Tag: Social Media

Spurned by Twitter, Trump will attempt to build his own version.

Meanwhile, its terms of service are a riot, so to speak. They include a ban on any content that would “disparage, tarnish, or otherwise harm, in our opinion, us and/or the Site” and “excessive use of capital letters.” It appears as if tech disparager Trump is a closet Silicon Valley tech bro. His company is […]

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Facebook Employees Warned About Election Misinformation, to Little Effect

WHAT HAPPENED 1. From Wednesday through Saturday there was a lot of content circulating which implied fraud in the election, at around 10% of all civic content and 1-2% of all US VPVs. There was also a fringe of incitement to violence. 2. There were dozens of employees monitoring this, and FB launched ~15 measures […]

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Eating Disorders and Social Media Prove Difficult to Untangle

On Twitter, creators routinely share advice for crash diets and encourage disordered eating, and some amass tens of thousands of followers in the process. Twitter’s algorithms automatically suggest related accounts and topics for users to follow, based on the accounts they view. When a Twitter user views accounts that promote eating disorders, Twitter recommends topics […]

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The Name Facebook Needs to Change: Zuckerberg

Can you imagine any normal company keeping its CEO if it faced, like Facebook does, an endless litany of criticism for failures, mistakes, harms, omissions, distortions, lies, and delusions? A normal company would not. A normal company would replace its leadership. Facebook, of course, cannot. Facebook, of course, has no governance. Facebook is a dictatorship […]

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Russia Strengthens Its Internet Censorship Powers

Russia’s boldest moves to censor the internet began in the most mundane of ways — with a series of bureaucratic emails and forms. The messages, sent by Russia’s powerful internet regulator, demanded technical details — like traffic numbers, equipment specifications and connection speeds — from companies that provide internet and telecommunications services across the country. […]

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Online Furor Over a Student’s Hijab Engulfs a Liberal Town

The student returned to school on Monday, her lawyer, Robert L. Tarver, said. Her mother, Cassandra Wyatt, who also wears a hijab, appeared Thursday at a news conference arranged by Mr. Tarver but did not comment. She has told ABC-7 Eyewitness News that her daughter no longer wanted to wear a head scarf. “The teacher […]

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How Trump is Using a SPAC to Bankroll New Social Media Company

After decades of bankruptcies, loan defaults, business disputes and commercial failures — not to mention a polarizing presidency that ended with a violent mob storming the Capitol — Donald J. Trump was shunned by much of corporate America. Now, thanks to one of Wall Street’s hottest fads, the former president has managed to sidestep that […]

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Do You Want To Get in on Ground Floor of Trump’s Dumb New Social Media Site?

On Wednesday, Donald Trump announced the launch of his long-awaited social media company, TRUTH Social. “I created TRUTH Social and TMTG (Trump Media and Technology Group) to stand up to the tyranny of Big Tech,” Trump said in a press release. “We live in a world where the Taliban has a huge presence on Twitter, […]

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Do You Want to Get in on the Ground Floor of Trump’s Dumb New Social Media Site?

On Wednesday, Donald Trump announced the launch of his long-awaited social media company, TRUTH Social. “I created TRUTH Social and TMTG (Trump Media and Technology Group) to stand up to the tyranny of Big Tech,” Trump said in a press release. “We live in a world where the Taliban has a huge presence on Twitter, […]

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Facebook Is Criticized for Policy on Preferential Treatment

The panel appointed by Facebook to review its policy decisions sharply criticized the company on Thursday for not being transparent about an internal program that gives prominent users preferential treatment on the social network. The group, known as the Facebook Oversight Board, said Facebook failed to provide relevant information about a system called cross check, […]

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Mastodon’s Founder Says Trump’s New Social Network Is Just Mastodon

Image: Sean Rayford/Stringer, Mastodon Hacking. Disinformation. Surveillance. CYBER is Motherboard’s podcast and reporting on the dark underbelly of the internet. Former President Donald Trump’s new social network ’Truth Social’ is seemingly a thinly disguised fork of popular social network codebase Mastodon. Users have already found ways to create accounts on the site despite it not […]

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Is It a Bones Day? Noodle Is Setting Today’s Mood.

On Monday, Noodle, a 13-year-old pug, sleepily rose from his bed. That meant one thing: It was a “bones day.” “You’ve got to treat yourself today,” the dog’s owner, Jonathan Graziano, 30, said, addressing viewers in a narrated TikTok video. “The Japanese fried chicken you were going to order for lunch? Get the curry to […]

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Can a Nobel Peace Prize Protect Maria Ressa From Rodrigo Duterte?

