We’ve prepared another installment of the Weekly Download – that must mean it’s Friday! There have been a few interesting updates in the digital world this week. From Netflix testing ads to Facebook dipping their toes in medical research and removing hundreds of inauthentic pages, groups and accounts, as well as “The Tinder Trap.” You’ll have a hard time peeling away from this week’s episode.
Let’s jump in!
Netflix Tests ‘Originals’ Ads
Internet entertainment giant Netflix has introduced a new feature users aren’t raving about. With more than 130 million subscribers worldwide, it comes as no surprise that many of them are speaking up about the service provider’s decision to test “Netflix Originals” ad content in between series episodes.
Original content or not, users are not happy campers when it comes to ads interrupting their binge-worthy behaviours. People all around the world have nixed their cable and satellite providers, giving their complete devotion to the ad-free entertainment service, Netflix.
Hey Netflix, if you run ads I can guarantee I'm going to cancel my subscription.
— Bardoooo (@bardowu) August 19, 2018
In a statement tofrom Netflix, “We conduct hundreds of tests every year so we can better understand what helps members more easily find something great to watch.” However, users aren’t happy paying for a service with ads. That being said, Netflix also noted that test ads are optional, and subscribers can .
@netflix I don’t like these ads you’ve started sliding in between my episodes of The Office! I’m well aware of what originals are on Netflix – don’t interrupt my binge watching to shove them down my throat!
— Googie (@MaximumGoogie) August 17, 2018
Facebook’s Medical Research
Trying to find a reason to fall in love with Facebook again? We!
has partnered with the NYU School of Medicine’s Department of Radiology in efforts to reinvent and optimize MRI scans.
More specifically, the intention of the research is to apply new artificial intelligence (AI) systems to current MRI methods, making the process of a scan up to 10 times faster. We knew that Facebook had been fooling around with AI recently since introducing it into Messenger games and ads, but these real-world efforts are a great surprise.
A blog postannounced that the imaging data set used by the project consisted of “…10,000 cases and comprises approximately three million magnetic resonance images of the knee, brain, and liver.” And “all data, including both images and raw scanner data, are fully stripped of patient names and all other protected health information.”
The leading social network continues to be increasingly transparent with their data privacy (and good-doings) since thescandal.
Facebook Removes More Inauthentic Accounts
As promised, Facebook has continued to sort through their platform’s clutter, removing any and all inauthentic identities.
As told by the, they removed 652 pages, groups and accounts on Tuesday which were associated with Russia and Iran and were targeting users in the Middle East, Latin America, UK and US.
The concerns around these inauthentic accounts are cybersecurity attacks, like hacked accounts and malware, and the spread of political content and news from unidentifiable and unscrupulous parties.
“We’re working closely with US law enforcement on this investigation, and we appreciate their help. These investigations are ongoing – and given the sensitivity we aren’t sharing more information about what we removed.” says Facebook.
Breaking News: Facebook took down 652 accounts and pages after finding a new influence campaign ahead of the midterms. It far exceeds the one found last monthhttps://t.co/5CJendPQtC
— The New York Times (@nytimes) August 21, 2018
“The Tinder Trap”
First dates are hard enough as it is – imagine showing up to a prearranged meet up and finding out you’re competing with around a thousand people for a shot with one lucky lady?
Natasha Aponte, a New York based model, partnered with, founder of a successful video marketing agency, to perform an eye-opening . The purpose was to expose online dating’s plethora of flaws.
Bringing Tinder to life, Natasha convinced a street full of men to meet at Union Square in New York City. After she explained they were all there for the same date, the experience went viral. Though many upset bachelors left, those who stayed were harshly screened and subjected to ridiculous competitions.
This stunt didn’t establish a fruitful relationship, but it started a buzz worthy conversation web wide.
Ariana Grande appeared on James Corden’s carpool karaoke again—and it’s hilarious. Her mesmerizing voice paired with her best Celine Dion impression is something you just can’t miss!
This one’s short and sweet – but I dare you not to laugh.