Category: Social media

Egypt Denied an Oxygen Failure Killed Covid Patients. We Found That It Did.

EL HUSSEINEYA, Egypt — A cry pierced the night from the balcony of an Egyptian hospital. A nurse was screaming that the patients in the Covid intensive care unit were gasping for air. Ahmed Nafei, who was standing outside, brushed past a security guard, dashed in and saw that his 62-year-old aunt was dead. Furious, […]

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How Trump supporters are radicalised by the far right

Far right “playbooks” teaching white nationalists how to recruit and radicalise Trump supporters have surfaced on the encrypted messaging app Telegram ahead of Joe Biden’s inauguration. The documents, seen by the Observer, detail how to convert mainstream conservatives who have just joined Telegram into violent white supremacists. They were found last week by Tech Against […]

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A QAnon ‘Digital Soldier’ Marches On, Undeterred by Theory’s Unraveling

Despite these delusions, Ms. Gilbert — a self-described mystic who has written four books, with titles like “Swami Soup” — mostly struck me as a New Age eccentric who could use some time away from screens. She disdains the mainstream media, but she agreed to be profiled, and we kept in touch. Over a series […]

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What’s It Like to Have Kamala Harris As ‘Momala’? We Asked Her Stepkids.

Ella: Yeah, I write all emails: “To Mom and Doug.” What was it like when your parents split up? Cole: There was like a period of, I don’t know how many years, when we called ourselves the “Palazzo Crew.” Because when Doug moved out, he moved into this apartment complex called the Palazzo. Ella: It […]

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Children’s Screen Time Has Soared in the Pandemic, Alarming Parents and Researchers

Over all, children’s screen time had doubled by May as compared with the same period in the year prior, according to Qustodio, a company that tracks usage on tens of thousands of devices used by children, ages 4 to 15, worldwide. The data showed that usage increased as time passed: In the United States, for […]

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Inside Twitter’s Decision to Cut Off Trump

SAN FRANCISCO — Jack Dorsey, Twitter’s chief executive, was working remotely on a private island in French Polynesia frequented by celebrities escaping the paparazzi when a phone call interrupted him on Jan. 6. On the line was Vijaya Gadde, Twitter’s top lawyer and safety expert, with an update from the real world. She said she […]

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Facebook Blocks Events Around D.C., State Capitols Ahead Of Biden Inauguration

Topline  Facebook will block the creation of new events near the U.S. Capitol, the White House and any state capitol buildings through Inauguration Day, a first for the company as it tries to prevent users from organizing violent protests next week. Crews install razor wire on top of the fencing that now surrounds the US […]

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Will Averno Become a ‘Marvel Universe’ for Musicals?

The start of the musical partnership between Morgan Smith and Sushi Soucy may not have been very Rodgers and Hammerstein, or even Pasek and Paul, but it certainly was very 2020. “This past summer, Morgan and I became mutuals on Instagram and TikTok,” Soucy, 18, said in a video conversation from Savannah, Ga. Direct messages […]

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WhatsApp Delays Privacy Changes Amid User Backlash

SAN FRANCISCO — WhatsApp said on Friday that it would delay a planned privacy update, as the Facebook-owned messaging service tries to stem a backlash by users worried about the changes. WhatsApp said it would push back the changes, to May 15 from Feb. 8, to give users more time to review what it planned […]

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What Comes Next

Hey everyone, happy Friday. Our week was packed with shows addressing the fallout from last week’s insurrection at the Capitol. Everything has felt extra crazy lately, and we hope you’re doing OK. In The Daily’s planning meeting each morning, our team gathers to pitch stories, discuss the news and create a plan for the next […]

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Most of us are sticking to the lockdown rules, so why do we blame one another? | Stephen Reicher

There is a paradox at the heart of this pandemic. Since before England’s first lockdown, politicians, media pundits and government advisers have voiced concerns that the public would be the weak link in controlling infections. Judging by polling and social media posts decrying lockdown violations and “covidiots”, the public also share this concern. Yet it […]

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All That’s Left of Trumpism Is Hilariously Stupid, Deadly Serious Social Media Stunts

Among other spectacles the same day, a handful of Republican lawmakers made a campy show of refusing to go through the newly installed metal detectors at the Capitol, which were made necessary by the armed insurrection that their last set of social media stunts enabled. The ostensible purpose of the unnecessary display was to complain […]

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TikTok Is Poised to Outlast Trump, and to Test Biden

TikTok is about to outlast President Trump. Now, the company could become an early test of President-elect Joseph R. Biden Jr.’s stance toward Chinese tech companies. Mr. Trump demanded last year that TikTok’s Chinese owner, ByteDance, sell the viral video app. He said TikTok raised urgent national security concerns, on the grounds that the Chinese […]

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Big Tech Has Failed Us. But There’s Hope.

And tech has certainly helped trash the place — the place being America. Hence, the need for reinvention, which I discussed with Mayor Francis Xavier Suarez of Miami last month. It seems like an eternity has passed since our conversation — yet it still resonates. I had called the peppy pol because of the spate […]

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As Trump Clashes With Big Tech, China’s Censored Internet Takes His Side

After Twitter and Facebook kicked President Trump off their platforms, and his supporters began comparing his social media muzzling to Chinese censorship, the president won support from an unexpected source: China. “Legally he’s still the president. This is a coup,” said one comment, which included an expletive, that was liked 21,000 times on Weibo, the […]

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Facebook and Twitter Face International Scrutiny After Trump Ban

LONDON — In Sri Lanka and Myanmar, Facebook kept up posts that it had been warned contributed to violence. In India, activists have urged the company to combat posts by political figures targeting Muslims. And in Ethiopia, groups pleaded for the social network to block hate speech after hundreds were killed in ethnic violence inflamed […]

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‘Queens Man Impeached’: A Paper Gives Trump the Local Treatment

Mr. Trump was born in the borough’s Jamaica Hospital Medical Center and grew up in Jamaica Estates, an enclave partly developed by his father, the real estate executive Fred C. Trump. The Trump Impeachment › Answers to your questions about the impeachment process: The current impeachment proceedings are testing the bounds of the process, raising questions […]

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The Incredible Power and Learned Helplessness of Twitter and Facebook

But dramatic, wholesale bans of famous people, while sometimes justified, don’t address the everyday concerns affecting the bulk of platform users. Content moderation remains the industry’s great unsolved problem. “Have you tried to moderate 15 million people?” Mark Weinstein, the founder of the social network MeWe, asked in an interview with OneZero. Weinstein discussed the […]

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Changing the Internet Law That Lets Twitter Ban Trump

Listen and subscribe to “The Argument” from your mobile device: Apple Podcasts | Spotify | Google Play | RadioPublic | Stitcher | RSS Feed In this special bonus episode, Jane Coaston makes her hosting debut on “The Argument” to discuss one of her favorite subjects: Section 230. Often called the “26 words that created the […]

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