Wall Street Journal: Congress Probes Bot-Generated Social-Media Messages About E-Cigarettes

Wall Street Journal: Congress Probes Bot-Generated Social-Media Messages About E-Cigarettes. “A congressional committee and the Massachusetts attorney general are investigating whether millions of bot-generated social-media messages about e-cigarettes have been misleading consumers about safety and health issues.”

Poynter: What can researchers find among the 32 million URLs Facebook just released to Social Science One?

Poynter: What can researchers find among the 32 million URLs Facebook just released to Social Science One? “Social Science One, the non-profit commission launched in 2018 to establish concrete partnerships between academics and data-rich institutions like Facebook, now has 32 million individual links extracted from Mark Zuckerberg’s social media network upon which to conduct research.”

Slate: I Charted My Facebook Birthday Wall Posts Since 2005

Slate: I Charted My Facebook Birthday Wall Posts Since 2005. “By one measure, I peaked in 2010, the year I turned 23. That was the birthday when the most people ever, before or since—53 of them—posted on my Facebook wall to celebrate another year of my life on Earth. It’s a good thing I don’t judge my self-worth against how many Facebook wall posts I get every time I turn a year older, or else I’d be in trouble, because on my most recent birthday, about a month ago, I got a measly 13 Facebook birthday well-wishes.”

South China Morning Post: Older Hongkongers taking to online apps and social media for latest updates on protests, and some may join rallies too

South China Morning Post: Older Hongkongers taking to online apps and social media for latest updates on protests, and some may join rallies too . “Retired schoolteacher Bill Lau, 66, first learned about the messaging app Telegram and online forum LIHKG – platforms popular with protesters – from his friends and younger daughter respectively. Curious, he downloaded Telegram and started checking out LIHKG links from his daughter, and now spends at least half an hour on them each day.”

Sky News: Fight fake news by tracking political parties’ social media, says Oxford study

Sky News: Fight fake news by tracking political parties’ social media, says Oxford study. “Political parties that spread fake news online should be punished with bigger fines and restrictions on their use of data, according to a University of Oxford report. The report, released today, also recommends that the Electoral Commission should keep a database of political campaigners’ social media accounts to keep track of the material they are posting.”

ABC News (Australia): Instagram accounts for babies are becoming more popular. This is what parents should consider

ABC News (Australia): Instagram accounts for babies are becoming more popular. This is what parents should consider. “Georgii is one of a growing number of babies and young children who have their own social media accounts. These accounts are usually set up and run by their parents, and while some are concerned about sharing kids’ photos online without their consent, the fact is many of us share our lives online. So why wouldn’t we include the biggest part — our children?”