Twitter, LGBTQ Elected Officials, Salt Lake Tribune, More: Monday Afternoon ResearchBuzz, April 25, 2022

The Verge: Twitter accepts buyout, giving Elon Musk total control of the company. “Twitter has accepted Elon Musk’s offer to purchase the company for $44 billion, the company announced in a press release today. Musk purchased the company at $54.20 a share, the same price named in his initial offer earlier this month.”


Princeton University: New scholarly database documents the rise in publicly identifying LGBTQI+ elected officials across the globe. “Ranging from the few ‘out’ officials in the time of San Francisco Supervisor Harvey Milk until now, the database in the new Queer Politics website shows the steady growth of people in office who publicly identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, pansexual, transgender, non-binary, gender-non-conforming, queer and intersex. ”

University of Utah: Digitizing 133 years of Salt Lake Tribune newspapers. “Researchers, historians and genealogists now have an additional 1.6 million pages of The Salt Lake Tribune, at their fingertips. The recent digitizing process added issues dating from 1920 to 2004, to the existing online collection of issues between 1871 and 1919. All 133 years are now keyword searchable and available to the public thanks to a partnership between the U’s J. Willard Marriott Library,, a division of Ancestry and The Salt Lake Tribune.”

Fold3: Introducing Our Collection of Morning Reports. “Morning reports are company-level reports that were filled out each day to reflect status changes for personnel assigned to that unit. These changes may include transfers, disciplinary actions, battle wounds, leaves, and those who were sick in quarters. We have just added a new collection, U.S. Morning Reports 1912-1946. This growing collection contains 2.33 million records with additional records coming. We currently have morning reports through the year 1939.”


The Verge: Twitter is reportedly working on a vibe check feature. “Twitter is reportedly working on a feature that allows users to set a status, codenamed ‘Vibe.’ The possible feature was first spotted by Jane Manchun Wong, a researcher and reverse engineer with a track record of spoiling upcoming app updates.”

Washington Post: Twitter bans climate change propaganda ads as deniers target platforms. “Under the new policy, advertisements that contradict the ‘scientific consensus’ on climate change will be prohibited along with other types of banned-ads such as campaigns that contain violence, profanity or personal attacks. Twitter will be relying on reports from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, a unit within the United Nations, to inform its decisions about which advertisements break its rules, according to the company.”


CBS News: TikTok’s teens want to be famous. But at what cost?. “[Jiggy] Turner is part of a growing wave of teen influencers eschewing traditional career paths in favor of a chance at celebrity. In a recent survey, 54% of Generation Z said they’d like to become an influencer, and 86% expressed interest in posting social media content for money. But lawmakers across the country are concerned that popular social media apps could be creating a mental health crisis for America’s youth.”

Herald Scotland: Fascinating trove of photographs shed light on a bygone era. “More than 1,500 of Duncan [Macpherson]’s images have been gathered and stored in archives, recognised for the remarkable insight they offer into bygone days and regarded as being of national importance. Now, the collection has almost doubled in size, after the surprise discovery of even more images and, sparking particular excitement, a bundle of five reels of moving film thought to date from the 1920s.”


ITV: Online child sexual abuse at record high levels – with some exploited within minutes. “An Internet Watch Foundation (IWF) report says the greatest threat to children online is self-generated content where perpetrators groom and coerce children into creating images and videos of themselves. The offender records that content and shares it on the web. The IWF, which searches and removes vile abuse, says it has seen an ‘explosion’ in this type of crime over the past two years, with an increase of 374%.”

TorrentFreak: Google Voluntarily Removes More Pirate Sites From its Search Results. “Over the past months, it has become clear that Google is voluntarily helping rightsholders to tackle online piracy. The search giant has now removed another batch of ‘pirate site’ URLs from its results in the Netherlands, just days after a local ISP was ordered to block them. While it’s a big step to take, Google hasn’t yet commented on the matter.” Good afternoon, Internet…

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