caption SWAT police officers respond after a gunman opened fire at the Tree of Life synagogue in Pittsburgh. source Reuters The man who allegedly opened fire in a Pittsburgh synagogue Saturday morning, killing 10 and injuring a dozen, was reportedly a frequent poster on Gab, a relatively new social network that has attracted many from the far-right fringe. Robert Bowers, the suspected shooter, reportedly joined Gab at the beginning of this year, using it to post a series of anti-Semitic messages and redistribute many more from other users. Immediately before he allegedly attacked the synagogue, Bowers took aim at HIAS, a Jewish organization that helps refugees. “HIAS likes to bring invaders in that kill our people,” he wrote, according to an archive of his Gab posts. “I can’t sit by and watch my people get slaughtered. Screw your optics, I’m going in. Read more: Here’s what we know about Robert Bowers Gab, which bills itself … [Read more...] about The Pittsburgh shooter allegedly had a following on a social network that’s trying to be the far-right’s alternative to Twitter — here’s everything we know about the site
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On a rare slow news day, I found myself reading and re-reading this talk given by danah boyd at the Online News Association’s annual gathering this weekend. Titled “Media Manipulation, Strategic Amplification, and Responsible Journalism,” the talk examines a variety of subjects that will be familiar to readers of this newsletter. boyd (who styles her name in lowercase) looks at claims of anti-conservative bias; the risks of de-platforming toxic users; the balance between speech and security; and the crisis of trust in the information ecosystem. You should read (or watch) boyd’s talk for at least two reasons. The first is that she concisely lays out how media manipulation works in our current moment: Media manipulators have developed a strategy with three parts that rely on how the current media ecosystem is structure: 1. Create spectacle, using social media to get news media coverage. 2. Frame the spectacle through phrases that drive new audiences to find your … [Read more...] about How a new class of “digital martyrs” are manipulating social networks
Facebook Inc. yesterday updated its Facebook Journalism Project by announcing partnerships with leading news agencies to create news shows exclusively for the social networking website. In the partnership, leading media outlets like CNN, ABC and Fox News will be producing news shows funded by Facebook, possibly taking advantage of features like the Facebook Live and polls, while also allowing for monetisation of the show. Unfortunately for Facebook, several users spotted a typo in the announcement on the Journalism Project webpage, where it read- "We care about supporting high-quality journalism," in the overview section. The typo has got many people talking online if Facebook is really as committed to quality journalism as they say. Since the company's involvement in the Cambridge Analytica scandal and Trump's election campaign have come to light, many fear that Facebook is devaluing journalism and editorial judgement. The new shows will go live on Watch, Facebook's video platform … [Read more...] about Facebook teams up with ABC, Fox News, CNN: Social networking with a dose of news
It's been a terrible few weeks for Facebook, with policymakers and users alike demanding answers from the social network over its Cambridge Analytica fiasco, in which the data analysis firm improperly accessed the personal information of about 50 million Facebook users. related advertisement But the backlash has had at least one major beneficiary. That's Mastodon, a Twitter-like social network that's had a massive spike in sign-ups recently. As the #deletefacebook movement has gained steam, people are registering for Mastodon at four times the rate that they normally do, according to Eugen Rochko, the service's creator.In two days alone, Mastodon gained about 5,800 new users, Rochko said in an interview. That's more new registrations than what Mastodon typically sees over an entire week.For a relatively new social network -- Mastodon has 1.1 million users to Facebook's 2.2 billion -- that may not sound very impressive. But what makes Mastodon increasingly attractive, … [Read more...] about Mastodon — The social network that aspires to #deletefacebook for good