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Charlie Warzel / BuzzFeed:
“This Is Just Like GamerGate”: How The Pro-Trump Media Turned James Damore Into A Hero Overnight   —  A week ago, James Damore was anonymous.  Now, the Google engineer who lost his job after he wrote a viral anti-diversity screed has become an icon of the alt-right, with more than 40,000 Twitter followers …
Aug 11, 2017, 8:10 PMIn context
Michelle Broder Van Dyke / BuzzFeed:
Airbnb starts deactivating accounts of some people booking rentals to attend “Unite the Right” rally in Charlottesville, VA, citing community rules   —  The rally is set to take place in a Virginia park where earlier this year white supremacists gathered with torches to protest the removal of a Confederate statue.
Aug 9, 2017, 7:10 AMIn context
BuzzFeed:
Study of 450+ websites, associated Facebook pages, and their owners reveals inner workings of partisan pages: FB is kingmaker, right-wing's more prolific, more   —  How ideologues, opportunists, growth hackers, and internet marketers built a massive new universe of partisan news on the web and on Facebook.
Aug 8, 2017, 12:25 PMIn context
Alex Kantrowitz / BuzzFeed:
Facebook-Google duopoly in online advertising has survived multiple challenges, such as Snap's rise, increasing worry among publishers and some advertisers   —  For well over a year now, the digital advertising and publishing industries have grappled with the growing power of Google and Facebook …
Aug 2, 2017, 5:30 PMIn context
Blake Montgomery / BuzzFeed:
PayPal, GoFundMe, and Patreon have suspended the accounts of high-profile members of the alt-right, causing a backlash and accusations of political bias   —  Prominent members of the so-called alt-right and other right-wing movements often rely on crowdfunding platforms and online payment processors …
Aug 2, 2017, 12:00 PMIn context
Ryan Mac / BuzzFeed:
Current and former SoundCloud employees describe the factors leading to its decline, including its attempt to compete head-on with music streaming giants   —  SoundCloud was once a platform beloved by listeners and creators, whose leaders hoped to revolutionize the music industry.
Jul 29, 2017, 11:20 PMIn context
Alex Kantrowitz / BuzzFeed:
Twitter Is Testing A $99-Per-Month Advertising Subscription Service   —  Twitter is testing an advertising subscription service that automatically promotes advertisers' tweets and profiles for $99 per month.  —  The service, if successful, could provide Twitter with a source of recurring revenue it can count on each month.
Jul 28, 2017, 12:05 PMIn context
Alex Kantrowitz / BuzzFeed:
Companies are increasingly paying Facebook to promote positive press, steering ad dollars away from publishers   —  When the workplace gossip app Blind expanded its product's availability earlier this summer, it got the word out via an age-old tactic: advertising.
Jul 25, 2017, 7:55 PMIn context
Charlie Warzel / BuzzFeed:
As Twitter rolls out new products to tackle abuse from anonymous accounts, users find their reports are often overlooked or handled in an opaque way   —  On July 3, Maggie H. opened up her Twitter mentions and found her face photoshopped into the crosshairs of a gunsight.
Jul 19, 2017, 2:20 PMIn context
Pranav Dixit / BuzzFeed:
Sources: Uber and Ola are considering using India's Aadhaar biometric system to screen drivers, while Airbnb is exploring using it to authenticate Indian hosts   —  An Indian visitor gives a thumb impression to withdraw money from his bank account with his Aadhaar card in January 2017.
Jul 19, 2017, 7:55 AMIn context

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