NPR: Twitter’s chaos could make political violence worse outside of the U.S.

NPR: Twitter’s chaos could make political violence worse outside of the U.S.. “Under the chaotic changes unleashed by Elon Musk, Twitter users in the U.S. are confronting problems that have long plagued the social network in other parts of the world – and which are at risk of getting even worse under its new billionaire owner, according to human rights and freedom of expression advocates.”

Road and Track: New Florida Law Turns Social Media Into Evidence Against Street Racers and Takeovers

Road and Track: New Florida Law Turns Social Media Into Evidence Against Street Racers and Takeovers. “A new Florida law that went into effect on October 1 now allows the arrest of street racers and sideshow and takeover participants based on social media posts. Post a TikTok of yourself doing donuts in your Charger in Tampa and the cops can now come nab you for the offense.”

WIRED: Here’s Proof Hate Speech Is More Viral on Elon Musk’s Twitter

WIRED: Here’s Proof Hate Speech Is More Viral on Elon Musk’s Twitter. “For the months prior to Musk’s takeover, the researchers deemed just one tweet out of the three top 20 lists to be actually hateful, in this case against Jewish people. The others were either quoting another person’s hateful remarks or using the relevant key words in a non-hateful way. In the weeks after Musk took over Twitter, the same analysis found that hateful tweets became much more prominent among the most popular tweets with potentially toxic language.”

Axios: A first-of-its-kind database tracks threats against public officials

Axios: A first-of-its-kind database tracks threats against public officials. “Researchers at Princeton University and the Anti-Defamation League (ADL) are building the first-ever national database that tracks incidents of threats and harassment against government officials…. The researchers involved have spent two years culling from public sources of information to build a central repository of threat reports — one they say will grow more robust, useful and predictive over time.”

ProPublica: How Google’s Ad Business Funds Disinformation Around the World

ProPublica: How Google’s Ad Business Funds Disinformation Around the World. “The company has publicly committed to fighting disinformation around the world, but a ProPublica analysis, the first ever conducted at this scale, documented how Google’s sprawling automated digital ad operation placed ads from major brands on global websites that spread false claims on such topics as vaccines, COVID-19, climate change and elections.”

UChicago: Nearly all adults think misinformation is increasing extreme political views and behaviors

UChicago News: Nearly all adults think misinformation is increasing extreme political views and behaviors. “The public believes misinformation is having serious consequences. More than half of adults say misinformation increases political engagement, and about 7 in 10 say misinformation increases extreme political views and hate crimes such as violence motivated by race, gender, or religion. About half also say misinformation decreases trust in government.”

Washington Post: The online incel movement is getting more violent and extreme, report says

Washington Post: The online incel movement is getting more violent and extreme, report says. “The most prominent forum for men who consider themselves involuntarily celibate or ‘incels’ has become significantly more radicalized over the past year and a half and is seeking to normalize child rape, a new report says. The report, by the Center for Countering Digital Hate’s new Quant Lab, is the culmination of an investigation that analyzed more than 1 million posts on the site. It found a marked spike in conversations about mass murder and growing approval of sexually assaulting prepubescent girls.”Washington Post: The online incel movement is getting more violent and extreme, report says

NBC News: QAnon videos are getting millions of views on TikTok as Trump embraces conspiracy theory

NBC News: QAnon videos are getting millions of views on TikTok as Trump embraces conspiracy theory. “QAnon conspiracy theory videos with thinly veiled hashtags are bringing in millions of views on TikTok ahead of the 2022 midterm elections. In a review conducted by NBC News, users were found posting videos with emojis and slight wording variations in hashtags to evade QAnon hashtag bans, bringing attention to the conspiracy theory that helped fuel the Jan. 6 Capitol riot.”

Tubefilter: YouTube’s Chief Product Officer testified before Congress. Then he announced a new approach to extremist content.

Tubefilter: YouTube’s Chief Product Officer testified before Congress. Then he announced a new approach to extremist content.. “Neal Mohan has had a busy week. On Wednesday, YouTube‘s Chief Product Officer was one of the tech execs who was called to testify before Congress. A day later, after attending a White House summit, he took to Twitter to announce an updated content moderation policy that aims to curb violent extremist content — even when that content is not affiliated with a known terrorist organization.”

Krebs on Security: Transacting in Person with Strangers from the Internet

Krebs on Security: Transacting in Person with Strangers from the Internet. “Communities like Craigslist, OfferUp, Facebook Marketplace and others are great for finding low- or no-cost stuff that one can pick up directly from a nearby seller, and for getting rid of useful things that don’t deserve to end up in a landfill. But when dealing with strangers from the Internet, there is always a risk that the person you’ve agreed to meet has other intentions.”

The Guardian: China ‘wild trip’ deaths put social media influencers under spotlight

The Guardian: China ‘wild trip’ deaths put social media influencers under spotlight. “Chinese social media influencers and their platforms have come under fire for posts about ‘wild trips’ – or visits to off-grid locations – after a huge flood killed seven tourists in Sichuan province. The tragedy, on 13 August, left seven tourists dead and eight injured after a flash flood at a valley in Mengzhou, in the country’s south-west.”