An Unlikely Source of Catharsis for a Black M.L.B. Player: Social Media (New York Times)

New York Times: An Unlikely Source of Catharsis for a Black M.L.B. Player: Social Media. “Social media can be a challenging venue for tackling sensitive subjects with nuance. But for [Tony] Kemp, one of the few African-American players in Major League Baseball, sending that tweet felt like placing a bar stool at his kitchen island and inviting anyone to join him for a conversation about the issues roiling the country.”

Hechinger Report: ‘Black At’ Instagram accounts put campus racism on display

Hechinger Report: ‘Black At’ Instagram accounts put campus racism on display. “As protestors marched across the United States in June calling for racial justice, college students and recent graduates amplified their cries on Instagram. Through dozens of new Instagram accounts, they are sharing, often anonymously, what it’s like to be disrespected and harassed for being Black on campus. They’re also highlighting resources for such things as learning about white fragility, who can and cannot say the N-word and which college courses could prepare you to open your mind and check your biases.”

AP: Facebook groups pivot to attacks on Black Lives Matter

AP: Facebook groups pivot to attacks on Black Lives Matter. “A loose network of Facebook groups that took root across the country in April to organize protests over coronavirus stay-at-home orders has become a hub of misinformation and conspiracy theories that have pivoted to a variety of new targets. Their latest: Black Lives Matter and the nationwide protests of racial injustice.”

CNET: Coronavirus, BLM protest conspiracy theories collide on Facebook and Twitter

CNET: Coronavirus, BLM protest conspiracy theories collide on Facebook and Twitter. “A pandemic, societal protests and a contentious election have created an especially challenging environment for Facebook, Twitter and other social networks. Content moderators and fact-checkers are struggling to prevent the spread of obvious misinformation while giving users space to voice their opinions. The problem has gotten knottier for the online platforms as false claims about both the health crisis and Floyd’s killing collide, making content moderation decisions — taxing in the best of situations — even tougher.”

New York Times: Social Media Giants Support Racial Justice. Their Products Undermine It.

New York Times: Social Media Giants Support Racial Justice. Their Products Undermine It.. “The problem is that, while these shows of support were well intentioned, they didn’t address the way that these companies’ own products — Facebook, Twitter and YouTube — have been successfully weaponized by racists and partisan provocateurs, and are being used to undermine Black Lives Matter and other social justice movements. It’s as if the heads of McDonald’s, Burger King and Taco Bell all got together to fight obesity by donating to a vegan food co-op, rather than by lowering their calorie counts.”

Where Black Lives Matter Protesters Stream Live Every Day: Twitch (New York Times)

New York Times: Where Black Lives Matter Protesters Stream Live Every Day: Twitch. “When Shawn Whiting began documenting the protests over George Floyd’s death late last month, he started by posting photos and videos on Twitter and livestreaming marches on the social media service. But Mr. Whiting, 32, a video game designer in Seattle, quickly decided that Twitter’s video and audio quality wasn’t good enough. So he checked out other sites and settled on Twitch, a platform known for broadcasting video game play.”

ZDNet: GitHub to replace “master” with alternative term to avoid slavery references

ZDNet: GitHub to replace “master” with alternative term to avoid slavery references. “GitHub is working on replacing the term “master” on its service with a neutral term like ‘main’ to avoid any unnecessary references to slavery, its CEO said on Friday. The code-hosting portal is just the latest in a long line of tech companies and open source projects that have expressed support for removing terms that may be offensive to developers in the black community.”

Londonist: The Home Of Black British History Is Creating A New Archive – With Your Help

Londonist: The Home Of Black British History Is Creating A New Archive – With Your Help. “Black Cultural Archives is the only national heritage centre dedicated to collecting and sharing the stories and histories of African and Caribbean people in Britain — check out examples from their amazing archives here. Now they’re crowdsourcing material to document the Black Lives Matter movement and protests of 2020: this is your chance to make sure that the records that future generations will have available to them of this time will reflect the reality.”

CNN: Black Lives Matter makes its mark on map apps

CNN: Black Lives Matter makes its mark on map apps. “‘Black Lives Matter’ has been chanted by demonstrators, written on signs, and even painted on some city streets. Now, the slogan that’s been associated with the nationwide movement to end police brutality is being recognized on maps. Amid protests over racial injustice, some tech companies have updated their map features on their apps to reflect current events.”

CNET: Reddit’s long history of tolerating racism is coming back to haunt it

CNET: Reddit’s long history of tolerating racism is coming back to haunt it. “As people and companies around the world reflect on the ways in which they contribute to upholding the racism that still runs rife in society, this moment serves as a reckoning of sorts for Reddit. The site, often referred to as the last bastion of free speech, has a long history of allowing racist content to circulate. And that history is coming back to haunt Reddit.”

Varsity: Cambridge students launch website for personalised emails supporting Black Lives Matter

Varsity: Cambridge students launch website for personalised emails supporting Black Lives Matter. “Following the death of George Floyd, some concerned Britons have written to their local MPs to ask that the UK apply political pressure and halt the sale of policing equipment, including tear gas, to the US. A group of students from Cambridge and beyond hope to streamline this with their new website ’Write for Change’.”

The Art Newspaper: Museum world rallies behind curator investigated for tweets on how to damage bronze statues

The Art Newspaper: Museum world rallies behind curator investigated for tweets on how to damage bronze statues. “UK arts professionals are voicing support for Madeline Odent, a curator at the Royston and District Museum and Art Gallery in Hertfordshire, who sparked controversy after discussing on social media substances that could be used to damage bronze statues. Odent posted a series of tweets to her personal account after Black Lives Matter demonstrators toppled a statue of slave trader Edward Colston in Bristol and historic statues worldwide come under scrutiny.”

CNBC: Amazon Alexa, Apple Siri, Google Assistant have been updated to express support for Black Lives Matter

CNBC: Amazon Alexa, Apple Siri, Google Assistant have been updated to express support for Black Lives Matter. “Apple, Amazon and Google recently updated their smart voice assistants. They now explain the Black Lives Matter movement when asked ‘Do black lives matter?’ and also provide updated responses to ‘Do all lives matter?’ “

ArXiv Blog: arXiv staff to participate in the #strike4blacklives

ArXiv Blog: arXiv staff to participate in the #strike4blacklives. “The arXiv staff is deeply saddened and angered by the recent killings of George Floyd, Regis Korchinski-Paquet, Tony McDade, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery, and so many others. We recognize that Black people live with the injustices of systemic racism every day — and have for centuries — in North America and around the world. We acknowledge that in research, as in life, people often perpetuate bias and systemic racism, both consciously and unconsciously. Members of arXiv’s own physics community asked us to pause business-as-usual this week and join scientists participating in the #strike4blacklives. Our US-based staff agreed.”