It’s Time for a Digital Detox. (You Know You Need It.)

Excessive screen time can be harmful to our well-being, but we can free ourselves from tech’s hooks with goals, rules and boundaries.

#addiction-psychology, #computer-and-video-games, #computers-and-the-internet, #content-type-service, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #facebook-inc, #mobile-applications, #news-and-news-media, #rumors-and-misinformation, #sleep, #social-media, #twitter, #video-recordings-downloads-and-streaming, #youtube-com

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YouTube, under pressure over election falsehoods, suspends OAN for Covid-19 misinformation.

The company, which has largely escaped the scrutiny faced by other social media outfits, is being pushed to restrict misleading videos.

#elections-senate, #hirono-mazie-k, #klobuchar-amy, #menendez-robert, #peters-gary, #presidential-election-of-2020, #rumors-and-misinformation, #wojcicki-susan, #youtube-com

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False Claims That Biden ‘Lost’ Pennsylvania Surge, and Tech Companies Struggle to Keep Up

Some of President Trump’s most prominent allies helped to set the rumors in motion.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #facebook-inc, #giuliani-rudolph-w, #google-inc, #pennsylvania, #presidential-election-of-2020, #rumors-and-misinformation, #social-media, #trump-donald-j, #twitter, #united-states-politics-and-government, #voter-fraud-election-fraud, #youtube-com

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False Claims That Biden ‘Lost’ Pennsylvania Surge

Some of President Trump’s most prominent allies helped to set the rumors in motion.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #facebook-inc, #giuliani-rudolph-w, #google-inc, #pennsylvania, #presidential-election-of-2020, #rumors-and-misinformation, #social-media, #trump-donald-j, #twitter, #united-states-politics-and-government, #voter-fraud-election-fraud, #youtube-com

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Should You Move to France? Ask an Expat Blogger

“Frenchfluencers” (expats who blog or post from France) report increased engagement from stressed Americans seeking escapism.

#blogs-and-blogging-internet, #france, #instagram-inc, #paris-france, #provence-france, #quarantine-life-and-culture, #youtube-com

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YouTube Cut Down Misinformation. Then It Boosted Fox News.

To battle false information, YouTube cut its recommendations to fringe channels and instead promoted major networks, especially Fox News.

#carlson-tucker, #computers-and-the-internet, #facebook-inc, #fox-news-channel, #google-inc, #news-and-news-media, #presidential-election-of-2020, #rumors-and-misinformation, #social-media, #video-recordings-downloads-and-streaming, #youtube-com

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What to Expect From Facebook, Twitter and YouTube on Election Day

The sites are key conduits for communication and information. Here’s how they plan to handle the challenges facing them before, on and after Tuesday.

#facebook-inc, #mohan-neal, #political-advertising, #presidential-election-of-2020, #rumors-and-misinformation, #social-media, #twitter, #youtube-com

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Are ‘Kidfluencers’ Making Our Kids Fat?

Popular YouTube channels often bombard young children with thinly veiled ads for junk food, a new study finds.

#advertising-and-marketing, #children-and-childhood, #fast-food-industry, #federal-trade-commission, #food, #obesity, #parenting, #toys, #youtube-com

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Social Media and the Hunter Biden Report

In trying to insulate their platforms from the spread of dubious information, Facebook, Twitter and YouTube have ignited a different kind of firestorm.

#biden-hunter, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #facebook-inc, #new-york-post, #presidential-election-of-2020, #social-media, #twitter, #youtube-com

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Google Antitrust Fight Thrusts Low-Key C.E.O. Into the Line of Fire

Sundar Pichai, chief executive of Google’s parent company for less than a year, already faces the internet giant’s biggest threat in its 22 years.

#alphabet-inc, #antitrust-laws-and-competition-issues, #brin-sergey, #computers-and-the-internet, #gates-bill, #google-inc, #justice-department, #mergers-acquisitions-and-divestitures, #page-larry, #pichai-sundar, #schmidt-eric-e, #search-engines, #suits-and-litigation-civil, #walker-kent, #wilson-sonsini-goodrichrosati, #youtube-com

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YouTube Cracks Down on QAnon Conspiracy Theory, Citing Offline Violence

YouTube has played a bigger role in moving QAnon from the fringes to the mainstream than most platforms.

