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Soziale Netzwerke und die Pandemie
„YouTube is social media’s big winner during the pandemic – YouTube saw the most significant growth of any social media app among American users during the pandemic, according to the Pew Research Center. – The Google-owned video service saw usage grow from 73% of U.S. adults in 2019 to 81% in 2021. – Usage of Facebook remains high among Americans, with 69% of U.S. adults saying they visit the social network.“CNBC
„Social Media Use in 2021 – A majority of Americans say they use YouTube and Facebook, while use of Instagram, Snapchat and TikTok is especially common among adults under 30. … Beyond the general question of overall social media use, the survey also covers use of individual sites and apps. YouTube and Facebook continue to dominate the online landscape, with 81% and 69%, respectively, reporting ever using these sites. And YouTube and Reddit were the only two platforms measured that saw statistically significant growth since 2019, when the Center last polled on this topic via a phone survey. … Majorities of 18- to 29-year-olds say they use Instagram or Snapchat and about half say they use TikTok, with those on the younger end of this cohort – ages 18 to 24 – being especially likely to report using Instagram (76%), Snapchat (75%) or TikTok (55%).“Pew
Schönheitsfilter und (junge) Frauen
„Beauty filters are changing the way young girls see themselves – The most widespread use of augmented reality isn’t in gaming: it’s the face filters on social media. The result? A mass experiment on girls and young women. … These real-time video filters are a recent advance, but beauty filters more broadly are an extension of the decades-old selfie phenomenon. … Facebook and Snapchat also label filtered photos to show that they’ve been transformed – but it’s easy to get around the labels by simply applying the edits outside of the apps, or by downloading and reuploading a filtered photo. … There’s another concern, too, especially since the majority of users are very young: the amount of biometric data that TikTok, Snapchat and Facebook have collected through these filters. Though both Facebook and Snapchat say they do not use filter technology to collect personally identifiable data, a review of their privacy policies shows that they do indeed have the right to store data from the photographs and videos on the platforms. …. And Facebook in particular sees facial recognition as part of it’s AR strategy. In a January 2021 blog post titled ‚No Looking Back,‘ Andrew Bosworth, the head of Facebook Reality Labs, wrote: ‚It’s early days, but we’re intent on giving creators more to do in AR and with greater capabilities.'“TR
Twitter wollte Clubhouse aufkaufen
„Twitter Held Discussions for $4 Billion Takeover of Clubhouse – The companies discussed a potential valuation of roughly $4 billion for Clubhouse, the people said, asking not to be identified because the matter is private. Discussions are no longer ongoing, and it’s unclear why they stalled, the people added.“Bloomberg
Bitcoin als chinesische Finanzwaffe?
„Peter Thiel: Bitcoin Could Be ‚Chinese Financial Weapon‘ – PayPal founder Peter Thiel, in a seminar on Big Tech and China, said China’s approach to its own cryptocurrency should concern America. … ‚Even though I’m sort of a pro-crypto, pro-Bitcoin maximalist,‘ Thiel said. ‚I do wonder if at this point Bitcoin should also be thought of in part as a Chinese financial weapon against the U.S., where it threatens fiat money, but it especially threatens the U.S. dollar.'“Decrypt