Study: With Twitter, Race Of The Messenger Matters (University of Kansas)

University of Kansas: Study: With Twitter, Race Of The Messenger Matters. “When NFL player Colin Kaepernick took a knee during the national anthem to protest police brutality and racial injustice, the ensuing debate took traditional and social media by storm. University of Kansas researchers have found that tweets both in support of and opposed to the protests can influence how young people think about the issue and, like in many aspects of life, the messenger’s race matters.”

Wired: Investors Join Calls For Facebook, Twitter To Take More Responsibility

Wired: Investors Join Calls For Facebook, Twitter To Take More Responsibility. “A BIG PENSION fund and an activist investment firm Thursday said they had filed shareholder proposals pushing Facebook and Twitter to take more responsibility for managing content on their platforms, including mistreatment of women, fake news, election interference, violence, and hate speech—in other words, the same issues that have kept social-media giants in the crosshairs for the past year.”

In Development: Database and App of Diverse Books

In development: an app with a database of 1200 diverse books. “According to [We Need Diverse Books] representatives, the organization has heard repeatedly from both adults and children that it is difficult for them to identify quality books with diverse characters, themes, and by multicultural authors from among the numerous books released each year. OurStory, WNDB representatives explained in a release, ‘seeks to solve the problem with a tool that highlights books with diverse content and by marginalized content creators.’”

YouTube Launches “Creators for Change” Initiative

YouTube has launched yet another new initiative: Creators for Change. “YouTube Creators for Change is a new initiative dedicated to amplifying the voices of role models who are tackling difficult social issues with their channels. From combating hate speech, to countering xenophobia and extremism, to simply making the case for greater tolerance and empathy toward others, these creators are helping generate positive social change with their global fan bases.”