The Horrifying Job Of Facebook Content Moderators

Isn’t Facebook great? (It’s not.) But isn’t it nice and clean and kid friendly? This is true for a very specific reason: the social media giant outsources the gnarly task of finding and deleting inappropriate content. In the November issue of Wired, Adrian Chen offers a peek into the darkest corners of the industry. It’s only slightly horrifying.


The Sad, Weird World Of Unseen YouTube Videos

Embarrassing open mic nights, topical parodies, gaming tutorials — these are the YouTube videos we know. The ones we replay and the ones we send to our friends, coworkers, families and everyone we know. But YouTube has another layer. One where view counts sit at zero and bizarre bits of film rot away in indifference. It’s a dark, morbidly fascinating world — and it’s easy to invade.


Twitter: Inserting Strangers' Tweets Into Your Timeline Is Now A Feature

Twitter has published a blog post explaining that recommended tweets are no longer a test — they’re here to stay in your timeline.


It Stormed In Sydney And Social Media Went Nuts

Image Cache It got a little hairy in Sydney last night, what with one of the largest storms the city has seen in recent memory lashing us up and down the coast. Because nothing happens unless social media is involved these days, the internet went nuts. Here are some of the best posts.


How To Get All Of Your Social Media Updates In One Place

You log into Facebook and check your updates, switch to Twitter to do the same, then to Snapchat, then Instagram, then Tumblr, then WhatsApp, then two or three more. Save yourself from social media fatigue and earn back some productivity points by consolidating all your incoming feeds into one place — here are some ideas about how to go about it.


The New Secret-Spilling App 'Vent' Is A Disaster Waiting To Happen

There is a new iOS app called Vent devoted to letting people complain about their lives. It’s a shitstorm in the making.


US Justice Department: It Was OK For A Federal Agent To Impersonate This Woman On Facebook

An overlooked US Justice Department court filing explains that a federal agent had the right to commandeer a woman’s identity, set up a fake Facebook account using her details and even post provocative photographs of her found on a seized phone. Buzzfeed reports that a Drug Enforcement Administration agent stole the identity of Sondra Arquiett, who then went by the name Sondra Prince, back in 2010.


News Station Accidentally Tweets Pornhub Link

If you’re wondering about the rain and storms in Memphis, you might have gotten a big surprise in your Twitter feed today. WREG News Channel 3 briefly directed its Twitter followers to a link that not only had zero radar information about the #memstorm — it was a PornHub user’s profile.


Facebook Says Whoops, Updates Rules For News Feed Manipulation

A few months ago, the world found out that Facebook made its users into test subjects, showing some folks artificially happy (or artificially sad) News Feeds to see if it affected the emotions in the user’s own posts. The internet was not happy about that. Now, Facebook says it’s updated its research guidelines in response.


Ello Experienced Its First DDoS Attack

Ello, the upstart social network that’s grown in massive popularity of the past week, is currently down. Whether for maintenance or more nefarious purposes, it isn’t outwardly explicit. According to its current status page, the site is investigating the cause but is leaning toward a possible denial of service (DDoS) attack.


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