How social media normalize hate and dehumanization

A new analysis of Facebook comments show how social media and identity can lead to hate and dehumanization of other people, step by step.

Matt Shipman-NC State • futurity
May 20, 2020 ~5 min

Tags: society-and-culture facebook identity politics rhetoric social-media

How to defend yourself from COVID-19 myths and lies

Experts offer guidelines and tools to keep you from falling prey to COVID-19 myths and lies, including those in doctored videos and memes.

Daniel Stolte-Arizona • futurity
May 11, 2020 ~15 min

Tags: featured health-and-medicine covid-19 journalism social-media

Twitter can reveal the well-being of a whole community

Machine learning can scan social media to find out how entire communities are doing psychologically, researchers say. It could help boost public health.

Melissa De Witte-Stanford • futurity
May 4, 2020 ~8 min

Tags: society-and-culture emotions internet language machine-learning social-media

Those Facebook ‘challenges’ can expose you to hackers

Sharing photos and information as part of a game or challenge can threaten your social media security, an expert warns.

Eric Stann-Missouri • futurity
April 30, 2020 ~7 min

Tags: featured society-and-culture artificial-intelligence hackers internet privacy security social-media

Putting ‘red flags’ on misinformation may cut sharing

Pairing headlines of bunk news on social media with alerts indicating that it's not real news could help stop its spread online, researchers say.

Karl Greenberg-NYU • futurity
April 28, 2020 ~8 min

Tags: society-and-culture internet social-media

Bandwagon effect beats advice from human experts and A.I.

AI experts can sway our opinions as much as human ones, new research shows. But when the crowd goes the other way, we're more likely to follow.

Matt Swayne-Penn State • futurity
April 14, 2020 ~6 min

Tags: science-and-technology artificial-intelligence business social-lives social-media

Too many tweets from cities lose citizen’s attention

When it comes to getting out important messages like health advisories, cities should tweet less, not more, researchers find.

Matt Swayne-Penn State • futurity
April 9, 2020 ~5 min

Tags: society-and-culture cities communications government internet social-media

140 million tweets capture COVID-19’s spread

Researchers are sharing a trove of tweets that highlights COVID-19: its effects, our fears, and misinformation.

Noelle Toumey Reetz-Georgia State • futurity
April 8, 2020 ~5 min

Tags: society-and-culture covid-19 data-science internet social-media twitter

People think ‘fake news’ works more on others

The "third-person effect" may account for why people think they aren't as influenced by fake news as other people, researchers say.

Matt Shipman-NC State • futurity
April 8, 2020 ~4 min

Tags: society-and-culture beliefs business internet journalism social-media

Russian trolls targeted Americans with vaccine tweets

In 2016, Russian trolls used pro- and anti-vaccine messages to target Americans. That has scientists worried about how they'll use COVID-19.

Michael Rozansky-Penn • futurity
April 1, 2020 ~9 min

Tags: health-and-medicine covid-19 identity internet politics russia social-media united-states vaccines

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