Judicial Misconduct, Black Jazz Musicians, Facebook, More: Saturday ResearchBuzz, July 11, 2020


Reuters: Exploring the misdeeds of judges across America. “In the first comprehensive accounting of judicial misconduct nationally, Reuters identified and reviewed 1,509 cases from the last dozen years – 2008 through 2019 – in which state or local judges resigned, retired or were publicly disciplined following accusations of misconduct.” And now they’re in a database you can search.

KARE11: Walker launches free online catalog to highlight influential Black jazz artists. “If you can’t see performances in person right now, you can see rare historic ones online, for free, while learning about important Black jazz artists in the Upper Midwest. The Walker Art Center’s performing arts program launched Living Collections Catalogue—Creative Black Music at the Walker: Selections from the Archives.”


The Next Web: Facebook f*ck-up is crashing tons of iOS apps, including Spotify and Tinder. Blame me for the asterisk. “A swathe of popular services, including Spotify, Pinterest, Twitter, Viber, Venmo, Tinder, and even Apple’s App Store, are experiencing technical difficulties. The exact number of affected users is unclear at present, but over 15,000 people have collectively reported unable to access Spotify, Pinterest, and Waze, according to Down Detector.”

CNET: Instagram now lets everyone pin comments on posts. “Instagram is expanding its pinned comments feature to everyone, after testing the tool with a select group of users in May. The social media giant said the feature aims to help Instagrammers manage the conversations being had in the comment section of their posts.”

CNN: Instagram and Facebook ban all content promoting conversion therapy. “Instagram and Facebook will ban any content that promotes conversion therapy, the social media platforms told CNN on Friday, after activists called on it to block providers from advertising their services online. Facebook said it would expand its existing policies on hate speech worldwide to include posts that advertise or promote the practice, in a move that applies to both platforms.”


Make Tech Easier: Is Alexa always listening? 4 Ways to Delete Amazon’s Voice Recordings . “By default, Amazon records all of your interactions with Alexa and stores them in the Amazon cloud. Amazon uses these voice recordings to improve your user experience, but it’s still sobering to think that Amazon has access to hundreds, or potentially even thousands, of voice recordings made within the privacy of your own home! If you’re concerned about privacy, Amazon does provide several ways to allow you to remove your voice recordings from their library.”


New York Times: A Short History of ‘Simp’. “The word ‘simp’ isn’t new. In fact, it’s pretty old. But it has been dragged into fresh popularity. In the same way that older songs can find new audiences on TikTok, older slang emerges on the app to be championed by a broader, younger audience.”


Politico: California investigating Google for potential antitrust violations. “California has opened its own antitrust probe into Google, intensifying the pressure on the search giant already in the middle of investigations by the Justice Department and a host of other states, according to three people with knowledge of the inquiry.”


Brookings Institution: How to reform police monitoring of social media. “From protests to public housing, social media monitoring raises civil liberties and civil rights concerns that are currently going unaddressed. Establishing a framework that balances public safety and the right to privacy, free expression, and equal protection under the law requires updates to our existing regulatory controls.”

EurekAlert: Social media can identify fathers at risk of postpartum depression. “Fathers’ prepartum social media posts can predict their risk of postpartum depression. A predictive model based on machine learning is described in the peer-reviewed journal Cyberpsychology, Behavior, and Social Networking.”

New York Times: Zuckerberg Never Fails to Disappoint. “Mr. Zuckerberg has tried for a while to wrap himself up in the First Amendment — getting the whole point of the words of that amendment wrong nearly every time — and he has insisted that he does not want to be an ‘arbiter of truth.’ Yet he has set up the company in such a way — completely under his sway — that suggests he has to be, in fact, an arbiter of truth. With Mr. Zuckerberg’s overwhelming voting and corporate power, there is no reason to have a board — which is why board members with backbones, like Reed Hastings and Ken Chenault, have left — and every reason to put the responsibility for cleaning up the mess squarely at Mr. Zuckerberg’s feet.” Good morning (again) Internet…

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