Category: Social media

Social media

Twitter unveils new policy on dehumanizing speech, seeks feedback from users

Twitter’s Dehumanization Policy You may not dehumanize anyone based on membership in an identifiable group, as this speech can lead to offline harm. Definitions: Dehumanization: Language that treats others as less than human. Dehumanization can occur when others are denied of human qualities (animalistic dehumanization) or when others are denied of human nature (mechanistic dehumanization). […]

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Twitter brings back purely chronological timeline — your turn, Facebook and Instagram

Twitter’s latest feature tweak offers a return to what many consider better days: the era of the chronological timeline (or, to be precise, the reverse chronological timeline). Now, users can escape the algorithm that dictates what the “best tweets” for them are, and simply see the latest ones. Will it solve all the ills of […]

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The Politicians Are Coming for Silicon Valley

On Wednesday morning, the Senate Intelligence Committee will grill two prominent Silicon Valley leaders and a piece of furniture. Specifically: A chair. Presumably, wooden. The pair of executives will be Sheryl Sandberg, the Facebook chief operating officer, and Jack Dorsey, the founder and chief executive of Twitter. They will be […]

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Pew: Social Media Changes Political Views of 29% of American Men Under 30

29 percent of men under 30 have had their political views changed by social media, while 14 percent of Americans overall have been affected by Facebook, YouTube, Twitter, and other platforms in the same way, according to Pew Research. Men between the ages of 18 and 29 were the most likely people in America to […]

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Apparently, Ron DeSantis and Racist Republicans Love White Facebook

Photo: Alex Wong (Getty Images) As the great physicist, mathematician and (I’m pretty sure this is correct) the first person to stuff figs inside of cookies, Sir Isaac Newton, proclaimed in his third law of motion: “For every action, there is an equal and opposite reaction.” While the only thing […]

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Trump Campaign Manager: If Trump ‘Leaves Twitter’ for Alt Platform, ‘Twitter Is Done’

President Trump’s 2020 presidential campaign manager Brad Parscale issued a warning to Twitter on Tuesday. In response to an Axios article which claimed a “conservative social network would fail,” Parscale declared, “Yeah. Maybe. But if @realDonaldTrump leaves @Twitter for another platform Twitter is done. Put a fork in it.” Yeah. Maybe. But if @realDonaldTrump leaves […]

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The New New World: Customers Died. Will That Be a Wake-Up Call for China’s Tech Scene?

Huang Jieli, who ran a Chinese ride-sharing business called Hitch, was invited to a wedding in March. One of her drivers was getting married to a woman who had once been his passenger. Thanks, the invitation said, for getting them hitched. Didi Chuxing, Hitch’s corporate parent and one of the […]

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WATCH — Ann Coulter Mocks Notion Entire Media ‘No Match for 13 Russians’

Bestselling author and conservative columnist Ann Coulter mocked the notion that Russian Facebook ads swayed the 2016 elections and slammed attempts to shut down conservative speech in her recent appearance on SiriusXM’s Breitbart News Daily. Speaking with Breitbart News Editor-in-Chief Alex Marlow, Coulter first mocked the indictment of 13 Russian nationals for allegedly “interfering” in […]

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State of the Art: Can Facebook, or Anybody, Solve the Internet’s Misinformation Problem?

“The work you see now from Facebook, Microsoft and others to be more proactive is a trend that is positive — it’s part of the solution, and I would want to see that trend continue,” said Graham Brookie, director of the Digital Forensic Research Lab at the Atlantic Council, a […]

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NYC library turns Instagram into ebook reader for ‘Alice in Wonderland’

In an effort to broaden libraries‘ appeal among social media users, the New York Public Library today unveiled an unusual but ingenious use of Instagram. It’s turning full-length novels into ebooks that can be read with Instagram’s Instant Stories feature. The initiative was first reported by the Wall Street Journal, which notes […]

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Facebook Identifies New Political Influence Operation Ahead of Midterm Elections

SAN FRANCISCO — Facebook said it had identified a new political influence campaign on its platform that appeared intended to disrupt the midterm elections. The social network found and took down 652 fake accounts and pages that were trying to sow discord around social issues. Some of the accounts in […]

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Gidley: ‘Don’t Know’ if We’ll See Legislation on Social Media Censorship – That’s ‘Question for Congress’

On Tuesday’s broadcast of the Fox Business Network’s “Mornings with Maria,” White House Deputy Press Secretary Hogan Gidley stated that he isn’t sure if there is going to be any legislation dealing with social media censorship and this is a matter for Congress. He added that the president has been “using the bully pulpit” to […]

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EU to social media companies: Take down terror content in less than 1 hour or pay a fine

European Union regulators keep making headlines for their increased willingness to take big tech companies like Google to task over everything from perceived anti-competitive behavior to not moving fast enough to take down problematic content. It’s a bright line separating the hard-line approach in Europe from the more hands-off, light touch that U.S. regulators bring […]

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Bokhari: This Is What ‘Election Interference’ Actually Looks Like

The purge of the right on social media was once a slow trickle, with high-profile bans happening only occasionally, and then subsiding. With just three months until the midterm elections, the Masters of the Universe in Silicon Valley have turned online censorship into a cascade. Earlier this month, Alex Jones was blacklisted on virtually every […]

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Trump: It’s Dangerous for Social Media Platforms to Ban Accounts

President Trump attacked social media platforms for censoring their users in an exclusive interview with Reuters today. “I won’t mention names but when they take certain people off of Twitter or Facebook and they’re making that decision, that is really a dangerous thing because that could be you tomorrow,” the president told Reuters. “I think […]

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Bill Maher Blasts Liberals over Alex Jones Censorship: ‘Supposed to Be for Free Speech’

Liberal comedian Bill Maher defended InfoWars host Alex Jones on Friday’s episode of Real Time with Bill Maher, arguing that self-described liberals should be in favor of free speech as it is a core American value. Discussing Jones’ removal from social media platforms including Facebook, YouTube, Spotify, and others, Maher appeared to disagree with his audience and fellow […]

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Donald Trump Condemns Social Media Companies for Biased Censorship

President Donald Trump criticized social media companies like Twitter and Facebook on Saturday for censoring conservatives. “Social Media is totally discriminating against Republican/Conservative voices,” Trump wrote on Twitter. “Speaking loudly and clearly for the Trump Administration, we won’t let that happen.” The president finally addressed the issue after prominent Trump supporters were expelled from social […]

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How I Used Facebook to Overcome My Anxiety

More than the actual anxiety was the anxiety about the anxiety. I felt tremendous shame for having negative feelings at all. It was 3pm on a Tuesday, and I was sitting at my desk with my head on my keyboard; I was too revved up to sit still, much less concentrate on work. I was […]

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We DM’d a lot of strangers to ask why they use Drake lyrics on Instagram

Have you ever heard of a musical artist named Drake? Of course you have. Because he’s everywhere. We don’t shill. Check out TNW’s Hard Fork. These days, it’s hard to miss Aubrey Graham, the rapper and singer from Canada (eh). He recently released Scorpion, and the internet went nuts, as it always does for Aubrey. […]

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