Fueling the Fire: How Social Media Intensifies U.S. Political Polarization — And What Can Be Done About It

NYU Stern Center for Business and Human Rights: Fueling the Fire: How Social Media Intensifies U.S. Political Polarization — And What Can Be Done About It. “Determining whether social media plays a role in worsening partisan animosity is important because political polarization has pernicious consequences. We conclude that social media platforms are not the main cause of rising partisan hatred, but use of these platforms intensifies divisiveness and thus contributes to its corrosive effects.”

CogDogBlog: Godzilla Eats All the Images Missing ALT Tags

CogDogBlog: Godzilla Eats All the Images Missing ALT Tags . “I can’t fix twitter. Even Twitter can’t really fix Twitter. But I can do something about my own habits, and more– as with a helpful nudge I added and changed some features in the TRU Collector SPLOT to better encourage the acts that my vengeful Godzilla would look elsewhere. In the last year I’ve made more of a focused effort to include alt text for images I tweet.”

Liam O’Dell: Twitter Spaces’ Voice Effects are hellish and inaccessible – they have to go

Liam O’Dell: Twitter Spaces’ Voice Effects are hellish and inaccessible – they have to go. “After an unintended break from the social audio feature for a few weeks, I returned to test out the collection of new ‘transformers’ designed to make things a little bit easier for those who may find using their own voices in Spaces a tad uncomfortable. Yet, what may be more comfortable for them, is in fact completely inaccessible – and even painful – for disabled people, such as autistic people and others who identify as neurodivergent.”

TechCrunch: Twitter introduces a new label that allows the ‘good bots’ to identify themselves

TechCrunch: Twitter introduces a new label that allows the ‘good bots’ to identify themselves. “Twitter today is introducing a new feature that will allow accounts to self-identify as bots by adding a label to their profile. This feature is designed to help people better differentiate between automated accounts — like bots that retweet the news, public service announcements, or other updates — from those operated by humans. It’s not, however, designed to help users identify the ‘bad bots’ which are those that pose as people, often to spread misinformation or spam.”

Mashable: How to save a GIF from Twitter

Honestly saving this one for myself, as I have a sad, sad GIF game. Mashable: How to save a GIF from Twitter. “So you saw a fun GIF on Twitter. That’s cool, good for you, seems like fun. Now you want to save it for your own personal use. That’s cool, too, but unfortunately a bit more involved than you might think. The task isn’t difficult, necessarily, but it does take a few more steps than you might’ve previously thought. But once you master the process, you can take a fun GIF from Twitter and add it to your library in no time at all.”

Engadget: Twitter web test lets you remove followers without blocking them

Engadget: Twitter web test lets you remove followers without blocking them. “Twitter has launched its second feature test in one day, and this one could be particularly helpful if you’ve ever been subjected to online abuse. A newly available web test lets you remove followers without blocking them. You’ll disappear from their feed without notifications that might spark harassment and threats.”

Engadget: Twitter opens Super Follow subscriptions for some creators

Engadget: Twitter opens Super Follow subscriptions for some creators. “Twitter is finally flipping the switch on “Super Follows,” its new subscription feature that allows creators to charge their followers for exclusive content. Starting today, the company is making the feature available to a ‘small group’ of creators, with plans to expand the lineup in the coming weeks (Twitter has been taking applications for Super Follows since June).”

Fierce Pharma: Show me the funny: FDA social media account gets spunky, adding wit and wordplay to combat misinformation

Fierce Pharma: Show me the funny: FDA social media account gets spunky, adding wit and wordplay to combat misinformation. “Last week, the FDA Twitter account posted, ‘You are not a horse. You are not a cow. Seriously, y’all. Stop it.’ The post linked to an article discouraging use of ivermectin, commonly used to treat parasites in animals, to treat COVID-19. Spurred by serious reports of people hospitalized after self-medicating with the veterinary drug, the cheeky tweet contained a serious message. And that’s the point, says the FDA.”