Fast-moving viral memes create space for low-stakes, humorous and wholesome engagement on often toxic social media platforms
The move signals a shift towards greater protection of individual privacy. But implementation and enforcement may be difficult.
The social media giant’s co-founder has been distinguishing himself from people like Mark Zuckerberg who seem set to stay in traditional companies.
The police, the media and politicians have long objected Chief Keef’s ties to gang violence. But the rapper wrote the playbook for using social media to make a career out of music.
Misinformation about climate change has been spreading in other ways, and social media companies have been reluctant to stop it.
Combining the UN’s expertise and global reach with Musk’s wealth and revolutionary problem-solving could make a difference, a world hunger expert argues.
Machine learning algorithms can help public health officials identify areas of high vaccine hesitancy by ZIP code to better target messaging and outreach and counter misinformation.
Not knowing how many posts people see on social media overall or where specific types of content get concentrated is keeping researchers in the dark about misinformation.
Holding social media companies to account for harmful content on their sites is legally difficult, due to two US laws that protects them from defamation penalties internationally.
Some states are adopting subtle and sophisticated ways of controlling or shaping political agendas and discussion.
It took Facebook nearly six hours to get its services back online. In the meantime, Twitter had a field day.
Nicki Minaj’s international anti-vaccine fiasco reveals the life-and-death stakes at the heart of normalizing a culture of fandom tribalism.
Historians, archivists and other researchers got in touch with tales of their archival finds and bizarre research moments. These ranged from the quirky to the disturbing to the profound.
You have evolved to tap into the wisdom of the crowds. But on social media your cognitive biases can lead you astray.
Twitter’s design promotes avoidance as the solution to hostility, but it also needs space for restorative activity that could genuinely resolve conflict.
We all have biases that impact what information we choose to accept and reject. But there are some ways we can train ourselves to become more discerning.
Combating vaccine misinformation on social media requires blocking sources of misinformation – and giving researchers access to data about how misinformation spreads.
Eating disorder ‘communities’ online can be dangerous places for young and impressionable teens. And social media algorithms further spread harmful content.
Australia’s piecemeal approach to regulating hate speech online isn’t working. The UK has introduced a possible better way forward.
The racist abuse of England’s black players was predictable and easily monitored.