The rise of 'fitspiration' seems to promote a body that is both impossibly thin and muscular. A new study explores whether this has become a new benchmark for women.
When thinking about regulating them, it's useful to know Facebook, Amazon, Google, Apple and Microsoft have some similarities. But generally they're not competing with each other – or anyone else.
Users shouldn't trust Facebook, but that doesn't mean they should immediately abandon what has become a crucial platform for connectedness.
Harvesting data from Facebook's users is within the rules, I should know, I've done this kind of research myself. But the latest scandal may make it harder for us to get any useful data.
The Cambridge Analytica scandal wasn't a data breach – it was a violation of academic ethics. Maybe it's universities, not social networks, that need to update their privacy settings.
The row over suspected Russian involvement in the assassination attempt on Sergei Skripal has sparked some very confrontational social media activity.
Several critical Canadian elections are ahead. Here's what governments and social media companies must do to assure Canadians that their online personal data won't be used to manipulate results.
Teenage girls using social media for more than an hour a day face risks to their well-being as they grow up.
Writing a negative online review can have serious consequences, so you need to be careful about how, and what, you write.
South African investigative journalists and civil society played a crucial role in bringing a country in the clutches of patronage networks back from the brink.
We are not yet "post-truth", but truth-telling remains vital in sustaining open and democratic societies.
New laws, new tools and new research is required to combat the rise in online hate. That means both regulating social media companies, and making use of technology to help measure compliance.
There are a lot of misconceptions about how social media is changing society. Here are some of the most important.
How parents who post about their kids do so out of pride, but can spark family conflict too.
Despite fears that so-called echo chambers are causing political polarization, a new study suggests it's not the case.
Critics want social media platforms regulated like Big Tobacco, but our research shows that their impact on your health depends on how you use them.
Parents – stop panicking. Teens use secondary Instagram accounts not to be sneaky, but to show their "non-polished" selves and connect with small groups of true friends.
As austerity bites, people are turning to social media for help with mental issues. Despite the fact that even Facebook agrees social media can be bad for mental health.
Mennel Ibtissem, a 22-year-old student from Besancon, France, wowed judges, the audience and viewers on The Voice France, but withdrew from the show when she was accused of Islamic extremism.
Social media platforms can identify children who are most interested in or vulnerable to junk food and its advertising.