WIRED: Social Media Influencers Finally Come to … Medicine. “Just as Snapchat and Instagram and YouTube have influencers, so too does medicine. Chronic diseases occupy an online world of memes, hashtags (#hospitalglam), and people who provide information and insights to communities that too often feel they have no voice. A growing number of companies are hiring these patient influencers to reach, and understand, these folks. And, of course, sell them stuff.”
Phys.org: Study finds social media course impacts online behavior in first-year medical students. “Researchers at the George Washington University (GW) School of Medicine and Health Sciences found a majority of first-year medical students changed their online behavior after participating in a social media and professionalism course. The study results show that a formal education on responsible social media use is beneficial to medical students as they develop professional habits that are inclusive of social media, and look to avoid behavior that would be detrimental to their careers.”
World War I Social Media Day is April 11. “Museums, archives, and other educational institutions around the world will share a day of social media activity focused on World War I history. Follow these institutions on social media and you’ll discover interesting content almost every single day. But on April 11, experts and educators will be online to answer questions, test your knowledge in pop quizzes, and take you behind the scenes with live video.” If you’re at all interested in WWI, I recommend the YouTube Channel The Great War. Terrific stuff. They’re not a Patreon of mine and have no idea who I am. I’m just a big fan of theirs.
Geek: AI Identifies Coded Hate Speech on Social Media. “Researchers at the University of Rochester have developed an artificial intelligence system that can identify coded hate speech online.”
World Jewish Congress: An anti-Semitic post is uploaded to social media every 83 seconds, WJC research finds. “The World Jewish Congress has found that more than 382,000 anti-Semitic posts were posted to social media platforms over the course of 2016 – an average of more than 43.6 posts per hour, or one post every 83 seconds. The WJC survey, conducted by the Israeli monitoring firm Vigo Social Intelligence, also determined that an overwhelming 63 percent of all anti-Semitic content online can be found on Twitter.” The full report and detailed analysis of this study will be released next month.
The New Arab: Egypt MP says social media activists should be ‘executed’. “An Egyptian parliamentarian has called for the ‘execution’ of social media activists who criticise the state. Ahmed Refaat, a member of the communication and information committee, told Egyptian website Parlmany that social media users are ‘more dangerous than spies’.”
US News & World Report: Sharers Rather Than Authors More Important on Social Media. “The person who shares a news story on social media is more important than the story’s actual source in determining whether readers believe it, a study by the Media Insight Project has found. In a previous study, consumers said they paid greater heed to where the story originated. But the Media Insight Project, a collaboration between The Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research and the American Press Institute, set up an experiment that found something different.”