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I've been writing this blog for almost 20 years now and while I've touched on politics from time to time, it's not a strong point and I've found that while arguing about stuff on the internets can be productive at times, these days it just makes me angry. Social media doesn't help. With all due respect to Twitter and Facebook, they're awful platforms for these sorts of discussions. They're optimized for "increased engagement" but that basically amounts to algorithms that seek to obliterate nuanc...
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Facebook Employees Stage Virtual Walkout Because of Zuckerberg’s Inaction Over Trump Posts

Facebook employees have staged a virtual walkout in protest of its CEO’s refusal to remove misleading and inflammatory posts made by President Trump. It’s the first walkout protest in the company’s history, reports the New York Times.Read more...
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A doctor starts her first YouTube channel

I am as nervous about writing this as I was when I first started my YouTube channel. Let me take you back to when I first decided to pursue medicine; I was a senior in high school, deciding between international business school or a pre-med degree. I was never one of those docs who had […] Find jobs at Careers by KevinMD.com. Search thousands of physician, PA, NP, and CRNA jobs now. Learn more.
Tags: Health, Social Media, OB/GYN, Urology, PA NP, CRNA


brands on TikTok

As more marketers jump on the TikTok bandwagon, Melissa Eshaghbeigi, strategist at design agency Jam3, observed: “It’s possible for you to create that brand moment you’re looking for, but it’s also possible that you’ll cause a cringe reaction from everyone watching.” TikTok is catnip for marketing plans right now: record app downloads, access to Generation Z, high engagement, and people looking for entertainment while sheltering in place. It’s no surprise that many brand teams are urge...
Tags: Social Media, Branding, Ann Handley, SoYoung, Melissa Eshaghbeigi


Citizens use police tracking apps and social media to expose US attacks on peaceful protesters

Impeached US President Donald Trump, in response to civil unrest surrounding the killing of George Floyd, over the weekend ordered US military and police forces to attack citizen protesters. President Trump appears to have seen footage of police officers throwing women to the curb, speeding cars into crowds, firing rubber bullets at reporters, and pushing a man with a cane to the ground — and has said: “Yes. We need more of that." — Matt Viser (@mviser) June 1, 2020 During the protests, violent ...
Tags: Startups, US, Social Media, Tech, United States, Donald Trump, Trump, Matt Viser, George Floyd


Facebook Employees Stage Virtual Walkout to Protest Trump Posts

While Twitter started labeling some of the president’s inflammatory posts, Facebook’s chief executive, Mark Zuckerberg, has said his company should leave them alone.
Tags: Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, Twitter, News, Social Media, Hiring and Promotion, Zuckerberg, Trump, Facebook Inc, Computers and the Internet, Donald J, Mark E


Facebook employees are speaking out against the company’s policies

They're angry that Facebook won't block posts promoting violence
Tags: Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, News, Trends, Social Media, Web, Freedom Of Speech, Facebook Employees, Content Moderation


Father of School Shooting Victim Takes On Smith & Wesson

A complaint to the Federal Trade Commission by a parent and two advocacy groups says the company “attracts, encourages and facilitates mass shooters.”
Tags: News, Social Media, Gun Control, Smith, Mass Shootings, Federal Trade Commission, Firearms, Fred, Wesson, Fla, Guttenberg, Parkland, Smith & Wesson, Advertising and Marketing, Everytown for Gun Safety, Computer and Video Games


Everyone Is Mad at Virgil Abloh Over the George Floyd Protests

The Off-White and Louis Vuitton designer has become a target of social media anger and frustration because of statements about the protests.
Tags: News, Social Media, Demonstrations, Louis Vuitton, Black Lives Matter Movement, Virgil, Fashion and apparel, Virgil Abloh, Protests and Riots, Race and Ethnicity, Abloh, Your-feed-fashion, George Floyd Protests (2020


It’s time for social media platforms to grow up

Twitter, Facebook, and others need to take responsibility for the quality of content that they distribute.
Tags: Facebook, Twitter, Opinion, Trends, Social Media, Donald Trump, Twitter Facebook, Op-eds


Corporate Voices Get Behind ‘Black Lives Matter’ Cause

Major companies are often wary of conflict, especially in a polarized time. But some are now taking a stand on racial injustice and police violence.
Tags: News, Social Media, Corporate Social Responsibility, Police Brutality, Discrimination, Jackie, Colin, Citigroup Inc, Floyd, Netflix Inc, adidas AG, Kaepernick, Nike Inc, AINA, Target Corporation, Nordstrom Inc


Facebook employees are rebelling against Zuckerberg’s inaction over Trump

Some employees are reportedly staging a virtual-walk out
Tags: Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, News, Trends, Social Media, Web, Freedom Of Speech, Zuckerberg, Trump, Facebook Employees, Content Moderation


