Black Reddit moderators say onslaughts of racism and abuse have become the norm. Now, they’re hoping new, stricter policies can make their spaces safe.

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  • In June, Reddit issued a new content policy that explicitly banned “communities and users that promote hate based on identity or vulnerability,” following pressure from users.

  • Several moderators of Black-designated subreddits spoke with Insider about their experience on the platform, which they say brings community, entertainment, and an onslaught of harassment. 

  • In the past, moderators of Black communities on the platform have had to implement their own safeguards against hate speech. Tactics have included going private, banning users, and, in one case, implementing a privacy feature called “country-club mode.”

  • While many say Reddit has not been sufficiently responsive in the past, recent measures are a “good first step” in moving forward, according to some moderators. 

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When the Reddit user TheYellowRose joined the platform in 2012, she was simply looking to “pursue memes.” But the now 30-year-old

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Gaming TV Network VENN Lines Up Distribution Partners for August Launch

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As traditional cable programmers struggle, startup VENN is stepping up to the plate with a business model the founders of the live-streaming video-game entertainment network say is custom-built for the over-the-top era.

For the Aug. 5 launch, VENN will make its 24-hour, free-to-watch linear network available on Amazon’s Twitch, YouTube, Facebook Gaming and Twitter. In addition, the company says, it will be coming to dedicated channels on connected-TV platforms representing more than 30 million U.S. households, including Vizio’s smart TVs, Comcast’s Xumo streaming service, Sinclair’s STIRR and DistroTV.

VENN, the Video Game Entertainment and News Network, is in talks for additional distribution deals with OTT platforms as well as traditional and internet pay-TV providers, said Ben Kusin, co-founder and co-CEO. VENN’s programming, totaling 21 hours of original shows per week at launch, will also be available directly on its website (at


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parents turn to private schooling amid coronavirus

<span>Photograph: John Moore/Getty Images</span>
Photograph: John Moore/Getty Images

Elyssa Katz, a Santa Monica mother of three, is growing a matchmaking service to connect families with tutors, or “Zutors”, as she calls them – a word she’s in the process of trademarking.

“The role of a Zutor is a tutor, a nanny, and an angel for a parent,” Katz told the Guardian, someone who can take over parental demands, help children with online homework and take them outside when it’s time for “recess”.

Katz’ clients range from the rich and famous, to everyday people who need childcare because they can’t look after their children while they have to work. Katz said she’s gotten calls from parents as far away as the Hamptons.

For a matchmaking fee that can range from $700 to $1,000 (£549 to £785), Katz and her team will interview tutor candidates, run background and reference checks, then match them to the right

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Flipkart buys parent Walmart’s Indian wholesale business

BENGALURU (Reuters) – India’s Flipkart said on Thursday it had acquired parent Walmart Inc’s <WMT.N> local cash-and-carry business, as the e-commerce firm strengthens its wholesale offerings to compete better with Inc <AMZN.O>.

The deal will allow Flipkart to launch a digital marketplace called Flipkart Wholesale next month, the Bengaluru-headquartered firm said, without disclosing any financial details of the deal.

Walmart, which has been running Best Price wholesale cash-and-carry stores in India since 2009, bought a controlling stake in Flipkart in 2018 for $16 billion.

The brand has 28 wholesale stores, two fulfilment centers and more than 1.5 million members, largely comprising mom-and-pop stores, but Walmart has not been able to make money from this business.

The Flipkart deal, which local daily Economic Times had said was in the offing in January, comes as e-commerce players including Amazon look to woo India’s mom-and-pop stores that are considered the backbone

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How One Direction became the world’s first internet boyband

One Direction with fans in Japan as they promote 'The 1Derland: THIS IS US', 2013: Getty
One Direction with fans in Japan as they promote ‘The 1Derland: THIS IS US’, 2013: Getty

Ten years ago today, five teenage lads – Liam Payne, Louis Tomlinson, Zayn Malik, Niall Horan and Harry Styles – were thrown together in the audition stages of The X Factor. They were chosen for their singing ability, sure, but just as important were their bankable good looks and cheeky sensibilities. Somehow, One Direction only finished third – but as an army of online fans assembled and grew around them, the boyband became the first of their kind to have their enormous legacy documented in real time. By the time they disbanded in 2016, the most successful pop act to come out of Simon Cowell’s long-running series had sold in excess of 11 million records worldwide.

