Category: Social media

‘N*****fishing’ Is the New Form of Blackface

Emma Hallberg screenshots from Instagram and Twitter. Black Twitter was thrown into a tizzy a couple of weeks ago when the term “n*****fished” went viral. Several pages associated with the term popped up with the intention of outing young, most often white women who appear to be adopting black culture and physical features to seemingly […]

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Oh, Snap! Instagram Is Cracking Down on Fake Activity. Will the Insta-famous Survive?

Photo: iStock File this under “When Doing the Most Goes Wrong”: Some of your Insta-faves may be revealed to be a little less popular than you thought, as Instagram seeks to restore trust and integrity to its platform by banning paid-for likes and followers. This move follows similar measures taken on Twitter and Facebook (the […]

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Want Faster Airline Customer Service? Try Tweeting

It’s another busy day at the Integrated Operations Center of American Airlines, a slick glass and concrete building located on a well-manicured campus near Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport, headquarters for the world’s largest airline. The open-plan space on the second floor is crowded with workers’ desks and lots of televisions turned to the AccuWeather channel. […]

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Trump’s Foes by Any Other Name….

A new week, a new opportunity to dissect President Trump’s forays into the art of the personal insult. By now, most people are familiar with the president’s habit of slagging the physical, mental and moral fitness of his detractors. From “Crooked Hillary” Clinton to “Psycho Joe” Scarborough to “low energy” Jeb Bush to “crazy,” “unhinged,” […]

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Zuckerberg Defends Company in Friday Meeting with Employees

SAN FRANCISCO — Mark Zuckerberg fiercely defended Facebook in a question-and-answer session with employees on Friday afternoon, pushing back against criticism of the company in the wake of a New York Times investigation into how it reacted to Russian influence operations. In an hourlong videoconference broadcast to Facebook offices around the world, Mr. Zuckerberg responded […]

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Facebook Fallout Ruptures Democrats’ Longtime Alliance With Silicon Valley

The alliance between Democrats and Silicon Valley has buckled and bent this year amid revelations that platforms like Facebook and Twitter allowed hateful speech, Russian propaganda and conservative-leaning “fake news” to flourish. But those tensions burst into open warfare this past week after revelations that Facebook executives had withheld evidence of Russian activity on the […]

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Psychology Around the Net: November 17, 2018

Ever wonder if there’s an actual psychology behind our love of the taste of coffee? Why social media can increase loneliness, rather than combat it? If writing your own eulogy could help you sort out your life? Wonder no more — it’s all here in this week’s Psychology Around the Net! The Funny Psychology of […]

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This is why women’s panties are trending on social media

A women-led protest that began in Ireland has gone global. After a rape trial ended last week in a controversial acquittal, women took to the streets in a protest that’s now going viral with the hashtag #ThisIsNotConsent, and images of women’s underwear. Trigger warning: please be advised the following article contains frank discussion of rape and has […]

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letters: Decades of Fake News, Courtesy of the Kremlin

On Nov. 12, The Times’s opinion video desk introduced “Operation Infektion,” a three-part series about Russian disinformation over the years. In response, we received a drawing from a reader in Missouri, as well as many comments, which are sampled here. The drawing refers to language in the video. To the Editor: I’m a mom in […]

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Democrats Should Un-Friend Facebook

In their recent book “LikeWar: The Weaponization of Social Media,” P.W. Singer and Emerson T. Brooking describe the surprising role of online communication in spurring gang violence in Chicago. They quote Chicago Alderman Joe Moore saying that, contrary to popular belief, most gang disputes begin not with conflict over drug sales or territory, but with […]

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How to Find Out What Facebook Knew

“Facebook cannot be trusted to regulate itself,” tweeted Rhode Island Representative David Cicilline on Wednesday night. Mr. Cicilline, who is likely to chair the House of Representative’s Judiciary subcommittee that focuses on antitrust law, was responding to a Times investigation, one that painted a damning picture of how Facebook had handled the discovery of Russian […]

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Mark Zuckerberg Defends Facebook as Furor Over Its Tactics Grows

WASHINGTON — On Thursday, Mark Zuckerberg, Facebook’s chief executive and chairman, held a conference call with reporters to discuss how the social network manages problematic posts and its community standards. The call quickly went sideways. For more than an hour, the 34-year-old billionaire instead fielded questions about how he and his No. 2, Sheryl Sandberg, […]

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Mark Zuckerberg really wants you to know he reads the New York Times

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg today held a press call to talk about the company’s 2nd Community Standards Enforcement report. It was supposed to last 45 minutes, but it ended up nearly 2 hours long thanks to an extended – and very entertaining – interactive session with the national news media. The part about that “Community Standards” […]

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I Followed Teen Instagrammers’ Advice for a Week

This article originally appeared on VICE Canada. We’ve all been told that millennials and Gen-Zers are completely different. Millennials, roughly born between 1981 and 1996, and Gen-Zers, obviously born after that, are constantly analyzed for their apparent differences because of factors like technology, social media, and world events. And as someone who was born very […]

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‘I Don’t Really Want to Work for Facebook.’ So Say Some Computer Science Students.

BERKELEY, Calif. — A job at Facebook sounds pretty plum. The interns make around $8,000 a month and an entry-level software engineer makes about $140,000 a year. The food is free. There’s a walking trail with indigenous plants and a juice bar. But the tone among highly sought-after computer scientists about the social network is […]

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Critic’s Notebook: The End of Endings

The age of the sequel is over. Now it’s the age of the sequel to the sequel. Also the prequel, the reboot, the reunion, the revival, the remake, the spinoff and the stand-alone franchise-adjacent film. Canceled television shows are reinstated. Killed-off characters are resuscitated. Movies do not begin and end so much as they loiter […]

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The Argument: Is Amazon Bad for America?

Listen and subscribe to our podcast from your mobile device: Apple Podcasts | RadioPublic | Stitcher | Spotify | Google Play On the new episode of “The Argument,” the columnists find themselves concerned with Amazon’s uninspired choice of locations for its second headquarters: the New York and Washington metro areas. Ross Douthat makes the case […]

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