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Bluesky is under fire for allowing usernames with racial slurs

Bluesky’s moderation woes continue as users threaten to leave the site in protest of its failure to flag slurs in account usernames.  Many users — particularly Black users — are frustrated that Bluesky hasn’t apologized for allowing racial slurs to slip through its moderation tools even though they violate the platform’s community guidelines. It’s the […]

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First Amendment org challenges restrictions on TikTok at Texas universities

Through a new lawsuit, a free speech group and research coalition that studies technology’s effect on society are pushing back against a ban on TikTok affecting government devices in the state of Texas. In the lawsuit, filed by Columbia University’s Knight First Amendment Institute on behalf of the Coalition for Independent Technology Research, the allied

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American psychology group issues recommendations for kids’ social media use

One of the most prominent mental health organizations in the U.S. is out with a set guidelines designed to protect children from the potential harms of social media. The American Psychological Association (APA) issued its first ever health advisory on social media use Tuesday, addressing mounting concerns about how social networks designed for adults can

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For Bluesky to thrive, it needs sex workers and Black Twitter

In the months since Elon Musk took over, and subsequently tanked, Twitter, people have been desperate to find an alternative platform. Bluesky, a decentralized social network backed by Twitter co-founder Jack Dorsey, is the latest frontrunner.  Bluesky has already gained attention with its irreverent posting culture, but to keep users, it needs to maintain a

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