Essence: Meet ‘Good Feed,’ The New Black-Owned Social Media Platform For Women, By Women

Essence: Meet ‘Good Feed,’ The New Black-Owned Social Media Platform For Women, By Women. “Think YouTube meets Medium, but specifically for women. The new platform is described by its creator, media vet Joe Anthony, as an online home to write articles, share videos of varying lengths, and create episodic content that feel good.”

Unseen Japan: Twitter-Addicted Japan Laments the Service’s “Ice Age”

Unseen Japan: Twitter-Addicted Japan Laments the Service’s “Ice Age”. “Twitter users in Japan have remained fairly nonplussed by Elon Musk’s private takeover of the once-public service. But a recent spate of account freezes this past week have led some to wonder whether it’s the end days. Others, however, vow they’ll keep rearranging deck chairs until the vessel sinks.”

Business Insider: Laid-off Google employees are turning to a Discord server with nearly 18,000 members for emotional support and financial advice

Business Insider: Laid-off Google employees are turning to a Discord server with nearly 18,000 members for emotional support and financial advice. “Google employees who were recently laid off have joined a Discord server to get emotional support and financial tips after departing from the tech giant. ‘Google Post-Layoffs’ has more than 17,800 members, comprised of laid-off Google staff, current employees, former workers who left prior to the job cuts, recruiters, and journalists.”

WIRED: Startup T2 Wants to Terminate Twitter

WIRED: Startup T2 Wants to Terminate Twitter. “IN MID-2021, GABOR Cselle bought a $15 Moleskine notebook to sketch out ideas for new startups. On the first page, he wrote ‘T2’ and began taking notes for a better version of Twitter. Cselle had sold startups to Google and Twitter and worked at both companies. (He was at the time at Google for a second stint, as a director at Area 120, its startup incubator.) But he couldn’t figure out how to draw people away from ‘T1’—the original Twitter—and set the idea aside.”

The Register: Google slays thousands of fake news vids posted by pro-China group Dragonbridge

The Register: Google slays thousands of fake news vids posted by pro-China group Dragonbridge. “Google’s Threat Analysis Group (TAG) has burned more than 50,000 spammy fake news stories and other content posted by the pro-China ‘Dragonbridge’ gang. Dragonbridge ran disinformation campaigns across Google-owned platforms YouTube, Blogger and AdSense.”

Wall Street Journal: TikTok Is Bad, but WeChat Is Worse

Wall Street Journal: TikTok Is Bad, but WeChat Is Worse. “Congress banned the use of TikTok on government devices recently, and the Biden administration is reportedly seeking to go further by, for instance, limiting access to user data to mitigate the app’s dangers. Given the zeal to address threats emanating from a Chinese app, why is WeChat being ignored?”

“Lies Have Short Legs”: Inside the Brazilian WhatsApp Group Exposing George Santos (Mother Jones)

Mother Jones: “Lies Have Short Legs”: Inside the Brazilian WhatsApp Group Exposing George Santos. “[Adriana] Parizzi is one of the members of the highly active Brazilian WhatsApp group, aptly titled in Portuguese ‘mentira tem pernas curtas,’ or ‘lies have short legs.’ Participants include former roommates and friends—some of whom live in the United States—and they compare notes, exchange theories, and work together to get the word out about the ‘true story’ of Santos.”

UN: Parts of internet becoming `toxic waste dumps’ for hate (Associated Press)

Associated Press: UN: Parts of internet becoming `toxic waste dumps’ for hate. “The U.N. chief warned on the day to remember victims of the Holocaust that ‘many parts of the internet are becoming toxic waste dumps for hate and vicious lies,’ and urgently appealed for guardrails against hate speech. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said Friday that anti-Semitism is everywhere, and it’s increasing in intensity.”

Center for American Progress: The Dangers of a Twitter Bankruptcy or Acquisition

Center for American Progress: The Dangers of a Twitter Bankruptcy or Acquisition. “One of the ironies of the Musk takeover is that Twitter — a mismanaged company with great tech and a captive, influential user base — was probably a pretty good candidate for a competent leveraged buyout operation. Musk, egged on by his friends and their weird psychodrama about ‘blue checks,’ has now eliminated any possibility that his takeover will be smooth and inexpensive.”

The Conversation: What happens to our data when we no longer use a social media network or publishing platform?

The Conversation: What happens to our data when we no longer use a social media network or publishing platform?. “My peers and I built personal websites on GeoCities, blogged on LiveJournal, made friends on MySpace and hung out on Nexopia. Many of these earlier platforms and social spaces occupy large parts of youth memories. For that reason, the web has become a complex entanglement of attachment and connection. My doctoral research looks at how we have become ‘databound’ — attached to the data we have produced throughout our lives in ways we both can and cannot control. What happens to our data when we abandon a platform? What should become of it? Would you want a say?”

CNN: Who is Shou Zi Chew? Mounting scrutiny on TikTok could put new spotlight on its CEO

CNN: Who is Shou Zi Chew? Mounting scrutiny on TikTok could put new spotlight on its CEO. “In Silicon Valley, it’s common for tech CEOs to be household names and the faces of the company’s they lead. Mark Zuckerberg is synonymous with Facebook and Jack Dorsey was the bearded face of Twitter, before Elon Musk acquired it. But Chew, who took over as TikTok CEO in April 2021, has largely stayed out of the spotlight at a time when the app he leads can’t seem to avoid it.”

Deseret News: New genealogy platform unveiling, and connecting, the untold stories of our lives

Deseret News: New genealogy platform unveiling, and connecting, the untold stories of our lives . “[Kendall] Hulet knows a thing or two about genealogy and search services having spent 14 years upgrading the search functions for family history giant Ancestry.com and launching his own mobile browser, Cake, a few years back. Now, Hulet is CEO of Storied, a newly announced rebrand of newspaper and record archive service World Archives which was acquired in 2020 by Charles Thayne Capital.”

The Verge: Discord acquires Gas, the popular app for teens to compliment each other

The Verge: Discord acquires Gas, the popular app for teens to compliment each other. “Gas has polls that ask users to vote for things like the most beautiful person they’ve met or the classmate that isn’t afraid to get in trouble. It has soared in popularity among high schoolers since launching in August. One of the co-creators of TBH, a very similar teenager app acquired and shut down by Facebook, created Gas, which has caught the attention of more than 1 million daily active users and 30,000 new users per hour in October.”

TechCrunch: Medium embraces Twitter alternative Mastodon with launch of its own community

TechCrunch: Medium embraces Twitter alternative Mastodon with launch of its own community. “Online publishing platform Medium, originally created by Twitter co-founder Evan Williams, announced today that it’s embracing the open source Mastodon platform by creating its own instance to support its authors and their publications.”