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Amber Heard and Johnny Depp appear in a Virginia courtroom on May 16, 2022 during their trial. Steve Helver/Pool/AFP via Getty Images

People couldn’t look away from the Johnny Depp and Amber Heard trial – the appeal of a relationship drama held true in the 1700s, too

Intimate details of Johnny Depp and Amber Heard’s marriage – including sex abuse – featured during their defamation trial. There’s a long history of popular trials showcasing relationships gone bad.
Yes, worry about Twitter, but don’t worry whether there are hordes of spambots running rampant there. gremlin/E+ via Getty Images

How many bots are on Twitter? The question is difficult to answer and misses the point

Elon Musk’s focus on the number of bots on Twitter, whether genuine or a distraction, does little to address the problems of misinformation and spam. A pair of social media experts explain why.
Social media sites like Twitter have been a major source of both true and false information regarding COVID-19 vaccines. MicroStockHub/iStock via Getty Images

Countries with lower-than-expected vaccination rates show unusually negative attitudes to vaccines on Twitter

A team analyzed more than 21 million tweets about COVID-19 vaccines and found that negative sentiments on social media were tied to lower-than-expected vaccination rates in many nations.
Internet technologies have meant that the public sphere has now become digital, but what does that mean for its ownership? (Gian Cescon/Unsplash)

Elon Musk’s proposed takeover of Twitter raises questions about its role in the digital social infrastructure

Elon Musk’s purchase of Twitter is seen as a threat to the digital public square. International regulation is required to protect internet users’ access to democratic public spaces.

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