Tag: Social Media

DJ Screw’s Legacy Is Being Celebrated After TikTok Teens Tried Gentrifying His ‘Chopped and Screwed’ Style

Screenshot: YouTube According to social media, white TikTok teens are now discovering the “chopped and screwed” production style created and popularized by late deejay, DJ Screw. Advertisement However, they’re not properly attributing it to the Houston legend and—surprise surprise—they’re calling it “slowed + reverb.” *Insert heavy Black sigh* The “new” trend is being called out […]

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NBA Photographer Fired for Posting Offensive Kamala Harris Meme on Facebook

Photo: Drew Angerer (Getty Images) Bill Baptist, an independent photographer who has been shooting Houston Rockets’ games for a number of years, was relieved from his duties by the NBA after posting an offensive meme about Senator Kamala Harris on his Facebook page (where careers go to die). Advertisement On Tuesday, shortly after presumptive Democratic […]

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A Third of TikTok’s U.S. Users May Be 14 or Under, Raising Safety Questions

If Microsoft or another company buys TikTok before President Trump bans the Chinese-owned video app on national security grounds, it will acquire a giant community of devoted fans and a lucrative platform for selling ads. It might be buying something else, too: a big population of users ages 14 and under. The minimum age for […]

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In Derecho’s Wake, More Than 250,000 in Midwest Struggle Without Power

A group of storms that tore through the Midwest this week has left homes destroyed, crops demolished and over a quarter of a million people still without power days later. Nearly 100,000 people in Northern Illinois were still without electricity on Thursday morning, according to ComEd, the utility company that services the area. In Iowa, […]

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Think QAnon Is on the Fringe? So Was the Tea Party

Democrats dismissed it as a fringe group of conspiracy-minded zealots. Moderate Republicans fretted over its potential to hurt their party’s image, while more conservative lawmakers carefully sought to harness its grass roots energy. Sympathetic media outlets covered its rallies, portraying it as an emerging strain of populist politics — a protest movement born of frustration […]

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North Korean Hacking Group Attacks Israeli Defense Industry

TEL AVIV — Israel claimed Wednesday that it had thwarted a cyberattack by a North Korea-linked hacking group on its classified defense industry. The Defense Ministry said the attack was deflected “in real time” and that there was no “harm or disruption” to its computer systems. However, security researchers at ClearSky, the international cybersecurity firm […]

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Google, Facebook and Others Form Tech Coalition to Secure U.S. Election

SAN FRANCISCO — Facebook, Google and other major tech companies said on Wednesday that they were forming a coalition to promote discussions with government agencies to secure the November election. The group, which is part of an effort to prevent the kind of online meddling and foreign interference that sullied the 2016 presidential election, plans […]

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Controversial Facebook Post on Prophet Muhammad Sparks Violent Riots

Policemen walk past burnt vehicles in Bengaluru on August 12. On the night of August 11, an allegedly derogatory Facebook post about Prophet Muhammad sparked riots. Photo by Manjunath Kiran / AFP At least three people died from police firing and over a hundred were arrested in the south Indian city of Bengaluru after violence erupted […]

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QAnon Followers Are Hijacking the #SaveTheChildren Movement

Recently, an acquaintance posted a photo on her Instagram story showing a map of the United States, filled with bright red dots. “This is not a map of Covid,” the caption read. “It is a map of human trafficking.” Under the photo was a hashtag: #SaveTheChildren. A few days later, I saw the same hashtag […]

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UC Berkeley’s Niloufar Salehi on restorative justice in social media

Victims of stalking, harassment, hate, election interference, and other abuses have for years argued that we need to rethink the way social media functions. But a consensus has been growing in recent weeks among people tired of the way social media works today, with advocates for reform ranging from civil rights groups to antitrust regulators […]

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We Tested Instagram Reels, the TikTok Clone. What a Dud.

Millions of people have used the social media app TikTok to make and share short, fun, entertaining videos. I, Brian Chen, am not one of them. Count me as one of those never-TikTokers. As an older millennial, I have exclusively used Facebook’s Instagram to post photos of my dog. I have never made a 15-second […]

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He’s Sharing the History of Black New York, One Tweet at a Time

When a video of a racist attack on Black children by white residents of Rosedale, Queens, in 1975 was posted on Twitter last summer, it quickly drew attention — and has now been viewed over 4.5 million times. But few know about the man who unearthed and posted the clip, Oluwanisola “Sola” Olosunde, who wasn’t […]

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Employers are lurking on your social media ahead of interviews — raising ethical concerns

As businesses around the world slowly start to reopen after being forced to shut down operations due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the graduates of the class of 2020 are sharpening their presentation skills and updating their resumes to look for employment opportunities. But will their polished resumes make them more competitive relative to their peers? […]

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Pinterest Accused of Gender Bias in Suit by Former No. 2 Executive

SAN FRANCISCO — In April, Françoise Brougher, the chief operating officer of Pinterest and its top female executive, abruptly left the company with little explanation. In a lawsuit filed on Tuesday, Ms. Brougher accused the $21 billion company, which makes virtual pinboards, of firing her after she complained about sexist treatment. In her suit, which […]

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Marc Jacobs, Leandra Medine and Others Are Not Giving Up on Clothes Just Yet

