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Lawmakers agree social media needs regulation, but say prompt federal action is unlikely
Here’s How To Add Mario Kart To Your Google Maps This Week
'What is wig' and Katy Perry's kiss: 'American Idol' contestants who got social media talking
Increased police at Windsor High School after social media threat
Barack TV sounds like a sit-con to me
Social media plea: Family of Tyon Wells sends video message
Sri Lanka blocks social media as Buddhist mobs attack mosques
Teacher uprisings harness social media in fight for funding
2018-04-19 09:00:10 PHOENIX (AP) - The public education uprisings that began in West Virginia and spread to Arizona, Oklahoma and Kentucky share similar origin stories. Teachers in the Republican-dominant states are organizing Facebook groups and getting hashtags like #RedforEd trending on Twitter as they demand higher pay. Social media experts say that organizers are often required to use such tools but that they should couple them with marches and demonstration out in public if they want their message to be effective   Read More ...
No place in the NFL for cheerleaders in 2018
2018-04-19 05:04:54 Green Bay Packers beat reporter Aaron Nagler says that although Aaron Rodgers may be frustrated in Green Bay, everyone will forget about this episode once the season starts. USA TODAY Sports. Correction/clarification: An earlier version of this story misidentified one of the teams that does not have cheerleaders. Pittsburgh Steelers are one of the six teams without them. The Houston Texans aren’t even bothering with the pretense   Read More ...
GOP accuses Facebook of censorship but conservative media flourishes online
2018-04-15 21:03:40 A handful of Republicans laid into Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg during two days of hearings earlier this week, accusing his social media company of liberal bias and the censorship of conservative Facebook pages. It's far from the first time Zuckerberg and Facebook have faced such accusations, but is there any truth in it? Many of the questions from conservative members of Congress centered on Facebook's move to suppress the page of the pro-President Donald Trump digital media personalities known as “Diamond & Silk,” two North Carolina sisters whose real names are Lynette Hardaway and Rochelle Richardson   Read More ...
One tiny corner of the U.S. government fights back against Russian propaganda
2018-04-15 21:03:03 Not the White House, the State Department or the CIA. The recordings were published by a U.S.-government-funded website called Polygraph.info, whose reporter says she got them from a source close to the Kremlin. Polygraph is a relatively new fact-checking arm of an obscure, diminutive media effort by the U.S. to highlight Russian misdeeds and counter Russian propaganda. It's an anomaly in the Trump administration — perhaps the only part of the U   Read More ...
How This Former Circus Performer Is Turning Google Maps Into the Next Big Thing in Gaming
2018-04-12 20:47:32 When 26-year-old Clementine Jacoby thinks back on her childhood, she remembers using printed maps to navigate strange new cities — one of the many tools that smartphones have rendered largely obsolete. “My parents, I think, are just chronically bored,” she says in a conference room at Google’s New York offices. “We moved around a ton, and I was also sort of an agitated and ambitious kid and traveled a bunch on my own   Read More ...
Single mom of 5 graduates law school, becomes social media inspi - | WBTV Charlotte
2018-04-12 15:02:51 HOUSTON (RNN) - Ieshia Champs will be graduating magna cum laude from Texas Southern University’s Thurgood Marshall School of Law in May. But it’s how she did it that has thousands of people talking. Champs is a single mother to five children. A photo of her with her children proclaiming, “We did it” has caused a positive wave of congratulatory likes, shares and messages from people all over the country by way of social media   Read More ...
Lawmakers agree social media needs regulation, but say prompt federal action is unlikely
2018-04-12 13:18:37 WASHINGTON — Two days of sharp questioning of Facebook chief executive Mark Zuckerberg underscored how the risks posed by social media have become areas of broad political concern, bringing together House and Senate, Democrat and Republican, even rural and urban lawmakers. The uncommonly bipartisan flavor of the hearings manifested itself in numerous threats by members of both parties to more forcefully regulate the technology industry — a development that Zuckerberg and some other tech leaders now seem to expect and accept, at least in concept   Read More ...
