Sharon Dierberger

Sharon is a correspondent and reviewer for WORLD. She is a World Journalism Institute and Northwestern University graduate. She has served as a university teacher, clinical exercise physiologist, homeschooling mom, businesswoman, and Division 1 athlete. She resides in Stillwater, Minnesota, with her husband, Bill.

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More users log on to social media underdogs

Media | MeWe, Gab, and others attract users after Parler goes down
by Sharon Dierberger
Posted 1/26/21, 03:52 pm

Since Amazon suspended the conservative-friendly social media site Parler, millions of users have tried out other Facebook and Twitter alternatives. In one week this month, the smaller social media platform MeWe added 2.5 million participants, bringing its user base to about 16 million, half of whom live outside the United States.

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Joe Rogan hasn’t saved Spotify yet

Media | The streaming app might have overspent on podcast content
by Sharon Dierberger
Posted 1/19/21, 04:16 pm

Spotify’s foray into the podcast business last year is no longer music to investors’ ears. The song-streaming app’s failure to reap the results it hoped for illustrates the challenges of getting the music industry to buy into the social media business.

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Hawley’s book canceled amid conservative purge

Books | The senator wrote a warning against tech companies’ tyranny
by Sharon Dierberger
Posted 1/12/21, 01:05 pm

As social media and internet companies cracked down last week on conservative voices they considered extreme—including President Donald Trump—a major publisher canceled an upcoming book about Big Tech’s abuse of power.

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