Fired Reddit Exec Launches Competing Site

An anonymous reader writes: “Dan McComas, the former second-in-command at Reddit — and vocal critic of its more inflammatory groups — wants to build a better Reddit, one that focuses on ‘healthy, positive communities,'” reports TheNextWeb. Raising $3…

An anonymous reader writes: “Dan McComas, the former second-in-command at Reddit — and vocal critic of its more inflammatory groups — wants to build a better Reddit, one that focuses on ‘healthy, positive communities,'” reports TheNextWeb. Raising $3 million, Imzy.com quietly launched earlier this year with over 500 discussion forums, aspiring to become an advertising-free space where content creators can interact with their fans. Moderators and users of Imzy can be “tipped” with online payments from other users, while the site hopes to remain advertising-free by taking a cut from on-site transactions. But “at its core though, Imzy wants to provide a safe place to share and discuss without the fear of being harassed, a problem Reddit has struggled with for several years.”

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Fired Reddit Exec Launches Competing Site

An anonymous reader writes: “Dan McComas, the former second-in-command at Reddit — and vocal critic of its more inflammatory groups — wants to build a better Reddit, one that focuses on ‘healthy, positive communities,'” reports TheNextWeb. Raising $3…

An anonymous reader writes: “Dan McComas, the former second-in-command at Reddit — and vocal critic of its more inflammatory groups — wants to build a better Reddit, one that focuses on ‘healthy, positive communities,'” reports TheNextWeb. Raising $3 million, Imzy.com quietly launched earlier this year with over 500 discussion forums, aspiring to become an advertising-free space where content creators can interact with their fans. Moderators and users of Imzy can be “tipped” with online payments from other users, while the site hopes to remain advertising-free by taking a cut from on-site transactions. But “at its core though, Imzy wants to provide a safe place to share and discuss without the fear of being harassed, a problem Reddit has struggled with for several years.”

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Stephen Fry Urges Young To Flee ‘Dystopian’ Social Networks

An anonymous reader writes: English writer, presenter and activist Stephen Fry has urged his fans to abandon social networks, comparing such platforms to ‘dystopian’ forms of government seen in 1970s sci-fi films such as Logan’s Run and Soylent Green. …

An anonymous reader writes: English writer, presenter and activist Stephen Fry has urged his fans to abandon social networks, comparing such platforms to ‘dystopian’ forms of government seen in 1970s sci-fi films such as Logan’s Run and Soylent Green. In a 2,600-word essay, the comedian, who had over four million Twitter followers prior to deleting his account in February, also compared the ‘surveilled conformity’ of social media to the unreal state of society depicted in The Matrix. “Who most wants you to stay on the grid? The advertisers. Your boss. Human Resources. The advertisers. Your parents (irony of ironies — once they distrusted it, now they need to tag you electronically, share your Facebook photos and message you to death). The advertisers. The government. Your local authority. Your school. Advertisers,” he writes. “Well, if you’re young and have an ounce of pride, doesn’t that list say it all?”

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Stephen Fry Urges Young To Flee ‘Dystopian’ Social Networks

An anonymous reader writes: English writer, presenter and activist Stephen Fry has urged his fans to abandon social networks, comparing such platforms to ‘dystopian’ forms of government seen in 1970s sci-fi films such as Logan’s Run and Soylent Green. …

An anonymous reader writes: English writer, presenter and activist Stephen Fry has urged his fans to abandon social networks, comparing such platforms to ‘dystopian’ forms of government seen in 1970s sci-fi films such as Logan’s Run and Soylent Green. In a 2,600-word essay, the comedian, who had over four million Twitter followers prior to deleting his account in February, also compared the ‘surveilled conformity’ of social media to the unreal state of society depicted in The Matrix. “Who most wants you to stay on the grid? The advertisers. Your boss. Human Resources. The advertisers. Your parents (irony of ironies — once they distrusted it, now they need to tag you electronically, share your Facebook photos and message you to death). The advertisers. The government. Your local authority. Your school. Advertisers,” he writes. “Well, if you’re young and have an ounce of pride, doesn’t that list say it all?”

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Twitter Appoints Chief In China With Former Chinese Military Ties

An anonymous reader writes: The Sinosphere blog at the NYT reports that Twitter has appointed Kathy Chen as Chief for the Greater China Region. Ms. Chen served as an engineer in the Chinese military in the 1980s. After that, she was involved in a joint…

An anonymous reader writes: The Sinosphere blog at the NYT reports that Twitter has appointed Kathy Chen as Chief for the Greater China Region. Ms. Chen served as an engineer in the Chinese military in the 1980s. After that, she was involved in a joint venture that was partly owned by the country’s powerful domestic security ministry. She posted on Friday a message of cooperation to China Central Television, the state-run broadcaster. The language resembled President Xi Jinping’s call to the Chinese media to “tell the China story well.” Twitter has been and remains blocked in China by the “Great Firewall”.Quartz has more details.

