There’s a new tactic for exposing you to radical content online: the ‘slow red-pill’ | Joshua Citarella- Tempemail

I spend a lot of time on Instagram. Not posting stories, but researching Gen Z online political subcultures. That’s how I first stumbled across a content strategy that I’ve dubbed the “slow red-pill”. A red-pill – the name is taken from the famous scene in the Matrix – is something Continue Reading

Why it’s surprisingly important to report on ‘viral’ content- Tempemail

We often report on “viral internet” moments, and someone recently asked me why we bother. After all, if something has “gone viral”, then there’s a pretty high chance most people will have already seen it, right? Wrong, actually. Social media is so balkanised that a trend, idea, video format or Continue Reading

Twitter announces ‘Super Follows’ and ‘Ticketed Spaces’ features to allow users to monetise content- Tempemail

Twitter launched two new features on Tuesday – Ticketed Spaces and Super Follows – that allow select users to monetise audience support by charging money from others on the platform for access to their special content. Ticketed Spaces, the company said, can help users earn money from exclusive live audio Continue Reading

India orders removal of content referring to ‘Indian variant’ | Coronavirus- Tempemail

India’s government has ordered social media platforms to take down content that refers to the “Indian variant” of the coronavirus. The B.1.617.1 (previously called B.1.617) variant was first detected in India last year and has been blamed for much of the devastating Covid-19 wave that has battered south Asian nations Continue Reading

UK to require social media to protect ‘democratically important’ content | Social media- Tempemail

Social networks will be banned from discriminating against particular political viewpoints and required to protect “democratically important” content, the UK government has announced, as its landmark online safety bill finally heads to parliament. The additions to the bill, based on a white paper first drafted by Theresa May’s government in Continue Reading

How YouTubers turned running for London mayor into content | London mayoral election 2021

Niko Omilana will not be elected mayor of London next week. But the 23-year-old YouTuber prankster and mayoral candidate, who is currently polling just behind the Lib Dems and the Greens, is still likely to emerge from the contest as a winner. “Content is his priority,” said Omilana’s manager, Grace Continue Reading

Instagram apologises for promoting weight-loss content to users with eating disorders | Instagram- Tempemail

Instagram has apologised for a “mistake” which saw it promoting weight-loss content to users with eating disorders. A new feature on the social network provides users with suggested search terms based on their interests, with default prompts including terms such as “yard work”, “home decor” or “sunsets”. But some people Continue Reading

Decoding emojis and defining ‘support’: Facebook’s rules for content revealed | Facebook

They run to more than 300 pages, envisaging and exemplifying some of the most borderline and ethically challenging uses of the world’s biggest social network by its 2.8 billion monthly users. Secret Facebook guidelines seen by the Guardian show how the company controls its mainly outsourced moderators down to the Continue Reading

Twitter told to delete Russian opposition’s online news content | Russia- Tempemail

Russia’s media watchdog has told Twitter to delete the account of an opposition news outlet following threats from Moscow to block the social network entirely if it did not remove “banned content” within a month. The moves are part of a wider crackdown on social media and the opposition after Continue Reading

Facebook’s long-awaited content ‘supreme court’ has arrived. It’s a clever sham | Facebook- Tempemail

In October, Facebook unveiled its long-awaited “oversight board” – a special, semi-independent body, staffed mainly by experts on free speech and constitutional law, with the authority to make decisions about controversial content posted on Facebook’s platform. Sometimes described as Facebook’s “supreme court”, the oversight board has been met, in the Continue Reading