While Armenia and Azerbaijan fought over Nagorno-Karabakh, their citizens battled on social media

Social media played a significant role in the way that Armenians and Azerbaijanis experienced this year’s brief war. Globally, people could follow military movements, drone footage, respond to statements by authorities and discuss the events. All of this activity provided leaders with instant public opinion that informed decisions.

Whose social media approach worked?

Armenia’s leaders have long been active and accessible online, especially in the 2016 democratic revolution that brought Prime Minister Pashinyan to power. But Pashinyan’s casual approach to social media may have led to muddled posts about the conflict. And there was a lack of coordination between Armenian authorities’ messaging that provided opportunities for misinformation to spread.

Conversely, the Azerbaijani leadership simply blocked or slowed access to social media platforms others during the entire six-week period, stating this was “in order to prevent large-scale Armenian provocations.” Savvy users quickly discovered VPNs to bypass the restrictions.

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Hold social media companies accountable for what their users post

  • A top tech advisor to Biden, Bruce Reed, indicated at a virtual book launch hosted by Georgetown Law Wednesday that “it’s long past time to hold the social media companies accountable for what’s published on their platforms.”
  • Reed, who was chief of staff to Biden during his time as vice president, has been highly involved in advocating for tech reform in his years outside of government.
  • In a chapter co-authored with digital reform advocate Jim Steyer, he wrote, “Washington would be better off throwing out Section 230 and starting over.”



Bruce Reed, Joe Biden are posing for a picture: U.S. Vice President Joseph Biden arrives for a meeting with his Chief of Staff Bruce Reed (L) June 22, 2011 on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC.


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U.S. Vice President Joseph Biden arrives for a meeting with his Chief of Staff Bruce Reed (L) June 22, 2011 on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC.

A law protecting the tech industry from being held liable for their users’ posts is on shaky ground as President-elect Joe Biden prepares to come into office.

Bruce Reed,

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Daniel Radcliffe explains why he isn’t on social media



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Daniel Radcliffe thinks he’d get into “fights with random people” online if he had social media accounts.

The 31-year-old actor doesn’t have an official Twitter account, and has said that if he did, people would constantly be reading stories in the news about how he got into a war of words with someone on the platform.

When asked why he isn’t on social media, he said: “I would love to say there’s some sort of intellectual, well throughout reason for this. Because I considered getting a Twitter and I 100 percent know that if I did, you all would be waking up to stories like ‘Dan Radcliffe gets into fight with random person on Twitter’.”

Daniel also admitted he doesn’t like the idea of social media because he knows it would negatively impact his mental health in the long run.

He added during an appearance

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TikTok wants to be ‘most transparent and accountable’ social platform, VP says

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TikTok is in the midst of a transparency push.


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Over the course of 2020, TikTok’s future has sometimes seemed to be on a knife edge. The Trump administration tried (and failed) to ban the platform, citing concern over data security for TikTok’s US users. And the administration is now forcing Chinese parent company Bytedance to sell the short-form video app’s US operations.

But TikTok’s VP of global business solutions, Blake Chandlee, appears to not be feeling the stress of the saga. Speaking at the Web Summit virtual tech conference, he seemed calm about working toward a solution. 

“We’re having daily conversations with the administration around the security of that data and making sure people feel comfortable with it, so we’ll continue to do that,” he said. “The one thing you’re

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Eddie Hearn searches for new Lawrence Okolie opponent on social media

Promoter Eddie Hearn (centre), Lawrence Okolie (right) and Matty Askin (left) at the press conference before Okolie's fight with Askin
Eddie Hearn (centre) has put out the call for a new fighter just nine days before Lawrence Okolie (right) is set to box

Promoter Eddie Hearn has asked “any top 10 cruiserweight” to message him after Lawrence Okolie’s world title fight on 12 December was cancelled because his opponent tested positive for Covid-19.

Okolie was set to face Krzysztof Glowacki for the vacant WBO cruiserweight belt before Anthony Joshua v Kubrat Pulev at Wembley Arena.

Britain’s Okolie will still fight on the undercard but not for the title.

