Government 2.0

Reddit Declares Itself a ‘Government’

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While government agencies try to intervene in the celebrity hacking crisis by chasing down the responsible black hat, most of the chaos surrounding the “Fappening” has already come and gone. The stolen photos hit the internet, entire communities popped up and moderators rushed in to control the mess as best they could.

In that moment of extralegal turmoil, responsibility fell on companies like Reddit, Twitter and 4chan, reminding us that the most important modern channels of communication are in the hands of a few private companies. Read More

criminal behavior

Hundreds of British Cops Busted For Acting Like Idiots on Facebook

Not sexting. (Photo: Wikipedia)

Hundreds of British cops are being investigating for acting naughty on social media.

For the past five years, cops over on Knife Island allegedly did a lot of stupid things on Twitter and Facebook, including send friend requests to victims, send Facebook messages that were seen as “abusive in nature” and posted pictures of their coworkers in “compromising positions.” Read More

Lulz

Inside Look: Imgur Reveals Redesign, Announces Plans for a Convention

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Imgur is at a tipping point.

What began as a photo storage site for Reddit users has grown, in just five years, into a thriving community with almost twice as much traffic as its de facto parent site, raking in five billion pageviews a month.

But in tech, a proven model with great results isn’t always enough. The site debuted a redesign this morning. They’re also planning a slew of in-person events and a convention, all thanks to a recent injection of $40 million in VC funding. It’s clear that Imgur is striving to become a social media staple on the level of Instagram or Twitter. Read More

Thought Experiments

This Plugin Lets You, Not Facebook, Decide How Your News Feed Makes You Feel

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A couple weeks ago Facebook came clean: it wasn’t just your ex and the photos of him and his new girlfriend that were playing with your emotions. It was an inside job. Facebook’s data scientists — or perhaps we should call them omnipotent puppeteers — had manipulated users’ feeds without their consent.

Now, after public outcry and a lackluster apology from Sheryl Sandberg, Brooklyn artist and programmer Lauren McCarthy is helping us reclaim our feelings. Her latest experiment is called the Facebook Mood Manipulator, a Google Chrome extension that allows users to adjust the content of their news feeds according to how they want to feel. Read More

Adventures in Social Media

Attorneys Now Officially Allowed to Cyber-Stalk Jurors’ Social Media Accounts

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As if potential employers, college admissions offices and probing parents weren’t enough, now lawyers might also be scouring your every Facebook post.

After two years of deliberation, the American Bar Association (ABA) has determined it’s ethical for attorneys to scan the social media profiles of jurors, as well as those under consideration for jury duty, the Associated Press reports. The decision grants attorneys permission to search for information that might reveal jurors’ or potential jurors’ biases, as well as root out instances of juror misconduct. Read More