CNET: Memes on Instagram, Reddit bring comfort to people struggling with depression. “Memes tackling existential crises and mental health have become an outlet for people seeking light in even the darkest struggles. Topics like depression, debt and failed relationships are regularly explored on meme pages on Facebook, Instagram, Reddit and Twitter. The memes help to defuse situations with humor and to reinforce common experiences, bringing people from all walks of life together.”
TechCrunch: Google says China used YouTube to meddle in Hong Kong protests. “Google has disabled 210 YouTube accounts after it said China used the video platform to sow discord among protesters in Hong Kong.”
BuzzFeed News: Facebook Said It Would Give Detailed Data To Academics. They’re Still Waiting.. “In 2018, Facebook announced a partnership to provide data to academics to ‘help people better understand the broader impact of social media on democracy — as well as improve our work to protect the integrity of elections.’… But as of today, many of the academic teams remain on hold because Facebook has yet to provide key data required to conduct research into sharing patterns of fake and polarized news, Facebook interactions related to the 2018 Italian election, and disinformation campaigns in the recent German election, among other projects. Facebook has also declined to provide some of the data it originally said it would offer, citing privacy concerns.
University of Southern Mississippi: “War Stories” Project to Capture the Experiences of National Guard Soldiers’ Service in Global War on Terror. “A new initiative of the Dale Center for the Study of War and Society at The University of Southern Mississippi (USM) will capture and preserve the oral and written story of Mississippi’s National Guard and its service in America’s 21st century military exploits, including the Global War on Terror and managing recovery operations following Hurricane Katrina.”
Reuters: Facebook shuts dozens of Myanmar social media accounts over ‘inauthentic behavior’ . “Facebook Inc said on Thursday it had shut 216 social media pages, groups and accounts in Myanmar, some tied to the army, to stymie efforts to ‘manipulate or corrupt public debate’.”
Virginia Memory: Equal Suffrage League of Virginia Records are coming to Making History: Transcribe. “The Library of Virginia is excited to make the records of the Equal Suffrage League of Virginia available in Making History: Transcribe. As part of our 2020 commemoration of the ratification of the Nineteenth Amendment guaranteeing women’s right to vote, the Library is asking volunteers to help transcribe these records that document women’s campaign for the vote in Virginia.”
Tulane University: Hogan Jazz Archive awarded grant to digitize recordings of first African American DJ in New Orleans. “The Hogan Jazz Archive of the Howard Tilton Memorial Library was awarded a $11,500 grant from the GRAMMY Museum Grant Program to digitize and preserve recordings from Vernon Winslow, the first African American disc jockey in New Orleans.”