An adorable dog photobombs the Google Map driver
2018-04-12 13:04:01 Sometimes Google Maps streetview cars catch more than they bargained for. Keri Lumm reports on this adorable dog's brush with fame.   Read More ...
Lawmakers agree social media needs regulation, but say prompt federal action is unlikely
2018-04-12 12:56:03 Two days of sharp questioning of Facebook chief executive Mark Zuckerberg underscored how the risks posed by social media have become areas of broad political concern, bringing together House and Senate, Democrat and Republican, even rural and urban lawmakers. The uncommonly bipartisan flavor of the hearings manifested itself in numerous threats by members of both parties to more forcefully regulate the technology industry — a development that Zuckerberg and some other tech leaders now seem to expect and accept, at least in concept   Read More ...
Statehouse Beat: An independent press is not a threat
2018-04-09 05:17:04 The news media’s relationship with government should always be adversarial, but not antagonistic. These are critical times for the news media, both locally and nationally, and it doesn’t help to have a president and governor who perceive an independent press to be a threat, rather than an integral participant in the democratic process. Donald Trump daily tries to undermine the credibility of the news media, declaring any critical news coverage to be “fake” — claims that were frighteningly parroted by news anchors in more than 80 markets, including our own, who made the outrageous and clearly untrue assertion that mainstream media outlets air or publish phony items from social media without fact-checking   Read More ...
We all did embarrassing things as kids. Why punish adults for old social media posts?
2018-04-09 05:01:52 Donte DiVincenzo's 31 points were the most ever for a non-starter in a championship game and the first 30-point performance in a title game in 21 years. USA TODAY Sports. Kids who express unfortunate thoughts while still figuring things out are now being held to adult standards of appropriateness. On Monday night, Villanova men’s basketball star was basking in his team’s second national championship in three years when he got a question he wasn’t expecting   Read More ...
Number of Facebook Users Snared by Cambridge Analytica Rises to 87 Million, Social Media Giant Reveals
2018-04-05 21:09:13 Facebook is restricting the user data it allows outsiders to access as part of steps it’s taking to address the fallout from its worst privacy crisis in years. The company is reeling from news that a Trump-affiliated data-mining firm used ill-gotten data from millions of users to try to influence elections. Facebook says as many as 87 million people may have had their data accessed — an increase from the 50 million disclosed in published reports   Read More ...
New China worry for Donald Trump: Can U.S. win propaganda war against 'Voice of China'?
2018-04-05 21:04:44 The 'Voice of China' propaganda blitzkrieg is meant to neutralize U.S. influence on every continent. But there's time to catch up and turn the tide. President Trump has more than tariffs, trade wars and military escalation to worry about when it comes to China. Within the last few weeks, China has leaped into the front ranks of global media by launching its uper-network   Read More ...
Moms, expert lend advice on how to keep up with child's social media use
2018-04-05 21:00:38 ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (KRQE) - The Pew Research Center says more than 70 percent of teens are on more than one social media platform. With ever-changing technology, how can parents make sure their kids are staying safe online? Vanessa Bush owns Albuquerque Moms Blog, and while she's active on social media, her 13-year-old is not. "It has concerned me because you see so many negative things that can happen," she said, adding she wants to make sure her seventh grader is ready   Read More ...
'Jesus Christ Superstar Live!' - What's the buzz and reaction to NBC broadcast
2018-04-02 20:00:32 "Jesus Christ Superstar Live!" was a holy hit on social media following its Easter Sunday broadcast on NBC. The cast, including John Legend, Sara Barellis, Alice Cooper and Brandon Victor Dixon, were lauded for their singing. But audiences also appreciated the set design and staging of the Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Webber, which was first released as a concept album in 1970   Read More ...
