Questions about policing online hate are much bigger than Facebook and YouTube

Questions about policing online hate are much bigger than Facebook and YouTube

In the wake of a hate-fueled mass shooting in Christchurch, New Zealand, major web platforms have scrambled to take down a 17-minute video of the attack. Sites like YouTube have applied imperfect technical solutions, trying to draw a line between newsworthy and unacceptable uses of the footage. But Facebook, Google, and Twitter aren’t the only places weighing how to handle violent extremism. And traditional moderation doesn’t affect the smaller sites where people are still either…

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Photos: kids in 123 countries went on strike to protect the climate

Photos: kids in 123 countries went on strike to protect the climate

“This movement had to happen, we didn’t have a choice.” An estimated 1.4 million young people in 123 countries skipped school Friday to demand stronger climate policies in what may be one of the largest environmental protests in history. “This movement had to happen, we didn’t have a choice,” wrote the Swedish activist and strike leader Greta Thunberg with other young climate activists in the Guardian Friday. “We knew there was a climate crisis ……

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This week’s Simpsons focuses on League of Legends

This week’s Simpsons focuses on League of Legends

League of Legends will be one of the focal points in Sunday’s episode of The Simpsons. The crossover will give fans of the show a look at the world of e-sports and PC gaming, while giving League fans who are lapsed Simpsons viewers a reason to tune in. Whalen Rozelle, Riot Games’ co-head of e-sports, tells The Verge that The Simpsons reached out last year to learn more about League e-sports, as an executive producer…

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Valve says it will investigate Steam review bombing campaigns and hide bad-faith scores

Valve says it will investigate Steam review bombing campaigns and hide bad-faith scores

Valve says it’s taking a new approach to user reviews on its gaming marketplace Steam, after attempting and largely failing to solve the problem of so-called review bombing that taints its consumer recommendation system. In a blog post published today, Valve says that it’s “continued to listen to feedback from both players and developers,” and it’s implementing a new approach: hiding the off-topic review scores. The company says that it defines a review bomb as…

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The New Zealand shooter called immigrants “invaders.” Hours later, so did Trump.

The New Zealand shooter called immigrants “invaders.” Hours later, so did Trump.

The alleged shooter rambled about immigrants in his manifesto. Trump mentioned it during a veto ceremony. President Donald Trump just used similar language to describe immigrants coming into the United States that the alleged mass shooter did to justify killing nearly 50 Muslims in Christchurch, New Zealand. On Friday, Trump issued the first veto of his presidency to override a Congressional blockade of the national emergency he declared at America’s southern border. During the veto…

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The sexual misconduct allegations against Neil deGrasse Tyson, explained

The sexual misconduct allegations against Neil deGrasse Tyson, explained

Multiple women have accused the astrophysicist of sexual misconduct. But he’s coming back to TV. When they were in graduate school together in the 1980s, Tchiya Amet says she looked up to Neil deGrasse Tyson. They were both black students in the majority-white astronomy department at the University of Texas Austin at the time, and Tyson was “like a big brother” to Amet, she told Vox. “We were comrades.” That changed, she said, when she…

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Tinder says it no longer uses a ‘desirability’ score to rank people

Tinder says it no longer uses a ‘desirability’ score to rank people

Tinder wants to set the record straight about how its platform ranks and shows people potential matches, so today it published a blog post on the subject — but still kept things fairly vague. The company’s Elo score was a “hot topic” a few years ago, according to the blog post, but the ranking feature has now been depreciated. The idea behind the Elo score was that Tinder would rank people by attractiveness. Elo scores…

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LG’s 2019 OLED TV lineup with AirPlay 2 will hit stores starting in April

LG’s 2019 OLED TV lineup with AirPlay 2 will hit stores starting in April

LG has unveiled the pricing and release plans for some of its 2019 OLED TV lineup, basically mirroring the company’s playbook from last year. These are some of the very best TVs you can buy, so LG is continuing to price them as such. The 2019 C9 (65-inch, 55-inch) and E9 (65-inch) series TVs will start shipping in April. The 77-inch model of the C9 and 55-inch E9 will hit stores a bit later in…

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Beto O’Rourke used to be a member of a legendary computer hacktivist group

Beto O’Rourke used to be a member of a legendary computer hacktivist group

Beto O’Rourke and the Cult of the Dead Cow, explained Beto O’Rourke, the presidential candidate, once belonged to an obscure but influential band of computer hackers who helped set the scene for Anonymous and the high-profile hacktivists of the modern digital era. As a teenager in the 1980s, O’Rourke joined the group called the Cult of the Dead Cow (CDC), named for a Texas cattle slaughterhouse. He spent a few years affiliated with CDC, posting…

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