“The search is on,” Hearn said on Twitter.

“Any top 10 cruiserweights slide into my DMs [direct messages].”

Okolie, 27, has won all 14 of his professional bouts, with 11 knockouts, and secured the European cruiserweight title by beating Yves Ngabu in October 2019.

Poland’s Glowacki is a former WBO cruiserweight champion but lost the belt to Latvia’s Mairis Briedis in June

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Right-wing users flock to Parler as social media giants rein in misinformation

Since the 2020 U.S. presidential election, Parler has caught on among right-wing politicians and “influencers” – people with large online followings – as a social media platform where they can share and promote ideas without worrying about the company blocking or flagging their posts for being dangerous or misleading. However, the website has become a haven for far-right extremists and conspiracy theorists who are now interacting with the mainstream conservatives flocking to the platform.

As the three highest-profile social media companies – YouTube, Facebook and Twitter – continue to take action to mitigate the spread of extremism and disinformation, Parler has welcomed the ensuing exodus of right-wing users. It has exploded in popularity, doubling its members to 10 million during the month of November – although it is still dwarfed by Twitter’s roughly 330 million monthly active users.

With its newfound success, the site is contributing to the widening gap

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Argentina rugby captain Pablo Matera, two other players reinstated following ‘discriminatory and xenophobic’ social media posts

Two days after being disciplined, Pablo Matera has been reinstated as Argentina’s rugby captain and, along with teammates Guido Petti and Santiago Socino, had his suspension from the squad lifted following an investigation into “discriminatory and xenophobic” social media posts dating from between 2011 and 2013.



Pablo Matera in a blue shirt: Pablo Matera has been reinstated as Argentina's captain.


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Pablo Matera has been reinstated as Argentina’s captain.

The trio were suspended on Tuesday for the derogatory posts that included remarks directed at Bolivian and Paraguayan domestic staff, women, Black people and insults about religion.

However, the Argentine Rugby Union (UAR) announced on Thursday that the players’ apologies and good behavior in the intervening years meant these punishments were now “unnecessary.”

“During the statement, the three players expressed their deep regret, reiterated the apology, ratified that it is not what they think and that it was a reckless act typical of immaturity,” the UAR said in a statement.

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PlayKids opens Afterverse division to make social games for all ages

PlayKids, a Movile Group global company based in Brazil, has opened its new Afterverse division to make social games for all ages.

While it’s a new company, it will be the home for PK XD, a wildly successful sandbox game for preteen kids that has grown to 25 million users in the first year. Afterverse’s job will be to grow it further and to launch new games that will appeal to all ages, from children to teens to adults, the company said. The goal is to break down physical, social, and cultural barriers through games.

PlayKids, meanwhile, will continue to target the youngest audiences with learning games, as it has done since 2013, and will remain a division of Movile, which also runs iFood, a food technology/delivery giant with a few thousand employees. Movile is convinced gaming is growing during the pandemic and that it’s worth investing in further.

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This Saga About the Rise of Social Media Was Just Crowned Best Business Book of 2020



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This Saga About the Rise of Social Media Was Just Crowned Best Business Book of 2020

The book combines soapy insider drama with deep insights into how social media took over the world.

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Love it or hate it, no one can deny that social media has changed the world, swaying elections, inciting real-life violence (and revolution), and keeping you up to date on your least favorite aunt. How did we get from a tool to learn if your freshman crush is single to our current reality?

That’s the topic of award-winning reporter Sarah Frier’s No Filter, which was just crowned best business book of the year by the Financial Times and McKinsey. Frier’s book charts the rise of Instagram, its purchase by Facebook, and the power struggles

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The Top Social Media Apps Of 2020

As 2020, the year of most screen time per capita, begins to thankfully come to a close, it’s worth reviewing which social media apps captivated the American attention. These are the most downloaded apps — representing new downloads, not total users — across iOS and Android smartphones from January 2020 through November 2020, according to Apptopia, a software and data analytics company. 

Top standard social media apps

No surprise here, the winner is TikTok

Despite President Trump’s numerous attempts to ban the short-form video platform, or perhaps because of

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