On TikTok, Election Misinformation Thrives Ahead of Midterms

The fast-growing platform’s poor track record during recent voting abroad does not bode well for elections in the U.S., researchers said.

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On TikTok, Knitting, Rapping and Promoting the Child Tax Credit

In an experiment with influencers, two young progressive strategists tapped apolitical accounts to promote policy-related content, focusing on reaching young voters of color.

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‘Bodies Bodies Bodies’ Review: Combating Their Nondigital Identities

What happens when Gen Z loses Wi-Fi? Using horror and humor, the cast and filmmakers of the new slasher film aim for a generational portrait.

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It’s not just social media: Cable news has bigger effect on polarization

It’s not just social media: Cable news has bigger effect on polarization

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The past two election cycles have seen an explosion of attention given to “echo chambers,” or communities where a narrow set of views makes people less likely to challenge their own opinions. Much of this concern has focused on the rise of social media, which has radically transformed the information ecosystem.

However, when scientists investigated social media echo chambers, they found surprisingly little evidence of them on a large scale—or at least none on a scale large enough to warrant the growing concerns. And yet, selective exposure to news does increase polarization. This suggested that these studies missed part of the picture of Americans’ news consumption patterns. Crucially, they did not factor in a major component of the average American’s experience of news: television.

To fill in this gap, I and a group of researchers from Stanford University, the University of Pennsylvania and Microsoft Research tracked the TV news consumption habits of tens of thousands of American adults each month from 2016 through 2019. We discovered four aspects of news consumption that, when taken together, paint an unsettling picture of the TV news ecosystem.

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#cable-news, #polarization, #policy, #science, #social-media

How Russia Propaganda Is Reaching Beyond English Speakers

Social media companies have taken steps to restrict Russian state media accounts. But posts from those accounts still spread in Spanish, Arabic and other languages and in places outside the West.

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Snapchat Introduces Its First Parental Controls

The messaging app, which is popular with teenagers, has faced legal pressure to roll out tools so parents can keep an eye on their children’s social media activity.

#children-and-childhood, #computers-and-the-internet, #instagram-inc, #instant-messaging, #mobile-applications, #parenting, #snap-inc, #social-media, #tiktok-bytedance, #youth, #youtube-com

I Didn’t Want It to Be True, but the Medium Really Is the Message

How we look matters as much as what we see.

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Why Don’t Expect Alex Jones’s Comeuppance to Stop Lies

His success has inspired a new generation of conspiracy theorists, who have learned how to stay away from legal trouble.

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Don’t Expect Alex Jones’s Comeuppance to Stop Lies

His success has inspired a new generation of conspiracy theorists, who have learned how to stay away from legal trouble.

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How Changing One Law Could Protect Kids From Social Media

Raising the age requirement for social media use could empower parents.

#children-and-childhood, #childrens-online-privacy-protection-act, #computers-and-the-internet, #parenting, #privacy, #social-media, #teenagers-and-adolescence, #tiktok-bytedance, #united-states

Why Daydreaming Is Actually Good For Your Brain

Letting your mind wander can benefit the brain, researchers say.

#alzheimers-disease, #happiness, #social-media

A Stranger Filmed Her on the Train. TikTok Users Decided She Had Monkeypox.

With little government guidance on a fast-spreading virus, a new form of social-media vigilantism has emerged.

#brooklyn-nyc, #monkeypox, #social-media, #subways, #tiktok-bytedance, #tumors, #video-recordings-downloads-and-streaming

Perils of Preaching Nationalism Play Out on Chinese Social Media

Many users mocked the government for not taking military action to stop Nancy Pelosi’s Taiwan trip, saying it hadn’t lived up to its tough rhetoric.

#hu-xijin, #nationalism-theory-and-philosophy, #pelosi-nancy, #peoples-daily, #peoples-liberation-army-china, #rudd-kevin, #social-media, #taiwan, #weibo-corporation

YouTube Automation Sprouts Cottage Industry That Promises Fast Money

A cottage industry is persuading people to spend thousands to create video businesses on YouTube. Disclaimer: It is harder than it looks.

#celebrities, #computers-and-the-internet, #social-media, #video-recordings-downloads-and-streaming, #youtube-com

How Some Parents Changed Their Politics in the Pandemic

They were once Democrats and Republicans. But fears for their children in the pandemic transformed their thinking, turning them into single-issue voters for November’s midterms.

#children-and-childhood, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #coronavirus-reopenings, #demonstrations-protests-and-riots, #facebook-inc, #masks, #midterm-elections-2022, #parenting, #project-democracy, #rumors-and-misinformation, #social-media, #united-states, #united-states-politics-and-government, #vaccination-and-immunization

‘Wagatha Christie’ Trial: Judge Finds No Libel

The High Court in London ruled against the plaintiff, Rebekah Vardy, putting an end to a legal feud that turned into a reality-show-style event.

