Washington Post: Harvard is shutting down project that studied social media misinformation

Washington Post: Harvard is shutting down project that studied social media misinformation. “Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government said Thursday that it will shut down a prominent research center that studied online misinformation next year, marking the latest turning point for the study of social media’s impact on American society and politics.”

FarmTok: The Wholesome Social Media Trend I Can’t Get Enough Of (British Vogue)

British Vogue: FarmTok: The Wholesome Social Media Trend I Can’t Get Enough Of. “While social media can often feel oppressive, a place laden with perfect-looking people trying to sell us things, wholesome nature accounts are a joyful antidote to all of that. I’ve also found that it’s a great reminder that there is something beyond all of the noise, and it’s there for all of us at all times.”

‘Doppelganger murder’: Woman accused of killing Instagram lookalike in plot to fake her own death (NBC News)

NBC News: ‘Doppelganger murder’: Woman accused of killing Instagram lookalike in plot to fake her own death. “A family dispute, a missing woman, and a body that had been stabbed to death found in the woman’s car by her parents: These things, authorities in Germany now say, are not as they once seemed.”

Russia in Africa: How disinformation operations target the continent (BBC)

BBC: Russia in Africa: How disinformation operations target the continent. “Russosphère describes itself as ‘a network in defence of Russia’. Made up of several social media groups on different platforms, it was created in 2021 but fully launched in February 2022 – just days before the Russian invasion of Ukraine. The network swiftly gained over 80,000 followers.”

Asahi Shimbun: Japan setting up rapid-response unit to counter disinformation

Asahi Shimbun: Japan setting up rapid-response unit to counter disinformation. “The central government is setting up an organization within the Cabinet Secretariat to take on disinformation campaigns, such as fake news and impersonator accounts.”

Why We Still Need Twitter: How Social Media Holds Companies Accountable (Harvard Business School)

Harvard Business School: Why We Still Need Twitter: How Social Media Holds Companies Accountable. “Remember the viral video of the United passenger being removed from a plane? An analysis of Twitter activity and corporate misconduct by Jonas Heese and Joseph Pacelli reveals the power of social media to uncover questionable situations at companies.”

WIRED: Startup T2 Wants to Terminate Twitter

WIRED: Startup T2 Wants to Terminate Twitter. “IN MID-2021, GABOR Cselle bought a $15 Moleskine notebook to sketch out ideas for new startups. On the first page, he wrote ‘T2’ and began taking notes for a better version of Twitter. Cselle had sold startups to Google and Twitter and worked at both companies. (He was at the time at Google for a second stint, as a director at Area 120, its startup incubator.) But he couldn’t figure out how to draw people away from ‘T1’—the original Twitter—and set the idea aside.”

Ohio State News: True stories can win out on social media, study finds

Ohio State News: True stories can win out on social media, study finds. “Some past research has suggested that falsehoods travel more quickly online than the truth and are more popular with the public, but a new study gives a more hopeful view. Researchers found that posts on the social media site Reddit that included news articles fact-checked as true received more engagement and positive reaction than posts with news labeled as false.”

Brown University: Study offers neurological explanation for how brains bias partisans against new information

Brown University: Study offers neurological explanation for how brains bias partisans against new information. “People who share a political ideology have more similar ‘neural fingerprints’ of political words and process new information in similar ways, according to a new analysis led by Brown University researchers.”

Euractiv: Poland warns of disinformation campaigners smearing Ukrainian refugees

Euractiv: Poland warns of disinformation campaigners smearing Ukrainian refugees. “The government Plenipotentiary for the Security of the Information Space of the Republic of Poland, Stanisław Żaryn, warned at a press conference about a disinformation campaign taking place in the country concerning refugees from Ukraine. Ukrainian refugees often fall victim to online and media disinformation. Rarely, however, on a scale against which the governments must warn citizens.”

University of Cambridge: Memes-field Park? ‘Digital natives’ are flirting with Jane Austen’s vision of the ideal man all over again

University of Cambridge: Memes-field Park? ‘Digital natives’ are flirting with Jane Austen’s vision of the ideal man all over again. “In a newly-published analysis, literature specialists examined the phenomenon of internet memes about Jane Austen and her fictional creations, in particular those from Pride and Prejudice and, above all, Mr Darcy. Austen’s work is ‘memed’ – turned into bite-sized, ironic snippets of online content – more than almost any other author of classic fiction.”

CNN: Surgeon General says 13 is ‘too early’ to join social media

CNN: Surgeon General says 13 is ‘too early’ to join social media. “US Surgeon General Vivek Murthy says he believes 13 is too young for children to be on social media platforms, because although sites allow children of that age to join, kids are still ‘developing their identity.'”

GW Study: Offline Events Spike Online Hate Speech (George Washington University)

George Washington University: GW Study: Offline Events Spike Online Hate Speech. “From Black Lives Matter protests to presidential elections, real-world events often lead to increased online bigotry. A new study reveals the targeting doesn’t stop with single groups.”

On Trump’s Social Network: Ads for Miracle Cures, Scams and Fake Merchandise (New York Times)

New York Times: On Trump’s Social Network: Ads for Miracle Cures, Scams and Fake Merchandise. “Ads from major brands are nonexistent on the site. Instead, the ads on Truth Social are for alternative medicine, diet pills, gun accessories and Trump-themed trinkets, according to an analysis of hundreds of ads on the social network by The New York Times.”