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.
The EU is stepping up its campaign to counter disinformation and fake news from Russia by spending more than €1m a year on its specialist anti-propaganda unit.
It is disturbing quite how easily this material was to find, how poorly configured it was, and that the archives weren't even given innocuous names.
Online ad campaigns based on smallest expressions of preference reveal effect of ‘mass psychological persuasion’.
Facebook’s founders knew they were creating something addictive that exploited “a vulnerability in human psychology” from the outset, according to the company’s founding president Sean Parker.
Study provides evidence of a growing backlash among young people disillusioned with the negative aspects of the social media, such as online abuse and fake news.
A handful of people, working at a handful of technology companies, through their choices will steer what a billion people are thinking today.
The weaponisation of internet culture to bring about change is a growing tactic of the extreme right.
Snap Map is just one of a range of apps that allows social network users to be monitored without their knowledge and with pin-point accuracy.