Category: Social media

Reading Orwell for the Fourth of July

This Fourth of July, it’s worth taking stock of the state of freedom — and of our attitudes toward it — at home and around the world. In Russia, Vladimir Putin just won a “plebiscite” ratifying his right to stay in power until the year 2036. In Hong Kong, a new security law came into […]

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Reading Orwell for the Fourth of July

This Fourth of July, it’s worth taking stock of the state of freedom — and of our attitudes toward it — at home and around the world. In Russia, Vladimir Putin just won a “plebiscite” ratifying his right to stay in power until the year 2036. In Hong Kong, a new security law came into […]

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Nobody Wants to See Your Cringey Fourth of July Celebrations

So you’re cruising down the highway, whatever highway, and the windows are cracked and new HAIM is playing (because it’s finally summer!), and you’ll be at the lake house in like, 25 minutes according to Google maps. You press your arm against the sun-warmed window. You’re wearing jorts. Someone in the car is Juuling. You […]

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Can an Algorithm Predict the Pandemic’s Next Moves?

Judging when to tighten, or loosen, the local economy has become the world’s most consequential guessing game, and each policymaker has his or her own instincts and benchmarks. The point when hospitals reach 70 percent capacity is a red flag, for instance; so are upticks in coronavirus case counts and deaths. But as the governors […]

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Couple Charged After Videos Show White Woman Pulling Gun on Black Woman

A couple have been charged with felonious assault after widely circulated videos showed a white woman pointing a gun at a Black woman in a parking lot in Michigan, the authorities said on Thursday. In the videos, the Black woman and her teenage daughter confront a white man and woman outside a Chipotle restaurant in […]

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Colleges Rescinding Admissions Offers as Racist Social Media Posts Emerge

A star high school athlete recruited to play football for Cornell University will no longer be attending the school after a Snapchat video of him using a racial slur went viral. Marquette University revoked an incoming freshman’s admission offer because of a Snapchat post mocking the death of George Floyd. And an honors student bound […]

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Goodbye to the Wild Wild Web

It felt like a dam breaking, or the changing of a guard. Within a 48-hour period this week, many of the world’s internet giants took steps that would have been unthinkable for them even months earlier. Reddit, which spent most of its life as a lawless free-for-all, banned thousands of forums for hate speech, including […]

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What Happens When Big Tech Appears Before Congress?

You can call it Techpalooza. The chief executives of four of the most powerful tech companies in the world — Apple, Facebook, Google and Amazon — have agreed to appear in late July before a congressional committee as part of an investigation focused on antitrust. Representative David Cicilline, a Democrat from Rhode Island who has […]

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Facebook Can’t Be Reformed

“We know we have more work to do.” That was the line from numerous Facebook representatives last week in reaction to the #StopHateForProfit advertising boycott campaign. Intended to pressure the company to curb hate speech and misinformation, the boycott has been joined by several high-profile brands, including Unilever and Verizon, and could make a rare dent […]

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The Real Lessons of Telfar, Kanye and the Gap

Late last week, when the embattled Gap brand announced, with great fanfare, that it was embarking on a 10-year partnership with Kanye West to create a new brand, Yeezy Gap, in an all-in bid for relevance and revitalization, a corner of the panting internet noticed one thing was amiss. “What about Telfar?” people asked. They […]

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Some UK bus riders will get Facebook DMs to warn if transport is too busy as lockdown lifts

This article was originally published by Sarah Wray on Cities Today, the leading news platform on urban mobility and innovation, reaching an international audience of city leaders. For the latest updates follow Cities Today on Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, Instagram, and YouTube, or sign up for Cities Today News. Oxfordshire County Council is using technology from […]

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This Should Be Biden’s Bumper Sticker

I almost — but not quite — feel sorry for Donald Trump. He’s at war with two “invisible enemies” at once — the coronavirus and Joe Biden — and both remain highly elusive, the pathogen by nature and the politician by design. Biden, who made a rare public appearance on Tuesday, has been wise to […]

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Trump Campaign Has Spent $325,000 on Facebook Ads Featuring Brad Parscale’s Page

