the social media platform as of last week.
Some of the material, which included pornographic anti-Muslim images, has been up on Facebook for as long as six years.
There are numerous posts that call the Rohingya and other Muslims dogs and rapists, and urge they be exterminated.
Facebook currently doesn’t have a single employee in Myanmar, relying instead on an outsourced, secretive operation in Kuala Lumpur – called Project Honey Badger – to monitor hate speech and other problematic posts, the Reuters investigation showed.
Because Facebook’s systems struggle to interpret Burmese script, the company is heavily dependent on users reporting hate speech in Myanmar.
Researchers and human rights activists say they have been warning Facebook for years about how its platform was being used to spread hatred against the Rohingya and other Muslims in Myanmar.
In its statement on Thursday, Facebook said it had banned a number of Myanmar hate figures and organizations from the platform.