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  1. YouTube’s science communication channels have a diversity problem

    YouTube is often heralded as the great leveller, lowering barriers to entry and destroying discrimination. But a new academic study suggests that the platform’s science community mirrors the world of science in real life – with all its problems of representation.

    By Chris Stokel-Walker , written on

    From the Culture desk

  2. Social media managers are underpaid, understaffed, and overworked

    A recent row over sanitary pads and period products has highlighted one of the key issues with pronouncements on social media – and the disparity between the positions of power those behind our favourite brands’ Facebook and Twitter accounts hold, and the training and pay they receive.

    By Chris Stokel-Walker , written on

    From the Culture desk

  3. Exploding Topics co-founder Brian Dean explains how to spot a trend

    Brian is the founder of Backlinko, a newsletter that provides SEO training and link building strategies. He is the also co-founder of Exploding Topics, a newsletter designed to help users discover rapidly growing topics before they take off.

    By Aimee Pearcy , written on

    From the Interviews desk

  4. Media outlets are still struggling to understand what "viral" means

    Every day, thousands of events happen. The job of a journalist is to decide what is – and what isn’t – worthy of bringing to a broader audience.

    By Chris Stokel-Walker , written on

    From the Culture desk

  5. India’s Extended Reality (XR) startups are booming

    From Vadodara, a small (by Indian standards) city in Gujarat, a state on the western coast of India, concept designer and tech visionary Ankit Patel, and software science engineer Sanket Kale launched a new app that may shake the way we share content to the core.

    By Stav Dimitropoulos , written on

    From the Startups desk

  6. Twitter restricted the New York Post in the same way as BlueLeaks

    Today, the New York Post published an article that claimed to have obtained videos and emails from a laptop allegedly belonging to Joe Biden’s son, Hunter Biden. The leaker is President Trump’s lawyer, Rudy Giuliani.

    By Aimee Pearcy , written on

    From the News desk

  7. Silicon Valley’s corporate ‘mindfulness’ hypocrisy

    Silicon Valley is notorious for its idiosyncratic blend of free-market libertarianism and ersatz corporatist spirituality. Perhaps it all started at Apple with Steve Jobs and his dilettantish interest in Zen Buddhism, even though he often called his employees shitheads and was seen as a tyrant and bully. Little did Jobs know of the dark side of Zen’s long history of militarism and its cooptation by Japanese imperialism.

    By Ron Purser , written on

    From the Delivering Happiness desk

  8. Facebook will halt political ads...after the polls close

    For the past few weeks, Facebook has been seriously struggling to get the balance right between raking in advertising dollars, and not warping the outcome of the entire 2020 U.S. election.

    By Aimee Pearcy , written on

    From the News desk

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