Global Anger Grows Over George Floyd’s Death in Minneapolis

The widespread criticism reflects growing unease about America’s rapidly eroding moral authority on the world stage.
Tags: News, Minneapolis, America, Social Media, Indigenous Australians, Black People, Police Brutality, Demonstrations, Trump, Black Lives Matter Movement, Donald J, Protests and Riots, Misconduct and Shootings, George Floyd


Misinformation About George Floyd Protests Surges on Social Media

In the universe of false online information, Mr. Floyd remains alive and George Soros is to blame for the protests.
Tags: Twitter, News, Social Media, Police Brutality, Demonstrations, George, Floyd, George Soros, Facebook Inc, Soros, Protests and Riots, Misconduct and Shootings, Rumors and Misinformation, Fringe Groups and Movements, YouTube.com, George (d 2020


After Reality Star’s Death, Japan Vows to Rip the Mask Off Online Hate

While many in the country abhor the kind of harassment Hana Kimura endured before her apparent suicide, some warn that cracking down on it could also chill rising internet activism.
Tags: Twitter, Japan, News, Social Media, Facebook Inc, Kimura, Computers and the Internet, Cyberharassment, Suicides and Suicide Attempts, Freedom of Speech and Expression, Terrace House (TV Program, Hana Kimura, Hana (1997-2020


Global Anger Grows Over George Floyd Death, and Becomes an Anti-Trump Cudgel

Public outcries over racism in the United States erupted from Addis Ababa to Vancouver. China and Iran, criticized on human rights by the Trump administration, called the killing of Mr. Floyd a symbol of American hypocrisy.
Tags: News, Social Media, Iran, United States, Indigenous Australians, Black People, Police Brutality, Demonstrations, Trump, Addis Ababa, Black Lives Matter Movement, Floyd, Donald J, Protests and Riots, Misconduct and Shootings, Vancouver China


YouTube star Jake Paul denies looting Arizona mall during George Floyd protests

Footage emerges of 23-year-old in looted Scottsdale mallGeorge Floyd protests: live coverageDispatch from Minneapolis: the night the city cracked downThe YouTube star Jake Paul has denied taking part in looting at an Arizona mall on Saturday night.Video emerged on Sunday of Paul standing inside a looted mall in Scottsdale, Arizona. Continue reading...
Tags: Technology, Media, Minneapolis, Youtube, Social Media, World news, US news, Digital Media, Arizona, Scottsdale, PAUL, Floyd, Jake Paul, George Floyd, Scottsdale Arizona Continue


Covid-19 misinformation: pro-Trump and QAnon Twitter bots found to be worst offenders

Researchers find coordinated effort to promote conspiracy theory that coronavirus is a bioweapon engineered by ChinaMisinformation about the origins of Covid-19 is far more likely to be spread by pro-Trump, QAnon or Republican bots on Twitter than any other source, according to a study commissioned by the Australia Institute’s Centre for Responsible Technology.In late March, when the coronavirus pandemic was taking hold in the US and across much of the rest of the world, two researchers at Queen...
Tags: Facebook, Twitter, Social Networking, US, Social Media, Australia news, Digital Media, 5g, Trump, Axel Bruns, Coronavirus outbreak, Queensland University of Technology Timothy Graham


Facebook to verify the identities of some user profiles behind viral posts

Lost in the news of the George Floyd protests against police brutality and racism in the U.S., Facebook last week quietly noted it will now require Facebook Profile pages with large followings in the U.S. to verify their identity. The company said that profiles with sizable audiences, who also have a pattern of inauthentic behavior and whose posts rapidly go viral will be asked to verify their identity or the distribution of their posts will be impacted. If the profile’s owner chooses not to ver...
Tags: Social, Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, Instagram, Facebook Pages, Russia, Social Media, Tech, Fox News, Profiles, Trump, Facebook Profile, Facebook Page, U S Facebook, Page Publishing Authorization, George Floyd


‘We Are All George Floyd’: Global Anger Grows Over a Death in Minneapolis

On the streets of Berlin and Vancouver, in halls of power in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, and Beijing, a chorus of criticism broke out, reflecting growing unease about America’s rapidly eroding moral authority on the world stage.
Tags: News, Minneapolis, Berlin, America, Social Media, Beijing, Indigenous Australians, Vancouver, Black People, Police Brutality, Demonstrations, Trump, Black Lives Matter Movement, Floyd, ADDIS ABABA Ethiopia, Donald J


Facebook and Twitter Must Do More About Trump’s Tweets

Twitter is only bringing more attention to the president’s tweets, and Facebook’s strategy has been to do nothing.
Tags: Social Media, Computers and the Internet, Rumors and Misinformation, Politics and Government, United States Politics and Government, Facebook Inc, Twitter, Trump, Donald J



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