Student Life (Washington University in St. Louis): Social media account exposes students breaking COVID-19 guidelines

Student Life (Washington University in St. Louis): Social media account exposes students breaking COVID-19 guidelines. “WashU Covidiots, an anonymous student-run Instagram account, emerged Sept. 5 in response to undergraduate students breaking Washington University COVID-19 guidelines. Gaining more than 2,500 followers in less than three weeks, the account features images of students on or near campus in tightly-packed groups, sometimes not wearing masks. With coronavirus cases continuing to increase nationwide, the purpose of the Instagram account is to expose student gatherings that fail to comply with safety guidelines both on and off campus.”

The Verge: How the F-Factor diet became the center of an Instagram influencer feud

The Verge: How the F-Factor diet became the center of an Instagram influencer feud. “Before April 2020, Tanya Zuckerbrot seemed to have it all. A wealthy Instagram influencer, she had a $22 million duplex on Park Avenue, a handsome-ish husband who worked in real estate, and three healthy kids. She is also a registered dietitian and the owner of a weight-loss empire called ‘The F-Factor Diet’ (the ‘F’ stands for fiber). That empire came under fire when another Instagram influencer, Emily Gellis Lande, started posting screenshots from anonymous users who said they’d had bad experiences on the diet.”

‘It’s a creative source for me’: How social media is making thrifting a movement (Daily Tar Heel)

Daily Tar Heel: ‘It’s a creative source for me’: How social media is making thrifting a movement. “In 2012, hip-hop duo Macklemore and Ryan Lewis popularized thrifting with their song, ‘Thrift Shop.’ Now in 2020, thrifting is still sweeping the nation, but this time through social media outlets. Tik-tokers and Instagram users are proving that this sustainable practice is in vogue by showing off their thrifted treasures to create outfits and art.”

Jakarta Post: TikTok urges social media alliance against suicide content

Jakarta Post: TikTok urges social media alliance against suicide content. “TikTok on Tuesday proposed an alliance with nine other social media platforms to work collectively and rapidly to remove suicide content, following an incident this month when a man killed himself on Facebook. The Chinese-owned app said it had set out its proposal in a letter to the chief executives of Facebook, Instagram, Google, YouTube, Twitter, Twitch, Snapchat, Pinterest and Reddit.”

Bloomberg: Facebook Accused of Watching Instagram Users Through Cameras

Bloomberg: Facebook Accused of Watching Instagram Users Through Cameras. “Facebook Inc. is again being sued for allegedly spying on Instagram users, this time through the unauthorized use of their mobile phone cameras. The lawsuit springs from media reports in July that the photo-sharing app appeared to be accessing iPhone cameras even when they weren’t actively being used. Facebook denied the reports and blamed a bug, which it said it was correcting, for triggering what it described as false notifications that Instagram was accessing iPhone cameras.”

Engadget: Facebook is running a national ad campaign to encourage voting

Engadget: Facebook is running a national ad campaign to encourage voting. “Facebook is launching a national consumer awareness ad campaign around voting and registration that includes a ‘vote-a-thon’ and in-app consumer marketing campaign. It’s the continuation of a program that Facebook said that has helped 2.5 million people register to vote so far this year, with the aim of registering 4 million people before the November 3rd election date.”

Refinery29: 13 Insta Accounts To Follow If You Want To Start Making Your Own Clothes

Refinery29: 13 Insta Accounts To Follow If You Want To Start Making Your Own Clothes. “The pandemic has given us the space and time to sit down and make alterations to our existing wardrobe and create new pieces from old. Whether it’s to open up your wardrobe to plus-size possibilities, take a stand for sustainability or embrace a slower pace of life, there are countless reasons to dive in.”

Jersey Digs: As Construction Boom Continues, Social Media Influencers are Becoming Preservationists

So, so good, from a source new to me. Jersey Digs: As Construction Boom Continues, Social Media Influencers are Becoming Preservationists. “Most people know Keith Taillon as the Instagrammer that is trying to walk every block of Manhattan. Impressive — but that’s hardly the driving force behind his popular social media page. The Harlem resident is trying to salvage the history of his city before it is lost to the construction boom.”

