Twitter posts show that people are profoundly sad – and are visiting parks to cheer up

Research that measures the public mood based on Twitter posts shows that it's currently at its lowest point in a decade. One exception: when people visit parks and green spaces.

Taylor Ricketts, Professor and Director, Gund Institute for Environment, University of Vermont • conversation
Aug. 6, 2020 ~8 min

Tags: social-media mental-health covid-19 twitter parks city-parks outdoors san-francisco cincinnati minneapolis george-floyd-protests


Social media users are more likely to believe bunk COVID facts

People who get most of their news from social media are more likely to have misperceptions about COVID-19, a new study shows.

Shirley Cardenas-McGill • futurity
July 30, 2020 ~4 min

Tags: social-media covid-19 internet journalism society-and-culture health-and-medicine

Grief tweets about Mars rover sound very ‘human’

New research examines how people articulate their sadness when a robot "dies," such as NASA's Opportunity rover.

Byron Spice-Carnegie Mellon • futurity
July 30, 2020 ~4 min

Tags: social-media robots death emotions science-and-technology society-and-culture

Photo tweaks could protect your privacy from algorithms

"It is too late to stop people from posting photos on social media in the interest of digital privacy. However, the reliance on AI is something we can target..."

National University of Singapore • futurity
July 27, 2020 ~5 min

Tags: social-media artificial-intelligence internet privacy faces science-and-technology photos

Disinformation campaigns are murky blends of truth, lies and sincere beliefs – lessons from the pandemic

Many people who participate in disinformation campaigns are unwitting accomplices and much of the information they spread is accurate, which makes it all the harder to identify the campaigns.

Kate Starbird, Associate Professor of Human Centered Design & Engineering, University of Washington • conversation
July 23, 2020 ~10 min

Tags: social-media covid-19 pandemic disinformation misinformation cold-war soviet-union propaganda

Impulse to troll links overuse of Facebook and Snapchat

New research investigates the social rewards and personality traits that drive people's problematic use of Facebook and Snapchat.

Caroline Brooks-Michigan State • futurity
July 21, 2020 ~4 min

Tags: social-media facebook personality society-and-culture

Twitter hack exposes broader threat to democracy and society

Hackers demonstrated they can take over Twitter's technology infrastructure, a brazen move that hints at how such an attack could destabilize society.

Laura DeNardis, Professor and Interim Dean, American University School of Communication • conversation
July 17, 2020 ~8 min

Tags: social-media cybersecurity hacking internet cybercrime twitter technology technology-companies

Opposition to HPV vaccine finds traction on Facebook

Facebook has allowed anti-vaxxers to gain a stronger voice against the HPV vaccine, a new study of 6,500 public posts finds.

Eric Stann-Missouri • futurity
July 9, 2020 ~4 min

Tags: social-media vaccines facebook health-and-medicine

Filter protects against deepfake photos and videos

Adding a protective filter to videos or photos people upload online could prevent them being turned into "deepfakes" that alter their meaning.

Jeremy Schwab-Boston University • futurity
July 6, 2020 ~5 min

Tags: machine-learning social-media internet video algorithms featured science-and-technology images

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