Category: Social media

Instagram Struggles With Fears of Losing Its ‘Pipeline’: Young Users

With the leadership changes, Facebook went all out to turn Instagram into a main attraction for young audiences, four former employees said. That coincided with the realization that Facebook itself, which was grappling with data privacy and other scandals, would never be a teen destination, the people said. Instagram began concentrating on the “teen time […]

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Push to Improve Sex Ed in Australia Comes From 10,000 Miles Away

LONDON — Not long ago, Chanel Contos was living the life of a typical graduate student, albeit a pandemic one: sleeping in late and attending online classes while enduring months of lockdown in her East London apartment. But a petition she began that calls for schools in Australia, her home country, to reform their education […]

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Man Whose Attack on Ex-Wife Was Livestreamed Gets Death Penalty in China

A court in China gave the death penalty to a man who murdered his ex-wife while she was livestreaming, a case that shocked the country and ignited calls for better safeguards against domestic abuse. The man, Tang Lu, committed “utterly cruel” criminal acts, the court in Sichuan Province said in Thursday’s verdict, which was handed […]

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LinkedIn to End Service in China, Citing ‘Challenging’ Environment

SEATTLE — LinkedIn said on Thursday that it was shutting down its professional networking service in China later this year, citing “a significantly more challenging operating environment and greater compliance requirements.” The service, which is owned by Microsoft, said it would offer a new app focused solely on job postings in China. The new app […]

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‘Insufficient and very defensive’: how Nick Clegg became the fall guy for Facebook’s failures

On Sunday, Nick Clegg did a succession of interviews with some of the US’s biggest TV news shows. In his role as Facebook’s vice-president for global affairs and communications, he was defending his company after weeks of headlines about its latest crisis – this time involving Frances Haugen, a Facebook staffer turned whistleblower who had […]

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Father of Killed Reporter Asks Regulators to Investigate Facebook

The father of a slain journalist urged federal regulators in a complaint filed Tuesday to make Facebook change how it polices content, accusing it of failing to remove footage of his daughter’s killing from its platforms. Andy Parker, the father of the journalist, Alison Parker, said at a news conference on Tuesday that the social […]

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Facebook rule protects journalists and activists as ‘involuntary’ public figures

Facebook will count activists and journalists as “involuntary” public figures and so increase protections against harassment and bullying targeted at these groups, its global safety chief said in an interview this week. The social media company, which allows more critical commentary of public figures than of private individuals, is changing its approach on the harassment […]

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The Moral Panic Engulfing Instagram

In testimony before a Senate subcommittee last week, Frances Haugen, a former Facebook employee turned whistle-blower, raised a number of important and complex policy questions about how society might better regulate the wayward social-media giant. But she also raised a very basic question, one for which neither the hearing nor her leaked internal documents provided […]

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Do the Memes Help the Movies?

The cultural anthropologist Ernest Becker once wrote that “in his greatest genius, man is still mocked.” This sentiment might be of some comfort to the actor Ben Platt, who has lately served as a punching bag in certain districts of the internet. Everywhere you turn, you see images of his latest film role. They show […]

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Making data visualizations more accessible

In the early days of the Covid-19 pandemic, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention produced a simple chart to illustrate how measures like mask wearing and social distancing could “flatten the curve” and reduce the peak of infections. The chart was amplified by news sites and shared on social media platforms, but it often […]

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Missing Apostrophe in Facebook Post May Cost a Man in Defamation Case

A missing apostrophe in a Facebook post could cost a real estate agent in Australia tens of thousands of dollars after a court ruled a defamation case against him could proceed. In the post last year, Anthony Zadravic, the agent, appears to accuse Stuart Gan, his former employer at a real estate agency, of not […]

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Facebook Whistleblower Fallout Prompts a Push to Calm Employees

Executives also distributed a list of talking points, a copy of which was obtained by The Times, so workers knew what to say if friends and family asked them about “recent events.” That list included a denial that Facebook puts profit and growth above people’s safety and how the company has called for regulations from […]

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Does Instagram Harm Girls? No One Actually Knows.

Amid the pillorying of Facebook that has dominated the latest news cycle there is an inconvenient fact that critics have overlooked: No research — by Facebook or anyone else — has demonstrated that exposure to Instagram, a Facebook app, harms teenage girls’ psychological well-being. Last month The Wall Street Journal reported that Facebook’s “own in-depth […]

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Ron’s Gone Wrong review – a cheeky tech spin on ET

Screenwriters Peter Baynham and Sarah Smith have programmed this watchable if very derivative animated movie about a lonely, bullied kid’s malfunctioning robot best friend: a cheeky tech spin on ET, with some borrowings from the Disney feature Big Hero 6 and the Pixar meisterwerk Wall-E. It’s entertaining, though composed with algorithmic precision, and it winds […]

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Serial Killer Gets 160 Years After Victim’s Sister and Friends Help Solve Case

When Sarah Butler did not return to her home in Montclair, N.J., after borrowing her mother’s minivan in November 2016, her family immediately recognized that she might be in trouble. Using Ms. Butler’s computer passwords to log on to her email and social media accounts, one of her sisters and two friends found one of […]

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How Erika Girardi Dominated ‘Real Housewives’ This Season

Filing a lawsuit is one thing. Collecting on it is an entirely different matter. Mr. Richards, in an interview, acknowledged it’s unlikely that Ms. Girardi’s assets — clothes, jewelry and other items — are worth anything close to $25 million. Mr. Richards said he does not want to hurt Ms. Girardi and is open to […]

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Lawmakers See Path to Rein in Tech, but It Isn’t Smooth

WASHINGTON — “Facebook and Big Tech are facing a Big Tobacco moment,” Senator Richard Blumenthal, Democrat of Connecticut, said this week when a whistle-blower testified about how the social media company’s products harmed teenagers. “I think that that’s an appropriate analogy,” Senator Cynthia Lummis, Republican of Wyoming, added later. The whistle-blower’s testimony, and the thousands […]

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For Teen Girls, Instagram Is a Cesspool

Mark Zuckerberg participated in the ritual of ranking girls too. When he was experimenting before building Facebook, as a student at Harvard, he put his female classmates’ photos on his now-notorious “Facemash” website, where students could rank and compare the students’ headshots based on how hot they were. He wrote at the time, “I almost […]

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The whistleblower who plunged Facebook into crisis

On Monday, Facebook and its subsidiaries Instagram and WhatsApp went dark after a router failure. There were thousands of negative headlines, millions of complaints, and more than 3 billion users were forced offline. On Tuesday, the company’s week got significantly worse. Frances Haugen, a former product manager with Facebook, testified before US senators about what […]

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