Instagram's redesign shifts toward shopping – here's how that can be harmful

Instagram's Shop button signals the growing commodification of human interactions on social media.

Nazanin Andalibi, Assistant Professor, School of Information, University of Michigan • conversation
Dec. 28, 2020 ~9 min

The Matrix is already here: Social media promised to connect us, but left us isolated, scared and tribal

Remember what life was like before social media took over? Now that the election is over, it might be a good time to take back our lives.

Arash Javanbakht, Associate Professor of Psychiatry, Wayne State University • conversation
Nov. 12, 2020 ~9 min

TikTok is a unique blend of social media platforms – here's why kids love it

An app that young people use to share videos of themselves dancing might seem like a silly diversion, but it's become a powerhouse social media platform.

Kevin Munger, Assistant Professor of Political Science and Social Data Analytics, Pennsylvania State University • conversation
Aug. 26, 2020 ~9 min

How fake accounts constantly manipulate what you see on social media – and what you can do about it

A social media researcher explains how bots and sock puppet accounts manipulate and polarize public debate.

Jeanna Matthews, Full Professor, Computer Science, Clarkson University • conversation
June 24, 2020 ~8 min

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.

Bhaskar Chakravorti, Dean of Global Business, The Fletcher School, Tufts University • conversation
March 30, 2020 ~11 min