Ars Technica: Are TikTok algorithms changing how people talk about suicide?. “While the word ‘unalive’ first became popular in 2013 (when it was used in an episode of Ultimate Spider-Man), Google searches for the term have spiked dramatically in 2022. From TikTok, ‘unalive’ has spread to Twitter and Reddit; YouTubers also use it so their content isn’t demonetized. Depending on the context, the word can refer to suicide, murder, or death. Though ‘unalive’ is often used comedically on TikTok, people like Williams also use it to talk candidly, forge a community, and signpost resources on the app. The rapid rise of ‘unalive’ therefore raises a worrying question: What happens when we don’t openly say ‘suicide’?”
Make Tech Easier: 4 Free Online Tools to Add a Censor Bleep to Your YouTube Videos. “There are several free online tools that you can now use to censor parts of your YouTube videos. Whether it’s accidental swearing on your live stream or a minor slip in editing, these online tools will help you conceal these bluffs.” I am noticing a lot of YouTube videos doing more bleeping and self-censorship. I was watching Ukraine/Russia memes yesterday and puzzling over the continued references to “OVID” until I realized it was actually “covid” and the audio had been altered to dodge an AI moderator.
Lifehacker: Quickly Delete Years of Facebook Posts With This Chrome Extension. “Going back and deleting posts one by one can be obnoxious. We recently came across a Chrome extension here at Lifehacker HQ that can handle the dirty work for you.”
Wired: I’m Deleting All My Old Tweets Because Nothing Matters. “While I gave birth to my first child in 2015, my brother sat across the street from the hospital in a bar, live tweeting his experience of waiting to meet his nephew. As the hours of my long labor wore on, my brother got drunker and his jokes more off the wall. When my son was finally born and I went to send an email birth announcement, I found that everyone already knew. Emails had flooded my inbox already congratulating me. My colleagues had all been following along with my brother’s live tweets. The second my son was born, word had reached them—and thousands of other people.”
EFF: New Lawsuit Challenges FOSTA – The Federal Law Sparking Website Shutdowns. “Two human rights organizations, a digital library, an activist for sex workers, and a certified massage therapist have filed a lawsuit asking a federal court to block enforcement of FOSTA, the new federal law that silences online speech by forcing speakers to self-censor and requiring platforms to censor their users. The plaintiffs are represented by the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF), Davis, Wright Tremaine LLP, Walters Law Group, and Daphne Keller.”