Social Media Drops the Hammer on Team Trump

Social Media Drops the Hammer on Team Trump

On Monday morning, the streaming video platform Twitch temporarily suspended Donald Trump’s campaign account for violating its policies against “hateful content.” The company cited comments made in two recent streams.

Microsoft's Livestreaming Service Mixer Will Shut Down

Microsoft's Livestreaming Service Mixer Will Shut Down

Microsoft’s livestreaming service Mixer will shut down on July 22 and is “teaming up” with Facebook Gaming to give partnered Mixer streams a new home, both companies announced on Monday.

How TikTok's 'For You' Algorithm Works

How TikTok's 'For You' Algorithm Works

These people may or may not follow the creator already, but TikTok has determined they may be more likely to engage with the video, based on their past behavior.

Facebook Groups Are Destroying America

Facebook Groups Are Destroying America

Today, Ayyadurai is one of the most dangerous vectors of health disinformation, racking up millions of engagements on posts that rail against vaccinations, claim Anthony Fauci is a member of the “deep state,” and instruct followers to point blow dryers down their throats to kill the coronavirus.

Facebook 'Manage Activity' Is a Long Overdue Privacy Feature

Facebook 'Manage Activity' Is a Long Overdue Privacy Feature

Manage Activity will also introduce a Facebook Trash folder so you can delete posts more easily.All archived posts will show up in one place, but Facebook says there isn’t a way to view the collection of posts you've marked Only Me.

Facebook Employees Take the Rare Step to Call Out Mark Zuckerberg

Facebook Employees Take the Rare Step to Call Out Mark Zuckerberg

Another Facebook exec, Ryan Freitas, director of News Feed product design, wrote, “Mark is wrong, and I will endeavor in the loudest possible way to change his mind.” One engineer, Lauren Tan, tweeted, “Facebook’s inaction in taking down Trump’s post inciting violence makes me ashamed to work here.”.

Trump’s Social Media Executive Order Is Purely for Show

Trump’s Social Media Executive Order Is Purely for Show

Most significantly, it will ask the Federal Communications Commission to propose regulations that “clarify” the meaning of Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act—the federal law that gives internet platforms broad legal immunity over how they choose to regulate, or not, the content of user posts.

Facebook Messenger Adds Safety Alerts—Even in Encrypted Chats

Facebook Messenger Adds Safety Alerts—Even in Encrypted Chats

Facebook today announced new features for Messenger that will alert you when messages appear to come from financial scammers or potential child abusers, displaying warnings in the Messenger app that provide tips and suggest you block the offenders.

Facebook Names the 20 People Who Can Overrule Mark Zuckerberg

Facebook Names the 20 People Who Can Overrule Mark Zuckerberg

No, it’s not the casting call for a wonky sequel to Knives Out. These are a few of the newly announced members of the Facebook Oversight Board , the independent body that the social networking behemoth has launched to reconsider some of its most important content decisions.

The ADL Calls Out Steam for Giving Extremists a Pass

The ADL Calls Out Steam for Giving Extremists a Pass

“It’s an effective platform for extremists, because there’s a very public acknowledgement of a lack of content moderation,” says Daniel Kelley, the assistant director of the ADL’s center for technology and society.

The Rise of a Hindu Vigilante in the Age of WhatsApp and Modi

The Rise of a Hindu Vigilante in the Age of WhatsApp and Modi

It didn’t take long for people to realize that the new law, combined with a national citizens register, could easily provide a mechanism for stripping Indian Muslims of their citizenship.

Climate change content for school kids gets revamp

Climate change content for school kids gets revamp

Young New Zealanders can now access the most up-to-date educational material about the science of climate change and its impacts on Aotearoa thanks to NIWA’s new web section: .

Amazon Quietly Removes Some Dubious Coronavirus Books

Amazon Quietly Removes Some Dubious Coronavirus Books

Beyond saying that authors, publishers, and vendors are responsible for ensuring their books don’t violate any laws, the only other guideline is that Amazon may remove books that provide a “poor customer experience.”.

Ricoh's New Spin-Out Company Brings 360 Cameras Into Focus

Ricoh's New Spin-Out Company Brings 360 Cameras Into Focus

Vecnos is a new brand, spun out of the Japanese company Ricoh, which is known for its imaging products and printers as well as some of the best 360 cameras around.Photograph: Vecnos Vecnos' first product is a small 360-degree camera shaped like a wand.

TikTok Has a Pro-Anorexia Problem

TikTok Has a Pro-Anorexia Problem

So it’s no surprise that, as Buzzfeed reported last month, some TikTok users have found disturbing pro-ana content on their For You page, a personalized section of the platform that displays videos users are likely to enjoy.

