History-making woman kicker invited to Biden inauguration woman Joe Biden Nashville Kamala Harris AP- Tempemail

Sarah Fuller, the first woman to score in a Power Five conference football game, says she’s been invited to attend President-elect Joe Biden s inauguration on Wednesday. “It’s an honor to be invited to participate in one of America’s greatest traditions,” Fuller posted Sunday on social media. “This historic inauguration Continue Reading

We need stronger stories to counter political lies | Politics- Tempemail

Andy Beckett is right to say that our politics are being hollowed out, but Covid-19 is just part of that process (The pandemic has hollowed out our politics – but that can’t last forever, 14 January). The sheer weariness of public outrage may be true, but what outlets remain where Continue Reading

How Trump supporters are radicalised by the far right | Apps- Tempemail

Far right “playbooks” teaching white nationalists how to recruit and radicalise Trump supporters have surfaced on the encrypted messaging app Telegram ahead of Joe Biden’s inauguration. The documents, seen by the Observer, detail how to convert mainstream conservatives who have just joined Telegram into violent white supremacists. They were found Continue Reading

Control Facebook and mend broken societies… If only it were that simple | Social media- Tempemail

London is full of Pops. From the area around City Hall to parts of the Olympic Park, there are dozens of “privately owned public spaces”. Places that appear to be public but are owned by a private corporations and have their own regulations – many, for instance, ban the homeless Continue Reading

Deaths, self-immolation draw scrutiny on China tech giants China Employees company Employees pay- Tempemail

E-commerce workers who kept China fed during the coronavirus pandemic, making their billionaire bosses even richer, are so unhappy with their pay and treatment that one just set himself on fire in protest. China’s internet industries already were known for long, demanding days. With millions of families confined at home, Continue Reading

Trump social media ban sparks calls for action against other populist leaders | Social media- Tempemail

“I do not celebrate or feel pride,” the Twitter boss Jack Dorsey said this week after banishing Donald Trump. But for many around the world the decision brought hope: might similar action soon be taken against other populist provocateurs they accuse of using social media to stir chaos? “I have Continue Reading

Revealed: Tory MPs and commentators who joined banned app Parler | Conservatives- Tempemail

At least 14 Conservative MPs, including several ministers, cabinet minister Michael Gove and a number of prominent Tory commentators joined Parler, the social media platform favoured by the far right that was forced offline last week for hosting threats of violence and racist slurs. Parler was taken offline after Amazon Continue Reading

Social media’s selective historical memory is a human rights issue- Tempemail

Seventy-five years ago, prosecutors at the Nuremberg Trials, that followed World War II, made history in an unexpected way. They asked the court to dim the lights and enter into the record a new form of evidence to document human rights violations: A film. For more than an hour, horrific Continue Reading

The silencing of Trump has highlighted the authoritarian power of tech giants | Social media- Tempemail

It was eerily quiet on social media last week. That’s because Trump and his cultists had been “deplatformed”. By banning him, Twitter effectively took away the megaphone he’s been masterfully deploying since he ran for president. The shock of the 6 January assault on the Capitol was seismic enough to Continue Reading

How a Scottish postie’s simple sea shanty struck a global chord | Folk music- Tempemail

It is no exaggeration to say that sea shanties have changed Nathan Evans’s life. The 26-year-old postman from Airdrie, North Lanarkshire, has become a phenomenon online thanks to the driving, rhythmic a cappella music. The sea shanty genre has unexpectedly broken into the mainstream, having become something of a global Continue Reading