#computers-and-the-internet, #conspiracy-theories, #fringe-groups-and-movements, #google-inc, #qanon, #rumors-and-misinformation, #youtube-com

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Among Us: You’re the Impostor

YouTubers, influencers and streamers popularized the multiplayer game. Then their fans started playing too.

#games, #kjellberg-felix-pewdiepie, #lupo-benjamin, #social-media, #twitch-interactive-inc, #youtube-com

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Riled Up: Misinformation Stokes Calls for Violence on Election Day

Baseless claims are circulating online about a Democrat-led coup, inflaming tensions in an already turbulent election season.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #computers-and-the-internet, #demonstrations-protests-and-riots, #facebook-inc, #fringe-groups-and-movements, #presidential-election-of-2020, #rumors-and-misinformation, #social-media, #trump-donald-j, #twitter, #united-states-defense-and-military-forces, #united-states-politics-and-government, #youtube-com

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beabadoobee Made Bedroom Pop. Now She’s Turning Up the Volume.

The 20-year-old singer and songwriter Bea Kristi’s song “Coffee” has reached millions. Now she’s releasing “Fake It Flowers,” an album that puts a new spin on ’90s alt-rock.

#beabadoobee-singer, #fake-it-flowers-album, #london-england, #nineteen-hundred-nineties, #pop-and-rock-music, #social-media, #tiktok-bytedance, #video-recordings-downloads-and-streaming, #women-and-girls, #youtube-com

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Take a Social Media Break Until You’ve Voted

Democracy would be better off for it.

#absentee-voting, #facebook-inc, #google-inc, #news-and-news-media, #political-advertising, #rumors-and-misinformation, #social-media, #twitter, #united-states, #united-states-politics-and-government, #youtube-com

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Anthony Fantano Is the Music Critic Who Matters (if You’re Under 25)

Anthony Fantano reviews albums and songs on his YouTube channel, The Needle Drop, bringing an old art to a new medium — and perhaps ensuring it has a future.

#anthony-fantano, #consumer-reviews, #millennial-generation, #music, #social-media, #the-needle-drop, #video-recordings-downloads-and-streaming, #youtube-com

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Social Media Needs an Election Declaration of Conscience

The platforms must not tolerate voter disinformation.

#absentee-voting, #clinton-hillary-rodham, #computers-and-the-internet, #crowdtangle-inc, #democratic-party, #facebook-inc, #google-inc, #instagram-inc, #news-and-news-media, #obama-barack, #romney-mitt, #rumors-and-misinformation, #sandberg-sheryl-k, #social-media, #trump-donald-j, #youtube-com, #zuckerberg-mark-e

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Google Services Go Down in Some Parts of U.S.

People experienced outages of services like Gmail, YouTube and Google Meet.

#cloud-computing, #computer-network-outages, #computers-and-the-internet, #google-inc, #united-states, #video-recordings-downloads-and-streaming, #youtube-com

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I Built a Time Machine to the 1960s

Watching TV news from the past helps me get a grip on the present.

#computers-and-the-internet, #news-and-news-media, #nineteen-hundred-sixties, #perlstein-rick, #television, #video-recordings-downloads-and-streaming, #vietnam-war, #youtube-com

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North Korean Propaganda Gets a YouTube Makeover: Fewer Parades, More Pizza

YouTube and other social media platforms give the country an easy way to spread propaganda and push a more modern, upbeat message: We’re just like you.

#kim-jong-un, #north-korea, #politics-and-government, #propaganda, #shopping-and-retail, #social-media, #workersparty-of-korea, #youtube-com

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The Woman Taking Over TikTok at the Toughest Time

Vanessa Pappas is keeping a focus on the app’s community of creators and users as it deals with pressure from President Trump, Beijing and a possible sale.

