4 methods social networks platforms can stop despiteful material after fear attacks

4 methods social networks platforms can stop despiteful material after fear...

The deadly attack on two mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand, in which 50 people were killed and many others critically injured, was streamed live on Facebook by the man accused of carrying it out. It was then quickly shared across social media platforms. Versions of the livestream attack video stayed online for a worrying amount…
YouTube’s ‘kid safe’ app is crawling with videos promoting suicide, murder, and sexual exploitation

YouTube’s ‘kid safe’ app is crawling with videos promoting suicide, murder,...

For nearly five minutes, the cartoon is predictable. Colorful characters with child-like voices act out the types of scenarios capable of reversing even the wildest tantrums, turning screaming toddlers into tiny, submissive humans. It’s the optimal time for a man to enter the frame, telling your small child the proper way to slit their wrists.…
Facebook’s Newsfeed is a mess, however it taught me to time travel

Facebook’s Newsfeed is a mess, however it taught me to time...

My relationship with Facebook has changed over the past two years. I’ve never been a fan, per se, but I find myself interacting with the News Feed far less than I used to. The News Feed, a place Facebook once used to spoon-feed me information that I’d elected to receive — stories from The New…
As anti-vax motion gets weirder– and dumber– Facebook reveals crackdown

As anti-vax motion gets weirder– and dumber– Facebook reveals crackdown

Enlarge / A single dose of MMR (for Measles, Mumps, and Rubella) at Kaiser Permanente East Medical offices in Denver. Facing scrutiny for allowing anti-vaccine lies and conspiracy theories to fester and spread on its pages, Facebook announced Thursday a set of steps it will take to rid its platform of misinformation—which has seemingly become…
Google Your Kid’s Name

Google Your Kid’s Name

Much has been said recently about the degree to which parents share images, anecdotes and information about their kids online, a practice that has become known as “sharenting.” Writer Christie Tate wrote an essay for The Washington Post last month about the moment her fourth-grader discovered how much Tate had written about her throughout her…
Uganda loses 5 million web users as an outcome of Social network Tax

Uganda loses 5 million web users as an outcome of Social...

Half-way through 2018, Uganda introduced a Social Media (OTT) tax which required Ugandans to pay a tax if they wanted to access services such as Facebook, Twitter, WhatsApp, and many others. It turns out, based on released data by the Uganda Communications Commission (UCC), the tax has had a significant impact on the number of internet users in the…
Utilizing social networks to determine air contamination’s mental toll

Utilizing social networks to determine air contamination’s mental toll

People are less happy on days when the air is more polluted, according to an analysis of 210 million posts on the Chinese social media site Sina Weibo. Researchers have suspected air pollution takes a psychological toll generally, and dirty air due to industrialization, coal burning, and motor vehicles has become a drag on well-being for…
The brand-new duration emoji is an initial step in ending duration pity

The brand-new duration emoji is an initial step in ending duration...

Emoji has become a universal language of its own, but up until now there wasn’t one for people to say “I’m on my period” — and that’s more important than you might think. This bloody brilliant news came earlier this month when the Unicode Consortium (the official body that manages emoji worldwide) confirmed in a blogpost…
Facebook lets you look for images of your female pals, however not your male ones

Facebook lets you look for images of your female pals, however...

A Belgian security researcher has found an unusual quirk in Facebook’s search function. Facebook lets you search for photos of your female friends, but refuses to play dice if you want to look up pictures of your male friends. The bizarre find was discovered this weekend by notorious Belgian white-hat hacker Inti De Ceukelaire. Meer…
Justice Ginsburg made a public look recently– however the web still believes she’s dead

Justice Ginsburg made a public look recently– however the web still...

On Monday, the day before President Trump’s State of the Union Address, Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg attended a performance celebrating her life at a museum in Washington — her first public appearance since December. It did little to convince the internet’s most morbid conspiracy theorists that she wasn’t dead. Justice Ginsburg, or RBG…
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