There’s No Excuse to Ignore Warnings of Domestic Terrorism

There’s No Excuse to Ignore Warnings of Domestic Terrorism

The rioters present had talked extensively on publicly accessible social media about their plans to storm the Capitol and commit violence, and private citizens and law enforcement agencies had raised concerns with Capitol and DC police.Fortunately, social media still holds plenty of information about plans for more violence, and this time we can be more prepared.

The Tweets That Got Trump Banned Were Far From His Worst

The Tweets That Got Trump Banned Were Far From His Worst

On Friday night, with just 12 days left in his presidency and two days after a mob of his supporters stormed the US Capitol, leading to several deaths, Twitter said it had permanently suspended Trump’s account “due to the risk of further incitement of violence.” The pair of tweets that did him in, however, wouldn't even crack his thousand most egregious:.

Platforms Must Pay for Their Role in the Insurrection

Platforms Must Pay for Their Role in the Insurrection

President Trump and his enablers in government and right-wing media will shoulder the blame for Wednesday’s insurrection at the US Capitol, but internet platforms—Facebook, Instagram, YouTube, and Twitter, in particular—have played a fomenting and facilitating role that no one should overlook.

Even Mark Zuckerberg Has Had Enough of Trump

Even Mark Zuckerberg Has Had Enough of Trump

As of Thursday morning, following a day in which a mob of the president’s supporters violently invaded the US Capitol, the president’s Twitter account was temporarily frozen; YouTube had taken down his latest video; and, most remarkably, Mark Zuckerberg had announced that Trump’s Facebook and Instagram accounts were suspended indefinitely.

Cyberpunk 2077 and the Meaning of Its Deadly Dildos

Cyberpunk 2077 and the Meaning of Its Deadly Dildos

“We're going to adjust them so that the dildos don't appear too out of place/context and distracting.” Meanwhile, a designer at the company who told me that he wished to remain anonymous an account of the “tumultuous PR” around the game said they’d put in all the dildos for two reasons: to be controversial, and also “to represent the cyberpunk future as sex-positive.”.

What Will Happen to the Far-Right After Trump?

What Will Happen to the Far-Right After Trump?

Many experts were looking to Saturday’s Million MAGA March as a kind of violence-and-extremism barometer, but, much like the election itself, it wasn’t decisive enough to be entirely comforting.“Trump was just kind of a golden goose,” says Shannon Reid, who researches street gangs and white power at UNC Charlotte.

Democracy Will Only Work If the Social Media Giants Grow Up

Democracy Will Only Work If the Social Media Giants Grow Up

With more Americans than ever working, going to school, and gathering online, social media platforms have an urgent responsibility to step up in order to ensure the integrity of this election.

A Hidden Risk for Domestic Violence Victims: Family Phone Plans

A Hidden Risk for Domestic Violence Victims: Family Phone Plans

Researchers at St. Vincent’s lab provide free technology assistance to survivors in New York City in partnership with the Mayor’s Office to End Domestic and Gender-Based Violence, many of whom are struggling with the privacy implications of being on a shared family plan.

The World Was Primed for Protest Conspiracy Theories

The World Was Primed for Protest Conspiracy Theories

As protests against police brutality and systemic racism, sparked by the death of unarmed black man George Floyd at the hands of Minneapolis police, grip the nation, so too does misinformation.

How to Take Photos at Protests Safely—and Responsibly

How to Take Photos at Protests Safely—and Responsibly

If you’re going to head out to protest these and other injustices, and take photos while you do so—as is your First Amendment right—there are some things you should keep in mind.

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.”.

The Game Developers Conference Is Now Scheduled for Summer

The Game Developers Conference Is Now Scheduled for Summer

GameStop, the country's most prominent videogame retailer, is working hard to remain open during Covid-19, apparently regardless of the toll that could have on their employees or overall public health.Today, Kotaku again reports that GameStop has closed its stores in California, but retail locations in other states remain open.

5 Comics You Need to Read After Watching Birds of Prey

5 Comics You Need to Read After Watching Birds of Prey

How to read it: Available digitally or in the Birds of Prey: Black Canary collected print edition.How to read it: Available digitally or in the Gotham Central Book 1: In The Line of Duty collected print edition.