#appointments-and-executive-changes, #computers-and-the-internet, #mergers-acquisitions-and-divestitures, #mobile-applications, #pappas-vanessa, #social-media, #tiktok-bytedance, #video-recordings-downloads-and-streaming, #youtube-com

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I Watched Months of Bolsonaro’s Broadcasts. It Was Wild.

After watching the president for so many days, I finally understood that happiness is a matter of choice.

#bolsonaro-jair-1955, #brazil, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #deaths-fatalities, #instagram-inc, #rio-de-janeiro-brazil, #youtube-com

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This ‘Gamer Grandma’ Has More Than 900,000 ‘Grandkids’

Shirley Curry, 84, has cultivated a following on YouTube with her charming videos of journeys through The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim.

#computer-and-video-games, #youtube-com

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What Is Waacking, and Why Is It All Over TikTok?

A few dedicated New Yorkers are masters of the 1970s club dance, which has become a social media sensation.

#soul-traintv-program, #almaty-kazakhstan, #burnett-archie, #dancing, #homosexuality-and-bisexuality, #instagram-inc, #new-york-city, #princess-lockerooo, #seoul-south-korea, #so-you-think-you-can-dance-tv-program, #social-media, #street-performers, #tiktok-bytedance, #tyrone-proctor, #waacking, #youtube-com

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BOA Steakhouse Is Where Influencers Go to See and Be Seen

The West Hollywood restaurant has become a hot spot for the biggest stars on TikTok and YouTube.

#faze-clan-inc, #generation-z, #hollywood-fix-media-outlet, #restaurants, #social-media, #tiktok-bytedance, #youtube-com

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College Students Invent New Jobs Amid Coronavirus

When traditional college jobs suddenly went away, these students used their ingenuity to find new ways to pay the bills.

#clemson-university, #colleges-and-universities, #computers-and-the-internet, #cooking-and-cookbooks, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #courtney-brunson, #fashion-and-apparel, #instagram-inc, #labor-and-jobs, #masks, #quarantines, #raymond-cabrera, #sabrina-surgil, #social-media, #stanford-university, #tamarek-sweat, #texas-am-university, #texas-state-university, #theo-charusi, #unemployment, #vassar-college, #youtube-com

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Facebook Braces Itself for Trump to Cast Doubt on Election Results

The world’s biggest social network is working out what steps to take should President Trump use its platform to dispute the vote.

#absentee-voting, #computers-and-the-internet, #facebook-inc, #online-advertising, #political-advertising, #presidential-election-of-2020, #rumors-and-misinformation, #russian-interference-in-2016-us-elections-and-ties-to-trump-associates, #social-media, #trump-donald-j, #twitter, #youtube-com, #zuckerberg-mark-e

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Coronavirus Doctors Battle Another Scourge: Misinformation

Physicians say they regularly treat people more inclined to believe what they read on Facebook than what a medical professional tells them.

#computers-and-the-internet, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #cyberharassment, #emergency-medical-treatment, #facebook-inc, #hydroxychloroquine-drug, #medicine-and-health, #rumors-and-misinformation, #social-media, #twitter, #youtube-com

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The Week QAnon Went Mainstream

A supporter of the dangerous conspiracy theory is most likely headed to Congress. The social media platforms have some soul-searching to do.

#4chan, #computers-and-the-internet, #elections-house-of-representatives, #facebook-inc, #fringe-groups-and-movements, #greene-marjorie-taylor-1974, #qanon, #social-media, #trump-donald-j, #twitter, #united-states, #united-states-politics-and-government, #youtube-com, #zuckerberg-mark-e

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Why We’re All Listening to Phil Collins This Week

The twins Tim and Fred Williams have wowed the internet with their YouTube reactions to vintage music. Why are generation-spanning videos like theirs so popular right now?

#apple-music, #audio-recordings-downloads-and-streaming, #music, #radio, #spotify, #video-recordings-downloads-and-streaming, #youtube-com

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In a Wistful Age, Farmers Find a New Angle: Chore TV

It’s hard for small farmers to earn a living selling crops. Enter the “farmer-influencer,” who can earn more by streaming farm life, in all its comforting monotony, to a growing online audience.

