The "Wall" at Facebook headquarters, where employees have been reprimanded for crossing out "Black Lives Matter." (Photo from Flickr by Quim Gil)

No really, Facebook has black friends!

Does it violate Facebook community standards to repost racist messages you're sent on the through the site? Black users say they're being banned for it.
Oct 31, 2016
A U.S. Customs and Border Protection officer checks a passenger's documentation after arriving to the U.S. (Photo by the U.S. Customs and Border Protection.)

U.S. Customs proposes adding social media information to visa applications

Critics say though the social media information is optional under the proposal, many would provide it for fear of being denied entry to the U.S.
Jun 29, 2016
Ala'a Basatneh sits in her Seattle hotel room. Basatneh and  Piscatello have spent the last seven months debuting the #ChicagoGirl film in Europe. Seattle is its first American debut

Photo by Alisa Reznick

#Chicagogirl brings Syrian activism to SIFF

Meet the Syrian college student who helped lead the revolution from her laptop in Chicago.
May 20, 2014
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Facebook’s new gender identities exclude non-English Speakers

Last week, Facebook introduced 58 different gender identity options. But they're only available to U.S. English-speaking users.
Feb 20, 2014
A poster of former North Korean leader Kim il-Sung.

North Korea wants to be your Facebook friend

It may be the ‘hermit kingdom’ but North Korea has a growing internet presence and a social media strategy.
Apr 16, 2013
Filmmakers Lane Stevens, left, Dave Wilson and Gyasi Ross are part of the Idle No More indigenous-protest movement.

Idle No More: Indigenous rights go global

Lane Stevens lives up a steep, potholed alleyway in a house perched above the gray expanse of Tulalip Bay. It’s a far cry from the big-city music studios he once knew. But it’s where he feels at home — where he says he can breathe freely.
Feb 1, 2013
A screenshot of Harnu's map interface.

Seattle start-up Härnu launches social network for Globalists

We coined the term “hyperglobal” here at the Globalist to describe the combination of “local” and “global” in our content – bridging gaps between communities, from neighborhoods to nations, across the planet. Now, a fellow Seattlelite has taken the same approach to social networking. His name is Jason Gowans, and like us, he’s been all […]
Oct 11, 2012
blind activist Chen Guangcheng in Beijing

Ambassador Locke woos dissidents and confounds Chinese government

China still doesn’t know what to make of Gary Locke. The former Washington Governor-turned-US Ambassador has raised eyebrows in the PRC lately due to his high-profile involvement in the ongoing saga of escaped human rights lawyer Chen Guangcheng. Locke put himself directly and vigorously into the fray by escorting the blind human rights activist from […]
May 15, 2012