Social media abhors informational vacuums and speed eclipses accuracy. That allows pseudo-experts, agitators and even liars to circulate rumours and poisonous information when big news breaks.
As authorities crack down on selfies and social media, the underlying causes of conflict and potential to use social media to bring about positive social change are overlooked.
Zimbabwe's upcoming elections potentially marks the start of a new order in the country, where the stakes are extremely high.
Three trends suggest people in less developed nations – who are coming online in greater numbers – use and trust the internet very differently those in more developed economies.
As we all become mini publishers, we are losing the interactivity that fosters meaningful and healthy social interaction.
Social media is a great tool for activists campaigning for social justice. But if it is not used with caution it can end up working against them.
Scientists have never been more needed to challenge division, misinformation and harassment online.
Croatia lost to France but has won unprecedented public exposure.
Many factors can influence people to evacuate or stay in place when disasters threaten. New research using Facebook posts suggests that people with broad social networks are more apt to move.
Fans are shifting their consumption of the World Cup online.
The broader nature of today's pro-choice movements show that a specific injustice can be a vehicle for highlighting wider social inequalities.
Something good could come from the Cambridge Analytica scandal if we used the same data to fix society, rather than profit from it.
The Canadian government is right to hold public consultations on digital and data transformation given how profoundly it affects society at large. But the scope is far too narrow.
Trust is the keystone of the entire Internet system: without it more connection and therefore more commerce. How to restore it?
Companies, such as Google, Facebook and Microsoft are working together to take down terrorist propaganda.
Twitter posts and messages on WhatsApp can come back to haunt you, even years later.
West London group 1011 music group have been banned from making music without police permission.
The news media routinely 'beats up' shark stories in search of clicks and profits, according to focus groups and surveys of social media posts.
Social media can act as the engine room for public engagement with refugees, allowing people to move beyond 'I should do something' to 'I will take action'.
Information on social media can be misleading because of biases in three places – the brain, society and algorithms. Scholars are developing ways to identify and display the effects of these biases.