The Verge: Telepath is a buzzy new social network trying to fix what’s broken on Twitter

The Verge: Telepath is a buzzy new social network trying to fix what’s broken on Twitter. “The app, which like Clubhouse is available only in private beta and requires an invitation to use, resembles a hybrid of Twitter and Reddit. As on Twitter, the app opens to a central scrolling feed of updates from people and topics that you follow. And as on Reddit, every post must be created within a group, which Telepath calls a ‘network.’ But what stands out about Telepath is its approach to moderation — which is both more aggressive and more constructive than any I have ever seen in a venture-backed social app at this stage of development.”

Data Horde: Help Archive YouTube’s Community Contributions!

Data Horde: Help Archive YouTube’s Community Contributions!. “YouTube is removing their community contributions feature on September 28. In case you haven’t already heard, that’s the feature which allows viewers to add captions/subtitles, translated titles and video descriptions on videos. And YouTube seems to be pretty insistent on removing the feature, despite massive backlash. Now although YouTube have given their word to keep published community captions (and other contributions) online, there’s a small detail many people have overlooked. Last year, YouTube restricted the feature to only allow uploaders to publish contributions. As such, there are many many unpublished captions, title/description translations stuck in review.”

The Observer: CWU offering students Emotional Intelligence Badges for display on their social media platforms

The Observer: CWU offering students Emotional Intelligence Badges for display on their social media platforms. “[Central Washington University] is offering the first ever Emotional Intelligence Badges for students to display on their social media profiles through its new course, Emotional Intelligence for Professionals (BUS411). The course will lead students through five different modules that break down emotional intelligence, help them understand their own behaviors and work on workplace communication skills.”

BuzzFeed News: A Woman Who Survived Being Kidnapped By A Serial Killer Is Now Empowering Others On TikTok

BuzzFeed News: A Woman Who Survived Being Kidnapped By A Serial Killer Is Now Empowering Others On TikTok. “A woman who survived being kidnapped by a serial killer when she was 15 years old is inspiring hundreds of thousands of people on TikTok, where she has been sharing her story and advice on dealing with trauma and how to help victims.”

Feds: Amazon staffers took bribes to prop up sketchy merchants, products (Mashable)

Mashable: Feds: Amazon staffers took bribes to prop up sketchy merchants, products. “Sketchy merchants have been bribing Amazon employees and contractors to reinstate unsafe and counterfeit products on the e-commerce site and manipulate reviews, according to the U.S. Justice Department.”

Radio Free Europe: Belarusian Protesters Counter Authorities’ Moves With Online Tactics

Radio Free Europe: Belarusian Protesters Counter Authorities’ Moves With Online Tactics. “The risks are high, with opposition leaders such as Maryya Kalesnikava jailed after being accused of using media and the Internet to stage protests. But Belarusians are defying the authorities by going online to expose members of the security services cracking down on demonstrations, recruit volunteers, share news and information, and strategize methods of peaceful protest.”

Philippines Troll Patrol: The woman taking on trolls on their own turf (BBC)

BBC: Philippines Troll Patrol: The woman taking on trolls on their own turf. “The Philippines is playing a key role in the wave of disinformation sweeping the world. So-called troll farms are being used to create multiple fake social media accounts that post political propaganda and attack critics. But a group of people calling themselves the Troll Patrol are trying to use their own tactics against them, as the BBC’s Howard Johnson reports.”

Forward: Search ‘Jewish baby carriage,’ Google will return images of ovens

Forward: Search ‘Jewish baby carriage,’ Google will return images of ovens. “Enter ‘Jewish baby carriages’ into a Google Search and the first results to appear are images of ovens. Historical images of Jewish women pushing strollers and more recent images of Hasidic Jewish women are interspersed with disturbing photos of large black ovens.”

Former Facebook manager: “We took a page from Big Tobacco’s playbook” (Ars Technica)

Ars Technica: Former Facebook manager: “We took a page from Big Tobacco’s playbook”. “Speaking to Congress today, the former Facebook manager first tasked with making the company make money did not mince words about his role. He told lawmakers that the company ‘took a page from Big Tobacco’s playbook, working to make our offering addictive at the outset’ and arguing that his former employer has been hugely detrimental to society.”

WFPL: Louisville Jail Shuts Down Public Inmate Log Amid Record Protest Arrests

WFPL: Louisville Jail Shuts Down Public Inmate Log Amid Record Protest Arrests. “The Louisville Metro Police Department made 127 arrests on Wednesday as protests roiled the city. It’s the most arrests LMPD has made on a single night since demonstrations began on May 28, and every other night, the Louisville Metro Department of Corrections made available an online database of who is currently sitting in the Louisville jail. But that wasn’t available for the 127 people arrested in the hours after the grand jury announced an indictment in the Breonna Taylor case. The agency’s online booking log, which allows users to search for individuals currently in custody, has been offline since at least Wednesday.”

University of Illinois at Chicago: Alkebuluan Merriweather (BA, 2019) launches Black Matriarch Archive

University of Illinois at Chicago: Alkebuluan Merriweather (BA, 2019) launches Black Matriarch Archive . “Alumna Alkebuluan Merriweather (BA, 2019) has launched a digital platform titled Black Matriarch Archive. Black Matriarch Archive is a digital platform and archive that seeks to encourage members of the African diaspora to submit images and video documentation of black elders, whether they may be grandmothers, great-aunts, godmothers, or caregivers.” This is a project that uses Instagram as its platform. It’s early days.

The Verge: How the F-Factor diet became the center of an Instagram influencer feud

The Verge: How the F-Factor diet became the center of an Instagram influencer feud. “Before April 2020, Tanya Zuckerbrot seemed to have it all. A wealthy Instagram influencer, she had a $22 million duplex on Park Avenue, a handsome-ish husband who worked in real estate, and three healthy kids. She is also a registered dietitian and the owner of a weight-loss empire called ‘The F-Factor Diet’ (the ‘F’ stands for fiber). That empire came under fire when another Instagram influencer, Emily Gellis Lande, started posting screenshots from anonymous users who said they’d had bad experiences on the diet.”

University of California Davis: Historians to Digitize Endangered Peruvian Archive

University of California Davis: Historians to Digitize Endangered Peruvian Archive. “For years, the historical papers of a Peruvian peasants’ rights group sat heaped in piles on the floor of a house in downtown Lima — threatened by pests, political foes, thieves and natural disasters, but largely off limits to scholars and the public. A new project led by UC Davis historian Charles Walker will digitize documents of the Peruvian Peasant Confederation (Confederación Campesina del Perú, or CCP) and make them accessible online.”

‘It’s a creative source for me’: How social media is making thrifting a movement (Daily Tar Heel)

Daily Tar Heel: ‘It’s a creative source for me’: How social media is making thrifting a movement. “In 2012, hip-hop duo Macklemore and Ryan Lewis popularized thrifting with their song, ‘Thrift Shop.’ Now in 2020, thrifting is still sweeping the nation, but this time through social media outlets. Tik-tokers and Instagram users are proving that this sustainable practice is in vogue by showing off their thrifted treasures to create outfits and art.”

Financial Express: How Google Maps is positioned to become the next big content platform

Financial Express: How Google Maps is positioned to become the next big content platform. “For long, Google Maps has been the go-to app to find one’s location, look for directions or even read reviews before visiting a place. It is an essential tool today for its more than one billion monthly active users. But have you ever wondered about its potential to become the next big content platform? Yes, it’s possible. While data about its number of active users is quite easily accessible, very few know about the over 120 million contributors whom we depend on before trying a new restaurant or visiting a place.”