University of Washington: Who’s tweeting about scientific research? And why?

University of Washington: Who’s tweeting about scientific research? And why?. “Scientists candidly tweet about their unpublished research not only to one another but also to a broader audience of engaged laypeople. When consumers of cutting-edge science tweet or retweet about studies they find interesting, they leave behind a real-time record of the impact that taxpayer-funded research is having within academia and beyond.”

Phys .org: Database of parliamentarians’ tweets opens new research opportunities

Phys .org: Database of parliamentarians’ tweets opens new research opportunities. “Researchers have compiled a new database of tweets from parliament members from 26 European countries and illustrated how this resource could help address challenges in the burgeoning field of Twitter research. Livia van Vliet of the University of Amsterdam, Netherlands, and colleagues present the new database and findings in the open-access journal PLOS ONE on September 16, 2020.”

The Next Web: This free tool automatically deletes your old tweets, retweets, and likes

The Next Web: This free tool automatically deletes your old tweets, retweets, and likes. “There are a lot of tools out there for deleting your old tweets in bulk, but they don’t offer you much control, and many of them require you to run them manually every time you want to clear your tracks. To get rid of all this headache, developer Michael Lee had made a tool named Semiphemeral to get rid of your old tweets, likes, retweets, and even DMs. This tool was earlier available as an open-sourced version you had to set up on your own server, but now anyone can easily use it through its new web interface.”

CNN: China’s UK embassy calls for Twitter to investigate after ambassador’s account ‘likes’ pornographic tweet

CNN: China’s UK embassy calls for Twitter to investigate after ambassador’s account ‘likes’ pornographic tweet. “The Chinese embassy in the United Kingdom has called on Twitter to investigate after its ambassador’s official account appeared to ‘like’ a pornographic post. The apparent sexually explicit “like” was first identified by a London-based human rights campaigner on Wednesday. It quickly set off a storm online as Twitter users speculated about whether ambassador Liu Xiaoming’s account had been hacked.”

CNET: Twitter, NFL and Bud Light say fans will be able to celebrate a touchdown virtually with players

CNET: Twitter, NFL and Bud Light say fans will be able to celebrate a touchdown virtually with players. “On Tuesday, the NFL, Twitter and Bud Light said that players will see tweets and videos from their fans displayed on a screen in the end zone during a game’s big moments such as a touchdown, allowing the athletes to react to the online chatter through a camera. Called the ‘Bud Light Showtime cam,’ the three companies say it will allow players to showcase their personalities and connect with their fans in real-time. Twitter users who tweet about the games using #ShowtimeCam and #BudLightSweepstakes could get their tweets featured and seen by the players.”

TNW: How to use Twitter’s new tool to limit replies to your tweets

TNW: How to use Twitter’s new tool to limit replies to your tweets. “The platform’s been testing this option for a few months. The intention behind it is to allow users to control their own conversations — and to ensure one doesn’t have to deal with the unfettered opinions of the entirety of Twitter. If you don’t fall into the group capable of replying, than the reply button on the tweet will be greyed out and unuseable.”

Poynter: Sarah Sanders didn’t tweet this COVID-19 conspiracy theory

Poynter: Sarah Sanders didn’t tweet this COVID-19 conspiracy theory. “The tweet was like a word cloud of popular conspiracy theory topics: COVID-19, Russia, antifa and Hillary Clinton. And it looked like it came from former White House press secretary Sarah Sanders. Sanders has a couple verified Twitter accounts: @SHSanders45, where she last tweeted in 2019, @SarahHuckabee, where she actively tweets today. And she once tweeted from the handle @PressSec. But an image being shared on Facebook that looks like she tweeted a conspiracy theory from yet another account is not actually from Sanders.”

