Facebook, the least trusted tech company, has taken the lead in fighting coronavirus misinformation.
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Facebook, Google and Twitter are stepping up to block misinformation and promote accurate information about the coronavirus. Their track records on self-policing are poor. The results so far are mixed.
On the internet, anyone can express their views, like they can in Speakers’ Corner in London – it’s up to the audience to guard against disinformation.
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A scholar who has reviewed the efforts of nations around the world to protect their citizens from foreign interference says there is no magic solution, but there's plenty to learn and do.
A woman wearing a sanitary mask to guard against coronavirus checks her phone in Milan, Italy.
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By providing users with pertinent and reliable disaster-related information, Twitter has the potential to reduce the impact of a disaster. So why aren't public organizations using it properly?
The vast majority of Americans are sick and tired of being so divided.
A psychologist explains how to reestablish civil political conversation in your own life.
Have some healthy skepticism when you encounter images online.
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Images without context or presented with text that misrepresents what they show can be a powerful tool of misinformation, especially since photos make statements seem more believable.
Allegations of sexual abuse can taint an aid group’s image.
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Save the Children's reputation appeared to bounce back faster than Oxfam's after public perception of both groups soured around the same time.
Medical workers talk with a woman suspected of being ill with a coronavirus at a community health station in Wuhan, China, in January 2020.
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Social media has allowed researchers around the world to collaborate and co-ordinate their efforts to fight the outbreak and contain its spread.
New research has identified the main triggers of this psychological phenomenon, the contexts in which it happens and the types of fears involved in it.
Michael McCain, president and CEO of Maple Leafs Foods, speaks during the company’s annual general meeting in Toronto in April 2011.
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Michael McCain has been criticized for maligning Donald Trump on the Maple Leaf Foods corporate Twitter account over Flight PS752. But strong leaders don't shy away from taking a stand.
What started as a SpongeBob meme took on a life of its own in 2019.
As the year winds down, we'll get you up to speed. Plus, there's no better way to kill a trend than to bring it up at the dinner table in front of your kids.
Ugandan opposition politician Bobi Wine takes a selfie with Zimbabwe’s opposition leader Nelson Chamisa
Bobi Wine in Uganda does it; so do the Economic Freedom Fighters in South Africa. The red beret is worn to signify the revolutionary. Its power lies in a symbolism that combines art and politics.
Help catch online bots.
Members of the research team that wrote the software that unmasked thousands of Twitter bots explain the next phase of their work: getting the public involved in the fight against disinformation.
News outlets sometimes use hashtags to promote their stories.
When news stories include a catchy hashtag, readers perceived the news topic to be less socially important and more partisan.
The proposed defamation law reforms could see an increase in cases of everyday social media users being sued, along with companies.
Defamation law reform is on the horizon. Social media companies may be held more liable for what they publish. But this could come at the expense of everyday users.
There are different rules for ads on TV versus online.
This election season, the public is closely watching how social media platforms like Facebook and Twitter are handling political ads.
Neural networks can generate artificial representations of human faces, as well as realistic renderings of actual people.
Twitter's proposed policy would result in the prolific spread of fabricated, but highly realistic images and videos. This could allow widespread misinformation on the platform.
The main parties are fighting a fierce battle on social media platforms.
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A close look at the way the parties are using video in the campaign can tell you a lot about their approach.
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It looks as if the Conservative P\arty has learned from the way Labour targeted the youth vote in 2017.
Anna Soubry has spoken out about the abuse she receives.
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No wonder several high-profile figures say they can't take it any more. Are we really going to allow women to be harassed out of public service?
Penny for the guys?
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Which messages and formats are cutting through the most?