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How TikTok is turning a generation of video addicts into a data goldmine | John Naughto... - 0 views

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    "After lunch at a friend's house, his host motioned to him to observe his 11-year-old son, who "walked to the couch and lay on his side. With his arm extended in front of him cradling his phone, he… went vacant. For the next hour, he was comatose. No signs of life other than his open eyes and an occasional finger swipe. 'We have to make him stop, pull him out, every time,' his dad said. My head filled with images of opium dens in China. Something about the stillness, the lying on his side." There are two insights to be derived from this domestic scene. The first is that the addictive properties of social media have been ratcheted up a further notch. In metaphorical terms, if Instagram and YouTube dispense marijuana, then TikTok provides "digital crack cocaine", as Forbes magazine once colourfully expressed it."
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It looks like China did have access to U.S. TikTok user data | Mashable - 0 views

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    "TikTok has already come under fire for its data collection, and this is just another step in yet another app collecting information on its users and doing whatever it pleases with it. It seems being online in 2022 is becoming more and more difficult to do while maintaining some semblance of privacy and data autonomy."
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Taking a break from social media improves psychological well-being, depression, and anx... - 0 views

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    "The researchers noted that different platforms appeared to be associated with different psychological outcomes. "For example, our results indicated that reducing time spent on Twitter and TikTok may mediate the effect abstaining has on reductions in symptoms of depression, whereas only TikTok mediates reductions in anxiety," they explained."
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Facebook blames hate speech ads on mistake, immediately approves more hate speech ads |... - 0 views

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    ""We submitted another two examples of real-life Amharic-language hate speech to them a week later," said Global Witness. "Both ads were, again, accepted by Facebook for publication within a matter of hours.""
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How Harmful Is Social Media? | The New Yorker - 0 views

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    "There's so much focus on sweeping claims that aren't actionable, or unfounded claims we can contradict with data, that are crowding out the harms we can demonstrate, and the things we can test, that could make social media better." He added, "We're years into this, and we're still having an uninformed conversation about social media. It's totally wild.""
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Elon Musk pledges to overturn Twitter's ban on Donald Trump | Elon Musk | The Guardian - 0 views

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    ""I would reverse the permanent ban," Musk said on Tuesday, speaking via video link at a car industry conference organised by the Financial Times. "I do think it was not correct to ban Donald Trump," he said. "I think that was a mistake. It alienated the country and did not result in Donald Trump not having a voice."
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Philippines election: torture survivors from Marcos era in shock after son's win | Phil... - 0 views

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    "Activists say that, either way, Marcos did not conduct his campaign fairly. "He flooded social media with historical distortions and refused to engage the media to answer the painful questions that we wanted him to address," said Ilagan, who said the campaign was based on "trickery and historical distortions"."
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Microsoft Channels 'Black Mirror': Turn Deceased People Into Chatbots | IndieWire - 0 views

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    "As reported by The Independent this week, Microsoft has been granted a patent that allows the company "to make a chatbot using the personal information of deceased people." Under the patent, Microsoft can create an artificial intelligence bot "based on images, voice data, social media posts, electronic message, and more personal information" of a deceased person."
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I built a life on oversharing - until I saw its costs, and learned the quiet thrill of ... - 0 views

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    "I'm now realising that complete openness was limiting. Privacy is a cloak, under which we are at liberty to explore the intricacies of the self, beholden to no audience other than ourselves. I have grown up in a generation that overshares in order to be heard. Only through the slow, gruelling process of learning to be private am I really beginning to listen to myself."
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Russia's trolling on Ukraine gets 'incredible traction' on TikTok | Russia | The Guardian - 0 views

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    "Russia's online trolling operation is becoming increasingly decentralised and is gaining "incredible traction" on TikTok with misinformation aimed at sowing doubt over events in Ukraine, a US social media researcher has warned."
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Facebook moderators call on firm to do more about posts praising Bucha atrocities | Tec... - 0 views

