MakeUseOf: The 6 Best All-In-One Messaging Platforms to Simplify Your Messaging

MakeUseOf: The 6 Best All-In-One Messaging Platforms to Simplify Your Messaging. “With all the messaging apps available, it’s often hard to keep track of whose messaging you and where. All-in-one messaging platforms offer a solution to this modern-day problem. These platforms allow you to organize various messaging apps in one place, allowing you to say goodbye to the days of juggling multiple apps to communicate with friends, family, and coworkers.”

Archaeological Institute of America: Tweetathons Are Back For 2022!

Archaeological Institute of America: Tweetathons Are Back For 2022!. “The popular International Archaeology Day Tweetathons that started as a pandemic innovation will be back again for the third year in a row. We’ll have a full set of Tweethaon instructions, sample tweets, and more like we did in 2020 and 2021 soon, but so that everyone can start planning, here is a list of hashtags and dates!” The tweetathon starts Monday, October 3rd, and continues for most of the next two weeks.

The Splinternet is Here: How to Make the Most of it (Center for European Policy Analysis)

Center for European Policy Analysis: The Splinternet is Here: How to Make the Most of it. “The Open Internet turned out to be an illusion. Tech giants created a commercial space, not a public commons, more like a shopping mall than a public park. In this ‘space,’ the public discourse is owned by corporations accountable to a different set of interests than democratically elected governments. In countries such as Myanmar, Sri Lanka, India, and Ethiopia, social media has had bad, and in some cases, tragic side effects.”

Rest of World: TikTok creators are condensing Hollywood movies into minutes and getting millions of views

Rest of World: TikTok creators are condensing Hollywood movies into minutes and getting millions of views. “Chinese creators use translation apps, dubbing software, and VPNs — TikTok is blocked in China — to help viewers speed-watch movies and TV dramas in English, Spanish, and Bahasa Indonesia. Despite the translation errors and robotic narrations, each clip garners anywhere between a few thousand to millions of views, generating decent income for the creators.”

TechCrunch: Vietnam to restrict which social media accounts can post news

TechCrunch: Vietnam to restrict which social media accounts can post news. “With the rising tide of fake news on social media platforms, the debate over how much control a government should have on online information is a perennial one. In Vietnam, the government is intensifying its control over the internet regime. The country is formulating new rules to control which types of social media accounts are allowed to disseminate news in the country, Reuters reported, citing sources.”

Washington College: New social media guidelines are hindering student voices

Washington College: New social media guidelines are hindering student voices. “Students should have the right to post the school as they see fit. While some comments may reflect negatively on WC, they should be used as a basis for change. The voice of student life should be uplifted and heard instead of silenced in shame. The new social media guidelines are intended to stop harassment in its tracks and maintain a good image for the College, but students should be allowed to have fun with each other and make comments about their school.”

Associated Press: Rohingya seek reparations from Facebook for role in massacre

Associated Press: Rohingya seek reparations from Facebook for role in massacre. “For years, Facebook, now called Meta Platforms Inc., pushed the narrative that it was a neutral platform in Myanmar that was misused by malicious people, and that despite its efforts to remove violent and hateful material, it unfortunately fell short. That narrative echoes its response to the role it has played in other conflicts around the world, whether the 2020 election in the U.S. or hate speech in India. But a new and comprehensive report by Amnesty International states that Facebook’s preferred narrative is false.”

The Conversation: As pandemic measures are lifted, social media use has declined with the exception of TikTok

The Conversation: As pandemic measures are lifted, social media use has declined with the exception of TikTok . “Our report findings show that Canadians’ use of social media has declined from its early pandemic peak; however, Canada continues to be one of the most connected countries in the world — 94 per cent of online adults use at least one social media platform. We found that TikTok had the largest gain (an increase of 11 per cent) in the number of Canadian adults who reported having an account on the platform in 2022, compared to data we collected in 2020.”

Mashable: Content moderation is changing how we speak — and dictating who gets heard

Mashable: Content moderation is changing how we speak — and dictating who gets heard. “It’s not surprising that language changes with the influence of online content. New forms of communication have that effect. But content moderation, with all its fluidity and platform-specific nuances, has the potential to force our language to evolve at an accelerated rate, often silencing marginalized communities.”

The Verge: How platforms turn boring

The Verge: How platforms turn boring. “At first, TikTok was exciting because there was culture that could only happen there. Now that on-platform culture is being overwhelmed by viral arbitrage, and the actual content is getting closer to what you see on every other network. As the platform gets bigger, it gets more generic, and there’s less to distinguish it from every other mass-market social network. This dynamic is larger than just TikTok.”

CNBC: Trump-linked SPAC changes address to UPS Store as investors pull more than $130 million

CNBC: Trump-linked SPAC changes address to UPS Store as investors pull more than $130 million. “Digital World Acquisition Corp., the blank-check company looking to take Trump Media and Technology Group public, has changed its listed address to a UPS Store in Miami. The change from a Miami office building to a UPS address came with DWAC’s regulatory filing on Friday disclosing that some investors pulled out tens of millions of dollars.”

New York Times: TikTok Seen Moving Toward U.S. Security Deal, but Hurdles Remain

New York Times: TikTok Seen Moving Toward U.S. Security Deal, but Hurdles Remain. “The Biden administration and TikTok have drafted a preliminary agreement to resolve national security concerns posed by the Chinese-owned video app but face hurdles over the terms, as the platform negotiates to keep operating in the United States without major changes to its ownership structure, four people with knowledge of the discussions said.”

Emo-jional rescue: UBCO researchers create tool to measure the emotion in emojis (University of British Columbia)

University of British Columbia: Emo-jional rescue: UBCO researchers create tool to measure the emotion in emojis. “How much is really known about those smiley faces staring back at from smartphone screens? Anyone who has ever wondered if the people sending them are really that happy is not alone. Thanks to a pair of UBC Okanagan colleagues, researchers striving to better understand the ever-expanding world of emojis now have a new tool to keep pace with technology—what they call a multidimensional lexicon of emojis (MLE).”

Jan. 6 Twitter witness: Failure to curb Trump spurred ‘terrifying’ choice (Washington Post)

Washington Post: Jan. 6 Twitter witness: Failure to curb Trump spurred ‘terrifying’ choice. “In an explosive hearing in July, an unidentified former Twitter employee testified to the House Jan. 6 committee that the company had tolerated false and rule-breaking tweets from Donald Trump for years because executives knew their service was his ‘favorite and most-used … and enjoyed having that sort of power.’”