The 10 Most Anticipated Games of 2020

The 10 Most Anticipated Games of 2020

It's easy to feel stupid looking at the promotional materials for Final Fantasy VII Remake, the first part in what looks like a whole series of games recreating the original Japanese role-playing game in lavish real-time 3D.

Uber's Crime Report Is ‘Highly Alarming,’ Says a Criminologist

Uber's Crime Report Is ‘Highly Alarming,’ Says a Criminologist

More than 3,000 people reported sexual assaults related to Uber rides in the US last year, the ride-hail company said Thursday in a long-awaited report on violence and safety—an average of eight per day.

Police Shootings May Be Causing Black Infants Long-Term Harm

Police Shootings May Be Causing Black Infants Long-Term Harm

He focused on two markers of infant health—gestational age and birth weight—and compared them with the data on police shootings in California over the same nine-year period.White and Hispanic infants didn’t seem to be affected, and police shootings of unarmed victims of other races didn’t produce a strong effect either.

Meet a Mad Scientist Who Flies Into Hurricanes

Meet a Mad Scientist Who Flies Into Hurricanes

If those forecasters don’t call it right , if they don’t nail down where the hurricane might make landfall and with what degree of intensity, people lose their lives.

Like Guns, Social Media Is a Weapon That Should Be Regulated

Like Guns, Social Media Is a Weapon That Should Be Regulated

The decision by the Sri Lankan government this week to shut down the big social networks—including Facebook, WhatsApp, YouTube, and Snapchat—in the aftermath of an Easter day terrorist attack on three Catholic churches and three upscale hotels feels like a turning point in our relationship with these platforms.

In the Face of Danger, We’re Turning to Surveillance

In the Face of Danger, We’re Turning to Surveillance

But they’re emblematic of something that’s happening more and more in the United States right now: people turning to surveillance, and specifically biometric surveillance like facial recognition technology, as a result of the US’s inability to take action to stop gun violence.

How GPS Tracking Technology Can Curb Domestic Violence

How GPS Tracking Technology Can Curb Domestic Violence

How GPS Tracking Technology Can Curb Domestic Violence Cheryl Chenet/Corbis/Getty Images When the US government shut down on December 21st there was an overlooked victim: the Violence Against Women Act, which expired the same day.

The Year the Alt-Right Went Underground

The Year the Alt-Right Went Underground

But in its place has come something shadowier and far older: an underground white supremacist movement operating on society’s fringes, and a culture that disavows the racists while quietly mainstreaming their ideas.

Amnesty Report Finds, Yes, Twitter Is Toxic for Women

Amnesty Report Finds, Yes, Twitter Is Toxic for Women

“We have the data to back up what women have long been telling us—that Twitter is a place where racism, misogyny and homophobia are allowed to flourish basically unchecked.”The study looked at 778 women journalists and politicians in the US and UK, and found that 7.1 percent of tweets sent to them last year were abusive or problematic.

The Case for Viral ‘Call-Out’ Culture

The Case for Viral ‘Call-Out’ Culture

We did everything.”The video showcases just the kind of furious entitlement and everyday racism progressives on the internet have been calling out all year: This student is just the college campus version of the people screaming at Spanish speakers in restaurants and grocery stores, or the many, many, many people who have called the police on black people doing things like mowing lawns, being in Starbucks, or doing community service.

How WhatsApp Fuels Fake News and Violence in India

How WhatsApp Fuels Fake News and Violence in India

New research shows that WhatsApp usage can exacerbate groupthink, sometimes mobilizing groups into acts of violence.Starting last spring, the platform began being linked to incidents of mob killings, most of which fit a similar pattern: People deemed to be “outsiders” were targeted by large mobs accusing them of being child kidnappers after rumors to be on the lookout circulated on WhatsApp. Some of these false rumors appeared in the form of highly convincing doctored bulletins from local police; others used the photos from Syria and manipulated videos.Killings occurred in May and June, but the high death toll in the Dhule incident marked a tipping point for the government.

The US Is the Only Country Where There Are More Guns Than People

The US Is the Only Country Where There Are More Guns Than People

Today, the US boasts more firearms than residents.Canada, for its part, may have a lot of guns as well, as the chart below shows, but its citizens don't often die from gunfire; the country ranks 72nd in the world for deaths from firearms.