Sinclair defends itself over uproar after local news anchors read anti 'false news' screed
2018-04-02 20:00:23 Sinclair Broadcast Group is defending itself against criticism for a recent on-air promotional message many of its local news anchors were asked to read that warned viewers about "false news" on competing media outlets. Dozens of stations belonging to the nation's largest broadcaster have aired video promotions in the last few weeks in which their local on-air news hosts voice concerns about "the troubling trend of irresponsible, one-sided news stories plaguing our country   Read More ...
2 ex-newspaper editors among Indiana journalism hall picks
2018-04-02 18:00:04 INDIANAPOLIS (AP) - Two long-time newspaper editors, a two-time Pulitzer Prize winner and a trailblazing photo editor are scheduled for induction into the Indiana Journalism Hall of Fame this spring. Honorees include former Evansville Courier editor Tom Tuley and retired Fort Wayne Journal Gazette editorial page editor Larry Hayes. Another is reporter Ken Armstrong, who won Pulitzer Prizes in 2012 while at The Seattle Times and 2016 with The Marshall Project   Read More ...
‘Where’s Waldo?’ Will Be Hiding in Google Maps for April Fools’ Day. Here’s How to Play
2018-04-02 13:08:17 Google Maps launched an interactive version of “Where’s Waldo?,” a 21st-century twist on Martin Handford’s classic children’s book, on Saturday, March 31. Google Assistant users can also open the app and start the game by asking, “Where’s Waldo?”. Once in the app, an animated image of Waldo, the iconic British children’s book character in a striped white and red shirt, will appear on the side of the screen   Read More ...
Kentucky governor wins initial round in social media fight
2018-04-02 13:03:15 LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) - Kentucky's governor has won an initial round in his court fight with a civil-liberties group that's suing him for blocking people from his Facebook and Twitter accounts. U.S. District Judge Gregory Van Tatenhove denied plaintiffs' request for a preliminary injunction to prevent the Republican from blocking anyone from his social media accounts. The judge ruled Friday that allowing access to anyone could shut down the accounts by flooding them with internet spam   Read More ...
The State Department Wants to Require Visa Applicants to Submit Five Years of Social Media Details
2018-03-30 07:01:08 In documents to be published in Friday’s Federal Register, the department said it wants the public to comment on the proposed new requirements, which will affect nearly 15 million foreigners who apply for visas to enter the U.S. each year. Previously, social media, email and phone number histories were only sought from applicants identified for extra scrutiny, such as those who have traveled to areas controlled by terrorist organizations   Read More ...
How social media are destroying alternative news - and why they're no longer social media at all - Hot Air
2018-03-30 05:28:55 Right now, a massive conversation has been launched about the value and danger of social media. Most of that conversation has centered around two specific problems: the first is privacy; the second is manipulation. The first problem is the most obvious, and the most broadly concerning to the most people. People are worried that companies like Facebook and Google have been using all their data for purposes of profit-making or marketing, that they’ve been packaging that data to third parties or allowing third parties to grab that data without user permission, that the searches they’ve been entering with the assumption of anonymity aren’t anonymous in the slightest   Read More ...
Why it’s time to regulate social media companies like Facebook
2018-03-30 05:17:08 The player currently at the center of the 2016 election story is Cambridge Analytica, the shadowy and unscrupulous conservative political consulting firm. With the cooperation or acquiescence of Facebook, Cambridge Analytica exploited the personal data of millions of people to boost Donald Trump’s candidacy. As of now, only special counsel Robert S. Mueller III knows how, if at all, this operation was tied to Russian President Vladimir Putin’s attack on the U   Read More ...
Julian Assange's Internet cut off over controversial social media activity
2018-03-30 05:04:57 Ecuador's government put a social media squeeze on WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, announcing Wednesday that his Internet connection in its embassy in London had been cut off. The decision came after an angry clash of words between Assange and a British minister over the British government's response to an alleged Russian nerve agent attack on Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia in Salisbury   Read More ...
Parents may fret, but teens and even experts say social media use has its benefits
2018-03-23 19:00:21 Teens and mentors talk about social media's effects on their lives. Courtesy Asha Davis and Erin Burnett. Edited by Tramon Lucas and Henry Taylor. USA TODAY. Teenagers are constantly posting about what seems like near-perfect lives on social media sites, but looks can be deceiving. In real life, their lives might not be so perfect. Among social media's benefits is that it has allowed teenagers to connect all over the world   Read More ...
