Category: Social media

The Covington Scissor

In a short story published last October, “Sort by Controversial,” Scott Alexander imagines a Silicon Valley company that accidentally comes up with an algorithm to generate what it calls a “Scissor.” The scissor is a statement, an idea or a scenario that’s somehow perfectly calibrated to tear people apart — not just by generating disagreement, […]

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If Mark Zuckerberg Wants to Talk, Britain Is Waiting

This month, Mark Zuckerberg announced that his pledge for this new year is to “host a series of public discussions about the future of technology in society.” He added that he intends to “try different formats to keep it interesting,” and we in Britain would like to suggest such an event for him. Perhaps he […]

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How We Destroy Lives Today

Within living memory, political polarization had at least something to do with issues, but in the age of social media it’s almost entirely about social type. It’s about finding and spreading the viral soap operas that are supposed to reveal the dark hearts of those who are in the opposite social type from you own. […]

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#10YearChallenge: Harmless Trend or Boon to Facial Recognition Technology?

The #10YearChallenge was all fun and memes until last week after a tweet moved thousands of people to worry: Are we unknowingly helping giant corporations to improve their algorithms for biometric identification and age progression? The #10YearChallenge gained widespread traction on social media this month. It calls for posting two photos of yourself side by […]

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How to Inoculate Against Anti-Vaxxers

The World Health Organization has ranked vaccine hesitancy — the growing resistance to widely available lifesaving vaccines — as one of the top 10 health threats in the world for 2019. That news will not come as a surprise in New York City, where the worst measles outbreak in decades is now underway. Nor in […]

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Gray Matter: Why Do People Fall for Fake News?

What makes people susceptible to fake news and other forms of strategic misinformation? And what, if anything, can be done about it? These questions have become more urgent in recent years, not least because of revelations about the Russian campaign to influence the 2016 United States presidential election by disseminating propaganda through social media platforms. […]

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Psychology Around the Net: January 19, 2019

Within this week’s Psychology Around the Net, you’re going to meet a psychiatrist who uses social media for good, get a plethora of self-care tips (many of which I guarantee you haven’t thought of), find out just exactly how many happy facial expressions we have, and more. Enjoy! You Have 17 Different Facial Expressions to […]

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Give the Wombats Some Space, Australia Tells Selfie-Loving Tourists

LONDON — Don’t pester the wombats. That is the plea from Australian tourism officials dealing with hordes of visitors to an island and nature preserve who cannot resist the urge to follow the marsupials around, approach them for selfies or even cuddle them. Wombats roam free on Maria Island, where there are no natural predators […]

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F.T.C. Is Said to Be Considering Large Facebook Fines

WASHINGTON — The Federal Trade Commission is in the advanced stages of its investigation into whether Facebook violated privacy rules and is expected to seek large fines from the company, according to two people familiar with the inquiry. The five members of the commission met in mid-December to discuss the investigation, according to the people, […]

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Facebook’s secretly working on LOL — a meme hub meant to lure teens from Snapchat, Instagram, and Tik Tok

Facebook hasn’t given up on attracting teens. After numerous failed products aimed at teens — including LOL, Facebook Watch, and IGTV — the company is now hard at work on LOL, a meme hub of sorts meant to win the hearts and minds of teens fleeing for greener pastures at Tik Tok, Snapchat, and Instagram. […]

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People Have Turned The #TenYearChallenge Into A Look At Climate Change

UPROXX / Pixabay A lot can change in 10 years. So when the #HowHardDidAgingHitYou meme (aka the Ten-Year Challenge) started circulating on social media, people took the opportunity to brag about their glow-ups or how good they still look or, hell, lament their lost youth. But you know what else has changed a lot in […]

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The Heartbreak of the 2019 Women’s March

This year’s Women’s March, set to happen on Saturday in cities across the country, has become extraordinarily messy. In 2017, the marches that took place in Washington and nationwide — the largest protests in American history — were radiant symbols of hope and resistance at a bleak, terrifying historical juncture. Two years later, the Women’s […]

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Trilobites: Romeo the Frog Finds His Juliet. Their Courtship May Save a Species.

Romeo was made for love, as all animals are. But for years he couldn’t find it. It’s not like there was anything wrong with Romeo. Sure he’s shy, eats worms, lacks eyelashes and is 10 years old, at least. But he’s aged well, and he’s kind of a special guy. Romeo is a Sehuencas water […]

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A Man Wanted To Make Splash On Social Media… So He Jumped Off A Cruise Ship

Pexels/Uproxx If your friends jumped off a cliff, would you do it too? We’ve heard this question countless times in movies, television, and — if you happen to have particularly unimaginative parents — at home. But it’s seemed to slip from colloquial use in the last decade or so, probably because of Steve-O or after […]

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Unbuttoned: Rihanna and LVMH Make a Deal and, Possibly, History

Is Rihanna the Coco Chanel of the 21st century? Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton LVMH, the parent company of Dior, Givenchy and Fendi, apparently thinks so. It is in the midst of a deal to back her in a fashion brand, making her the first female designer of color at the largest luxury conglomerate in the […]

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Wait —: Wait — Is Qai Qai America’s Most Important Doll?

“Wait —” is a weekly newsletter in which Caity Weaver investigates an unanswered (and possibly unasked) question in the news and pop culture. See last week’s inaugural edition and sign up here to receive it in your inbox going forward. One spring evening in 1901, a doctor in Massachusetts laid a tuberculosis-stricken man on a […]

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