Everything Is Becoming Paywalled Content—Even You

Everything Is Becoming Paywalled Content—Even You

One night, before turning in for bed, you’ll scroll through Instagram, admiring one acquaintance in particular, deciding to follow their bio link to a private subscription-only page where they offer “premium” content (mostly nudes).

3 Ways for Big Tech to Protect Teens From Harm

3 Ways for Big Tech to Protect Teens From Harm

With our colleagues from Brainstorm, Stanford’s Lab for Mental Health Innovation, we’ve created guiding principles that companies can follow to create products that protect users and have potential to help: Do no harm :Do not allow teens to be harmed by what they consume.

America Needs a Ministry of Truth

America Needs a Ministry of Truth

That day, representatives learned that a “high school kid with a good graphics card can make this stuff.” That the creators of malicious deepfakes (the bad guys) and those working to identify and intercept fake content (the good guys) are locked in an unending arms race.

The UK Exited the EU—and Is Leaving a 'Meme Ban' Behind

The UK Exited the EU—and Is Leaving a 'Meme Ban' Behind

“Any future changes to the UK copyright framework will be considered as part of the usual domestic policy process.”.“Any future changes to the UK copyright framework will be considered as part of the domestic policy process.”.

Kingdom Hearts III Re: Mind Is the Antidote to Bad Endings

Kingdom Hearts III Re: Mind Is the Antidote to Bad Endings

Now, a year later, there's new downloadable content, in the form of Kingdom Hearts III Re: Mind, a post-ending scenario for the game that goes even further to make the finale less definitive.

Why Mark Zuckerberg’s Oversight Board May Kill His Political Ad Policy

Why Mark Zuckerberg’s Oversight Board May Kill His Political Ad Policy

After nearly two years, Facebook is almost done setting up its Oversight Board, an independent panel with the power to override Facebook’s most contentious decisions on controversial content.

Patreon Can't Solve Its Porn Pirate Problem

Patreon Can't Solve Its Porn Pirate Problem

“Patreon has definitely been aware of yiff.party since 2015, but that's the only instance of them directly contacting me,” Dozes says.Patreon says it also appealed to the company that hosts Yiff.

'Which Character Are You?' Instagram Filters Are Radically Dumb

'Which Character Are You?' Instagram Filters Are Radically Dumb

Some of them were people I knew liked Pokémon, but more than a few were non-gamers who were simply curious enough to have an app tell them something they didn’t really need to know.

Facebook Removes Accounts With AI-Generated Profile Photos

Facebook Removes Accounts With AI-Generated Profile Photos

A report by Graphika and DFRLab researchers, found that the majority of The BL network’s fake accounts were used to maintain a cluster of over 80 groups and pages promoting President Trump.

The Future of Sex Work Slams Up Against Big Tech

The Future of Sex Work Slams Up Against Big Tech

“As has been the trend, sex-positive imagery of any kind is slowly being washed away from social media,” Ford said, adding that he can imagine a future on these major platforms where adult content is forbidden completely.

Pinterest Has a New Plan to Address Self-Harm

Pinterest Has a New Plan to Address Self-Harm

The company launched an initiative over the summer called “compassionate search ,” which aimed to help Pinterest users combat stress and anxiety by channeling negative emotions into exercises like guided breathing or journaling.

Disney+ Is Here—and It's a Fully Formed Streaming Juggernaut

Disney+ Is Here—and It's a Fully Formed Streaming Juggernaut

It’s hard to overstate the advantage this gives Disney over fellow newcomers like Apple TV+ and the forthcoming HBO Max. And it's important to understand that Disney’s head start comes not only from its extensive back catalog of TV shows and movies but also from a technological prowess in this space that that few companies can match.

Anti-Deepfake Law in California Is Far Too Feeble

Anti-Deepfake Law in California Is Far Too Feeble

Because of the high burden of proof to determine actual malice, a lengthy review process will likely ensue and allow the deepfake to continue to spread.

TikTok, Under Scrutiny, Distances Itself From China

TikTok, Under Scrutiny, Distances Itself From China

It wasn’t the first time this month that lawmakers have questioned the security and content moderation practices of TikTok. Two weeks ago, Senator Marco Rubio (R-Florida) called for the Committee on Foreign Investment to investigate ByteDance’s 2017 acquisition of , a lip-syncing app popular in the US that was later merged with TikTok. On Twitter, Rubio said he was concerned TikTok is “censoring content in line with #China’s communist government directives.”.

Zuckerberg Doubles Down on Free Speech—the Facebook Way

Zuckerberg Doubles Down on Free Speech—the Facebook Way

Maybe the most powerful part of the speech was when he said, “I’m not going to be around forever,” and so he thinks it essential to deeply embed free speech values into Facebook so the company continues giving voice to people long after he’s gone.