Middle East Photography, Utah Mothers, Facebook, More: Wednesday Evening ResearchBuzz, February 26, 2020


New-to-me, from The National: The Middle East Archive Project puts the Arab world in focus with no filter . “The sepia and grayscale tones of the images on the account are no filter effect. The pictures are a true snapshot of bygone era, forming Darah Ghanem’s social media archive of personal pictures from the Mena region. Ghanem, a Palestinian who lives in Dubai, started the project last year. It runs on Instagram and Facebook, posting crowdsourced material from people in the region who are willing to share old family photos, documenting the stories behind them. The project’s Instagram page has started to garner greater attention, with more than 2,000 followers and people sending in new images every day.”

KSL TV: New Online Resource For Utah Women Facing Maternal Depression, Anxiety. “It’s an online database called the Maternal Mental Health Referral Network, designed to help mothers access care and treatment for perinatal and postpartum depression and anxiety.”


Search Engine Journal: Facebook’s New Creator Studio App Helps With Managing Pages On the Go. “Facebook is launching a Creator Studio app for iOS and Android that assists users with managing page content and monitoring performance. This marks the first time Facebook’s Creator Studio has had a mobile app, which is designed to be a companion to the more robust desktop app.”

CNET: Facebook to ban ads touting cures for coronavirus. “Facebook is cracking down those hoping to profit on the misinformation and fearmongering by tightening the rules on ads that mention the coronavirus. The social networking giant will specifically ban ads that mention a cure or preventative measures for the disease.”


Belta: Geostatistics website to disclose full data of latest population census in Belarus in 2021. “A geostatistics website will go online in 2021 to offer all the data of the latest population census, BelTA learned from Chairwoman of the National Statistics Committee of Belarus Inna Medvedeva at a press conference on 20 February.”

The Washington Post: A lost history, recovered: Faded records tell the story of school segregation in Virginia. “Half a century later, [Ethel Rae] Smith’s words have emerged through the discovery of more than 10,000 pages of records capturing the history of Loudoun County’s all-black, rural schoolhouses between the end of the Civil War and desegregation in the 1970s. The records, left to molder for decades in an abandoned building, include report cards, curriculums, class rosters, health and insurance records, photographs and faded maps.”


USA Today: Anxiety, depression and PTSD: The hidden epidemic of data breaches and cyber crimes. “It’s not just the nightmarish process of clearing your name and credit history or the struggle to get credit or loans, housing, employment or medical services after a breach. Victims wrestle with feelings of powerlessness and vulnerability. Their sleep can be disrupted, energy levels decrease. They self-medicate with alcohol, drugs or food. For some, the aftereffects are more severe: bouts of depression and anxiety, even post-traumatic stress disorder.”

Neowin: Google patches Chrome zero-day vulnerability currently being exploited. “Google has released an update for Chrome that patches three security bugs, one of which is a zero-day vulnerability that is currently being exploited. The vulnerability, under the identifier CVE-2020-6418, was discovered by Clement Lecigne, a member of Google’s Threat Analysis Group, on February 18.”


BBC: Study finds quarter of climate change tweets from bots. “A study by researchers at Brown University has found a quarter of posts about climate change on Twitter were written by bots. Bots are computer programs that can masquerade as humans to post or send messages on social media. Researchers discovered tweets posted by bots created the impression there was a high level of climate change denial.”

EurekAlert: Using social media to understand the vaccine debate in China. “Vaccine acceptance is a crucial public health issue, which has been exacerbated by the use of social media to spread content expressing vaccine hesitancy. Studies have shown that social media can provide new information regarding the dynamics of vaccine communication online, potentially affecting real-world vaccine behaviors. A team of United States-based researchers observed an example of this in 2018 related to the Changchun Changsheng Biotechnology vaccine incident in China.” Good evening, Internet…

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