North Carolina Black History, Illinois State University, K-Pop, More: Saturday ResearchBuzz, August 7, 2021


QCity Metro: Take a walking tour of historic Brooklyn with a new mobile app. This is a former neighborhood in Charlotte, North Carolina, not a place in New York. “Imagine a time machine that could take you back to Brooklyn, the historic Black community that once thrived in the heart today’s uptown Charlotte. You could see streets and buildings as they were back then, learn of places long since gone, and hear the voices of people who lived, worked and played there. It’s not exactly a time machine, but a new app developed by the Levine Museum of the New South and Johnson C. Smith University comes close.”

Illinois State University: Milner Library launches new finding aids database. “Staff at the Dr. JoAnn Rayfield Archives and Milner Library’s Special Collections department are excited to announce the launch their new finding aids database. This new database allows researchers to search both Archives and Special Collections repositories at once from anywhere with an internet connection.”


Twitter Blog: K-pop sets another record on Twitter with 7.5 billion Tweets in a year. “Fans turn to Twitter to connect with their favorite K-pop artists and the #KpopTwitter community around the world. In the recent year between the period from July 1, 2020 to June 30, 2021, there were 7.5 billion Tweets about K-pop, setting yet another record for the most number of Tweets annually related to K-pop.”

Legal Genealogist: Ancestry retreats. “According to Ancestry now, users who upload content to Ancestry still give Ancestry a perpetual and non-revocable license to use the content. But, it says now, ‘perpetual and non-revocable’ doesn’t mean ‘perpetual and non-revocable.'”

The Verge: Facebook’s justification for banning third-party researchers ‘inaccurate,’ says FTC. “When Facebook banned the personal accounts of academics researching ad transparency and misinformation on its platform this week, it justified the decision in part by saying it was only following rules set out by the Federal Trade Commission. But the FTC itself says this is ‘inaccurate’ and that its rules require no such action, reports The Washington Post.”


Union College: College receives National Archives grant to digitize its popular Bigelow Collection . “The National Historical Publications and Records Commission of the National Archives has awarded Union a grant to support the digitization of its massive John Bigelow Collection. A member of the Class of 1835, Bigelow was a prominent author, lawyer, diplomat and distinguished man of letters in the 19th and early 20th centuries.”

The Irish Times: TikTok becomes StripTok: Why sex workers are taking to social media. “[Teauryajya] DuBenion is part of a growing American community of strippers on the social-media platform who post under the hashtag #Striptok. Instead of gathering around a water cooler, they have built an online network to exchange professional advice, safety tips and good old-fashioned strip-club gossip.”

AdAge: Tiktok Takes Gold For Olympic Sponsors. “Olympic sponsors shelling out $3.3 billion to participate in the Tokyo Games have had to contend with the uncertainty around COVID-19, lack of in-person spectators, lagging TV viewership and absence of some high-profile athletes. But one bright spot in an otherwise chaotic Summer Games has been ByteDance’s short-form video app TikTok, which has become the app du jour to reach Gen Zers.”


Hurriyet Daily News: Prosecutor launches probe into ‘Help Turkey’ social media posts. “The Ankara Chief Public Prosecutor’s Office has launched a probe into social media posts that asked for foreign help with the hashtag ‘Help Turkey’ amid the massive wildfires. In a statement on Aug. 5, the prosecutor’s office argued that the posts were trying to show the country as ‘incapable’ and ‘attempted to create panic, fear and concern among the public.'”

Ars Technica: Google+ class action starts paying out $2.15 for G+ privacy violations. “Google’s Facebook competitor and ‘social backbone’ was effectively dead inside the company around 2014, but Google let the failed service hang around for years in maintenance mode while the company spun off standalone products. In 2018, The Wall Street Journal reported that Google+ had exposed the private data of ‘hundreds of thousands of users’ for years, that Google knew about the problem, and that the company opted not to disclose the data leak for fear of regulatory scrutiny.”


Washington Post: Opinion: The Arizona ‘audit’ is a big problem. Online disinformation will make it worse.. “It is obvious to anyone who is paying attention that the sham ‘audit’ of 2020 votes underway in Arizona is not about actually reaffirming the vote count. It’s about furthering the spread of more disinformation about the outcome in the state — and about the 2020 outcome overall. Here’s something that could make this problem even worse: The proliferation of disinformation online.”

Anti-Defamation League: ADL Condemns Facebook Decision to Shut Down Independent Study of Targeted Political Ads. “The urgency of allowing independent research and promoting transparency has never been clearer. ADL’s recent Online Antisemitism Report Card shows that Facebook is not doing enough to stop hate and harassment, especially identity-based harassment, on its platform.” Good morning, Internet…

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