Facebook Fueled Anti-Refugee Attacks in Germany, New Research Suggests

The New York Times:

Whenever internet access went down in an area with high Facebook use, attacks on refugees dropped significantly. The drop did not occur in areas with high internet usage but average Facebook usage, suggesting it is specific to social media.

‘Vier vijfde werken moet uitgroeien tot het nieuwe voltijds’

Oliver Pintelon in Knack:

De mismatch tussen onze huidige werkweek en de tweeverdienersrealiteit is een voedingsbodem voor heel wat maatschappelijke kwalen, van de man-vrouwloonkloof tot de burn-outpiek bij dertigers en veertigers. Als klap op de vuurpijl dreigt het probleem in omvang toe te nemen. Informele zorg verdwijnt gestaag uit onze samenleving. Opa en oma rijden nu de gaten dicht, maar zullen in de nabije toekomst steeds vaker zelf nog aan de slag zijn.

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Apple’s secret charm offensive: How an invite-only meeting at Apple’s luxury loft in New York helped transform how software is sold on the iPhone

This Is Insider:

The message was clear: successful apps now focus on getting regular engagement from their users, not one-time sales. For developers, that meant embracing the subscription model.

Is compassion fatigue inevitable in an age of 24-hour news?

Elisa Gabbert voor The Guardian:

I have reached the point where being shocked feels normal; it is a fact I hold in my mind but don’t feel in my body. I would like to follow the guidelines of self-care, to preserve my “emotional endurance”, not as a professional caregiver, just as a regular person who cares about the world. So I take breaks and try to reduce my stress. I go out with friends, I watch old poker tournaments on YouTube. But my breaks are getting longer. They feel dangerously close to avoidance.


How social media took us from Tahrir Square to Donald Trump

Zeynep Tufekci voor MIT Technology Review:

The problem is that when we encounter opposing views in the age and context of social media, it’s not like reading them in a newspaper while sitting alone. It’s like hearing them from the opposing team while sitting with our fellow fans in a football stadium. Online, we’re connected with our communities, and we seek approval from our like-minded peers. We bond with our team by yelling at the fans of the other one.

Why Facebook Wants to Give You the Benefit of the Doubt

Alexis Madrigal bij The Atlantic:

You don’t need to be a free-speech absolutist to imagine how this unprecedented, opaque, and increasingly sophisticated system could have unintended consequences or be used to (intentionally or not) squelch minority viewpoints. Everyone, Facebook included, wants to find a way out of the mess generated by every voice having a publishing platform. But what if there is no way out of it?