USC Viterbi School of Engineering: USC Researchers Release Public Coronavirus Twitter Set for Academics

USC Viterbi School of Engineering: USC Researchers Release Public Coronavirus Twitter Set for Academics. “Researchers at the USC Viterbi School of Engineering Information Sciences Institute (ISI) and the Department of Computer Science have released a public coronavirus twitter dataset for scholars. Emilio Ferrara and Kristina Lerman, the principal researchers on this project, have a history of studying social media and bots to understand how misinformation, fear and influence spread online.”

CNET: Twitter will require users to remove tweets that could increase the spread of coronavirus

CNET: Twitter will require users to remove tweets that could increase the spread of coronavirus. “Under the new guidance, which takes effect today, the social network will bar tweets that go against the recommendations of local and global health authorities or encourage the use of ineffective or harmful treatments. Some of the examples Twitter provided included tweets that state, ‘social distancing is not effective’ and ‘if you can hold your breath for 10 seconds, you do not have coronavirus.'”

University of Washington: How people investigate — or don’t — fake news on Twitter and Facebook

University of Washington: How people investigate — or don’t — fake news on Twitter and Facebook. “Researchers at the University of Washington wanted to know how people investigated potentially suspicious posts on their own feeds. The team watched 25 participants scroll through their Facebook or Twitter feeds while, unbeknownst to them, a Google Chrome extension randomly added debunked content on top of some of the real posts.”

Yale News: Amid coronavirus crisis, Yale scientists find useful tool in Twitter

Yale News: Amid coronavirus crisis, Yale scientists find useful tool in Twitter. “Before COVID-19 became a massive global health threat, Yale epidemiology professor Nathan Grubaugh mainly relied on Twitter as a direct line of communication with fellow scientists, especially if he wanted a fast response to a scientific inquiry…. But as the new respiratory infection spread across the globe from China to South Korea to Italy and then to the United States, media outlets noticed Grubaugh’s comments on the social media platform and turned to him for insights.”

Reuters: Social media giants warn of AI moderation errors as coronavirus empties offices

Reuters: Social media giants warn of AI moderation errors as coronavirus empties offices. “Alphabet Inc’s YouTube, Facebook Inc (FB.O) and Twitter Inc (TWTR.N) warned on Monday that more videos and other content could be erroneously removed for policy violations, as the companies empty offices and rely on automated takedown software during the coronavirus pandemic.”

BuzzMachine: In this crisis, God bless the net

Pointer to a Covid Twitter List in this article from BuzzMachine: In this crisis, God bless the net. “What we need most right now is expertise. Thanks to the net, it’s not at all hard to find. I spent a few hours putting together a COVID Twitter list of more than 200 experts: doctors, epidemiologists, academics, policymakers, and journalists. It is already invaluable to me, giving me and anyone who cares to follow it news, facts, data, education, context, answers. Between social and search, good information is easy to find — and disinformation easy to deflate and ignore.”