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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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ViolentAcrezOuted Reddit Moderator Tells CNN He Only Partially Apologizes for His Actions (VentureBeat)
Michael Brutsch, 49, the recently outed Reddit moderator known online as ViolentAcrez, attempted to explain his heinous behavior on the community-powered link-sharing site in an interview on CNN’s Anderson Cooper 360 on Thursday night. “Well, I am to some degree apologizing for what I did,” he said. The Huffington Post Brutsch also blamed the culture on Reddit for fostering his penchant for posting offensive material. “Reddit encouraged and enabled this sort of behavior, and I shouldn’t have been a part of it,” he said. He created hundreds of subforums on the user-generated website, such as “Rapebait,” “Incest,” “Pics of Dead Kids,” “Choke a Bitch,” and “Rape Jokes.” Violentacrez has been banned from the site several times, although Brutsch still maintains a separate account. This week, Gawker, which outed ViolentAcrez received a leaked memo from Reddit CEO Yishan Wong, originally posted in a private subreddit. In the memo, Wong finally weighed in on the issue, saying, “We will not ban legal content even if we find it odious or if we personally condemn it,” meaning that free speech — even for creepy trolls like Violentacrez — continues to have a place on the site. Bloomberg Businessweek Where should freedom of speech begin and end when you are a Web-based entity with a global audience? That’s the question raised by a couple of recent events, including the furor over a Reddit moderator’s creepy behavior and now the news that Twitter has blocked an account for the first time at the request of a state government — in this case, Germany, which asked the service to take action against a Twitter user posting neo-Nazi sentiments, something forbidden by the laws of that country. Read more

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


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

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TwitterTwitter Experienced Service Disruption on Monday Evening (CNET)
Some Twitter users were unable to access the network Monday evening, getting instead a greeting from its fail whale. “Users may be experiencing issues accessing Twitter. Our engineers are currently working to resolve the issue,” the company said in a status update Monday. The social network has since added “This issue has now been resolved” to the update. The Next Web As to what caused the outage, details are scarce. While DownForEveryoneOrJustMe said Twitter was doing just fine, since the site wasn’t completely down, DownRightNow was reporting a “likely service disruption.” AFP French anti-racist and Jewish organizations on Monday condemned what they called a wave of anti-Semitism sweeping over Twitter using the hashtag #unbonjuif. The hashtag — which in English means a good Jew — has been one of the top trending words on French language tweets in recent days and is often followed by offensive comments. The Huffington Post The story of David Rose, a deaf paraplegic blogger who inspired thousands, has turned out to be a labyrinth of lies, according to blog reports. After a number of international news outlets picked up his story, Rose’s Twitter following swelled, and even celebrities such as Kim Kardashian tweeted his quotes. AllTwitter File this one under news that shouldn’t be: There’s a rumor circulating that Twitter is considering adding a (gasp!) woman to its board of directors. Currently, Twitter’s board includes CEO Dick Costolo, company founders Jack Dorsey and Evan Williams, and investors such as Peter Fenton of Benchmark Capital and Peter Currie of Currie Capital. Read more

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24-Mile Sky Dive Breaks into Social Stratosphere, Redefines Event Marketing (Lost Remote)
Felix Baumgartner’s Red Bull Stratos space jump was initially planned for a weekday, but blustery winds delayed the jump from the edge of space to a Sunday. Perhaps in retrospect, the delay heightened the live event’s social splash, attracting over 7.5 million concurrent viewers on YouTube, dominating Twitter’s trending topics and burning up Facebook with spectacular photos. The New York Times Baumgartner fell to Earth from more than 24 miles high Sunday, becoming the first human to break the sound barrier under his own power — with some help from gravity. The Austrian daredevil made the highest and fastest jump in history after ascending a helium balloon to an altitude of 128,100 feet. As millions around the world experienced the vertiginous view from his capsule’s camera, which showed a round blue world surrounded by the black of space, he stepped off into the void and plunged downward, reaching a maximum speed measured at 833.9 miles per hour, or Mach 1.24. CNET Baumgartner, a veteran of well more than 2,300 skydives who has been training for this moment for five years, was looking to surpass milestones established more than 50 years ago. In August 1960, Air Force officer Joe Kittinger jumped from 102,800 feet (19.5 miles) and hit a top speed of about 614 mph, as the Pentagon and the still very young NASA were trying to get a handle on how humans would be affected by high-altitude atmospheric flight and space travel. Wired Baumgartner achieved three of the four records he was after, falling short of taking the benchmark for longest free fall. All of the records are yet to be ratified by the Federation Aeronautique Internationale. TechCrunch According to a conversation on Twitter between Danny Sullivan and a member of the YouTube staff, Google considered sending Baumgartner to space for his jump with a pair of Google Glass. Can you imagine seeing what Felix’s eyes were seeing as he was falling? Read more