Mac Observer: How to Fix Twitter by Muting Specific Text Strings . “There’s a popular tweet that I stumbled upon this morning. Twitter user Emma found that by muting specific text strings she could fix Twitter and block suggested features.” Simple but looks SUPER useful.
CNET: YouTube now lets parents decide exactly what kids can watch. “YouTube Kids rolled out a new feature on Thursday that lets parents handpick the videos and channels their children have access to. The new parental controls are available worldwide on Android and will launch soon on iOS.”
Wired: Free Speech Is Not The Same As Free Reach . “…the conversation we should be having—how can we fix the algorithms?—is instead being co-opted and twisted by politicians and pundits howling about censorship and miscasting content moderation as the demise of free speech online. It would be good to remind them that free speech does not mean free reach. There is no right to algorithmic amplification. In fact, that’s the very problem that needs fixing.”
CNET: The cure for Facebook’s fake news infection? It might be these women. “In her hushed, measured tone, it may sound like the most placid movie trailer ever. But make no mistake, [Alex] Hardiman and her colleagues are on the kind of high-stakes mission that’s ripe for cinematic retelling. They’re trying to wipe aside fake news from Facebook’s massive social network, a critical source of information to 2.23 billion people, while also fostering a support system for more legitimate reporting. Their success or failure will affect the health of the news industry and the well-being of democracy worldwide. And at Facebook, where men outnumber women nearly two to one, the commanders of this mission are women.
TechCrunch: Researchers find that filters don’t prevent porn . “In a paper entitled Internet Filtering and Adolescent Exposure to Online Sexual Material, Oxford Internet Institute researchers Victoria Nash and Andrew Przybylski found that Internet filters rarely work to keep adolescents away from online porn.”
The New Indian Express: Vietnam activists flock to ‘safe’ social media after cyber crackdown. “Tens of thousands of Vietnamese social media users are flocking to self-professed free speech platform Minds to avoid tough internet controls in a new cybersecurity law, activists and the company told AFP. The draconian law requires internet companies to scrub critical content and hand over user data if Vietnam’s Communist government demands it.” Are new social media platforms going to rise because of activism, social change, and repressive governments? That’s a different dynamic.
MakeUseOf: How to Mute People on Social Media: Facebook, WhatsApp, Reddit, and More. “No matter what you use social media for, you probably have all your friends and family on there. And while you may love and respect those people, seeing every single thing they post online can sometimes get a little too much. On top of that, you probably have contacts who post things that either don’t concern you, or simply annoy you. The problem is you don’t always want to unfriend people just to de-clutter your feeds.”