Ohio State News: Twitter posts reveal polarization in Congress on COVID-19

Ohio State News: Twitter posts reveal polarization in Congress on COVID-19. “The rapid politicization of the COVID-19 pandemic can be seen in messages members of the U.S. Congress sent about the issue on the social media site Twitter, a new analysis found. Using artificial intelligence and resources from the Ohio Supercomputer Center, researchers conducted an analysis that covered all 30,887 tweets that members sent about COVID-19 from the first one on Jan. 17 through March 31. The algorithm they created could correctly classify the political party of the member who sent each tweet 76 percent of the time, based only on the text of the tweet and the date it was sent.”

CNN: Twitter puts warning on Trump tweet for ‘threat of harm’ against DC protesters

CNN: Twitter puts warning on Trump tweet for ‘threat of harm’ against DC protesters. “Twitter on Tuesday put a warning label on a tweet from President Donald Trump in which he warned if protesters tried to set up an ‘autonomous zone’ in Washington DC they would be ‘met with serious force!'”

The Verge: Twitter’s new reply-limiting feature is already changing how we talk on the platform

The Verge: Twitter’s new reply-limiting feature is already changing how we talk on the platform. “Previously, anybody could reply to anybody on Twitter (as long as their profile wasn’t private or blocked). But now, if you’re part of the test, you can decide if you want to allow replies from everyone, only people you follow, or only people you tag — which, if you don’t tag anyone, means that no one can reply at all. Deciding who can reply to which tweet on a tweet-by-tweet basis could change how some people use the social media platform in significant ways.”

TechCrunch: Twitter tests a feature that calls you out for RTing without reading the article

TechCrunch: Twitter tests a feature that calls you out for RTing without reading the article. “A new Twitter test feature aiming to ‘promote informed discussion’ will nudge users to read before they retweet. The company describes the test as a step to help people be more aware of what they’re sharing in a broader effort to inspire ‘healthier conversations’ on the platform.”

CNET: Employee who protested Facebook’s stance on Trump posts fired over tweet

CNET: Employee who protested Facebook’s stance on Trump posts fired over tweet. “Facebook fired an employee who protested the social network’s hands-off approach to President Donald Trump’s controversial posts after he publicly called out another employee’s ‘inaction’ in a tweet.”

UNLV Capstone Project: How Misinformation Spreads Through Twitter

UNLV Capstone Project: How Misinformation Spreads Through Twitter. “As new technologies emerge, a major piece of both content creation and the perpetuation of misinformation are social media platforms like Twitter, Facebook, and YouTube. As news events emerge, whether be a pandemic, a mass shooting, or an election campaign, it is difficult to divulge the facts from fiction when so many different ‘facts’ appear. This study looks at 14,545,945 tweets generated in the wake of the 1 October mass shooting and its second anniversary to identify how much of the public response is fogged by information pollution, to identify what kind of misinformation is spread and how it spreads on Twitter and news coverage.”

University of Miami: Experts explore Twitter and its role in public conversations

University of Miami: Experts explore Twitter and its role in public conversations. “When Twitter founder Jack Dorsey launched the online social networking site in March 2006, his team envisioned a noble purpose for the enterprise: to serve the public conversation and stimulate shared learning and solutions for some of the world’s most complex problems. Yet today, far from being a hub for healthy exchange, Twitter seems to function more often as a lightning rod for vitriol and reflecting the schisms in society. Twitter and other social media platforms and their executives have come under increasing criticism from both sides of the political spectrum: from progressives who clamor for the platforms to restrict the harassment, hate speech, and misinformation that proliferates, and from conservatives, including President Donald Trump, who claim a bias against conservative ideas.”

Boing Boing: Repost the text of Trump’s calls for violence, get suspended from Twitter

Boing Boing: Repost the text of Trump’s calls for violence, get suspended from Twitter. “President Trump enjoys a vaguely-defined but formal exemption from Twitter’s policies on the grounds of his inherent newsworthiness. Recently, Twitter began putting warnings on his Tweets when they called for violent acts, which Trump considers censorship. A new Twitter account set out to see whether Twitter would simply suspend anyone else who posted what Trump does. It didn’t last long before the hammer fell.”