Mashable: Facebook role play groups offer a mundane escape from the pandemic

Mashable: Facebook role play groups offer a mundane escape from the pandemic. “The pandemic has devastated the American economy; as of Thursday, a staggering 38.6 million Americans filed for unemployment in just nine weeks. Essential workers are putting their lives on the line to keep society running, and many nonessential workers who did keep their jobs are working from home. With stay-at-home orders for some states are being extended well into the summer, everyone is struggling to adjust to the new reality. But in ‘A group where we all pretend to work at the same office,’ thousands of employees are still clocking in. ”

New York Times: How the ‘Plandemic’ Movie and Its Falsehoods Spread Widely Online

New York Times: How the ‘Plandemic’ Movie and Its Falsehoods Spread Widely Online. “Just over a week after ‘Plandemic’ was released, it had been viewed more than eight million times on YouTube, Facebook, Twitter and Instagram, and had generated countless other posts. The New York Times focused on the video’s spread on Facebook using data from CrowdTangle, a tool to analyze interactions across the social network. (YouTube and Twitter do not make their data as readily available.) The ascent of ‘Plandemic’ was largely powered by Facebook groups and pages that shared the YouTube link.”

KCTV: ‘Shop Kansas Farms’ Facebook group creates virtual farmer’s market for entire state

KCTV: ‘Shop Kansas Farms’ Facebook group creates virtual farmer’s market for entire state. ” A new Facebook group has created a virtual farmer’s market for the entire state of Kansas. More than 120,000 people have joined Shop Kansas Farms in about three weeks. Trips to a supermarket can be frustrating right now, so this is an alternative to make sure the fridge is stocked and money stays local. Shop Kansas Farms has more than just meat and dairy products. You can find seeds, freshly baked bread, herbs and honey.”

NPR: Russian Speakers Imitate Art In A Time Of Coronavirus Confinement On Facebook

NPR: Russian Speakers Imitate Art In A Time Of Coronavirus Confinement On Facebook. “Called Izoizolyacia — roughly meaning ‘Art Isolation’ — the Facebook group says it’s for people with “limited movement and unlimited fantasy.” It invites members to re-create masterworks but with one important restriction of its own: Use only what you have at home. In little over a month, the community has grown to more than a half-million members. Using household items, food, raided wardrobes and a familiar Russian-inflected sense of irony, members have produced dizzyingly creative remakes of everything from European masterpieces to Soviet agitprop and coronavirus-influenced memes.”

Slate: A Biologist Explains Why She and 1.8 Million Others Are Role-Playing as Ants on Facebook

Slate: A Biologist Explains Why She and 1.8 Million Others Are Role-Playing as Ants on Facebook. “Since early March, a private Facebook group titled simply ‘A group where we all pretend to be ants in an ant colony’ has attracted more than 1.8 million members. The premise is as bizarre as it is self-explanatory: People join the group and act like ants. That’s it. That’s the whole idea. Originally founded in June 2019, the group had a modest following until social distancing rules went into effect earlier this year, sending the numbers skyrocketing. Once accepted by the moderators, users role-play as ants in a variety of ways, posting from the imagined perspective of members of a vast and collaborative colony.”

Brisbane Times: Facebook delete group where young men allegedly shared revenge porn

Brisbane Times: Facebook delete group where young men allegedly shared revenge porn . “Facebook is attempting to delete the accounts of young men in charge of a Facebook group where revenge porn was allegedly shared and men talked about being violent to women. The private Facebook group, called ‘Melb guy pals’, had almost 7000 members and was shut down by Facebook on Friday for violating the social media giant’s community standards.”

WZDX: Hundreds share recipes on “Quarantine Cookbook” Facebook page

WZDX: Hundreds share recipes on “Quarantine Cookbook” Facebook page. “Are you tired of cooking and eating the same meals during the quarantine? There’s a new Facebook group that can help! The group, Quarantine Cookbook, was created by an Albertville woman. Ansley Cash created the group so people can share recipes during the stay-at-home order.”