Twitter’s most common response to reported abuse: silence

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September 23, 2016 

2,700 Twitter users told BuzzFeed News about their struggles with abuse on the social network. Yemen’s children are starving to death. And a video of Donald Trump talking about Egypt shows he doesn’t understand irony.

 

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The latest on police shootings in America. 

Standing in stark contrast to the deadly and destructive demonstrations the night before, Thursday’s protest against the police shooting of Keith Lamont Stott in Charlotte, North Carolina, came to a peaceful end, stretching past an unenforced curfew well into the early morning. Police said the 43-year-old was holding a handgun, and that he ignored commands to drop it. His family has said that he was holding a book. Police said they recovered a handgun but not a book at the scene.

The police shooting of Keith Lamont Scott has sparked protests and unrest. BuzzFeed News correspondent Jim Dalrymple II is reporting from Charlotte, North Carolina.

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The Tulsa, Oklahoma, police officer who shot Terence Crutcher has been charged with first-degree manslaughter. Officer Betty Shelby, a white woman, fatally shot Crutcher after his car stalled last week. The shooting was captured on dash cam and aerial video, and Tulsa’s police chief called it disturbing. The US Department of Justice is also investigating the use of force by police.

Yemen’s children are starving to death.

Yemen is in the middle of a humanitarian crisis, and the country’s children are bearing the brunt of the tragedy. Nearly 1.5 million children there are acutely malnourished, according to international aid organizations. Save the Children estimated that a third of all children under 5 in Yemen fall into this category.

As the number of malnourished children continues to rise, images like this are emerging from the country, where a civil war broke out last year.

As the number of malnourished children continues to rise, images like this are emerging from the country, where a civil war broke out last year. Khaled Abdullah Ali Al Mahdi / Reuters

 

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Donald Trump talking about Egypt proves he doesn’t understand irony.

On Thursday, the Republican presidential nominee kind of sort of definitely praised Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi for staging a coup. “He’s a fantastic guy. He took control of Egypt. And he really took control of Egypt,” Trump told Fox Business’s Lou Dobbs.

You see, whether Trump knows it or not, Sisi literally took control of Egypt, in the form of a coup d’etat in 2013. He was appointed head of the junta before becoming president. Since then, he’s been accused of numerous human rights abuses and under his rule Egypt’s economy has floundered.

There you have it, pure irony.

A little extra: Donald Trump Jr. — the nominee’s son — claims children in Europe are being raped by migrants daily. Ivanka Trump’s business is thriving even though her dad’s reputation is taking a beating. How a decision in May changed the general election.

Trump and Sisi met on the sidelines of the United Nations General Assembly on Tuesday — Sisi was the only world leader Trump met with that day.

Trump and Sisi met on the sidelines of the United Nations General Assembly on Tuesday — Sisi was the only world leader Trump met with that day. Dominick Reuter / AFP / Getty Images

 

DID YOU HEAR ABOUT THIS?

Twitter’s most common response to reported abuse is silence, according to users who took BuzzFeed News’ survey.

Forty-six percent of the 2,700 users who shared their struggles with abuse on the social network said the last time they reported an abusive tweet to Twitter, the company took no action.

Though the hundreds of written responses collected by BuzzFeed News vary, a majority of them express concerns about Twitter’s internal commitment to curbing abuse — particularly abuse directed at the platform’s non-celebrity users.

What types of abusive tweets have you received?

I let Facebook’s algorithms run my life for weeks.

To better understand Facebook's shadowy algorithms, BuzzFeed News reporter Charlie Warzel responded to every prompt the social network sent him — for weeks. He joined dozens of Facebook groups, accepted hundreds of random friend requests, posted ridiculous status updates, and planned a birthday party for a person he barely knew.

He destroyed his Facebook feed, annoyed his relatives, and maybe even found true friendship in the process. His conclusion: “I’d been telling Facebook about myself for over a decade, but in the end it only listened to what it wanted to hear.”

So, for a few weeks, I did everything Facebook’s algorithms told me to do. No friend request, no post, no overshare was off limits.

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More tech

  • Yahoo confirmed that a hacker, possibly working with a foreign government, stole at least 500 million users’ account information in 2014. The company is working with police to catch the hacker and asking users to change their passwords.

  • A new Twitter option lets you indicate the types of tweets you’d prefer to see less of. The tool, simply labeled “I don’t like this Tweet,” is available for some iOS users.

  • YouTube announced an initiative that endorses a select group of video creators who confront issues ranging from hate speech to xenophobia in their uploads to the site.

  • And here are 17 things you didn’t know you could do with iOS 10, Apple’s newest operating system for iPhones and iPads.

 

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Lupita Nyong’o and Madina Nalwanga pose for a portrait during the Toronto International Film Festival, Sept. 12, 2016.

Lupita Nyong’o and Madina Nalwanga pose for a portrait during the Toronto International Film Festival, Sept. 12, 2016. Victoria Will for BuzzFeed News

 

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