Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has given a glimpse of what she will be discussing with other world leaders in Paris this week. Ardern and French President Emmanual Macron are hosting a summit aimed at coming up with international agreement on ways to prevent the spread of terrorist and hateful material online. It comes two months after an alleged white supremacist opened fire in two mosques in Christchurch, killing 51 people. Zuckerberg meets with Macron ahead of 'Christchurch Call' summit In an op-ed for the New York Times published on Sunday (NZ time), Ardern said she too inadvertently saw the killer's Facebook livestream. "Many people report seeing it autoplay on their social media feeds and not realizing what it was - after all, how could something so heinous be so available? I use and manage my social media just like anyone else. I know the reach of this video was vast, because I too inadvertently saw it." She says 8000 people phoned mental health support lines in the following … [Read more...] about ‘No one should be able to broadcast mass murder’
SUSAN WOJCICKI, the CEO of YouTube, received the first message about the massacre in New Zealand at around 8pm. Assaults on two mosques in Christchurch had begun minutes earlier. The shooter had live-streamed the killings on Facebook and the footage from the social-media site was being shared on YouTube as the killer had clearly hoped. Ms Wojcicki checked in with her team. Executives and software engineers were looking for different versions of the video so that machine-learning programs could be trained to hunt for them. Thousands of human reviewers were scouring through videos that had been automatically tagged, sorting news reports and the like from the offending footage. The world’s largest video platform—owned by Google, the world’s most powerful search engine—was mobilised to cleanse itself of the horrific clip. It failed. Before she went to bed at 1am Ms Wojcicki was still able to find the video (she chose not to watch it). In the morning copies of … [Read more...] about The tricky task of policing YouTube
How will these up and coming stars of social media make a living in the future. Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Share on WhatsApp Share on LinkedIn Share on Google+ Share by Email Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Share on Reddit Share on LinkedIn Share on Google+ Share by Email By Chris Stokel-Walker 2 May 2019 Vicky Banham was surprised to receive the phone call. It was from a marketing company wanting to fly the 21-year-old out to Ibiza to attend the launch party of a new album by DJ Sigala.Within days Banham was on the Spanish island, partying at the DJ’s side. “It was so bizarre, so cool and so unreal,” she explains. “It was 24-hours of madness – so much fun.”You might also like:- Why airlines lengthen trips on purposeHow DIY furniture gets you spending moreWhat's really driving the boom in wellness foods?Banham was … [Read more...] about Will TikTok stars ever make money?
“Your average teenage art hoe is about as disposable as a journalist”, says YouTube star Sophia as she looks jovially into the camera. Sophia is good at offensive one-liners. “Nowadays, taking anus by force isn’t appropriate according to the god damn democrats," she adds in the same video. Her channel has over 800,000 subscribers. Its USP is a careful combination of profanity and irony: the sort of mix popular with online alt-right spaces. Sophia is just 14. When she opened her account in 2015, she was barely 11. Since then, she has totalled over 15 million views across 39 videos. Sophia is best known to her fans as Lieutenant Corbis, but more recently has changed her online name to Soph. “Lieutenant Corbis was kind of a corny name”, she tells Brittany Venti, another young, far-right YouTube star. In all of Soph’s videos, she is alone in a room, giving monologues to the camera. She speaks with the confidence and eloquence of a man in his … [Read more...] about The rise of the ironic teenage right
It is hard sometimes with mental illness to know. One minute you are flying and the next you are hurtling downwards, able to make out the individual windows in the buildings and the colours of jackets and the patterns of chewing gum on the streets. There can be triggers and there can be signs, and sometimes the triggers come first and sometimes the signs, and in some instances the descent or ascent can be difficult to comprehend. As we know, even the richest of people, the most successful, the most popular can become depressed and experience mental illness (and poor mental health, which is not the same, although they intertwine. We all experience bouts of poor mental health). More and more people are aware that these illnesses do not discriminate. People can be predisposed, genetically, to mental illness or have a vulnerability to mental ill health, but environment also factors. Of course the outside can affect the inside. That is why torture is a thing. … [Read more...] about The world is falling apart. And so is my mental health