The Atlantic: Instagram Is the New Evite

The Atlantic: Instagram Is the New Evite. “When Mandy gets invited to a party, it’s not via Facebook invite, or email, or even text message. She’s 13, so, naturally, it’s through Instagram. Here’s how it works: When teenagers are planning a big party, they’ll sometimes create a new Instagram account, often with a handle that includes the date of the party, like @Nov17partyy or @SarahsBdayOctober27. The account will be set to private, and its bio will list the date of the party and sometimes the handles of the organizers. Sometimes it will include stipulations—for example, if it follows you, or approves your follow request, you’re invited.”

The Verge: Online porn filters will never work

The Verge: Online porn filters will never work. “The Digital Economy Act was intended to be a more effective method of blocking adult sites that puts the onus on pornographers, who must comply with the policy or risk getting banned by major payment processors. Yet as simple and appealing as that proposal may have once sounded, it’s proven significantly more thorny than the British Board of Film Classification (BBFC), the agency responsible for enforcing the policy, originally anticipated.”

Mashable: The midterms had record voter turnout. Should Snapchat get credit?

Mashable: The midterms had record voter turnout. Should Snapchat get credit?. “On Tuesday, Snapchat shared that 1.4 million users visited their Get to the Polls platform, a voting information portal powered by the tech-focused nonprofit organization Democracy Works. Snapchat also registered over 400,000 new voters in the weeks leading up to the election — and over half of those voters were aged 18-24, also known as the coveted but fickle youth vote. Twitter, Instagram, and Facbook ran similar initiatives, though they have yet to release participation numbers.”

Pew: Western Europeans Under 30 View News Media Less Positively, Rely More on Digital Platforms Than Older Adults

Pew (PEW PEW PEW PEW PEW PEW PEW!): Western Europeans Under 30 View News Media Less Positively, Rely More on Digital Platforms Than Older Adults. “Across eight Western European countries, adults ages 18 to 29 are about twice as likely to get news online than from TV. They also tend to be more critical of the news media’s performance and coverage of key issues than older adults”

Pew: Nearly one-in-five teens can’t always finish their homework because of the digital divide

Pew (PEW PEW PEW PEW PEW!): Nearly one-in-five teens can’t always finish their homework because of the digital divide. “Some 15% of U.S. households with school-age children do not have a high-speed internet connection at home, according to a new Pew Research Center analysis of 2015 U.S. Census Bureau data. New survey findings from the Center also show that some teens are more likely to face digital hurdles when trying to complete their homework.”

Nieman Lab: Younger generations are actually better at telling news from opinion than those over age 50

Nieman Lab: Younger generations are actually better at telling news from opinion than those over age 50. “Those pesky kids with their smartphones don’t know the days of print newspapers separating the news pages from the opinion section. But they’re not necessarily the ones we have to worry about discerning news statements from opinions, according to a new analysis from the Pew Research Center.”

CNN: Snapchat is trying to help potential voters get registered

CNN: Snapchat is trying to help potential voters get registered. “Snapchat estimates it may have helped over 418,000 users register to vote. The social media company has a core audience of young adults and teens, and roughly 57% of the people who moved to register were between the ages of 18 and 24, the company said on Tuesday.”