Social media users are more likely to believe bunk COVID facts

People who get most of their news from social media are more likely to have misperceptions about COVID-19, a new study shows.

Shirley Cardenas-McGill • futurity
July 30, 2020 ~4 min

Tags: social-media covid-19 internet journalism society-and-culture health-and-medicine

Grief tweets about Mars rover sound very ‘human’

New research examines how people articulate their sadness when a robot "dies," such as NASA's Opportunity rover.

Byron Spice-Carnegie Mellon • futurity
July 30, 2020 ~4 min

Tags: social-media robots death emotions science-and-technology society-and-culture

Photo tweaks could protect your privacy from algorithms

"It is too late to stop people from posting photos on social media in the interest of digital privacy. However, the reliance on AI is something we can target..."

National University of Singapore • futurity
July 27, 2020 ~5 min

Tags: social-media artificial-intelligence internet privacy faces science-and-technology photos

Impulse to troll links overuse of Facebook and Snapchat

New research investigates the social rewards and personality traits that drive people's problematic use of Facebook and Snapchat.

Caroline Brooks-Michigan State • futurity
July 21, 2020 ~4 min

Tags: social-media facebook personality society-and-culture

Opposition to HPV vaccine finds traction on Facebook

Facebook has allowed anti-vaxxers to gain a stronger voice against the HPV vaccine, a new study of 6,500 public posts finds.

Eric Stann-Missouri • futurity
July 9, 2020 ~4 min

Tags: social-media vaccines facebook health-and-medicine

Filter protects against deepfake photos and videos

Adding a protective filter to videos or photos people upload online could prevent them being turned into "deepfakes" that alter their meaning.

Jeremy Schwab-Boston University • futurity
July 6, 2020 ~5 min

Tags: machine-learning social-media internet video algorithms featured science-and-technology images

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

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

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

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

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