Tag: Social Media

The New Social Network That Isn’t New at All

SAN FRANCISCO — My favorite new social network doesn’t incessantly spam me with notifications. When I post, I’m not bombarded with @mentions from bots and trolls. And after I use it, I don’t worry about ads following me around the web. That’s because my new social network is an email newsletter. Every week or so, […]

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Beware the Mideast’s Falling Pillars

AMMAN, Jordan — For the last half-century the politics of the Middle East has been shaped by five key pillars, but all five are now crumbling. A new Middle East is aborning — but not necessarily the flourishing one that people imagined in the 1990s. This one is being shaped more by Twitter memes than […]

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Facebook Halts Ad Targeting Cited in Bias Complaints

After years of criticism, Facebook announced on Tuesday that it would stop allowing advertisers in key categories to show their message only to people of a certain race, gender or age group. The company said that anyone advertising housing, jobs or credit — three areas where federal law prohibits discrimination in ads — would no […]

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Myspace, Once the King of Social Networks, Lost Years of Data From Its Heyday

Myspace, once one of the world’s most popular websites, has long since plummeted in relevance, but for years it has provided its earliest users a place where they could revisit memories from a bygone era. But not anymore. A large amount of user data uploaded to the once-dominant social network before 2016 may be lost […]

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Facebook Takes Steps to Prevent Bias in the Way It Shows Ads

After years of criticism, Facebook announced on Tuesday that it would stop allowing advertisers in key categories to show their message only to people of a certain race, gender or age group. The company said that anyone advertising housing, jobs or credit — three areas where federal law prohibits discrimination in ads — would no […]

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Musk-SEC Battle Rages On; Regulator Claims Tesla CEO’s Twitter Account Is Still the Wild West

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Devin Nunes Sues Twitter for Allowing Accounts to Insult Him

Stung by obscene and pointed criticism, Representative Devin Nunes, a Republican from California, has sued Twitter and three users for defamation, claiming the users smeared him and the platform allowed it to happen because of a political agenda. The complaint, which was filed in Henrico County Circuit Court in Virginia on Tuesday, seeks $250 million […]

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We’re Asking the Wrong Questions of YouTube and Facebook After New Zealand

Late Saturday night, Facebook shared some dizzying statistics that begin to illustrate the scale of the online impact of the New Zealand massacre as the gunman’s video spread across social media. According to the social network, the graphic, high-definition video of the attack was uploaded by users 1.5 million times in the first 24 hours. […]

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The Case for Investigating Facebook

A year ago, the world learned that Facebook allowed a political consulting company called Cambridge Analytica to exploit the personal information of up to 87 million users, to obtain data that would help the company’s clients “fight a culture war” in America. Since then, a torrent of reports has revealed that the Cambridge Analytica scandal […]

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The Attack That Broke the Net’s Safety Net

As authorities rushed to stop a gunman on a mass killing spree in New Zealand, engineers, programmers and content moderators around the globe were scrambling to keep the rampage from going viral. It didn’t work. The terrorist in Christchurch killed 50 people at two mosques on Friday, livestreaming part of the attack on Facebook. The […]

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Google helps South Africa combat fake news ahead of its general election

Can South Africa really hold a general election on the 8th of May in a way that it really represents the views of its people? One might have thought this was an academic question. The Electoral Commission of South Africa is well respected and the legal system is robust. There are certainly enough political parties […]

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Felicity Huffman And Lori Loughlin Have Left Social Media In The Wake Of The ‘Operation Varsity Blues’ Scandal

Getty Image As the “Operation Varsity Blues” saga continues to unfold, much of the news media’s focus on the massive college admissions scandal has concerned the involvement of actresses Felicity Huffman and Lori Loughlin. Both were indicted and arrested over the matter, and both have already experienced significant consequences as a result. (For example, Loughlin […]

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Trump Renews Attacks on John McCain, Months After Senator’s Death

WASHINGTON — Tucked between St. Patrick’s Day greetings and repeat criticism of a rerun of “Saturday Night Live,” President Trump demonstrated that not even death provides a respite from his wrath on Twitter. In Twitter posts on Saturday and Sunday, Mr. Trump renewed his criticism of Senator John McCain, the Arizona Republican who died in […]

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Why China Silenced a Clickbait Queen in Its Battle for Information Control

BEIJING — She was known as China’s clickbait queen, an irreverent blogger who prescribed shopping to combat sadness (“better than sex, orgasms, strawberry cake”) and makeovers to win back cheating husbands (“men are visual animals”). But late last month, Ma Ling, a blogger who commanded an audience of more than 16 million people, went conspicuously […]

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New Zealand Shooting Live Updates: A Suspect Is Charged, and Details Emerge About Victims

• New Zealand grappled with grief and horror on Saturday, a day after 49 people were shot to death at two mosques in the city of Christchurch. The terrorist attack appeared to have been carried out by a white nationalist who posted a racist manifesto online and streamed live video of the killings on Facebook. […]

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Massacre Suspect Traveled the World but Lived on the Internet

He announced his mass killing over social media and filmed it live on the internet. He shared a 74-page online manifesto peppered with sarcastic jokes about popular culture, repeating well-known internet memes and striving to mint new ones. He even laid out his explanation in a “Q. and A.” format, as though in an interview, […]

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New Zealand Massacre Highlights Global Reach of White Extremism

The massacre of 49 people in New Zealand on Friday highlights the contagious ways in which extreme right ideology and violence have spread in the 21st century — even to a country that had not experienced a mass shooting for more than two decades, and which is rarely associated with the extreme right. New Zealand […]

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New Zealand Shooting Live Updates: Attack on Christchurch Mosques Leaves 49 Dead

Forty-nine people were killed in shootings at two mosques in central Christchurch, New Zealand, on Friday, in a terrorist attack that Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern described as “an extraordinary and unprecedented act of violence.” • Officials said that one man in his late 20s had been charged with murder, and that two explosive devices were […]

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The Shift: A Mass Murder of, and for, the Internet

Before entering a mosque in Christchurch, New Zealand, the site of one of the deadliest mass murders in the country’s history, the accused gunman paused to endorse a YouTube star in a video that appeared to capture the shooting. “Remember, lads, subscribe to PewDiePie,” he said. To an untrained eye, this would have seemed like […]

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