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Prince William criticises social media firms

The Duke of Cambridge has accused social media firms of being “on the back foot” when dealing with fake news, privacy issues and cyber-bullying. In a speech given at the BBC, Prince William said social networks had allowed “misinformation and conspiracy to pollute the public sphere”. “Their self-image is so grounded in their positive power […]

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Gab, Social Network Favored By The Far Right, Goes Back Online

Gab, a social network popular among alt-right activists and white nationalists, went back online Sunday after having gone dark following the mass shooting at a Pittsburgh synagogue, which killed 11 people. The platform, a self-labeled champion of free speech, was dropped by domain provider GoDaddy.com last week. It announced its return Sunday evening with a new […]

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Gab, Social Network Favored By The Far-Right, Goes Offline After Synagogue Shooting

Gab.com, the self-described “free speech social media platform” popular with alt-right activists and white nationalists, has gone offline after facing widespread backlash in the aftermath of Saturday’s mass shooting at a Pittsburgh synagogue. Several companies that had provided Gab with crucial services to keep the site running ― including its domain provider ― have cut […]

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Social media moderators: Blur your eyes

“When I left, I didn’t shake anyone’s hand for three years. I’d seen what people do and how disgusting they are. I didn’t want to touch anyone. I was disgusted by humanity.” Roz Bowden is talking about her time as a content moderator at MySpace, viewing the very worst the internet could throw at her […]

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MIT, Adobe’s new A.I. could bring one-click background removal, social filters

[embedded content] Removing a background from a photo is a time-consuming process — but researchers from MIT, Adobe, and Microsoft may have just created technology that will allow for one-click background removal, even around tough edges like hair and fur. The process, called semantic soft segmentation, uses color and texture to automatically separate the image […]

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Scroll Free September: Social media users urged to log off

Social media devotees are being encouraged to “take back control” and stop scrolling through their feeds for an entire month. The Royal Public Health Society is behind Scroll Free September, which is targeting users of Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and Snapchat. It believes logging off could improve sleep, relationships and wellbeing. NHS England said it was […]

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State of the Art: What Stays on Facebook and What Goes? The Social Network Cannot Answer

State of the Art What Stays on Facebook and What Goes? The Social Network Cannot Answer ImageFacebook executives from Mark Zuckerberg on down have been almost comically tripped up by some of the most basic questions the site faces.CreditGerard Julien/Agence France-Presse — Getty Images By Farhad Manjoo July 19, 2018 Facebook was once the most […]

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Social (Net)Work: Fake news spreads faster than truth, but bots aren’t to blame

[embedded content] Criticism for hate speech, extremism, fake news and other content that violates community standards has the largest social media networks strengthening policies, adding staff, and re-working algorithms. In the Social (Net)Work Series, we explore what social platforms are doing, what works, what doesn’t, and possibilities for improvement.  Sequestered in the dormitory as the […]