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The Role of Art in a Time of War

Painting will not stop missiles. Music will not end suffering. But culture is not powerless — and a visit to Ukraine reaffirmed what it can do at its best.

#art, #books-and-literature, #borodianka-ukraine, #culture-arts, #jefferson-margo, #kyiv-ukraine, #museums, #rubens-peter-paul, #russian-invasion-of-ukraine-2022, #social-media, #tokarczuk-olga, #ukraine, #war-and-armed-conflicts, #zelensky-volodymyr

Meta Reports First Revenue Decline and 36 Percent Profit Drop

It was the first time the social media giant’s revenue had fallen since it went public a decade ago, as it confronts increased regulatory scrutiny and a turbulent economy.

#advertising-and-marketing, #company-reports, #computers-and-the-internet, #facebook-inc, #instagram-inc, #meta-platforms-inc, #metaverse-internet, #social-media, #virtual-reality-computers

Is Beyoncé’s ‘Renaissance’ Rollout (Gasp!) Conventional?

The singer, who has prioritized innovation over commercial domination, has opted for a more standard playbook ahead of her seventh solo album, “Renaissance,” out Friday.

#break-my-soul-song, #knowles-beyonce, #pop-and-rock-music, #renaissance-album, #social-media

How Mark Zuckerberg Is Leading Meta Into Its Next Phase

Facebook’s founder is setting a relentless pace as he pushes his company through a tech transformation during a global economic slowdown.

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The Mid-Century Media Theorists Who Saw What Was Coming

The journalist Sean Illing explains how TV, Twitter and TikTok shape our brains — and our politics.

#audio-neutral-informative, #computers-and-the-internet, #democracy-theory-and-philosophy, #mcluhan-marshall, #news-and-news-media, #politics-and-government, #social-media, #united-states-politics-and-government

Gen Z Designers Made It Big on Depop. Now They’re Graduating.

Depop, a social shopping app, was a springboard for many young designers during the pandemic. Some are now taking their success elsewhere.

#computers-and-the-internet, #depop-mobile-app, #e-commerce, #emergingtech, #etsy-inc, #fashion-and-apparel, #generation-z, #millennial-generation, #mobile-applications, #mobile-commerce-and-payments, #shopping-and-retail, #social-media

Representing a Nation on TV, and a Running Team on Instagram

Distance running is a relentlessly individual sport. But professional running teams, and their polished Instagram accounts, are upending that dynamic.

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How to Have Faith in Possibility

Let’s not allow doomers to seal our fate.

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Twitter’s Earnings Falter as It Fights with Elon Musk

The social media company swung to a loss in the second quarter and cited “uncertainty” over its pending takeover by the billionaire Tesla chief executive as a factor.

#company-reports, #musk-elon, #online-advertising, #social-media, #twitter

Meta tweaks Facebook app to act more like TikTok.

An update will highlight a new Home tab that will serve content from people outside a user’s Facebook connections as well as from friends and family.

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Why Do Moms Tend to Manage the Household Scheduling?

Are we in a “transitional” moment for dads?

#internal-sub-only-nl, #parenting, #social-media, #twitter

Elon Musk Responds to Twitter’s Lawsuit Over $44 Billion Deal

Mr. Musk formally responded to Twitter’s attempt to force him to buy the company, arguing that there was no reason to hurry the case.

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Elon Musk Should Be Held to His Deal to Buy Twitter

A deal of this magnitude can generate value for Twitter create stability for future mergers.

#delaware, #mergers-acquisitions-and-divestitures, #musk-elon, #social-media, #twitter

Athletic Greens Becomes a Household Name

In the oversaturated world of wellness, the company has forced itself to the front with prolific podcast ads and a network of influencers.

#advertising-and-marketing, #athletic-greens-inc, #dietary-supplements-and-herbal-remedies, #probiotics, #social-media

Why Elon Musk Can’t Back Out of Buying Twitter, According to Twitter

Here are some of the company’s main legal arguments.

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Twitter Sues Musk After He Tries Backing Out of $44 Billion Deal

The question of whether Elon Musk must buy Twitter, as he agreed to do in April, is headed to a court in Delaware.

#computers-and-the-internet, #mergers-acquisitions-and-divestitures, #musk-elon, #social-media, #suits-and-litigation-civil, #twitter

Can Elon Musk Get Out of Buying Twitter?

In April, the world’s richest man agreed to pay $44 billion for the social network. Now he wants the deal canceled.

#mergers-acquisitions-and-divestitures, #musk-elon, #social-media

How Elon Musk Damaged Twitter and Left It Worse Off

Mr. Musk swooped in and exposed Twitter’s lack of business and financial prospects. After criticizing the company’s weaknesses, he now wants to back out of buying it.

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What Is Delaware’s Court of Chancery and Its Role in Elon Musk’s Twitter Deal?

