Hate speech is still easy to find on social media

Shortly after the synagogue shooting in Pittsburgh, I noticed that the word "Jews" was trending on Twitter. As a social media researcher and educator, I became concerned that the violence would spread online, as it has in ...

The social implications of teens leaving Facebook

For years, Facebook grew in size and influence at a staggering rate. But recent reports suggest its hold on users —particularly in the developed world —may be weakening.

Why do so many people fall for fake profiles online?

The first step in conducting online propaganda efforts and misinformation campaigns is almost always a fake social media profile. Phony profiles for nonexistent people worm their way into the social networks of real people, ...

Does technology really enhance our decision-making ability?

An Army scientist recently won a best paper award at the Association for Computing Machinery's 26th Conference on User Modeling, Adaptation and Personalization for discovering that most people cannot distinguish between liking ...

Many social media users unaware researchers study their data

If you're unaware that your tweets could be analyzed by researchers and published in studies without your consent, you're not alone. A majority of Twitter users don't know that researchers often gather and study their tweets ...

Zuckerberg testimony reveals lawmaker confusion on Facebook

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg acknowledged Wednesday that regulation of social media is "inevitable" and disclosed that his own personal information has been compromised by malicious outsiders. But after two days of congressional ...

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