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TikTok pledges to promote black creators after accusations of censorship

02-Jun-2020 05:36

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TikTok on Monday laid out it plans to take to address criticisms that its recommendation algorithm suppresses black creators.

These steps include launching what it calls a “creator diversity council” aimed at “recognizing and uplifting the voices driving culture, creativity, and important conversations on the platform,” the company wrote in a blog post. TikTok says it will also reassess its moderation strategies, build out a new “user-friendly” appeals process, and develop a new creator portal for expanding communications and “opportunities for our broader creator community.”

TikTok said it will “stand in solidarity with the Black community” on Tuesday by participating in “,” a day of action against...

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K-pop stans overwhelm app after Dallas police ask for videos of protesters

02-Jun-2020 05:08

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After the Dallas Police Department asked people to of “illegal activity from the protests” happening in the city over the weekend using a special app called iWatch Dallas, K-pop fans flooded the software with content from their favorite artists and seemingly overloaded the reporting system in the process.

The day after the Dallas Police Department tweeted out the original request, a that “due to technical difficulties iWatch Dallas app will be down temporarily.” Replies to both tweets are a mix of clips from various K-pop groups performing, games like Animal Crossing, anime GIFs, and other pop culture references calling out the request and later celebrating the app being down.

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Porsche 911 Targa 4S Heritage Design Edition honors the 1950s - Roadshow

02-Jun-2020 05:01

This is the first of a number of Heritage Design Editions, and we like what we see.

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A Twitter joke about MSNBC and World War Z turned into a misinformation nightmare

02-Jun-2020 04:48

An apparent Twitter joke got out of control this weekend, falsely convincing some users — and possibly even the leader of the QAnon conspiracy theory — that MSNBC ran a broadcast with World War Z shots instead of real protest footage.

Over the past day, and video clip have spread around Twitter comparing a news broadcast with a scene from the Brad Pitt film World War Z. The clip seems to show MSNBC reporting on the weekend’s nationwide protests, narrating over an aerial view of Philadelphia dotted with fires and smoke plumes. If you look up , you can see the same shot midway through the video, suggesting the news outlet either badly screwed up its reporting or deliberately falsified the story. But if you...

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Five myths about your credit score and credit history

02-Jun-2020 04:36

Are you believing credit scoring myths? Here's the breakdown of what is real and what isn't.

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These 1080p webcams are in stock right now, starting at $28

02-Jun-2020 04:03

You get a choice of three webcams with features like wide-angle lenses and privacy covers for $32 or less.

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NASA's SpaceX astronauts to bring back a very special flag from the ISS

02-Jun-2020 03:24

"Nine years later," Elon Musk tweeted. The US flag flew on the first and last shuttle missions, and could only be claimed by a crew launched from Florida.

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PlayStation 5 games event for June 4 is delayed: Everything you need to know

02-Jun-2020 02:12

Sony's PlayStation division planned to unveil games coming this fall, but has delayed the event in the face of worldwide protests.

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More Than 500 Vertebrate Species Are on the Brink of ‘Biological Annihilation’

02-Jun-2020 02:01

A new finds further evidence that humans are driving the world’s sixth mass extinction. Published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences Monday, this research focuses on terrestrial vertebrates—amphibians, birds, mammals, and reptiles—and found that more than 500 species are “on the brink of…

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Why Leaving the WHO Could Be Disastrous for the U.S. and the World

02-Jun-2020 01:58

On Friday, President Trump announced that the U.S. would immediately terminate its “relationship with the World Health Organization”—the culmination of a threat that the administration issued a month earlier. It’s a decision, experts warn, that could have dire repercussions on efforts to keep people safe from the…

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