#agriculture-and-farming, #gold-morgan-1980, #reality-television, #vermont, #video-recordings-downloads-and-streaming, #youtube-com

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F.B.I. Searches Jake Paul’s California Home

A SWAT team was used to enter the YouTube star’s mansion in Calabasas, northwest of Los Angeles, on Wednesday, an F.B.I. spokeswoman said.

#calabasas-calif, #federal-bureau-of-investigation, #paul-jake-1997, #search-and-seizure, #youtube-com

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I Tried to Live Without the Tech Giants. It Was Impossible.

As lawmakers debate whether Apple, Google, Facebook, and Amazon are monopolies, a reporter recalls her attempt to avoid interacting with the companies.

#amazon-com-inc, #antitrust-laws-and-competition-issues, #apple-inc, #cloud-computing, #computers-and-the-internet, #data-mining-and-database-marketing, #facebook-inc, #google-inc, #microsoft-corp, #smartphones, #social-media, #software, #youtube-com

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Misleading Virus Video, Pushed by the Trumps, Spreads Online

Social media companies took down the video within hours. But by then, it had already been viewed tens of millions of times.

#computers-and-the-internet, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #corporate-social-responsibility, #facebook-inc, #fringe-groups-and-movements, #hydroxychloroquine-drug, #instagram-inc, #masks, #rumors-and-misinformation, #social-media, #trump-donald-j, #trump-donald-j-jr, #twitter, #video-recordings-downloads-and-streaming, #youtube-com

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Matisse Thybulle Is the Breakout (Mini-Movie) Star of the N.B.A. Bubble

The rookie guard for the Philadelphia 76ers is using his camera skills to give basketball fans a glimpse of the jokes, games and snacks at Walt Disney World in Florida.

#basketball, #disney-walt-world-lake-buena-vista-fla, #national-basketball-assn, #oquinn-kyle-1990, #philadelphia-76ers, #quarantine-life-and-culture, #social-media, #thybulle-matisse, #video-recordings-downloads-and-streaming, #youtube-com

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Hannibal Buress Meets the Moment

In ways large and small, the stand-up’s new special, released free on YouTube, taps into the national mood, once again showing what a talent he is.

#buress-hannibal, #comedy-and-humor, #miami-nights-tv-program, #television, #youtube-com

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Who Gets the Banhammer Now?

In a single week, some of the internet’s biggest platforms banned users and groups they had tolerated for years. What changed?

#facebook-inc, #fringe-groups-and-movements, #reddit-inc, #social-media, #youtube-com

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‘It Would Be Like Losing a Little Bit of Me’: TikTok Users Respond to Potential U.S. Ban

Gen Z and millennial users have found community on the app, particularly during the last few isolating months. And for some of them, it’s their livelihood.

#byte-mobile-app, #dubsmash-mobile-motion-gmbh, #pompeo-mike, #snap-inc, #social-media, #tiktok-bytedance, #trump-donald-j, #youtube-com

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Ninja Played Fortnite on YouTube, and the Gaming World Lost Its Mind

The buzz that Tyler Blevins, also known as Ninja, generated by streaming on a new platform showed the power famous content creators have in the video game industry.

#amazon-com-inc, #blevins-tyler-1991, #computers-and-the-internet, #mixer-microsoft, #twitch-interactive-inc, #video-recordings-downloads-and-streaming, #youtube-com

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‘You Know Your Audience’: Russia’s Internet Stars Turn Away From Putin

There used to be little stigma around getting paid to extol the Russian president. Now, as his popularity ebbs with young people, online celebrities see such praise as a career wrecker.

#blogs-and-blogging-internet, #instagram-inc, #polls-and-public-opinion, #putin-vladimir-v, #referendums, #russia, #youth, #youtube-com

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YouTube Takes Shane Dawson’s Ads Away

Beauty YouTube as we knew it may be over as two major influencers face the next generation.

