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George Takei’s Facebook empire strains under sexual harassment allegations
"As of Tuesday, at least six publishers, including Mic, have ended paid promotion partnerships that once had their articles and videos shared on Takei’s social media platforms.

"As of Tuesday, Slate, Upworthy, GOOD, Futurism, Refinery29 and Mic have made arrangements to no longer have their articles and videos shared on Takei’s Facebook page, the companies confirmed.
slate  upworthy  good  refinery29  mic  georgetakei  2017 
november 2017 by handcoding
The artists painting the Obamas post-presidency portraits are incredible.
Kehinde Wiley, who will paint Barack Obama, and Amy Sherald, who will paint Michelle Obama, are the first black artists to paint a president and first lady for the occasion.
smithsonian  upworthy  robbie-couch  michelle-obama  barack-obama  artists  kehinde-wiley  amy-sherald 
october 2017 by yolandaenoch
That infamous ex-Google employee has found himself in yet another firestorm.
Damore's clueless comparison shows the dangers in forgetting history — or failing to learn it in the first place.
james-damore  google  sexism  lgbt-issues  upworthy  robbie-couch 
august 2017 by yolandaenoch
Upworthy was one of the hottest sites ever. You won't believe what happened next • All Tech Considered NPR
Sam Sanders will tell you, though: Facebook downrated its stories.
<p>Facebook declined an interview request from NPR, but engineers there have spoken before about why Facebook's algorithm started to hurt headlines and stories like Upworthy's. In a recent New York Times Magazine piece, several engineers said they could see that people clicked on clickbaity headlines like Upworthy's a lot, but didn't stay on such sites for a long time after they clicked. And lots of stories that got lots of clicks didn't get lots of shares, another sign to engineers that the content wasn't valuable to Facebook users. Facebook determined that such stories were clicky, but not sticky.

In a statement to NPR, a Facebook spokesperson said, "It's no secret there have been several improvements to News Feed in recent years. There has been clear communication about those updates, and why the community of people on Facebook wanted them — particularly in the instance of reducing clickbait and sensationalism." That spokesperson also said Facebook stands by the reporting in The New York Times about why Upworthy clicks suffered.

([Upworthy founder Eli] Pariser disagreed. He said a big part of why content like Upworthy's started to decline in News Feed is because Facebook wanted to push its own content instead of someone else's.)

Whatever the case, how do you bounce back after such a hit? Slowly — and with a little help. </p>

Facebook's "how much time, how quickly are they back?" calculation is just like Google's when you click on a search result.
facebook  upworthy 
june 2017 by charlesarthur
Defending students' Mike Pence walkout using the words of ... Mike Pence.
"Far too many campuses across America have become characterized by speech codes, safe zones, tone policing, administration-sanctioned political correctness — all of which amounts to nothing less than the suppression of freedom of speech."
It's undeniably weird advice to get from someone who has — in his 16 years in politics — worked hard to enshrine his own personal views into law and create barriers to others' ability to live their lives.
notre-dame  graduation  protests  free-speech  upworthy  parker-molloy 
may 2017 by yolandaenoch
River piracy may be climate change's weirdest effect; it just happened in Canada | Upworthy
Over the course of four days in May 2016, river gauge data shows that all of the water from the Slims River in Canada just ... disappeared. Daniel Shugar, a geoscience professor at UW Tacoma, is quoted.
Climate.Change  !UWitM  2017  Upworthy  Shugar.Daniel  UW:Tacoma  College:Environment 
april 2017 by uwnews

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