Research that measures the public mood based on Twitter posts shows that it's currently at its lowest point in a decade. One exception: when people visit parks and green spaces.
yesterday • ~8 min
Tags: social-media mental-health covid-19 twitter parks city-parks outdoors san-francisco cincinnati minneapolis george-floyd-protests
Disinformation campaigns are murky blends of truth, lies and sincere beliefs – lessons from the pandemic
Many people who participate in disinformation campaigns are unwitting accomplices and much of the information they spread is accurate, which makes it all the harder to identify the campaigns.
July 23, 2020 • ~10 min
Tags: social-media covid-19 pandemic disinformation misinformation cold-war soviet-union propaganda
Hackers demonstrated they can take over Twitter's technology infrastructure, a brazen move that hints at how such an attack could destabilize society.
July 17, 2020 • ~8 min
Tags: social-media cybersecurity hacking internet cybercrime twitter technology technology-companies
TikTok teens and the Trump campaign: How social media amplifies political activism and threatens election integrity
If teenagers organizing on social media can hamper a presidential campaign rally, how challenging is it to manipulate elections?
June 30, 2020 • ~7 min
Tags: social-media politics donald-trump activism political-activism black-lives-matter campaigning k-pop filter-bubble tiktok political-campaigns
Social media helps reveal people's racist views – so why don't tech firms do more to stop hate speech?
The likes of Katie Hopkins may be slowly disappearing from social media sites but less extreme and obvious racism is still widespread.
June 25, 2020 • ~7 min
Tags: social-media racism black-lives-matter islamophobia cyber-racism
A social media researcher explains how bots and sock puppet accounts manipulate and polarize public debate.
June 24, 2020 • ~8 min
Tags: social-media computer-science covid-19 algorithm twitter bots facebook disinformation instagram hackers distrust media-literacy authoritarian-regimes russian-trolls divisive-politics internet-research-agency
#WFH? It seems a lot of people have quickly become used to it.
May 22, 2020 • ~6 min
Tags: social-media coronavirus twitter zoom working-from-home lockdown 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.
April 20, 2020 • ~6 min
Tags: social-media artificial-intelligence mental-health covid-19 coronavirus depression big-data pandemic social-distancing alcoholism new-coronavirus research-brief domestic-violence drug-addiction
Social media analysts are seeing some alarming trends on Twitter, Facebook and other platforms as the new coronavirus spreads.
April 6, 2020 • ~7 min
Tags: health social-media covid-19 coronavirus twitter facebook misinformation coronavirus-2020 youtube technology norms covid-19-myths
Cinchona bark, the flavouring in tonic water, is not a natural source of chloroquine.
March 31, 2020 • ~5 min
Tags: social-media covid-19 coronavirus donald-trump hydroxychloroquine chloroquine
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