The Street: Using Twitter to Trade Stocks. “Twitter (TWTR) , with 33 million worldwide users at the end of 2017, is fertile social media ground for a myriad of reasons, and for many profit-minded industries. The latest — and potentially one of the greatest — sectors plugging into Twitter is the investment industry, which is turning to artificial intelligence to roll out new Twitter-based stock trading platforms.”
Deutsche Welle: Far-right trolls active on social media before German election: research. “Right-wing internet trolls sought to influence Germany’s federal election in September by setting up dozens of fake YouTube, Twitter and Facebook accounts to help them manipulate the online political debate, two studies released on Tuesday revealed. One study, published by several German public broadcasters and the Süddeutsche Zeitung newspaper, revealed how some 5,000 users on the ‘Reconquista Germanica’ (Germany’s recapture) platform planned their social media campaigns.”
Global News: Researchers examine the use of Twitter in the Christopher Garnier trial. “Were you one of the thousands of people who followed every moment of Christopher Garnier’s second-degree murder trial on Twitter? If so, researchers are looking for your feedback.”
Vanity Fair: “Just An Ass-Backward Tech Company”: How Twitter Lost The Internet War. “Del Harvey, Twitter’s resident troll hunter, has a fitting, if unusual, backstory for somebody in charge of policing one of the Internet’s most ungovernable platforms. As a teenager, she spent a summer as a lifeguard at a state mental institution; at 21, she began volunteering for Perverted Justice, a vigilante group that lures pedophiles into online chat rooms and exposes their identities. When the group partnered with NBC in 2004 to launch To Catch a Predator, Harvey posed as a child to help put pedophiles in jail. In 2008, she joined Twitter, then a small status-updating service whose 140-character quirk was based on the amount of alphanumerics that could be contained on a flip-phone screen. She was employee No. 25, and her job was to combat spam accounts.”
Phys .org: Researchers find tweeting in cities lower than expected. “Studying data from Twitter, University of Illinois researchers found that less people tweet per capita from larger cities than in smaller ones, indicating an unexpected trend that has implications in understanding urban pace of life. They identified that while there are less people tweeting, there are a group of people who tweet prolifically. This suggests there is a concentrated core of more active users that may serve as information broadcasters for larger cities.”
Newsweek: How An Alt-right Bot Network Took Down Al Franken. “The operation commenced on November 15, when Stone—who is now banned from Twitter for racism and profanity—tweeted from one of his accounts “Roger Stone says it’s Al Franken’s ‘time in the barrel.’ Franken next in long list of Democrats accused of ‘grabby’ behavior.” On the same day, a developer named Atsufumi Otsuka registered a web domain in Japan called RealUSA.site, and a fake-news website soon emerged at that web address, according to research shared with the voting rights outfit Unhack the Vote.”
Advertising Age: Amazon, YouTube, Twitter Are Said To Eye Bids For NFL Rights. “Amazon, YouTube and Twitter are all weighing bids for streaming rights to ‘Thursday Night Football,’ according to people with knowledge of the matter, providing the latest evidence of technology companies’ growing interest in live sports.” NFL Football is not the first sport I’d think about dropping big dollars on….