Reuters: Two key tech execs quit Truth Social after troubled app launch

Reuters: Two key tech execs quit Truth Social after troubled app launch. “Josh Adams and Billy Boozer – the company’s chiefs of technology and product development – joined the venture last year and quickly became central players in its bid to build a social-media empire, backed by Trump’s powerful brand, to counter what many conservatives deride as ‘cancel culture’ censorship from the left. Less than a year later, both have resigned their senior posts at a critical juncture for the company’s smartphone-app release plans, according to two sources familiar with the venture.”

USA Today: Facebook may not like conservatives but the social media giant sure seems to help them

USA Today: Facebook may not like conservatives but the social media giant sure seems to help them. “‘That was fun,’ Bethany S. Mandel says, after a conservative publisher of children’s books was banned from advertising on Meta’s Facebook platform just days before Christmas, and then mysteriously reinstated this week after a national furor. Mandel is editor of Heroes of Liberty, which publishes books about conservative figures such as Ronald Reagan and Margaret Thatcher. We spoke by phone about the ban and the reinstatement as her five children played in the background.”

PsyPost: New study suggests conservatives’ aversion to masks is a uniquely American phenomenon

PsyPost: New study suggests conservatives’ aversion to masks is a uniquely American phenomenon. “Politically conservative Americans are less likely than liberals to comply with recommended health-protective behaviors such as mask wearing during the COVID-19 pandemic, but this is not true of conservatives in other nations, according to new cross-cultural research published in PLOS One.”

PsyPost: Study finds conservatives with a need for chaos are more likely to share fake news

PsyPost: Study finds conservatives with a need for chaos are more likely to share fake news. “New research provides evidence that a lack of conscientiousness and a desire to cause chaos both play an important role in the spread of misinformation online. The findings, published in the Journal of Experimental Psychology: General, offer ‘a more nuanced account’ of the relationship between political conservatism and the tendency to share fake news on social media.”

Mashable: Twitter study says its algorithm favors right-wing parties and news outlets

Mashable: Twitter study says its algorithm favors right-wing parties and news outlets. “A Twitter study and accompanying blog post, published Thursday, show that the company’s algorithm tends to favor right-leaning news outlets and right-wing political parties. In other words, long-disputed claims of anti-conservative bias on social media couldn’t be further from the truth.”

CNN: White House shifts ad campaign strategy to reflect growing concern over conservatives’ vaccination reluctance

CNN: White House shifts ad campaign strategy to reflect growing concern over conservatives’ vaccination reluctance. “Reluctance among conservatives to get vaccinated against Covid-19 has caused growing concern inside the White House, according to people familiar with the matter, even as President Joe Biden’s administration rapidly scales up nationwide efforts to administer shots. The topic has been the subject of several high-level conversations between administration advisers and health experts, including at the presidential level, the officials said.”

USA Today: Do Facebook, Twitter and YouTube censor conservatives? Claims ‘not supported by the facts,’ new research says

USA Today: Do Facebook, Twitter and YouTube censor conservatives? Claims ‘not supported by the facts,’ new research says. “Despite repeatedcharges of anti-conservative bias from former President Donald Trump and other GOP critics, Facebook, Twitter and Google’s YouTube are not slanted against right-leaning users, a new report out of New York University found. Like previous research, ‘False Accusation: The Unfounded Claim that Social Media Companies Censor Conservatives,’ concludes that rather than censoring conservatives, social media platforms amplify their voices.”

Study: How Facebook Pushes Users, Especially Conservative Users, Into Echo Chambers (UVA Today)

UVA Today: Study: How Facebook Pushes Users, Especially Conservative Users, Into Echo Chambers . “Analyzing opt-in user data from 2012 to 2016, Brent Kitchens, Steven L. Johnson and Peter Gray, all faculty members in UVA’s McIntire School of Commerce, found that all three social media sites [Reddit, Facebook, and Twitter] connect their users to a more diverse range of news sources than they would otherwise visit. However, Facebook tends to polarize users, particularly conservative users, more than other social media platforms. In fact, the researchers found that typical conservative users, in months when they visited Facebook more than usual, read news that was about 30% more conservative than the online news they would typically read. Users who visited Reddit more than usual, on the other hand, read news that was about 50% more moderate than what they would typically read.”

CNN: People who consume conservative media are less likely to wear masks, poll of New Hampshire residents finds

CNN: People who consume conservative media are less likely to wear masks, poll of New Hampshire residents finds. “Researchers found that overall, about three in four residents polled said they always wore a face mask in public, or did so except when they were outside and socially distanced. But when it came to residents who reported frequently watching Fox News or listening to conservative talk radio, those numbers were much lower. Just half of New Hampshire residents who frequently watch Fox News said they wore a mask in public, unless they were outside or socially distanced. A third of residents who frequently listen to conservative talk radio said the same.”

Washington Post: New research explores how conservative media misinformation may have intensified the severity of the pandemic

Washington Post: New research explores how conservative media misinformation may have intensified the severity of the pandemic. “In recent weeks, three studies have focused on conservative media’s role in fostering confusion about the seriousness of the coronavirus. Taken together, they paint a picture of a media ecosystem that amplifies misinformation, entertains conspiracy theories and discourages audiences from taking concrete steps to protect themselves and others.”

The Verge: Social media bias lawsuits keep failing in court

The Verge: Social media bias lawsuits keep failing in court. “An appeals court in Washington, DC just rejected a complaint by Laura Loomer, the conservative activist who was banned from Twitter for anti-Muslim tweets and later chained herself to the company’s headquarters in protest. Loomer argued that Facebook, Google, Twitter, and Apple had all colluded to suppress conservative content, violating Loomer’s First Amendment rights in the process. The court disagreed and threw out the suit.”

WGBH: Historic Television Broadcasts Documenting the Conservative Movement in the 1960s Released by the American Archive of Public Broadcasting

WGBH: Historic Television Broadcasts Documenting the Conservative Movement in the 1960s Released by the American Archive of Public Broadcasting. “Rescued from deteriorating videotape and film, 21 National Education Television (NET) programs produced between 1956 and 1970 explore multiple perspectives on the modern conservative movement. The programs are now available for online viewing, many for the first time since their original broadcast.”

Columbia Journalism Review: Hundreds of ‘pink slime’ local news outlets are distributing algorithmic stories and conservative talking points

Columbia Journalism Review: Hundreds of ‘pink slime’ local news outlets are distributing algorithmic stories and conservative talking points. “An investigation by the Tow Center for Digital Journalism at Columbia Journalism School has discovered at least 450 websites in a network of local and business news organizations, each distributing thousands of algorithmically generated articles and a smaller number of reported stories. Of the 450 sites we discovered, at least 189 were set up as local news networks across ten states within the last twelve months by an organization called Metric Media.”

CNET: Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg responds to report he’s been meeting with conservatives

CNET: Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg responds to report he’s been meeting with conservatives. “Mark Zuckerberg said on Monday he meets with lots of people because that’s ‘part of learning,’ a comment prompted by a report detailing a series of quiet meetings the Facebook boss has had with conservative figures in the US over the summer. The meetings, in the form of small, off-record dinners at his homes since July, have included conservative talkshow hosts, journalists and at least one Republican lawmaker, Politico reported earlier in the day.”