Gay Motorcycle Clubs, Pinterest Ads, Twitter, More: Friday Afternoon ResearchBuzz, July 2, 2021


New-to-me, from RideApart: USC Archive Sheds Light On LA’s Gay Motorcycle Clubs. “A massive archive of LGBTQ materials in Los Angeles is bringing attention to some of the oldest gay organizations in the United States: Gay motorcycle clubs. The ONE Archives at the University of Southern California offer a detailed glimpse into their history, existence, and importance.”


NPR: Pinterest Bans All Weight Loss Ads. “Pinterest is saying goodbye to weight loss ads. It’s banning them altogether, becoming the first major social platform to do so. The National Eating Disorders Association guided Pinterest in updating its policy as searches for healthy eating, healthy lifestyle and fitness tips grew within the past year.”

9to5 Mac: Twitter working on new alternative timeline exclusively for ‘Trusted Friends’. “Twitter has already announced new ways to deliver content to a specific group of users with ‘Super Follow,’ but these options are more focused on creators and influencers who want to sell exclusive access to their tweets and fleets. Now Twitter is working on an alternative timeline for ‘trusted friends,’ which will let you choose the people who can see content there.”


Digital Music News: How to Trim Music on TikTok – A Short Guide to Audio Editing for Social Media. “Allowing users to upload whatever they want is a copyright nightmare waiting to happen on TikTok’s part. Thankfully, TikTok now licenses music from record labels, so there are plenty of tracks available to include in your videos. You can trim music on TikTok to suit your needs, thanks to the built-in sound editor. TikTok has an extensive library of music and sound effects – here’s how to edit them with ease.”


KrAsia: Supporters and detractors of Myanmar’s coup take fraught conflict to TikTok, Facebook, and Twitter. “Apps and websites like TikTok, Facebook, and Twitter not only host and disseminate text, photos, and videos from Myanmar, but also serve as ideological battlefronts.”


Asia Times: HK media erase their archives amid rising arrests. “Several online media outlets in Hong Kong took down opinion articles and videos from their websites or said they would move out of the city after one more columnist of the Apple Daily was arrested at the airport on Sunday.”

The Hacker News: Hacker Wanted in the U.S. for Spreading Gozi Virus Arrested in Colombia. “Colombian authorities on Wednesday said they have arrested a Romanian hacker who is wanted in the U.S. for distributing a virus that infected more than a million computers from 2007 to 2012. Mihai Ionut Paunescu (aka ‘Virus’), the individual in question, was detained at the El Dorado airport in Bogotá, the Office of the Attorney General of Colombia said.”


Brookings Institution: The court’s Facebook decision shows why we need a digital regulatory agency. “A federal district court judge’s dismissal of the Federal Trade Commission’s antitrust lawsuit brought against Facebook is graphic evidence that antitrust laws are not sufficient to protect consumers and competition in the digital age. We need a regulatory plan that is more agile and timely than relying on antitrust enforcement as the principal solution.”

Space: World’s largest radio telescope to be built after almost 30 years of planning. “Construction of the Square Kilometer Array (SKA) observatory, which is set to become the largest radio telescope ever built, will finally commence after nearly 30 years of preparations.”

Daily Commercial News: Waterloo researchers develop AI tool that analyzes building inspection reports. “Researchers at the University of Waterloo have come up with a new tool that uses artificial intelligence (AI) to analyze building inspection reports and help make spending decisions about structural repairs more objective.” Good afternoon, Internet…

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