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How Chinese Netizens Swamped China’s Internet Controls

How Chinese Netizens Swamped China’s Internet Controls

The tragedy came as frustrations with zero-Covid policies were already starting to spike. Violent confrontations had broken out between workers and security at a Foxconn plant in Zhengzhou that manufactures iPhones. Scott Kennedy, of the Center for Strategic and International Studies, a think tank in Washington, DC, says that when he visited Beijing and Shanghai …

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Hate Speech on Twitter Skyrocketed as Elon Said He Was Winning

Hate Speech on Twitter Skyrocketed as Elon Said He Was Winning

Photo: Ascanio (Shutterstock) On November 23rd, Elon Musk tweeted that hate speech “impressions” were down by one third on the platform, along with a graph and a victorious congratulations to his employees. During the same period, the actual use of hate speech on Twitter rose exponentially, according to new research. Data from the Center for …

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We’re in Denial About the True Cost of a Twitter Implosion

We’re in Denial About the True Cost of a Twitter Implosion

Think of how devastating it was to the anti-vax influencers Alex Berenson and Robert Malone to be kicked off Twitter. They happened to be grifters. But if Twitter died, that devastation would be everywhere. Hundreds of thousands of people’s careers are now driven primarily on Twitter. Many academics have built popular audiences entirely on Twitter, …

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China fines form NBA star Lin over quarantine comments

China fines form NBA star Lin over quarantine comments

BEIJING– Former NBA star Jeremy Lin, who plays for a Chinese team, was fined 10,000 yuan ($1,400) for “inappropriate remarks” on social media about quarantine facilities ahead of a game, China’s professional league announced Friday, as the government tries to stop protests against anti-virus controls that are among the world’s most stringent. Also Friday, more …

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Iran’s Protests Reveal What’s Lost If Twitter Crumbles

Iran’s Protests Reveal What’s Lost If Twitter Crumbles

Twitter isn’t Iran’s biggest social network—WhatsApp, Instagram, and Telegram are more popular—but as in many other countries, it is used to share breaking news and real-time updates on events. It stops Iran from being an information black hole. “This is a pivotal space for people to express themselves, to connect with friends and family, to …

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Facebook’s Failing to Remove Brutal Death Threats Targeting Election Workers

Facebook’s Failing to Remove Brutal Death Threats Targeting Election Workers

Photo: Jessica McGowan (Getty Images) Meta, despite repeatedly committing to ramping up security policies ahead of the 2022 midterms, appears to fare far worse than its competing social media services in detecting and removing death threats targeting election workers. Those findings are part of a new investigation conducted by Global Witness and the NYU Cybersecurity …

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Virality!  What Is It Good For?

Virality! What Is It Good For?

Who could’ve guessed that after three pandemic years’ worth of bad PR, the concept of “virality” would enjoy an unexpected glow-up? Twitter’s precipitous fall from grace has occasioned many eulogies for the platform—but also impassioned speeches from those determined to press on. American University philosophize Jonathan Flowers recently tweeted: “A bunch of twitter alternatives are …

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Twitter’s Ads Problems Are Even Worse Behind the Scenes

Twitter’s Ads Problems Are Even Worse Behind the Scenes

Photo: Gregory Bull (PA) Among Twitter’s multiform ongoing disasters, the one that threatens its financial prospects the most is perhaps fleeing advertisers. Elon Musk’s latest complaint on the topic finds him picking a public fight with Applesuggesting the iPhone maker pulled its Twitter ads because “they hate free speech in America.” Behind close doors, Twitter’s …

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China Cracks Down on Liking Posts About Zero Covid Protests

China Cracks Down on Liking Posts About Zero Covid Protests

Photo: Kevin Frayer (Getty Images) Chinese officials will begin cracking down on internet users liking social media posts that are deemed illegal or harmful amidst nationwide protests against China’s zero-Covid policy. The Cyberspace Administration of China (CAC) announced a new set of guidelines on social media set to take effect on December 15 that take …

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