New Hampshire Union Leader: LGBTQ-friendly cafe sues Facebook over vanished Instagram account. “The owner of the Somersworth café Teatotaller is taking a lawsuit against Facebook to the New Hampshire Supreme Court for breach of contract over an Instagram account. Emmett Soldati is challenging a lower court ruling that granted Facebook’s motion to dismiss the case he initiated as a small-claims matter after Teatotaller’s Instagram account vanished in June 2018.”
UP Matters: MTU awarded grant to uncover Calumet & Hecla Copper Mining Company records. “Michigan Technological University has been awarded a $240,000 grant to uncover Calumet & Hecla Copper Mining Company records. Researchers will spend the next two years contextualizing, scanning, and digitilizing the 40,000 employee records from Calumet & Hecla Copper Mining Company.”
Chicago Tribune: Are you getting paid for that Instagram post? Companies tap employees to spread more ‘authentic’ message online.. “Most major companies already have a presence on social media. Many partner with professional influencers hired for their audience. But some are now trying to add their own employees to the mix, whether they’re trying to attract customers, recruit new hires or just boost a brand’s image.”
Milwaukee Independent: First-Of-Its-Kind Portal Launched By Milwaukee 2020 Host Committee Offers Searchable Venue Database. “The Milwaukee 2020 Host Committee recently launched its Venue Search Portal, a first-of-its-kind digital search platform that features information about over 400 venues from across Milwaukee and the surrounding region.”
Arizona Public Media: New online tool points consumers Native American-owned businesses. “RezRising is meant to be a sort of Yelp for Native American-owned businesses. It’s geared both for members of Native communities who want to keep their business on the reservation and for other types of consumers.” The site lists over 500 businesses across the southwestern United States.
Search Engine Land: Yelp cracks down on ‘review rings’ as Google continues to see widespread mapspam. “Yelp has almost certainly been the most aggressive of the review platforms to take action against spam and review fraud. The company has historically and controversially tried to prevent any form of review solicitation….Now the company is stepping up efforts to stop ‘review rings,’ which have become something of a cottage industry online.”
CBC: ‘Something scuzzy’: Marketplace investigation uncovers fake locksmith listings and reviews on Google. “If you’re locked out of your house with nowhere to turn, chances are you’re going to have to call a locksmith. But picking a locksmith may prove trickier than picking a lock itself, especially if your search begins online. A Marketplace investigation into the locksmith industry uncovered a sprawling network of fake locations and fake five-star reviews cluttering local Google Maps in the Greater Toronto Area.” This infuriates me because fake locksmith listings on Google are a problem that’s at least six years old. And, yet, still not fixed.