Phys.org: Social media culture can encourage risky and inappropriate posting behaviour, new study suggests

Phys.org: Social media culture can encourage risky and inappropriate posting behaviour, new study suggests. “The use of social media is pervasive among young adults, but not all posted content is necessarily appropriate. Now a new study by the University of Plymouth investigates why young adults might post content on social media that contains sexual or offensive material.”

BBC: YouTube child protection mechanism ‘failing’

BBC: YouTube child protection mechanism ‘failing’. “YouTube’s child protection mechanism is breaking down, according to some of the company’s volunteer watchdogs. There’s a constant anxiety that those seeking to abuse or groom young children will use social media to reach them – and YouTube is aware of the problem. The video-sharing site has a special network of volunteers, called Trusted Flaggers, who help identify worrisome posts and comments on the network.”

Harvard Crimson: Harvard Rescinds Acceptances for At Least Ten Students for Obscene Memes

The Harvard Crimson: Harvard Rescinds Acceptances for At Least Ten Students for Obscene Memes. “Harvard College rescinded admissions offers to at least ten prospective members of the Class of 2021 after the students traded sexually explicit memes and messages that sometimes targeted minority groups in a private Facebook group chat. A handful of admitted students formed the messaging group—titled, at one point, ‘Harvard memes for horny bourgeois teens’ —on Facebook in late December, according to two incoming freshmen.”

Revealed: Facebook’s internal rulebook on sex, terrorism and violence (The Guardian)

The Guardian: Revealed: Facebook’s internal rulebook on sex, terrorism and violence. “Facebook’s secret rules and guidelines for deciding what its 2 billion users can post on the site are revealed for the first time in a Guardian investigation that will fuel the global debate about the role and ethics of the social media giant.”

TechCrunch: Facebook again under fire for spreading illegal content

TechCrunch: Facebook again under fire for spreading illegal content. “An investigation by a British newspaper into child sexual abuse content and terrorist propaganda being shared on Facebook has once again drawn critical attention to how the company handles complaints about offensive and extremist content being shared on its platform.”

Stars and Stripes: Marines punished for social media comments; 15 other servicemembers investigated

Stars and Stripes: Marines punished for social media comments; 15 other servicemembers investigated. “The Marine Corps has punished two California-based Marines for derogatory remarks that they expressed on social media about a female Marine and service leadership, and law enforcement agents have uncovered at least 56 people suspected of involvement in a nude-photo sharing scandal, military officials said Friday.”

Inc: Google Makes Employees Sign Away Right to Sue Over Pornography (and Lots of Other Rights, Too)

Inc: Google Makes Employees Sign Away Right to Sue Over Pornography (and Lots of Other Rights, Too). “Google would rather you didn’t know about this because the company doesn’t want you to know anything at all about what it’s like to work at Google other than information the company itself has released. That, ironically, is the subject of a lawsuit that made the I-won’t-sue-for-pornography waiver public as part of a court filing. Here it is…”