Forbes: Why Don’t Social Media Companies Stop Violent Imagery?

Forbes: Why Don’t Social Media Companies Stop Violent Imagery?. “The intense media coverage this past week of the so-called ‘Facebook killer’ drew attention once again to the horrific ways in which social media platforms can provide a global audience to people who wish to do themselves or others grievous harm and indeed begs the question of whether in the absence of such instant fame would at least some of these acts have been prevented?”

Research Paper: Tweeting negative emotion: An investigation of Twitter data in the aftermath of violence on college campuses

Research paper, in PDF: Tweeting negative emotion: An investigation of Twitter data in the aftermath of violence on college campuses . “Studying communities impacted by traumatic events is often costly, requires swift action to enter the field when disaster strikes, and may be invasive for some traumatized respondents. Typically, individuals are studied after the traumatic event with no baseline data against which to compare their post-disaster responses. Given these challenges, we used longitudinal Twitter data across three case studies to examine the impact of violence near or on college campuses in the communities of Isla Vista, CA, Flagstaff, AZ, and Roseburg, OR, compared to control communities, between 2014 and 2015. “

Did Bing Maps Include the Image of a Gunshot Victim?

Ugh, some bad stuff caught by Bing Maps. “In Bing Maps, a street view at the corner of Pennington Avenue and Hazel Street in Baltimore’s Curtis Bay neighborhood shows a single police car, two officers, and what appears to be a man in the middle of the street bleeding from the skull.” Good afternoon, Internet…

California Launches Statewide System to Track Police Use of Force

The state of California has launched a new statewide system to track police use of force. “Under a new online system launched Thursday – the first of its kind in the nation – every law enforcement agency in California eventually will be required to report not just when their officers have a lethal encounter but how often officers or civilians, like Petrov, are left with “serious bodily injuries” like concussions, broken bones or major lacerations. Departments also will have to report when their officers open fire, even if the shots miss.”

Israeli Rights Group Suing Facebook Over Violence

An Israeli rights group is suing Facebook for $1 billion over Palestinian violence. “The Shurat Hadin group is claiming the social network provides militant groups with a platform for spreading violence. It says it’s filing the suit in a New York court on Monday. The victims cited in the suit were all American.”

Facebook Clarifies Its Graphic Content Policy for Facebook Live

Facebook is clarifying its graphic content policy. “Facebook … insists that the video of Philando Castile’s death was temporarily unavailable due to a technical glitch that was Facebook’s fault. That contradicts theories that the video disappeared due to Facebook waffling on whether it should stay up, a high volume of reports of it containing violent content, a deletion by police who’d taken possession of Castile’s girlfriend’s phone and Facebook account or a request from police to remove it. However, Facebook refused to detail exactly what caused the glitch, such as a traffic spike. It did release this statement, however.”

Professors Crowdsource a List of Readings for the Charleston Shootings

A professor and a hashtag has turned into a crowdsourced list of readings on the Charleston shootings.

“The professor [Chad Williams] reached out to the historians Kidada E. Williams (no relation), a professor at Wayne State University; Keisha N. Blaine, an incoming professor at the University of Iowa; and Christopher Cameron, an assistant professor at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte who is the founder of the African American Intellectual History Society. The four scholars solicited suggestions on Twitter under the hashtag #CharlestonSyllabus, and the project quickly took off.”

Note that the list at is no longer accepting suggestions, but contributors are asked to continue to use the #CharlestonSyllabus hashtag; a Web site is under development.