Friday Five: Facebook tries to stem tide of fake climate news

1. Facebook tries to counter fake climate news

Facebook has announced it will establish an information hub to try to stem the tide of climate change denialism that is prevalent on the platform. The long-standing problem has become worse in the wake of wildfires raging across the US west coast, with one article falsely accusing leftwing extremists being shared 63,000 times.

2. YouTube aims to replicate TikTok’s success

YouTube is rolling out a new short-form video creator called YouTube Shorts in a not-so-subtle attempt to piggyback on the runaway success of TikTok. The beta version of Shorts has been launched in India (where TikTok is banned), and allows users to make 15-second videos that can be set to music (sound familiar?).

3. Apple to launch workout subscription service

Apple has unveiled a new personalised workout subscription service called Fitness+. It collects health data gathered by an Apple Watch and then displays it alongside workout videos which can be viewed on an iPhone, iPad or on Apple TV. The platform will compete with the likes of Peloton (minus the bike) and Fitbit.

4. Instagram unveils AI-powered video captions

Instagram has launched AI-powered automatic video captions for IGTV, its standalone app for videos from creators, as part of an effort to make the platform more accessible. Users will automatically see the captions, which are available in 16 languages, if their volume is turned all the way down.

5. Kartta Labs recreates historical maps in 3D

Google has launched Kartta Labs, an open-source, scalable system that reconstructs in 3D what cities looked like in the past from historical maps and photos. Kartta looks like Google Maps, but with a time slider that selects the map year, and moving the slider shows how features in the map change over time.



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