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Locating The Netherlands' Most Wanted Criminal By Scrutinising Instagram - bellingcat - 0 views

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    "Locating The Netherlands' Most Wanted Criminal By Scrutinising Instagram"
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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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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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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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'So vague, it invites abuse': Twitter reviews controversial new privacy policy | Twitte... - 0 views

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    "Activists swiftly warned that the policy as it was published would backfire. The policy was vague and had been put together without much input from the communities most vulnerable to harassment and doxxing, the activists argued. They had little faith in Twitter's reporting and appeals process, which they described as unreliable, automated and allowing for little discussion about the enforcement of policies."
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Twitter admits bias in algorithm for rightwing politicians and news outlets | Twitter |... - 1 views

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    "Twitter has admitted it amplifies more tweets from rightwing politicians and news outlets than content from leftwing sources. The social media platform examined tweets from elected officials in seven countries - the UK, US, Canada, France, Germany, Spain and Japan. It also studied whether political content from news organisations was amplified on Twitter, focusing primarily on US news sources such as Fox News, the New York Times and BuzzFeed."
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Student proves Twitter algorithm 'bias' toward lighter, slimmer, younger faces | Twitte... - 0 views

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    "Twitter's image cropping algorithm prefers younger, slimmer faces with lighter skin, an investigation into algorithmic bias at the company has found. The finding, while embarrassing for the company, which had previously apologised to users after reports of bias, marks the successful conclusion of Twitter's first ever "algorithmic bug bounty"."
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Social networks' anti-racism policies belied by users' experience | Race | The Guardian - 1 views

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    ""The abhorrent racist abuse directed at England players last night has absolutely no place on Twitter," the social network said on Monday morning. A Facebook spokesperson said similarly: "No one should have to experience racist abuse anywhere, and we don't want it on Instagram." But the statements bore little relation to the experience of the company's users. On Instagram, where thousands left comments on the pages of Marcus Rashford, Bukayo Saka and Jadon Sancho, supportive users who tried to flag abuse to the platform were surprised by the response."
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    "The world's biggest social networks say racism isn't welcome on their platforms, but a combination of poor enforcement and weak rules have allowed hate to flourish."
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Trolls can be hunted down and rooted out. So why aren't social media giants doing it? |... - 0 views

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    "What might happen next? First the investigators would find out the culprits' names, telephone numbers, and where they lived. Then the authorities would be alerted. Shortly afterwards, accounts would be closed down. And, in the worst cases, the police would prosecute. Finally, as people began to realise that actions online had actual consequences, many would start modifying their behaviour. The tsunami of online hate might eventually become a sea swell."
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Johnson - Whatever you tweet may be used against you | Books & arts | The Economist - 0 views

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    "But a newsroom rebellion ended her tenure before it began. A group of employees wrote a letter protesting against her appointment because of several tweets she had written ten years earlier, when she was herself a teen. In them Ms McCammond reported Googling how to avoid waking up with "swollen, Asian eyes". She complained about the lack of an explanation for a poor mark in chemistry: "thanks a lot stupid Asian T.A. [teaching assistant]". She had apologised for these comments in the past, but a killing in Georgia on March 16th, in which six of the eight victims were Asian women, made them look even worse. Two days later Ms McCammond took to Twitter again-to say that she had agreed to renounce the Teen Vogue job."
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Twitter targets Covid vaccine misinformation with labels and 'strike' system | Twitter ... - 0 views

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    "Twitter is expanding its use of warning labels on tweets that contain misleading details about coronavirus vaccines. The move, announced in a blogpost on Monday, is designed to strengthen the social network's existing Covid-19 guidance, which has led to the removal of more than 8,400 tweets and challenged 11.5m accounts worldwide."
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Anonymity acts as a shield for bigotry - if you don't believe me, ask Schopenhauer | Ti... - 0 views

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    "n the never-ending calls for Twitter to better police its platform, the words of the philosopher Arthur Schopenhauer from 170 years ago remain relevant: "Every article, even in a newspaper, should be accompanied by the name of its author… so that when a man publicly proclaims through the far-sounding trumpet of the newspaper, he should be answerable for it, at any rate with his honour, if he has any; and if he has none, let his name neutralise the effect of his words… the result of such a measure would be to put an end to two-thirds of the newspaper lies, and to restrain the audacity of many a poisonous tongue.""
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The information warriors fighting 'robot zombie army' of coronavirus sceptics | World n... - 0 views

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    ""It's really easy to lose track on social media," Bowman said. "And most people are not on Twitter, but this stuff percolates on to Facebook, WhatsApp chats, everywhere." The ambition, Ritchie says, is not "for Toby Young to tweet, actually I was wrong. They're in an ideological system where they're not interested in a real debate. It's for the person who hears someone say something bizarre, and thinks, I don't know how to reply to that.""
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'The release of six decades of fear': Egypt's lost revolution | Egypt | The Guardian - 0 views

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    "By then, calls over social media for crowds to gather in areas of Cairo, and converge in public spaces had built an unstoppable momentum. "Social media was the most important tool in the revolution," said Abdelkarim. "People could communicate very easily and express themselves without any censorship." Mubarak's police state was over run by dissenters with smartphones and Facebook accounts."
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Trump Twitter: Republicans and Democrats split over freedom of speech | Donald Trump | ... - 0 views

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    "Twitter's decision to permanently suspend Donald Trump's account in the wake of the storming of Capitol Hill on Wednesday continues to stoke fierce debate, supporters and critics split on partisan lines as they contest what the suspension means for a cherished American tradition: freedom of speech."
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Sleeping Giants demand Google & Apple pull Parler app from stores over 'incitement' to ... - 0 views

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    "Users post violent and hateful content to Facebook and Twitter all the time, they argued - and no one was demanding those platforms get the boot from the app stores."
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Twitter hack shows why social media needs cybersecurity regulations - 0 views

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    "According to the report, Twitter's security "problems" were only exacerbated by the push to remote work necessitated by the coronavirus pandemic. Like many other newly remote workers, Twitter's employees experienced tech problems working from home. Hackers were able to capitalize on this, tricking at least one Twitter employee into believing the hacker was a member of Twitter's IT team."
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Twitter is developing a new misinfo moderation tool called Birdwatch - 0 views

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    "As Americans continue to grapple with media distrust, conspiracy theories, bots, trolls, and general panic amid multiple unprecedented crises, Twitter is once again trying a new method of identifying misinformation. A new feature in development at the social media platform, called "Birdwatch," was first reported by reverse engineer Jane Manchun Wong (h/t Tech Crunch) in early August. "
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Twitter apologises for 'racist' image-cropping algorithm | Twitter | The Guardian - 0 views

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    "But users began to spot flaws in the feature over the weekend. The first to highlight the issue was PhD student Colin Madland, who discovered the issue while highlighting a different racial bias in the video-conference software Zoom. When Madland, who is white, posted an image of himself and a black colleague who had been erased from a Zoom call after its algorithm failed to recognise his face, Twitter automatically cropped the image to only show Madland."
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