Last summer Nicole Gordon posted an Instagram snap of herself framed in a doorway at home. In a slinky sleeveless dress, vivid makeup and towering heels, Ms. Gordon, a writer and art adviser, was the picture of cocktail-hour glamour. Just weeks ago she posted a nearly identical image: her lips tinted scarlet, hair swept back […]

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Facebook blames COVID-19 for reduced action on suicide, self-injury, and child exploitation content

Facebook says that COVID-19 has hindered its ability to remove posts about suicide, self-injury, and child nudity and sexual exploitation. The social media giant said the decision to send content reviewers home in March had forced it to rely more heavily on tech to remove violating content. As a result, the firm says it took action on 911,000 pieces of […]

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She Explains ‘Mansplaining’ With Help From 17th-Century Art

This story begins, as so many do these days, on Twitter. Last May, Nicole Tersigni, a Detroit-based writer, logged onto the social media platform at the end of a long day. She was tired and frazzled from looking after her 8-year-old daughter, who was home sick at the time. “So I go online just to […]

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How Trump Allies Work the Refs in Silicon Valley

One of the oddest moments during last month’s tech hearings on Capitol Hill came when a Florida congressman darkly hinted that Google was making it difficult for him to find a website he was looking for, The Gateway Pundit. Sundar Pichai, Google’s chief executive, wearing a dark suit and the forced solemnity of an undertaker, […]

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Trump Wants U.S. to Get Cut of Any TikTok Deal. No One Knows How That’d Work.

WASHINGTON — If he were still running casinos in rough-and-tumble Atlantic City, N.J., President Trump’s demand about Microsoft’s possible purchase of TikTok might be translated this way: I want a piece of the action. In exchange for blessing Microsoft’s acquisition of the Chinese-owned social media platform, Mr. Trump has said the United States Treasury should […]

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CIA Finds ‘No Evidence’ Chinese Government Has Accessed TikTok Data, Report Says

TOPLINE The CIA concluded there is “no evidence” Chinese intelligence services have ever accessed data from TikTok, the New York Times reported Friday, after the White House took steps to ban the app in the U.S. over national security and privacy concerns. In this photo illustration, the TikTok app is displayed on an Apple iPhone […]

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Can Macy’s Compete Against Poshmark, Instagram and Amazon with Shoppable Content and Social Selling?

Macy’s has entered the realm of social selling and shoppable content with Macy’s Style Crew, a new … [+] affiliate sales program for social media influencers and micro-influencers Sanford Stein, Macy’s Shoot. Share. Earn. This has become the new mantra of a whole cadre of social media influencers and micro-influencers who are leveraging their networks […]

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Trump’s Orders on WeChat and TikTok Are Uncertain. That May Be the Point.

WASHINGTON — President Trump’s sudden decision late Thursday to restrict two popular Chinese social media services from the United States has created confusion about how broad the bans on doing business with China could ultimately be. That confusion may be part of the point. Citing national security concerns, the Trump administration announced that it would […]

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Suspension Lifted of Georgia Student Who Posted Photo of Crowded Hall

The widely circulated photo from North Paulding High School in Dallas, Ga., showed students crowded into a packed hallway on their first day back to classes since the coronavirus outbreak shuttered schools in the spring. Few were wearing masks, and there was little sign of social distancing. Then on Day 2, there was another. The […]

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Dow Falls 100 Points Despite U.S. Economy Adding Nearly 1.8 Millions Jobs In July

TOPLINE The stock market opened lower on Friday, but pared back earlier losses after stronger-than-expected payroll data which showed the U.S. economy adding nearly 1.8 million jobs last month. Investors are keeping an eye on ongoing stimulus talks. Johannes Eisele/AFP via Getty Images KEY FACTS The Dow Jones Industrial Average was down 0.3%, nearly 100 […]

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Jack Dorsey on Twitter’s Mistakes

Listen to ‘The Daily’: Jack Dorsey on Twitter’s Mistakes It’s been four years since the 2016 election laid bare the powerful role that social media companies have come to play in shaping political discourse and beliefs in America. Since then, there have been growing calls to address the spread of polarization and misinformation promoted on […]

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Facebook Gaming Finally Clears Apple Hurdle, Arriving in App Store

For six months, Facebook tried to get Apple to approve its new Facebook Gaming app so it could be available in Apple’s App Store. Each time, Apple said no. This week, Facebook said it had acceded to Apple’s demands to change its Gaming app so that it could be distributed to iPhone and iPad users […]

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Did He Kill Neighbor to Become ‘TikTok Famous,’ or Was It Self-Defense?

Zachary Latham and the Durham family were South Jersey neighbors who did not get along. Ultimately, their conflict turned fatal. The dispute centered on Mr. Latham’s driving. The Durhams — William Sr., his wife, Catherine, and their two sons — thought he was reckless at the wheel, and they confronted him about it more than […]

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How TikTok teens amplified political activism and threatened Trump’s political campaign

The lower-than-expected attendance at President Trump’s rally in Tulsa on June 20 was attributed, at least in part, to an online army of K-pop fans who used the social network TikTok to organize and reserve tickets for the rally as a means of pranking the campaign. Similarly, the historically unprecedented scale of the George Floyd […]

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