Souad review – shrewd and poignant study of social media identities | Film

[ad_1] As well as being subtle, tender and sad, this feature from Egyptian director Ayten Amin is one of those rare films which really engages with online existence and social media – yet without needing to flash up tweets and texts as onscreen graphics in the way most movies do. Souad meditates on the mysterious … Read more

TechScape: why OnlyFans is pivoting from porn | Technology

[ad_1] User-generated porn site OnlyFans will become … something else, the company announced on Thursday. From 1 October, it will ban “sexually explicit content”, the material that made it a billion-dollar company and refocus on becoming a more mainstream social network. For the uninitiated or those who are pretending to be, OnlyFans is, on a … Read more

A leaked S&M video won’t keep Zack Weiner out of politics – and nor should it | Arwa Mahdawi

[ad_1] You have to be something of a masochist to want to get into politics – and Zack Weiner is an unapologetic masochist. Last week, the 26-year-old, who is running for a place on the city council in New York, was something of a nonentity: he had zero name recognition and his campaign had raised … Read more

Bye bye BMI: Pinterest bans weight loss ads in first for major social networks | Pinterest

[ad_1] Pinterest is banning all advertisements with weight loss language and imagery, including ads that idealise or denigrate certain body types, the social media company says. The popular, picture-led social network, which allows users to create and share mood boards, said it would also not allow ads with testimonials about weight loss or weight loss … Read more

The party’s over: China clamps down on its tech billionaires | Chinese economy

[ad_1] In a Politburo group study session on 23 November 2015, China’s president, Xi Jinping, recommended the book Capital in the Twenty-First Century by the French economist Thomas Piketty. “The rich data he used demonstrated that … unrestrained capitalism accelerates wealth inequality … [His] conclusion is worth us pondering on.” Back then, Piketty’s work on … Read more

Ethiopia starts building local rival to Facebook | Ethiopia

[ad_1] Ethiopia has begun developing its own social media platform to rival Facebook, Twitter and WhatsApp, though it does not plan to block the global services, the state communications security agency has said. For the past year Ethiopia has been engulfed in an armed conflict between the federal government and the Tigray People’s Liberation Front … Read more

Constant craving: how digital media turned us all into dopamine addicts | Life and style

[ad_1] Dr Anna Lembke, a world-leading expert on addiction, is concerned about my “phone problem”. During our interview I confess, in passing, to having an unhealthy attachment to my iPhone, checking it every few minutes like a compulsive tic (sound familiar?) Lembke is having none of it. She wants me to abstain from using it … Read more