Category: Social media

Yo! Want to build your YouTube brand? Follow these 9 steps

Join Fangage’s CEO Sam Feldt onstage at TNW2021 for a session on ‘Empowering Creators.’ Growing a YouTube channel with creative content is truly exciting, especially for creative types. Creative inspirations come often and they can be enlightening. However, you will limit your channel’s growth if you change direction too often.  Here’s an example: imagine if […]

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No More Apologies: Inside Facebook’s Push to Defend Its Image

The changes have involved Facebook executives from its marketing, communications, policy and integrity teams. Alex Schultz, a 14-year company veteran who was named chief marketing officer last year, has also been influential in the image reshaping effort, said five people who worked with him. But at least one of the decisions was driven by Mr. […]

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Clamping Down on ‘Spiritual Opium’

Which he did not (although he did not embarrass himself either). What Clegg claimed in his post, “What The Wall Street Journal Got Wrong,” was hard to argue with: that Facebook’s challenges are complex and that the people at Facebook working on them are trying really hard, so give them a friggin’ break. Who can […]

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How the Case of Gabby Petito Captivated the Internet

Martin G. Reynolds, an executive director of the Maynard Institute for Journalism Education, said he was struck by news outlets’ disproportionate attention on missing white women, a focus that he said is compounded by competitive coverage. (At a journalism conference in 2004, the PBS news anchor Gwen Ifill described this phenomenon as “the missing white […]

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The Cancel Culture Panic and Middle-Aged Sadness

“The Chair,” a Netflix comic drama about academia starring Sandra Oh, turns on a particularly absurd and unfair cancellation. In the first episode Bill, a onetime superstar English professor who’s falling apart after the death of his wife, is giving a lecture on modernism when, drawing a connection between fascism and absurdism, he gives a […]

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What does Facebook mean when it says it supports “internet regulations”?

Erin Simpson, associate director for technology policy at Washington, D.C.–based think tank The Center for American Progress, had a message for Facebook. Last year, she co-wrote a pair of reports advising major social media platforms, like Facebook, on how to better address the twin crises of election delegitimization and health misinformation. But Facebook has also […]

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Human Remains Believed to Be Gabby Petito Are Found

Human remains believed to be a Florida woman reported missing after her fiancé returned home from a monthslong van trip without her were found in a national park in Wyoming on Sunday, the F.B.I. said at a news conference. “Earlier today, human remains were discovered, consistent with a description of Gabrielle (Gabby) Petito,” said Charles […]

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Sept. 18 Was No Jan. 6.

Gail: I love it when you expand my vocabulary. OK, neurohistory is my word for the day. Bret: The field deserves more attention, because maybe the most important event of the last 20 years wasn’t how we changed the world, for better or worse. It’s that we created algorithms and digital platforms that scrambled our […]

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Human Remains Believed to Belong to Gabby Petito Are Found

Human remains believed to belong to a Florida woman reported missing after her fiancé returned home from a monthslong van trip without her were found in a national forest in Wyoming on Sunday, the F.B.I. said at a news conference. “Earlier today, human remains were discovered, consistent with a description of Gabrielle (Gabby) Petito,” said […]

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Facebook slams Wall Street Journal reports as ‘deliberate mischaracterisations’

Nick Clegg, Facebook’s vice-president of global affairs, has slammed the Wall Street Journal for reporting that the social media giant was aware of negative impacts of some of its products. The newspaper’s work contained “deliberate mischaracterisations of what we are trying to do, and conferred egregiously false motives to Facebook’s leadership and employees”, the former […]

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Leaks just exposed how toxic Facebook and Instagram are to teen girls and, well, everyone

For years, Facebook has faced torrents of criticism from human rights groups and academic researchers, who raised alarms about the ways that the most pervasive digital social platform in human history distorts our world and promotes destructive behavior ranging from eating disorders to genocide. In response, Mark Zuckerberg and his staff have frequently pronounced commitments […]

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TikTok’s Latest Craze: Stealing Stuff From School

