If Big Tech has the will, here are ways research shows self-regulation can work

Misinformation isn't an inevitable product of social media. Proven techniques can help tech companies clean up their acts.

Anjana Susarla, Omura-Saxena Professor of Responsible AI, Michigan State University • conversation
Feb. 22, 2021 ~10 min

COVID-19 misinformation on Chinese social media – lessons for countering conspiracy theories

The type and amount of misinformation closely tracks tensions in US-China relations. Effectively countering the misinformation comes down to who does the debunking.

Kaiping Chen, Assistant Professor of Science Communication, University of Wisconsin-Madison • conversation
Jan. 28, 2021 ~8 min

COVID-19 misinformation: scientists create a 'psychological vaccine' to protect against fake news

A 'psychological vaccine' has proven effective in countering belief in COVID-19 conspiracies.

Jon Roozenbeek, Postdoctoral Fellow, Psychology, University of Cambridge • conversation
Jan. 19, 2021 ~8 min

Fake news: bold visual warnings needed to stop people clicking – new research

Prominent 'danger' signs are needed online to warn people about misinformation.

Fiona Carroll, Senior Lecturer in Digital Media and Smart Technologies, Cardiff Metropolitan University • conversation
Jan. 18, 2021 ~5 min

Bold visual warnings are needed to stop people clicking on fake news

Prominent 'danger' signs are needed online to warn people about misinformation.

Fiona Carroll, Senior Lecturer in Digital Media and Smart Technologies, Cardiff Metropolitan University • conversation
Jan. 18, 2021 ~5 min

Does 'deplatforming' work to curb hate speech and calls for violence? 3 experts in online communications weigh in

Banning extremists from social media platforms can reduce hate speech, but the deplatforming process has to be handled with care – and it can have unintended consequences.

Ugochukwu Etudo, Assistant Professor of Operations and Information Management, University of Connecticut • conversation
Jan. 15, 2021 ~10 min

Big Tech's rejection of Parler shuts down a site favored by Trump supporters – and used by participants in the US Capitol insurrection

Millions of supporters of Donald Trump flocked to the far-right social media platform, where hate speech and calls for violence thrive. The US Capitol insurrection could be the platform's undoing.

Alex Newhouse, Research Lead, Center on Terrorism, Extremism, and Counterterrorism, Middlebury Institute of International Studies • conversation
Jan. 12, 2021 ~12 min

Getting COVID-19 vaccines to rural Americans is harder than it looks – but there are ways to lift the barriers

The vaccines' cold storage requirements and shipment rules put small, rural communities at a disadvantage, but that's only part of a long-running challenge.

Pamela Stewart Fahs, Professor of Rural Nursing, Binghamton University, State University of New York • conversation
Dec. 28, 2020 ~8 min

Why getting COVID-19 vaccines to rural Americans is harder than it looks, and how to lift the barriers

The vaccines' cold storage requirements and shipment rules put small, rural communities at a disadvantage, but that's only part of a long-running challenge.

Pamela Stewart Fahs, Professor of Rural Nursing, Binghamton University, State University of New York • conversation
Dec. 28, 2020 ~8 min

Goldenrod honey: misinformation is causing a biological invasion of this Canadian weed

Our study is the first to research the impact of online misinformation on biological invasions.

Johannes M H Knops, Professor & Head of Department Health and Environmental Sciences, Xi'an Jiaotong Liverpool University • conversation
Dec. 23, 2020 ~8 min

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