Tag - social



Elon Musk, CEO of SpaceX and Tesla and owner of social media site X, attends the Viva Technology conference in Paris in June.
Oct 11, 2023
EU warns Musk over 'illegal' disinformation on X after Israel attack
Everything from video game and movie clips to old images of conflicts are being used to push false narratives across Elon Musk's platform.
Alma Zadic, Austria's justice minister, during an interview in Vienna on Sept. 26
WORLD / Politics
Oct 11, 2023
In Europe's politics, disinformation and hate pose growing threat
Austrian Justice Minister Alma Zadic believes public institutions simply don’t have the resources to match the output of bad actors.
Rickshaw pullers in Tokyo walk or run an average of 20 kilometers a day and, in addition to being physically strong, they must have extensive knowledge of the city.
JAPAN / Society
Oct 3, 2023
Social media inspires Japanese women to dash into rickshaw work
Rickshaw pullers must have extensive knowledge of Tokyo and know how to engage the tourists who mostly hire them for sightseeing.
Elon Musk, owner of X, formerly known as Twitter. The social media platform said it was cutting half of its global team dedicated to monitoring and limiting disinformation and fraud around major elections.
Sep 29, 2023
Musk culls X's election integrity teams ahead of major votes
The job cuts appear to contradict recent statements by X's CEO Linda Yaccarino.
TikTok can advertise to more than 100 million users in Indonesia, but they now need to go on a different app or site to buy.
BUSINESS / Companies
Sep 28, 2023
TikTok’s e-commerce ambitions stall as global backlash grows
Complaints about how TikTok is squeezing local players has stalled the Chinese-owned social media platform's e-commerce ambitions
A screenshot from the Metropolitan Police Department's Twitter account warning of messages that appear to be recruiting people for paid criminal activities, posted in May 2021
JAPAN / Crime & Legal
Sep 28, 2023
Police to scan social media with AI in hunt for online crime
The AI will not only look for specific keywords but also identify posts suspected to contain harmful information based on context.
Currently, part-timers lose their status as dependents if their annual income surpasses ¥1.3 million, requiring them to pay social insurance premiums.
Sep 24, 2023
Japan mulls relief measures for dependent part-timers
Currently, part-timers lose their status as dependents if their annual income surpasses ¥1.3 million, requiring them to pay social insurance premiums.
Yoshikazu Higashitani, known as GaaSyy, at Narita Airport in June
JAPAN / Crime & Legal
Sep 19, 2023
In first court hearing, ex-lawmaker GaaSyy apologizes for defamation
Yoshikazu Higashitani admitted in court Tuesday to making defamatory remarks toward celebrities in videos he posted on social media.
Elon Musk, CEO of X (formerly Twitter), in Washington on Sept. 13
BUSINESS / Companies
Sep 19, 2023
Musk says X will charge all users a 'small monthly payment'
Since buying the platform last October, Musk has fired thousands of employees, cut content moderation and halved its advertising revenue.
Residents watch the McDougall Creek wildfire in West Kelowna, British Columbia, Canada, last month.
WORLD / Society / FOCUS
Sep 9, 2023
Conspiracy theories falsely link wildfires to 'smart cities'
Disinformation about deadly wildfires in the United States and Canada has run rampant across social media.
Twitter owner Elon Musk attends the Viva Technology conference in Paris in June.
Sep 3, 2023
X community notes: Weapon against fake news or free speech?
Despite being touted by Elon Musk as the way to police Twitter, experts remain unimpressed, citing opportunities for abuse.
Twitter's new X logo at the company's headquarters in San Francisco, California, on July 29
Aug 31, 2023
Elon Musk's X to collect biometric data, work and school history
It’s unclear how X will collect the data or how it may be used.
The charred remains of Lahaina, a coastal town on the Hawaiian island of Maui, on Aug. 11
ENVIRONMENT / Climate change
Aug 28, 2023
Extreme weather events are driving climate denialism online
Researchers tracking talk on social media report that some people believe recent climate catastrophes are actually proof that climate change is fake.
An internet influencer (Tina Tamashiro) loses her identity to AI in Daisuke Miyazaki’s “#Mito.”
Aug 24, 2023
‘#Mito’: Sharp satire riffs on the dark side of AI and social media
Daisuke Miyazaki’s drama offers an intimate look at an influencer’s life and career stripped of surface glamour and glitz.
X is planning to remove the headline and text while retaining just the lead image from links to news articles shared on the platform, Elon Musk has said.
Aug 23, 2023
X plans to remove headlines from links to news articles
It is not immediately clear how the move will impact advertisers on the platform, which Musk claimed in July had 540 million monthly users.
The European Union has named 19 platforms that face stricter rules on policing online content and transparency.
Aug 23, 2023
Big tech to face full force of new EU law
The landmark law is part of the EU's legal arsenal deployed to bring tech companies to heel and enforce order.
Elon Musk
Aug 19, 2023
Elon Musk says X will strip ability to block accounts
The block function on X allows a user to restrict specific accounts from contacting them, seeing their posts or following them.
Tesla CEO Elon Musk
Aug 18, 2023
Elon Musk arrives in Japan for first visit in nine years
The purpose of his trip is not yet clear, but the space-loving billionaire has posted video clips of the teamLab Planets art installation in Tokyo.
Former U.S. President Donald Trump has been charged with conspiring to obstruct the results of the 2020 election.
WORLD / Politics
Aug 17, 2023
Musk accused of favoring Trump in battle with DOJ over tweets
The special counsel’s office argued that Twitter was asking for "special" treatment for Trump that wouldn’t be available to other users.
Seattle Kraken center Alex Wennberg recently spoke out about "vile comments" he and his wife were receiving from fans on social media.
Aug 11, 2023
Tensions build after collision of hockey, TikTok and romance novels
BookTok has brought new fans to hockey, but some wonder if fans are crossing the line with explicit comments.


Things may look perfect to the outside world, but today's mom is fine with some imperfection at home.
How 'Reiwa moms' are reshaping motherhood in Japan