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    "That ties their hands in how they can treat content related to the killings, they say, and forces them to leave up some content they believe ought to be removed. "It's been a month since the massacre and mass graves in Bucha, but this event hasn't been even designated a 'violating event', let alone a hate crime," said one moderator, who spoke to the Guardian on condition of anonymity. "On that same day there was a shooting in the US, with one fatality and two casualties, and this was declared a violating event within three hours.""
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'Voice of April': Chinese netizens get creative to keep censored film on social media |... - 0 views

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    "A virtual protest has taken place on China's heavily monitored social media platforms, where netizens took turns to keep a censored video called the Voice of April alive and overwhelm censors."
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Facebook struggles as Russia steps up presence in unstable west Africa | World news | T... - 0 views

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    "A report by investigators from the Digital Forensic Lab, a global network of digital forensic researchers run by US-based thinktank the Atlantic Council, reveals how pro-Russian Facebook pages in Mali coordinated support for anti-democracy protests and the Wagner group, a controversial Russian private military contractor that was invited into the unstable country last year after the overthrow of President Bah N'daw by the military."
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How Silicon Valley's Russia crackdown proves its power - and its threat | April Glaser,... - 0 views

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    "Tech companies around the world appeared to listen. The very public and very swift removal of Russian channels on social media represented a sea change from years of prior content moderation decisions, when government requests for removals were often done with less fanfare and were frequently met with ire from human rights groups."
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Russian "influencers" recite identical denunciations of Ukraine | Boing Boing - 0 views

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    "These are yet more children getting conscripted, tik tok and all, into Putin's worst war yet. It's his western fellow travelers and apologists to get coarse at, the smilers with the knives under their cloaks."
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I've been waiting 15 years for Facebook to die. I'm more hopeful than ever | Cory Docto... - 0 views

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    "My prediction failed. For a decade and a half, Facebook resisted the fate of all the social networks that preceded it. In hindsight, it's easy to see why: it cheated. The company used investor cash to buy and neutralize competitors ("Kids are leaving Facebook for Insta? Fine, we'll buy Insta. We know you value choice!"). It allegedly spied on users through the deceptive use of apps such as Onavo and exploited the intelligence to defeat rivals. More than anything, it ratcheted up "switching costs.""
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'Making music is about making assets for social media': pop stars battle digital burnou... - 0 views

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    "Ultimately, despite all the pitfalls of social media, there may be no going back. "Sometimes I wish the electrical grid would go down so I wouldn't have to do it any more," says Quin. "But we're in the maze and I don't know how to get out.""
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Truth Social: beta testers get a glimpse of Donald Trump's new social media app | Donal... - 0 views

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    "Truth Social allows users to post and share a "truth" the same way they would with a tweet. There are no ads, according to Willis and a second source familiar with TMTG. Users choose who they follow and the feed is a mix of individual posts and an RSS-like news feed. They will be alerted if someone mentions or begins following them."
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Facebook mistakenly banning ok content a growing problem | Thaiger - 0 views

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    "People have been censored or blocked from the platform because their names sounded too fake. Ads for clothing disabled people we removed buy algorithms that believed they were breaking the rules and promoting medical devices. The Vienna Tourist Board had to move to adult content friendly site OnlyFans to share works of art from their museum after Facebook removed photos of paintings. Words that have rude popular meanings but other more specific definitions in certain circles - like "hoe" amongst gardeners, or "cock" amongst chicken farmers or gun enthusiasts - can land people in the so-called "Facebook jail" for days or even weeks."
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Why Nigeria Has Finally Lifted Its Twitter Ban - 0 views

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    "The Nigerian government reinstated Twitter on Jan 13, 2022, after Twitter agreed to conditions issued by the Nigerian government, according to CNN. Notably, one of these conditions includes "managing prohibited publication in line with Nigerian law". Twitter also has to comply with "applicable tax obligations on its operations under Nigerian law" as well as enroll Nigeria in its Partner Support and Law Enforcement Portals."
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