The problem with Facebook

Facebook knows more about me than I do. The Cambridge Analytica row hit the social networking site right before the new Europe-wide GDPR came into force. And questions about user data and privacy had already circulated for years beforehand.
 But what actually is the problem with Facebook?
 I put it down to one thing: the problem with Facebook is that it grew too much too quickly.

This is why I believe Mark Zuckerberg’s testimony to EU officials in Brussels was disappointing

Mark Zuckerberg was praised by the President of the European Parliament for allowing his testimony to EU officials to be live-streamed. And the fact that the CEO travelled to Europe to answer these questions should also be recognised, even if he has turned down multiple offers to speak to a UK parliamentary group. But the session has left me with a mixed response.

Presenting an election

Last week, Britain turned out to polling stations to decide the next government to lead negotiations as we leave the EU. Theresa May's gamble to increase her stake of power backfired, and opposition leader Jeremy Corbyn's popularity has grown.

Using Instagram Stories for news content

Instagram has two ways of publishing content: its timeline, and through its Stories feature. Stories were introduced in August last year and unlike timeline pictures and video, are only available to view for up to 24 hours after posting. It's very similar to Snapchat, and designed so "you don’t have to worry about overposting".

Data visualisations on Instagram

Data is a valuable product for journalists to not only source news stories, but to prove and disprove beliefs. However data on its own is unattractive, and isn't interesting to a general audience. Instead, visualisations capture the meaning of data, and should present it in such a way that provides understanding, while also making it engaging.