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Social media users say their Palestine content is being shadow banned – here’s how to know if it’s happening to you

Social media users say their Palestine content is being shadow banned – here’s how to know if it’s happening to you

Imagine you share an Instagram post about an upcoming protest, but none of your hundreds of followers like it. Are none of your friends interested in it? Or have you been shadow banned? Social media can be useful for political activists hoping to share information, calls to action and messages of solidarity. But throughout Israel’s war on Gaza, social media users have suspected they are being censored through “shadow banning” for sharing content about Palestine. Shadow banning describes loss of visibility, low engagement and poor account growth on platforms like Instagram, TikTok and X (formerly Twitter). Users who believe they are shadow banned suspect platforms may be demoting or not recommending their content and profiles to the main discovery feeds. People are not notified of shadow banning: all they see is the poor engagement they are getting. This article is part of Quarter Life, a series about issues affecting those of us in our twenties and thirties. From the challenges of beginning a career and taking care of our mental health, to the excitement of …

‘My loo looked like a crime scene!’: eight readers on their strangest social media purchases | Social media

‘My loo looked like a crime scene!’: eight readers on their strangest social media purchases | Social media

‘I’ve come to think of it as a beloved heirloom’ I bought a small statue of “Thomas the Shrek” from Cursed 3D Print Store – it’s a Thomas the Tank Engine/Shrek hybrid. I love it. The first time I saw it, I laughed until I cried. The second time I saw it, I laughed until I cried again. Now, some time later, I’ve come to think of it as a beloved heirloom. Sadly, Thomas the Shrek frightened one houseguest so much that they turned it around so that its eyes stopped following them around the room. Emily, researcher, Leamington Spa ‘The batteries lasted 15 minutes and it cleaned nothing’ I bought a battery-powered robotic vacuum cleaner from a social media advert. I assumed it was of a similar size to other vacuum cleaners, around 30cm across. I laughed when I opened the box to find that it was less than 15cm, with a working opening of about 4cm – no brushes, no sensors for obstacles; it ran on AA batteries which lasted about 15 minutes …

“12 Fellas Down. 1 To Go”: Nikki Haley Has Terrible, No Good, Very Bad Weekend On Social Media

“12 Fellas Down. 1 To Go”: Nikki Haley Has Terrible, No Good, Very Bad Weekend On Social Media

The only thing more hilarious than Nikki Haley continuing to remain in the 2024 presidential race despite zero chance of winning is her completely inept social media team – which suggested she’s more than just a whore for the military-industrial complex. In Sunday afternoon tweet, ‘Haley’ let the world know: “12 fellas down. 1 to go.” 12 fellas down. 1 to go. — Nikki Haley (@NikkiHaley) February 18, 2024 While we’re sure whatever 22-year-old feminist wrote that had the best intentions, that’s not how it came off… You probably shouldn’t have tweeted this… pic.twitter.com/JHsVXzfIbO — Enguerrand VII de Coucy (@ingelramdecoucy) February 18, 2024 That’s a lot of fellas. pic.twitter.com/9K9rgztGhP — Emergent Perspective (@_emergent_) February 18, 2024 You ever get the feeling that Haley’s staff hates her? — Ian Miles Cheong (@stillgray) February 19, 2024 Husband out of town again? — ???????? Be Light ???????? (@BonX41A) February 18, 2024 And if that wasn’t bad enough – they don’t even know how to use X! Later that day, after the ‘I’m a huge whore’ tweet, a staffer …

Social support linked to lower risk of compulsive sexual behaviors among sexual minorities

Social support linked to lower risk of compulsive sexual behaviors among sexual minorities

The Journal of Sex Research recently published findings that show how cisgender sexual minorities with higher levels of social support exhibit fewer symptoms of compulsive sexual behavior disorder (CSBD) and problematic pornography use (PPU). Conversely, those facing discrimination due to their sexual orientation and engaging in sexualized drug use tend to report increased severity of these conditions. Understanding CSBD, a condition recently classified in the International Classification of Diseases, is crucial in addressing sexual health comprehensively. CSBD is an individual’s persistent inability to control intense sexual urges — leading to distressing or disruptive behaviors. Problematic pornography use, a significant manifestation of CSBD, involves excessive consumption of pornography to the point of causing interpersonal or individual distress. Previous studies have highlighted a heightened vulnerability among sexual minorities, hypothesized to stem from the unique stressors this group faces. However, comprehensive studies exploring these associations within sexual minorities are not as common. The motivation behind this study was to explore the under-researched area of CSBD and PPU within the sexual minority population. Researchers aimed to understand how factors …

