Category: Social media

Social media

YouTube Bans Risky Prank Videos Amid Spate of ‘Bird Box’ Challenge Stunts

LONDON — Scenes of pranks ranging from silly to hazardous have long been among YouTube’s most popular offerings. Now, after multiple reports of people putting themselves or others at risk by copying some of those stunts, the video-sharing service is clamping down on content that, in its view, depicts “dangerous […]

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Saudi Women, Tired of Restraints, Find Ways to Flee

BEIRUT, Lebanon — Whenever her father beat her, or bound her wrists and ankles to punish her for perceived disobedience, the Saudi teenager dreamed of escape, she said. As desperate as she was to leave, however, the same question always stopped her short: How would she get out? If she […]

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Twitter Users in China Face Detention and Threats in New Beijing Crackdown

SHANGHAI — One man spent 15 days in a detention center. The police threatened another’s family. A third was chained to a chair for eight hours of interrogation. Their offense: posting on Twitter. The Chinese police, in a sharp escalation of the country’s online censorship efforts, are questioning and detaining […]

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Trump vs. Ocasio-Cortez: Who Will Win the Internet?

President Trump as he returned from Camp David this week.CreditSarah Silbiger/The New York Times Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez seems to be the only person who can keep up with Mr. Trump online.CreditRick Loomis/Getty Images Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is “Extremely Online.” That’s the phrase that Charlie Warzel — soon to be my colleague […]

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Matteo Salvini Likes Nutella and Kittens. It’s All Part of a Social Media Strategy.

ROME — Matteo Salvini likes spreading Nutella on his morning bread. He winds down with a bowl of Barilla pasta and a glass of Barolo wine. He heeds the words of wisdom inside the wrappers of Perugina Bacio chocolates. He drinks Moretti beer. Italy knows these things because Mr. Salvini, […]

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Dance Video by Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Inspires Delight. Condemnation? Not So Much.

The day before Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, 29, officially took office in Washington as the youngest woman ever elected to the House of Representatives, video footage from her college days suddenly appeared on the internet. If the video showing her dancing and twirling barefoot on a rooftop was meant to be an […]

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Big Tech May Look Troubled, but It’s Just Getting Started

SAN JOSE, Calif. — Silicon Valley ended 2018 somewhere it had never been: embattled. Lawmakers across the political spectrum say Big Tech, for so long the exalted embodiment of American genius, has too much power. Once seen as a force for making our lives better and our brains smarter, tech […]

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Mark Zuckerberg’s 2019 Resolution: More Political Censorship on Facebook

Facebook founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg promised to better prevent “election interference” and “the spread of hate speech” — neglecting to define either term — in a blog posted on his company’s platform. Zuckerberg repeated his previous calls to suppress “sensationalism and misinformation” and to “remove content related to terrorism,” terms he did not define. […]

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Rihanna May Have Announced a New 2019 Album But She’s Still Trolling Because Y’all Keep Asking Her 

Rihanna attends the Fenty Beauty by Rihanna Anniversary Event on October 3, 2018 in Sydney, Australia. Photo: Caroline McCredie (Getty Images for Fenty Beauty by Rihanna) Rihanna is the queen of rationing out bread crumbs for the most-anticipated bread since sliced bread. While RiRi is out here dominating the makeup […]

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