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Twitter Appoints Chief In China With Former Chinese Military Ties

An anonymous reader writes: The Sinosphere blog at the NYT reports that Twitter has appointed Kathy Chen as Chief for the Greater China Region. Ms. Chen served as an engineer in the Chinese military in the 1980s. After that, she was involved in a joint…

An anonymous reader writes: The Sinosphere blog at the NYT reports that Twitter has appointed Kathy Chen as Chief for the Greater China Region. Ms. Chen served as an engineer in the Chinese military in the 1980s. After that, she was involved in a joint venture that was partly owned by the country’s powerful domestic security ministry. She posted on Friday a message of cooperation to China Central Television, the state-run broadcaster. The language resembled President Xi Jinping’s call to the Chinese media to “tell the China story well.” Twitter has been and remains blocked in China by the “Great Firewall”.Quartz has more details.

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Medium, Twitter Founder on Media: We Put Junk Food In Front Of Them and They Eat It

An anonymous reader points us to an interview of Evan Williams, one of the co-founders of Twitter, and founder of publishing platform Medium: Ev Williams is not a fan of the increasingly homogenised media he currently sees, with its emphasis on feeding…

An anonymous reader points us to an interview of Evan Williams, one of the co-founders of Twitter, and founder of publishing platform Medium: Ev Williams is not a fan of the increasingly homogenised media he currently sees, with its emphasis on feeding the great, gaping maw of platforms like Twitter and Facebook too often producing what he describes as tantamount to junk food. “It’s understandable why media on the web is like it is today,” Williams tells the Guardian. “That’s not to say there’s not a lot of great stuff out there, but a lot of people are dissatisfied with it. A lot of journalists who want to do great stuff are dissatisfied. Advertisers and brands are dissatisfied. We’re still stuck in some very naive thinking, with the idea that people consuming media means that’s what they want — it’s like, well, we put junk food in front of them and they ate that, so that must be what they want.”

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Why ISIS Is Winning The Online Propaganda War

blottsie writes: The U.S. government has been unable to fight the Islamic State on the one battlefield it currently commands: the Internet. Exemplified by an August 2014 video produced by the State Department, the U.S. remains ineffective at combating …

blottsie writes: The U.S. government has been unable to fight the Islamic State on the one battlefield it currently commands: the Internet. Exemplified by an August 2014 video produced by the State Department, the U.S. remains ineffective at combating violent extremism online. A definitive report by the Daily Dot explores how ISIS succeeds in spreading its message and recruiting new militants, and why the U.S. government continues to fail in its efforts to stop ISIS online.

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Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey: the 140-Character Limit ‘Is Staying’

An anonymous reader writes: The rumor that Twitter will scrap its 140-character limit for tweets just won’t die. In an interview with NBC this morning, CEO Jack Dorsey has gone on record to say that the limit is staying.

An anonymous reader writes: The rumor that Twitter will scrap its 140-character limit for tweets just won’t die. In an interview with NBC this morning, CEO Jack Dorsey has gone on record to say that the limit is staying.

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4chan Founder Chris Poole Will Try To Fix Social At Google

An anonymous reader writes: Google never “got” social. For all the resources thrown at it, Google+ just never quite felt human. But luckily Google just hired the guy behind 4chan — a site that epitomized the good, the bad and the ugly of humanity on t…

An anonymous reader writes: Google never “got” social. For all the resources thrown at it, Google+ just never quite felt human. But luckily Google just hired the guy behind 4chan — a site that epitomized the good, the bad and the ugly of humanity on the internet. Chris Poole started 4chan in his bedroom at age 15. In the 12 years since, he built it into a 20 million active user image-sharing community around topics ranging from cosplay and cute animals to anime porn and the notoriously uncensored anonymous channel /b/. While Google probably won’t force him into a suit and tie, Poole now has a much more corporate job: He’ll be working under Google’s Bradley Horowitz, VP of streams, photos and sharing. Poole writes: “When meeting with current and former Googlers, I continually find myself drawn to their intelligence, passion, and enthusiasm — as well as a universal desire to share it with others. I’m also impressed by Google’s commitment to enabling these same talented people to tackle some of the world’s most interesting and important problems.”

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