Student protestors at the University of Missouri want a “no media safe space” – Updated by Libby Nelson on November 9, 2015, 7:30 p.m. ET

Members of the Concerned Student 1950 movement speak to students after president Tim Wolfe announced his resignation. — (Michael B. Thomas/Getty Images)

The media flocked to cover football players at the University of Missouri protest the handling of racial incidents on campus, but some of the student protesters balked at the influx — going so far as to form a human shield to keep reporters away from the action.

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Traditionally, protesters might have welcomed coverage of their plight, certain that the national media’s attention would amplify their calls and put more pressure on the institution.

There are many reasons for this. The students already accomplished their landmark goal — these tweets were sent after university president Tim Wolfe announced his resignation on Monday. The campus has seen dozens, if not hundreds, of reporters descend, most of them, like the national media, overwhelmingly white. And these students have come of age after the rise of digital organizing. The national media is just another institution they don’t need, as the Washington Post’s Wesley Lowery points out:

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The standoff appears to have caught many members of the national media, as well as student journalists at the university, off guard.

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Ello’s new legal status leaves questions unanswered – by Amel Ahmed  October 24, 2014 

The social network is part of a growing trend of companies struggling to balance privacy concerns with market needs

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Ello announced on Thursday that it had registered as a public benefit corporation to ensure that it never displays ads or sells user data — a move aimed at quashing speculation that the so-called “anti-Facebook” site would someday be forced to run paid ads.

Benefit corporations are for-profit enterprises that are required to produce a benefit for society as a whole, according to the Benefit Corporation Information Center.

Ethically minded Ello, which made its public debut in August, touts itself as an alternative to ad-driven social networks.

The social network even has a manifesto, which spells out its legal commitments to remaining ad-free and safeguarding user data.

“Ello’s explosive growth over the past few months proves that there is a hunger to connect with friends and see beautiful things — without being manipulated by ad salesmen, boosted posts, and computer algorithms,” the network’s manifesto states.

Neil Richards, Professor of Law at Washington University, agrees.

“This is not about Ello. It’s about alternatives to Facebook and companies that have begun competing on privacy,” Richards said. “People are looking for alternatives, and the public’s attention has seized upon Ello as the most likely one.”

Facebook Will Soon Detect What You’re Watching and Listening To BY RYAN TATE 05.21.14 | 6:49 PM

Facebook will soon automatically identify the TV shows you’re watching and the music you’re listening to, making it easier to join online discussions involving your latest bit of entertainment.

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The move will help Facebook get a leg up on other social networks fighting to push their way into your TV and movie time. Twitter and Yahoo’s Tumblr have touted their networks as vital online hubs for TV and movie fans. But on those networks, inserting your comments into a broader discussion about a particular show isn’t the smoothest of tasks. Typically, it involves identifying a particular hashtag and manually adding it to your comment.

That’s why Facebook is rolling out its new audio fingerprinting tool, detailed on Wednesday with a company blog post. With audio fingerprinting, you needn’t go looking for a hashtag. Instead, you click a button on your Facebook mobile app, it listens to the TV show you’re watching, and then it automatically links your comments to the right online forum–at least in theory. Behind the scenes, Facebook’s servers will do a lot of heavy lifting to match the audio with the right discussion, but to you, the process is seamless–particularly when compared to hashtagging.

The tool isn’t available yet. It will arrive “in the coming weeks” for those using the Facebook iOS or Android app. But once this thing is up and running, it could have a dual effect. In addition to making life easier for Facebookers, it will help the company grab a share of television ad dollars. If people are using Facebook while watching TV, the argument goes, companies should advertise in both places.

For Hunter Walk, a YouTube executive turned venture capitalist, the feature is beneficial on many levels. It’s “good for social streams, good for targeting, good for community building around musicians.” Let’s just hope this thing works.

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