Why did it take so long for Reddit and Facebook to block racist groups? | Siva Vaidhyanathan | Opinion- Tempemail

This week, in a matter of just 48 hours, several social media companies made major changes to how their platforms are and can be used. Reddit deleted a group, or “subreddit”, called “The Donald” that was known for encouraging targeted harassment and hate speech. YouTube banned videos from white supremacists Continue Reading

Greta Thunberg hits out at leaders who use her fame to ‘look good’ | Environment- Tempemail

Environmental campaigner Greta Thunberg has hit out at world leaders for wanting to be pictured with her to “look good”. The 17-year-old became a global star thanks to her activism, and gave a powerful speech at the United Nations climate change summit in September in which she told world leaders: Continue Reading

Future’s bright for Mabel, Olive and lockdown’s other unlikely stars | Media- Tempemail

Mucking around on Twitter can lead to extraordinary things. For a handful of creative people, including the experienced sports commentator Andrew Cotter, the boredom that threatened in lockdown has become a golden opportunity. Thanks partly to Cotter’s labradors, Mabel and Olive, and his hugely popular online commentaries on their antics, Continue Reading

Exclusive: Viber severs ties with Facebook in growing boycott | Technology- Tempemail

Messaging service Viber, the fifth biggest with more than a billion users around the world, is severing all ties to Facebook, as part of a growing boycott of the company by commercial partners. The campaign, initially started in the US after Facebook’s refusal to take action against posts from Donald Continue Reading

‘I have more followers than the C of E’: meet the religious stars of Instagram | World news- Tempemail

‘A friend says his Insta is full of boobs and bums – I’m a breath of fresh air’: Rev Chris Lee, 37, Church of England priest, London In 2015, my friends invited me to do a slot called Rev Chris Reacts on their YouTube channels. I appeared in my dog-collar, Continue Reading

‘Stop treating protests like Coachella’: influencers criticized for capitalizing on movement | Media- Tempemail

As the world faces a reckoning over racism and police violence, social media influencers are being blasted for making the movement about themselves. Some influencers are being exposed for staging photoshoots within protests while others are being called out for participating in makeup trends that promote blackface. Kris Schatzel, an Continue Reading

Twitter aims to limit people sharing articles they have not read | Technology- Tempemail

Twitter is trying to stop people from sharing articles they have not read, in an experiment the company hopes will “promote informed discussion” on social media. In the test, pushed to some users on Android devices, the company is introducing a prompt asking people if they really want to retweet Continue Reading

Online influencers under fire for blacking up in support of BLM | Media- Tempemail

Social media influencers have been criticised for attempting to show solidarity with the Black Lives Matter movement by blacking up. Souhila Ben Lachhab, an Algerian singer and actor with 1.6 million followers, was one of a number of influencers to post photos of themselves with their faces painted half black. Continue Reading

EU says China behind ‘huge wave’ of Covid-19 disinformation | World news- Tempemail

China has been accused by Brussels of running disinformation campaigns inside the European Union, as the bloc set out a plan to tackle a “huge wave” of false facts about the coronavirus pandemic  The European commission said Russia and China were running “targeted influence operations and disinformation campaigns in the Continue Reading

Microsoft’s robot editor confuses mixed-race Little Mix singers | Technology

Microsoft’s decision to replace human journalists with robots has backfired, after the tech company’s artificial intelligence software illustrated a news story about racism with a photo of the wrong mixed-race member of the band Little Mix. A week after the Guardian revealed plans to fire the human editors who run Continue Reading