CNBC: Superstar German DJ ‘permanently banned’ from China for liking a ‘South Park’ tweet

CNBC: Superstar German DJ ‘permanently banned’ from China for liking a ‘South Park’ tweet. “Zedd, a high-profile DJ and music producer, has been permanently banned from China for liking a tweet from ‘South Park’s’ official account. On Friday, Zedd tweeted about the ban, and CNBC verified the claim with his publicist on Saturday.”

Phys .org: Trump’s Twitter communication style shifted over time based on varying communication goals

Phys .org: Trump’s Twitter communication style shifted over time based on varying communication goals. “While many journalists and academics have analysed the topics and sentiment of Trump’s tweets, the range of different rhetorical strategies and discursive styles deployed by Donald Trump is not well studied. The authors of the study downloaded the corpus of tweets sent from the @realDonaldTrump Twitter account from 2009 and 2018 preserved in the Trump Twitter Archive. By analysing patterns of grammatical co-occurence, the authors were able to identify four general style variations of Trump’s tweets: 1) conversational; 2) campaigning; 3) advisory; 4) engaged, and to observe how these stylistic patterns shifted over time.”

Fast Company: Bury climate denier BS in scientific facts with this new Twitter tool

Fast Company: Bury climate denier BS in scientific facts with this new Twitter tool. “Created by agency Sid Lee, The Fact Avalanche tracks false climate claims, then alerts participants by email or SMS to respond en masse with ready-made climate facts provided by universities and other partners, including the University of Waterloo’s Interdisciplinary Centre on Climate Change.”

Brevity is the Soul of Twitter: 280-Character Limit Makes Twitter More Civil (University of Pennsylvania)

University of Pennsylvania: Brevity is the Soul of Twitter: 280-Character Limit Makes Twitter More Civil. “You’ve probably heard it said before: Twitter is a cesspool. A platform once populated with harmless messages about one’s favorite TV shows or happenings about town, Twitter so often devolves into a hotbed of harassment, bullying, and metaphorical yelling. Many users thought doubling the platform’s character limit from 140 characters to 280, as Twitter did in November of 2017, could only make matters worse. But a new study from the Annenberg School for Communication at the University of Pennsylvania found the opposite.”

Phys .org: Professor’s research paints picture of #MeToo movement’s origins

Phys .org: Professor’s research paints picture of #MeToo movement’s origins. “With the help of machine learning, [Sepideh] Modrek and her research assistant Bozhidar Chakalov studied more than 12,000 #MeToo tweets posted between Oct. 15 and 21. After applying and gaining access to Twitter’s application programming interface, or API, they were able to count every undeleted #MeToo tweet. They then downloaded a representative subset, which helped them describe magnitude of the movement in terms of size, demographics and the personal narratives shared.”

Newswise: Tweets Indicate Nicotine Dependence, Withdrawal Symptoms of JUUL Users

Newswise: Tweets Indicate Nicotine Dependence, Withdrawal Symptoms of JUUL Users. “As e-cigarette brand JUUL continues to climb in popularity among users of all ages, University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine researchers took a unique approach to analyzing its impact by using Twitter to investigate any mention of nicotine effects, symptoms of dependence and withdrawal in regards to JUUL use. The study revealed that 1 out of every 5 tweets mentioning JUUL identified for the analysis also referenced addiction-related themes. The full results are published in the journal Drug and Alcohol Dependence. “