#cosmetics-and-toiletries, #dawson-shane-1988, #jeffree-star-1985, #smith-jada-pinkett, #social-media, #youtube-com

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‘PizzaGate’ Conspiracy Theory Thrives Anew in the TikTok Era

The false theory targeting Democrats, now fueled by QAnon and teenagers on TikTok, is entangling new targets like Justin Bieber.

#alefantis-james-1974, #bieber-justin, #comet-ping-pong-washington-dc-restaurant, #computers-and-the-internet, #corporate-social-responsibility, #facebook-inc, #fringe-groups-and-movements, #instagram-inc, #podesta-tony, #presidential-election-of-2016, #presidential-election-of-2020, #rumors-and-misinformation, #social-media, #tiktok-bytedance, #twitter, #video-recordings-downloads-and-streaming, #youtube-com

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YouTube Personality Jenna Marbles Apologizes for Blackface Video

Jenna Mourey said she was ending her channel, which has more than 20 million subscribers, because of videos from 2011 of her impersonating Nicki Minaj and rapping lyrics about Asians.

#asian-americans, #black-people, #discrimination, #george-floyd-protests-2020, #minaj-nicki, #mourey-jenna-jenna-marbles, #race-and-ethnicity, #video-recordings-downloads-and-streaming, #youtube-com

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In Vintage TV Ads, a Curious Fountain of Hope (and Cheese)

An unlikely source of comfort viewing, YouTube compilations of old commercials have provided the writer a strange kind of optimism when so much else seems broken.

#advertising-and-marketing, #nineteen-hundred-eighties, #television, #youtube-com

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Google Sets Limit on How Long It Will Store Some Data

The internet company has long been criticized about how much information it keeps on users. The change applies only to new accounts.

#browsing-history, #computers-and-the-internet, #google-inc, #privacy, #search-engines, #youtube-com

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How False Antifa Protest Rumors Spread

Claims about the involvement of anti-fascist activists in protests of racism show the many ways false information spreads inside communities online.

#antifa-movement-us, #demonstrations-protests-and-riots, #facebook-inc, #fringe-groups-and-movements, #george-floyd-protests-2020, #greene-marjorie-taylor-1974, #news-and-news-media, #rumors-and-misinformation, #social-media, #twitter, #united-states, #youtube-com

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How Facebook Is Undermining ‘Black Lives Matter’

The company publicly supports the racial justice movement. But content on the platform may be compromising the cause.

#black-lives-matter-movement, #black-people, #computers-and-the-internet, #facebook-inc, #race-and-ethnicity, #social-media, #twitter, #video-recordings-downloads-and-streaming, #youtube-com

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Social Media Giants Support Racial Justice. Their Products Undermine It.

Shows of support from Facebook, Twitter and YouTube don’t address the way those platforms have been weaponized by racists and partisan provocateurs.

#black-lives-matter-movement, #black-people, #color-of-change-nonprofit, #computers-and-the-internet, #cyberharassment, #dorsey-jack, #facebook-inc, #fringe-groups-and-movements, #george-floyd-protests-2020, #race-and-ethnicity, #robinson-rashad, #rumors-and-misinformation, #social-media, #twitter, #wojcicki-susan, #youtube-com, #zuckerberg-mark-e

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The Hollow Inspiration of ‘Some Good News’

The pandemic sparked chin-up gestures like a ‘good news’ YouTube channel. Two months later, mere gestures seem pretty empty.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #demonstrations-protests-and-riots, #george-floyd-protests-2020, #krasinski-john, #television, #workplace-hazards-and-violations, #youtube-com

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Jake Paul Charged With Misdemeanor Trespassing After Mall Looting

Videos posted on social media showed the 23-year-old YouTube star at a Scottsdale, Ariz., mall that was being looted on Saturday night.

#demonstrations-protests-and-riots, #george-floyd-protests-2020, #looting-crime, #paul-logan-1995, #police-brutality-misconduct-and-shootings, #scottsdale-ariz, #social-media, #vandalism, #youtube-com

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