Working from home: Twitter reveals why we’re embracing it

#WFH? It seems a lot of people have quickly become used to it.

Simon Thorne, Senior Lecturer in Computing and ​Information Systems, Cardiff Metropolitan University • conversation
May 22, 2020 ~6 min

Tags:  social-media  twitter  coronavirus  working-from-home  lockdown  zoom  covid-pandemic

We're measuring online conversation to track the social and mental health issues surfacing during the coronavirus pandemic

America's news reports and social media chatter open a window into the nation's psyche. An AI-based text analysis of these words shows that the coronavirus is driving up familiar social ills.

Amit Sheth, Founding Director, Artificial Intelligence Institute, University of South Carolina • conversation
April 20, 2020 ~6 min

Tags: artificial-intelligence social-media mental-health depression domestic-violence pandemic big-data coronavirus alcoholism drug-addiction new-coronavirus covid-19 research-brief social-distancing

Social media fuels wave of coronavirus misinformation as users focus on popularity, not accuracy

Social media analysts are seeing some alarming trends on Twitter, Facebook and other platforms as the new coronavirus spreads.

Jon-Patrick Allem, Assistant Professor of Research, University of Southern California • conversation
April 6, 2020 ~7 min

Tags:  facebook  social-media  twitter  youtube  technology  health  coronavirus  misinformation  norms  coronavirus-2020  covid-19  covid-19-myths

No, cinchona bark is not a cure for coronavirus

Cinchona bark, the flavouring in tonic water, is not a natural source of chloroquine.

Nataly Olivia A Canales, PhD Fellow in Evolutionary Genomics, Natural History Museum of Denmark, University of Copenhagen • conversation
March 31, 2020 ~5 min

Tags:  social-media  coronavirus  donald-trump  hydroxychloroquine  covid-19  chloroquine

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

Tags:  facebook  social-media  google  public-health  twitter  pandemic  youtube  instagram  cdc  coronavirus  whatsapp  world-health-organization-who  misinformation  fake-news  bots  disinformation  new-coronavirus  covid-19

Coronavirus: experts in evolution explain why social distancing feels so unnatural

The evolution of the strong human bond.

Vivien Shaw, Lecturer in Anatomy, Bangor University • conversation
March 25, 2020 ~7 min

Tags:  social-media  evolution  relationships  primates  society  coronavirus  non-human-primates  covid-19  social-distancing

#COVID19: Social media both a blessing and a curse during coronavirus pandemic

In an age of social media and the propensity for misinformation to spread like wildfire, organizations and governments should consider social media strategies in pandemic response planning.

Fuyuki Kurasawa, York Research Chair in Global Digital Citizenship, Associate Professor, Department of Sociology, York University, Canada • conversation
March 22, 2020 ~9 min

Tags:  social-media  communication  coronavirus  coronavirus-2020  infodemic  covid-19

How to spot coronavirus fake news – an expert guide

Help stop the infodemic.

Samantha Vanderslott, Postdoctoral Researcher in Social Sciences, University of Oxford • conversation
March 20, 2020 ~5 min

Tags:  social-media  coronavirus  misinformation  fake-news  covid-19

The battle against disinformation is global

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.

Scott Shackelford, Associate Professor of Business Law and Ethics; Director, Ostrom Workshop Program on Cybersecurity and Internet Governance; Cybersecurity Program Chair, IU-Bloomington, Indiana University • conversation
March 20, 2020 ~10 min

Tags:  australia  facebook  new-zealand  european-union-eu  spain  indonesia  europe  twitter  france  russia  india  united-kingdom  malaysia  information-warfare  misinformation  disinformation  social-media-and-democracy  deepfakes  russian-information-warfare  christchurch-call

How to maintain physical and mental health during coronavirus

There are plenty of ways to keep your mind and body active and healthy during the outbreak.

Nita Bharti, Assistant Professor of Biology, Center for Infectious Disease Dynamics, Pennsylvania State University • conversation
March 19, 2020 ~8 min

Tags:  social-media  mental-health  pharmaceuticals  coronavirus  social-isolation  trump-administration  physical-health  covid-19  social-distancing

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