Dr. Who, Twitter, Google, More: Wednesday ResearchBuzz, October 11, 2023


BBC: 60 Years of Doctor Who drops on BBC iPlayer alongside landmark online archive. “Before the Anniversary Specials hit our screens, viewers will have the opportunity to travel back in time with any of the Doctors through the show’s 60 year history with the classic series… As the perfect companion to the back catalogue, the BBC will simultaneously launch an extensive online archive from the show’s history.”


The Verge: Now X posts can lock replies to only allow comment from verified accounts. “This change arrives about 11 months after Musk launched paid verification for Twitter Blue, apportioning blue checkmark labels to people willing to part with $7.99 per month. It also means it could be harder for those who don’t pay for the service (with the exception of accounts forced into verified status) to refute misinformation, which researchers report has continued to increase.”

TechCrunch: Google introduces new sustainability features, including a tool for people looking to buy an EV . “Google announced today that it’s introducing new sustainability features, including a new tool aimed at people who are considering buying an EV. The company is also launching an expanded Flood Hub and home energy comparisons.”


The Guardian: Chewing gum artist makes plea to save Millennium Bridge works. “An artist who paints tiny pictures on discarded chewing gum has pleaded for his works to be saved after being told most of them will be removed from the Millennium Bridge in London as part of engineering work.”

PBS: Former Twitter Insider Describes Elon Musk’s Mixed Signals on Free Speech. “Elon Musk’s Twitter Takeover [is] a two-hour special premiering Oct. 10 on PBS and online. The investigation probes the billionaire’s journey from one of the platform’s most provocative users to its owner, and examines the far-reaching impact Musk’s decisions have had on U.S. politics, speech and culture in the year since his takeover.”

Tubefilter: Rooster Teeth moves shows to its website: “YouTube revenue just isn’t cutting it for us anymore.”. “Those animated hits were previously available on multiple platforms, including YouTube, where Rooster Teeth counts more than nine million subscribers on its primary channel. But Shawcross explained that “YouTube revenue just isn’t cutting it for us anymore,” necessitating a focus on the company’s website. ‘We know that it’s frustrating for some of you, but it’s just the reality of what we need to do,’ Shawcross said. ‘Animation is hard and expensive.'”


Ars Technica: 23andMe says private user data is up for sale after being scraped. “Genetic profiling service 23andMe has commenced an investigation after private user data was scraped off its website. Friday’s confirmation comes five days after an unknown entity took to an online crime forum to advertise the sale of private information for millions of 23andMe users.”

Bloomberg: SEC Probes Twitter Security Lapse Before Elon Musk Took Over. “The Securities and Exchange Commission is investigating how Twitter Inc. managed a 2018 security lapse that exposed personal user information… The agency has been scrutinizing whether the former top executives failed to adequately disclose those privacy issues to shareholders or put in place proper controls, according to people familiar with the matter who asked not to be identified discussing a confidential investigation.”

Associated Press: Utah sues TikTok, alleging it lures children into addictive and destructive social media habits. “Utah became the latest state Tuesday to file a lawsuit against TikTok, alleging the company is ‘baiting’ children into addictive and unhealthy social media habits. TikTok lures children into hours of social media use, misrepresents the app’s safety and deceptively portrays itself as independent of its Chinese parent company, ByteDance, Utah claims in the lawsuit.”


Los Angeles Times: Commentary: Elon Musk bought Twitter just to break it. With a new war, we’re paying the price. “For Musk and those who’ve turned the place into a toxic dump of hate-fluencers and bad info, the goal is no longer sharing information. It’s about screaming into the void, no matter how ill-informed the message or baseless the accusation. It’s about eroding confidence in trustworthy sources, individual or institutional, and elevating nefarious users who must stoke fear, doubt and confusion in order to thrive. And as he nears his one-year anniversary, it’s never been clearer that Musk will go to great lengths to deliver.”

Poynter: Opinion | As cheap and dubious content spreads online, print finds a new value. “As the internet becomes flooded with cheap content, discerning truth from falsehood will turn into a Herculean task. A deluge of untrustworthy content threatens to drown out the voices of credibility. It’s under these circumstances we can imagine a revival in the value of print.”

Notre Dame News: New study offers improved strategy for social media communications during wildfires. “In collaboration with the CRC, the research team collected Twitter data on the 2016 Fort McMurray wildfire in Alberta, Canada. They analyzed 934 tweets from the headquarters account, which received 33,861 retweets and 34,722 likes. They also looked at 629 tweets from the Alberta account, which received 4,802 retweets and 2,862 likes. Measuring engagement as the total number of likes, retweets, clicks and replies, the team used text analysis to identify the audience (victims or supporters) and then analyzed how audience match between accounts affected user engagement.” Good morning, Internet…

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