Category: Internet

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adminOctober 22, 20216min660
Credit: CC0 Public Domain Banning right-wing extremists from social media can reduce the spread of anti-social ideas and conspiracy theories, according to Rutgers-led research. The study, published in the journal Proceedings of the ACM on Human-Computer Interaction, examined what happens after individual influencers with large followings are banned from social media and no longer have […]

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adminOctober 21, 202110min220
by Kaitlynn Mendes, Jacquelyn Burkell, Jane Bailey, Valerie Steeves, The Conversation Credit: Shutterstock In September, the Wall Street Journal released the Facebook Files. Drawing on thousands of documents leaked by whistle blower and former employee Frances Haugen, the Facebook Files show that the company knows their practices harm young people, but fails to act, choosing […]

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adminOctober 19, 20218min390
Credit: CC0 Public Domain WhatsApp has become a lifeline for humanitarian aid and preserving ties between families torn asunder—making this month’s hours-long shutdown of the app, alongside other Facebook products, more than a mere inconvenience. Among Lebanon’s Syrian refugee households in 2017, 84% used WhatsApp to relay their needs to international organizations. The United Nations […]

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adminOctober 18, 20219min310
Credit: Unsplash/CC0 Public Domain A Facebook representative provided false testimony in a lawsuit that accuses the social media giant of violating state campaign finance laws, Washington Attorney General Bob Ferguson alleges in court filings. Both Facebook and Facebook’s attorneys knew the testimony was false, Ferguson says in court filings. He also alleges that Facebook set […]

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adminOctober 17, 202110min320
Credit: Shutterstock More than half of the most popular New Zealand websites may be unfairly manipulating visitors, according to our latest research into the use of “dark patterns” in sites with a “co.nz” domain name. While legal, dark patterns have been described as a type of online design employed to manipulate users into “making decisions […]

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adminOctober 16, 202110min400
Credit: Unsplash/CC0 Public Domain You may have read recently that TikTok allegedly “serves up” sex and drug videos to minors. Media reports have described the video-sharing platform, which is designed predominantly for young people, as an “addiction machine” that promotes harmful content. In an investigation, reporters at the Wall Street Journal created 31 bot accounts […]

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adminOctober 15, 20218min510
Credit: Matthew Modoono/Northeastern University Since Frances Haugen, a former Facebook employee, came forward with troubling information about the far-reaching harms caused by the company’s algorithms, talk of potential regulatory reforms has only intensified. There is now wide agreement among experts and politicians that regulatory changes are needed to protect users, particularly young children and girls, […]

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adminOctober 14, 20215min300
Facebook has released new anti-harassment protections as it battles a crisis over the impact of its products. Facebook unveiled fresh protections Wednesday against online attacks on journalists, activists and celebrities as the social media giant battles a crisis over its platforms’ potential harms. The company has faced a storm of criticism and a a Senate […]

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adminOctober 13, 20216min270
Credit: Unsplash/CC0 Public Domain A systematic review of research into the dark side of social media use has identified 46 harmful effects, ranging from physical and mental health problems to negative impacts on job and academic performance, as well as security and privacy issues.   Social media networks such as Facebook and Instagram are used […]