Tag: Social Media

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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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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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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Britain Plans Vast Privacy Protections for Children

Britain unveiled sweeping new online protections for children on Tuesday, issuing expansive rules despite widespread objections from a number of tech companies and trade groups. The rules will require social networks, gaming apps, connected toys and other online services that are likely to be used by people under 18 to overhaul how they handle those […]

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Two Newport News middle schools mentioned in online threat, investigation underway

NEWPORT NEWS, Va. – The Newport News school district and other officials are investigating a threatening social media post that referenced two local middle schools. District spokeswoman Michelle Price says that this threatening post referenced Dozier and Gildersleeve middle schools. Parents have been notified of the threat. Searches have been conducted at the schools and […]

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Is Singapore Cracking Down on Fake News or on Real Opposition?

SINGAPORE — When the ruling People’s Action Party (P.A.P.) passed a new law against “fake news” last year, it claimed to want to protect both free speech and national security. Falsehoods, the government said, “have been weaponized, to attack the infrastructure of fact, destroy trust and attack societies.” Since the law came into force in […]

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NAACP Lawyer Sherrilyn Ifill Blasts Amtrak Conductor for Asking Her to Give Up Seat

Amtrak had NAACP’s Legal Defense and Educational Fund Sherrilyn Ifill all @#$%ed up when she was asked to move her seat to accommodate someone else. Photo: Cliff Owen (Associated Press) They got the right one on the wrong day! The head of the NAACP’s Legal Defense and Educational Fund went off on social media about […]

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A Small Step for Space Force Is Not a Giant Leap for Uniform Design

New year, new military branch, same old uniform. The United States Space Force on Friday unveiled the name tapes for its utility uniforms, showcasing the blue embroidered name on a camouflage uniform — much to the internet’s delight and confusion. “The first #SpaceForce utility uniform nametapes have touched down in the Pentagon,” the Space Force […]

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As Protests in South America Surged, So Did Russian Trolls on Twitter, U.S. Finds

WASHINGTON — Watching political unrest explode across South America this fall, officials at the State Department noticed an eerily similar pattern in anti-government protests that otherwise had little in common. In Chile, nearly 10 percent of all tweets supporting protests in late October originated with Twitter accounts that had a high certainty of being linked […]

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