University of Cape Town Art Collection, UK Charities, Reddit, More: Friday ResearchBuzz, September 4, 2020


University of Cape Town: New website for UCT art collection and other updates. “UCT houses a collection of some 1700 artworks – many of which representing the work of South Africa’s most noted artists, as well as the art of emerging talents. The collection is exhibited throughout UCT’s four campuses, dispersed among buildings, offices, lecture halls, passages and plazas. The Works of Art Committee is proud to announce that the collection now has, for the first time in its 42-year history, a dedicated website.”

Gov .UK: New online register of charities “widens the public’s window” into how charities are run. “Financial information includes the number of staff within a charity that receive total income packages over £60,000, and whether trustees, who are usually volunteers, are paid for their services to the charity. It also highlights income that individual charities receive from government grants and contracts. The new display also shows whether individual charities work with a professional fundraiser and whether they have specific policies in place, including on safeguarding.”


The American Genius: New tool organizes your Reddit feed (and makes it actually usable). “Yes, Reddit has come a long way from its previous text-heavy form, but there is still a lot to improve on. Charles Yang, a frustrated Reddit user, has created a web app that could change all that: Deck for Reddit, a desktop optimized, alternative way to browse your favorite forums…. Currently, the web app is in open beta. With a very similar experience to Tweetdeck, this Reddit tool seems to hold some promise.” I took a quick look at it. It is a LOT like TweetDeck. The icons on the Reddit posts are a little overwhelming, but to me it’s a lot better than Reddit’s desktop presentation.

Search Engine Roundtable: Google Image Search Licensable Badge Now Live With Updated Search Filters. “In February, Google added a new licensable badge for image search as a beta while it tested out new structured data markup (with Search Console debugging reports). Well, now after months of testing, this new feature is live and images using this markup can see the licensable badge in the Google Image search results.”

Daily Pakistan: Facebook introduces new tool for Pakistan to limit fake information. “Facebook has launched a new product in Pakistan to help limit the spread of misinformation and to provide people using the platform with additional context before they share images that are more than a year old and that could be potentially harmful or misleading.”


CNET: Twitter flags Trump’s tweets for ‘encouraging people to potentially vote twice’. “Twitter said Thursday that it labeled two of President Donald Trump’s tweets ‘for encouraging people to potentially vote twice’ because the remarks violated the site’s rules about civic integrity and elections.”

Straits Times: Misleading advertisements: 151 websites, 319 social media accounts blocked. “A total of 151 websites and 319 social media accounts have been blocked from January 2018 until June 19 this year for promoting food products through misleading advertisements. Health Minister Datuk Seri Dr Adham Baba said during the same period, 71 warning letters were issued against those who published advertisements that did not comply with the Food Act 1983, including health claims linking the products to prevention and cure of certain diseases.”

BuzzFeed News: Facebook Said It Removed A Militia Event Page Threatening Violence In Kenosha. It Didn’t.. “[Sandra] Fiehrer’s complaint was one of the 455 sent to Facebook warning of a militia event violating the company’s policies. Together, they inspired four manual and numerous automated reviews of the event page by Facebook’s content moderators, which all concluded it did not violate the company’s rules. CEO Mark Zuckerberg would later tell employees it was ‘an operational mistake.’ In those same remarks, which were made public after being reported by BuzzFeed News, Zuckerberg suggested to employees that the company had removed the event and militia page from the platform the next day. But internal company discussions obtained by BuzzFeed News show that’s not true. The event was actually deleted the day after the shooting, not by Facebook, but by a page administrator for the Kenosha Guard.”


Reuters: Google urges EU to be flexible in setting digital rule book. “Google urged the European Commission on Thursday to avoid a one-size-fits-all approach to the tech industry in its forthcoming Digital Services Act. The EU executive is drawing up new rules for data-sharing and the digital marketplace as well as boosting competition after concluding that multiple antitrust actions against Google have been ineffectual. The Commission’s public consultation period ends on Sept. 8.”

Greater Kashmir: Man held for posting morphed pictures of PM on social media. “A man has been arrested here in Madhya Pradesh for allegedly posting morphed photographs of Prime Minister Narendra Modi and obscene comments on a social media platform, police said on Sunday.”


TNW: OpenAI reveals the pricing plans for its API — and it ain’t cheap. “OpenAI has revealed the projected pricing plans for its API, which lets people use the company’s vaunted AI tools on ‘virtually any English language task.’ But you’re gonna need money to burn if you wanna try it out.”

Earth Institute, Columbia University: What Social Media Can Teach Us About Human-Environment Relationships. “Recent ecological research used Instagram posts to analyze the preferences of visitors to natural areas around the world. Researchers deduced the activities and feelings that people associated with different environments, including Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve. The study explores the potential of using social media data to understand cultural ecosystem services—the intangible benefits that people receive from nature—and interactions between people and their environments.” Good morning, Internet…

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