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Privacy Groups Ask Facebook to Abort Proposed Changes to Privacy Policy (SocialTimes)
Online privacy groups Electronic Privacy Information Center and Center for Digital Democracy have written a letter to Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg asking him to abandon proposed changes to the social network’s privacy policies. Users would no longer have the opportunity to vote on proposed changes and privacy practices for Facebook and Instagram would be combined.

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Reddit, Explained…In An Epic Rap Video

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Reddit, the social link-sharing website that hit the web back in 2005 and has since become one of the most influential sites in the viral spread of images, videos, links and more, recently made it into the mainstream news following Gawker’s Adrian Chen’s exposure of one of the site’s most controversial users—Michael Brutsch, aka violentacrez. The story had a lot of folks out there asking, “what the heck is Reddit?” PandoDaily clears this up with an epic rap video (yes, we said rap video) that explains the history of Reddit and how the violentacrez incident fits in.

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What is Michael Brutsch, aka Violentacrez, doing in a private moderator discussion board on Reddit?

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One day after Gawker outed Violentacrez as Michael Brutsch, “the biggest troll on the web,” Brutsch was back, this time as himself, mrbrutsch. What’s more, according to a leaked screenshot that SocialTimes obtained yesterday, Brutsch has been invited to participate in secret moderator discussions in a private subreddit. Why?

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Reddit’s ‘Doxtober’: A Tragedy in Five Acts

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Much of the content uploaded or moderated by Michael Brutsch, aka Violentacrez was, by his own admission, pornographic. His images graced the pages of infamous subreddits like r/jailbait, which Brutsch tried to top with r/picsofdeadjailbait after the former was called out for being the worst subreddit on all of Reddit. In his heyday, Brutsch was involved in over 400 subreddits with questionable content.

After CNN’s Anderson Cooper brought mainstream attention to the shady subreddits eight months ago, Reddit banned 31 of them. Before that time, administrators had not attempted to clean up the cesspool. And while some of these subreddits were banned, the users and moderators who created and participated in them were not.

In what now seems to have been a crisis management strategy, Reddit also implemented a new rule, which was explained in a link called, “Necessary change in policy.” No suggestive or sexual content featuring minors. What appeared to be a categorical prohibition on content that no reasonable, prudent person would consider “protected speech,” failed to fulfill its promise and led instead to a false sense of security. Then complacency set in. Meanwhile, Reddit’s new rule slipped outside to have a smoke and was never heard from again.

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Debate Sparks #BindersFullofWomen Meme (NBC Chicago)
It was Katherine Fenton, the fourth undecided voter to raise a question at Tuesday night’s town hall-style presidential debate at New York’s Hofstra University, who provided the spark for the latest social media meme of the election season — Binders Full of Women. In response to Fenton’s query about what each candidate would do to rectify inequalities in the workplace, “specifically regarding females making only 72 percent of what their male counterparts earn,” Gov. Mitt Romney recalled his success in increasing gender diversity in his Massachusetts cabinet. USA Today #BindersFullofWomen became a trending topic on Twitter, with a parade of Twitter users making fun of the comment. Also trending was #binders. The Twitter account @Romney’sbinder attracted more than 4,500 followers. Mashable Tweet-wise, the second presidential debate made less of an impact than its Denver predecessor. Throughout the 90-minute showdown, 7.2 million tweets were sent, compared with Denver’s 10.3 million. Twitter Blog Moments that led to the highest amounts of conversation on Twitter were: an audience question to Romney on immigration (109,560 tweets per minute); President Barack Obama’s comment to Romney: “You’re the last person to get tough on China” (108,619 tweets per minute); and Romney’s response to tax rates question (107,386 tweets per minute). The New York Times/The Caucus Social media services like Twitter are often hailed for their ability to rapidly deliver the latest news and opinions to users. But while the networks make a wealth of information available to anyone with a smartphone or a computer, users do not consider all sources of information on a level playing field. AllFacebook Facebook’s political action committee, fbPAC, continued to hit its like button more for Republicans than Democrats in 2012, as CNNMoney reported that GOP politicians raked in $140,000 from the social network through September, compared with $127,000 for Democrats. However, when it comes to individual Facebook employee contributions, Democrats took in $116,300, more than double the GOP haul of $53,700, according to CNNMoney. Read more