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.
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.
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.
Findings show you can predict the structure of people's social networks and the way people manage their networks from their personality. If you're high on attachment avoidance, you're trying to avoid intimacy and tend not to trust others -- downplaying the importance of emotions and relationships. Conversely, if you're high on attachment anxiety, you're very concerned with rejection and abandonment and tend to be overwhelmed by emotions. Being low on both -- securely attached -- associates with long, stable, satisfying relationships.
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.
When we willingly choose to become unpaid content providers, we commercialise ourselves. And we are encouraged to be obsessed with numbers (of followers, messages, comments, retweets, favourites), as if operating in a kind of friend economy, an emotional stock market where the stock is ourselves and where we are encouraged to weigh our worth against others.
The quest to create the image of a “perfect” life on social media is affecting the wellbeing of one in three girls, according to a survey.
The weaponised, artificially intelligent propaganda machine is effective. You don’t need to move people’s political dials by much to influence an election, just a couple of percentage points to the left or right.
Nine-country study finds widespread use of social media for promoting lies, misinformation and propaganda by governments and individuals.
What Twitter most resembles now is a cable news channel. The hundreds of pundits talking at cross-purposes, breaking little but wind. The race-to-be-first mentality that precludes due diligence and fact-checking in favour of the win.
Mastodon, a distributed, open-source version of Twitter, is almost identical to the platform it’s based on, but with key differences: posts can run 500 characters rather than 140, and users can make individual posts private.
Social networks powerfully shape memory, and people need little prompting to conform to a majority recollection
Facebook data collection potentially begins before you press “POST”. As you are crafting your message, Facebook collects your keystrokes. Even if you delete a post, Facebook keeps track of that post. Facebook keeps track of the metadata, or the data about your data. In addition to Facebook mining text and studying people's emotions, it also manipulates them.
Megalomania, emotional blackmail, prostitution, drug dealing, and creepy men named Bob.
Facebook has conducted covert experiments on its users to evaluate how Facebook can emotionally influence people. To give them access to which of the things on your feed you are most reactive to—it’s really useful information that tells them to not just tailor content to what they think you like, but they can push you. All these different systems are looking to mine this data, hoping to understand our hopes or fears as a way of deciding how to sell us something, as a way of deciding whether we’re dangerous, as a way of deciding whether we’re worthy of getting a loan.
People who report using seven to 11 social media platforms had more than three times the risk of depression and anxiety than their peers who use zero to two platforms, even after adjusting for the total time spent on social media overall. Multitasking, as would happen when switching between platforms, is known to be related to poor cognitive and mental health outcomes.
Almost half of eight- to 11-year-olds have agreed impenetrable terms and conditions to give social media giants such as Facebook and Instagram control over their data.