Media Bits and Bytes – August 9, 2022
- Instagram Backlash
- AI and Internet Ethics
- Washington’s 5G Sanctions
- Global South Media Bits
- Trump to Sue CNN: “What Big Lie?”
- Amazon Workers in the UK Walk Out
- Streaming Royalties: Rashida to the Rescue
- Talking Heads and Politics
- Whiting Out Abortion Info
- Greenwashing: BP’s Online Ads
By Christianna Silva
Over the past few weeks, what started as a complaint a decade ago has become a chorus of fury. Users are tired of Instagram and its parent company Meta copying the features of other apps.
AI and Internet Ethics
By Matt Murphy
A YouTuber in the AI community trained an AI language model called “GPT-4chan” to give misogynistic responses to questions. This suggests that many people will be able to use and expand on this AI that espouses hate speech – and that got the attention of the AI ethics community.
Washington’s 5G Sanctions
By Hosuk Lee-Makiyama and Robin Baker
Sanctions and embargoes are precarious policy tools that can lead to inadvertent consequences without careful targeting, planning and coordination. In the absence of focussed application, Washington’s attempts to break China’s 5G dominance may have helped Beijing to strengthen its grip on the sector.
Global South Media Bits
- Africa By Phillip Dexter and Roscoe Palm, Common Dreams
- Asia By Pauline Leong, Fulcrum
- Latin America By Lorenzo Vargas, rabble
Trump to Sue CNN: “What Big Lie?”
By Jeremy Bailey
His lawyers insist in a letter to the network that he simply believes it. As far-fetched as it may seem, the threat comes less than a month after two Supreme Court Justices raised the stakes when they made it known they want to reconsider the First Amendment precedent that set actual malice as the libel standard for public figures.
Amazon Workers in the UK Walk Out
By Morgan Meaker
Frustration at a 3 percent pay increase drove a crowd of employees to stop work and protest in the warehouse’s cafeteria. The union GMB, which represents some Amazon employees in the UK, estimated that between 700 and 1,000 people took part and said that protests in Tilbury continued the next day, when workers at warehouses in Coventry and Bristol also walked off the job.
Streaming Royalties: Rashida to the Rescue
By Brian Heater
Michigan Rep. Rashida Tlaib is putting together a resolution aimed at establishing a royalty program to provide musicians adequate compensation via royalties on per-stream basis. Tlaib says her team worked closely with the Union of Musicians and Allied Workers on penning a draft of the resolution.
Talking Heads and Politics
- Kari Lake By Jon Allsop, Columbia Journalism Review
- Chris Cuomo By Nolan Higdon, Salon
- Tucker Carlson By Sophie Lawton, Media Matters for America
Whiting Out Abortion Info
By Katharine Trendacosta
Electronic Frontier Foundation
Reports have surfaced about the removal of information about abortion from social media. Unfortunately, none of it is unprecedented. Platforms like Facebook and Instagram have long maintained broad and vague community standards that allow them to remove content with little recourse.
Greenwashing: BP’s Online Ads
By Thomas Lewton
BP has spent more than £800,000 on social media influence ads in the UK this year that champion the company’s investments in green energy. The company paid about £570,000 to Facebook and Instagram for influence ads that reached tens of millions of viewers in the UK.