The Guardian: Facebook guidelines allow users to call for death of public figures. “Facebook’s bullying and harassment policy explicitly allows for ‘public figures’ to be targeted in ways otherwise banned on the site, including ‘calls for [their] death’, according to a tranche of internal moderator guidelines leaked to the Guardian. Public figures are defined by Facebook to include people whose claim to fame may be simply a large social media following or infrequent coverage in local newspapers.”
BuzzFeed: After One Year With The Coronavirus, Here Is Every Single Celebrity Who Has Caught It And What Having It Was Like For Each Of Them
BuzzFeed: After One Year With The Coronavirus, Here Is Every Single Celebrity Who Has Caught It And What Having It Was Like For Each Of Them. “From Doja Cat to Jim Parsons, here’s every single celeb who caught the coronavirus.” This is an American-focused list, and I don’t think it’s every single celeb. But it is over 75 people.
CNET: Those popular Tom Cruise deepfakes on TikTok are unsettlingly realistic. “Tons of people are watching the creepy videos of the Mission: Impossible star. You’d think they were genuine if you didn’t know. And maybe even if you did.” I did. They are really good.
NBC News: Barack Obama and Bruce Springsteen launch podcast on Spotify. “Spotify on Monday announced the launch of ‘Renegades: Born in the USA,’ featuring the former president and the legendary rock star in conversation on issues ranging from politics and the state of America to fatherhood, marriage and manhood. The conversations will span eight episodes, the first two of which go live on Monday.”
BBC: Pete Evans: Instagram ban for Australian chef over conspiracy theories. “Australian celebrity chef Pete Evans has been banned from Instagram, weeks after his Facebook page was removed for repeatedly sharing misinformation about the coronavirus.”
PR Newswire: American Masters Releases Hundreds of Never-Before-Seen Interviews from 34-Year Archive, Now Available to Stream with Searchable Transcripts (PRESS RELEASE)
PR Newswire: American Masters Releases Hundreds of Never-Before-Seen Interviews from 34-Year Archive, Now Available to Stream with Searchable Transcripts (PRESS RELEASE). “The American Masters digital archive includes over 1,000 hours of footage from more than 1,000 original, never-before-seen, full, raw interviews: a treasure trove of the movers and shakers of American culture, including Maya Angelou, Patti Smith, Mel Brooks, Carol Burnett, Matthew Broderick, Carl Reiner, Joan Rivers, Audra McDonald, Lee Grant, Patricia Bosworth, Sidney Lumet, William Buckley and many others. Just a fraction of the interviews filmed for American Masters appear in the final films; approximately 96% of the footage never gets released. Now, the American Masters digital archive makes this rich catalog of interviews available to the public.” 500 videos were released today; 500 more will be released “over the coming weeks.”
Mashable India: Facebook Removes The ‘Like Button’ From Its Redesigned Public Pages. “Facebook recently revealed that it has dropped the ‘likes’ button from its redesigned public pages used by artists, actors, public figures, and brands. The move is aimed towards simplifying its overall design for users and help them connect with different artists and brands in an easy manner.”
BBC: Greg Norman: Former world number one in hospital with Covid-19 symptoms. “Former world number one Greg Norman is in hospital in the United States with coronavirus symptoms. The 65-year-old Australian tested negative on Tuesday but said on Thursday he had a mild fever, cough, aches and pains and a headache.”
Bloomberg: Facebook Building Cameo-Inspired Tool to Let Fans Pay Celebrities for Face Time. “The tool, called Super, will let creators, entrepreneurs or celebrities host live, interactive video events. Viewers can tip creators by buying them digital gifts, or pay to ‘appear’ alongside a creator during the livestream to ask a question or take a selfie, according to a person familiar with the new feature, who spoke on the condition of anonymity because the product hasn’t been announced publicly.”
HuffPost: Ice-T: ‘No Masker’ Father-In-Law Is Now A ‘Believer’ After COVID-19 Horror. “The ‘Law & Order: SVU’ star tweeted the ordeal of Steve Austin ― the father of his wife, Coco Austin ― who contracted COVID-19, spent 40 days in the ICU and nearly died. In an undated photo he shared of Austin appearing to take oxygen, Ice-T wrote that his father-in-law ‘was a serious “No Masker”‘ until ‘COVID hit him.’”
NBC News: Cardi B apologizes after hosting nearly 40 people for Thanksgiving. “There’s some guests in this house. Cardi B apologized to her fans on Sunday after she revealed she hosted nearly 40 people for the Thanksgiving holiday. ‘Sorry my bad wasn’t trying to make nobody feel bad,’ she said on Twitter on Sunday. ‘I just had my family in my home for the first time and it felt so good & uplifted me.’”
The Hill: New Jersey celebrities urge the state to wear a mask. “New Jersey natives Bruce Springsteen, Jon Stewart and Jon Bon Jovi came together to call on the state to wear a mask as part of the state’s recent ‘Mask Up!’ campaign. The singers graced the front of a billboard that displayed the words ‘Wear a friggin’ mask!’ along with a photo of the three of them social distancing and wearing black face masks.”