In August of 2016, investigative journalist Maria Ressa contacted Facebook with some “alarming” data: Rampant harassment and threats targeted via Facebook at people, predominantly women, in the Philippines who were critical of the “drug war” being waged by the newly elected president, Rodrigo Duterte. “It’s targeting journalists. It’s targeting anyone who’s perceived to be critical of President Duterte,” Ressa said on the latest episode of Recode Decode with Kara Swisher. “Those attacks are heinous. It brings out the worst of human nature. [They are] very personal, criminal, actually: ‘I will kill you. I will rape you.’ I mean, I think I’ve been called every animal you can think of.” Other accounts falsely claimed that Duterte’s political enemies were working with the CIA, and Ressa’s data suggested this could be an organized bot campaign at work. Social media, she told Recode’s Kara … [Read more...] about Memo from a ‘Facebook nation’ to Mark Zuckerberg: You moved fast and broke our country.
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Former Ticketmaster CEO (and Twitter commerce boss) Nathan Hubbard is building an “operating system for venues.” So: What on Earth does that mean? On the latest episode of Recode Media, Hubbard explained his new company Rival, which will publicly launch next year. Behind the scenes of live music concerts and sports events, Rival will partner with the teams, performers and event venues to help them lose less money to scalpers — and know more about their customers. “If you go right now and search for ‘Hamilton’ tickets, there are tickets spread all across the web,” Hubbard said. “It would be the equivalent of searching for a flight and seat 29A is on one site and row 14 is on another site and half of first class is on another. There’s no canonical source where you can just go, ‘What’re all my options to go see the show tonight?’” He said the venues are losing out on $15 billion in ticket sales every year … [Read more...] about Former Ticketmaster CEO Nathan Hubbard explains why live venues are leaving money on the table
On this special episode of Recode Media with Peter Kafka, you get two interviews for the price of one: First, Jessica Pressler, a New York Magazine staff writer whose longform story about a New York City high society grifter, Anna Sorokin, became a viral hit online. Then, New Yorker media critic Ken Auletta, who’s the author of a new book called “Frenemies: The Epic Disruption of the Ad Business (and Everything Else).” You can read some highlights from the interview here or listen to Recode Media on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Pocket Casts, Overcast or wherever you listen to podcasts. Below, you’ll also find a lightly edited transcript of the full episode. This is Recode Media with Peter Kafka. That is me. I am part of the Vox Media podcast network. I am here at Vox Media headquarters on a beautiful day in New York City. Today, Recode Media listeners, is a special day because you get two podcasts for the price of one, which is 0 dollars. Lucky you. We have two very … [Read more...] about Full transcript: Jessica Pressler talks ‘lady grifters’ + Ken Auletta on the ‘frenemies’ of the ad business on Recode Media
On this episode of Recode Decode, hosted by Kara Swisher, chef José Andrés talks in front of a live audience at South By Southwest in Austin, Texas. In the course of an hour, the two cover a wide range of topics, including how Andrés’s World Central Kitchen deployed its chefs to disaster-struck areas like Houston and Puerto Rico after last year’s hurricanes, immigration reform and #MeToo. You can read a write-up of the interview here or listen to the whole thing in the audio player above. Below, we’ve also provided a lightly edited complete transcript of their conversation. If you like this, be sure to subscribe to Recode Decode on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Pocket Casts, Overcast or wherever you listen to podcasts. Kara Swisher: Hi, I’m Kara Swisher, executive editor of Recode. You may know me as the best chef in the world, as long as you only want peanut butter and jelly sandwiches and nothing else, but in my spare time I talk tech, and … [Read more...] about Full transcript: Chef José Andrés onstage at SXSW for Recode Decode
On this episode of Recode Decode, hosted by Kara Swisher, Valerie Jarrett, a former senior adviser to President Obama, joins Swisher onstage at South By Southwest 2018. The conversation ranges from political advice (How can the Democrats take back the House?) to personal (What advice would Jarrett give her 30-year-old self?). You can read a write-up of the interview here or listen to the whole thing in the audio player above. Below, we’ve also provided a lightly edited complete transcript of their conversation. If you like this, be sure to subscribe to Recode Decode on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Pocket Casts, Overcast or wherever you listen to podcasts. Kara Swisher: Hi, I’m Kara Swisher, executive editor of Recode. You’re listening to Recode Decode, a podcast about tech and media’s key players, big ideas and how they’re changing the world we live in. Today, we’re going to play an interview I conducted at South By Southwest in Austin, Texas, at Vox … [Read more...] about Full transcript: Former Obama adviser Valerie Jarrett on Recode Decode