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Casey Newton / The Verge:
Twitter was down globally for just over an hour yesterday as the White House “social media summit” kicked off   —  When in doubt, ban yourself  —  Twitter appeared to be down for a large number of users across the United States on Thursday.  The company confirmed the issue to The Verge …
Jul 11, 2019, 4:10 PMIn context
Sam Rutherford / Gizmodo:
Google is testing Shoelace, a hyper-local social networking iOS and Android app, based on shared interests around events and activities, starting in NYC   —  Google has never made a successful social network, but you have to give the company some credit for never giving up.
Jul 11, 2019, 12:45 PMIn context
Casey Newton / The Verge:
CBP agents' and other closed Facebook Groups show how Facebook algorithms help racists, conspiracy theorists, and others find each other and recruit newbies   —  When private spaces bring bad actors together  —  It's been four months now since Facebook announced its intention to invest …
Jul 11, 2019, 7:30 AMIn context
Henry Giardina / Gizmodo:
Researchers, educators, writers, and activists talk about how trans people found each other in the early days of the internet   —  This week, we're looking at the state of free speech on the internet, how we got here, and where we're going.  —  Trans people have existed since the dawn of time.
Jul 10, 2019, 1:00 PMIn context
Kyle Wiggers / VentureBeat:
E-commerce startup Bolt, which provides a checkout, payments processing, and fraud prevention platform for online merchants, raises $68M Series B   —  Bolt — not to be confused with blockchain startup Bolt Labs, hardware investor Bolt, or the ride-sharing firm formerly known as Taxify …
Jul 9, 2019, 7:20 PMIn context
Joseph Cox / VICE:
GitHub removes reimplementations of DeepNude, a now-shuttered app that digitally removes clothing from images of women, citing violations of policy   —  After the creator of DeepNude shuttered its app that digitally undressed women, multiple people uploaded their own versions to GitHub.
Jul 9, 2019, 6:20 PMIn context
Kate Conger / New York Times:
Inside deliberations at Twitter on defining “dehumanizing speech” and its decision to limit enforcement on the issue to tweets about religious groups for now   —  SAN FRANCISCO — Last August, Twitter's top executives gathered at the company's headquarters to discuss how to make the site safer for its users.
Jul 9, 2019, 4:20 PMIn context
Neima Jahromi / New Yorker:
An overview of moderation challenges facing YouTube, which raise fundamental questions about what social media platforms have become and what they should be   —  The video giant's recent travails underscore a basic question: How “neutral” should social-media platforms try to be?
Jul 9, 2019, 2:05 PMIn context
Ann E. Marimow / Washington Post:
Federal appeals court rules that President Trump violated the First Amendment by blocking his critics on Twitter   —  President Trump cannot block his critics from the Twitter feed he regularly uses to communicate with the public, a federal appeals court said Tuesday, in a case with implications …
Jul 9, 2019, 11:49 AMIn context
Twitter:
Twitter updates its rules against hateful conduct, will now remove tweets that dehumanize people on the basis of their religion   —  We create our rules to keep people safe on Twitter, and they continuously evolve to reflect the realities of the world we operate within.
Jul 9, 2019, 11:34 AMIn context

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