Tag: Social Media

AI helped Facebook identify and ban 200 white supremacist groups

In a blog post this afternoon, Facebook detailed the progress it’s made in combatting terrorists, violent extremist groups, and hate organizations on both its platform and Instagram. The bulk of recent successes were enabled by automated techniques, according to the Menlo Park tech giant, but also by a 350-person counterterrorism team whose scope has expanded […]

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Facebook Expands Definition of Terrorist Organizations to Limit Extremism

Facebook on Tuesday announced a series of changes to limit hate speech and extremism on the social network, expanding its definition of terrorist organizations and planning to deploy artificial intelligence to better spot and block live videos of shooters. The company is also expanding a program that redirects users searching for extremism to resources intended […]

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Kanye West’s New Yeezy Shoes Draw Comparisons to Crocs and a Colander

Kanye West knows how to attract attention. Just not always the kind from adoring fans. On Thursday, Yeezy Mafia, an unofficial social media account that tracks news of Mr. West’s sneaker brand, posted a photograph of the latest style in the singer’s Yeezy line. It wasn’t the white shoes’ first appearance on the internet; Mr. […]

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There Is No Tech Backlash

It’s fun, and increasingly fashionable, to complain about technology. Our own devices distract us, others’ devices spy on us, social media companies poison public discourse, new wired objects violate our privacy, and all of this contributes to a general sense of runaway change careening beyond our control. No wonder there’s a tech backlash. But, really, […]

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With Markers and Straws, Trump’s Campaign Sells Defiance as a Lifestyle

WASHINGTON — The message the president is selling to his supporters is clear. “You don’t have any choice. You have to vote for me,” President Trump told a crowd on Monday at a rally in North Carolina, making a point he has revisited often in recent weeks. “Your way of life is under assault by […]

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Steeped in Hawaiian History, Longboarding Rides an Instagram Wave

LONG BEACH, N.Y. — In the lulls between waves here on a recent weekday morning, dozens of nine-foot longboards floated like driftwood as the slate gray glass of the late-summer Atlantic dithered into cords. Yet as the waves pitched, a ballet began: With one foot flicked skyward, toes briefly arched in a pointe, Kelia Moniz […]

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Dior Finally Says No to Sauvage

ImageA frame from the Christian Dior “We Are the Land” fragrance film. A stubbled white loner in a serape, a deep ocean blue shirt and multiple beaded chains and bracelets stares moodily at desert landscape lit by the blood reds of sunset. A Native American in classic regalia dances atop a mesa. A girl in […]

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An Interview With Caroline Calloway’s Ghostwriter, Natalie Beach

ImageThrough the dirty lens of history: Caroline Calloway, left, and Natalie Beach. CreditNatalie Beach In its top left corner, Instagram invites you to share “your story.” The platform’s savviest users log on not to share what’s happening with them spontaneously, but to create the story of themselves. Natalie Beach, a writer who helped her college friend […]

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Who Is Caroline Calloway? An Explainer

Caroline Calloway is a 27-year-old personality whose preferred medium of expression is the posting of photos and screen shots of text to Instagram. She has become a fixture in the digital daily tours of some young, literary, edgy people, particularly women. Her Instagram photos are often accompanied by lengthy captions. She has dabbled with expanding […]

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Host Violent Content? In Australia, You Could Go to Jail

SYDNEY, Australia — The video showing the murder of 51 people in Christchurch carries both an offensive title, “New Zealand Video Game,” and a message to “download and save.” Appearing on 153news.net, an obscure site awash in conspiracy theories, it is exactly the sort of online content that Australia’s new law criminalizing “abhorrent violent material” […]

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‘Big Brother’ in the Sky: Cathay Pacific Workers Feel China’s Pressure

HONG KONG — Mixe Lee’s bosses showed him two Facebook posts. One criticized the police for how they handled the antigovernment demonstrations that have rocked the city of Hong Kong since June. Their question for Mr. Lee, a Cathay Pacific Airways flight attendant: Did he write them? Mr. Lee denied it, though he had. Then […]

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You Can’t Go to College With Your Kid. But You Can Pretend on Facebook.

Jenny Tananbaum was at home in New Jersey one Saturday morning last September when she noticed a flurry of activity in the Facebook group she had joined for parents of students at American University in Washington, D.C., where her son was a freshman. Fire alarms were sounding in the dorms, according to posts from anxious […]

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Well, You Might Lose Your Instagram Account If You Post a Selfie With a Sex Toy

This article contains spoilers for the Are You the One? season eight finale. Instagram’s restrictive content policies regarding nudity and sexuality have affected sex workers, queers, artists, and even journalists, censoring sexy pics and jokey dildo selfies alike in the name of building a profitable, child-friendly platform. Now, it looks like our fave reality stars […]

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Trump Insults Chrissy Teigen and John Legend, and They Fire Back

President Trump called the model Chrissy Teigen “filthy mouthed” and the musician John Legend “boring” in tweets on Sunday night that trumpeted the president’s achievements in criminal justice reform, prompting them to fire back. Mr. Legend called on the first lady to intervene, and Ms. Teigen used vulgarities. The couple, who are married, are both […]

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He Who Must Not Be Tolerated

Voldemort? Of all the terrible details of the gross fraud that the former head of the M.I.T. Media Lab, Joichi Ito, and his minions perpetrated in trying to cover up donations by Jeffrey Epstein to the high-profile tech research lab, perhaps giving a pedophile a nickname of a character in a book aimed at children […]

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How Each Big Tech Company May Be Targeted by Regulators

Amazon, Apple, Facebook and Google have been the envy of corporate America, admired for their size, influence and remarkable growth. Now that success is attracting a different kind of spotlight. In Washington, Brussels and beyond, regulators and lawmakers are investigating whether the four technology companies have used their size and wealth to quash competition and […]

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