Tag: Social Media

Children Are Hunting Teddy Bears During the Coronavirus Outbreak

With her school closed, her city quiet and her country under lockdown, Stevie-Lee Tiller, 13, is stuck at home with her parents and three siblings. Stevie-Lee, who lives in Hamilton, New Zealand, misses her friends at school. She is a little scared of the coronavirus because her father, a factory supervisor, is still going to […]

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Social media interest is spiking worldwide — except for LinkedIn

As the coronavirus pandemic sweeps the world, more and more governments are imposing lockdowns on their citizens. As a result, reliance on digital tools has increased significantly to maintain social and professional relationships. Notably, usage of video conferencing app Zoom has spiked, and not just for professional purposes. But what about the social media tools […]

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Touting Virus Cure, ‘Simple Country Doctor’ Becomes a Right-Wing Star

Last month, residents of Kiryas Joel, a New York village of 35,000 Hasidic Jews roughly an hour’s drive from Manhattan, began hearing about a promising treatment for the coronavirus that had been rippling through their community. The source was Dr. Vladimir Zelenko, 46, a mild-mannered family doctor with offices near the village. Since early March, […]

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A Feature on Zoom Secretly Displayed Data From People’s LinkedIn Profiles

For Americans sheltering at home during the coronavirus pandemic, the Zoom videoconferencing platform has become a lifeline, enabling millions of people to easily keep in touch with family members, friends, students, teachers and work colleagues. But what many people may not know is that, until Thursday, a data-mining feature on Zoom allowed some participants to […]

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Why a Pandemic Is Bringing Out Our Best Online

Image Hello and welcome! The pandemic has turned everything we know upside down, and we are relying on technology more than ever to work, go to school, stay informed, entertain ourselves and stay connected to people we love. I’m Shira Ovide (pronounced OH-vee-day), and I’ll be your guide each weekday to how technology is transforming […]

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Beth Got Bars: This Is Us’ Susan Kelechi Watson Drops Instagram Rap Verse About COVID-19

Photo: Robyn Beck / AFP (Getty Images) Susan Kelechi Watson is trying to make the best of a bad situation, because as she says, “you ain’t gotta panic in a pandemic.” The This Is Us star decided that her second week indoors was the perfect time to spit “a hot 16,” and hopped on Robin […]

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Coronavirus Testing Videos Go Viral As World Sees What It’s Really Like

Source: Twitter Unfortunately, the situation is still grim when it comes to the coronavirus pandemic in the United States. At the start of March, testing for the virus was limited, which caused only 70 cases to be reported in the U.S. with most of them being tied to overseas travel. Now that testing is more […]

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Coronavirus Lockdown: We’re Not Wired to Be This Alone

This article is part of Frank Bruni’s free newsletter. You can sign up here to receive it every Wednesday. When the lockdown began — the orders to avoid travel, to avoid friends, to “shelter in place,” to shrink our worlds to the slightest physical dimensions endurable — my first impression was of how quickly and […]

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Is This Your Tiger King? Joe Exotic Wonders Why He Can’t Say the N-Word in Unearthed Video

Screenshot: Netflix (YouTube) Well, we can’t say we’re surprised, but imprisoned Tiger King star Joe Exotic is now the subject of even more controversy after an unearthed viral clip questioning why he’s not allowed to say the N-word made the rounds. TMZ reports that the clip is from a longer video recorded in 2015 for […]

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The Marathon Continues: Family, Friends and Fans Celebrate the Legacy of Nipsey Hussle on the Anniversary of His Death

Photo: Matt Winkelmeyer (Getty Images) The one-year anniversary of Nipsey Hussle’s untimely passing has arrived today, and the music world is celebrating the life and legacy of the rapper, father and community leader. On March 31, 2019, the beloved musician (born Ermias Asghedom) was gunned down in front of his South Los Angeles clothing store […]

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Roy Wood Jr. On ‘The Daily Show’ And The Importance Of Making People Laugh In The Time Of Coronavirus

As a part of the comedic response that has kicked into high gear over the last two weeks, Roy Wood Jr. has found a battle plan during the Coronavirus quarantine. He’s making people laugh while keeping them informed as a part of The Daily Show‘s Social Distancing episodes, he’s keeping his 3-year-old engaged, and he’s […]

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Halle Berry Isn’t Concerned if You Were Unhappy With Her Son Wearing Heels

Photo: Paul R. Giunta (Getty Images) With all the general feelings of frustration that come with the COVID-19 chatter, people are doing everything they can in order to keep their anxiety about the situation at bay. In Halle Berry’s household, she and her children are combatting fear with laughs—yet their attempt at entertainment brought out […]

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Coronavirus Ended the Screen-Time Debate. Screens Won.

Before the coronavirus, there was something I used to worry about. It was called screen time. Perhaps you remember it. I thought about it. I wrote about it. A lot. I would try different digital detoxes as if they were fad diets, each working for a week or two before I’d be back on that […]

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Museum World’s King of Memes Brings Humor to Lockdown

That tweet was just the latest quirky success from Adam Koszary, the Royal Academy’s social media editor, a man whose flippant, conversational approach to Twitter has gotten him so much attention over the past two years that one of Silicon Valley’s biggest companies briefly lured him away. As museums worldwide go into prolonged lockdown, they […]

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China’s Ren Zhiqiang Vanishes, in a Blow to Reform

Weeks before Ren Zhiqiang disappeared, leading to fears among his friends and fans that he had been picked up by the Chinese authorities, the 69-year-old former property mogul locked himself up. It happened at an exhibition he held in December to show off his wood sculptures, a late-life passion after retirement and rising censorship left […]

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D.I.Y. Coronavirus Solutions Are Gaining Steam

There are moments when Gui Cavalcanti feels like he woke up in a dystopian universe — a guy with no background in medical or disaster response, suddenly leading an international effort on Facebook to design medical equipment to fight the Covid-19 pandemic, the gravest public-health threat of our time. “I have never worked so hard […]

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Prince Harry and Meghan Scale Down Their Royal P.R. Machine

LONDON — A day before they cease being working members of the British royal family, Prince Harry and his wife Meghan on Monday wound down their popular social media sites and transferred the management of their image and philanthropy to a new team of advisers in Los Angeles, where they recently moved. The couple marked […]

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TikTok Appropriation Is ‘Savage,’ But It’s Not Happening on Our Watch—Meet Keara Wilson, the Creator of the #SavageChallenge

Keara WilsonPhoto: Courtesy of Keara Wilson TikTok has become a cultural phenomenon, and like most things in pop culture, the black community is leading the narrative on what’s considered trendy. With the newest popular social media platform, the concept of “digital blackface” is still thriving, unfortunately. While the platform’s content is rarely meant to be […]

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Facebook Aims $100 Million at Media Hit by the Coronavirus

Facebook announced on Monday that it would dole out $25 million in grants to local news outlets and spend $75 million in a marketing drive aimed at news organizations internationally in response to the coronavirus-prompted economic downturn, which has caused advertising to plummet and has threatened media industry revenues. Despite huge interest in news that […]

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Facebook, Google and Twitter Struggle to Handle November’s Election

SAN FRANCISCO — The day after the New Hampshire primary last month, Facebook’s security team removed a network of fake accounts that originated in Iran, which had posted divisive partisan messages about the U.S. election inside private Facebook groups. Hours later, the social network learned the campaign of Michael R. Bloomberg, the billionaire former New […]

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