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Category Archives: Social Media

Twitter in the news – terms of service – tweet length increases to 280 characters – role in Russian election interference

Columbia Journalism Review – “This week, following an incendiary tweet by President Trump toward North Korea, Twitter is making an update to its terms of service. The social media company will now consider newsworthiness alongside its other criteria in determining whether to allow speech on its platform…By deciding what is newsworthy, Twitter will effectively be… Continue Reading

USC Information Sciences Institute Study Reveals How Information Spreads on Social Media

Emilio Ferrara. Contagion dynamics of extremist propaganda in social networks. Information Sciences 418-419, pp. 1-12 (2017) doi:10.1016/j.ins.2017.07.030 [Emilio Ferrara’s] “latest work titled “Contagion dynamics of extremist propaganda in social networks” has been published on Information Sciences. The study aims at modeling and understanding the diffusion of extremist propaganda, in particular content in support of ISIS, on… Continue Reading

Can social media bans on hate speech succeed?

Reddit Limits Noxious Content by Giving Trolls Fewer Places to Gather – “A new study shows that the website reduced hate speech by shutting down two particularly poisonous forums. The findings could have implications for social networks like Twitter and Facebook.” See also – You Can’t Stay Here: The Efficacy of Reddit’s 2015 Ban Examined… Continue Reading

How To Use Google Feed For News And Replace Facebook

FOSSBYTES: “…With the complete rollout of Google Feed, the users have got more control over what they can read about in Feed. Now, right from the search results, one can choose which topics to follow. In some cases, you’ll see a new Follow button, which can be used to add topics to your Feed. After… Continue Reading

Highly ideological members of Congress have more FB followers than moderates do

Pew: “The most liberal and conservative members of the 115th Congress have attracted more Facebook followers than moderates, according to a new Pew Research Center analysis [See full methodology here (PDF).]. In both legislative chambers, members’ ideology is a strong predictor of the number of people who follow them on Facebook. The most liberal and… Continue Reading

Court upholds Illinois biometrics law on use of facial scans

Fortune – “A federal judge this week delivered a key victory for customers who claim the digital scrapbook company Shutterfly violated their privacy by collecting scans of their faces without permission. In a 19-page opinion, U.S. District Judge Joan Gottschall rejected Shutterfly’s argument that an Illinois state law, which restricts how companies can use biometric… Continue Reading

Twitter releases new transparency report

“With our 11th biannual Twitter Transparency Report, Twitter has expanded on work announced in our last #TTR to share more information about government Terms of Service requests we receive and how we handle such requests. In March of 2017, we introduced a new section covering government TOS reports, but it was limited to government requests… Continue Reading

NYT – Facebook Faces a New World as Officials Rein In a Wild Web

The web is not as open as it once was, with nation-states exerting their power over the internet: “…Facebook encapsulates the reasons for the internet’s fragmentation — and increasingly, its consequences. The company has become so far-reaching that more than two billion people — about a quarter of the world’s population — now use Facebook… Continue Reading

News Use Across Social Media Platforms 2017

Pew – “As of August 2017, two-thirds (67%) of Americans report that they get at least some of their news on social media – with two-in-ten doing so often, according to a new survey from Pew Research Center. This is a modest increase since early 2016, when (during the height of the presidential primaries) 62%… Continue Reading

NYT – How the Kremlin built one of the most powerful information weapons of the 21st century

RT, Sputnik and Russia’s New Theory of War How the Kremlin built one of the most powerful information weapons of the 21st century — and why it may be impossible to stop. Jim Rutenberg. September 13, 2017. “…After RT [Russia’s state-financed international cable network] and Sputnik gave platforms to politicians behind the British vote to… Continue Reading

How We Can Filter Fake News and Make Media More Trustworthy

How We Can Filter Fake News and Make Media More Trustworthy [includes link to the video interview] By Singularity Hub – Sep 07, 2017 – “In an interview at Singularity University’s Global Summit in San Francisco, web pioneer Craig Newmark talked entrepreneurship and his work to make journalism more trustworthy. Newmark founded Craigslist in 1995 and… Continue Reading

TIME – Firsts – Women Who Are Changing the World

TIME – “What a jagged image we use for women who achieve greatly, defining accomplishment in terms of the barrier rather than the triumph. There she is up where the air is thin, where men still outnumber women, but where the altitude is awesome. Our goal with Firsts is for every woman and girl to… Continue Reading