Chicago Evictions, Instagram, Snapchat, More: Saturday ResearchBuzz, May 18, 2019


Chicago Reader: Attorneys improve tenants’ chances of avoiding eviction . “A new database of Chicago eviction records published by the Lawyers’ Committee for Better Housing shows that between 2010 and 2017, on average, 79.8 percent of landlords in eviction court had a lawyer, while only 11.2 percent of tenants did.”


Social Media Today: Instagram Rolls Out Updated Explore Format, Including Stories Content. “Instagram is rolling out some changes to its Explore tab, designed to showcase more related trends, and guide users towards its IGTV and on-platform shopping options.”

Refinery29: The Snapchat Gender Swap Filter Is Taking Over The Internet — But Is It Problematic?. “The filters (of which there are only two) reinforce long-held traditional gender norms. With the woman filter, I had a softer look: airbrushed skin, an angular face, long hair, and doe eyes. And as a man, I was gifted a strong jaw and some admirable scruff. But while this was all in good fun, and I now know what I’d look like with a beard, some are calling on Snapchat users to check their privilege when using the gender-swapping filters so frivolously.”

New York Times: Pinterest Posts Narrower Loss, but Falls Short of Wall St. Estimates. “In its first earnings report since going public last month, the digital pinboard company posted a narrower loss than a year earlier and a 54 percent increase in revenue. But its earnings per share failed to meet Wall Street expectations, sending its stock tumbling more than 15 percent in after-hours trading.”


Nunatsiaq News: Library and Archives Canada offers funds for Indigenous digitization projects. “Library and Archives Canada wants to help Indigenous organizations preserve their past by transferring it into the future. Their new initiative—Listen, Hear Our Voices—is calling for applications to fund the digitization of culture and language recordings from cassette and VHS tapes.”

The Verge: Snapchat has become a content creation tool for Instagram and Twitter users. “Instagram Stories has pulled a lot of people away from Snapchat, but there is something that Snapchat continues to do that draws people back: offer particularly creative filters. Snapchat is best as a content creation platform, and people are appropriately using it like a tool to make engaging photos that they can share elsewhere. The same thing happened recently with Snapchat’s baby filter, when people posted pictures using the filter all over Twitter.”

Reuters: Google, Facebook, Twitter rapped for not doing enough in EU fake news fight. “Facebook, Google and Twitter were reprimanded by the European Commission on Friday for not doing enough to tackle fake news plaguing the election campaign to the European Parliament, seven months after promising to do more.”


TechCrunch: Stack Overflow confirms breach, but customer data said to be unaffected. “Developer knowledge sharing site Stack Overflow has confirmed hackers breached its systems, but said customer data is unaffected. ‘Over the weekend, there was an attack on Stack Overflow,’ wrote Mary Ferguson, vice president of engineering. ‘We have confirmed that some level of production access was gained on May 11.'”

Times of Malta: 112 court sentences ‘vanish’ from public database. “A total of 112 court sentences were, so far, withdrawn by the government from the public online database of the courts and other requests are being considered in view of the ‘right’ to be forgotten, the Times of Malta is informed.”


CLTV: Social media fueling worldwide increase in hate crimes: report. “A leading international organization that tracks hate crimes released Thursday its annual report on digital terrorism and online hate. The study found social media is fueling a drastic increase in hate-motivated attacks.”

Nature: Mystery of deadly Indonesian tsunami cracked using social-media videos. “A super-fast tsunami that ravaged an Indonesian island last year, killing thousands, was almost certainly triggered by underwater landslides, according to a detailed reconstruction of the disaster using surveillance-camera and video footage harvested from amateur posts on YouTube and other social media.”

Make Tech Easier: Smartphone App to Diagnose Ear Infections Developed by Scientists. “By the age of 3, most children have had at least one ear infection. Fluid can become built up in the area, and the infection can also cause otitis media with effusion. While many infections or OME go away without the aid of antibiotics, waiting it out can cause pain or severe complications, including permanent hearing loss. Scientists at the University of Washington have developed an app that works as a simple test. It listens for the fluid in the ears with the aid of the piece of paper. It is said to have the same or greater accuracy as a doctor.” Good morning, Internet…

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