If Twitter sues Mr. Musk to force a sale of the company, the case is likely to end up at a 230-year-old court in Delaware.

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Experts Warn Against ‘Herbal Abortion’ Remedies on TikTok

Amid the fear and confusion around abortion options across the country, some on social media have suggested taking herbs. But experts urge caution.

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Could Twitter Force Musk to Close the Deal? Here’s What We Know

Twitter is in a good position to sue under a legal doctrine called specific performance, which allows courts to force a transaction to be completed, even if one of the parties wants out.

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For Ukraine, Boris Johnson’s Resignation Means Loss of a Personal Ally

Boris Johnson may be a polarizing figure in Britain, but in Ukraine he is widely adored for his unstinting support since the conflict with Russia.

#conservative-party-great-britain, #europe, #great-britain, #johnson-boris, #politics-and-government, #putin-vladimir-v, #russian-invasion-of-ukraine-2022, #social-media, #ukraine, #zelensky-volodymyr

Tech Is Not Representative Government

And yet, we demand that it protect us.

#computers-and-the-internet, #corporate-social-responsibility, #internal-sub-only-nl, #politics-and-government, #social-media

Beach Bunny Is Building an Indie-Rock Career in a Time of TikTok

The singer-songwriter Lili Trifilio has had two songs connect — and get slightly misconstrued — on the app. With more ears on her band’s second album, what message will she deliver?

#beach-bunny-music-group, #cloud-9-song, #content-type-personal-profile, #emotional-creature-album, #lili-trifilio, #pop-and-rock-music, #social-media, #tiktok-bytedance

The YouTube Creators Turning Arab Home Cooking Videos Into Income

Across the Middle East and North Africa, home cooks are using YouTube and their favorite recipes to transform their families’ lives.

#arabs, #cooking-and-cookbooks, #social-media, #video-recordings-downloads-and-streaming, #women-and-girls, #youtube-com

An American’s Murky Path From Russian Propagandist to Jan. 6

Charles Bausman, a former financial executive who runs websites that promote far-right views, recorded footage in the Capitol for a Russian television producer. Soon after, he fled to Moscow as a “political refugee.”

#anti-semitism, #bausman-charles, #connecticut, #hanick-john, #internet-research-agency-russia, #malofeev-konstantin-v, #pennsylvania, #presidential-election-of-2020, #prigozhin-yevgeny-v, #propaganda, #putin-vladimir-v, #right-wing-extremism-and-alt-right, #rt-tv-network, #rumors-and-misinformation, #russia, #russian-invasion-of-ukraine-2022, #russian-orthodox-church, #social-media, #spencer-richard-b-1978, #storming-of-the-us-capitol-jan-2021, #trump-donald-j, #united-states

Mark Zuckerberg Prepares Meta Employees for a Tougher 2022

In an internal meeting this week, Mr. Zuckerberg said the tech giant was facing one of the “worst downturns that we’ve seen in recent history.”

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Post-Roe, Her Facebook Group Went Viral

Veronica Risinger made a little online spot for neighbors to share information on abortion. Then 30,000 people joined.

#abortion, #computers-and-the-internet, #facebook-inc, #social-media, #travel-and-vacations

On NBC’s ‘Dancing With Myself,’ TikTok-Like Dances Meet Network TV

“Dancing With Myself,” on NBC, shows the deep influence of the dance challenge on popular culture, even as its hold on TikTok has loosened.

#dancing, #dancing-with-myself-tv-program, #national-broadcasting-co, #shakira, #social-media, #television, #tiktok-bytedance

These TikTok Creators Are Fighting Health Myths

Meet the medical experts fighting bogus science, one “stitch” at a time.

#computers-and-the-internet, #doctors, #rumors-and-misinformation, #science-and-technology, #social-media, #tiktok-bytedance, #video-recordings-downloads-and-streaming

Conan Gray, a Budding Pop Singer Who Feels It All

The 23-year-old who got his start on YouTube put out his first album in the early months of the coronavirus pandemic. Now he’s reintroducing himself with a new LP, “Superache.”

#content-type-personal-profile, #gray-conan-1998, #pop-and-rock-music, #social-media, #superache-album

F.C.C. Commissioner Pushes Apple and Google to Remove TikTok

Brendan Carr, a Republican member of the Federal Communications Commission, said he was concerned that the Chinese-owned app could provide Beijing with access to the data of Americans.

#computers-and-the-internet, #federal-communications-commission, #mobile-applications, #politics-and-government, #social-media, #tiktok-bytedance, #united-states-politics-and-government

The Work of Online Volunteers

Moderators’ work on Reddit and Facebook is crucial but not paid. We should be creative in how we compensate them.

#computers-and-the-internet, #facebook-inc, #reddit-inc, #research, #social-media, #volunteers-and-community-service