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Gay Dating App Grindr Wants to Turn Users On to Politics

BY Nick Judd | Thursday, September 6 2012

The people behind Grindr, the location-based mobile dating app for gay men, announced today that they will be inserting political advocacy into a mobile platform more often associated with one-night stands.

According to the announcement, Grindr will push location-based, in-app messages asking users to take action as part of an initiative called Grindr for Equality. Grindr boasts 1.5 million users around the country and is making this announcement as a wide variety of issues affecting LGBT Americans will be on the ballot nationwide. For example, legislation or constitutional amendments in four states would affect same-sex marriage. So maybe politics isn't out of a dating app's league after all.

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At Tumblr, New Content Rules for a New Public Square

BY Nick Judd | Thursday, February 23 2012

In the latest example of a company making choices about the balance between user rights and platform responsibilities, Tumblr announced today that it planned to implement a policy against blogs or posts that promote self-harm.

On the Tumblr staff blog, company staff posted a request for input on proposed changes to the company's content policy that would prohibit content that "promotes or glorifies self-injury or self-harm," including cutting or self-mutilation; eating disorders, such as anorexia or bulimia; and suicide, as opposed to seeking counseling or treatment.

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PdF '11 Recap: What the People of the Internet Can Demand

BY Nancy Scola | Monday, June 6 2011

danah boyd; photo credit: Esty Stein We're at PdF '11, in New York City, which you can watch via livestream here. But what follows are some quickly sketched notes on this morning's opening session with Susan Morgan, ... Read More

New Rules in India Tighten Limits on Online Speech

BY Nancy Scola | Wednesday, April 27 2011

Cyber Cafe in Varanasi; photo by hartjeff12. India's Ministry of Communications and Information Technology quietly rolled out new rules on online speech, reports the New York Times' Vikas Bajaj reports from Mumbai: ... Read More

Obama Invites You to His Facebook "Town Hall"

BY Nancy Scola | Monday, April 18 2011

'Tis the week that Barack Obama makes a trip out to California that includes a stop at Facebook's Palo Alto headquarters, where he'll participate in a "town hall meeting" on the topic of "Shared ... Read More

The Political Optics of Google's Autocompleting

BY Nancy Scola | Wednesday, April 6 2011

So, back in December, Google announced that the company would stop autocompleting search terms that they regarded as "closely associated with piracy," and I suggested early last month that there was a good deal ... Read More

White House Plans Presidential "Town Hall" at, by, and on Facebook

BY Nancy Scola | Wednesday, April 6 2011

President Obama is headed out to Palo Alto in later this month, blogs the White House, where he'll be taking part of what they're billing as a Facebook "town hall" at the company's headquarters to be held April ... Read More

Larry Klayman Wants Facebook to Pay for "Third Intifada" Page

BY Nancy Scola | Friday, April 1 2011

Larry Klayman says he's suing both Facebook and Mark Zuckerberg for more than a billion bucks for not pulling down a "Third Palestinian Intifada" page more quickly, reports TechCrunch's Robin Wauters. Wauters ... Read More

No Room on Facebook for "Third Palestinian Intifada" Page

BY Nancy Scola | Tuesday, March 29 2011

The government of Israel called on Facebook to take down a group page that called for Palestinians and allies to fight "against injustice, division, and corruption," with a nod towards resistance movements ... Read More

No Offense: Apple Un-Approves 'Gay-Alternative' App

BY Nancy Scola | Wednesday, March 23 2011

Annnnd...there goes Exodus International's "freedom from homosexuality" app. Change.org had 150,000 signatures on their petition. Apple offers more of a peek into its motivation than it has in the past, ... Read More