Mammoth Gamers: Machinima Removes Video Archives, Erasing Years Of Video Game History. “Machinima, a long time multi-channel network focusing on video game content, has removed all video content from all of its channels. The video purge comes only days after Machinima was pulled into a larger Otter Media merger, says our source. The merger was announced in late November of last year, though what that really meant was unclear to many creators and consumers.”
Yorkton This Week: Technology near for real-time TV political fact checks. “A Duke University team expects to have a product available for election year that will allow television networks to offer real-time fact checks onscreen when a politician makes a questionable claim during a speech or debate. The mystery is whether any network will choose to use it.”
Quartz: Memes are modern-day propaganda. “In places like China, Uganda, Mexico, and the United States, memes can fuse new narratives in society and influence international media discourse in powerful ways. Activists utilize their power to draw attention and build communities around issues that might otherwise be ignored or censored. But memes also play a key role in the spread of both misinformation and disinformation. And many of those narratives can themselves be highly destructive and manipulative.”
The Register: Protestors beg Google not to build censored Project Dragonfly search engine. “A small handful of protesters turned up outside Google’s London HQ today [Friday] to protest against the ad company’s censored search engine, developed as part of an unholy bargain to gain access to the Chinese market.”
The Daily Dot: Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is teaching Congress how to tweet. “Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) is going to teach her fellow members of Congress how to more effectively use social media. The youngest member of Congress will co-host a session on Thursday for the House Democratic Policy and Communications Committee, joined by Rep. Jim Himes (D-Conn.). The two aim to inform their fellow Democrats ‘on the most effective ways to engage constituents on Twitter and the importance of digital storytelling,’ according to USA Today.” I think this was last Thursday.
CBC: Twins get some ‘mystifying’ results when they put 5 DNA ancestry kits to the test. “Last spring, Marketplace host Charlsie Agro and her twin sister, Carly, bought home kits from AncestryDNA, MyHeritage, 23andMe, FamilyTreeDNA and Living DNA, and mailed samples of their DNA to each company for analysis. Despite having virtually identical DNA, the twins did not receive matching results from any of the companies.”
Washington Post: U.S. regulators have met to discuss imposing a record-setting fine against Facebook for some of its privacy violations. “U.S. regulators have met to discuss imposing a record-setting fine against Facebook for violating a legally binding agreement with the government to protect the privacy of its users’ personal data, according to three people familiar with the deliberations but not authorized to speak on the record.” I’m afraid that even a record-setting fine will be couch cushion money to Facebook, not an actual deterrent.