From Motherboard, with a warning for the headline: Leaked Documents Show Facebook’s Struggles With Dick Pics. “Facebook’s moderators are grappling with the challenges of revenge porn, sextortion, and people sharing unsolicited dick pics with users, according to newly leaked documents obtained by Motherboard. The company’s moderators have recently been told to stop punishing people who complain about receiving dick pics, which shows how Facebook’s own policies around nudity are constantly evolving.”
The Drum: Google removes Singaporean YouTuber Amos Yee channel over brand safety fears. “YouTube vlogger Amos Yee is in the news again after his YouTube channel was taken down by Google over brand safety concerns after he posted videos defending paedophilia. The Singaporean was charged for six charges related to the anti-religion posts on his YouTube channel and two for failing to show up to court, two years ago. He then sought asylum in the United States after finishing his sentence.”
F-Secure: Pr0nbots2: Revenge Of The Pr0nbots. “A month and a half ago I posted an article in which I uncovered a series of Twitter accounts advertising adult dating (read: scam) websites. If you haven’t read it yet, I recommend taking a look at it before reading this article, since I’ll refer back to it occasionally. To start with, let’s recap. In my previous research, I used a script to recursively query Twitter accounts for specific patterns, and found just over 22,000 Twitter bots using this process. This figure was based on the fact that I concluded my research (stopped my script) after querying only 3000 of the 22,000 discovered accounts. I have a suspicion that my script would have uncovered a lot more accounts, had I let it run longer.”
BuzzFeed: YouTube Hosted Graphic Images Of Bestiality For Months. “There is bestiality on YouTube, and it’s surprisingly easy to find. It’s also surprisingly prevalent, but not in videos — in video thumbnails, some of which have racked up millions of views.” It’s rare that I cover something in ResearchBuzz that makes me want to throw up….
TechCrunch: Bots on Twitter share two-thirds of links to popular websites: Pew . “It’s official: Bots are doing a lot of PR grunt work on Twitter — especially when it comes to promoting porn websites. That perhaps unsurprising conclusion about what automated Twitter accounts are link sharing comes courtesy of a new study by the Pew Research Center which set out to quantify one aspect of bot-based activity in the Twittersphere.”
Wired: Children’s YouTube is still churning out blood, suicide and cannibalism. “WIRED found videos containing violence against child characters, age-inappropriate sexualisation, Paw Patrol characters attempting suicide and Peppa Pig being tricked into eating bacon. These were discovered by following recommendations in YouTube’s sidebar or simply allowing children’s videos to autoplay, starting with legitimate content.”
Motherboard: Tumblr Has a Massive Creepshots Problem. “A swarm of users on hyper-popular blogging platform Tumblr are uploading, sharing, and trading so-called creepshots: close-up, revealing images of women, typically taken in public and seemingly without their consent. The problem on Tumblr is rampant, with creepshot-focused Tumblr blogs appearing in just a cursory search. Other sites, including Reddit, have cracked down on creepshots, but Tumblr’s community is thriving.”