Tag: Social media

Pro-Trump Internet Trolls Escalate Ugly Attacks on Nikki Haley

Social media posts depicting her as Shiva, the deity of destruction. Others that misleadingly use deep fake technology to show her insulting voters. And still others that direct vitriol at her son, a college student. For most of her presidential campaign, Nikki Haley, the former governor of South Carolina and former United Nations ambassador, has […]

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Y’all Lying! TN Mom Allegedly Posted on Social Media Her 5-year-old Daughter Waxing Naked Adults.

Image: WEAU/Shelby Co. Jail A Memphis mother has been arrested and charged, according to Action News 5, with child neglect after she was accused of posting videos to social media that show her 5-year-old daughter waxing the bodies of naked adults. Presidents Day: Astronaut Leland Melvin On ‘The Space Race’ and JFK’s Role In Diversifying […]

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What This TN Mom Allegedly Had Her Daughter, 5, Do and Then Post it On Social Media, Will Make Your Stomach Curl in Knots

Image: WEAU/Shelby Co. Jail A Memphis mother has been arrested and charged, according to Action News 5, with child neglect after she was accused of posting videos to social media that show her 5-year-old daughter waxing the bodies of naked adults. Abbott Elementary Star Janelle James Reveals Who Inspired How She Plays Ava Off English […]

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Utah School Board Member Is Censured After Questioning Student’s Gender

A Utah State Board of Education member was stripped of her committee assignments and asked to resign this week after she questioned the gender of a high school basketball player in a Facebook post. Natalie Cline, the board member, posted a flyer for a high school basketball team in Salt Lake County on Feb. 6 […]

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We’ve Reached Peak Fakery in Celebrity Marketing Stunts

Illustration: Nicoletta Belardinelli Do you ever get the feeling you’re being tricked? That stomach-lurching sensation that comes when you’ve been played for a fool? Well, you better get used to it, because you’re going to be feeling it a lot more often. In the contemporary digital era, trickery is the name of the game. The internet […]

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Chinese Influence Campaign Pushes Disunity Before U.S. Election, Study Says

A Chinese influence campaign that has tried for years to boost Beijing’s interests is now using artificial intelligence and a network of social media accounts to amplify American discontent and division ahead of the U.S. presidential election, according to a new report. The campaign, known as Spamouflage, hopes to breed disenchantment among voters by maligning […]

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Terrorists Are Paying for Check Marks on X, Report Says

X, the social media platform owned by Elon Musk, is potentially violating U.S. sanctions by accepting payments for subscription accounts from terrorist organizations and other groups barred from doing business in the country, according to a new report. The report, by the Tech Transparency Project, a nonprofit focused on accountability for large technology companies, shows […]

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Study measures the psychological toll of wildfires

Wildfires in Southeast Asia significantly affect peoples’ moods, especially if the fires originate outside a person’s own country, according to a new study. The study, which measures sentiment by analyzing large amounts of social media data, helps show the psychological toll of wildfires that result in substantial air pollution, at a time when such fires […]

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Biden Has a Week He Would Like to Forget

Bret Stephens: Hi, Gail. It was a no good, very bad week for the “well-meaning, elderly man with a poor memory” who happens to be the 46th president. If you were his closest friend, what advice would you give him? Gail Collins: Oh gosh, Bret. We’re talking of course about the report a Justice Department […]

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How Imran Khan Used Social Media to Rise Again in Pakistan

When Pakistan’s government censored the media, former Prime Minister Imran Khan’s party posted campaign videos on TikTok. When the police barred his supporters from holding rallies, they hosted virtual gatherings online. And when Mr. Khan ended up behind bars, his supporters produced speeches using artificial intelligence to simulate his voice. Mr. Khan’s message resonated with […]

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Imran Khan Uses A.I. To Give Victory Speech in Pakistan

Imran Khan, Pakistan’s former prime minister, has spent the duration of the country’s electoral campaign in jail, disqualified from running in what experts have described as one of the least credible general elections in the country’s 76-year history. But from behind bars, he has been rallying his supporters in recent months with speeches that use […]

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How TikTok Took The Pink Stuff, a Cleaning Paste, From Obscurity to Viral Sensation

In 2018, The Pink Stuff was little more than a home cleaning product with a cute name. “The miracle cleaning paste,” as it said on every container, was sold by just two retail chains in Britain. At a factory near Birmingham, The Pink Stuff line operated for about two hours every month. That was plenty. […]

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Hard Fork: Bluesky’s Big Bet, and Are Deals Dead in Silicon Valley?

Listen and follow ‘Hard Fork’Apple | Spotify | Amazon | YouTube Bluesky, the Twitter spinoff, is now open for public sign-ups. Can its dreams of decentralization fix social media? We talk with the company’s chief executive, Jay Graber. Then, the New York Times reporter Erin Griffith on how Adobe’s failure to acquire Figma has spooked […]

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Leveraging Follower Numbers to Attract Deals: Insights for Instagram Marketers

February 7, 2024 Leveraging Follower Numbers to Attract Deals: Insights for Instagram Marketers In the ever-evolving landscape of digital marketing, Instagram has emerged as a powerhouse platform for brands and marketers to connect with their target audience, build brand awareness, and drive sales. With over a billion active users, Instagram offers unparalleled opportunities for marketers […]

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Stop Wearing Vision Pro Goggles While Driving Your Tesla, U.S. Says

Videos being shared across social media this week depict an almost dystopian, futuristic scene: drivers of Teslas in Autopilot mode while wearing Apple Vision Pro headsets, seemingly unaware of the road in front of them. The videos led federal transportation officials to issue warnings. But are people really mindlessly riding around in Teslas in Autopilot […]

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Myth or Truth? Answer To Whether Your Phone is Listening to All Your Business

