Associated Press: Drag performer sues blogger for defamation over edited video

Associated Press: Drag performer sues blogger for defamation over edited video. “Eric Posey filed the lawsuit Monday in a court in northern Idaho, saying his reputation was damaged and his professional opportunities suffered after Summer Bushnell, who runs a blog called ‘The Bushnell Report,’ released the video and falsely told her social media followers that Posey had committed a felony by exposing himself to children during a Pride event in June. A subsequent police investigation cleared Posey of wrongdoing, and a city prosecutor said an unedited copy of the video showed no evidence of indecent exposure.”

Mike Shouts: Metaphysic Pulled Off Deepfake Elvis Performance At America’s Got Talent

Mike Shouts: Metaphysic Pulled Off Deepfake Elvis Performance At America’s Got Talent. “I am sure most of us are familiar with what deepfake is by now but what some of us may not know is that deepfaking has gone real-time. At the season finale of the seventeenth season of America’s Got Talent, Metaphysic, a tech company that uses AI to create hyperreal content, pulled an incredible ‘real-time deepfake’ onstage.”

Slate: What if a Peasant From the Middle Ages Got a Fancy Influencer Account? I Have Good News for You.

Slate: What if a Peasant From the Middle Ages Got a Fancy Influencer Account? I Have Good News for You.. “What would it be like if, in the Middle Ages, there was a peasant who made influencer-style videos about feast days, Lent, the bones of saints, and his coping mechanism for surviving the plague (buying hats)? Well, he exists on TikTok as @greedypeasant, the quarantine creation of costume designer Tyler Gunther, and he is delightful.”

Business Insider: TikTok copies Instagram’s move to copy buzzy app BeReal

Business Insider: TikTok copies Instagram’s move to copy buzzy app BeReal. “TikTok is launching a new tool that people quickly noticed is incredibly similar to another popular app: BeReal. The social media platform announced on Thursday TikTok Now, a tool where users receive a daily prompt to film a 10-second video or take a photo to share what they’re doing in the moment from the front and back cameras on their phone.”

Wall Street Journal: Instagram Stumbles in Push to Mimic TikTok, Internal Documents Show

Wall Street Journal: Instagram Stumbles in Push to Mimic TikTok, Internal Documents Show. “The document, titled ‘Creators x Reels State of the Union 2022,’ was published internally in August. It said that Reels engagement had been falling—down 13.6% over the previous four weeks—and that ‘most Reels users have no engagement whatsoever.’ One reason is that Instagram has struggled to recruit people to make content. Roughly 11 million creators are on the platform in the U.S., but only about 2.3 million of them, or 20.7%, post on that platform each month, the document said.”

The Atlantic: Just a Few People Crowned Some of YouTube’s Earliest Hits

The Atlantic: Just a Few People Crowned Some of YouTube’s Earliest Hits. “Everyone had to see this. It was early 2007 when Sadia Harper called her YouTube co-workers to her desk to watch. On her screen, a preteen with a buzz cut and an oversize dress shirt was belting out an Alicia Keys song. ‘This kid is amazing,’ Harper said. The singer’s mother had been badgering her with emails to feature her son, Justin Bieber, on YouTube’s homepage. Harper was one of YouTube’s ‘coolhunters,’ a team once tasked with curating videos on YouTube.com.”

Manchester Evening News: Council U-turns on removal of meetings video archive from public view after backlash

Manchester Evening News: Council U-turns on removal of meetings video archive from public view after backlash. “Town hall chiefs have U-turned on a decision to remove a video archive of council meetings from public view which came under fire from residents and opposition councillors. Harry Catherall, the chief executive of Oldham council, has today confirmed that after a ‘review’ of the authority’s policies around public meetings, all previous recordings have been reinstated.”