CNET: Facebook is working on how to keep ads away from crime and tragedy news topics

CNET: Facebook is working on how to keep ads away from crime and tragedy news topics. “Facebook has announced it’s working on “topic exclusion controls” with a group of advertisers to ensure ads don’t appear on the News Feed next to certain topics. Facebook said Friday that while developing these tools, it will also build in ‘safeguards to protect people’s privacy.’”

New York Times: Twitter and Facebook Lock Trump’s Accounts After Violence on Capitol Hill

New York Times: Twitter and Facebook Lock Trump’s Accounts After Violence on Capitol Hill. “Twitter and Facebook on Wednesday locked the accounts of President Trump, which prevents him from posting messages to his more than 88 million followers on Twitter and 35 million followers on Facebook, after he published a string of inaccurate and inflammatory messages on a day of violence in the nation’s capital.”

BuzzFeed News: Facebook Has A Rule To Stop Calls To Arms. Moderators Didn’t Enforce It Ahead Of The Kenosha Shootings.

BuzzFeed News: Facebook Has A Rule To Stop Calls To Arms. Moderators Didn’t Enforce It Ahead Of The Kenosha Shootings.. “In August, following a Facebook event at which two protesters were shot and killed in Kenosha, Wisconsin, Mark Zuckerberg called the company’s failure to take down the event page asking militant attendees to bring weapons ‘an operational mistake.’ There had been a new policy established earlier that month ‘to restrict’ the ability of right-wing militants to post or organize in groups, Facebook’s CEO said, and under that rule, the event page should have been removed. BuzzFeed News has learned, however, that Facebook also failed to enforce a separate year-old call to arms policy that specifically prohibited event pages from encouraging people to bring weapons to intimidate and harass vulnerable individuals.”

Parliament of Australia: Parliamentary Committee to hear from Google and Facebook as family violence hearings continue

Parliament of Australia: Parliamentary Committee to hear from Google and Facebook as family violence hearings continue. “The parliamentary inquiry into family, domestic and sexual violence will ask questions of Google and Facebook as well as organisations representing the male victims of family violence as it continues its program of public hearings. The Committee is gathering further evidence to inform both its recommendations and the development of the next National Plan to Reduce Violence against Women and their Children.”

Rome Sentinel (New York): Proposal would hold social media companies responsible for violent material

Rome Sentinel (New York): Proposal would hold social media companies responsible for violent material . “Rep. Anthony J. Brindisi, D-22, Utica, has introduced legislation designed to hold social media companies responsible when violent and graphic material is shared on their sites. Brindisi has dubbed the legislation ‘Bianca’s Law’ after the brutal murder of 17-year-old Bianca Devins in Utica was shared online by the accused killer.”

Washington Post: Covid-19 pandemic is stoking extremist flames worldwide, analysts warn

Washington Post: Covid-19 pandemic is stoking extremist flames worldwide, analysts warn. “Across the globe, violence has emerged a major and persistent side effect of the pandemic that has stricken 12 million people and killed more than 550,000. Even as it overwhelms hospitals, covid-19 is also straining security forces in scores of countries, exacerbating long-standing conflicts while fueling grievances and spurring the growth of extremist groups, security officials and analysts say in a series of new studies and interviews.”

The Verge: Coronavirus email hoax led to violent protests in Ukraine

The Verge: Coronavirus email hoax led to violent protests in Ukraine. “The email originated from outside Ukraine, according to a government statement, and it falsely claimed there were five cases of coronavirus in the country. In reality, there have been zero reported cases of the virus in Ukraine. But the email was sent the same day evacuees from China landed in the country, and some Ukranian residents protested the evacuees’ arrival by blocking roads that led to medical facilities and, in some cases, by smashing the windows of the buses carrying those evacuees.”

Diverse: New Website Tracks School Police Violence Against Students of Color

Diverse: New Website Tracks School Police Violence Against Students of Color. “The website also has an interactive map called the #AssaultAt map, which shows where alleged police attacks on students occurred from 2009 to present. So far, the website documents 110 incidents. Visitors can click pins on the map to learn more about each story, including photos and videos when available.”

Poynter: Misinformation is inciting violence around the world. And tech platforms don’t seem to have a plan to stop it.

Poynter: Misinformation is inciting violence around the world. And tech platforms don’t seem to have a plan to stop it.. “On Monday, French police arrested 20 people accused of attacking Roma people in the suburbs of Paris. In one attack, about 50 people armed with sticks and knives attacked Roma living in a slum and set fire to their cars. The Guardian reported that the attacks occurred following the re-emergence of an old online hoax that warns people about white vans that are being used to kidnap women and children — a false claim that has roots in medieval stereotypes about the Roma. Interestingly, the misinformation spread on both Facebook and Snapchat; the latter has mostly escaped scrutiny for its role in spreading bogus claims.”

USC Viterbi: Using Artificial Intelligence to Predict Violence in Movies

USC Viterbi: Using Artificial Intelligence to Predict Violence in Movies. “For many in the film industry, seeing your film landed with an NC-17 rating from the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA) is the kiss of death. With your film no longer accessible to viewers under 17, you are presented with a choice between limited box-office takings or expensive re-editing, or even reshooting, to meet the requirements of a more palatable R rating. But what if there were a more accurate way to determine a film’s likely classification at the script stage, before it moves through the expensive process of production and post-production?”

Nipples Are Banned, but Animal Abuse and Brutal Violence Are OK: Instagram Is Broken (Fstoppers)

Fstoppers: Nipples Are Banned, but Animal Abuse and Brutal Violence Are OK: Instagram Is Broken. “As a photographer absorbed with curating my profile and admiring the work of some amazing artists, it’s not always apparent how much of Instagram is filled with truly terrible things. I’ve written before about how Instagram is a cesspit of populist content that is driven by clicks as opposed to quality. I’ve also complained at length about Instagram’s clear reluctance to combat freebooting on its platform, happy to see content stolen as long as users stay in the app, consuming its adverts. What I failed to realize was how much of Instagram is violent, graphic, and seemingly free of moderation. Around the world, thousands of 13-year-olds will be receiving new electronic devices this Christmas, many of them no doubt opening new Instagram accounts. Terrifyingly, those children, with all the parental controls in place, could in […]

BuzzFeed News: The Conspiratorial Hate We See Online Is Increasingly Appearing In Real Life

BuzzFeed News: The Conspiratorial Hate We See Online Is Increasingly Appearing In Real Life. “Connecting the online footprints to tragedies in the physical world also reveals an undeniable truth: that the dichotomy between an online world and ‘real life’ is (and has always been) a false one. The hatred, trolling, harassment, and conspiracy theorizing of the internet’s underbelly cannot be dismissed as empty, nihilistic performance. It may be a game, but it’s a game with consequences. And it’s spilling into the physical world with greater, more alarming frequency.”