Musk’s Beloved Twitter Polls Are Bot-Driven Bullsh!t, Ex-Employees Say (Rolling Stone)

Rolling Stone: Musk’s Beloved Twitter Polls Are Bot-Driven Bullsh!t, Ex-Employees Say. “Musk’s claims of recent user growth may be flawed for the same bot-plagued reasons, former staffers say. Under his leadership, Twitter recently told advertisers that monetizable daily active users have grown 20 percent and Musk himself tweeted that ‘Twitter usage is at an all-time high.’ But it’s not clear how much of that claimed growth is authentic. ”

Scientific Reports: Social media enables people-centric climate action in the hard-to-decarbonise building sector

Scientific Reports: Social media enables people-centric climate action in the hard-to-decarbonise building sector. “The building and construction sector accounts for around 39% of global carbon dioxide emissions and remains a hard-to-abate sector. We use a data-driven analysis of global high-level climate action on emissions reduction in the building sector using 256,717 English-language tweets across a 13-year time frame (2009–2021). Using natural language processing and network analysis, we show that public sentiments and emotions on social media are reactive to these climate policy actions.”

North Carolina State University: Positive YouTube Videos Help Deflect Blame From Sharks

North Carolina State University: Positive YouTube Videos Help Deflect Blame From Sharks. “In a new study, North Carolina State University researchers found more people shifted blame for shark bites away from the animals after watching positive YouTube videos about them. They also saw greater support on average for non-lethal strategies for responding to incidents in which a shark has bitten a person.”

CNET: Americans’ Satisfaction With Internet Service Providers Falls, Study Shows

CNET: Americans’ Satisfaction With Internet Service Providers Falls, Study Shows. “When the American Customer Satisfaction Index in June announced its numbers for the broadband industry, we noted that internet service providers landed at the very bottom of all industries surveyed. Well, the news isn’t much better with the release last week of a study from J.D. Power.”

UChicago: Nearly all adults think misinformation is increasing extreme political views and behaviors

UChicago News: Nearly all adults think misinformation is increasing extreme political views and behaviors. “The public believes misinformation is having serious consequences. More than half of adults say misinformation increases political engagement, and about 7 in 10 say misinformation increases extreme political views and hate crimes such as violence motivated by race, gender, or religion. About half also say misinformation decreases trust in government.”

Toronto Star: Ottawa slams Google-backed survey criticizing Canada’s online news bill as an attempt to ‘avoid accountability

Toronto Star: Ottawa slams Google-backed survey criticizing Canada’s online news bill as an attempt to ‘avoid accountability’. “A national survey commissioned by Google painting Ottawa’s online news bill as flawed and a potential vehicle for misinformation has been slammed by the federal government as an attempt to ‘avoid accountability.’”

Phys .org: Support for art and other cultural objects can be strengthened by highlighting their collective value

Phys .org: Support for art and other cultural objects can be strengthened by highlighting their collective value. “New research into the sacredness of artistic objects shows that it’s possible to get people to see just about any artwork as sacred—even an amateur drawing—so long as they believe that the art connects humanity to something bigger than itself. And when people do that, they are more willing to put themselves out to ensure it’s protected.”

New Survey: Trends & Concerns In Audio Archiving (Music Connection)

Music Connection: New Survey: Trends & Concerns In Audio Archiving. “Based on key topics raised during an Iron Mountain Entertainment Services (IMES) and Recording Academy Producers & Engineers Wing (P&E Wing) co-hosted 2021 summit ‘Protecting Legacies: The Art, Science and Value of Music Archives,’ IMES, the P&E Wing and the Audio Engineering Society (AES) developed a survey to assess current practices and challenges in audio archiving. The survey was sent to approximately 4,000 members of the P&E Wing and 11,000 members of the AES.”

Pew: More so than adults, U.S. teens value people feeling safe online over being able to speak freely

Pew (PEW PEW PEW PEW PEW!): More so than adults, U.S. teens value people feeling safe online over being able to speak freely. “Teens and adults in the United States differ on a key issue tied to online speech and its consequences. A majority of teens ages 13 to 17 say a welcoming, safe online environment is more important than people being able to speak their minds freely online, according to a new Pew Research Center survey. A separate survey of Americans 18 and older shows that adults’ views on the same question are more evenly divided.”

Brookings Institution: Misinformation is eroding the public’s confidence in democracy

Brookings Institution: Misinformation is eroding the public’s confidence in democracy. “The National Intelligence Council has found no indications that any foreign actor has interfered in the technical aspect of voting, such as voter registration, voting and casting ballots, vote tabulation or in the reporting of election results, which is great. However, the spread of false information about the voting systems on social media destabilizes the public’s trust in election processes and results.”

Northwestern Now: Government-funded scientific research reflects public interest, Northwestern study finds

Northwestern Now: Government-funded scientific research reflects public interest, Northwestern study finds . “Around the world, governments fund scientific research with taxpayer money as a public good. But how well does science serve the public interest in practice? A new study led by Northwestern University researchers finds that public funding is well-aligned with public use, and that the public tends to value research that scientists also see as impactful within their fields.”

UK Government: New poll finds 7 in 10 adults want social media firms to do more to tackle harmful content

UK Government: New poll finds 7 in 10 adults want social media firms to do more to tackle harmful content . “Four in five adults (78 per cent) want social media companies to be clear about what sort of content is and isn’t allowed on their platform. In a stark warning to social media companies, 45 per cent of respondents also said they will leave or reduce the amount of time they spend on their platforms if they see no action.”

Engadget: Fewer Americans want the government to regulate Big Tech, Pew study says

Engadget: Fewer Americans want the government to regulate Big Tech, Pew study says. “Last year, more than half (56 percent) of Americans wanted more regulation of Big Tech. Now, only 44 percent of Americans want to see more government enforcement of tech companies. And the number of respondents who want less government regulation of the tech industry has doubled this year, from nine percent to 20 percent. But those results shouldn’t suggest that the public has a rosier view of Big Tech or trusts that tech companies are getting it right.”