A social media researcher explains how bots and sock puppet accounts manipulate and polarize public debate.
June 24, 2020 • ~8 min
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The community networks that social platforms host go much deeper than the technology. They have enabled a shift in the way we communicate with each other – especially in a crisis.
May 12, 2020 • ~6 min
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Social media analysts are seeing some alarming trends on Twitter, Facebook and other platforms as the new coronavirus spreads.
April 6, 2020 • ~7 min
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From Facebook to WhatsApp, technology is important to keeping older generations from feeling lonely while social distancing during coronavirus
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Social media companies are taking steps to tamp down coronavirus misinformation – but they can do more
Facebook, Google and Twitter are stepping up to block misinformation and promote accurate information about the coronavirus. Their track records on self-policing are poor. The results so far are mixed.
March 30, 2020 • ~11 min
Tags: public-health social-media covid-19 coronavirus fake-news pandemic twitter google bots facebook disinformation misinformation new-coronavirus world-health-organization-who cdc youtube instagram whatsapp
A scholar who has reviewed the efforts of nations around the world to protect their citizens from foreign interference says there is no magic solution, but there's plenty to learn and do.
March 20, 2020 • ~10 min
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