A.I. amplifies ‘help speech’ to fight hate speech online

Artificial intelligence can help fight hate speech online by boosting social media comments that support marginalized groups, researchers say.

Byron Spice-Carnegie Mellon | Jan. 15, 2020 | futurity
~5 mins   

Tags: society-and-culture internet languages refugees rhetoric social-media

Videos on social media can boost cancer awareness

Educational videos on social media can boost cancer awareness and improve health in underserved populations, researchers say.

Patti Verbanas-Rutgers | Jan. 13, 2020 | futurity
~3 mins   

Tags: health-and-medicine cancer education social-media videos

‘Compass’ matches people’s and job’s personality traits

A new "vocation compass" uses the personality of a person's tweets and that of a job to make better matches.

U. Melbourne | Dec. 17, 2019 | futurity
~4 mins   

Tags: society-and-culture internet jobs personality social-media twitter

4 ways to ditch your phone this holiday season

'Tis the season for friends and family, but your phone is probably a draw on your attention, too. Here are some tips to deal with the distraction.

UT Austin | Dec. 16, 2019 | futurity
~4 mins   

Tags: featured society-and-culture family holidays internet mobile-devices social-lives social-media

Trying to read the ‘mind of a group’ shapes our decisions online

When we try to make decisions in a group, our predictions about how the "mind of the group" will react to our actions shape what we choose, researchers say.

U. Washington | Dec. 5, 2019 | futurity
~6 mins   

Tags: society-and-culture artificial-intelligence decisions internet social-lives social-media

Meet the early internet’s black ‘vanguard’

A new book explains how black users shaped the early internet and how things have changed in the age of social media.

Eileen Reynolds-NYU | Dec. 3, 2019 | futurity
~5 mins   

Tags: featured society-and-culture history internet journalism political-activism race-and-ethnicity social-media

Teens are terrible at spotting fact vs. fiction online

A new report paints a dismal picture of digital literacy among teens. "If the results can be summarized in a single word, I would say they're troubling."

Carrie Spector-Stanford | Nov. 21, 2019 | futurity
~5 mins   

Tags: society-and-culture democracy education internet social-media teenagers united-states

Parents on Reddit skirt shame with ‘throwaways’

"Throwaway" accounts offer parents on Reddit a way to ask about tough topics. Posts from throwaways even tend to be more popular.

Laurel Thomas-Michigan | Nov. 13, 2019 | futurity
~4 mins   

Tags: featured society-and-culture internet parents shame social-media stigma

Cynical voices online cut trust in journalism

Our trust in journalism can take a real hit because of cynical views online, research suggests.

Megan Schumann-Rutgers | Nov. 6, 2019 | futurity
~3 mins   

Tags: society-and-culture internet journalism politics social-lives social-media trust

In 2016, top GOP candidates used this Twitter strategy

The last two Republicans standing in the 2016 presidential primaries were Trump and Kasich. A trove of Twitter data shows they employed the same strategy.

Bert Gambini-Buffalo | Oct. 29, 2019 | futurity
~7 mins   

Tags: society-and-culture elections politics rhetoric social-media twitter

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