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.
Aug. 26, 2020 • ~9 min
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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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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
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