Produced by ‘Sway’ Maria Ressa and Dmitri Muratov recently took home the Nobel Peace Prize, marking the first time working journalists have won the award since 1935. Ressa believes the Norwegian Nobel Committee’s decision to recognize journalists this year sends a signal that, once again, “we are on the brink of the rise of fascism.” […]

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Nadia Chaudhri, Scientist With an End-of-Life Mission, Dies at 43

Nadia Chaudhri, a neuroscientist with terminal ovarian cancer who used her final months to raise money for graduate students of diverse backgrounds and to educate the public about her disease through a widely followed social media chronicle, died on Oct. 5 at a hospital in Montreal. She was 43. Her husband, Moni Orife, confirmed her […]

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Trump Finds Backing for His Own Media Venture

Former President Donald J. Trump said on Wednesday that he had lined up the investment money to create his own publicly traded media company, an attempt to reinsert himself in the public conversation online from which he has largely been absent since Twitter and Facebook banned him after the Jan. 6 insurrection. If finalized, the […]

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Trump Finally Announced His Long-Threatened Social Media Network And It Has A Predictably Bombastic (And Not Terribly Truthful) Name

It’s been over 10 months since former president Donald J. Trump was booted from much of social media, including his favorite platform, Twitter. His attempts to fill that gaping hole have not gone well. Remember when he had a LiveJournal-esque blog? But he’s long threatened to start his own social media network. And finally, after […]

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Transgender Woman Flees Malaysia After Wearing Hijab

In February 2018, on her birthday, Nur Sajat put on a demure hijab and attended a Muslim prayer session at a new building she was inaugurating near the Malaysian capital, Kuala Lumpur. Three years after that sartorial choice, the Malaysian authorities have charged her with “insulting Islam” and wearing female attire. On Monday, Ms. Nur […]

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Zuckerberg to Be Added to Facebook Privacy Suit

WASHINGTON — The attorney general for the District of Columbia plans to add Facebook’s chief executive, Mark Zuckerberg, to a consumer protection lawsuit, in one of the first efforts by a regulator to expose him personally to potential financial and other penalties. The attorney general, Karl Racine, said on Tuesday that continuing interviews and reviews […]

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The Strange Appeal of Shelter TikTok

The apartment appears in flashes as a song by Frank Ocean plays. We see a white couch with throw pillows: white squares, pink square, ocher orb, black square. Later come quick cuts: to a standing bookshelf (white spines only), to the throw pillows again, to a transparent coffee table (an opportunity, really, to show off […]

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TikTok Launches New Discover List Feature To Help Spotlight The App’s Top Creators

While TikTok’s “for you” page might be filled with countless content creators making things the algorithm knows you love, the popular social media app is making it even easier for you to branch out and find users and types of content you never even knew existed. Earlier today, TikTok revealed its new “creator discover list,” […]

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Instagram Is Punishing Users by Taking Away Their Link Stickers 

On Monday, Instagram started showing some users a popup message explaining that it will soon take away their ability to post “links stickers,” which many creators use to send their followers to other sites, digital stores, and platforms where they can make money. Instagram doesn’t allow adult content on its platform, but many adult content […]

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China Evergrande Gets Soft Treatment in Chinese Media

As China Evergrande Group teeters on the edge of collapse, videos of protesting home buyers have flooded social media. Online government message boards teem with complaints and pleas for intervention to save the huge property developer. The hashtag “What does Evergrande mean for the real estate market?” has been viewed more than 160 million times […]

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Report: 54% of social media users don’t think their info is safe

Consumer trust in social media companies is dwindling fast, with more than half (54%) reporting they don’t trust these companies to keep their personal information secure, according to a recent survey from Callsign, the digital trust pioneer. As consumers drown in messages from fraudsters on a variety of platforms, many no longer trust the technology […]

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‘History Will Not Be Kind to Senator Joe Manchin’

To the Editor: Re “Crucial Element of Climate Plan Likely to Be Cut” (front page, Oct. 16): History will not be kind to Senator Joe Manchin, who has arrogated to himself the right to deep-six the clean electricity program in President Biden’s budget bill. Apparently Mr. Manchin and all 50 Senate Republicans need to see […]

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Hey Parler, Nashville Isn’t Turning Red

NASHVILLE — When NPR’s tech reporter, Bobby Allyn, tweeted last week that the social media site Parler was moving its headquarters from Nevada to Nashville, a single word came to my mind — a word this newspaper will not publish, no matter that it is the only word in the English language truly appropriate to […]

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Roblox, the Gaming Site, Wants to Grow Up Without Sacrificing Child Safety

SAN FRANCISCO — As Dave Baszucki, the chief executive of the gaming company Roblox, took the stage at a conference hosted by his company on Thursday, he reflected on how much had changed for Roblox since its last in-person event two years ago. In March, Roblox debuted on Wall Street. As of Friday, it was […]

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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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