Jon Stewart kicked off his Comedy Central election-night coverage with an apology for having joked earlier in the day that he didn't intend to vote. Stewart said his comment had been a "stupid" joke that didn't work out. Eric Deggans writes, "Yes, it was that kind of night for liberals. Even a left-leaning fake news anchor had to start the night by seeking forgiveness for a screw-up."
President Barack Obama declared victory on Twitter within moments of the networks calling the election in his favor, highlighting the role social media played in both major parties' campaign strategies. The message said "Four more years" and was accompanied with a photo of Obama hugging first lady Michelle Obama. It rapidly became Twitter's most-shared message of all time, accruing about 300,000 retweets in about 30 minutes.
Ad executives continue to complain about a decrease in Facebook-page traffic, suspecting a tweak in the EdgeRank algorithm that determines how content is displayed in news feeds. A Facebook engineer says the company does routinely change its algorithm, although the company has not commented on any specific changes. Experts outside the company say spam on the network could have served as a catalyst for adjustments to the algorithm.
Participation is "the new equity for brands ... the new working capital," says Mass Relevance CEO Sam Decker. That makes social media a vital tool for companies hoping to engage their customers, says Decker, who works on community-boosting projects with entities such as the New York Giants and Patagonia. "It's not that brands have to converse one-on-one, but they're the host of the party," Decker says.
Data from more than two dozen countries in Southeast Asia and sub-Saharan Africa reveals that about 33% of malaria drugs are fake or of poor quality, serving to contribute to the growing resistance to malaria treatment, according to researchers at the Fogarty International Center at the U.S. National Institutes of Health.