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Fortnite Held A MLK 'I Have A Dream' Experience And Failed To Prevent Issues Like Whip Cracking Emotes

The online game phenomenon, Fortnite partnered with Time Studios to create a reimagined Martin Luther King, Jr. museum. Players were able to teleport to Washington D.C. in 1963 where they could migrate between Lincoln Memorial and the National Mall to experience Martin Luther King’s “I Have A Dream” speech. The event reportedly included museum-inspired points of interest and collaborative mini-game quests. “These activities progress players through the experience and bring to life important themes of Dr. King’s speech: we move forward when we work together,” Fortnite shared in a press statement. The “March Through Time” experience is reportedly Fortnite’s second attempt to provide an educational platform to its users. The online platform launched “We The People” in July due to the heightened tension stemming from George Floyd’s passing. The event led to inappropriate behaviors from players who took advantage of the built-in features provided by Fortnite. Epic’s CEO & Founder Tim...

Samantha Dorisca

Sep 1, 2021

Could Idris Elba's Solution For Social Media Hold Internet Trolls Accountable?

Idris Elba is proposing a new solution to help cut down on cyberbullying and racial rhetoric online for social media users. This past Sunday (July 18), the actor took to Instagram to issue a statement calling for more strict verification measures across social media platforms. His protest was made in an effort to combat online racism and crude comments from internet trolls to better hold them accountable. “People in the public eye get verified on social media. The process of verification requires them to prove their IDENTITY, so everyone knows WHO is speaking,” he wrote in a post. “SOCIAL MEDIA COMPANIES SHOULD MAKE THIS MANDATORY FOR ALL USERS.” He went on to compare the current practice of allowing non-verified accounts to exist on social media platforms to the same protocol of “boarding a plane and not having to show I.D.” “If cowards are being supported by a veil of privacy and secrecy, then social media is not a safe place,” he continued in his statement. “It is an aeroplane...

Njera Perkins

Jul 20, 2021

Racist Trolls are Using Platforms Like Zoom to Spew Hatred at Black Users

The coronavirus undoubtedly caused a halt in the everyday lives of Americans across the country. Stores closed, Wall Street took a hit, and unemployment skyrocketed overnight, but one thing remained constant even in the face of COVID-19 — racism. At a time like this, when humanity itself is challenged, one would think such events would bring out the best in all citizens, or at least basic human emotions like compassion, love, and kindness. Instead, some have resorted to using video conference platforms like Zoom, to spew hatred toward Black people. Such is the case with Tiara Moore who created a virtual safe space for women of color where they could exchange professional resources, chat, and support one another through the outbreak. BuzzFeed reports that Moore’s Zoom conference was hacked and filled with about 100 people all yelling racial slurs including the N-word. “I immediately closed it down like, what just happened,” she told BuzzFeed. “I was super emotional. I cried and I was...

Devin Crudup

Apr 3, 2020