Facebook, Black-Owned Businesses, LinkedIn Polls, More: Tuesday Afternoon ResearchBuzz, June 2, 2020


CNET: Civil rights leaders slam Zuckerberg over response to Trump posts, says report. “A group of civil rights leaders issued a scathing statement on Monday about Facebook in the wake of a meeting with the social networking company’s CEO, Mark Zuckerberg and other top executives, according to a report by Axios. The meeting was set-up to discuss Facebook’s decision to leave up a post by US President Donald Trump that the civil rights leaders say incites violence.”


Refinery29: Find & Support Black-Owned Businesses With These Apps & Websites. “Right now, Twitter users are asking their friends and followers to share their own or their favorite Black-owned businesses. While sifting through social media responses is one way to find spots to support, there were over 650 tweets containing the phrase ‘Black-owned businesses’ shared in the last hour alone. So if you’re looking to find a Black-owned business quickly — perhaps in time for take-out dinner tonight — there are also many useful resources online and in the app store that can help.”

Social Media Examiner: How to Use LinkedIn Polls for Business: 9 Ideas. “Want to improve your marketing insight? Have you considered LinkedIn Polls? In this article, you’ll find nine ways to use LinkedIn Polls for your business.”

Lifehacker: How to Report Racist or Abusive Posts on Social Media. “Social media is a powerful tool for promoting a cause, but lax posting policies also leave plenty of room for users to spout racist, hateful and violent rhetoric or to dox innocent people. When social media platforms aren’t quick on the draw to monitor and take down abusive content, you can help them out by flagging or reporting posts. Here’s a quick review of what’s allowed on major platforms and how you can report violations.”


University of Connecticut: UConn to Offer Collaborative Minor in Digital Public History. “Two faculty have been awarded a $35,000 planning grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities’ Humanities Connections program to develop a new undergraduate minor in digital public history. The new minor expands on the established field of public history by providing students with the humanities knowledge and a set of digital media tools necessary to succeed as scholars in a digital world. Students interested in the minor can begin taking the pre-requisite courses in Fall 2020.” I didn’t have a good idea of what public history is, but the University of Louisiana at Lafayette has a great overview.

The FA: As New English Women’s Football Archive Launches, Do You Have Anything Of Interest?. “The history of the women’s game in England is set to be brought to life for the first time thanks to an innovative digital archive project which will create a new virtual exhibition, celebrating historical moments in the development of women’s football.”


NBC News: White nationalist group posing as antifa called for violence on Twitter. “A Twitter account claiming to belong to a national ‘antifa’ organization and pushing violent rhetoric related to ongoing protests has been linked to the white nationalist group Identity Evropa, according to a Twitter spokesperson. The spokesperson said the account violated the company’s platform manipulation and spam policy, specifically the creation of fake accounts. Twitter suspended the account after a tweet that incited violence.”

Bloomberg Quint: Ex-Google Engineer Who Became Right-Wing Hero Ends Suit Quietly. “A lawsuit that made a big bang in Silicon Valley two years ago with allegations of mistreatment of politically conservative tech workers came to a quiet end this week. Former Google engineer James Damore and three other men who worked for or applied for jobs at the Alphabet Inc. unit asked a court to dismiss their lawsuit. Their written request was joined by Google.”


EurekAlert: Carnegie Mellon tool automatically turns math into pictures. “Some people look at an equation and see a bunch of numbers and symbols; others see beauty. Thanks to a new tool created at Carnegie Mellon University, anyone can now translate the abstractions of mathematics into beautiful and instructive illustrations. The tool enables users to create diagrams simply by typing an ordinary mathematical expression and letting the software do the drawing. Unlike a graphing calculator, these expressions aren’t limited to basic functions, but can be complex relationships from any area of mathematics.”

EFF: The Executive Order Targeting Social Media Gets the FTC, Its Job, and the Law Wrong. “The inaptly named Executive Order on Preventing Online Censorship seeks to insert the federal government into private Internet speech in several ways. In particular, Sections 4 and 5 seek to address possible deceptive practices, but end up being unnecessary at best and legally untenable at worst.” Good afternoon, Internet…

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