Rappler: CrowdTangle rolls out new, better search tool for fact checkers

Rappler: CrowdTangle rolls out new, better search tool for fact checkers. “Content discovery and social monitoring platform CrowdTangle announced on Saturday, December 7, that it is giving fact checkers access to a new search tool, which can find and measure public posts across several social media platforms…. This tool can search for public posts shared across Facebook, Instagram, Reddit, and Twitter. It is still in beta and is only currently available to Facebook’s fact-checking partners.”

TechCrunch: Reddit’s monthly active user base grew 30% to reach 430M in 2019

TechCrunch: Reddit’s monthly active user base grew 30% to reach 430M in 2019. “In a year-end retrospective released this morning, Reddit says its user base grew 30% this year to reach 430 million monthly active users, as of the end of October. Its users also contributed 199 million posts, 1.7 billion comments and 32 billion upvotes, the company says.”

Nieman Journalism Lab: Who becomes a Reddit conspiracy theorist? They have these things in common

Nieman Journalism Lab: Who becomes a Reddit conspiracy theorist? They have these things in common. “Do people mainly share misinformation because they get distracted? A new working paper suggests that ‘most people do not want to spread misinformation, but are distracted from accuracy by other salient motives when choosing what to share.’ And when the researchers — Gordon Pennycook, Ziv Epstein, Mohsen Mosleh, Antonio Arechar, Dean Eckles, and David Rand — DM’d Twitter users who’d shared news from unreliable websites, they found that ‘subtly inducing people to think about the concept of accuracy decreases their sharing of false and misleading news relative to accurate news.'”

CNN: Reddit warns Trump supporters against ‘systematic harassment’ of potential whistleblower

CNN: Reddit warns Trump supporters against ‘systematic harassment’ of potential whistleblower. “Reddit has warned users of its forum for President Trump supporters that ‘systematic harassment’ of the alleged potential whistleblower whose complaint kicked off the impeachment inquiry ‘must stop immediately.’ The company cited in part its policy prohibiting ‘inviting vigilantism.'”

Live Science: Strangers on Social Media Diagnose Each Other’s STDs. Doctors Are Concerned.

Live Science: Strangers on Social Media Diagnose Each Other’s STDs. Doctors Are Concerned.. “With sexually transmitted disease (STD) rates soaring across the nation, thousands of Reddit users now turn to each other for help in diagnosing bumps and rashes in their nether regions ⁠— rather than relying on a doctor’s trained eye.”

Reddit: Help us save as many Yahoo! Groups as possible!

Reddit: Help us save as many Yahoo! Groups as possible!. “We need volunteers to manually join as many groups as they can, by filling out reCaptchas. We’ve written a Chrome extension that links to a tracker to coordinate efforts. If you’re up for completing a bunch of reCaptcha’s for us, you could really make a difference! If everyone reading this just completed a few, it would be an enormous help!”