The 19th, Nationwide Accused Clergy, 2020 Olympics, More: Wednesday Afternoon ResearchBuzz, January 29, 2020


NiemanLab: The 19th, a new nonprofit news site on women and politics, wants to look at policy through a gender lens. “Emily Ramshaw and Amanda Zamora — formerly the editor-in-chief and chief audience officer of The Texas Tribune, respectively — on Monday announced the soft launch of and more details about The 19th, their previously teased national news nonprofit. It is nonpartisan and will cover ‘the intersection of gender, politics and policy.'”

ProPublica: We Assembled the Only Nationwide Database of Priests Deemed Credibly Accused of Abuse. Here’s How. . “ProPublica published an interactive database on Tuesday that lets users search for clergy who have been listed as credibly accused of sexual abuse in reports released by Catholic dioceses and religious orders. It is, as of publication, the only nationwide database of official disclosures. The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, the religious leaders’ national membership organization, does not publicly release any centralized, countrywide collection of clergy members who have been credibly accused of sexual assault.”


Tubefilter: Snapchat And NBC Expand Olympics Content Pact Around 2020 Tokyo Games. “NBC has inked a deal with Snapchat to produce four daily shows around the 2020 Summer Olympics, which are set to be hosted in Tokyo. The slate will comprise a total of 70 episodes, Techcrunch reports — which is triple the number of episodes that the two parties produced last year. This is the third time that Snapchat and NBC have teamed on Olympics programming, following similar deals around the Rio 2016 and PyeongChang 2018 Games.”

CNET: Facebook’s oversight board will offer you another way to appeal content removals. “Facebook on Tuesday unveiled more details about the likely workings of a new independent board that’ll oversee content-moderation decisions, outlining a new appeals process users would go through to request an additional review of takedowns. Users of Facebook and its Instagram photo service can ask the board to review their case after appealing to the social network first. You’ll have 15 days to fill out a form on the board’s website after Facebook’s decision.”


For a given value of useful, but I thought it was neat. Also, apparently my name is visually boring. Boing Boing: Online generator answers “What color is your name?”. “‘What Color is Your Name?’ is a website that associates your name, or any name, with blocks of colors.” The creator of the site has Grapheme–color synesthesia.


Motherboard: Google Is Trying to Poach Amazon’s Protesting Employees. “A Google recruiter posted on LinkedIn on Monday asking Amazon employees involved in activism at their company to apply to work at Google. This was an odd decision considering Google is in the midst of its own crackdown on labor activism, and that Google also works with oil companies in a manner similar to Amazon.” Apparently this was a mistake on the recruiter’s part.

Indiana University Bloomington: Grant aids project by IU, other institutions to digitize medieval manuscripts. “Indiana University Bloomington and a consortium of higher-learning institutions have received a three-year grant for The Peripheral Manuscripts Project: Digitizing Medieval Manuscript Collections in the Midwest, which will create a digital repository and catalog of medieval manuscripts across Midwestern collections.”


Mashable: YouTube reversed my bogus copyright strike after I threatened to write this. “Can you receive a copyright strike on YouTube for content that doesn’t even exist? You can and I would know because it happened to me.” This is BONKERS.


Medical Xpress: Hundreds of UCLA students publish encyclopedia of 1,000 genes linked to organ development. “A team of 245 UCLA undergraduates and 31 high school students has published an encyclopedia of more than 1,000 genes, including 421 genes whose functions were previously unknown. The research was conducted in fruit flies, and the genes the researchers describe in the analysis may be associated with the development of the brain, eye, lymph gland and wings.” Loved the soccer analogy.

First Monday: Report and repeat: Investigating Facebook’s hate speech removal process . “Social media is rife with hate speech. Although Facebook prohibits this content on its site, little is known about how much of the hate speech reported by users is actually removed by the company. Given the enormous power Facebook has to shape the universe of discourse, this study sought to determine what proportion of reported hate speech is removed from the platform and whether patterns exist in Facebook’s decision-making process. To understand how the company is interpreting and applying its own Community Standards regarding hate speech, the authors identified and reported hundreds of comments, posts, and images featuring hate speech to the company (n=311) and recorded Facebook’s decision regarding whether or not to remove the reported content. A qualitative content analysis was then performed on the content that was and was not removed to identify trends in Facebook’s content moderation decisions about hate speech. Of particular interest was whether the company’s 2018 policy update resulted in any meaningful change.” Good afternoon, Internet…

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