CNN chief calls Fox News ‘propaganda machine,’ and Hannity responds
2018-03-23 12:32:12 CNN President Jeff Zucker thinks that President Donald Trump's "fake news" attacks and anti-media criticism have pushed journalists to press harder for the truth, making "American journalism great again." The exception? Fox News, he said. Zucker attacked CNN's rival Thursday during his keynote interview at the Financial Times Future of News conference, during which he told FT's global media editor Matthew Garrahan that while Fox has always leaned conservative, the network has taken a dramatic turn in the past 18 months, particularly since founder and former chief executive Roger Ailes left the network in 2016   Read More ...
Is expectation of privacy on social media realistic? Tulane expe - | WBTV Charlotte
2018-03-23 12:28:01 NEW ORLEANS, LA (WVUE) - As Facebook faces more criticism over a privacy scandal involving users of its social media platform, a local social media expert weighs in on whether the expectation of privacy is realistic. "This was a serious breach of trust and I'm really sorry that this happened,” Mark Zuckerberg, CEO of Facebook said in an exclusive interview with CNN   Read More ...
Was social media a mistake? Here’s an experiment to find out
2018-03-20 05:01:44 The role of social media as the new ideological gatekeepers is just part, although the leading part, of our overall dissatisfaction with their product. There is the damage they are doing to the attention spans and social lives of teens who are growing up on them. There is the phenomenon of the Twitter mob and the way social media is responsible for gamifying moral outrage, where readers score points and level up by getting people fired, often based on nothing more than rumors and mass hysteria   Read More ...
Bali to shush social media for Day of Silence
2018-03-13 10:12:51 Bali's annual Day of Silence is so sacred that even reaching for a smartphone to send a tweet or upload a selfie to social media could cause offense. This year it will be nearly impossible to do that anyway. The head of the Bali office of Indonesia's Ministry of Communications, Nyoman Sujaya, said Tuesday that all telecommunications companies have agreed to shut down the mobile internet for 24 hours during "Nyepi," which this year begins early Saturday morning   Read More ...
Bali to shush social media for Day of Silence
2018-03-13 10:12:47 BALI, Indonesia (AP) — Bali's annual Day of Silence is so sacred that even reaching for a smartphone to send a tweet or upload a selfie to social media could cause offense. This year it will be nearly impossible to do that anyway. The head of the Bali office of Indonesia's Ministry of Communications, Nyoman Sujaya, said Tuesday that all telecommunications companies have agreed to shut down the mobile internet for 24 hours during "Nyepi," which this year begins early Saturday morning   Read More ...
The Museums Times Reporters Like to Visit on Their Days Off
2018-03-13 10:11:19 For this issue of the Museums section, the editors asked national correspondents to tell us about their favorite musuems. Here is a sampling: Photo Washington The nation’s capital offers an embarrassment of museum riches: the free Smithsonian system, where visitors can take in dinosaurs, Julia Child’s kitchen, stamp collections, rare works of contemporary art, and portraits of luminaries including George Washington and Marlene Dietrich; as well as an array of nods to spying, the news business and architecture largely around or near the National Mall   Read More ...
Digital ads, social media hide political campaign messaging
2018-03-13 06:10:23 The main events in a political campaign used to happen in the open: a debate, the release of a major TV ad or a public event where candidates tried to earn a spot on the evening news or the next day's front page. That was before the explosion of Facebook, Twitter and YouTube as political platforms. Now some of a campaign's most pivotal efforts happen in the often-murky world of social media, where ads can be targeted to ever-narrower slices of the electorate and run continuously with no disclosure of who is paying for them   Read More ...