Teenagers are acting out — and their high schools are the victims. It’s all on TikTok. Missing are soap dispensers, bathroom mirrors, paper towel holders, fire alarms and even a teacher’s desk — anything that can be swiped from school and then revealed in a TikTok video, with the hashtag #deviouslicks. In the last month […]

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Outlaw? Pariah? Renegade Empire? Digesting the WSJ Series About Facebook

The Wall Street Journal this week began publishing an extraordinary series of damning articles about Facebook. The five so far consistently hit one theme–that the company is often very well informed about harms its systems cause society, but nonetheless chooses either not to take action or to lie in public about what it knows, or […]

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Hong Kong Forces Tiananmen Square Group to Delete Facebook Page

HONG KONG — The Hong Kong police have forced one of the city’s best-known activist groups to scrub its online presence, in the latest sign of how officials may use a powerful national security law to restrict online speech and impose mainland Chinese-style internet censorship. The group, the Hong Kong Alliance in Support of Patriotic […]

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Surprise surprise: Facebook is ignoring Instagram’s harmful impact on teens

Facebook officials had internal research in March 2020 showing that Instagram – the social media platform most used by adolescents – is harmful to teen girls’ body image and well-being but swept those findings under the rug to continue conducting business as usual, according to a Sept. 14, 2021, Wall Street Journal report. Facebook’s policy […]

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China Orders Social Media to Block Banned Users From ‘Reincarnation’

The Chinese government has ordered social media operators to tighten censorship rules. Photo: Zhang Yu/China News Service via Getty Images China’s internet watchdog is ordering websites to prevent banned accounts from getting “reincarnated,” as part of a campaign to strengthen the country’s internet censorship. Individuals and companies could get their accounts shut down for posting […]

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Why ‘Shang-Chi’ Isn’t a Hit in China

Marvel released “Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings” with China in mind. Simu Liu, the film’s Canadian lead actor, was born in China. Much of its dialogue is in Mandarin. The cast includes Tony Leung, one of the biggest Chinese-speaking movie stars in history. The studio’s first Asian superhero movie is a hit, […]

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Facebook steps up fight against climate misinformation – but critics say effort falls short

Facebook has announced new efforts to combat climate crisis misinformation on its platform, including by expanding its climate science center to provide more reliable information, investing in organizations that fight misinformation, and launching a video series to highlight young climate advocates on Facebook and Instagram. But critics say the new push, announced on Thursday, falls […]

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Virtual Reality Will Conquer Your Face

It is difficult to avoid sounding vulgar, somehow, when discussing the future of facial computing. There is something inescapably crude, isn’t there, about the prospect of everyone walking around with computers on our faces? And yet I suspect the world may adopt face computers anyway, and not long from now, perhaps even within the coming […]

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Jeffrey Katzenberg Talks About His Billion-Dollar Flop

Produced by ‘Sway’ The public failure of his start-up Quibi hasn’t stopped Jeffrey Katzenberg from doubling down on tech. A Hollywood power broker, he headed up Disney in the 1980s and ’90s and co-founded a rival studio, DreamWorks, before finding a puzzle he could not yet solve: getting people to pay for short-format content. Investors […]

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How Bitcoin Can Immunize America From Cancel Culture

Through its recent legal threat against Coinbase’s new interest-bearing cryptocurrency account program, the Securities and Exchange Commission has created a stir in both finance and tech — two worlds that have always been intertwined, but because of the implications of digital technology itself, now face each other in a deepening rivalry. Industry watchers now expect […]

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Bolsonaro’s Ban on Removing Social Media Posts Is Overturned in Brazil

The Brazil Senate and Supreme Court have nullified rules that President Jair Bolsonaro issued last week banning social networks from removing what they judge to be disinformation about the coming presidential election. The dual moves by the court and by Congress late Tuesday quickly killed one of the most restrictive and intrusive internet laws imposed […]

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There’s a Reason Why You Overshare on Dates

Sam McRae was recently on a second date with a woman he’d met online. Over lunch at a Mexican restaurant, the Atlanta-based attorney could feel the date going off the rails. When the woman asked where Mr. McRae’s brother lived, he gave her a detailed account of his family’s dynamics. When she inquired about his […]

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