CNN: Group that led Facebook boycott is back with new action

CNN: Group that led Facebook boycott is back with new action. “The coalition that led the boycott that saw some of the world’s biggest companies pull their ads from Facebook in July announced a week of new action against the company on Monday. Civil rights groups including the Anti-Defamation League (ADL) and the NAACP are, among other things, calling on companies and high profile users to stop posting on Instagram, which is owned by Facebook (FB), this Wednesday to protest its parent company’s handling of hate and its allowing politicians lie in political ads.”

Oil Paintings To Vectors: The Archive Finding The History Of Arabic Book Cover Design (Scene Arabia)

I found a more recent story about this Instagram archive, but it’s not a patch on this July article from Scene Arabia: Oil Paintings To Vectors: The Archive Finding The History Of Arabic Book Cover Design. “Throughout the Arab world, there is one artist whose work can be found in every home, whether or not we know it. ‘There is not one household that doesn’t have my paintings,’ the late Egyptian painter Gamal Kotb once said of his ubiquitous work that needed no canvas, no heavy frames, and no galleries to exhibit. Throughout much of the 20th century, Kotb made a name for himself creating the covers for bestselling novels by the biggest names in publishing, including Naguib Mahfouz, Ihsan Abdel Quddous, and Yusuf Idris. The artist became one of Egypt and the Arab world’s most celebrated artists, albeit in a medium that remains wildly underrated today.”

PC Magazine: Want to Get Verified on Instagram? A Huge Follower Account Isn’t Enough

PC Magazine: Want to Get Verified on Instagram? A Huge Follower Account Isn’t Enough. “Instagram says it noticed that people were turning to the platform to raise awareness and promote the causes they were invested in, especially in the midst of the pandemic, racial tensions, and the 2020 election. So it created a new Instagram Equity team ‘that will focus on better understanding and addressing bias in our product development and people’s experiences on Instagram’—including fairness in algorithms.”

Habibi Collective: Collating films made by Arab women (The New Arab)

The New Arab: Habibi Collective: Collating films made by Arab women. “…with Arab film continuing to be male-dominated from producers to leads, the prominence of female filmmakers from the past or present of the Arab world remains subdued. Irish-Iraqi curator Roisin Tapponi seeks to change that. Over years spent searching for and cataloguing films made by Arab women, Roisin set up the Habibi Collective – a digital archive and curatorial platform dedicated to promoting female filmmaking in the Middle East.”

BBC: Instagram photo filters targeted by model’s #filterdrop campaign

BBC: Instagram photo filters targeted by model’s #filterdrop campaign. “A recent survey, carried out by Girlguiding, found a third of girls and young women will not post selfies online without using a filter to change their appearance. Thirty-nine percent of the 1,473 respondents, aged 11-21, said they felt upset that they could not look the same in real life as they did online. The survey results mirror the worries of make-up artist and curve model Sasha Pallari, who recently launched the hashtag #filterdrop in the hope of seeing ‘more real skin’ on Instagram.”

Instagram Reels first impressions: A whole lot of TikToks (CNN)

CNN: Instagram Reels first impressions: A whole lot of TikToks. “As I check my Instagram account’s Explore tab one afternoon, a 15-second video featured prominently at the top catches my attention. It’s a comedy skit I watched on TikTok three weeks ago from one of my favorite TikTok stars about showing up to a family event and getting bombarded with questions about relationship status and life plans.”

9to5 Mac: Facebook and Instagram testing new feature to cross-post stories to both apps

9to5 Mac: Facebook and Instagram testing new feature to cross-post stories to both apps. “Instagram and Facebook are testing a new feature that would further deepen the integration between the two platforms. As reported by The Verge, Facebook is testing the ability to bring Instagram stories directly to Facebook stories.”