Study shows that, at least in theory, a company, government or other actor can accurately profile a person -- think political party, favorite products, religious commitments -- from their friends, even if they've never been on social media or delete their account. When you sign up for Facebook or another social media platform, you think you're giving up your information, but you're giving up your friends' information too.
Most Facebook users have no idea that the ad biz compiles data profiles of their online activities and interests, according to research conducted by the non-profit Pew Research Center. That's not altogether surprising given that Facebook appeals to people disinclined to concern themselves with the minutiae of digital technology, which is to say most people. It's worth recalling that a decade ago, Google representatives stopped people on the street in New York City to ask "What's a web browser?" and almost no one could answer correctly.
Researchers have demonstrated yet again that location metadata from Twitter posts can be used to infer private information like users' home addresses, workplaces, and sensitive locations they've visited. So much data is being collected and shared/sold to third parties without the users being explicitly aware of that (or able to prevent it).
Study reveals parents are less savvy than their offspring about the perils of posting family photos.
Research appearing in Social Psychological and Personality Science indicates that people react less strongly to malicious speech on digital platforms and see the victims as less "harmed" than if the words were said directly to a person.
When we let go of our digital identity construction and hand over sovereignty to someone else, it erodes our freedom.
Text reportedly shows Facebook staff discussing how to use access to user data to extract higher advertising spend from major clients
Amplification bots spread both information and misinformation across Twitter's social network through retweets, and according to new research from Duo Security, these bots not only affect how content spreads but also how the information is perceived.
Many people don’t realize to what extent they’re being manipulated online.
Study is the first to demonstrate the effects of Facebook use on a physiological measure associated with health outcomes.
The trend, labelled ‘Snapchat dysmorphia’, suggests some people are experiencing a worrying blur between reality and social media. over half of plastic surgeons also report patients saying that they are seeking procedures so they can look better in selfies.
Teens work very hard to create a favorable online image through careful selection of which photos, activities and links to post on Facebook and Instagram.
In the past decade, it appears that social media represents a “killer app” to mold personal habits to make eager self-surveillance a new social norm.
Facebook has been using a secret tool to delete messages sent by its executives from the inboxes of their recipients, without disclosing the deletions to the recipients or even recording there was ever a message in the first place.
While most security professionals believe that government officials lack a real understanding of the threats to digital privacy, they overwhelmingly agree that governments should regulate the way social media companies collect user data.
We should be wary of many of the solutions to fake news proposed by politicians. Such solutions do little to challenge the culture of fragmented truths. They seek, rather, to restore more acceptable gatekeepers – for Facebook or governments to define what is and isn’t true.
The disclosure of dozens of Devumi’s customers in entertainment, politics and business has sparked a renewed debate — often carried out on Twitter itself — about the prevalence of fraud and fakery on social media, where tens of millions of fake users still roam.
The short-term, dopamine-driven feedback loops that we have created are destroying how society works. No civil discourse, no cooperation, misinformation, mistruth.
Technology has made the threat of fakery greater today. Widespread disclosures are no longer made only by mass media, whose claims are necessarily public and able to be challenged. A sort of darkness covers deceptions that are now possible through a mix of data-driven targeting and the social media news feeds of individuals, sharing among their personal networks.
Individuals are paid to distort the digital information landscape in the government’s favour, without acknowledging sponsorship.