Social media platforms are abandoning news – which is bad news for traditional media organisations that have come to rely on them for consumers.
The plaintiffs claims features such as ‘infinite scroll’ leave users less likely to be able to exercise self-control.
Algorithms have been blamed for dividing society. What if they could support social cohesion instead?
What does it say about the online media ecosystem when the end of a 146-day strike is buried under headlines and posts about Swift’s budding romance with NFL star Travis Kelce?
Laughter is one of the most ubiquitous and pleasurable things humans do, which is why companies online want to know what we find funny.
Social media companies’ drive to keep you on their platforms clashes with how people evolved to learn from each other. One result is more conflict and misinformation.
Fighting misinformation doesn’t have to involve restricting content or dampening people’s enthusiasm for sharing it. The key is turning bad habits into good ones.
Social media algorithms can use millions of different parameters to decide what kind of content is shown to users.
As social media becomes more prevalent in our lives, a career as an influencer may seem enticing. But those interested in this new career should be aware of the challenges.
The effects social media has on our mental health may depend on how we use it. Taking control, and knowing when to take a break, is crucial.
There’s a tension between facilitating free and fair debate on social media, and businesses’ bottom line. And it must be resolved with the public interest in mind.
While many progressive movements have organised online, conservatives dominate because of better organisation, capital, and social inequality. France’s presidential elections are a case in point.
The system behind apps like Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and WhatsApp isn’t neutral. It encodes political communication, influencing what users see.
Pressure is mounting on Congress to take action on Facebook. Our panel of experts offers their top priorities: user control of data, banking-like oversight and resources to close the digital divide.
Critics have long pooh-poohed conservative comics. But in today’s fragmented media environment, right-wing comedy has become both a moneymaker and a force in politics.
You have evolved to tap into the wisdom of the crowds. But on social media your cognitive biases can lead you astray.
Social media algorithms are akin to a licence to promote junk food or tobacco to children.
The age of ‘artificial intimacy’ is upon us. What does it mean for the way we love, have sex and build friendships?
Misinformation isn’t an inevitable product of social media. Proven techniques can help tech companies clean up their acts.
People often worry about whether they may be addicted to digital devices, but addiction to a substance is far different from the habitual behavior that typically underlies digital usage.