Category: Social media

Listen, parents, here are 3 reasons you shouldn’t use child tracking apps

The use of self-tracking and personal surveillance technologies has grown considerably over the last decade. There are now apps to monitor people’s movement, health, mindfulness, sleep, eating habits and even sexual activity. Some of the more thorny problems arise from apps designed to track others, like those made for parents to track their kids. For […]

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Mediator: Social Media Pollution, a Huge Problem in the Last Election, Could Be Worse in 2020

It’s unlikely you have heard of @ToTheXToTheY. But you may be familiar with its work. This anonymously run Twitter account made a splash in 2016, after a protester rushed Donald J. Trump at a rally in Dayton, Ohio. The Secret Service nabbed the man before he got too close, but not before Mr. Trump flinched. […]

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Pub Work Gives a Royal Carpet Maker an Unwelcome Image (and It’s Sticking)

AXMINSTER, England — The royal coat of arms is affixed to a sign on the front of the Axminster Carpets factory, near the train station in this town of 6,000 in southwest England. Beneath the seal are the words “By Appointment to Her Majesty the Queen/Carpet Manufacturer.” Known as a “royal warrant,” the seal and […]

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Why Snapchat’s new gender swap feature is problematic for trans people

You’ve probably seen it all over your social media timelines and stories this week — friends using Snapchat’s new gender-bending filter to create uncanny and slightly creepy versions of themselves as men, women, and babies. SNAPCHAT FILTER IS CRAZY! 😂🤣 pic.twitter.com/OzflHJylPC — Aaron Aberasturi C. (@AberasturiAaron) May 12, 2019 So, I did this #Snapchat gender […]

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Dear Millennials: The Feeling Is Mutual

Earlier this month, a video of Joe Biden saying he had “no empathy” for “the younger generation” that “tells me how tough things are” resurfaced on social media. The video was over a year old, but it elicited predictable howls from members of the dissed demographic. “Nothing says ‘perfect candidate to lead the most powerful […]

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If We Care So Much About What Google Knows, Why Do We Keep Telling It Everything?

At first blush, it seems safe to say that most of us harbor inconsistent — if not neurotically contradictory — notions about our personal privacy. We claim to treasure it, yet want badly to be known and seen (posting on Instagram, preening on Twitter). We’re spooked when the same set of advertisements tailgate us, yet […]

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Facebook’s A.I. Whiz Now Faces the Task of Cleaning It Up. Sometimes That Brings Him to Tears.

MENLO PARK, Calif. — Mike Schroepfer, Facebook’s chief technology officer, was tearing up. For half an hour, we had been sitting in a conference room at Facebook’s headquarters, surrounded by whiteboards covered in blue and red marker, discussing the technical difficulties of removing toxic content from the social network. Then we brought up an episode […]

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Violent Japanese Mascot That Tickled John Oliver Is Suspended by Twitter

HONG KONG — The Twitter accounts of a Japanese mascot whose naughty antics charmed the internet and drew praise from the comedian John Oliver were abruptly suspended this week. Fans are bereft. But still kind of amused. The cutesy-looking unsanctioned mascot, Chiitan, was modeled on a real-life otter that was itself an official honorary tourism […]

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The Trump Administration Turns Its Back on a Chance to Fight Online Extremism

The White House on Wednesday announced it would not sign the Christchurch call to action, an informal international pact among France’s and New Zealand’s leaders and social media platforms to combat online extremism. The call to action is a broad statement of intent, rather than a detailed policy proposal. It urges nations and private tech […]

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San Francisco Is Right: Facial Recognition Must Be Put On Hold

What are we going to do about all the cameras? The question keeps me up at night, in something like terror. Cameras are the defining technological advance of our age. They are the keys to our smartphones, the eyes of tomorrow’s autonomous drones and the FOMO engines that drive Facebook, Instagram, TikTok, Snapchat and Pornhub. […]

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White House launches social media survey to collect Conservative tears

The Trump administration on Wednesday launched launched a new tool where pissed off Conservatives can whine about social media bias. So long as they’re legal citizens, anyway. For Conservatives like Trump, a man who rose to prominence on the backs of the social networks he’s now convinced are out to get him, the argument isn’t […]

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Trump Wants Your Tales of Social Media Censorship. And Your Contact Info.

The Trump administration escalated its conflict with the tech industry on Wednesday, unveiling a website that asks people who think their viewpoints have been censored by social media platforms to share their stories — and their contact information. President Trump, who seems to relish little more than a tweet storm, has repeatedly attacked Google, Facebook […]

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A Rival to Botox Invites Doctors to Party in Cancun, With Fireworks, Confetti and Social Media Posts

Top plastic surgeons and cosmetic dermatologists gathered at the Ritz-Carlton in Cancun one weekend this month to learn about a wrinkle-smoothing injection, Jeuveau, that goes on sale this week. Jeuveau’s manufacturer, Evolus, billed the event as an advisory board meeting. But it also appeared to double as a lavish launch party for Jeuveau, which the […]

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1994 Was a Prison of My Own Making

We tend to recall the past not on its own merits but in terms of what it lacked in retrospect. Virtually the entire period of planetary existence is lumped into the condescending unit “before Christ.” Our hominid ancestors are described not as astonishing animals that harnessed the destructive force of fire, but “prehistoric” — people […]

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White House Says It Won’t Sign Global Pact for Tougher Measures on Online Violence

PARIS — The White House said on Wednesday that it would not sign an international accord intended to pressure the largest internet platforms to eradicate violent and extremist content, highlighting a broader divide between the United States and other countries about the role of government in determining what content is acceptable on the internet. Citing […]

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Tech We’re Using: Why Play a Music CD? ‘No Ads, No Privacy Terrors, No Algorithms’

How do New York Times journalists use technology in their jobs and in their personal lives? Ben Sisario, a reporter who covers the music industry, discussed the tech he’s using. What are your most important tech tools for doing your reporting? Probably 75 percent of my reporting is done by phone and email, and when […]

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China’s Propaganda Machine Takes Aim at U.S. Over Trade War

BEIJING — The trade dispute between the United States and China is escalating — and so is the war of words between the two countries. Nationalism has surged in China in recent days as the government seeks to portray China as a victim of American bullying. With trade talks stalled, Chinese commentators have taken aim […]

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