Category: Social media

Virus Crisis Exposes Cracks in China’s Facade of Unity

From the outside, China’s Communist Party appears powerful and effective. It has tightened its control over Chinese politics, culture, the economy and everyday life, projecting the image of a gradually unifying society. The coronavirus outbreak has blown up that facade. Staffers at the prestigious Union Hospital in Wuhan, the city at the center of the […]

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Chinese Officials Race to Contain Anger Over Virus

WUHAN, China — The Chinese government scrambled on Monday to contain not only the coronavirus epidemic but also growing expressions of public fury over the management of the crisis. Premier Li Keqiang, the prime minister of the Chinese government, flew into Wuhan, the epicenter of the outbreak, to show support for medical workers and to […]

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As Virus Spreads, Chinese Social Media Fills With Something New: Anger

SHANGHAI — Recently, someone following the coronavirus crisis through China’s official news media would see lots of footage, often set to stirring music, praising the heroism and sacrifice of health workers marching off to stricken places. But someone following the crisis through social media would see something else entirely: vitriolic comments and mocking memes about […]

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Report: Tinder’s new panic button is sharing your data with Facebook and YouTube

Last year, an investigation by ProPublica, BuzzFeed, and Columbia Journalism Investigations found more than 150 instances of sexual assault involving dating apps. Approximately 10 percent involved users being matched with dates who had previously been accused or convicted of sexual assault. Last week, Tinder took a small step to give users a peace of mind […]

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Bernie Sanders and His Internet Army

The defense from Bernie Sanders was straightforward: It wasn’t me. He had been milling about on the Senate floor one day in the summer of 2017 when a colleague, Kamala Harris, stepped toward him. “Do we have a problem?” Ms. Harris asked, according to Democrats familiar with the exchange. Some prominent Sanders supporters had been […]

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Deathstreaming: U.S Army Vet Whose Son was Killed on Facebook Live Says ‘Violence Has to Stop’

A 34-year-old father of five was killed while using Facebook’s livestreaming platform on Thursday in Mobile, Ala.Photo: Associated Press Could you imagine how it feels to have served in the military and then work for quarter of a century for the Department of Corrections to learn that your son has been murdered while broadcasting on […]

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Virginia man sentenced 50 years for nationwide Snapchat child sexual exploitation ring

× Virginia man sentenced 50 years for nationwide Snapchat child sexual exploitation ring (WDVM) — An Ashburn, Virginia, man was sentenced Thursday to 50 years in federal prison for orchestrating a Snapchat “sextortion” ring which targeted children, the U.S. Department of Justice said Friday. Joseph Isaiah Woodson Jr., 30, will serve 600 months as well as […]

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Minutes of the Monthly Chapter Meeting: Influencers’ Union L39

Meeting location: Logan’s Sick Unproblematic Babe Space (Very Safe)* *Hereinafter referred to as Logan Paul’s basement The chairperson called the meeting to order at 6 p.m. by banging a selfie stick against a rustic drum. In addition to numerous rank-and-file members, the YouTube Caucus, Flat Tummy Tea Association and Always on Expensive Vacation Council were […]

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Have a Search Warrant for Data? Google Wants You to Pay

Facing an increasing number of requests for its users’ information, Google began charging law enforcement and other government agencies this month for legal demands seeking data such as emails, location tracking information and search queries. Google’s fees range from $45 for a subpoena and $60 for a wiretap to $245 for a search warrant, according […]

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America’s Got Irony: Terry Crews Defends America’s Got Talent After Gabrielle Union’s Firing

Gabrielle Union and Terry Crews at the 57th NBA All-Star Game during the 2008 NBA All-Star Weekend on February 17, 2008, in New Orleans, La.Photo: Chris Graythen (Getty Images) Remember late 2017, when, as the #MeToo movement exploded, Terry Crews made sexual assault allegations against agent Adam Venit, subsequently filing suit and testifying before the […]

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North Carolina mom finds pictures of her kids on stranger’s Facebook profile

Please enable Javascript to watch this video ARCHDALE, N.C. (WGHP) – A simple scroll on Facebook took a concerning turn for a mother from North Carolina. Becky Smith said she was not expecting to see a portrait of her three kids used on someone’s profile, according to WGHP. She said a man who lives nearly 300 […]

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PEN America Defends College Employee Who Was Fired for Joke About Bombings

The free-speech nonprofit PEN America called on Wednesday for the reinstatement of a worker who was fired this month from a Massachusetts college after posting what he said were sarcastic suggestions of American targets that Iran could bomb. PEN called the dismissal of the worker, Asheen Phansey, “deeply disturbing” and urged his former employer, Babson […]

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What We Get Wrong About Minimalism

For a word that suggests as little as possible, so many different things fall under the label of “minimalism” at the moment. A home interior might be described as minimalist if there’s nothing hung on its white walls. A dress is minimalist if it’s simple and functional, or monochrome and expensive. Cleaning out your closet […]

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Panic and Criticism Spread on Chinese Social Media Over Coronavirus

HONG KONG — While China’s state-run media has urged calm and praised the official response to the coronavirus outbreak, a different story is playing out across the country’s tightly controlled social media networks. In the digital world, China’s citizens are expressing panic and frustration. They are overcoming a lack of reporting in the official media […]

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Joe Biden Is Stronger Than You Think

It was yet another epic failure of political punditry. Go back to the early months of Joe Biden’s presidential campaign and read what the consultants and commentators were saying about him: His support is just name recognition; he’ll fade! He’s too old! He’s running a zombie campaign! The party has moved left and he’s out […]

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Social Media and Development: 7 Questions for the New Decade

Social media is not going away any time soon and its attraction is captured in this passage from Twenge’s book: “Social media is destroying our lives,” one teen told Nancy Jo Sales in her book American Girls. “So why don’t you go off it?” Sales asked. “Because then we would have no life,” the girl […]

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We’re All in the Bathroom Filming Ourselves

Open up TikTok and there’s a good chance you’ll be confronted by a teenager in the bathroom. Most home bathrooms are well lit and have nice, bright acoustics. Unlike the kitchen, living room or even bedroom, bathrooms are private spaces, where parents and siblings are trained to not barge in. It’s almost inevitable that they […]

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When the Tech Backlash Turns Dangerous: Fake Calls for a SWAT Team

SAN FRANCISCO — Over the first week of November, the police in San Francisco and New York responded to a series of telephone calls claiming that hostages were being held in the homes of Adam Mosseri, a senior Facebook executive. The calls appeared to be coming from inside the homes. Officers arrived in force and […]

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China Silences Critics Over Coronavirus Outbreak

The SARS disaster was supposed to drag China into a new era of openness and responsibility. The deadly disease rippled across the world 17 years ago, abetted by a Chinese government that covered up its spread. As the scope of it became clear, China’s journalists, intellectuals and other critics helped shame Beijing into opening up […]

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As a Deadly Virus Spreads, China Controls the Narrative

The SARS disaster was supposed to drag China into a new era of openness and responsibility. The deadly disease rippled across the world 17 years ago, abetted by a Chinese government that covered up its spread. As the scope of it became clear, China’s journalists, intellectuals and other critics helped shame Beijing into opening up […]

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