Twitter has a setting that (nominally) allows you to turn off its default of showing you “top” tweets (as selected by its engagement-maximizing, conflict-seeking algorithm), but periodically, Twitter just ignores that setting and starts nonconsensually eyeball-fucking you with inflammatory headlines.
It’s an old story: someone searches Google for a common keyword — “jews,” “women,” “black people” — and gets back a bunch of far-right conspiracist/genocidal garbage; Google gets embarrassed, twiddles some search-weighting knobs, and the results change.
When social media was young, it was obvious that it had some pathologies — perverse incentives that drove people toward antisocial behaviour. Back in those days, a company named Flickr did some radical things that made it (briefly) the best social network on the internet (until Yahoo bought it and all but destroyed it): among […]
Gawker’s new owners demand right to search journalists, ban encrypted email and institute dress code
After Deadspin’s Laura Wagner published an incredible, brave, detailed look at how her new private equity masters — Jim Spanfeller/Great Hill Partners — were running Gawker now that they’d acquired it from Univision, the company (now called “G/O Media”) struck back.
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You’ve only got one set of teeth, and every hygienist will tell you the same thing: A good, solid toothbrush and a strict cleaning regimen will do a lot more in the long term than any session in the dentist’s chair. It’ll be a lot cheaper too, even if you purchase one of the high-end […]
As long as there are light switches in the house (or voice-activated prompts, or whatever the future brings), people are going to need an electrician. Ask any electrician the next time they come around for repairs, and they’ll tell you how much they’re in demand, no matter what size the community (or hey, just look […]