Have you ever talked about a product, and then suddenly got an ad for it on your phone? We’ve all been there, and then skeptically looked over our shoulders for the advertiser lurking in the shadow. But there’s no one there, so we all simply conclude that our phone must be listening to our conversations. […]

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What Israeli Soldiers’ Social Media Videos in Gaza Reveal

An Israeli soldier gives a thumbs up to the camera as he drives a bulldozer down a street in Beit Lahia, in northern Gaza, pushing a battered car toward a half-collapsed building. “I stopped counting how many neighborhoods I’ve erased,” the caption reads on the video posted to his personal TikTok, accompanied by a militaristic […]

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Carl Weathers Gets Last Laugh As Trolling Black MAGA Twins Discover He Blocked Them On Social Media

NewsOne Featured Video Carl Weathers speaks onstage at the premiere of Lucasfilm’s first-ever, live-action series, “The Mandalorian,” at the El Capitan Theatre in Hollywood, Calif. on November 13, 2019. | Source: Jesse Grant / Getty If there’s one thing Carl Weathers’ death has shown us, it’s that seemingly everybody had love and respect for the […]

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Fake and Explicit Images of Taylor Swift Started on 4chan, Study Says

Images of Taylor Swift that had been generated by artificial intelligence and had spread widely across social media in late January probably originated as part of a recurring challenge on one of the internet’s most notorious message boards, according to a new report. Graphika, a research firm that studies disinformation, traced the images back to […]

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After UMG Pulls Its Music, TikTok Users Encounter Silence

When TikTok users open the app these days, they encounter a platform stripped of music by many of their favorite artists. Dancers bob and sway without a beat drop. People lip-sync to silence. Because of a licensing rift between the platform and Universal Music Group, which releases music by Playboi Carti, Taylor Swift, Drake, Ariana […]

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Lights! Camera! Modi! It’s a One-Man Show on Indian Television.

The people streaming into the holy town came on an intimate quest: to be among the first to seek the blessings of a beloved god they said was returning home after 500 years. These Hindu devotees took leaves of absence from work. They ate with fellow pilgrims, slept in the cold and sipped tea at […]

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The Weekender’s 11 Stories for You to Enjoy

Times editors have handpicked 11 stories for you to enjoy. Welcome to The Weekender. _____ The app once offered seemingly endless chances to be charmed by music, dances, personalities and products. But in only a few short years, TikTok’s promise of kismet is evaporating. _____ Small dogs with prominent noses live longer than bigger flat-faced […]

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Cody Fry, Noah Kahan and Other Musicians Grapple With Universal’s TikTok Fight

Things were going well for Cody Fry, a singer-songwriter and producer known for his lush pop songs. He was looking forward to a pair of concerts with Ben Rector and the Colorado Symphony at the Boettcher Concert Hall in Denver. And on Monday his management team called him with exciting news: One of his songs, […]

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He’s Lost His Marriage, His Followers and His Lamborghini

With its streamlined curves and glow-in-the-dark sound system, the silver Lamborghini Huracán Performante was the stuff of teenage fantasy: $350,000 of aerodynamic metals and lightweight upholstery, packed into a taut and powerful body. Ben Armstrong loved it dearly. When he started shopping for a Lamborghini, Mr. Armstrong, a cryptocurrency evangelist with more than one million […]

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How X Is Trying to Win Over Influencers

The last time Don Lemon sat down to film a TV segment in April, he perched on a stool in front of the glaring lights of a CNN studio. When he starts filming again after a nearly yearlong hiatus, Mr. Lemon will have a different backdrop — and he will be calling his own shots. […]

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A Targeted Razing in Gaza, and a TikTok Standoff

The New York Times Audio app is home to journalism and storytelling, and provides news, depth and serendipity. If you haven’t already, download it here — available to Times news subscribers on iOS — and sign up for our weekly newsletter. The Headlines brings you the biggest stories of the day from the Times journalists […]

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The Messenger Didn’t Stand a Chance

The Messenger was a particularly spectacular failure, but it also highlights how desperate the media industry has become to find a viable business strategy, especially at scale. Various pivots—notably to video via Facebook and YouTube, and audio via podcasting—led to brief windfalls. Both have dried up in recent years, thanks to tech companies’ dominance in advertising, […]

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Hubris Is Not Killing the Media. Tech Giants Are.

The Messenger was a particularly spectacular failure, but it also highlights how desperate the media industry has become to find a viable business strategy, especially at scale. Various pivots—notably to video via Facebook and YouTube, and audio via podcasting—led to brief windfalls. Both have dried up in recent years, thanks to tech companies’ dominance in advertising, […]

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In Russia, a Cat Thrown From a Train Offers a Safe Space to Vent

The tragedy gripped Russia for days. Federal lawmakers convened a special committee and an investigation was launched, as hundreds of volunteers searched for the victim in subzero temperatures, and state news media ran live updates on the fallout. Eventually, the victim — Twix the cat — was found dead. A national outcry over the demise […]

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NYU Removed 2 Doctors Over Israel-Hamas Posts. Then Their Fates Diverged.

Late last year, a major New York hospital system removed two doctors from their jobs for their social media postings about Israel and Hamas. One doctor, a prominent cancer researcher in his 60s, was outspoken in defense of Israel and had posted a variety of anti-Hamas political cartoons, including some with offensive caricatures of Arab […]

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Meta Reports Profits More Than Tripled and Issues Its First Dividend

Meta on Thursday reported a 25 percent increase in quarterly revenue while profit more than tripled, a rise fueled by its ads business after a shaky 18 months of layoffs and a rocky digital advertising market. The Silicon Valley company, which owns Facebook, Instagram and WhatsApp, also said it would issue its first dividend, of […]

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