How Bots Ruined Clicktivism

How Bots Ruined Clicktivism

The second, first posted at 2 am Texas time Thursday morning, was initiated by a group sympathetic to Ted Cruz’s reelection campaign (it’s still unclear who) and it was pushed via a combination of an advocacy app and some of Twitter’s own ad tools.They were amplified by a lot of real people—as well as a fair number of sketchy accounts.Anyone who’s ever run a campaign—political, advocacy, or marketing—knows that getting attention is key to winning—and that getting attention is really hard.

Who Gets Their News From Which Social Media Sites?

Who Gets Their News From Which Social Media Sites?

It offers unusual insight into how social media news consumption varies by platform according to age, political affiliation, gender, education level, and race.Only a third of people who use Instagram told Pew they get news from the site, but two-thirds of that group are nonwhite—the highest proportion of nonwhite news consumers of any social media site.

How to Use Social Media Responsibly During Hurricane Florence

How to Use Social Media Responsibly During Hurricane Florence

If you see a Twitter feed that you don’t know tweeting information or images, be careful before you push that along.'Matt Gertz, Media Matters for America"Make sure if you are going to repost something that the source is credible, number one, because a lot of hysteria happens," Steven Stalinksy of the Middle East Research Institute, who studies social media, told WIRED last year about how to behave online during breaking news.

How That Magical Jack Dorsey–Alex Jones Photo Happened

How That Magical Jack Dorsey–Alex Jones Photo Happened

"It's a rare thing to be alone on an island with such a dramatic scene developing in front of you," Mahaskey says.His photograph records a tight web of figures, their gestures and expressions so intense as to seem exaggerated, like those of characters in a play.

Facebook and Twitter's Biggest Problems Follow Them to Congress

Facebook and Twitter's Biggest Problems Follow Them to Congress

Facebook and YouTube may have kicked Jones off their platforms (and tanked his traffic in the process), but they still can't seem to shake the toxicity he propagates and personifies.'There's no clear and easy path forward.'Senator Richard BurrMembers of Congress mostly ignored the sideshow swirling around the internet trolls in the audience, instead questioning Dorsey and Sandberg on the fine line between allowing free speech and preventing harassment and disinformation campaigns.

How to Watch Twitter and Facebook Testify Before Congress Wednesday

How to Watch Twitter and Facebook Testify Before Congress Wednesday

You can watch a stream of that one here:The morning session will ostensibly focus on foreign efforts to interfere in US democracy, but if past is prologue, the executives will likely end up fielding a range of questions about everything from Russian influence campaigns to perceptions of bias against conservatives.Expect Sandberg's answers to echo Zuckerberg's from a few months ago as well, although hopefully she won't have to get back to them on quite as much.

Congress' Chief Tech Watchdog Is Not Happy With Google

Congress' Chief Tech Watchdog Is Not Happy With Google

That background has served the senator well since news broke that Facebook, Google, and Twitter all enabled foreign influence campaigns during the 2016 election.Warner, who acts as vice chair of the Senate Intelligence Committee, has driven much of the conversation around what to do with these giants' unimaginable and unchecked power.

Your Tweets Can Help Map the Spread of Wildfire Smoke

Your Tweets Can Help Map the Spread of Wildfire Smoke

In a recently published study, US Forest Service researchers Sonya Sachdeva and Sarah McCaffrey found that, when analyzed in large numbers, tweets about wildfires can accurately model the way smoke moves.In their study, published by the International Conference on Social Media & Society, Sachdeva and McCaffrey analyzed close to 39,000 tweets posted between May and September 2015 in California.