President Trump’s re-election campaign has begun spending heavily on Facebook ads that also promote the social media pages of his campaign manager, Brad Parscale, running more than $325,000 in such ads, mostly in recent weeks. Until this week, Mr. Parscale was one of only three people whose Facebook and Instagram pages the campaign had used […]

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Advertiser Exodus Snowballs as Facebook Struggles to Ease Concerns

Last Tuesday, Mark Zuckerberg, Facebook’s chief executive, attended a virtual meeting with some of the company’s top advertising partners. The brands and agencies, which had started criticizing the social network for its willingness to keep hate speech unaltered and accessible on its site, were pressing for change. According to five people with knowledge of the […]

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Facebook to Ban Network With ‘Boogaloo’ Ties

Facebook said on Tuesday that it was taking down a network of accounts, groups and pages connected to an antigovernment movement in the United States that encourages violence. People and groups associated with the decentralized movement, called boogaloo, will be banned from Facebook and Instagram, which it also owns, the company said. Facebook said it […]

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Clean Up Your Act, Facebook, or We’re Leaving

“I put the dishes in the dishwasher,” my son said to me recently, as if it was a favor rather than something he should do just because. This prompted me to write to you, Mark Zuckerberg, the Facebook chief executive, with all the irritation of a mother whose last nerves were worked a long time […]

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Reddit’s Steve Huffman on Banning ‘The_Donald’ Subreddit

On Monday, Reddit — a site that for years was considered one of the internet’s dirtiest sludge pits — barred more than 2,000 communities as part of a broad crackdown on hate speech. The crackdown’s most notable casualty was Reddit’s largest pro-Trump community, r/The_Donald. The group, which had nearly 800,000 subscribers, served as a virtual […]

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YouTube Takes Shane Dawson’s Ads Away

This weekend, the YouTube beauty world erupted into drama. Shane Dawson, 31, and Jeffree Star, 34, two of the biggest stars on the platform, faced renewed backlash after allegations of racism, the sexualization of minors and back-stabbing swirled. The public call-out has resulted in an unfollow campaign that has led to both losing hundreds of […]

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What is the TikTok subculture Dark Academia?

School, as most of us know it, came to a halt this spring. There were no graduation gatherings and no proms. No study abroad or in-person summer classes. And what will happen in September is still largely unknown. Yet in the digital world, a different kind of academic community is thriving, one where students have […]

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India Bans TikTok of China, Tightening Digital Borders

The global internet is fracturing. And people like Anusmita Dutta are paying the price. Ms. Dutta, 24, joined TikTok three years ago and now has more than 350,000 followers on the video app. From her home in Kolkata, in eastern India, she records funny skits, monologues, slice-of-life sketches — all stuff, she says, that people […]

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YouTube bans David Duke and other US far-right users

YouTube has banned some of the video site’s most notorious far-right users, including former Ku Klux Klan leader David Duke, “alt-right” figurehead Richard Spencer and libertarian “race realist” Stefan Molyneux, joining a wave of social media sites taking action against hate speech. The company says the bans were handed down due to the creators’ repeated […]

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Koji raises $10 million so you can remix games and interactive content for social media

Koji has raised $10 million for its platform for creating interactive social media posts. It’s a remix tool that anyone can use to make and share interactive selfies, memes, and games. TikTok popularized “remix” culture, but Koji wants to go one step further by democratizing the ability to create and share social content by making […]

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I’ve Protested for Racial Justice. Do I Have to Post on Social Media?

I am a white college student trying to be a better racial-justice advocate in the wake of George Floyd’s death. While I have not been very politically active in the past (which I regret), recently I have attended a protest, donated a lot of my savings to bail funds and related nonprofits, called my representatives […]

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Texas Prosecutor Resigns Over Facebook Post About Nazi Germany

A prosecutor in Harris County, Texas, resigned on Monday after she was criticized for sharing a Facebook post that seemed to compare demonstrators for racial justice to Nazis who “tore down statues” and “banned free speech.” The post was not written by the prosecutor, Kaylynn Williford, but came from a Facebook page that has criticized […]

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