Penn State News: Twitter data unveils issues nursing mothers face, informs proposed interventions

Penn State News: Twitter data unveils issues nursing mothers face, informs proposed interventions. “Social media has become a platform for new mothers to openly share their experiences of the joys and challenges of parenthood. Researchers at Penn State and Dalhousie University have unraveled the sentiments in nursing mothers’ tweets to better understand the factors influencing breastfeeding behaviors. They hope the findings can inform policies and interventions to support and improve resources for nursing mothers, such as breastfeeding support, workplace accommodations and technological aids such as apps.”

News .com .au: Twitter reveals half of all extremist posts on platform advocate for violence against civilians

News .com .au: Twitter reveals half of all extremist posts on platform advocate for violence against civilians. “Twitter has revealed almost half of all extremists who post on its platform have advocated for violence against civilians. Speaking before Parliament’s intelligence and security committee, Twitter head of public policy Kathleen Reen shared the shocking statistic but said completely wiping out ideological discussion from the platform would only add further tension.”

Politico: National Archives can’t resurrect Trump’s tweets, Twitter says

Politico: National Archives can’t resurrect Trump’s tweets, Twitter says. “Twitter will not allow the National Archives to make former President Donald Trump’s past tweets from his @realDonaldTrump account available on the social media platform, the company told POLITICO on Wednesday, in the latest display of Silicon Valley’s power over communications channels used by the U.S. government.”

#Election2020: the first public Twitter dataset on the 2020 US Presidential election (PubMed)

PubMed: #Election2020: the first public Twitter dataset on the 2020 US Presidential election. “The study of online chatter is paramount, especially in the wake of important voting events like the recent November 3, 2020 U.S. Presidential election and the inauguration on January 21, 2021. Limited access to social media data is often the primary obstacle that limits our abilities to study and understand online political discourse. To mitigate this impediment and empower the Computational Social Science research community, we are publicly releasing a massive-scale, longitudinal dataset of U.S. politics- and election-related tweets. This multilingual dataset encompasses over 1.2 billion tweets and tracks all salient U.S. political trends, actors, and events from 2019 to the time of this writing.”

Neowin: Twitter might let you ‘undo’ tweets in the future… if you pay for it

Neowin: Twitter might let you ‘undo’ tweets in the future… if you pay for it. “As spotted by prominent reverse engineer Jane Manchun Wong – who found out about the feature in the first place -, there appears to be a subscription page currently tied to the ‘undo tweet’ functionality. While this makes sense given that we know that Twitter is considering a subscription service, it’s difficult to see the value in paying for a capability that only allows you a five-second respite so you can undo a tweet before it is sent.”

E&E News: Interior scrubs old pro-Trump tweets

E&E News: Interior scrubs old pro-Trump tweets . “The Interior Department has put away some Trump-era tweets that officials now say strayed too far into political territory. Citing restrictions on the use of government social media sites, Interior acknowledged to E&E News that it had scrubbed certain overtly pro-Trump messages from the official @Interior handle.” The tweets have been preserved, just deleted as active tweets.

The Next Web: How to automatically delete your embarrassing tweets for free

The Next Web: How to automatically delete your embarrassing tweets for free. “Unfortunately, Twitter doesn’t provide a way to bulk-delete tweets (assholes). Instead, the site suggests you manually remove the offending tweets, one-by-one. But that can be a grueling task, littered with humiliating reminders of the past. A more expedient option is using a third-party app to automatically delete old tweets on a recurring schedule. Read on to find out how.”

EurekAlert: COVID-19 warnings were on Twitter well before the outbreak of the pandemic

EurekAlert: COVID-19 warnings were on Twitter well before the outbreak of the pandemic. “Even before public announcements of the first cases of COVID-19 in Europe were made, at the end of January 2020, signals that something strange was happening were already circulating on social media. A new study of researchers at IMT School for Advanced Studies Lucca, published in Scientific Reports, has identified tracks of increasing concern about pneumonia cases on posts published on Twitter in seven countries, between the end of 2019 and the beginning of 2020.”

Pew Research Center: How lawmakers’ social media activity changed in the days after the U.S. Capitol riot

Pew Research Center: How lawmakers’ social media activity changed in the days after the U.S. Capitol riot. “Social media activity by members of Congress changed in notable ways following the Jan. 6 rioting at the U.S. Capitol by supporters of President Donald Trump, according to a new Pew Research Center analysis of lawmakers’ Facebook and Twitter posts in the days after the breach.”

CNET: Twitter restores retweet functionality after effort to curb misinformation

CNET: Twitter restores retweet functionality after effort to curb misinformation. “Twitter said Wednesday it will restore traditional retweet functionality after a months-long experiment to limit the spread of misinformation on the platform ahead of the US election last month. Twitter said in October it would prompt users to add a comment to a tweet if they tried to retweet. Users could still retweet if they didn’t add their own remarks, a practice known a quote tweeting.”

Washington Post: When Twitter fact-checks Trump’s tweets, it polarizes Americans even more, our research finds

Washington Post: When Twitter fact-checks Trump’s tweets, it polarizes Americans even more, our research finds . “Scholars have studied when fact-checking political misinformation effectively changes what citizens believe. Sometimes, research finds that such rebuttals can backfire; individuals confronted with contrary views double down on their beliefs. Other research suggests that correction backfires are relatively rare. But scholars have never investigated the effects of labeling misinformation when the source is the president of the United States.”