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.
A snap poll intended to boost the Turkish president's power has stirred up online opposition to his increasing authoritarianism.
Researchers analyze social media data to gain useful insights into modern society and culture. But it's important to protect users' privacy. How can both ends meet?
Social media sites aren't the only online systems that can secretly influence people's votes. Search engines can too and may be even more successful – and undetectable.
In Tanzania today, political space has shrunk to the point where protests are suppressed before they emerge
Facebook says it's going to continue to respond to widespread concerns about its practices and role in society. Researchers of privacy and online trust offer ideas for immediate action.
Facebook is realizing it has broad obligations to society. Here's how it could start meeting them.
For years, watchdogs have warned of the potential problems of sharing data with online companies. The Facebook data crisis has made these concerns much more real. What should be done now?
Personality tests played a central role in the recent Facebook scandal over corporate harvesting of personal data. Why are businesses so interested in them?
Scholars discuss the Facebook-Cambridge Analytica scandal: what happened, what's at stake, how to fix it, and what could come next.
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.
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.
There are a lot of misconceptions about how social media is changing society. Here are some of the most important.
A scholar of digital trust evaluates Facebook's current efforts and proposes some improvements the company could make.
The British Election Study results have called the notion of a 2017 'youthquake' into question. But that doesn't mean parties will abandon social media campaigning any time soon.
Social media companies arose from libertarian, free-market origins but must embrace social benefits and democracy to survive.
The way people use social media – and the algorithms inside those systems – increases passions, and drives people to polarizing extremes.
The world has much to learn from the maturity, restraint and negotiation skills of one small country facing two superpowers