Bill Doskoch: Media, BPS*, Film, Minutiae

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‘Beware The False Temptations Of The Russia Story’

Some on the U.S. left are becoming as crazed by anti-Russia stories as their rightwing counterparts were by anti-Hillary stories during the U.S. election — and that’s making them targets for false news, writes Ben Smith.

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Wed, March 15 2017 » * Big Picture Stuff, Main Page, Media » Comments Off on ‘Beware The False Temptations Of The Russia Story’

Twitter to use algorithms to target objectionable users

The lede: “Twitter Inc. on Wednesday launched a wider effort to use algorithms to identify accounts as potentially engaging in abusive behavior, a departure from its practice of relying on users to report accounts that should be reviewed for possible violation of its rules.”

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Wed, March 1 2017 » Main Page, Media » Comments Off on Twitter to use algorithms to target objectionable users

Twitter losing its wings relative to other social platforms

Some people once referred to Twitter as the new telegraph. But relative to Facebook, Snapchat and Instagram, its star has considerably dimmed with digital publishers.

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Thu, December 8 2016 » Main Page, Media » Comments Off on Twitter losing its wings relative to other social platforms

A case study in fake news going viral

From the NYT tweet: “How one tweet from a 35-year-old with 40 followers started a nationwide conspiracy theory about anti-Trump protests.”

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Fri, November 25 2016 » Main Page, Media, politics » Comments Off on A case study in fake news going viral

Twitter bans some prominent alt-right accounts

Lede: “Twitter is cracking down on accounts belonging to members of the alt-right movement in the wake of Donald Trump‘s victory in the presidential election, USA Today reported Wednesday.”

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Wed, November 16 2016 » Main Page, Media » Comments Off on Twitter bans some prominent alt-right accounts

Twitter to phase out Vine video app

Sometime in the next few months or so, Twitter says it will pull the plug on Vine, a micro-video service dedicated to looping videos lasting about six seconds each.

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Thu, October 27 2016 » Main Page, Media » Comments Off on Twitter to phase out Vine video app

Facebook, Twitter to join fight against fake news

The lede: “Facebook Inc and Twitter Inc have joined a network of over 30 news and technology companies to tackle fake news and improve the quality of information on social media, the group said on Tuesday.”

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Tue, September 13 2016 » Main Page, Media » Comments Off on Facebook, Twitter to join fight against fake news

White nationalists more active on Twitter than Islamic State

Compared to Islamic State, white nationalists and neo-Nazis operating mainly in the U.S. do so with “relative impunity” and have far more followers, a new report has found.

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Thu, September 1 2016 » * Big Picture Stuff, Main Page » Comments Off on White nationalists more active on Twitter than Islamic State

Using social media to report on Islamic State

Rukmini Callamachi covers Islamic State and al Qaeda for the New York Times. This Wired Q-and-A looks at how she uses social media to further her journalism.

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Sat, August 6 2016 » Main Page, Media » Comments Off on Using social media to report on Islamic State

Toronto Life on the Great Twitter Harassment case

Toronto Life has a full feature on the great Twitter spat in Toronto involving Stephanie Guthrie, Heather Reilly and Gregory Alan ElliottĀ  (“War of the hashtaggers“). It all boiled down to one question: what constitutes criminal harassment in the age of social media?” said the subhead above the byline of Alexandra Kimball. I didn’t find […]

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Tue, May 31 2016 » Main Page, Media » Comments Off on Toronto Life on the Great Twitter Harassment case