The Atlantic: Instagram Is the Internet’s New Home for Hate

The Atlantic: Instagram Is the Internet’s New Home for Hate. “Instagram is teeming with these conspiracy theories, viral misinformation, and extremist memes, all daisy-chained together via a network of accounts with incredible algorithmic reach and millions of collective followers—many of whom, like Alex, are very young. These accounts intersperse TikTok videos and nostalgia memes with anti-vaccination rhetoric, conspiracy theories about George Soros and the Clinton family, and jokes about killing women, Jews, Muslims, and liberals.”

The Guardian: The Internet’s Dirtiest Secrets review – the human toll of detoxifying social media

The Guardian: The Internet’s Dirtiest Secrets review – the human toll of detoxifying social media. “We don’t know the name of the woman haunted by images that still make her voice shake when she speaks of them. She is one of tens of thousands of moderators employed by companies in the Philippines, themselves hired by big tech firms, to purge social media platforms of the worst that humanity offers when you give it the chance. Like the rest of her colleagues, she could only speak without risk anonymously.”

CNET: Facebook, YouTube called to meet lawmakers about New Zealand shooting video

CNET: Facebook, YouTube called to meet lawmakers about New Zealand shooting video. “The US House Homeland Security Committee is asking CEOs from Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and Microsoft to prioritize the quick removal of violent terrorist content following posts about the New Zealand mosque shooting last week.”

The Daily Beast: Reddit Bans Gory Subreddits After New Zealand Shooting

The Daily Beast: Reddit Bans Gory Subreddits After New Zealand Shooting. “Reddit took down two of its most notorious subreddits on Friday, apparently because their users were sharing footage of the New Zealand mosque shootings. Visitors to two subreddits known for sharing video and pictures of people being killed or injured—R/WatchPeopleDie and R/Gore—were met with a message saying the forums had been ‘banned from Reddit.’ “

Lifehacker: How to Block Violent Videos on Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube

Lifehacker: How to Block Violent Videos on Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube. “Because it’s 2019, and livestreaming has had five years or so to really build up into a mainstream activity that people actually do, this means that horrific acts of violence and terror around the world have a greater-than-zero chance of having some video component attached to them.”

CNET: YouTube recommendations for ‘alt-right’ videos have dropped dramatically, study shows

CNET: YouTube recommendations for ‘alt-right’ videos have dropped dramatically, study shows. “Google has made ‘major changes’ to its recommendations system on YouTube that have reduced the amount of ‘alt-right’ videos recommended to users, according to a study led by Nicolas Suzor, an associate professor at Queensland University of Technology. During the first two weeks of February, alt-right videos appeared in YouTube’s ‘Up Next’ recommendations sidebar 7.8 percent of the time (roughly one in 13). From Feb. 15 onward, that number dropped to 0.4 percent (roughly one in 250).”

Tubefilter: Former Algorithm Engineer Guillaume Chaslot Calls YouTube’s Decision To Stop Recommending Conspiracy Videos “A Historic Victory”

Tubefilter: Former Algorithm Engineer Guillaume Chaslot Calls YouTube’s Decision To Stop Recommending Conspiracy Videos “A Historic Victory”. “Former YouTube engineer Guillaume Chaslot is praising his one-time employer’s decision to stop recommending conspiracy theory videos. ‘YouTube’s announcement is a great victory which will save thousands,’ he tweeted as part of a lengthy thread. ‘It’s only the beginning of a more humane technology. Technology that empowers all of us, instead of deceiving the most vulnerable.'”