DJ Screw, Google Privacy, TikTok, More: Thursday Afternoon ResearchBuzz, September 22, 2022


University of Houston Libraries: New Online Exhibit Features DJ Screw Recordings. “From Coast to Coast: A Tour of DJ Screw’s Record Collection was created by Jenna Goodrich as part of a Research for Aspiring Coogs in the Humanities (REACH) project…. Goodrich, who is interested in archival and librarian work, selected items from the archives of UH Libraries Special Collections’ Houston Hip Hop Research Collection, particularly from the DJ Screw Sound Recordings comprising over 1600 of the artist’s personal albums and singles.” DJ Screw created a hip hop music genre called “chopped and screwed.” You can read more about it with a list of recommended songs here.


9to5 Google: Google app starts rolling out ‘Results about you’ to help remove personal information. “At I/O 2022 in May, Google announced a new tool to streamline the process of removing Search results that contain your contact and other personal identifiable information (PII), and it’s now starting to go live.”

The Verge: TikTok plans to ban all political fundraising on its platform. “Starting Wednesday, TikTok is expanding its elections rules to make it harder for politicians and political groups to fundraise using the platform — and plans to ban all fundraising activity soon. The changes come only six weeks before the November midterm elections.”


Washington Post: YouTube targets TikTok with a better deal for creators. “YouTube on Tuesday rolled out new revenue-sharing tools for content creators on its YouTube Shorts video product in its latest effort to counter TikTok’s unequaled growth.”

India Today: A pothole gets listed as a ‘historical Landmark’ in Bengaluru on Google Maps. “A Bengaluru citizen named Nimo Tai brought netizens’ attraction to a new landmark of Bengaluru city aka a pothole. Tagged as the ‘historical landmark’, the pothole is named ‘Abizer’s Pothole’ and is situated in the Bellandur area of Bengaluru. The pothole even got 5-star ratings and reviews by residents on Google.”


NBC News: QAnon videos are getting millions of views on TikTok as Trump embraces conspiracy theory. “QAnon conspiracy theory videos with thinly veiled hashtags are bringing in millions of views on TikTok ahead of the 2022 midterm elections. In a review conducted by NBC News, users were found posting videos with emojis and slight wording variations in hashtags to evade QAnon hashtag bans, bringing attention to the conspiracy theory that helped fuel the Jan. 6 Capitol riot.”

CNBC: Trump-linked SPAC faces new pressure from investors as merger hangs in the balance. “Digital World Acquisition Corp., the company planning to take Trump Media and Technology Group public, is facing investor concerns about a potential failed merger with former President Donald Trump’s company. The Financial Times reported Tuesday that DWAC Chief Executive Patrick Orlando is negotiating with investors who said they would back the company through a private investment in public equity, or PIPE, deal.”

BBC: Twitter sued by Dutch town Bodegraven-Reeuwijk over paedophilia rumour. “A Dutch town has taken Twitter to court over the spread of a conspiracy theory claiming it was once home to a ring of Satan-worshipping paedophiles. False reports that Bodegraven-Reeuwijk was the site of the abuse and murder of multiple children in the 1980s were first circulated by three men in 2020.”


Oxford University: Online arts and culture engagement can have a positive impact on young people’s mental health: Oxford study. “Researchers found a link between engaging in online arts and culture and mental health, with participants in both trial groups reporting a reduction in psychological distress at the end of the pilot study, despite the pilot study being conducted at a time of increased Covid restrictions.”

WIRED: How I Learned Confidence From Online Posers. “I learned that quite a few dating app users ignore posted filters and explicit preferences. They insist that if you just meet them, you’ll love them…. I, on the other hand, was looking for a connection. I’d never once considered misrepresenting myself. I know that I’m not perfect, but I felt dejected after wasting my time and energy (as well as theirs). Ultimately, I decided to do some research to find out what I was missing.” Good afternoon, Internet…

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