One Direction had a recruitment and promotional technique that no boyband before had ever utilised properly: the

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Draya Michele Apologizes to Megan Thee Stallion for Making Light of Shooting Incident

Draya Michele apologized to Megan Thee Stallion following swift backlash to her comments about the rapper’s involvement in a shooting incident.

During an appearance on the Wine and Weed podcast, Draya attempted to make jokes about the July 12 shooting, which led to Megan’s hospitalization and the arrest of artist Tory Lanez. “I predict that they had some sort of Bobby and Whitney love that drove them down this… type of road,” Michele remarked, alluding to the tumultuous relationship of Whitney Houston and Bobby Brown, who divorced in 2006 after years of fighting and public controversy.

She continued, “I want you to like me so much that if I’m trying to get out the car, and you’re like, ‘No, sit your ass in the car,’ and I’m like, ‘No n—a, I’m getting out the car.’ [He’d say,] ‘No you’re not!’ Bam-bam!”

The podcast host said of her

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Maren Morris claps back at troll who commented about her cleavage

Country star Maren Morris has already proven she won’t stand for folks on the internet criticizing her parenting. Now, she’s clapping back at a troll who tried to shame her for her cleavage.

On Tuesday, the 30-year-old “Girl” singer, who welcomed son Hayes with hubby Ryan Hurd four months ago, shared a pair of selfies on Instagram to show off her cute new hairstyle. “Wavy hair,” she wrote in the caption. In the photos, Morris wears a revealing light blue top that resembles a bikini top.

One commenter took issue with the pics, writing, “Wavy hair as the camera is only on your t—. Yes it’s distasteful for sure.

“Come on if your caption reads wavy hair maybe keep the focus on the hair, or perhaps make the caption big boobs ? Just saying like holy cow,” the critic continued. “Everything in this world doesn’t make sense anymore, clearly these

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How the viral cake meme got stale

The internet is sick of cake.

For the past two weeks, the internet has been saturated with videos of seemingly hyperrealistic everyday objects — a Croc shoe, a pickle, a bulldog — that trick the eye to reveal a cake beneath. Just as quickly as these surrealistic cakes became ubiquitous came the detractors begging the phenomenon to end.

In other words: A viral meme has now grown stale, reaching the end of its popularity.

“There’s a bunch of different life cycles that memes can have. Some memes will just explode and die off within like a week,” says Don Caldwell, the editor-in-chief of meme database Know Your Meme. “Some memes will stick around for 10 years, and it’s really bizarre to see all the different ways it can happen.” It’s not uncommon for a meme to see a resurgence months, or even years, down the line after it’s lost popularity.

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Marriage Is the Ultimate ‘Entanglement’

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Entanglement. One word. Four syllables. A euphemism for an extra-marital relationship that broke the internet. While our celebrity obsessed culture watched the fantasy we purported of the pristine image of the Will Smith and Jada Pinkett-Smith marriage implode bursting our own bubbles in a series of interviews (August, Jada) and a new R&B banger, I wondered to myself how they managed to continue to survive in their new space of “life-partnership.”

Marriage is hard. It is in and of itself the definition of an entanglement: “To involve in difficulties.” I have been married for eight years. My husband and I have been together for 11. I learn more and more about myself and him every day we are married. Some of these learnings are positive. Some are negative. But they are always revealing as we continue to grow and

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Home goods retailer Wayfair is not involved in child sex trafficking

The claim: Expensive products on Wayfair are coded listings for missing children being sold in a human-trafficking scheme

The internet has been gripped with a conspiracy theory this month as thousands of viral posts allege that online furniture firm Wayfair is involved in a child sex-trafficking operation.

“So wayfair has third party vendors that are HUMAN SEX TRAFFICKING on their website,” various social media posts have alleged. “There are items like throw pillows, cabinets etc. priced at 10-20,000 dollars and named after missing girls. PLEASE BE CAREFUL!!”

Posts point to the high prices of items like pillows and dressers as evidence that the products are secretly fronts for child trafficking. Theorists further note the names of some of the dressers, which are allegedly the same children who have gone missing over the past few years.

Some users also allege similar activities occur on other e-commerce sites like Amazon, Etsy

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