Controversial Parkway BOE candidate’s social media post not discussed at public forum
2018-03-13 05:08:02 CHESTERFIELD, MO - The controversy surrounding the social media feed of one Parkway School Board candidate was not an issue discussed during a public forum Monday evening. The League of Women Voters hosted the forum and said questions addressing a single candidate would not be included. Candidate Jeanie Ames has been criticized for items shared on her social media pages including a link to a story calling a Florida school shooting survivor as a paid actor and a retweettweet calling for a ban of Islam in the United States   Read More ...
Stolen Snow Cat Found Thanks To Social Media
2018-03-13 05:06:47 The great snow cat heist of 2018 appears to be resolved after it was found thanks to "thousands" of tips on social media. The suspect remains on the run.   Read More ...
Fans blame Katy Perry on social media for the death of a nun who was suing her
2018-03-12 23:43:31 close After the ABC reboot of “American Idol” allegedly spent a huge portion of its budget on superstar Katy Perry, controversy over the tragic death of a nun who was suing her may have severely diminished the “Roar” singer’s appeal. As previously reported, Perry is locked in an ongoing property battle against a group of nuns. Perry is hoping to buy a sprawling eight-acre plot of land in California that previously belonged to a convent for the nuns until the archdiocese of Los Angeles evicted them   Read More ...
NBC 10 I-Team: Coventry official resigns after profane social media posts
2018-03-12 23:32:36 Some residents of Coventry saw Leonard Piette the public servant. He volunteered his time on the Coventry sewer sub commission and sewer board of review. That’s not an easy job these days. Public meetings have been heated and loud. Taxpayers have grown frustrated with increased costs to get hooked up to the sewer lines. In some cases, estimates top $20,000 for a single-family home   Read More ...
Reggaeton star insults Venezuelan leader on social media
2018-03-12 23:12:46 CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — Venezuela's reggaeton-loving president may skip the next song by Latin Grammy-winner J Balvin. The Colombian star extends a middle finger toward Nicolas Maduro and refers to him with an expletive in a brief music clip on his Instagram account. It racked up nearly 1.8 million views in the first 19 hours after being posted. A publicist for the musician declined to say if it was a clip from an upcoming release   Read More ...
Here's How To Add Mario Kart To Your Google Maps This Week
2018-03-12 22:14:52 In honor of their iconic character, Mario, Nintendo has partnered with Google Maps so users can travel the streets with the famous video game plumber. Matt Yurus reports.   Read More ...
UA to host meeting to discuss social media photo purporting to show student in blackface
2018-03-12 21:34:39 The University of Arkansas, Fayetteville is hosting a campus town hall meeting Monday night that will address a student's recent racially insensitive social media post, the school said. Administrators and student leaders will discuss a Snapchat screenshot shared on social media last month that shows a student in "black face makeup." The meeting will take place in room 202 of the Hillside Auditorium at 7 p   Read More ...
The Latest: More protests of Slovak reporter's death planned
2018-03-12 21:11:02 Anti-government protesters in Slovakia are planning to hold more rallies over the slaying of an investigative journalist even though the country's interior minister has resigned. Interior Minister Robert Kalinak resigned Monday after tens of thousands of protesters across Slovakia demanded a thorough investigation into the shooting deaths of Jan Kuciak and Martina Kusnirova. The protests on Friday included calls for Slovakia's whole government to step down, with a particular focus on Kalinak and the head of the national police force   Read More ...
Reuters is taking a big gamble on AI-supported journalism
2018-03-12 20:47:58 Reuters is building an AI tool to help journalists analyse data, suggest story ideas, and even write some sentences, aiming not to replace reporters but instead augment them with a digital data scientist-cum-copywriting assistant. Called Lynx Insight, it has been trialled by dozens of journalists since the summer, and will now be rolled out across Reuters newsrooms. Reg Chua, executive editor of editorial operations, data and innovation at Reuters, says the aim is to divvy up editorial work into what machines do best (such as chew through data and spot patterns), and what human editorial staff excel at (such as asking questions, judging importance, understanding context and — presumably — drinking excessive amounts of coffee)   Read More ...