Media Bits and Bytes - February 23, 2021
- Congress Tangles With the Big Boys
- Parler’s Back: So Much For Free Speech
- Social Media and the Hunt for Vaccine Doses
- Australia vs. Facebook vs. Murdoch
- Cleveland Public Radio Goes Inside the Bricks
- The Attack on India’s Newsclick
- TikTok’s Black Leftist Hype House
- America is Finally Fixing Its Crappy Broadband Availability Maps
- LAPD to Black Lives Matter: Peek-a-boo
- Online Romance is a Ripoff
By Rebecca Klar
By Ryan Mac
The social media site Parler appeared to have banned its cofounder and former CEO for a day. Parler grew in popularity at the end of 2020, drawing conservatives by positioning itself as a “free speech” alternative to Twitter and Facebook.
“Vaccine chasers” pool their intel on Facebook, with tips on where to get the shots on short notice.
Australia vs. Facebook vs. Murdoch
Mark Z Locks Down News For Aussies By Justin Hendrix, MIT Technology Review
The Murdoch Factor By Chris Dite, Jacobin
Could Facebook Be Right? By Sara Morrison, Vox
Cleveland’s WCPN is producing 30-minute podcasts featuring stories of hope and struggle from people living in public housing.
By Nandita Haksar
The political significance of the raids on Newsclick are of much greater politicalsignificance than attacks on individual journalists. Their reporting on the protest by the farmers sitting on Delhi’s borders has attracted some 40 million views.
By Noella Williams
You can’t fix a problem you don’t understand. And for decades the US has refused to accurately measure the full scope of US broadband market failure.
Amazon Ring and other networked home surveillance devices are being used to monitor political activity and protests.
By Shirin Ali
Scammers lurk on dating apps and social media, striking up conversation with strangers until they build up trust to eventually ask for money. A record $304 million was reported lost to romance scams in 2020.