Imperial Oil, Twitter, Google Christmas, More: Wednesday Evening ResearchBuzz, December 04, 2019


DeSmog: The Imperial Oil Files: New Collection Adds to Climate and Energy Research Archives On Science and Denial. “These documents add new context to the groundbreaking investigative reporting by Inside Climate News, and the Columbia School of Journalism in partnership with the Los Angeles Times, that revealed the #ExxonKnew conspiracy. Those journalistic efforts exposed the facts that Exxon’s own climate science research had confirmed the role of fossil fuels in driving global warming, and that the company pivoted away from that advanced knowledge, choosing instead to spend tens of millions of dollars funding climate science denial campaigns.”


CNET: Twitter launches privacy center to explain what it’s actually doing with your data. “Twitter on Monday launched a privacy center, admitting it has “room for improvement” when it comes to protecting user privacy. The Twitter Privacy Center plans to spell out more clearly what the social media giant is doing to safeguard the information users share with the site. Twitter also said in a series of tweets that it’s updating its terms and privacy policy, which go into effect Jan. 1.”

Google Blog: Live from the North Pole, it’s Santa’s Village!. “Good day from Santa Tracker HQ! I’m Dimplesticks the Elf, news anchor for the North Pole Broadcasting Channel. This year, our candy-cane broadcast antenna extends beyond Santa’s Village with Google as our official global rebroadcast partner.” DIMPLESTICKS??!


Social Media Examiner: How to Create Square Videos That Stand Out: 6 Useful Tools. “Want to make square videos that work on any social platform? Looking for tools to help? In this article, you’ll discover six tools to crop, brand, and optimize square videos to perform better on Facebook, Instagram, and LinkedIn.”


Reuters: Google halts political ads in Singapore as election looms: documents. “Google has stopped accepting political advertisements in Singapore months before a widely expected election, according to documents shared by a small political party which said it was angered by the decision that denies it voter reach.”

The Guardian: Defiant Mark Zuckerberg defends Facebook policy to allow false ads. “Facebook chief executive Mark Zuckerberg has defended the company’s decision to not take down political advertising that contains false information – and compared the alternative to censorship.”


Mid-Day: Mumbai Crime: Man Dials ‘BMC Helpline’ Listed On Google To File Complaint, Loses Rs 25,000. “In yet another case of online fraud related to animal services listed on Google’s search engine, a 26-year-old Sakinaka resident, who wished to complain about stray dogs, ended up losing Rs 25,000 after he called on what was supposedly the civic body’s helpline.” 25,000 Indian rupees is almost $350 USD. And unfortunately this is happening way too often in India.

CNN: Boris Johnson sticks with UK digital tax plan despite the risk of US tariffs. “President Donald Trump spent part of Tuesday blasting France for its digital tax plan, because he said America should be the one to ‘take advantage’ of American companies. Despite the risk of a similar backlash, UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson is vowing to move ahead with his own digital tech tax.”


EurekAlert: Social media use and disordered eating in young adolescents . “New research suggests that social media, particularly platforms with a strong focus on image posting and viewing, is associated with disordered eating in young adolescents. In the study, which is published in the International Journal of Eating Disorders, researchers examined data on 996 grade 7 and 8 adolescents.”

First Monday: ‘Death by Twitter’: Understanding false death announcements on social media and the performance of platform cultural capital . “In this paper, we analyse false death announcements of public figures on social media and public responses to them. The analysis draws from a range of public sources to collect and categorise the volume of false death announcements on Twitter and undertakes a case study analysis of representative examples.” Good evening, Internet…

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