Social Media

Can the U.S. Government Really Ban TikTok?

It is nearly impossible to ban any application completely.

Right-Wing Extremism and Islamic Extremism Spreads Online In Similar Ways, New Study Says

Those crazy memes you keep seeing? Hate groups are using them to attract online recruits into small, intense groups — and beat Facebook’s censors.

The GoFundMe Economy Was Never Going to Work

Trying to replace the government with personal initiative requires an impossible amount of energy.

Political Trolls Adapt, Create Material to Deceive and Confuse the Public

What they posted shifted over time.

New Coalition Wants to Help in Fight Against Election Misinformation

The Election Integrity Partnership consists of university researchers and others. Local election officials are among those the partnership is hoping to assist in the weeks ahead.

NIH Sets Sights on Enterprisewide Tool to Track Its Millions of Twitter Engagements

The institutes also want to be able to pinpoint influencers and medical misinformation.

U.S., International Lawmakers Push Facebook to Stop Online Hate Targeting Women

The social media giant must more aggressively enforce rules that it already has in place, they said.

Why America Is Afraid of TikTok

The company’s founder says in an interview that he wants it to be “a window” on the world. A Republican senator says it is a “Trojan horse.”

The Tech Companies Already Won

Antitrust could break up the big players. It wouldn’t change everyday life.

Photo Tweaks Could Protect Your Privacy from Algorithms

End users can use this technology to help mask vital attributes on their photos before posting them online.

So Much for the Decentralized Internet

A recent Twitter hack probably didn’t scare you. Here’s why it should.

How Your Local Election Clerk Is Fighting Global Disinformation

Russians don’t have to change votes. They can change minds.

Wednesday’s Hack Shows that The Whole World Is in Your Twitter DMs

We treat direct messages on Twitter as private conversations. Last night’s hack shows that isn’t the case.

Governments Need Clear Plans to Respond to Disinformation, Experts Say

One of the tricky parts of responding is addressing the conspiracy theories that domestic social media users create but then get amplified by foreign actors, experts said. 

NIST Aims to Tap Twitter API Data to Boost Public Emergency Response

Tweets hold valuable insights amid natural disasters, which the agency aims to leverage.