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Questions about policing online hate are much bigger than Facebook and YouTube - Dotemirates
16/03/2019

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 promoting the video or praising the shooter. In some ways, these sites pose a tougher problem — and their fate cuts much closer to fundamental...


15/03/2019

Why can’t YouTube automatically catch re-uploads of disturbing footage?

After a man used Facebook to live stream his attack on two New Zealand mosques last night, the video quickly spread to YouTube. Moderators fought back, trying to take the horrific footage down, but new uploads of the video kept appearing. It led many observers to wonder: since YouTube has a tool for automatically identifying copyrighted content, why can’t it automatically identify this video and wipe it out? Exact re-uploads of the video will be banned by YouTube, but videos that contain clips of the footage have to be sent to human moderators for review, The Verge has learned. Part...
15/03/2019

Reddit bans r/watchpeopledie in the wake of the New Zealand mosque massacres

Reddit has banned r/watchpeopledie, an infamous subreddit that hosted videos of people dying gruesomely. The ban comes after the subreddit re-hosted videos of the recent mosque massacres in New Zealand. According to the new landing page, the subreddit was banned for violating Reddit’s content policy about glorifying or encouraging violence. A Reddit spokesperson provided this statement: “We are very clear in our site terms of service that posting content that incites or glorifies violence will get users and communities banned from Reddit. Subreddits that fail to adhere to those site-wide rules will be banned.” A source at the company agreed...
15/03/2019

How to turn off autoplay videos on Facebook, Twitter, Reddit, and more

You’ve probably been caught off guard by videos that play automatically on Facebook, Twitter, and other services; in fact, just across the internet in general. They begin playing as soon as you load a page or (if they’re more deviously implemented) when you start scrolling through a page to catch your attention. Automatic video play is a feature that, while nice to have when it’s surfacing content that’s related to your interests, can be pretty annoying. Autoplay videos can be harmful, too, exposing you to violent, offensive, or otherwise unwanted content that you shouldn’t have to see by default. Several...

15/03/2019

Snapchat may launch a gaming platform as early as next month

Snap may be launching a new gaming platform for Snapchat as early as next month at the company’s Snap Partner Summit in Los Angeles on April 4th, according to a report from Cheddar. Snapchat has dabbled in games before — the company launched “Snappables,” a set of AR lens games last year — but the new platform (said to be codenamed “Project Cognac”) would be a larger foray into the gaming world, and it would allow outside developers to create games that would live inside the Snapchat app. Snap also reportedly bought out Australian game studio Prettygreat back in January,...
15/03/2019

Get smart with DW Discoveries and your voice assistant

Ever heard of "fingerless interaction"? No? As jargon goes, it's pretty awful, isn't it? But it's what I've come to call a new field in "voice interaction" — more jargon — and artificial intelligence, because it describes how we may all start to access media and other digital content. We're slowly moving into an era when rather than click a mouse or swipe a screen, you may simply ask your device to give you the latest news or discoveries from your favorite trusted source. And that'd be DW, right? Exactly. It all started with speech assistants, like Google Assistant, Apple's...

When Neermathalam blooms

Thiruvananthapuram city holds a special place in the historical and cultural scenario of Kerala. It also offers many fascinating sights. As an ecologist, however, it is the ecology of this city of seven hills with a history dating back to the 10th century that has held my attention. The hills, the backwaters, the freshwater lakes and the ocean make the city a paradise to understand ecosystems. Apart from this, the vestiges of pristine ecological niches are most displayed by the trees that are part of the cityscape. Among these, one can find the endemic and endangered Malabar iron wood tree,...