TikTok’s AI Creative Assistant teams up with Adobe in new integration

TikTok’s AI Creative Assistant teams up with Adobe in new integration

TikTok’s AI-powered Creative Assistant integrates with Adobe Express to help make the video-making process easier. Adobe Express has long since been a valuable tool for TikTok creators, packed with plenty of templates and media elements that can help make polished videos from your phone. It’s geared towards making TikTok-first content, integrating well with the social media app. Now, a new integration with TikTok‘s Creative Assistant means that optimizing content within Adobe Express is now easier, with brainstorming help, trends advice, and even integrated examples of successful ad campaigns. What can TikTok’s AI Creative Assistant do in Adobe? TikTok’s Creative Assistant doesn’t create AI-generated content but is instead an AI-fuelled chatbot, offering tips and advice for content creation. For example, you can ask it what the current trends are, what hashtags would suit your video, and even request a full script for paid content or ad campaigns. The purpose of the Creative Assistant is to create content faster and help build creative workflows, according to TikTok. A handy tool is the brainstorming feature, which can come …

Joe Alwyn returns to social media for the first time after Taylor Swift and Travis Kelce romance goes public – here’s what he shared

Joe Alwyn returns to social media for the first time after Taylor Swift and Travis Kelce romance goes public – here’s what he shared

Joe Alwyn, in his years in the spotlight, has remained exceedingly private, and his public persona has become even more limited in the months since his split from global superstar Taylor Swift. The English actor, 32, has gone so far as to become even more private on social media than usual, thanks in part to the responses from Taylor’s fervent fanbase, although the star is slowly breaking cover. Joe has been making more public appearances since the start of the new year, his most recent being at the British Vogue And Tiffany & Co. Celebrate Fashion And Film Party 2024 at Annabel’s in London on Sunday, February 18. You may also likeTaylor Swift opens up about relationship with then boyfriend Joe Alwyn A day later, he took to Instagram with a rare collection of photos that highlighted his quieter lifestyle while displaying his penchant for photography. Alongside a snap from one of his events and a selfie with his camera, he included several beautiful landscape shots, and closed out his set with a throwback of …

Bafta comments on social media prankster who crashed Best Film acceptance speech

Bafta comments on social media prankster who crashed Best Film acceptance speech

Get our free weekly email for all the latest cinematic news from our film critic Clarisse Loughrey Get our The Life Cinematic email for free Baftas has said it is taking things “very seriously” after an alleged social media prankster managed to gatecrash the presentation of the final award of the night. During last night’s ceremony (Sunday, 18 February), a man dressed in a black suit and tie walked on stage and stood with the Oppenheimer team – director Christopher Nolan, star Cillian Murphy and producers Emma Thomas and Charles Roven – as they accepted the prize for Best Film. While Nolan, Murphy, Thomas and Rovan, as well as the audience, seemed unfazed by the intruder’s presence, it wasn’t until they all walked off stage that security reportedly detained the man. “A social media prankster was removed by security last night after joining the winners of the final award on stage – we are taking this very seriously, and don’t wish to grant him any publicity by commenting further,” a Bafta spokesperson said in a statement …

BAFTA hits out at ‘social media prankster’ who gatecrashed awards | Ents & Arts News

BAFTA hits out at ‘social media prankster’ who gatecrashed awards | Ents & Arts News

The BAFTAs have come down heavily on a “social media prankster” who crashed the awards ceremony on Sunday night. The man joined director Christopher Nolan, producer Emma Thomas, and actor Cillian Murphy on stage as they claimed the most prestigious award of the night. He stood behind Thomas, Nolan’s wife, while she delivered the acceptance speech as Oppenheimer won best film. Dressed in a black suit and tie, the gatecrasher seemingly blended in with the movie trio as neither they, nor the audience, nor security reacted to his presence on stage. Wearing a black hat, the man stood silently in the background, as Thomas concluded the speech on her love for Magnus Nolan – the creative couple’s son. At one point during the speech, the man tucked what appeared to be a wire into his pocket. As applause rang out around the Royal Festival Hall in London’s Southbank Centre, the “prankster” was seen to briefly talk to Irish actor Murphy, who won best actor. BAFTA responded to the incident in a statement saying: “A social …

Bluesky’s Future Is Social Media’s Past

Bluesky’s Future Is Social Media’s Past

Like any good citizen of the internet, I went hunting for memes when I first heard the news. Rachel Dolezal, the notorious race grifter who courted controversy in 2015, had been fired from her teaching gig for operating an OnlyFans account. I was in need of a good laugh. Only, I wasn’t having much luck. I happened to be in foreign territory, on Bluesky, the Jack Dorsey-endorsed social media app hailed as The Next Big Thing, when News4 Tucson broke the story. A specter of a bygone era, Dolezal is considered Peak Internet. In June of 2015, while serving as president of a local NAACP chapter in Washington state, she was outed for racial cosplay. Although born a white woman, Dolezal posed as Black. Debates ensued. Everyone had an opinion about her. There were thinkpieces, and thinkpieces about those thinkpieces. People accused her of co-opting a culture she had no right to, wearing a kind of blackface for personal gain. “Why can’t Rachel Dolezal transcend race?” Barrie Freidland asked in the Baltimore Sun. Ultimately Dolezal …