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Twitter will experiment with Reddit style up/down buttons to replace the “like” heart

I find Reddit to be a much more interesting social media platform than Twitter. Reddit’s users are generally supportive, well-informed, and nice to each other. Twitter, on the other hand, has a culture that rewards snarkiness and anger. How did these two different platforms evolve such different user behaviors? — Read the rest

Source: https://boingboing.net/2021/07/22/twitter-will-experiment-with-reddit-style-up-down-buttons-to-replace-the-like-heart.html?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=twitter-will-experiment-with-reddit-style-up-down-buttons-to-replace-the-like-heart
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What is Dogecoin, and Why Are People Buying It?

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Now that you’ve gotten a handle on the GameStop stock madness, it’s time to learn about Dogecoin. Why is the retail investor hivemind pumping up the obscure cryptocurrency with a Shiba Inu dog for a mascot? Why, for the Lolz. With the help of Reddit and Elon Musk, Dogecoin has increased in value by 600% in the last 24…

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Source: https://twocents.lifehacker.com/what-is-dogecoin-and-why-are-people-buying-it-1846161671
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The Article Was Written/Published By: Mike Winters on Two Cents, shared by Andrew Couts to Gizmodo

How Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, and Reddit are handling the election

How Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, and Reddit are handling the election

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At long last, we are here at the deadline: after endless months, with roughly 100 million early votes cast, Election Day is finally upon us. There is very little we can project with certainty about the outcomes, except this: it’s going to be ugly on social media.

The early vote turnout has been massive, but we probably have more than another 50 million votes yet to go on the big day. Polls begin closing at 7pm Eastern time on Tuesday and cascade over the next six hours from there, until when Alaska and Hawaii wrap up at 1am (EDT) Wednesday. The combination of high turnout, above-average amounts of mail-in voting, and COVID precautions at polling places means we may wait hours, days, or even weeks beyond that point to learn the final results in many states. As if that weren’t enough turmoil, President Donald Trump is reportedly planning to declare himself the victor even if large numbers of votes in key states are not yet counted.

The future being what it is, though, tens of millions of us won’t be sitting next to broadcast or cable news—or waiting for the first printing of the morning paper—to find out what happened. We’ll be glued to our phones and laptops, scrolling through social media apps. So in the face of rampant disinformation, both foreign and domestic, what are those platforms doing to make sure you can trust what you see?

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Source: https://arstechnica.com/?p=1718794
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The Article Was Written/Published By: Kate Cox